Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Roman Catholic Settlement in Virginia
Erected 1998 by Department of Historical Resources. (Marker Number E-76.)
Location. 38° 28.524′ N, 77° 23.573′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. Rt 1), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In the Name of Christ the King (here, next to this marker); Historic Aquia Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fleurries (approx. one mile away); Aquia Church (approx. one mile away); Little Forest Baptist Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Peyton’s Ordinary (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mary Kittamaquund (approx. 1.8 miles away); Island Ownership (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stafford.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker with the same title and number that read, “The crucifix by sculptor Georg J. Lober was erected in 1930 and commemorates Spanish Jesuits who were martyred nearby in 1571. It also honors the first English Roman Catholic settlers, Giles Brent and his half-sister Margaret, who emigrated from Maryland in 1647. Brent constructed his house, which he named ‘Peace,’ on land granted by King James II. Many members of the Brent family are buried in the nearby cemetery.”
Regarding First Roman Catholic Settlement in Virginia. The crucifix, erected in 1930, memorializes the first English settlers of Stafford County, the Brents. Colonel Giles Brent of Maryland and his Piscataway Indian wife settled at the mouth of Aquia Creek in 1647. His sisters Margaret and Mary joined them. Margaret Brent was a prominent landowner and attorney, a remarkable achievement for a woman of that time.
Also see . . .
1. In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce”. Margaret Brent is also commemorated in Maryland with this marker.
2. Attempted Jesuit Settlement. For more on the Spanish Jesuits mentioned on the earlier E-76 marker, take a look at this one.
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