“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

A Diverse Jamestown Household 1620-1640

A Diverse Jamestown Household Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. A Diverse Jamestown Household Marker
Inscription. By 1624, William Peirce, a “beloved friend” of governor Francis Wyatt, built a house – “one of the fairest in Virginia” – on this lot. Peirce, captain of the governor’s guard and the colony’s cape merchant, also served as lieutenant governor, commander of Jamestown Island, and a member of the council. He participated in the “thrusting out” of Governor John Harvey from office in 1635.

In addition to Peirce, the household included his wife Joan, praised by Captain John Smith as “an honest and industrious woman” who maintained a “garden at Jamestown containing 3 or 4 acres.” Smith noted further that Mistress Peirce harvested 100 bushels of figs annually from the lot. Their daughter, also named Joan, married John Rolfe, the widower of Pocahontas, in 1617.

In the 1625 muster, the household had expanded to include an African woman, Angelo, identified as a servant. Along with eight Africans residing on Governor Yeardley’s property, Angelo was one of the first recorded Africans at Jamestown. How long Angelo lived on this site is unknown. No one recorded her duties, but perhaps she helped harvest the figs.
Erected by Colonial National Historic Park.
Location. 37° 
Marker in Historic Jamestowne Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker in Historic Jamestowne
12.454′ N, 76° 46.455′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the "New Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Upper-Class Neighborhood 1630s-1699 (a few steps from this marker); May-Hartwell Site 1660-1699 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Remarkable Collection 1670-1700 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ambler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Home 1620s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ditch and Mound (about 300 feet away); Oyster Shells to Mortar (about 300 feet away); Fences and Livestock (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of an “English woman drawing water from one of Jamestown’s many wells, by Sidney King, ca. 1957.” The left side of the marker contains a map of Jamestown indicating the location of Peirce’s house, and pictures of artifacts excavated from the site, including pottery sherds.
Also see . . .
Jamestown Household Site Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Jamestown Household Site

1. A Diverse Jamestown Household 1620 - 1640. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 26, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
Categories. Colonial Era
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 794 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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