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Virginia Laydon

The First Surviving Child Born in Virginia to English Parents

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
1. Virginia Laydon Marker
Inscription. We Remember
Virginia Laydon

The First Surviving Child Born in Virginia to English Parents

Member of this Parish

Virginia Laydon was born about 1609, the first child of Anne Burras Laydon and John Layton.

Anne Burras, age 14, came to Jamestown as maid to Mistress Lucy Forrest in 1608.

John Laydon, a carpenter, had arrived in 1607 aboard the Susan Constant. They were wed at Jamestown.

“… And the first white wedding held on Virginia ground
Will marry no courtly dame to a cavalier
But Anne Burras, lady’s maid, to John Laydon, laborer,
After some six weeks courtship … a Fall wedding
When the leaves were turning red and the wild air sweet.”
Western Star
Stephen Vincent Benet


The union prospered and was blessed with three more daughters. The Laydons acquired land in the Kikotan (Hampton) area and in 1625 are listed among the residents of Elizabeth City Parish.

The circle of time is now complete. Jacob Heffelinger, former Union soldier and well known member of this church wrote a history of the Town and Parish ion the occasion of its 300th anniversary in 1910 recommending the erection in the parish of a suitable memorial to the first Virginia Family.

Crafted by Ira
Virginia Laydon Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
2. Virginia Laydon Memorial
Dekoven
Dedicated May 1, 1986
 
Erected 1986.
 
Location. 37° 1.556′ N, 76° 20.807′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Queens Way and High Court Lane. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23669, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elizabeth City Parish (a few steps from this marker); Hampton Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); St. John's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named St. John’s Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Courthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hampton Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Hampton Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); The Northeast Corner (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hampton.
 
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St. John's Church Graveyard image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
3. St. John's Church Graveyard
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,057 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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