Downtown in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Third Church at Kecoughtan
Notable Burials in the Churchyard
By 1691, about eight hundred persons lived in the county. They paid their church tax and the minister’s salary in tobacco, the cash crop and medium of exchange. The county court usually fined those who failed to attend church fifty pounds of tobacco.
Among the eight persons having gravestones here in the churchyard, two were parish ministers: James Wallace and Andrew Thompson. Others include Thomas Curle, a justice on the Elizabeth City County court, Admiral John Neville of the British Navy, who died at sea, and Peter Heyman, who was killed by pirates.
Epitaph of Peter Heyman
This stone was given by his
Excellency Francis Nicholson
Esq Lieutenant and Governor
Of Virginia; in memory of Peter
Heyman Esq grandson to Sir
Peter Heyman of Sumerfield in
ye County of Kent. He was
Collector of ye Customs in the
Lower District of James River
and went voluntarily aboard
ye king’s shipp Shoreham in
pursuit of a pyrate who greatly
infested this coast after he had
behaved himself seven hours
with undaunted courage was
killed with small shot ye
29th day of April, 1700 in
Ye engagement he stood next ye
Govenour upon the quarter
deck and was here honorably
interred by his order.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1700.
Location. 37° 1.72′ N, 76° 21.631′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. It is in Downtown. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Pembroke Avenue and Patterson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Third Elizabeth City Parish Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Business (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grand Contraband Camp (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hannah Nicholson Tunnell (approx. ¾ mile away); John Mallory Phillips (approx. ¾ mile away); St. John's Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Circle of Life (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
More about this marker. On the left is a map of "Hampton, with the church sites" – Courtesy City of Hampton
On the center is a sketch of "Eighteenth-century shipping" – Courtesy Hampton History Museum
Also see . . .
1. Brief History of St. John's Episcopal Church. (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. Hampton, Virginia. (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,180 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.