Colonel John Page

Colonel John Page

Male 1628 - 1692  (63 years)

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  • Name John Page 
    Title Colonel 
    Born 26 Dec 1628  Bedfont, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation House of Burgesses  [3
    Occupation Merchant  [3
    Died 23 Jan 1692  Warren Mill, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I50739  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2018 

    Father Francis William Page,   b. 13 Oct 1594, East Bedfont, Harrow, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1678  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Isabel Wyatt,   b. ~1603, Bedfont, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~1639  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married Y  [1
    Family ID F18848  Group Sheet

    Family Alice Luken,   b. 9 Jul 1625, Bedfont, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1698  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Y  [1
    Residence (Family) Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence (Family) York County, Virginia, British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Mary Page,   b. 26 Jun 1648,   d. ~1669  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F18849  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Dec 1628 - Bedfont, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jan 1692 - Warren Mill, James City County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - - Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - - York County, Virginia, British Colony of America Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Page (1628-1692)
    John Page (1628-1692)

  • Notes 
    • Colonel John Page (December 26, 1628 January 23, 1692), a merchant in Middle Plantation on the Virginia Peninsula, was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Council of the Virginia Colony. A wealthy landowner, Page donated land and funds for the first brick Bruton Parish Church.[1] Col. Page was a prime force behind the small community gaining the site of the new College of William & Mary, founded in 1693, as well as a chief proponent of the village being designated the colony's capital in 1698.

      These events resulted in the renaming of Middle Plantation as Williamsburg in 1699, perhaps most well known as the birthplace of democratic governmental principals among the patriots before and during the American Revolution. In the early 21st century, Colonel Page's tiny Middle Plantation is the modern home of the restored colonial city now known as Colonial Williamsburg, one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world.

      Biography[edit]

      Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia. Original church built 1683 on land donated by Colonel John Page. The shaft commemorating Col. Page is at right of the church door in this photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
      According to the Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia, published in 1883, "John Page, son of Thomas Page (b. 1597), of Sudbury, County Middlesex, England, seventh son of Richard Page, second son of John Page (b. 1528), first of Henry Page (b. 1500), of Wembley, County Middlesex, England, all of the Parish of Harrow, was born at Sudbury in A.D. 1627. He immigrated to America about 1650 at about 23 years of age, and became the progenitor of the Page-family in Virginia." [2] John Page's niece Mary Whaley (daughter of his brother Matthew and wife of James Whaley of Bruton Parish, York County, Virginia) is buried in the churchyard.[3][4]

      John Page became a merchant, and emigrated to the Virginia colony; his sister Elizabeth (wife of Edward Digges) and brother Matthew also emigrated to Virginia. In about 1656, John Page married Alice Lukin,[5] (16251698) perhaps the daughter of Edward Lukin, a Virginia Company shareholder.[6] The Pages originally lived in the New Towne section at Jamestown.

      The Pages settled in York County in 1655. In 1662, the Pages had a large brick cross-plan house built in nearby Middle Plantation. A wealthy landowner, Page owned 330 acres (1.3 km) in Middle Plantation, including much of what is now Duke of Gloucester Street, Nicholson Street, and part of Francis Street in the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg. In 1672, Page patented 3600 acres (15 km) in New Kent County which became Mehixton Plantation.[7] He donated land and 20 for the first brick Bruton Parish Church which was completed in 1683, and was located immediately adjacent to the site of the present larger restored structure.[8] In 1683, he came into possession of a tract of land which originally belonged to his brother Matthew in James City County known as Neck of Land. It is also known that he owned property at Jamestown in New Towne section.


      Col. John Page of Middle Plantation, Williamsburg, Virginia
      John Page was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses starting in 1665. He played a pivotal role in supporting the efforts of Reverend Doctor James Blair in the founding of the College of William & Mary in 1693, which was located at Middle Plantation. Beginning in 1677, he is believed to have been an early advocate for moving the capitol to Middle Plantation, which eventually occurred in 1699, seven years after his death. (Middle Plantation was renamed Williamsburg in honor of King William III shortly thereafter).

      Colonel John Page and his wife Alice Lukin Page are buried at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.[5] Their tombstone, originally located within the church graveyard, was later moved to the church vestibule.[9] It reads: "Here lieth in hope of a joyfull resurrection the Body of Colonel JOHN PAGE of Bruton Parish, Esquire. One of their Majesties Council in the Dominion of Virginia. Who departed this life the 23 of January in the year of our Lord 1691/2 Aged 65"[10] The tombstone carries the arms of Page impaling those of Lukin.[11]

      Family

      Coat of arms of Col. John Page of Middle Plantation
      The Page family was one of the First Families of Virginia, which later included Mann Page III, his brother U.S. Congressman and Virginia Governor John Page, and later descendants such as U.S. Ambassador to Italy Thomas Nelson Page, and Virginian Railway builder William Nelson Page.

      Colonel and Mrs. John Page named their eldest son Francis, and he also built a substantial brick home at Middle Plantation. (Present-day Francis Street in Williamsburg is said to be named for him). Another son, Matthew Page, was born in Virginia in 1659 and became a planter. He was one of the original board of trustees of the College of William and Mary, a member of the Governor's Council, and was active in public affairs. He died on January 9, 1703.

      Their grandson, Mann Page I (16911730) (son of Matthew Page), also became a planter and wealthy landholder in Virginia, owning nearly 70,000 acres (280 km) in Frederick County, Prince William County, and Spotsylvania County among other locations. In 1725, Mann Page I began the construction of Rosewell Plantation, the Page mansion on the banks of the York River in Gloucester County. Mann Page I's wife Judith Carter was the daughter of Robert Carter I. Mann Page I son John Page married Jane Byrd, a granddaughter of Colonel William Byrd I. One of John Page's great-grandsons was Confederate General Richard Lucian Page.

      Mary Page, the daughter of Col. John Page, married Walter Chiles Jr., son of Col. Walter Chiles of the Virginia Governor's Council.[12] In his will of March 5, 1687, Col. John Page mentions his grandson John Chiles, as well as his "grandsonne John Tyler, sonne of my grand-daughter Elizabeth Tyler."[13] Elizabeth Chiles had married Henry Tyler of Middle Plantation, and thus became the ancestress[14] of President John Tyler.[15]


      Virginia Gov. John Page, great-grandson of Col. John Page
      Because of the propensity of First Families of Virginia (FFV) to marry within their narrow social ranks for many generations, John Page is counted as a progenitor of many other FFV families. These include the families of Byrd, Chiles, Dilliard, Tyler, Pendleton, Burwell, Nelson, Randolph, Carter, Harrison, Waller and others.[5]

      Legacy

      Sketch of Merchant's House, Williamsburg, likely that of John Page, 1702
      Several sites of the Page family in Virginia and West Virginia have historical and archaeological significance.

      The site of their property at Jamestown has been identified by the Jamestown Rediscovery project.
      Colonial Williamsburg has an extensive archeological study underway at the John Page home site at Middle Plantation (now Williamsburg).[16] Col. John Page owned much of what is today's Williamsburg, including Duke of Gloucester, Nicholson and part of Francis Street.[17]
      The ruins of Rosewell Plantation, the home of early members of the Page family and one of the finest mansions built in the colonies, sit on the northern bank of the York River in Gloucester County. In one of its rooms, which are all of cubic dimensions, Thomas Jefferson, a friend and the college classmate of John Page (Col. John Page's great, great grandson) is said to have drafted the U.S. Declaration of Independence. In 1916, a fire swept the mansion leaving a magnificent shell which is testament to 18th century craftsmanship and dreams, and the site ongoing archeological studies.
      The Page-Vawter House, a large Victorian mansion, was built in 1889 in Ansted, West Virginia on a knoll in the middle of town.[18] Industrialist and mining manager William and Emma (nee Gilham) Page raised their four children there, attended by a staff of 8 servants.[19] In the 21st century, it still stands as evidence of the once-thriving coal business and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

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    • Photo added by troypix

      Col John Page
      BIRTH 26 Dec 1628 England
      DEATH 23 Jan 1692 Warren Mill, James City County, Virginia, USA
      BURIAL Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
      MEMORIAL ID 7136184

      On the monument:

      (east face)
      COL JOHN PAGE
      died Jan 23 1692
      Aged 65

      (south face)
      Erected Jan 1878 to replace the original tomb-stone.
      (west face)
      He being dead yet speaketh
      Heb 11:4

      (north face)
      [coat os arms and inscription from original tombstone]
      Here lieth in the hope of a joyful Resurrection the Body of Colonel John Page of Bruton Parish Esquire
      One of their Majesties Council in the Dominion of Virginia who departed this life on the 23rd of January in the year of our Lord 1691/2 Aged 65."

      Original tombstone is now inside the church for safe keeping. It was replaced because it was broken and very worn.
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      Col. Page was a prominent area landowner and the progenitor of a distinguished Virginia family. After Bruton Parish was established in 1674, Col. Page gave the land for the churchyard and made a generous donation toward the construction of a new church, which was completed in 1683. The foundation of that brick church is outlined in stone and located just north of the monument of Gov. Edward Nott.

      Family Members
      Parents
      Francis Page
      15831678

      Isabel Wyatt Page
      15951655

      Spouse
      Photo
      Alice Lukin Page
      16251698

      Siblings
      Photo
      Elizabeth Page Digges*
      16251691

      Children
      Photo
      Francis Page*
      16571692

      Photo
      Matthew Page*
      16591703

      Photo
      Matthew Page*
      16591703

      end of profile [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S12249] "John Chiles (1669-1723)", Biography, Pedigree & Descendants, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Chiles-42, revisited or retr.

    2. [S12252] "Colonel John Page (December 26, 1628 - January 23, 1692)", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Page_(Middle_Plantation),.

    3. [S12255] "Col John Page", Cemetery Profile, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7136184/john-page, revisited or retrieved, record.