Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Catherine Digges

Female 1654 - 1729  (75 years)


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  • Name Catherine Digges 
    Born 1654  Hampton, Elizabeth City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1729  Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I027035  Tree1
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 

    Father Edward Gov. Digges,   b. 29 Mar 1621, Chilham Castle, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1674/75, Bellfield, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Page,   b. 1625, Sudbury, County Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1691, Bellfield, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1650  Yorktown, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F02375  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Herndon,   b. 1649, Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1722, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1677  Hampton, Elizabeth City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward Herndon,   b. 1678, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1758, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. James Herndon,   b. 1683, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1744, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. William Herndon,   b. 1685, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1759, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F00269  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=68821007

      Catherine Digges's parentage has recently been called into question because her brothers and brother-in-law (and first cousin) did not include her in the distribution of her mother's property in 1692.

      If William Herndon supported Bacon, then William Digges may have disinherited his sister Catherine on her marriage in 1677. Or it simply could have been that Catherine had already received her portion of the estate, perhaps as a delayed marriage portion after her mother's finances recovered from brother William's actions. The four heirs who benefited from the distribution of the estate were all men involved in the distribution: brothers William, Dudley, and Edward, and brother-in-law/first cousin Francis Page, acting as guardian for his daughter Elizabeth Page.
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      http://lmperry.net/Perry-Poole-Tree/ps01/ps01_241.htm
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      https://www.reddit.com/r/Genealogy/comments/2cl2q8/is_catherine_digges_the_daughter_of_edward_digges/

      In the book The Spirit in the South, it gives a lot of circumstantial evidence that Catherine is indeed the daughter of Edward.
      Catherine married William Herndon in 1677. William supported Nathaniel Bacon, and his rebellion, which could have given cause for Edward to disown Catherine.
      According to this post, the New England Historical and Genealogical Society doubts Catherine is the daughter of Edward. But I can't find the actual document.
      Is there anything out there that could give more evidence towards lineage or not?

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