17th Century

Mary Littleton Scarborough

Mary Littleton Scarborough

  Mary Littleton, born to wealth and prestige, was to be one of the primary characters in a life-long battle that makes today’s soap operas look tame. Mary was the daughter of Edward Littleton, Chief Justice of North Wales and Ann Walter, daughter of the Chief...

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Ann Thomas Ballard, Founding Mother

Ann Thomas Ballard, Founding Mother

It is interesting when you find your own relatives among the “First Mothers”! Ann (or Anna) was born between 1630 and 1635 in York County, Virginia. Her parents were Anne and William Thomas. But William may have been her stepfather. Sometime after 1650, Ann married a...

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Temperance Flowerdew, Founding Mother

Temperance Flowerdew, Founding Mother

  Temperance Flowerdew was one of the earliest women to arrive in Jamestown. The settlement was established in April 1607. She arrived in the summer of 1609. This week’s founding mother was born around 1590 in Norfolk County, England. Her parents were Anthony...

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Joan Phippen Pierce

Joan Phippen Pierce

​ It is not only men who were heros in the early days of the Jamestown settlement. Even if we define heros as those who save others. One of the saviors of the early colony was a young woman named Joan Pierce. Joan was born in England around 1575. She married a man...

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Ann Graves Cotton Eaton Doughty

Ann Graves Cotton Eaton Doughty

Ann Graves was the second of three daughters of Sir Thomas Graves, an ancient planter of Virginia colony. Her life story has been written by historians several times, but the American men and women know nothing of this long-suffering colonial. Ann married Reverend...

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