John Page was born in Bedfont, Middlesex, England on 26 December 1625. He was born into a prominent English family. In 1653 the Pages boarded a ship bound for America and the Virginia Colony. Upon arrival, he and his family settled in the New Towne section at Jamestown. In 1655, John moved to York County VA and became a merchant. The next year he met and married Alice Luckin and by 1662 they had built a large brick cross-plan house in nearby Middle Plantation. Being a wealthy landowner, John owned 330 acres. This Middle Plantation is the modern home of the restored colonial city now known as Colonial Williamsburg, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
After purchasing 3600 acres in New Kent County he built a new home which became Mehixton Plantation. He generously donated the land and 20 pounds 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.
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 and Mary in 1693, which was located at Middle Plantation.
John and Alice had 3 children. Francis was born in 1657 in Williamsburg Virginia. He married Mary Diggs about 1682 and they had only one child, a girl, who was married but died without having any children. Francis died 10 May 1692. Mary was born in 1658 and married Walter Chiles Jr, the son of Colonel Walter Chiles of the Virginia Governors Council. Matthew was the second son born in 1659. He married Mary Mann in 1689 and they had 4 children, 3 of whom died when infants, the only surviving child was Mann Page. Tradition says that the Declaration of Independence was drafted in Mann Page’s house by Thomas Jefferson before he went to Philadelphia. Mann Page’s son, Mann Jr and Thomas Jefferson were friends having met at college. It remained in the possession of the Page family until 1838, when it was sold. Matthew died in 1703.
John Page and his wife Alice are buried at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Their tombstone, originally located within the church graveyard, was later moved to the church vestibule. 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”. The tombstone carries the coat of arms of Page impaling those of Luckin.
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