Here’s Your Sign #25 ~ Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia Colony

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

Beginning after 1644, the interior areas of the Peninsula such as that of Middle Plantation became more attractive for settlement. By the 1650s, Middle Plantation began to look both populated and wealthy, straddling the boundary between James City County and York County. Colonel John Page, a merchant who had emigrated from Middlesex, England with his wife Alice Luckin Page in 1650, was largely responsible for building Middle Plantation into a substantial town. In an era of wooden buildings, brick was a sign of both wealth and permanence. Page built a large, brick house in Middle Plantation and began encouraging the growth of the area. The house that Page built was among the finest in the colony. Another brick house was built nearby by the Pages’ eldest son, Francis. By the third quarter of the 17th century, Middle Plantation must have looked like a place of importance.

Colonel Page donated a plot of land about 144 feet by 180 feet and funds for building a brick church and for the surrounding churchyard in 1678. In return for his donation of land and funds towards the new church, Colonel Page was allowed to have his family seated in a special pew at the front of the church in the chancel ahead of the congregation.

John Page, December 26, 1625–January 23, 1692, is my 10th Great Grandfather.

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