Sunday, December 15, 2013


When you read the old last wills and testaments in Virginia, you discover the details of the lives of the colonists. Clothing was not wasted and bequeathed to friends and relatives. Gentlemen wore silk stockings and ordinary leather shoes with shoe buckles made of brass, steel or silver. Also, the periwig was a common head covering.  The gentleman shaved his head to prevent fleas and bugs, and replaced it with the wig. In 1689 William Byrd forwarded a periwig to his London merchant with instructions to have it altered. Thomas Perkins of Rappahannock left three wigs at his death, and Alexander Young of York County, bequeathed two wigs. Source: Letters of William Byrd June 10, 1689; Records of Middlesex County vol. 1698-1713, p; 103.

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