Monday, June 23, 2014

Twelve to Fourteen Families

Map of Jamestown
During 1675, Jamestown consisted of only twelve or fourteen families, who obtained a living chiefly by keeping houses of entertainment.  There were twelve new brick houses and a number of framed houses with brick chimneys attached.  The two most substantial residences in the town were owned by Mr. Lawrence and Dr. Drummond.  When Jamestown was laid to ashes (Bacon's Rebellion) by the soldiers of Bacon, Drummond and Lawrence applied the torch each to his own home.  That meant that they were part of the rebellion.  The church and state-house were also destroyed and when the English regiments finally arrived to suppress the insurrection, there was not a house left standing!

 Source: Colonial Entry Book 80, pp. 90, 94.

Source: Bacon's Proceedings, p. 25, Force's Historical Tracts, Vol. I.

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