were from Chiham, Kent Co. England
Dudley Diggs born 1583, was educated at University College, Oxford
England. He was always interested in Virginia. He married Mary Kempe,
daughter of Sir Thomas Kempe who was the brother of Ann Kempe, wife of Sir
Thomas Sherley, the elder.
1. Col Edward Diggs
entered Grays's Inn in 1637 and immigrated to Virginia about 1650. He
purchased a plantation of 1250 acres from Capt John West, (brother of
Lord Delaware West), in Hampton Parish, York Co. VA. He was appointed to
the Council in 1654 and served as Governor of Virginia 1655-58 when he
was sent back to England as an agent for the colony. He was again sworn
of the Virginia Council in 1670. He was a promoter of silk manufacturing
in the colony. Only four of the names of his 13 children are known?
Digges and Samuel Digges were brought to Virginia in 1650 by Col Lewis
Burwell, Gentleman. [William Shirley was also brought by Col. Lewis
(1). Col. Wm.
Diggs served as sheriff of York Co. VA 1679. William Digges married Eli.
Seawell, daughter of Henry Seawell of Patuxent Maryland. She was also
the step daughter of the 3rd Lord Balitimore. He moved to Charles
Co. Maryland where he died in 1698.
(2). Mary Digges 1655
married Capt. Francis Page, son of Col John Page.
(3). Ann Digges
married William Cole, esq.
(4). Dudley Digges
1665 died 1710 will proved in York Co. VA. He married
Susannah Cole, daughter of William Cole, member of the Council and
Secretary of the Colony.
Dudley Digges, Ambassador to Russia 1618. Very involved in colonizing.
supported Henry Hudsons' expedition, and the Now Wet Passage Company.
Involved on the Virginia Company committee to create the college at
Henrico in Virginia. (from Ken).