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Digges were from Chiham, Kent Co. England

Sir 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?

Col. Edward Digges and Samuel Digges were brought to Virginia in 1650 by Col Lewis Burwell, Gentleman. [William Shirley was also brought by Col. Lewis Burwell].

(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. 


Sir 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).



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