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  A William Drummund brought Thomas Shirley to Northumberland Co. Virginia See Northumberland Co. VA


William Drummond was an early American patriot who supported Nathaniel Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia in 1676. Drummond had been captured while hiding in a swamp by Captain Morris of the "YOUNG PRINCE". When he was led before Lord Berkeley, the Governor said: "Mr. Drummond, you are very welcome. I am more glad to see you than any man in Virginia. Mr. Drummond, you shall be hanged in half an hour." Drummond, who himself had been Governor of North Carolina, coolly replied, "What ever Your Honour pleases." William Drummond was treated with great brutality. A ring was torn from his finger his clothes were taken from his back, and he was kept overnight on board a ship. The following morning he was forced to walk, still in irons and scantily clothed, the five miles form King's Creek to Middle Plantation in January weather. When he complained that his shackles hurt him, the guard offered to let him ride his horse. He refused this kindness saying that he would come to death quickly enough on foot. After the execution of Drummond, some of the men who actually participated in his capture and his trial, but who were still warm personal friends and silent sympathisers, pretended to lower his uncoffined body into the James River. Instead, he was hurriedly and secretly buried in a shallow grave deep in the swamp; and soon thereafter his body was carried quietly by night to the Swann family graveyard at Swann's Point in Surry County, and there given a speedy and simple Christian burial. Except for identification by a certain rough stone, his grave was intentionally unmarked.

For a hundred years or more no word was spoken concerning the disposition of his remains, although his family and descendants have always known by a whisper, a nod, or the flash of an eye where his body was laid to rest. When his faithful, beloved and courageous wife died ten years later, she too was laid to rest at Swann's Point beside her husband at an unmarked grave.



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