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William Teague Digges, Colonel

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia City, Virginia
Death: Died in Charles County, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Digges, Colonial Governor of Virginia and Elizabeth Digges
Husband of Elizabeth Digges
Father of William Digges, Jr.; Elizabeth Neale; Elizabeth Page; Charles Digges; Jane Digges and 7 others
Brother of Mary Kempe; Catherine Herndon; Ann Digges and Dudley Digges

Occupation: Colonel Justice of the Peace
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About Dep. Gov. Col. William Digges

William Digges began his career in Virginia, where he was appointed to a number of colonial offices. He became Justice of the Peace in 1671. He was captain of horse in 1674 and was appointed Sheriff of York County in 1679.[3] [4] He was a strong supporter of Governor Berkeley during Bacon's Rebellion. During an encounter with Thomas Hansford, one of Bacon's foremost supporters, Digges severed Hansford's finger, and as a result was forced to flee to Maryland.[3][5][6]

In Maryland Digges became a merchant and planter in St. Mary's County. He married Elizabeth Sewall, widow of Dr. Jesse Wharton and a stepdaughter of Lord Baltimore, the Proprietor of Maryland. Immediately following his marriage he was appointed to the Governor's Council.[3] He was also appointed Deputy Governor of Maryland. He was granted extensive land and property in Maryland, and became the "Lord of Warburton Manor" in Prince George County on the Potomac River.[4]

During the Protestant Revolution in Maryland in 1689, Digges commanded the Catholic forces at St. Mary's, Maryland.[4] After 1689, having lost his positions, he returned to live in Virginia.[3] On April 20, 1693 a warrant for his arrest was issued, and on April 22, 1693, "Colonel William Digges was examined as to his knowledge of a plot to restore King James to the throne, and was bound over, with his wife, in £1,000 to appear before the next General Court."


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Dep. Gov. Col. William Digges's Timeline

Hampton, Virginia City, Virginia
Age 18
Age 31
Charles, MD, USA
Age 33
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Age 45
Charles County, Maryland
Charles County, Maryland, United States