Maj. Marquis Guillame Calmes, II

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Marquis Guillame Calmes, II

Birthplace: France
Death: Died in Calmes Neck, Frederick County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: Vineyard, Plantation
Immediate Family:

Son of Marquis de la Calmes and Isabella Calmes
Husband of Winifred de Calmes
Father of Marquis Fielding de Calmes, III; William Waller Calmes, I; Isabella Richardson; Elizabeth Helm and Ann Helm

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About Maj. Marquis Guillame Calmes, II

"MARQUIS CALMES, a French Huguenot nobleman, was born in France in 1705. In 1726, he left his native country and sailed for Virginia, giving up his titles and great estates to seek a home in a land of freedom, where he could worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. Soon after his arrival in Virginia he married an English lady in Williamsburg. Miss Winnifred Waller, of distinguished parentage, possessed of noble qualities of mind and rare virtue. He resided in Williamsburg but a short time, removing from there to the Shenandoah Valley, and consequently became one of the early settlers. His home was in Clarke County, about three miles from Millwood near the Shenandoah River, where he acquired, by grant of Lord Fairfax, a large tract of land. Here he planted the first vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley, and this farm is still known as the "Vineyard Plantation." On October 22, 1743, a commission was issued under the hand of the Hon. William Gooch, his majesty's lieutenant governor and commander-in-chief of the colony and dominion of Virginia and under the seal of the colony, appointing Marquis Calmes, one of the original thirteen justices that constituted the first court of Frederick County (Clarke then being a part of Frederick), which was held in the historic city of Winchester, the county seat of Frederick. Marquis Calmes was a vestryman of the Cunningham Chapel (now Old Chapel, rebuilt in 1789), one of the first churches erected in the Shenandoah Valley. He served with distinction, attaining the rank of major in the Indian wars, throughout which he bravely defended his country and protected the homes of our forefathers against the deadly assaults of a savage foe. He died in 1751 and was buried on the "Vineyard Plantation." On a horizontal slab of granite, which is the oldest monument in the cemetery adjoining the "Old Chapel," appears the following inscription: "Here lies the body of Winnifred, the wife of Major Marquis Calmes. They were joined in wedlock 26 years, and had six children. She was a loving, virtuous and industrious wife, a tender mother, and kind mistress. She departed this life Oct. 6, Anno Domini 1751."

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Maj. Marquis Guillame Calmes, II's Timeline

Age 21
Stafford, Virginia
January 18, 1727
Age 22
Clark County, Kentucky
Age 24
Stafford, Virginia
January 1, 1732
Age 27
Stafford, VA, United States
January 1, 1737
Age 32
Stafford, Virginia,
May 10, 1755
Age 50
Calmes Neck, Frederick County, Province of Virginia
Vineyard, Plantation