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Since Bob's grandmother was a Diggs (with no E), I was always interested in finding information about the family. I was told that the Digg's were two brothers descended from Sir Dudley Diggs (England) and that one settled in Matthews CO VA and spelled the name Diggs and were Catholic and the other family went to MD and spelled the name Digges and was Protestant. That seems backward to me since MD was settled by Roman Catholics, and also since my husband's family was Episopal and were in MD. I found out later that Bob's grandmother's family had originally settled in Virginia.
In any case, these were Digges (with the E) and they were in Virginia and probably Church of England (aka Episcopal)
Yorktown lawyer Dudley Digges built this classic Virginia style Colonial home in 1760. Like his father Gov. Edward Digges and relatives, Dudley was active in Colonial politics and served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor and a member of the Virginia Assembly. On June 4, 1781, British forces under Tarleton raided Charlottesville, and captured several legislators, including Yorktown's Dudley Digges and Daniel Boone. Governor Jefferson escaped by hiding in the woods near Monticello.
The Dudley Digges house is the only wood-frame building to survive the Siege of Yorktown and the Great Fire. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Yorktown. After the siege of Yorktown, the house was used as the headquarters of General George McClellan. After moving through Yorktown, the Union forces used the house as a post headquarters for Fort Yorktown in Yorktown Village.
The house was restored in 1960. The house is privately owned and not open to the public. However, it can be seen from Main Street in Yorktown. (Map photo 3)
605 Main St., Yorktown, VA
Updated Apr 9, 2011
Favorite thing: My grandfather sent this postcard to my grandmother from where they lived in Philadelphia in1907. My grandmother had apparently gone home to her parents for a visit because the postcard is addressed to her in NC and he had gone to Norfolk. In 1907, the Jamestoen Exposition was held - and many of the buildings were constructed in Norfolk.
Fondest memory: The card says:
No 22. MAIN STREET, YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA.
This dreamy old town of York was immortalized and made a living actor in history by the siege and surrender of Lord Cornwallis in 1781, the victory by which the independence of the United States of America was achieved. The town has changed but little since then, and is picturesque and quaint to a degree. The old custom house, the first in the United States, can be seen on the left in this view, and is one of the links connecting the present with that glorious day.
Updated Sep 21, 2010