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Catherine Digges Herndon
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Birth: 1654
Orange County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1729
Caroline County
Virginia, USA

Catherine Digges's parentage has recently been called into question because her brothers and brother-in-law (and first cousin) did not include her in the distribution of her mother's property in 1692. I have left these links intact, because I believe she was one of the thirteen children of Edward and Elizabeth Page Digges, and was left out of the distribution for reasons that did not survive in the records—specifically the possible enmity of her brother William, who was head of family when she married.

My source is a compilation of original Virginia documents by a Huddleston descendant, who cites a 1698 reference to Catherine as William Herndon's wife and Edward Digges's daughter. This compilation is sympathetic to Nathaniel Bacon and his 1676 rebellion, and specifically to Bacon's right-hand man Thomas Hansford. It also gives an account of Captain William Digges, who accidentally came upon Hansford one day in York County. A sword fight ensued, which ended when William cut off one of Hansford's fingers, and Hansford fled. Shortly thereafter, the political tables turned and William himself had to flee for safety, to Maryland, only returning to Virginia after Bacon's death and Hansford's execution. The writer of the manuscript that describes this event added, "for her son's loyalty his mother [Mrs. Elizabeth Digges] suffered considerably in her estate.''

If William Herndon supported Bacon, then William Digges may have disinherited his sister Catherine on her marriage in 1677. Or it simply could have been that Catherine had already received her portion of the estate, perhaps as a delayed marriage portion after her mother's finances recovered from brother William's actions. The four heirs who benefited from the distribution of the estate were all men involved in the distribution: brothers William, Dudley, and Edward, and brother-in-law/first cousin Francis Page, acting as guardian for his daughter Elizabeth Page. Catherine was the only surviving sister, and we do not know the details of the sisters' marriage portions. Elizabeth Page was not only Elizabeth Page Digges's namesake and granddaughter, but her great-niece, and she was a minor in 1691.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Edward Digges (1621 - 1674)
  Elizabeth Page Digges (1625 - 1691)
 
 Spouse:
  William Herndon (1649 - 1722)
 
 Children:
  Edward Herndon (1678 - 1758)*
  James Herndon (1683 - 1744)*
  William Herndon (1685 - 1759)*
 
 Sibling:
  Catherine Digges Herndon (1654 - 1729)
  Dudley Digges (1664 - 1710)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Maintained by: Dee
Originally Created by: P Fazzini
Record added: Apr 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68821007
 


- Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 18, 2016
My 9th great-grandmother through the Herdon line, in Springfield, Illinois.
- Kathy Cassity
 Added: Sep. 4, 2016
my 9th great grandma.
- Jackson0034
 Added: Jul. 7, 2016
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