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Col Joseph Bridger
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Birth: 1628, England
Death: Apr. 15, 1686
Virginia, USA

Buried in the Chancel of St. Luke's Church. Old St. Luke's, originally known as the "Old Brick Church" of Newport Parish, is the oldest existing Church of English foundation in this country and the nation's only surviving original Gothic building. The Church is dated as having been begun in 1632. It is located on route 10, about 4 miles south of Smithfield, Virginia. Colonel Joseph Bridger, who was long associated with St. Luke's brought over from England members of the Driver family to do the "finishing" work inside the Church. He was given much acknowledgement for the important contribution he made in completing the Church. Joseph Bridger was first buried on his farm "Whitemarsh", and later his remains were moved into the Church and marked by a marble tombstone located in the chancel.

"Sacred to ye memory of the Honble Joseph Bridger Esq. Councelr of State of Virginia to King Charles ye 2nd. Dying April 15, A.D. 1686. Aged 58 years; Mournfully left His wife, 3 sons & 4 daughters." Also buried in the chancel, and beside the remains of Joseph Bridger is: Anne Randall who departed this life the 23 day Anno. Dom. 1696. 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Bridger (1584 - 1650)
 
 Spouse:
  Hester Pitt Bridger (1620 - 1711)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Bridger (1640 - 1712)*
  Hester Bridger Williamson (1655 - 1683)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Lukes Cemetery
Smithfield
Isle of Wight County
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Christa Holland Isom
Originally Created by: Marsha Phipps
Record added: Jan 11, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5139145
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- Marsha Palmer - Kramer
 Added: Mar. 30, 2015
We have a Bridger Family Association to honor the memory of Col. Joseph Bridger. If you are a descendant, and would like more info see www.BridgerFamilyAssociation.com
- Elaine Powell
 Added: Feb. 21, 2015
Remembering my 11th great-grandparents, Col. Joseph Bridger and Hester (Pitt) Bridger with love and admiration...
- Dasher
 Added: Feb. 17, 2015
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