Col James Littlepage

Cumberland Landing, New Kent County, Virginia, USA
Death 25 Oct 1766 (aged 52)
Hanover County, Virginia, USA
Burial Hanover, Hanover County, Virginia, USA
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James Littlepage moved westward to the new county of Hanover. There he established his plantation of South Wales, four thousand acres at the confluence of the North and South Annas of the Pamunkey. He acquired the three thousand-acre Brookesby estate in Orange County, and by the time Louisa County had been carved out of Hanover in 1742 was holding such extensive land patents there, too, he became the new county's clerk, remaining such for twenty-four years. A warden and vestryman of Saint Paul's Parish, he willingly aided Governor Gooch in his plan for thwarting the spread of the Presbyterians in the Piedmont. On Dec. 13, 1742, when the first court of Louisa was held at the home of
Matthew Jouett, James Littlepage of Hanover presented his commission duly signed by the royal Governor, appointing him to be clerk of the new county court. Though he served Louisa as clerk for nearly two decades he never resided within the county, coming from his plantation in Hanover as occasion arose, local
citizenship not being a requirement of the office in those days, when the royal
representative dispensed with such offices as he saw fit. His records are written in the old English script, making them hard to read without practice.
Besides his service as clerk of Louisa, Maj. Littlepage had served the colony
in a public capacity as a commissioner to treat with the commissioners from
Maryland and Pennsylvania at Lancaster concerning the Indians of the Six
Note: Nations; having been appointed by William Gooch, the then acting governor (1727-44) of the colony.
It was this same Littlepage who contested with Nathaniel West Dandridge of
Hanover for the seat as Burgess from Hanover, and in so doing afforded Patrick
Henry an opportunity to appear before the public at Williamsburg in the fall of
1764, following closely on his first great speech at Hanover Courthouse.
Col. Littlepage died in Hanover County having served Louisa as a
Note: clerk for a period of eighteen years, from the date of formation until 1760.---A HISTORY OF LOUISA COUNTY VIRGINIA by M. H. Harris.

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