Abraham Peirsey

Abraham Peirsey

Birth
Maidstone Borough
Death May 1633 (aged 55–56)
Prince George County
Burial Garysville, Prince George County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 155561120 · View Source
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Cape Merchant of the Jamestown Colony. He arrived in Virginia from England in 1616 aboard the "Susan," the first magazine ship sent to the colonies.

In August 1619, Piersey, along with Governor George Yeardly, purchased the first African slaves to be brought upon the Virginia shores. The slaves were purchased from a Dutch Man-of-War.

Piersey survived the Indian Massacre of March 22, 1622 when approximately 347 colonists (nearly 1/4 of the English population) were killed by the Powhatan Indians, led by Opechancanough. Four men from Piersey's plantation were killed during the attack.

On 5 October 1624, Piersey purchased a tract of 1,000 acres from Sir George Yeardley on the south side of the James River known as "Flowerdew Hundred."

Following his death in 1633, Piersey was buried at Flowerdew Hundred close to a frame house he had built in 1624. The grave was located during archeological investigations in the 1970's and the remains were sent to the Smithsonian to be studied. The final report from the Smithsonian declared him to be of English descent in his 50's. He was buried in a gabled lidded coffin and wrapped in a shroud. The grave also had four tiers of brick at each corner to the support the coffin. After the Smithsonian investigation, the remains were reinterred in an Anglican ceremony in 1989. The grave is not marked.


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  • Created by: Joe Walker
  • Added: 30 Nov 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 155561120
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abraham Peirsey (1577–May 1633), Find A Grave Memorial no. 155561120, citing Flowerdew Hundred, Garysville, Prince George County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Joe Walker (contributor 46908750) .