Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
James P. Whittenburg
Paul W. Mapp
This study of twelve men listed as justices of the peace for late-seventeenth-century Isle of Wight County, Virginia looks at the justices as an emerging native social elite, examining their wealth, family connections, and status within the community. While the county's elite was in most ways very similar to the gentry in the rest of colonial Virginia, a strong Quaker presence in Isle of Wight County reached up even into the ranks of the justices, differentiating them from the conventional conception of colonial Virginia's gentry class.
Green, Rebecca, ""Men of Substance and Ability of Body and Estate": Justices of the Peace and the Rise of a Creole Elite in Isle of Wight County, Virginia at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 757.
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