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"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

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Author: Green, Rebecca
Advisor: Whittenburg, James P.
Committee Members: Mapp, Paul W.; Potkay, Adam, 1961-
Issued Date: 2010-05-24
Subjects: Aristocracy
Quakers
Slave ownership
Colonial Virginia
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/2070
Description: 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.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in History


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