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Peter Montague Sr

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Peter Montague Sr
Born in Boveney, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Lancaster, Lancaster, Virginiamap
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Categories: Boveney, Buckinghamshire | Lancaster, Virginia.



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Biography

Peter was the first Montague immigrant to America, was a landowner, businessman, and member of the House of Burgesses. Peter was born in Boveney, a small hamlet on the north side of the Thames river across the Thames from Windsor, where lies Buckingham Palace, the residence of the monarchs of England. He probably received a fair education, based on his knowledge of latin, though there is no evidence that he went to nearby Eton college, though his Uncle, William Montague, was a fellow of both Eton and Kings College, Cambridge. Peter was the son of Peter and Eleanor Montague of Boveney. His mother was the daughter of William Allen of Burnham. He was the elder brother of Richard Montague, the progenitor of the New England Montagues. Peter immigrated to Jamestown in November 1621 on the ship Charles (on its second trip to Jamestown) at the expense of William Ewen, in company with 1300 new settlers along with Sir Francis Wyatt who was appointed the new governor of the colony.

A tradition traced to Latane Montague (b. 1731) claims that during "the first half day's work he did ruined [sic] his hands so that he had to rest. To pass the time, he began to read his master's books, who caught him reading Latin, and soon obtained for him the position of school teacher." The fact that schools were not established in Jamestown until the time that Peter landed suggests that this story is plausible, and that Peter may have been the, or one of the, first school teachers in Virginia. The muster roll from January 1623 shows that Peter resided on the estate of Captain Samuel Mathews, who later became Governor of the Colony, along with two of his shipmates, William Lusam and William Field. He earned his first land patent in 1637. The occupation of Peter was that of a planter. His crops consisted of wheat, barley, and tobacco, which was exported to England. Peter married his first wife (name unknown) in James City in 1628 while residing at Capt. Samuel Mathew's plantation. He married his second wife, Cicely around 1637. He represented Nanesmond County in the House of Burgesses from November 25, 1652 through July 5, 1653, and represented Lancaster Country from 1651 to 1658. [1]

Sources

  • Kinard, June. comp. Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Published by The Researchers, PO box 39063, Indianapolis IN. 46239-0063.
  • Montague III, Robert V.;History and Genealogy of Peter Montague of Jamestown, VA 1603-2003 (2013); pg. 15

Footnotes

  1. Entered by Clint Montague.

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