Stanley Hundred

Stanley Hundred (HM925)

Location: Newport News, VA 23603
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N 37° 10.657', W 76° 34.55'

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A New Settlement

Preface: Newport News was a small community located in Warwick County until late in the 19th century. Established as a town in 1880, it was incorporated as a city in 1896. Warwick County, one of the eight original Virginia shires formed by 1634, became extinct in 1952 when it was designated the city of Warwick. It merged with Newport News in 1958.

Sir George Yeardley served as governor and captain general of Virginia from 1619 to 1621 and from 1626 to 1627. He had arrived in Virginia aboard the Deliverance from Bermuda in 1610. Yeardley later commanded Forts Charles and Henry before governing the Bermuda Hundred settlement. He also established a plantation at Flowerdew Hundred, then in 1619 returned to England, where he received a knighthood and his commission as governor from King James I. On his return to Virginia, Governor Yeardley called the first legislative assembly in American history at Jamestown. After his term expired, he served as a councilor and led reprisals against the Powhatan Indians after they attacked the colony in 1622. When Governor Sir Francis Wyatt left for England in 1626, Yeardley assumed leadership of the colony. He also claimed 1,000 acres here on Mulberry Island for the transportation of indentured servants.

Yeardley gave the new settlement he established here the name Stanley Hundred in honor of his wife's family. The term "hundred" was an English feudal term for a division of land supporting 100 persons, usually 100 acres. The settlers, with an abundance of land and a smaller population, used the term more as a colloquialism. Yeardley wanted a town established on his plantation, but his death in 1627 ended the enterprise. There were sufficient inhabitants, however, to warrant the construction of a church. Yeardley's widow, Lady Temperance Flowerdew, sold Stanley Hundred to Captain Thomas Flint in 1628. By the 1660s, the Cary family had acquired the tract.
HM NumberHM925
Year Placed2007
Placed ByNewport News Founders' Trail
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 12:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360110 N 4115738
Decimal Degrees37.17761667, -76.57583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.657', W 76° 34.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 39.42" N, 76° 34' 33.00" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 254 Enterprise Dr, Newport News VA 23603, US
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