Flowerdew Hundred

In 1624 Governor Sir George Yardley sold Flowerdew Hundred to Abraham Piersey, Cape Merchant (treasurer) of the Colony of Virginia. It was the view of James Branch Cabell that Abraham Piersey was the the great great grandfather of Mary Hartwell, who married Captain (later Major) George Marable of James Citty in or about 1699. (See, Cabell, The Majors and Their Marriages (Richmond 1928), pp. 113-132.) John Branch Cabell, it must be remembered, was a writer (and a bit of a romantic, I believe) rather than a genealogist; and his idea, appealing as it is, was considered and rejected by Meyer and Dorman in Adventures of Purse and Person (Meyer, Virginia M. and John F. Dorman, eds. 1987), p. 589 n. 32.

When he acquired Flowerdew, Piersey renamed it "Piersey's Hundred," as is evidenced by the Muster of Inhabitants of Peirsey's Hundred Taken 20th of January 1624. After Piersey's death, Flowerdew was inherited by his daughter, Elizabeth Piersey, who married, first, Captain Richard Stevens. Her patent shows that Elizabeth Piersey restored the originial name to the plantation when it came into her possession.

Captain Richard Stevens has the distinction of having prevailed in the first duel fought in Virginia (against George Harrison, in 1623). He was also a member of the Governor's Council. Captain Stevens and Elizabeth Piersey are said to have had two sons: Captain Samuel Stevens, who was Governor of Albemarle (North Carolina) from 1667 until he died, without issue, in 1670; and William Stevens, a cooper, who married Margaret Vaulx, and had a son, William, who died a minor, and a daughter, Mary Stephens, who married, third, William Hartwell.

After the death of Captain Richard Stevens, Elizabeth Piersey married Governor Sir John Harvey.