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The Edward-Maria Wingfield Memorial.
The nearby New Jamestown memorial showing Edward-Maria
Wingfield as the first President at Jamestown.
Wingfield of Illinois, President of the Wingfield Family Society & Lord of
the Manor of Wingfield, England (1991-1994) leading some 75 Wingfields in a
memorial service here commemorating Edward-Maria Wingfield as 1st
President here and all those brave men who settled Jamestowne with him.
Virginia. There is a magnificent marble memorial to Captain Edward-Maria
Wingfield, “a distinguished soldier”*, who was the President of the
Council during the first four hard months here. (The first three leaders
were called “President”, after which the title was changed to
“Governor”). Wingfield, with his cousin, Bartholomew Gosnold, was
responsible for recruiting 40% of the colonists and also apparently
responsible for paying off the expedition’s debts so that it could sail in
December 1606. [Huntingdon County Record Office, M22/ 4A]. He built the
great fort here, started bartering with the Indians and planted the first
crops, but because of sickness, famine and because he pushed the men too
hard, was removed from office. On return to England he continued to recruit
backers and to give financial support for the enterprise. (*In the Army Roll
he was annotated “a captain of success”).