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Sir George Yeardley (Gov. of Jamestown)
Posted by: Stuart Baker Date: February 22, 2001 at 14:43:38
In Reply to: Yardley,Sir George Yeardley; 1218-1627 by James L. Smith of 348

I am an attorney in Atlanta, GA, and just stumbled on your webpage. According to my great-uncle's geneology, I am a decendent (one of many, of course) of George Yeardley, first governor of Jamestown.

My great-uncle's geneology refers to Yeardley's ship being shipwrecked in Bermuda during the crossing and him having to winter there. According to my American history book, this shipwreck and loss of supplies caused the so-called "Starving Times" in Jamestown during the winter of 1609 (1608?) when many colonists died and some resorted to cannabalism! Also, again according to my history book, this shipwreck was Shakespeare's inspiration for his play, "The Tempest." Thought these were interesting Yeardley historical connections . . .

Stuart Baker

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