Depending on my route to work, and/or home, I wind up driving down Littlepage St. several times a week. I never really thought much about the name–assumed it was named after someone, and never got any further than that–until a few days ago when Darcie and I were at meeting with a guy who lives on Littlepage St., and on finding out I teach history, he shared some research he did a few years ago when he moved into his house and was curious about the name of the street.
Turns out, Lewis Littlepage was born in 1762 in Hanover County, and died in 1802 in Fredericksburg, where he is now buried in Grave No. 183 of the Masonic Cemetery on Charles St. In his 39 years he managed to buddy up to John Jay, General Lafayette, Stanislas August Poinatwoski (last King of Poland), and John Paul Jones, among others. Interesting story.
Virginia Johnson of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has a concise write-up here. She drew on Nell Holladay Boand’s Lewis Littlepage and James H. Bailey’s “A Not-So-Innocent Virginian Abroad” (both available at CRRL), as well as Curtis Carroll Davis’s The King’s Chevalier (available at UMW’s Simpson Library).