The Bridger Family Association was formed in May of 2006 to perpetuate the memory of General  Joseph Bridger (b. by 1631/2 – d.1686) of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, who was one of Colonial America’s most significant leaders. The Association’s founders are Jean Birdsong Tomes, William P. Carrell II, and James A. Bridger, Jr. The organizational meeting was held on May 21, 2006 at Historic St. Luke’s Church near Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.