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Col. Argoll Yeardley
 1618 - 1655

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  • Title  Col. 
    Birth  31 Aug 1618  London, England
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1655  Northampton Co., VA
    Inventory  29 Oct 1655  Recorded in Northampton Co., VA
    Person ID  I003208  Herring
    Last Modified  29 Jan 2010 08:49:32 
    Father  George Yeardley, b. 1587, Southwark, Surrey, England 
    Mother  Temperance Flowerdieu, b. Abt 1587, Norfolk, England 
    Family ID  F002165  Group Sheet
    Family 1  Frances Knight, b. Abt 1620, England 
    Married  8 Mar 1635/36  St. Stephen, Coleman, London, England
    >1. Argoll Yeardley, Jr., b. Abt 1644, Northampton Co., VA
     2. Rose Yeardley, b. Abt 1640
    >3. Frances Yeardley
    >4. Katherine Yeardley, b. Abt 1637
    Family ID  F002136  Group Sheet
    Family 2  Ann Custis, b. Abt 1620, Rottterdam, Holland 
    Married  Abt 1649  Rotterdam, Holland
     1. Edmund Yeardley
     2. Henry Yeardley
    Family ID  F002164  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Argoll Yeardley was born 1616-17 although shown as aged 4 in the muster, 1624/5, on 6 Sep 1638 repatented 3700 acres in Accomack County, the patent reciting that the land had been granted to Sir George Yeardley, Kt., father to said Argol . . . by order of the Court, 9 May 1623. He also inherited the unsold portions of his brother Francis' lands on the Eastern Shore. He was a member of the Council, 1639-55, and commissioner of Accomack County by 11 Jan 1641/2. He married his second wife at Rotterdam while on a trip to Holland in his own vessel, Ann Custis, whom he brought to Virginia along with her brother, John Custis. Col. Argoll Yeardley died by 29 Oct 1655 when the appraisal of his estate was ordered. Ann Custis married secondly, John Wilcox (died 1662) and probably thirdly, John Luke. She died by 20 Oct 1686 (Adventurers of Purse and Person, pp. 727-728).


      Was a son of Sir George Yardley, governor and councillor of Virginia. The younger Yardley's name is first recorded among those present on Jan. 6, 1639, and on July 6, 1640. On Feb. 26, 1644, proceedings were instituted against "Col. Argall Yardley of the Council," for contempt. He was reelected a councillor in April, 1652, and appointed justice for Northampton in 1653, and once more elected to the council March 31, 1654-55. Colonel Yardley married Sarah, eldest daughter of John Michael, merchant. Their marriage contract bears the date of Jan. 23, 1640. On March 28, 1656, the general assembly had ordered the "denization" of "John Michael, stranger," then a resident of Northampton county. A deed is recorded under date of Dec. 28, 1648, from "Argall Yardley, elder son and heir of Sir George Yardley, deceased," to his son Edmund, also a deed from Argall Yardley to Henry and Edmund Yardley, and a deed of gift recorded Aug., 1674, from John Michael, Sr., to his daughter Sarah and her husband, Argall Yardley, and to their children, Argall Yardley, Jr., John, Elizabeth and Frances Yardley. According to an inventory of the personal estate of Colonel Argall Yardley, Esq., dated Nov. 13, 1655, he had 41,269 pounds of tobacco, and a tobacco house and two servants in Barbadoes. He has numerous descendants in Virginia.

      Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I
      III--Colonial Councillors of State

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