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Maj. Lewis Burwell
 1652 - 1710

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  • Title  Maj. 
    Birth  Abt 1652  Gloucester Co., VA
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Dec 1710  Gloucester Co., VA
    Will  19 Feb 1710/11  Probated in York Co., VA
    Person ID  I042611  Herring
    Last Modified  29 Jan 2010 08:49:32 
    Father  Lewis Burwell, b. 1621, Bedfordshire, England 
    Mother  Lucy HIGGINSON, b. Abt 1630, Gloucester Co., VA 
    Family ID  F021918  Group Sheet
    Family 1  Abigail Smith, b. 11 Mar 1655/56, Gloucester Co., VA 
    Married  1672 
    >1. Joanna Burwell, b. Abt 1675, Gloucester Co., VA
    >2. Elizabeth Burwell, b. Abt 1677, Gloucester Co., VA
    >3. Nathaniel Burwell, b. Abt 1680, Gloucester Co., VA
     4. Lewis Burwell, b. 9 Oct 1682
    >5. Lucy Burwell, b. 21 Nov 1683, Gloucester Co., VA
    >6. Martha Burwell, b. Nov 1685, Gloucester Co., VA
     7. Bacon Burwell, b. 22 Feb 1686/87, Gloucester Co., VA
     8. Jane Burwell, b. 16 Nov 1688, Gloucester Co., VA
    >9. James Burwell, b. 4 Feb 1689/90, Gloucester Co., VA
    Family ID  F009743  Group Sheet
    Family 2  Martha Lear, b. Abt 1669, Nansemond Co., VA 
    Married  4 Mar 1693/94 
    >1. Lewis Burwell, b. 1694
     2. Mary Burwell, b. 1698
    >3. Martha Burwell, b. 1703, Gloucester Co., VA
    Family ID  F021917  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Of "Carter's Creek," Gloucester, and of "King's Creek," York, was a son of Maj. Lewis Burwell and Lucy Higginson, his wife. He was a justice of Gloucester in 1680 and a trustee of William and Mary College in 1692. He was probably appointed to the council by the governor in 1700. Such appointments were always provisional and had to be ratified by the English authorities and on Dec. 4, 1700, the lords of trade wrote to Gov. Nicholson that he had been appointed to the council. On Oct. 13, 1701, Maj. Burwell wrote to the lords of trade that he had received his majesty's command requiring his service as one of the council of the colony. It was his very great misfortune that upon this occasion it was not in his power to pay the respect of duty and obedience which he had always been ambitious to do, and therefore he prayed their lordships' intercession with his majesty not to insist upon his commands. Sickness and lameness, with which he was very often afflicted, made it impossible for him to attend. Accordingly, on May 7, 1702, the lords of trade recommended to the Queen that Lewis Burwell be discharged from the council, which was done. It was with one of this Maj. Burwell's daughters that Gov. Nicholson became infatuated, as Dr. Blair reports. He died Dec. 19, 1710. He married (first) Abigail Smith, niece of Hon. Nathaniel Bacon, Esq., and (second) Martha, widow of Col. William Cole, formerly secretary of state, and daughter of Councillor Col. John Lear.

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

      Here Lyeth the Body of
      Honble Lewis Burwell11 Son of
      Maj Lewis Burwell & Lucy his wife
      Of the County of Gloucester who first Married
      Abigail Smith of ye family of ye Bacons
      by whom he had four Sons and Six Daughters
      and after her Death to Martha the widow
      of ye Honble William Cole by whom he
      also had two Sons and three Daughters and
      Departed this Life the 19th Day of December
      Anno Domini 1710 Leaveing behind him
      three Sons and Six Daughters.

      Lewis Burwell's will (proved Feb. 19, 1710) on record in York
      Co. He mentions sons, Nathaniel, James and Lewis; grandson, Lewis, son of
      Nathaniel; son-in-law, Henry Seaton; daughters, Joanna, Elizabeth, Lucy, Martha,
      Jane, and Martha, jun.; godson, William Burwell, about 4 years old, living with
      William Davis and Ellinor his wife, whom he directs to be educated at William and
      Mary College, in style "becoming a gentleman's son", and to have 65 pds. worth
      of plate "that hath his mother's coat-of-arms upon it"; [Matthew Burwell, probably
      the father of William, and William Davis were witnesses to Lewis Burwell's deed
      in 1700;] brother Philip Ludwell; L30 to the poor of Abingdon parish, and L30 for
      mourning-rings. Should his children die without issue, his property of York,
      James City, King William, etc., to go for establishing free schools, and a chair
      of Law, Medicine, or Divinity in William and Mary College.

      William and Mary Quarterly

      MAJOR LEWIS BURWELL, (3--1), b. 1653, of "King's Creek," York Co., Va., and "Fairfield," Gloucester Co., Va., d. Dec. I9, 1710. He was an earnest supporter of the Established Church-the Communion silver now used at Old Abingdon the parish of "Fairfield," was presented by Lewis Burwell, and has "L. B." engraved upon it. He was an influential member of the King's Council; "Fairfield," later known as "Carters Creek," was said to be the oldest house in Virginia bearing a date on its walls, the inscription "L. B. A., 1694," was cut on one of the group of diamond-shaped chimneys, which shows that "Fairfield," was built by Hon. Lewis Burwell and his wife. He m. 1672 (first) Abigail Smith, b. March 11, 1656; d. Nov. 12, 1692; dau. of Anthony and Martha (Bacon) Smith, of Colchester, England, and niece and heiress of Hon. Nathaniel Bacon, Sr., President of the King's Council, ect.; and cousin of Nathaniel Bacon, the "rebel." She was a descendant of eleven Kings, even to Alfred the Great, and Egbert, King of Wessex-Bretwalda, over England. Moreover, through the same source from the Kings of Navarre and Duke of Gascony, and earlier still from Chipleric. King of the Burgundians; (second) Martha (Lear) Cole, d. 8-4-1704 age 35; wid. of Hon. William Cole, b. 1638; d. 1694; of the King's Council, and Secretary of State; dau. of Hon. John Lear, of "Nansemond," who was of the King's Council.

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