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Elizabeth Hill Byrd (Carter)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Shirley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia
Death: Died in Henrico, Virginia
Cause of death: crushed by falling furniture
Place of Burial: Westover Plantation, Charles City, Charles City, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Carter, Secretary of Virginia Colony and Elizabeth Carter Cocke
Wife of Col. William Evelyn Byrd, III
Mother of William Evelyn Byrd, IV; John Carter Byrd/Bird; Thomas Taylor Byrd; Elizabeth Hill Skipwith and Lt. Colonel Francis Otway Bird
Sister of Mary Head; John Carter, Jr.; Charles Hill Carter, Sr.; Edward Hill Carter; Elijah Carter, Jr. and 3 others

Managed by: Christopher Gordon Totsky
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About Elizabeth Hill Byrd

Birth: Oct. 13, 1731 Shirley Charles City County Virginia, USA Death: Jul. 25, 1760 Belvidere, Henrico County Virginia, USA

First wife of Col William Evelyn Byrd III of Westover. They were married on 14 APR 1748. Daughter of John Carter, Secretary of State, and Elizabeth Hill of Shirley Plantation, James River, Henrico Co, VA. Elizabeth gave birth to the following: William Byrd IV AUG 1749 John Carter Byrd 25 JAN 1750/51 Thomas Taylor Byrd 17 JAN 1752 Elizabeth Hill Byrd NOV 1754 Francis Otway Byrd 8 MAY 1756 25 JUL 1760 Elizabeth died leaving five children under the age of 11. A copy of a portrait of Elizabeth Hill Carter Byrd can be found at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. It states: Mrs. Wm. Byrd, III (Elizabeth Hill Carter) at Shirley. Her original portrait is exhibited in Shirley Plantation.


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Parents:
 John Carter (1690 - 1742)
 Elizabeth Hill Carter Cocke (1703 - 1771)

Spouse:
 William Evelyn Byrd (1728 - 1777)

Children:
 William Evelyn Byrd IV (1749-1771)
 John Carter Byrd (1751 - 1814)*
 Thomas Taylor Byrd (1752 - 1821)*
 Elizabeth Hill Byrd Skipwith (1755 - 1819)*
 Francis Otway Byrd (1756 - 1800)*
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Burial: Westover Plantation Charles City Charles City County Virginia, USA

-------------------- Birth: Oct. 13, 1731 Shirley Charles City County Virginia, USA Death: Jul. 25, 1760 Belvidere, Henrico County Virginia, USA

First wife of Col William Evelyn Byrd III of Westover. They were married on 14 APR 1748. Daughter of John Carter, Secretary of State, and Elizabeth Hill of Shirley Plantation, James River, Charles City County, VA. Elizabeth gave birth to the following: William Byrd IV AUG 1749 John Carter Byrd 25 JAN 1750/51 Thomas Taylor Byrd 17 JAN 1752 Elizabeth Hill Byrd NOV 1754 Francis Otway Byrd 8 MAY 1756 25 JUL 1760 Elizabeth died leaving five children under the age of 11.

A copy of a portrait of Elizabeth Hill Carter Byrd can be found at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. It states: Mrs. Wm. Byrd, III (Elizabeth Hill Carter) at Shirley. An original portrait of her is exhibited in Shirley Plantation.

A home called Belvidere was built about 1750 on the falls, just as his grandfather had done before he purchased Westover, by William III for his wife. With William being gone in the later years of the 1750's, in a letter she wrote him in 1757 expressing her loneliness of being here on the falls alone with her children and house servants. She died 3 years later, either and accident or suicide as some had thought.

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From the Internet. "One of the Westover Ghosts is Elizabeth Hill Carter Byrd. She was very unhappy in her marriage, and her mother in law did not like her. One day Mrs. Byrd, Sr told Elizabeth that letters from William Byrd's other women were in a high boy in an upstairs bedroom. Elizabeth went to the room to find the letters and climbed up the lower drawers to find the letters in the top drawer. The high boy fell over on her and killed her. Sad."

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Elizabeth Hill Byrd's Timeline

1731
October 13, 1731
Charles City, Virginia
1748
April 14, 1748
Age 16
VA
1749
August 2, 1749
Age 17
Charles City, Henrico, Virginia, American Colonies
1751
January 27, 1751
Age 19
Henrico County, Virginia, United States
1752
January 17, 1752
Age 20
Charles City, Charles, Virginia
1755
November 29, 1755
Age 24
Charles City, VA
1756
May 8, 1756
Age 24
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
1760
July 5, 1760
Age 28
Charles City, Charles City, Virginia, United States
July 25, 1760
Age 28
Henrico, Virginia