Reverend, Dr. John "Rappahannock" Russell III

Is your surname Russell?

Research the Russell family

Reverend, Dr. John "Rappahannock" Russell III's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Russell, III

Birthplace: North Farnham Parish, Rappahanock County, Virginia
Death: Died in North Farnham Parrish, Rappahannock, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend John Russell II and Mary Russell
Husband of Alicia Bayley
Father of Lt Col William James Russell, Sr.
Half brother of Jonathan Russell; Rev. Samuel Russell; Eleazar Russell; Daniel Russell; john russell and 2 others

Occupation: Pastor at Wethersfield and Hadley, Virginia
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:
view all 19

Immediate Family

About Reverend, Dr. John "Rappahannock" Russell III

Alicia Billington-Russell was born in Rappahannock County, Virginia around 1649. Her parents Luke and Barbara Billington were Irish Immigrants from Dublin, Ireland. She married John Russell on September 16th, 1673 in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Alicia had one brother and three sisters.


Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Wills & Deeds Book 1, p.114

In the name of God amen, I Luke Billington of Farnham parish in Rappahannock county being of sound and perfect memory, thanks be given to God, therefore I do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth. Viz. Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Barbary Billington the house wherein I now dwell with all moveable and unmovable belongings and land, thereunto belonging to the plantation with all the cattle belonging to me and mares sheep and all the grain and corn and wheat with servants and all my household goods within doors and without during the term of her natural life, and after her decease the land to fall to my son Luke Billington and his heirs forever, and I do oblige my wife to provide and give unto my daughter Elizabeth at her day of marriage either a man servant or a maid for the term of time as servants come into this country to serve. Item. I give unto my son Luke Billington the mountain fields wherein now Richard Peacock liveth to him and his heirs forever, and in case he dies without issue, then the land to be divided between his lower sisters here nominated, being Elita and Elizabeth and Jane and Barbary my daughters, and in case that any or either of my daughters shall die without issue, that the land belong to the survivor or survivors. Item. I do oblige my son Luke to give and deliver at the day of marriage of my daughter Jane and Barbary to each of them a man servant or a maid servant for the full time and term of years servants serve their lawful apprenticeship in this country. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elita three hundred and fifty acres of land belonging to the mountain fields as by a patent purchased appeareth, and if my daughter dieth without issue, that then the land fall and be divided between my three daughters Elizabeth, Jane, and Barbary and in case any of them die without issue, to fall to the survivor or survivor. Item. I give unto my daughter Mary a piece of plate to the value of thirty shillings and to her son, my grandchild William Daniel, a ewe with a ewe lamb by her side. Item. I do further appoint and oblige my wife to pay and satisfy all or any just debts which shall be made appear that I oweth or by obligation or account. Item. I make my wife Barbary Billington my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and further I desire my trusty and well-beloved friends William Travers and Giles Cale to be trustees of this my will testament that to their power as much as in them lyeth it be performed. In witness whereof, I have set my hand and seal this 13th day of November 1671. Further, Dr. John Russell to be a trustee to this my last will with William Travers and Giles Cale.

Signed Luke Billington (seal)

Sealed & delivered in the presence of: Henry Sheares John Russell

Recorded May the 3rd, 1672. Recorded May the 3rd, 1672.

Henry Sheares, aged 35 years or thereabouts, and John Russell, aged 26 years or thereabouts, sworn and examined, say that they saw the above named Luke Billington sign, seal, and publish this writing whereunto his hand and seal is affixed as his last will and testament and that he was in perfect mind and memory to the best of their knowledge and further say not.

Signed: Henry Sheares John Russell


Jan 2015

Seen as father of Lt. Col. William James Russell, who was born 1679 in England, 4 years after this John Russell's death.

According to the Postem comments 2011:

-1- It is my unproven opinion that Dr John Russell was the elder of the two Russells who were associated with the will of Luke Billington in about 1671 Rappahannock Co VA, and that the John Russell who witnessed that will was the younger of the two, and probably the son of Dr. John.

-2- The John Russell who witnessed that will declared in a deposition related to its probate that he was about 26 years of age, which works out to birth in about 1645 or 1646.

-3- John Russell, almost certainly “witness John,” married Alicia Billington, daughter of the deceased Luke, in September 1673, and then Alicia was widowed by his death IN OR BEFORE December 1674, as proven by court records, LESS THAN 15 MONTHS after the marriage.

-6- It is not proven that John and Alicia had any children during the 15 months or less of their marriage, although it does seem likely that there was at least one child, and possibly two. Whether the child, if any, was a son or daughter, and what his / her name was, is all pure speculation I believe until it is otherwise demonstrated.

-7- I do think however, for a certain reason that I will reveal to anyone who contacts me, think that George Russell who first appears in Richmond Co records soon after 1700, does have a special claim as the possible son of John and Alicia. Another name as their possible son, for obvious reasons, would be John Russell.


view all

Reverend, Dr. John "Rappahannock" Russell III's Timeline

September 23, 1650
North Farnham Parish, Rappahanock County, Virginia
September 11, 1673
Age 22
North Farnham Parish, Rappahanock County, Virginia
Age 27
Age 89
North Farnham Parrish, Rappahannock, Virginia