Robert Beverly, Jr. (c.1641 - 1687)

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Nicknames: "Beverley;"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Beverley, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Jamestown, Middlesex, Virginia, United States
Occupation: Lawyer; 1670 Clerk Virginia House of Burgesses
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About Robert Beverly, Jr.

Name: Robert Beverley

Sex: M

Title: Major

Birth: 1635 in Hull, Yorkshire, England

Death: 15 MAR 1686/87 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Emigration: 1663

Occupation: Lawyer

Occupation: 1670 Clerk Virginia House of Burgesses

Marriage 1 Elizabeth

Children

1. Thomas Beverley

Marriage 2 Mary b: 1637

Married: 1666 in Virginia

Children

1. Peter Beverley b: 1668 in Jamestown, James City Co., Virginia

2. Robert Beverley b: 1673 in Middlesex Co., Virginia

3. Henry 'Herry' Beverley b: 1676 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

4. Mary Beverley b: 1678 in Middlesex Co., Virginia

Marriage 3 Catherine Armistead b: 1640 in Elizabeth City, Virginia

Married: 28 MAR 1679 in Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Children

1. William Beverley b: 1680 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

2. Catherine Beverley b: 1682 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

3. Thomas Beverley b: in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

4. Christopher Beverley b: 1686 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

5. John Beverley b: 4 JAN 1686/87 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Name: Robert Beverley

Sex: M

Title: Major

Birth: 1635 in Hull, Yorkshire, England

Death: 15 MAR 1686/87 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Emigration: 1663

Occupation: Lawyer

Occupation: 1670 Clerk Virginia House of Burgesses

Marriage 1 Elizabeth

Children

1. Thomas Beverley

Marriage 2 Mary b: 1637

Married: 1666 in Virginia

Children

1. Peter Beverley b: 1668 in Jamestown, James City Co., Virginia

2. Robert Beverley b: 1673 in Middlesex Co., Virginia

3. Henry 'Herry' Beverley b: 1676 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

4. Mary Beverley b: 1678 in Middlesex Co., Virginia

Marriage 3 Catherine Armistead b: 1640 in Elizabeth City, Virginia

Married: 28 MAR 1679 in Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Children

1. William Beverley b: 1680 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

2. Catherine Beverley b: 1682 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

3. Thomas Beverley b: in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

4. Christopher Beverley b: 1686 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

5. John Beverley b: 4 JAN 1686/87 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

1. Name: Catherine Armistead

2. Sex: F

3. Birth: 1640 in Elizabeth City, Virginia

4. Death: 23 APR 1693 in Hewick Plantation, Hanover Co., Virginia

Father: William Armistead b: 1610 in Kirkdeighton, Yorkshire, England

Mother: Ann Ellis b: 1615 in Giggeswick, Kirkdeighton, Yorkshire, England

Marriage 1 Theophilus Hone b: 1625 in England

Children

1. Theophilus Hone b: in Jamestown, James City Co., Virginia

2. Thomas Hone b: in Jamestown, James City Co., Virginia

3. Elizabeth Hone b: in Jamestown, James City Co., Virginia

Marriage 2 Robert Beverley b: 1635 in Hull, Yorkshire, England

Married: 28 MAR 1679 in Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Children

1. William Beverley b: 1680 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

2. Catherine Beverley b: 1682 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

3. Thomas Beverley b: in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

4. Christopher Beverley b: 1686 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

5. John Beverley b: 4 JAN 1686/87 in Old Plantation, Middlesex Co., Virginia

Marriage 3 Christopher Robinson b: 1644 in Hewick Manor, Cleasby, Yorkshire, England

Married: 23 NOV 1687

ID: I22578

Name: Robert BEVERLY , Major 1

Sex: M

Birth: 1641 in Beverley, Yorkshire, England 1

Death: 16 MAR 1686/87 in Middlesex Co., VA 2

Note:

Robert Beverley was born 1641 in Beverley, Yorkshire, England, the son of Peter Beverly and Susanna Hollis. Robert Beverley was our first ancestor to come to Virginia, he became known in Virginia history as “Major”. The Beverley’s were one of the most distinguished and wealthy families of Virginia's ancient aristocracy. Robert Beverley of Yorkshire settled in Middlesex County, Virginia, about 1663, where he died March 16, 1687, leaving an estate of more than fifty thousand acres and a large personal property. In 1670 he was elected clerk of the House of Burgesses, and from then until his death took a most active and varied part in the political turmoil of Virginia at that time.

In Bacon's Rebellion he was "the most active and successful commander on Governor Berkeley's side. On November 13, 1676, Berkeley appointed him commander of all his forces. He received from the Governor high commendation for his zealous and effective service: "Whereas many frequent and successful services to his Sacred Majesty, this Country and me, his Majesties Governor of it. Major Beverley has proved himself to be most loyal, circumspect and courageous in his majesties service".

Later Maj. Beverley incurred the displeasure of the Governor by refusing to turn over certain legislative journals. He was arrested and kept prisoner on board the ship Duke of York and then on the Concord. He was transferred to Colonel Custis's sloop, but escaped. He was taken into custody again at his house in Middlesex and sent to Northampton. In 1683 new charges were brought against him. First, that he had broken open letters addressed to the Secretary's office; secondly that he had made up the Journal, and inserted his Majesty's letters therein, not withstanding it had first been presented at the time of the prorogation; thirdly, that in 1682 he had refused copies of the Journal to the Governor and Council, saying he might not do it without leaver of his masters.

Within about a month afterward Beverly's varied and eventful life ended, he dying March 16, 1687. Thus closes the record of a man loyal to the king, yet an ardent supporter of the liberties of the Colony of Virginia and of the House of Burgesses, of which he was long a faithful and useful officer, a courageous and active soldier, a true and stanch friend, and the possessor of a very general popularity and influence among the people.

Major Robert Beverley married twice, his first wife being Mary Keeble, the widow of George Keeble, who was a justice in Lancaster and died in July 1665. Mary died June 1678 and when the floor of the lower church of Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, was removed later, the tomb of Mary Beverley was discovered. It bore the following inscription:

Here lyeth interred the Bodi of Mrs. Mary Bererley, Wife of Major Robert Beverley

Mother of nine sons and three daughters who departed this life

the last day of June 1678 aged fortie one years and three Months,

having been married to him 17 yeas & 2 months--and was A Careful Mother teaching Virtuous Life Happy and making happy when a wife

Religious to Example, May all strive to imitate her Virtues whilst alive.

Beverley's second wife was Catherine, daughter of Major Theophilus Hone, of James City County. They were married in Gloucester, March 28, 1679. After Major Robert Beverley death in 1687, Catherine married Christopher Robinson and she died April 23, 1692.

Major Robert Beverley made is will twentieth day of August 1686 and the original is one file in Middlesex Court House. He names his sons as follows:

My eldest Sonne Peter Beverley; My Second Sonne Robert Beverle

My Third Sonne Harry Beverley; My Sonne John Beverley;

My Sonne William Beverley; My Sonne Thomas Beverley as soon as he shall

attain the age of 21 years. I give to my dear and loving Wife Catherine

Give unto the child that my Wife goeth with, be it male or fema

I give to my daughter Mary Beverley; I give to my daughter Catherine Beverley.

The will is witnessed by Ralph Wormley, Robert Smith, William Kitto, Walter Keohle and Thomas Ballard. It was proved at a Court held in the County of Middlesex, "we 4th of April, 1687."

The original will bears a well-preserved impression in red wax of an armorial seal: Quarterly, in the first quarters a rose. William Beverley, of “Blandfield,”Grandson of Major Robert Beverley, writing in 1739 to his London merchant, says that he sends him a seal of considerable value, which he wishes to re-cut, if the cost is not too great.

Major Robert Beverley is a Supplemental Ancestor of Colonial Dames of XVII Century approved and verified by National June 23, 2003.

Proof: "Genealogies of Virginia Families" Vol. I, 67-79; Colonial Families of Virginia descended from "William the Conqueror"; Colonial Records of Virginia House of Burgesses; Middlesex County, Virginia Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 and "Seldens of Virginia" Vol. 2, pg. 338-344-345.

Children of Robert Beverley and Mary Keeble are:

1.Mary Beverley, b. 1666.

2.Peter Beverley, b. 1668, Middlesex County, Virginia; d. 1728, Gloucester Virginia.

3.Robert Beverley, Jr., b. 1670, Middlesex County, Virginia; d. April 21, 1722, "Beverley Park", King and Queen County, Virginia.

4.Harry Beverley, b. 1672, Middlesex County, Virginia; d. November 30, 1730, "Newlands", Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

5. John Beverley (Our Ancestor) b. 1675, Middlesex County, Virginia; d. May 11, 1742, Bertie County, North Carolina.County,

Children of Robert Beverley and Catherine Hone are: William, Thomas, Christopher and Catherine Beverley.

Above from Evylene Canup, 10-2006

Father: Peter BEVERLY b: 1610 in City of Hull, York, England

Mother: Susanna HOLLIS b: 1613 in Hull, York, England

Marriage 1 Mary KEEBLE b: ABT 1637

Married: ABT APR 1661

Children

Mary BEVERLY b: 1666 in Middlesex Co., VA
Peter BEVERLY b: 1668 in Middlesex Co., VA
Robert BEVERLY , Jr. b: 1670 in Middlesex Co., VA
Harry BEVERLY b: 1672 in Middlesex Co., VA
John BEVERLY b: 1675 in Middlesex Co., VA

Marriage 2 Catherine HONE

Married: 28 MAR 1679 in Gloucester Co., VA

Children

William BEVERLY b: ABT 1680 in Middleaex Co., VA
Thomas BEVERLY b: ABT 1682 in Middleaex Co., VA
Catherine BEVERLY b: ABT 1684 in Middleaex Co., VA
Christopher BEVERLY b: ABT 1686 in Middleaex Co., VA

Sources:

Title: Evylene Canup<eg_canup@bellsouth.net>10-2006

Title: Evylene Canup<eg_canup@bellsouth.net>10-2006

Text: see notes for proofs

  

Parents of Joh Beverly: (Maj.) Robert Beverley--b. 1630 Beverly, Yorkshire, ENG christening 5 Jan 1643 St. Mary Lowgate, Hull, Yorkshire, ENG

d. 1678 Middlesex Co, VA burial-- March 1687 Jamestown, Middlesex, VA

Catherine Armistead-- b. abt 1637 Hesse, Lancaster, VA christening--1643 Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, VA d. 1692 Middlesex Co, VA

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1641
1641
Beverley, Yorkshire, England
1687
January 4, 1687
Age 46
Blandfield or Old Plantation, Middlesex, Virginia, United States
March 15, 1687
Age 46
Jamestown, Middlesex, Virginia, United States
March, 1687
Age 46
Jamestown, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex, Virginia, United States
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