Sir Peyton Skipwith, 7th Baronet

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Peyton Skipwith

Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Skipwith, 6th Baronet and Elizabeth Smith
Husband of Lady Jean Skipwith (Miller) and Anne Skipwith
Father of Helen Coles; Selina Coles; Horatio Skipwith; Humburston Skipwith; Oratrix Lelia Carter and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Short and Mary Randolph

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About Sir Peyton Skipwith, 7th Baronet

Sir Peyton Skipwith liveded on Prestwould Plantation on the Roanoke River in Virginia. He was an important visitor to Colonial Williamsburg. After being built, Prestwould Plantation sat high on a hill on the eastern bank of the Roanoke River. The house was the home of Sir Peyton Skipwith and his family. The legacy of documentation left by the early Skipwiths is said to be the most complete and extensive of any non-political family in Colonial or Federal America. Invoices and bills show Prestwould to have been three-fourths completed in 1794 and the family to be living in the home by 1797.

Prestwould was one of the largest and most complex gentry houses built during its time when it was completed in 1795. The seven bay mansion is 68 feet by 52 feet with an English basement. The interior of the manor has large rooms, mostly furnished with Skipwith heirlooms. Some rooms still have original wallpaper that Lady Jean, Sir Peyton's second wife, ordered from England. The cellar has an eight foot ceiling, the first floor a twelve foot ceiling and there is a ten foot ceiling on the second floor. Each room has a fireplace built by local people. The interior woods are pine and oak.

Tradition has it, though, that Sir Peyton skipwith won the land in which Prestwould was built off of William Byrd III in a marathon poker game.

A house such as Prestwould was not easy to build in the late 1700s. Stone and wood were abundant, but hardware, paint, wallpaper, and rugs had to be ordered from England. The lime-sandstone used to build the house was quarried from the plantation. Other original buildings included a gazebo, a plantation business office, and loom house, slave house, a meat house, and a spring house.

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Sir Peyton Skipwith, 7th Baronet's Timeline

December 11, 1740
Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Age 26
September 17, 1771
Age 30
Age 39
Clarksville, Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States
October 1788
Age 47
Age 49
October 9, 1805
Age 64
Mecklenburg County, Virginia, United States