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  • Capt. John Moone (1600 - 1655)
    Capt. John Moone was born 24 Jun 1601 in Parish, Hampshire, England, and died 12 Aug 1655 in Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States. He was the son of William Moone and Ann Woodman. (o...
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  • Col William Randolph, II (c.1651 - 1711)
    William Randolph was a colonist and land owner who played an important role in the history and governement of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He moved to Virginia between 1669 and 1673, and married Mary ...
  • Maj Robert Overton Harris, Sr. (c.1696 - 1765)
    Major in Virginia Militia; First surveyor of Louisa County, VA in 1742; represented Hanover County in House of Burgesses. Oldest son of Wm & Temperance Harris. Will proved 8 Aug 1765.----------------...
  • Col. William Kendall (c.1625 - 1686)
    After his first wife Ruth and his infant son William died in England, he sailed as an indentured servant to Edward Drew in the late summer of 1650 on the Peter and John with his new master. He began hi...

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America.

The word "Burgess" means an elected or appointed official of a municipality, or the representative of a borough in the English House of Commons.

The House was established by the Virginia Company, who created the body as part of an effort to encourage English craftsmen to settle in North America and to make conditions in the colony more agreeable for its current inhabitants.

The House's first session of July 30, 1619, held in Jamestown, was cut short by an outbreak of malaria.

The assembly had 22 members from the following constituencies:

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  • 6. Stanard, William G. and Mary Newton Stanard. The Virginia Colonial Register. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons Publishers, 1902. OCLC 253261475, Retrieved July 15, 2011. p. 52.