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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • John Robinson (1683 - 1749)
    John was born at Hewick. He lived there with his wife Catherine Beverly where seven children were born of his union. This son John inherited all of his uncles Bishop John Robinson's Estate in England.
  • Capt. William Ball of Millenbeck (1641 - 1694)
    In his fathers will William inherited the home plantation known as Millenbeck.  The long accepted statement that Capt. Ball married three times is incorrect, as substantiated by his will, 29 D...
  • Col. William Ball of "Millenbeck" (c.1615 - 1680)
    Col. William Ball was born about 1615 in England and died November 1680, in Virginia; came to the Colony and located on the Corotoman River, in St. Mary's Parish, and called his estate "Millenbeck" (se...
  • John Smith of Purton/VA (c.1663 - 1698)
    Col. John Smith (II) of Purton, Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses; b. 1662, Purton; d. 14 Apr 1698, Purton. His father may have been the Speaker, rather than him - sources differ. =(17 Feb 1...
  • Col. Henry Fitzhugh of Eagle's Nest (c.1706 - 1742)
    He was LT-Col. of Stafford Militia, a member of the House of Burgesses, and was candidate for Speaker. Henry Fitzhugh, son of William Fitzhugh, eldest son of Col. William Fitzhugh, was first owner of...

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.

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