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Col. Augustine Warner, Sr.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Gloucester Courthouse, Gloucester County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Gloucester Courthouse, Gloucester County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Thomas Hoverton Warner and Elizabeth Warner
Husband of Mary Cant Warner
Father of Sarah Towneley; Mary Hawkins; Col. Augustine Warner II; Mildred Washington and Susan Warner
Brother of James Warner; Lydia Lewis and Sarah Towneley

Occupation: Merchant, Land Investor, Statesman, Captain
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About Col. Augustine Warner

Augustine Warner (November 28, 1610 – December 26, 1674), was born in Norwich, Norfolk, to Thomas Warner and Elizabeth Sotherton. He was the progenitor of the Augustine Warner Family, who arrived in Virginia in 1628 at the age of seventeen, one of a group of thirty-four brought in by Adam Thoroughgood.

The Warner family settled along the Piankatank River. As some of the Warners moved into Maryland Augustine Warner I, who received the earliest known land grant in Gloucester in 1635, was most influential in establishing a Gloucester settlement, later to become Gloucester County by 1651. Augustine's wife Mary Townley immigrated to Virginia in 1638 by The Charles River Company. As Augustine's acquisition of land increased, so did his political influence in the area. He became important in government and a man of respect in the county. In 1642 Augustine Warner's wife gave birth to their second child on July 3, Augustine II.

By the 1650's, Augustine Warner had acquired over one thousand acres through land grants spanning Virginia, it has been rumored that he was granted nearly 33,333 acres total throughout Gloucester County. This may have included land covering the entire North side of the Severn River, out to the Mobjack Bay Finally, he became politically influential. Captain Warner was a member of the King's Council of the Royal Governor of Virginia until his death. This included being Justice and Burgess of York and Gloucester Counties between 1652 and 1658. This enabled him to advise the Governor on many important matters. He was named Speaker of the House and known as Speaker Warner at this time. He became Captain of the Virginia Militia and received commission from the Governor "Gentlemen." He aided the Dutch with the attacks on the Virginia Fleet of Hampton Roads. Augustine Warner was also famous for giving handsome service of communion plate to Abingdon Parish as well. He was considered an important man of the county as "Mister" was a term of respect. "Ordinary people had no handle on their names."

Augustine Warner died in 1674, at sixty-three, and was succeeded at Warner Hall by his only son, Augustine Warner, Jr. (1642-1681). After his English education in London and at Cambridge, the younger Augustine Warner returned to Virginia, and soon, by 1666, became a member of the House of Burgesses, and then Speaker of the House in 1676. In 1677 he took his seat on the King's Council, but his career was cut short by his early death in 1681 at the age of thirty-nine.

Besides the son Augustine Warner the second, the first Augustine Warner (1611-1674) had at least two daughters. One married David Cant, and the other, Sarah, married Lawrence Townley, and was the ancestor of General Robert E. Lee.

It is recorded that the second Augustine Warner (1642-1681) had three sons, all of whom died unmarried, and three daughters, who inherited the Warner property and left huge progenies.

The three were; Mary Warner, who married in 1680 John Smith of Purton, Mildred Warner, who married about 1690 Laurence Washington, ancestors of George Washington, and Elizabeth Warner, who married about 1691 John Lewis, and kept the Warner Hall house itself in the division of the Warner properties after the brothers’ deaths. Elizabeth and John Lewis were the grandparents of Fielding Lewis, who married first George Washington’s cousin and second his sister, both ladies also being grandchildren of Mildred Warner. Additionally Elizabeth and John Lewis were the ancestors of Meriwether Lewis of the Corps of Discovery fame.

Warner Hall stayed in the eldest male line of the Lewis family, through a succession of eldest sons named Warner Lewis, until 1834, when it was finally sold by a daughter of the last of them, another Elizabeth Lewis.

Warner Hall is still known by this name and the Lewis descendants became known as the Warner Hall Lewises. A non-profit DNA Project LEWIS Surname DNA Project is actively seeking descendants from this paternal line. In some cases a scholarship may be offered.

Alternate Birth Date: 9/28/1611

Of Warner Hall

Elizabeth was the daughter of Augustine Southerton (b. 1553) and Ann Peck (who were married 22 Sep 1572). She was born about 1582 and died around 1629 at the age of 47. Thomas and Elizabeth had a son named after Elizabeth’s father, Augustine Warner. Augustine was born on 28 Sep 1611 in Norfolk, England. He died on 24 Dec 1674 in Virginia. That is correct. Of the Warner family he is the “Immigrant”.

Col. Augustine Warner (I); b. ca. 28 Sept 1611, Hoveton or Norwich, Norfolk; d. 24 Dec 1674, Warner Hall, Gloucester Co, VA; emigrated to America 1628; a planter, landowner and leading figure of Gloucester Co, VA where he was a colonel in the militia and a Justice; Burgess 1652 & 1656; memb. of the King's Council 1659-74; builder of Warner Hall ca. 1635.

     =(1635, Gloucester Co / ca. 13 May 1638) 

Mary Townley; b. 15 May 1614; d. 11 Aug 1662, Warner Hall; dau of Lawrence Towneley of Stone Edge & Jennet Halstead.

Information from: Sources: Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1, p. 153; Duke, Kenmore and the Lewises, pp. 4–11; Harris, "John Lewis," pp. 195–205; Hotten, Original Lists of Persons of Quality, pp. 79, 103, 108; Lewis, Lewis Patriarchs, pp. 74–82; Moses, Welsh Lineage, pp. 1–20 ff.; New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 18, p. 81; Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, vol. 1, p. 229; Sorley, Lewis of Warner Hall, pp. 17–29, 293–300, 445–68; St. Teilo's parish register; VA tombstone records.


Col. Augustine Warner, Sr., came to Virginia about 1628, and finally settled in Gloucester Co., on an estate called "Warner Hall." The name of his wife whom he married in England is unknown. He was Burgess from York in 1652, and from Gloucester in 1658. He was a member of the King's Council, 1659-74, and died 1674 or '76. His daughter, Sarah Warner, married Laurence Townley. (Hening's Statutes, VIII, p. 630.) Issue, Alice Townley, married Major John Grymes, of Middlesex Co., who was the son of Lieutenant General Thomas Grymes of Cromwell's army. Major John Grymes settled at "Grymesby Hall" on the Piankatank River, Middlesex Co. He was vestryman of Christ Church Parish, 1694 to 1708, and justice for Middlesex Co., 1706. Died about 1708.

Aged 63 Yeares 2 Mth 26Ds. Came to Virginia about 1628, and finally settled in Gloucester Co., on an estate called "Warner Hall." He was Burgess from York in 1652, and from Gloucester in 1658. He was a member of the King's Council, 1659-74. He is the 4th great-grandfather to Gen Robert E Lee.

From "Warner Hall Story of a Great Plantation" by David Brown & Thane Harpole, pub. DATA Investigations Inc., 2004

p. 64 Inscriptions on the Warner Hall Tombstones These fourteen inscriptions are taken from Lyon G. Tylers 1894 article in the "William and Mary Quarterly". There is some confusion about the tombs, since Mildred Reade Warner has no legible inscription, and the stone of James J. McClanahan was moved to Abingdon Parish Church. .... 2. Augustine Warner Deceased ye 24th of December 1674, Aged 63 Yeares 2 Mth 26Ds. Thos dead whilest most men live he canot dy His name will live fresh in their memory True worth is highly shown in liveing well When future ages of his power shall tell [Virginia Founder]

Born of English gentry and came to Virginia around 1628. Given the first land grant north of the York River. Warner Hall was built shortly after the land grant of 1635. They had a daughter Sarah who married Lawrence Townley and became the ancestress of General Henry Lee (1756-1818) who married Ann Hill, daughter of Charles Carter (1773-1829), who in turn were the parents of General Robert E. Lee.

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Col. Augustine Warner's Timeline

September 28, 1610
Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk, England
September 28, 1611
Age 1
Norfolk, England
September 28, 1611
Age 1
Norfolkshire, England
September 28, 1611
Age 1
Norfolkshire, England
September 28, 1611
Age 1
Norfolkshire, England
Age 27
Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Age 29
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
June 3, 1642
Age 31
Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States