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Francis Summers

Birthplace: Alexandria, Fairfax County , Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Jane Summers
Father of Elizabeth Turney; Samuel Summers; George Summers; John Summers; Francis Summers and 2 others

Managed by: Lee Aaron Wynne
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About Francis Summers

    Francis was a Revolutionary War soldier.  He served in the Fairfax County, Virginia militia and is listed as one of three Sergeants in his Company.  His Captains were Nicholas Minor and James Hamilton.
    Francis' will, dated Sep 10, 1800 reads as follows:  IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen., I FRANCIS SUMMERS of the County of Fairfax and State of Virginia being blessed with sense and memory as much so as usual, conceive it my duty to make a distribution of my Estate between my Wife and Children before I die; which distribution i now make in the following manner, to wit.  To my Son, THOMAS SUMMERS, I give and bequeath all the Land I possess lying on the North side of the TURNPIKE ROAD, as it now stands except half an acre including the BURIAL GROUND, which I reserve for the use of my Family, which said Land the said THOMAS SUMMERS is to possess as soon as he becomes of age, provided he pay to his Mother, JANE SUMMERS, the annual sum of Three pounds during her natural life, and at her death the sum of Seventy pounds in Specie to such person or persons as I may direct by my this my last Will and Testament;
    To my loving Wife, JANE SUMMERS, I give and bequeath an annuity of Fifty Dollars during her life to be paid by my Five Sons, GEORGE SUMMERS, JOHN SUMMERS, FRANCIS SUMMERS and SAMUEL SUMMERS, (only four named at this point) agreeable to their respective Bonds, which I possess and the Condition of this my last Will and Testament so far as it respects my Son, THOMAS SUMMERS; Also all my personal Estate after my just debts are paid to her and at her disposal forever; And whereas I am possessed of the Obligation of my Four Sons, GEORGE, JOHN, FRANCIS and SAMUEL, for the payment of Two  hundred and eighty pounds after my decease, also have enjoined it to my Son, THOMAS SUMMERS, by this my Will, to pay the sum of Seventy pounds, making in the whole Three hundred and fifty pounds; I dispose of the same in the following manner; that is to say, To the heirs of my Son, WILLIAM SUMMERS, One hundred pounds; to be equally divided among them as they shall arrive to age; To my Daughter, SUSANNA MILLEN, one hundred pounds to be paid within twelve months after my Wife's decease; To my Grandson, DAVID PRICE, one hundred pounds to be paid as soon as he becomes of age and in case of his death previous to that time, then my will is that his legacy be equally divided among the whole of my Children or their heirs; 
    To my Step-Daughter, ANN CHALTREN, now ANN SPURLING, the sum of Fifty pounds to be paid within twelve months after my Wife's decease;
    My Sons, GEORGE, JOHN, FRANCIS and SAMUEL, are possessed by Deed of an equal proportion of my real Estate; I have therefore omitted making further provision for them;
    And Lastly, I do constitute and appoint GEORGE SUMMERS, THOMAS MILLEN, FRANCIS SUMMERS, and ROBERT MOSS Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
    In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Tenth day of September 1800.  Signed published & declared in the presence of

At a Court held for the County of Fairfax the 15th day of December 1800 This last Will and Testament of FRANCIS SUMMERS deceased was presented in Court by GEORGE SUMMERS, and the same being proved by the Oath of ROBERT MOSS, GEORGE SUMMERS JUNIOR and SAMUEL SUMMERS is ordered to be recorded.

Test  G. DENEALE, C. C. JOHN S SUMMERS .. Father of Francis Summers Added: 4-28-2012 John Summers 1687 - 1790

John S. Summers Birth: November 14, 1687-88 in Christ church Parish, Middlesex, Virginia Father: Johnathon SUMMERS Mother: Elizabeth Montague THOMPSON Baptism: November 14, 1687 Middlesex County, Virginia Marriage: 1) Elizabeth Blake

                2) Mary West ~1709 in North Neck, Virginia

Children: John SUMMERS born: ~1718

                George SUMMERS born: ~1720 

Marriage: 3) Seth "Sylvia" Harrison in 1716

                      Birth:   ~1691 at Chapawamsic, Stafford, Virginia
                      Father:  Thomas Harrison       Birth: 1665  Death: 1746
                      Mother: Sithia Elizabeth Short Birth:           Death: 1674
                      Death:      1723 at Stafford, Virginia

Children: John ~1710; Elizabeth 1719: George ~1725; William ~1725;

                Daniel ~1729; Francis Mar 2, 1731-32

Death: December 4, 1790 in "Summer Grove", Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia Burial: Summers Family Cemetery at Lincolnia, Virginia

                Corner of Beauregard and Barnum off Route 236
                Located 50 ft. east of the intersection of Deming Ave. and Rte. 613

Surveyor, Laid Out Town Of Alexandria

Elizabeth Blake Birth: Death: Married:

Mary West Birth: Death:

Married: ~1709 in North Neck, Virginia


John SUMMERS born ABT 1718

George SUMMERS born ABT 1720

Seth "Sylvia" Harrison Birth: Death:

Married: ~1716


girl 2 SUMMERS

girl 3 SUMMERS

girl 4 SUMMERS

girl 5 SUMMERS

John SUMMERS born ABT 1710 in Prince George County, Virginia

Elizabeth SUMMERS born 1719 in Stafford, Virginia

George SUMMERS born ABT 1720

William SUMMERS born ABT 1725

Daniel SUMMERS born ABT 1729 in Virginia

Francis SUMMERS born 2 MAR 1731/32 in Fairfax County, Virginia

John was Surveyor, Laid Out Town Of Alexandria

only child of parents from Scotland. John is buried at the corner of Beauregard and Barnum off Route 236 Summers Family Cemetery Located 50 ft. east of the intersection of Deming Ave. and Rte. 613, Lincolnia, Va.

This cemetery contains nine formal monuments and numerous footstones that mark the graves of 26 people. Depressions and other evidence suggests the presence of additional unmarked burials. An 82' x 90' fence surrounds the burials. A 10' x 12' wrought iron fence encloses markers 7 and 9 and a 20' x 25' iron fence surrounds marker 10. The Fairfax County Park Authority cleaned the cemetery, erected the outer fence, and built the trail next to the site in 1989. They now maintain the cemetery, which is clean and well maintained.

HISTORICAL SKETCH John Summers Born 1687 Died 1790

It has been a difficult matter to procure much authentic information reflating to the period in the history of Fairfax county between its first settlement and the date of its formation in 1742. The oldest resident of whom we have any record was Mr. John Summers, whose long life began in 1687 (just 220 years ago) and closed in 1790. He died at the old family homestead, "Summers Grove," near Ananndale, aged 103 years, and his tombstone can still be seen in the family burying ground at that place.

Some of his descendents, to whom we shall allude in future articles, were men of great distinction, and ability, who reflected honor upon their native county. The Summers family was of Flemish origin and was known in England at the time of the Reformation, when property was granted them a short distance from the city of Worcester. This became their family seat, and here they received and entertained Queen Elizabeth in 1585. The bed in which she slept and the cup from which she drank were preserved by them as precious relics for many generations and among its members were men of distinction and renown. Sir George Summers, Lord High Admiral, and Lord John Summers, Lord High Chancellor of England and Keeper of the Privy Seal to William III belonged to the family. The Summers family of Fairfax descended from Sir George Summers, who commanded the "Sea Venture," one of the vessels which brought over the Jamestown colony in 1607, and Col. Louis Summers commanded the first body of English soldiers sent over for the protection of the little body of settlers.

From a sketch written by Judge Lewis Summers, (a great grandson of John) between the years 1835 and 1840, we learn that John Summers, the son of an English Protestant family, was born in Maryland in 1687. He came to Virginia when quite a young mand and built a cabin on the Potomac where the city of Alexandria now stands. The land was then vacant, appropriations by grant not having extended far from the bay and the mouths of the principal rivers. The country between the present site of Alexandria and the Blue Ridge was then the hunting ground of the Indians, abounding with deer, bear, wolves, &c., and wild turkeys and other game.

John Summers' early years were spent in hunting, but as immigrants began to flock in the usual struggles commenced between the settlers and the aborigines for the occupancy of the country, and Mr. Summers was an active leader and pioneer of the whites in the various campaigns undertaken for the removal of the Indians west of the Blue Ridge. When the country began to receive some population he married a Mrs. Blake, by whom he had five sons and five daughters.

As the culture of tobacco began to spread to this quarter of the colony he built and owned several tobacco houses. Hunting continued to be a favorite employment, and in his latter days took pleasure in regaling his friends with anecdotes of the chase and of his Indian campaigns and other incidents connected with his early life. He seems to have been like Daniel Boone, regardless of the acquisition of land, thinking the taxes, quit-rents, &c., more burdensome than the land would be beneficial, which he illustrated by the refusal of a deed from the patentee for the land on which Alexandria now stands and on which he resided, in exchange for his favorite rifle. In after years he was much engaged by locators and surveyors in pointing out the best pieces of vacant lands and in conducting them through the forest districts with which he was familiar, and was at length prevailed upon by his friend, Capt. West, the surveyor of the county, to locate large tract for each of his sons, containing from four to six hundred acres, but no persuasion could induce him to cur the expense and trouble of securing land for his daughters.

The first concentration of the trade was at the Hunting Creek tobacco warehouse, at the head of the tide, where the old Colchester road crossed the creek. In 1748 an act was passed for laying off a town at Hunting Creek Warehouse, but the site now occupyed by Alexandria being found more eligible, the town wa located there and called Belle Haven. It was afterwards changed, in compliment to the family of Alexanders who owned the surrounding lands, to Alexandria, and the legislature recognized the name in 1762. John Summers lived to see Alexandria become a place of considerable commercial importance and frequently adverted to his cabin being the first building ever erected there, and that the first frame house ever put up on the place was prepared and framed on his land above the "Trough Hill," and hauled to the site which it was to occupy.

He was a man of very robust constitution, broad in the chest, powerful in limb, and about 5 feet 10 inches in height. He was too far advanced in years to take part in the Revolutionary war, but many of his descendants were in the army, some as officers, others in the ranks. He retained his faculties and strenght in remarkable degree, and was appealed to on all questions of corners and boundaries of the early surveys. He exercised freely on foot until within about a year of his death when from a fall he dislocated his hip, and was afterwards confined to his bed, where the recital of the litany and the prayers of the church occupied his time when alone.

His last moments were calm and unclouded, and on the evening of his death he had supped as usual and was heard humming a Psalm and resiting the Evening Prayers. A few moments after it was discovered that his spirit had taken its flight to the bosom of his God.

In 1748 John Summers was recorded among the freeholders of Fairfax as voting for Major Laurence Washington and Col. Colville for the House of Burgesses. July 16, 1765, he and his five sons voted for George Washington and John West for the same office, and again at a general election December 1, 1768, the same gentlemen were voted for and the same number of the Summers family supported them. Within the last ten years of his life he was accustomed to walk six to eight miles in a day attended by a great grandson, Lewis Summers, afterwards a very distinguished judge, of whom we shall speak in a future article. His descendants intermarried with the Millans, Foxes, and other well known families of the country.

Think of the great span of this man's life---from 1687 to 1790!-commencing at a time when Fairfax county was practically a wilderness, inhabited by Indians and wild animals, and closing many years after the Revolutionary war, for which Fairfax furnished the leader who became the first President of the great republic. The following notice of his death is from the 8th Volumn of the American Museum, published in Philadelphia in 1790:

Died-Virginia, near Alexandria, Mr. John Summers, aged 103 years. He had left descendants of four generations, amounting to four hundred. There is in Omaha, Neb. a clock which was once the property of John Summers. It is more than 200 years old and is still doing faithful duty. It has descended to the oldest son of each succeeding generation and is now in the possession of Dr. John Edward Summers, Jr., professor of Surgery in the State University of Nebraska, who, of course, prizes it very highly.

When the county of Loudoun was settled, Francis, a brother of John and about twenty years younger, moved to that county, and married a Mrs. Lane, by whom he had one son and one daughter. The son entered the Revolutionary army and left it at the end of the war a Lieut. Colonel. Col. Summers, of Loudoun, was highly respected and frequently represented his county in the legislature. Smith, the first historian of Virginia spells the name of the same individual, Somers, Sommers, and Summers in different parts of his work. Among the papers of Mr. John Summers his name was found spelled in those three different ways, and many of his descendants use the "o" instead of the "u," but the grants issued to him for land contained his name as most generally spelled by his descendants-Summers.

March 21-27, 1979 Lincolnia Hills roundup By Nancy Floyd

It's no news to the homeowner behind his bucking lawnmower that LH has roots. But perhaps not everyone knows we have the kind of roots Jim McEvoy of Chambliss recently uncovered. Curious about the new homes being built off Lincolnia Road between Chambliss and Barnum and having read a book on our area's history, "Beginning at White Oak," Jim went exploring and discovered a small, vine-entangled cemetery up there. Buried in this cemetery is John Summers who, according to Jim's research, was the original owner of all the land that is now Lincolnia Hills. Jim found maps showing John Summers also owned the surrounding area including Indian Run and Holmes Run in partnership with George Harrison. Bulldozers recently cleared the area around the little gray house on Lincolnia Road and next to the cemetery. The boundary markers are visible from Morgan Street in the backyards of homes on the south side. The new development is "Ashley," a community of ten homes, built by C. Kirk Reilly and Associates and is advertised as "elegant new 4 bedroom homes on large homesites in a wooded cul-de-sac." They start at $120,000. Jim, who's a librarian at the Library of Congress, says he's not a cemetery freak, but he was concerned about whether the company would tear down the cemetery. It appears it won't, but just in case, Jim took a picture of John Summer's headstone which says he "departed this life the 4th of December, 1790, at age 102." John Summers was a well known figure in those days, according to a "List of Northern Neck Grants" at the county library. The records of Fairfax County include many depositions made by John Summers (Sommers, Symmers) in land disputes which were decided by the court. He told the court that in old times he used to be a good deal with the surveyors and attended many surveys in the neighborhood of Hunting Creek. When he was ninety-eight he was still giving depositions. When he was ninety-two he told how he moved from Dogue Neck to a spot near present Christ Church in 1715. The book states: "In 1723 John Summers moved to the 'forest' near present-day Bailey's Crossroads and in 1773 he moved further into the 'forest' to his son's house. Summers died in 1790, aged 102, and is buried at the corner of Beauregard and Burnum off Route 236. In 1716 he was a tenant to John West, as was Gabriel Adams, and he stated that their houses and two tabacco houses were the only houses on one hundred acres of land which was later part of Alexandria." In addition to John Summers, his wife Jane who died in 1814 at the age of 79, and numerous family members, the follwing early settlers' monuments are there: Thomas Cowling, Jan. 1797-April 1864; his wife Mary C., March 1796-August 1877; Stephen G. Cowling, August 18-June 1911; his wife Jane, 1887, and Edward W. Crump, 1819-1900. On the monument to the Duty family are the names of several children: Charles 1894-1895; John, 1898-1900; Ira, 1902-1902; Jannet F., 1906-1906; Emory, 187-1888; and Blanche, 1889-90. The parents were Charles, 1860-1934 and Ida, 1863-1918. Jim says he read that there was a small pox epidemic about that time. "Beginning at White Oak" is available in the lobby of the Massey Branch of the Fairfax County library for $5.00. The number to call is 691-2974.

 John S. Summers was the father of Francis. 
   1st wife - Eliz. Blake
   2nd wife - Mary West (1709- North Neck VA)
   Children - John Summers    1718
                   George Summers  1720 
   3rd Wife - Seth (Sylvia) Harrison in 1716
                   b. 1691 
                   father - Thomas Harrison   b.1655 d.1746
                   mother - Sithia Eliz. Short  b. 1674
    Children - John   1710
                    Eliz.    1719
                    William  1725
                    Daniel   1729   VA 
                    Francis  3/2/1731-32
   John S. Summers - buried Summers Family Cemetery   @ Lincolnia VA 

Added: April 28 201 Area: Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, zip 22304 Name: Summers Cemetery As of 1998 December Listing: complete Location: intersection of Beauregard Street, Lincolnia Road and Gloucester Rd.,

"behind" the Plaza at Landmark.

NOT in the Alexandria Drafting Company (ADC) street map.


Cowling(7), Crump(3), Duty(10), Lee(3), Summers(3)


Summers, Francis 1665 Feb 3 - 1732 Oct 14 age 67 Y 8 M 11 D,

                                     Revolutionary War Soldier

Summers, John 1688 - 1790 Dec 4 aged 102 Y Summers, Jane 1735 - 1814 Aug 22 age 79 Y, wife of Francis Summers JSR

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Francis Summers's Timeline

March 2, 1732
Alexandria, Fairfax County , Province of Virginia
Age 17
Province of Virginia
Age 29
Fairfax , VA, USA
October 14, 1800
Age 68
Fairfax County, Virginia, United States