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George Archer, Jr.

Also Known As: "George Archer II"
Birthplace: Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia
Death: October 15, 1729 (74-75)
Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Henrico, Colony of Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Archer, Sr. and Mary Royall
Husband of Elizabeth Archer
Father of John Archer; Elizabeth Grainger; Mary Worsham; Blanche Eppes; George Archer, lll and 3 others
Brother of Anne Morris; Margaret "Margorie" Bullington; John Archer and Elizabeth Branch
Half brother of Susannah Ellis; Henry Royall; Joseph Royall, III and William Royall

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About George Archer, Jr.

George Archer II was born in 1654. When he was twenty-two, he inherited his father’s plantations. He married Elizabeth Harris in 1688 when he was 34. They had seven kids, George III, William, Blanche, Judith, Elizabeth, Margery and Mary. They were active in the church, as was everyone in those days. Later in life he was appointed as a vestryman of Bristol Parish. With the power of the Anglican Church in the early days of Virginia, this was a position of local power and influence and demonstrates he was a man of good reputation and influence.

George continued to expand the family’s holding by transporting servants. In 1690 George and several compatriots received 2,827 acres in Henrico Co for the “transportation of 57 negroes”. This was the continuing practice of getting land for transporting settlers, much like when Cooper paid for the voyage of George I and his nineteen companions. The people transported ended up as permanent slaves, but the laws and customs at the time were still treating these arrangements as a form of indentured servitude.

The Archer lands produced tobacco, as did most Virginia farms at that time. They would have also grown vegetables and livestock for the family and farm hands to eat, but tobacco was king.

George II died in 1729 at the age of 75. He left his land to his sons George and William. He also left some to his daughter, Blanch’s, husband.



  • 1705 Bristol Parish, Henrico Co, VA - Henrico County Rent Rolls, 1705, George Archer 1738 ac.
  • Land Sale: 1706 Bristol Parish, Henrico Co, VA Deed # 61 - George Archer of Bristol Parish - For natural love and affections to my son-in-law Charles Cousins and Marjery, his wife, 156 ac bounded by Timothy Harris: Wit: Michael Dison, John Thweath, Stephen Gill. Signed George Archer. rec. 1 Nov 1707.
  • Land Sale: 22 Jan 1716/17 Bristol Parish, Henrico Co, VA - "To Godfrey Fowler and George Archer 500 ac. land Jan 22, 1717. Henrico Land Grants Vol. 10 p. 347 (?) or 341. To all whom it may concern, know ye that for good causes and considerations, but especially in the importation of ten persons to dwell within our colony and Dominion of Virginia, to wit, John Ironmonger, Philip Donalson, William Stiles, Matthew Ford, Jno. Ellington, Margaret Brook, Sue Fowler, Francis Merryman, Sarah Green, Flionoy Dawson, we have given and granted and confirm by these presents do give and grant unto Godfrey Fowler and George Archer one certain tract of land containing 500 acres, lying and being on the north side of Appomattox River in the parish of Bristol in the county of Henrico, and bounded as follows - Beginning at a corner butterwood tree and the line of Col. Eppes & Company and runneth thence along the line of Wm. Traylor & c - thence on the line of John Parkenson - crossing Cattail Creek at the fork - thence to a black oak on the line of Col. Epes and Co, to have and to hold &c." (signed A. Spottswood). (From "Annals of the Fowler Family" Glenn Dora Fowler Arthur 1901 p.4)

Children of George Archer, II and Elizabeth Ann (Harris) Archer:

  • Judith Archer b. 1675 in Henrico County, Virginia
  • John Archer b. 1677 in Henrico County, Virginia d. 1718 Henrico
  • Elizabeth Archer b. About. 1678 m. ??? Granger (Husband) Marriage: BEF. 1729
  • Mary Archer b. About. 1678 m. George Worsham (Husband) Marriage: BEF. 1729
  • Blanche Archer b. About. 1679 in Henrico County, Virginia m. Lewis Epes (Husband) Marriage: BEF. 1729
  • George Archer (III) b. 1681 in Henrico County, Virginia m. Mary Kennon (Wife)
  • William Archer b. 1683
  • Margery Archer b. 1685 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, VA + Charles Cousins (Husband) b. About. 1678

The Last Will & Testament of George Archer, Sr/II. of Bristol Parish Henrico Co, VA wd 15 Oct 1729 - "To son-in-law Lewis Epes, 100 acres next to Old Town Creek; adjacent to his cornfield, Fowler's line and Thomas Webster.

To son George, use of the land I live on for life, being next to the river, the Mill Road, Daniel Ragsdale, and between my two sons George and William. After George's death, it goes to his sons George and Peter.

To son William, the land next to the above. To son William and to son George's two sons George and Peter, all the land known as Stony Creek, 900 acres, except for 400 acres on the upper side, sold to Thomas Mampus, William Dunavant, and Robert Glascock.

To two above grandsons, my land called "Wintopock" to be equally divided.

To daughter Blanche Epes, a negro and items.

To son George, livestock and items. He is to let Mary Basford to live peaceably upon the plantation I live on for life.

To daughters Judith Traylor, Elizabeth Granger, Marjery Cousins, and Mary Worsham, each, 10 shillings.

To William Worsham, 120 shillings.

All the rest to two sons George and William.

Dated Oct 15, 1729. Wit: Henry Royall, John Bevill, Peter Ragsdale. rec. Dec 1731.

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George Archer, Jr.'s Timeline

Henrico County, Virginia

George Archer Archer
in the Family Data Collection - Births
Name: George Archer Archer
Father: George Archer Archer
Mother: Mary Wood
Birth Date: 1654
City: Henrico
State: VA
Country: USA
Source Information
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
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Henrico, Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Henrico County, Virginia
Henrico, Virginia, United States
Henrico Co. VA
Henrico County, VIrginia Colony
Bristol, Henrico, Virginia, United States
December 5, 1685
Dale Parish, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Chesterfield, Chesterfield, Virginia