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George Proctor

Birthplace: Paces Paines, Jamestown, Virginia Colony
Death: Died in Southwark Parish, Surry County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Graye Proctor, Ancient Planter and Allis Proctor
Husband of Elizabeth Marriott
Father of Joshua Proctor; Mary Proctor and George Proctor, Jr.
Brother of Robert Proctor; William Proctor; John Proctor, Sr.; Richard Proctor and Thomas Proctor

Occupation: Bacon's Rebellion
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About George Proctor (of Bacon's Rebellion)

George Proctor 1621-1681, b. in Paces Paines, Jamestown Colony, Virginia, d. in Southwark Parish, Surry, Virginia

George Proctor of Bacon's Rebellion

Parents: John Proctor b. c. 1583 London, England, d.1628 Jamestown, Virginia and Allis Graye b. c. 1587 London, England, d.c, 1627 Jamestown, Virginia

Wife: Elizabeth Ann Marriott b. 1621 Jamestown, Virginia, d. 1664 Surry, Virginia


  1. Joshua Proctor b.c.1650 Surry, Virginia, d.c. 1719 Surry, Virginia
  2. Mary Proctor b. 1652 Virginia
  3. George Proctor, Jr. b. 1660 Spotsylvania, Virginia, d. March 23, 1729 Spotsylvania, Virginia

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Bacon's Castle was occupied by Bacon's followers during the rebellion

Bacon's Rebellion was an uprising in 1676 in the Virginia Colony in North America, led by 29-year-old planter Nathaniel Bacon.

About a thousand Virginians rose because they resented Virginia Governor William Berkeley's friendly policies towards the Native Americans. When Berkeley refused to retaliate for a series of Indian attacks on frontier settlements, others took matters into their own hands, murderously attacking Indians, chasing Berkeley from Jamestown, Virginia, and torching the capitol.

It was the first rebellion in the American colonies in which discontented frontiersmen took part; a similar uprising in Maryland occurred later that year. A protest against raids on the frontier; some historians also consider it a power play by Bacon against Berkeley, and his policies of favoring his own court. Their alliance disturbed the ruling class, who responded by hardening the racial caste of slavery.[1][2] While the farmers did not succeed in their goal of driving Native Americans from Virginia, the rebellion did result in Berkeley being recalled to England.

Family Data Collection - Births about George Proctor

Name: George Proctor

Father: John Proctor

Mother: Alice Proctor

Birth Date: 1621

City: Pace S Paines

County: James City

State: VA

Country: USA


Family Data Collection - Individual Records about George Proctor

Name: George Proctor

Parents: John Proctor, Alice Proctor

Birth Place: James City Co, Pace S Paines, VA

Birth Date: 1621

Death Place: Surry Co, VA

Death Date: 1680


Family Data Collection - Deaths about George Proctor

Name: George Proctor 

Death Date: 1680

County: Surry

State: VA

Country: USA


The less prominent Baconians, to the number of 40, laid hold of the King's Pardon February 6, 1676/7, as indicated by the following record (Book 2, p. 149):

We whose names are hereunto subscribed having heard and read of his Majesty's gracious and most surpassing acts of Pardon and Mercy. . . do with all humility and earnestness implore and lay hold on his Majesty's most gracious act of pardon aforesaid . . . and in conformity to his Majesty's royal instructions (pray it) may be entered on record. Surry County February 6th 1676 ... George Proctor ... Recorded Xbr 1st 1677, W.E. Ct. Clk. It was delivered to me to be recorded by Captain Spencer 9 br 14, 1677 W E CL Crt

Of the above 40 men, it is again noteworthy that practically all were from Southwark Parrish . . . Most of the above men were small land-owners, several were freemen who worked on plantations belonging to others . . . George Proctor later became a Justice of the county, and had married the widow of Major William Marriott, a former Burgess. . .

Colonial Surry by John B. Boddie ~ Surry County in Bacon's Rebellion pps. 136-7

Will and Order Book July 2, 1672. Petition of George Proctor, who married the relict of Major William Marriott.

Sept. 4, 1672 Cout proceedings show that the wife of George Proctor was formerly the wife of Major William Marriott, and before that the wife of John Bishop. Francis Mason was guardian of John Bishop, orphan.


Court Case Against George Proctor in 1675 May 1675

From Surry Co., VA Records, FHC Film #0034099 (p78 & 79)

4 May 1675 - Thomas High gave a deposition in which he states he is 28 years old or thereabouts. "Examined and Sworn Saith:

That being at the house of Mr. Geo:Proctor ye first March last enquiring for Lt. Pittman and going in to light my pipe Mrs. Proctor told me he was at Mr. Summers, as ye deponent was going downe, Mrs. Proctor said she would go with me, and did soe, and when I came there as I was - discoursing with the said Pittman, Mr. Proctor as he was there sitting by the fire side asked his wife if she would goe home, who answered yes if he pleased, and when they were gone the Company that was theire went to the said Mr. Proctors, as also ye depont. and Lt. Pittman discoursing - about our business and the rest of the Company going in before us, ye depont. and said Pittman stayed at the gate some short time, and hearing of a great noyse within ye depont. asked Lt. Pittman whate was the matter, who answered he could not tell, and as we were therein talking the said Pittman asked ye depont. if he would not give him halfe a pinte who told him noe, then the said Pittman said I will Joyne with you, ye depont. answered he did not care if the did Joyne with him, we the

Depont. and the said Pittman, went into the said Mr. Proctors house and when we did and Proctor was calling his wife - Damd wh(---), and bitching wh(---) and Such Kind of languige, and then ye depot. asked the said Proctor if he would lett him have a half pint of drink he said he would pay him for it, but the said Proctor said Noe, but he would give me halfe a pinte, ye depont. answered he did not desire any upon - guift, but Lt. Pittman said he would accept it if he pleased, where upon the said Mr. Proctor called for somebody to draw it, and his wife rose up to give the fellow the keys which came to draw the drink, but Mr. Proctor called her back by the name of wh(---), and said she should not Stir, whereupon She went and satt downe againe in a chair by the fire, but the fellow went and brought half a pinte, and when it was out ye depont. asked if he would lett him have halfe a pinte, he replyed yes, it was also brought and ye depont. paid mony for, during the time his drink was drinking the said Proctor was abusing his wife by calling her wh(---) and Severall other bad languige - given to her, and ye depont. asked the said Proctor and desired him to be quiet and not use such terrible words which he Still continued doing, where upon ye depont. asked the said Proctor whose wh(---) she was, who replied she was ye deponts. for aught he knew, and Several others, but not naming anybody, ye depont. replyed he had Knowne her twenty years yet ye never know anyone give her Such a report, the said Procter replied she might be a wh(---) for all _____, ye depont. answered he could not tell wheather she was or noe, soe the said Proctor - went from his Company into his Chamber pretending he would goe to sleep, leaving his Wife Sitting by the fire in a chair. The Company at the table talking and laughing, ye said Proctor came out againe from the room and calling his Wife wh(---) and bitch and such kind of terms, and Saying thee was among her Rouges, ye nor any of the Company not giving him one word, then he went into his rooms againe, after he was gone Some of the Company drank to her, who took the cup and drank to Some of the Company, and immediately the said Proctor came running out calling her wh(---), and saying now she was with her delight, with that he pulled her and halted her and pushed her and Swore he would make her doe as he would have her do. She answered anything that he would have her doe, she would doe provided he would be quiett, he replied he would make her, she asked him whet he would have her doe, wheather she should come and Sitt by him or wheather he would goe to sleepe, he replyed he would goe to sleepe soe they both went into the other room, and she Sat by him he pretending he would go to sleepe, but immediately as we Sat at the table, we heard her Cry out Murder, thereupon the Company said one to another doe you goe in, but none of these did, whereupon ye depont. went in, and asked Proctor what was the Matter, he said not was that to me, ye depont. asked him, if he were minded to doe any Murder, he said what was it to me, I told him theire Should be noe Murder done as long as ye depont. was in the house if he could help it, during this discourse Capt. Swann came in, and ye depont. asked Capt Swann to go into the roome to him, whereupon Capt. Swann went in asked what was the matter, but what answer the said Proctor made ye depont. know not, Soe Capt. Swann and the said Proctor went toward Mr. Summers, leaving Mrs. Proctor Crying upon the bed, and further ye depont. saith not.

Signed Tho (mark) High

Sworn before Col. Tho:Swann

Lt. Col. Geo:Jordan and Maj. Wm 1675

Browne 4 May 1675 ____William Edwards, Clerk

May 5 1675

W. E. Clk"

Tho:Pittman, Sr, age 60 or thereabouts, also gave a deposition in which he stated..."being at the house of Mr. Geo. Proctor upon the 1st day of March about 8 o'clock in the morning...Mr Proctor was drinking of burnt sack* and did finde that Mr. Proctor had drank to much...he also stated that Mr. Proctor and his wife were good friends but within two or three hours of drinking he ralled at his wife...Mr. Thompson and Tho:High did ______ her away, after she put on her coat...and I left and went away, but before I went Mr. Geo. Proctor went and fetched his Sword, then told his wife..." (p76)

Isabell Forbus, age 50 years or thereabouts, gave a deposition also in which she said she had "met Col. Swann and Mr. Proctor as she was walking and that...Mr Proctor asked her to speak to his wife and she said she would. She arrived at their home and shortly after Mr. Proctor came in then "went into another roome and fetched his Sword removing toward his wife ye depont went and stood between Tho:High came in an delivered Mr Proctor to be ruled by his friends and be quiett, and Mr Proctor answered he had to many such friends as he was..." The depositions above seem to be after Geo. Proctor had gone with Capt. Swann and then come back to his home (FHC film # 0034099, p76)

Capt. Robt Spensor and Benja Thompson also made statements. (Same film # as above, p74/5)

6 Mar 1682 - Thomas High is listed as owing the Estate of Geo. Proctor (FHC Film #0034099, Surry Co. Records, 1671-1684)


Probate Inventory of Rooms of George Proctor 1679 , Surry County, Virginia

An Index of Seventeenth Century Virginia Room by Room Inventories Probate Inventories

Procter, George

1679 Surry

Deeds & Wills 2, 1671-1684, p. 199

Room Names:

Inner Garrett

Outer Garrett

Wainscote Chamber

Starehead Chamber

Shovellboard Roome

Little Roome next ye Yard

Midle Little Roome

Roome ag.t ye Seller



Milk House


Orchard & Yard

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George Proctor (of Bacon's Rebellion)'s Timeline

May 1621
Jamestown, Virginia Colony
Age 28
Southwarke Parish, Surry County, Virginia Colony
Age 30
Surry County, Virginia Colony
Age 45
Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States
March 1681
Age 59
Southwark Parish, Surry County, Virginia Colony