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John Wetherford

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Tansworth, Warwickshire, England
Death: April 1706 (91)
James City, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Whitheford Witherford; Thomas Weatherford; Margaret Whitheford Wetherford and Margaret Weatherford
Husband of unknown Wetherford
Father of William Weatherford
Brother of Mary Weatherford; Elizabeth Weatherford; William Weatherford; Thomas Weatherford and Charles Weatherford

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About John Wetherford

Variations in spelling include Whitheford and Weatherford.

Born in Tansworth, Warwickshire, UK

John was of English descent. He arrived in Virginia from England before 1642. We do not know if his parents accompanied him to Virginia. John lived to be 91 years old. He is listed in York Co., VA. on June 26, 1642.


The Weatherford family was among the earliest settlers in the Colony of Virginia. John Witherford/Weatherford is listed in York Co. VA. on June 26, 1642. John was born 1615 in Warwickshire, England.

Later there are two birth entries in St. Peter's Parish Register of New Kent and James City Counties. "Jno., son of Wm. Wetherford by Susannah, bapt. 9 June 1700 and then, "William, son of Wm. Wetherford bapt. 7 Feb. 1702/03." In the Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County 1706-1786 is the following: "William Wetherford & Thomas Wetherford to forthwith give their attendance in making a road _ Jan. 1, 1707/08....Richard Wetherford --his lands processioned Mar. 14th, 1708/09."

There were therefore, three Weatherfords in Hanover County by 1708: Richard, Thomas and William. They lived near one another and were very likely brothers. It is probable that the William Weatherford mentioned in St. Peter's Parish Register of New Kent and James City Counties is the same William Weatherford listed in the Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., 1706-1786

In my research I have also found that John born 1615 in England had one son William, born 1645 York Co., VA. William had 6 sons Thomas, William, Richard, John, Charles and James, born in Henrico County, VA between 1675-1687

In the late 1740's the families of William and Richard Weatherford moved to the new frontier in Lunenberg County. William Weatherford's family settled in the upper Cub Creek section of what is now Charlotte County. Richard Weatherford's family secured land in what is now Mecklenburg County below the Meherrin River on Buckhorn Creek.

The Weatherford families thrived in Virginia. Each of William's, (born 1645) sons had large families, the names of William, John, Richard, Charles, Thomas and James were passed down from generation to generation. Soon the Virginia Weatherfords were found in several counties of Virginia, Hanover, Lunenberg, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Pittslyvania, Amelia, Albermarle,Halifax, Cumberland counties.

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John Wetherford's Timeline

Tansworth, Warwickshire, England
Age 30
Williamsburg, York, Virginia

Family Data Collection - Births
Name: William Weatherford
Father: John Weatherford
Mother: Margaret Waring
Birth Date: 1645
County: York
State: VA
Country: USA
Source Information:
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.

April 1706
Age 91
James City, Virginia, United States