Maj. Joshua Wynne

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Joshua Wynne

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Jordan's Parish, Charles City County, Virginia
Death: May 30, 1715 (52)
Dinwiddle County, Virginia (killed by the Indians)
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Robert Wynne, I and Mary Wynne
Husband of Mary Wynne and Frances Wynne
Father of Mary Worsham; Peter Wynne; Margaret Goodrich; Joshua Wynne; Francis Wynne and 4 others
Brother of Robert Wynne, II; Captain Thomas Wynne, I; Mary Woodlief and Woodlief Wynne
Half brother of Jane Rolfe; John "Deep Bottom" Poythress; Major Francis Poythress, II and Thomas Poythress

Occupation: Probable Military, "fearless adventurer"
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About Maj. Joshua Wynne

Joshua Wynne was a Justice in Charles City in 1698; a member of the House of Burgess 1702-1704; and sherrif of Prince George 1705-1711. He was a Major in the Militia. Like his brother, Thomas, he was an Indian interpreter for the Nattaway, Meherrin, Nansemond, Pamunkay, and Chickahominy tribes in 1704.

Land record 1704: 850 acres in Prince George County, VA

In 1702, he and Thomas were appointed Indian Interpreters to accompany the Nottoway and Meherrin commissioners on their trip north to make peace with the Seneca Indians. Born in 1663 in Jordan's Parish, VA, Joshua died in 1715 in Dinwiddie, Henrico Co., VA. He was killed by Indians in revenge after his servant killed one of their "great men". Joshua served as justice in the Charles City Co. Court, sheriff of Prince George Co. 1705-1712, and commanded various militia units in the Virginia colonies. he made several trips to England trading tobacco, responsible for treaties with Indians from New York to Virginia, and mentioned numerous times as a close family friend of the Byrds of Westover (Colonel William Byrd II's diaries).

From Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. 1 IV:

"Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons"

"Son of Colonel Wynne, was burgess for Charles City County in 1702 and 1703-1705. When Prince George County was set off from Charles City in 1705, he was a justice for that county and major of militia. Like his father, Joshua Wynne was sent to the House of Burgesses at a very young age (39) (served 1702-1705). Prior to that service, he'd served as a County Commissioner in Charles City County. Later, he served as sheriff and Justice of the Peace in Prince George County. He did not move, however. His home remained in Monkes Neck Creek, but the formation of the new Prince George County placed him first in Prince George and later in Dinwiddie. The children of Joshua Wynne shown here do not include a son Thomas, but do include a son Joshua II. Rubyn Ogburn does not list Joshua II, but does list Thomas. Joshua Wynne was killed by an Indian in 1715. It seems that one of his servants killed an Indian Chief. It was the Indian custom that it was necessary for the Indians to kill a White man of equal significance.

"The History of Pittsylvania County Virginia" by Maud Carter Clement 1987 p. 18:

"Their belief in the ancient custom of an eye for an eye is illustrated in the following occurrence: Major Joshua Wynne was shot and killed by an Indian because one of our servants had killed one of their great men, and upon the trial of the Indian, they pleaded that we were the aggressors and that they never rest without revenge; and that now they said that they and we were equal, having each lost a great man; wherefore to avoid more bloodshed there was a necessity to Pardon the Indian."

Joshua Wynne and Robert Malone (husband of his niece Mary Wynne Malone) were paid bounty of 200 pounds to kill wolves. Also, he inherited his father Robert's plantation.

After the death of her husband, Mary married William Randolph. Mary died in 1718 in Henrico Co., VA. NPFX Major

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Joshua Wynne, youngest son of Colonel Robert Wynne was a Justice in Charles City, February 23, 1698; member of the House of Burgess, 1702-04; and after Prince George was cut off from that County he was Sheriff of Prince George 1705 and 1711. In 1708 Mayor Joshua Wynne and Mary, his wife, deeded a tract of

land in Surry.

When his estate was probated on the 30th March 1715, by his son, Peter Wynne, it showed debts of Ls 283-16-6 Sterling. After his death, Mary Jones Wynne, married William Randolph.

(From "Adventures of Purse and Person" p. 364.)

One interesting story about Joshua Wynne, says that in late August 1711 there was an alarm throughout the James River counties. Rumor had it that 15 French war ships were entering the River. The militia officers donned their uniforms, lit

their bonfires, leaped on their horses and dashed to Westover for news. William Byrd II said Major Wynne "had his holster at his girdle and an armor bearer that carried his pistol, which made a good figure." But the ships were English, just as I suspected, and everything seemed quite again, thank God," Byrd reported.

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Maj. Joshua Wynne's Timeline

March 20, 1663
Charles City County, Virginia
Age 24
Prince George, VA
July 7, 1690
Age 27
Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Age 26
Northampton, North Carolina, United States
Age 32
Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Age 36
Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Age 38
Henrico, Virginia, USA
Age 41
Monks Creek, Dinwiddie County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
May 30, 1715
Age 52
Dinwiddle County, Virginia