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Lewis Burwell, III

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: "Fairfield", Gloucester County, Virginia, United States
Death: May 06, 1756 (45)
"Whitemarsh", Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: Gloucester Courthouse, Gloucester County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Nathaniel Bacon Burwell and Elizabeth Nicholas
Husband of Anne Holden; Mary Burwell and Frances Bray
Father of Lewis Burwell; Lucy Weathersbee; Elizabeth Whiting; Anne Grymes, widow Lighfoot; Mary Hale and 2 others
Brother of Nathaniel Jr Burwell; Carter Burwell, of The Grove, near Williamsburg; Elizabeth Nelson; Col. Robert Burwell and Judith Burwell
Half brother of John Nicholas, "Of Seven Islands"; Judge Robert Carter Nicholas, Sr. and Jane Nicholas

Managed by: Christopher Gordon Totsky
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About Lewis Burwell, III

Member of the Virginia Council; son of Nathaniel Burwell and Elizabeth Carter Burwell. Buried first at Fairfield in Gloucester County, he was later reburied at Abingdon Church.


Lewis Burwell, often referred to as President Lewis Burwell (because he served as president/acting Governor of Virginia for a year November 1750-1751). His mother was Elizabeth Carter (making King Carter his maternal grandfather) and he was the oldest son of Nathaniel Burwell (1681-1721) (his paternal grandfater was Lewis Burwell II (1652 - ~1710) ). Shortly after his father's death in 1721 he was sent to school in England. He returned quickly upon hearing of King Carter's death in 1732 and assumed the role of plantation owner and politician (serving in the House of Burgesses (1742) on behalf of Gloucester County. Within five years of his return he had married Mary Willis, the daughter of a wealthy neighbor, and joined their two estates into a massive 7000 acre plantation. He and Mary Willis resided in 'Whitemarsh', Gloucester Co., VA. Quickly rising amongst his peers, he was named to the governor's council (1743–1756). He became acting governor of Virginia on Thomas Lee's death (November 14, 1750), and remained such till the arrival of Governor Dinwiddie (November 20, 1751) . During his year as president, the General Assembly never met, but Burwell did commission the Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia. Ill health limited his role in later years, and he died in 1756.

From http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~marshall/esmd73.htm

Lewis Burwell was born in 1710. He was President of Council at Virginia. He resided at 'Carter's Creek', Gloucester Co., VA. He married Anne Holden; 1st wife. He married Mary Willis in 1736; 2nd wife. He married Frances in 1745; 3rd wife, 2nd husband. He was Governor under the Crown in 1750 at Virginia. He died before Mar 1752.

From "To George Washington from Elizabeth Whiting, 12 July 1789"

Elizabeth Burwell Whiting was the daughter of Lewis Burwell (1710–1752) of Carter’s Creek, Gloucester County, Virginia. A graduate of Cambridge who studied at the Inner Temple, Burwell served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and was acting governor of the colony in 1750. Mrs. Whiting’s husband, Beverley Whiting, was probably the son of Peter Beverley Whiting (c.1707–1755) of Gloucester County. Peter Beverley Whiting may have been the son of the Beverley Whiting who w]s one of GW’s godfathers. For GW’s connection with the family, see Diaries, 2:34.

From Cambridge Alumni Database

Burwell, Louis.

Adm. Fell.-Com. (age 17) at CAIUS, June 18, 1729. Of the Grove, Gloucester, Virginia. S. of Nathaniel, gent., of Virginia. B. there. School, Eton. Matric. 1729. Burgess for Gloucester, 1736. Member of the King's Council. President of Virginia. Died 1752. ( Venn, II. 30.)

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Lewis Burwell, III's Timeline

January 1711
Gloucester County, Virginia, United States
Age 24
Age 26
Gloucester County, Virginia
Age 28
Virginia, United States
Age 28
White Marsh, Gloucester County, Virginia, United States
Age 31
July 2, 1744
Age 33
Gloucester County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 35