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Lucy Byrd (Parke)

Birthdate: (28)
Birthplace: James City, Virginia
Death: November 21, 1716 (28)
London, Middlesex, England (Smallpox)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. Daniel Parke; Col. Daniel Parke; Jane Ludwell and Mrs. Parke
Wife of William Evelyn Byrd, II, "The Black Swan" of Westover
Mother of Evelyn Byrd; Parke Byrd; Philips William Byrd and Wilhelmina Chamberlayne
Sister of Frances Custis; Frances Parke Custis and Julius Ceaser Parke
Half sister of Lucy Dunbar and Rebecca Parke

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About Lucy Byrd

Parents: Col. Daniel Parke ll (1669–1710) & Jane Ludwell (1669-1708). Possible alternate birth year: 1685.

Lucy (Parke) & William Byrd, II were married May 4, 1706. She was his 1st wife; he married Maria Taylor 2nd.

Children of Lucy & William Byrd, II: : 

  • Evelyn Byrd b. (16 Jul 1707 Charles City, Charles City Co., VA - 13 Nov 1737).  Never married.
  • Parke Byrd (6 Sept 1710  at Westover Plantation, Charles City, Charles City Co., VA - 03 Jun 1710 Westover Plantation, Charles City, Charles City Co., VA)
  • Phillip William Byrd (23 Feb 1711/12 - 1712.
  • Wilhelmina 'Mina' Byrd (6 Nov 1715 Charles City, Charles City Co., VA - 1760).  Married Thomas Chamberlayne.  

Biographical notes: Lucy was a product of a family in which great wealth was combined with misfortune. Her father, Col. Daniel Parke, abandoned his wife, Jane Ludwell, and their two daughters, Frances and Lucy, and returned to England where he managed to get elected to Parliament and to rise in prominence during the war with France in the early 1700s. Eventually appointed Governor of Antigua in the Leeward Islands, Col.Parke was killed in an uprising by island natives in 1710.

Wilhelmina and her older sister Evelyn were the only children of William and Lucy Byrd to survive childhood. During a stay in England in 1716, Lucy died of smallpox, leaving William with two daughters, ages nine and one. He then remained single, a widower, for a number of years, during which he resided in England most of the time as an agent for the colony on various assignments, and Evelyn and Wilhelmina were with him there. In 1724 he married again, Maria Taylor of England, and the couple came back to Virginia in 1726, the two girls returning the following year, when Evelyn was twenty-one and Wilhelmina twelve years of age. Legend has it that Byrd brought the girls back to Virginia in order to break off a romance between Evelyn and a Catholic gentleman, and that Evelyn remained broken-hearted, and unmarried, the remainder of her life, which ended in 1737 at the age of thirty.

Daniel Parke II also had 2 natural children: Julius Caesar Parke, born about 1692 perhaps the son of a Mrs. Brown (alias Berry) referred to by Parke as a cousin who came to Virginia with Parke in 1692 and lived with him until 1697. The boy was brought up by Jane Ludwell Parke and was given an inheritance by Parke as "my godson". 

Lucy, daughter of Mrs. Katherine Chester of Antigua and Daniel Parke II, was the principal legatee of Daniel Parke' estate.  She married, apparently at age 11, Thomas Dunbar of the Leeward Islands, who took the name of Parke. They had three children: Daniel, Lucy and Elizabeth.

Birth: 1685 James City County Virginia, USA Death: Nov. 23, 1716, England

William Byrd II first marriage was to Lucy Parke, with whom he had two sons who died in infancy and two daughters, was tempestuous and ended when she died of smallpox soon after joining him in London in 1716.

The portrait of Lucy Parke Byrd may be found at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. She is standing with a servant beside her. The portrait was provided courtesy of the Misses Stewart, Brook Hill, Virginia.

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Lucy Byrd's Timeline

James City, Virginia
June 16, 1707
Age 19
September 6, 1709
Age 21
Charles City, Virginia
February 23, 1713
Age 25
Charles City, Virginia
November 6, 1715
Age 27
Charles City, Virginia
November 21, 1716
Age 28
London, Middlesex, England