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Margaret Wythe (Walker)

Birthplace: Elizabeth City, Virginia, USA
Death: after August 14, 1744
Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Walker, Jr. and Anne Walker
Wife of Thomas Wythe, lll
Mother of Thomas Wythe, IV; George Wythe, signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Anne Sweeney
Sister of Elizabeth Walker; Jacob Walker; Helen Walker; George Walker; Sarah Walker and 2 others

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About Margaret Wythe

Margaret Walker died after August 15, 1744. She was the daughter of George Walker and Ann Keith.

She married Thomas Wythe, who was born BET 11 MAR 1678 AND 10 MAR 1694, and died ABT SEP 1729. He was the son of Thomas Wythe and Anne Shepard

Children of Margaret Walker and Thomas Wythe are:

  1. Thomas Wythe was born BET 04 NOV 1710 AND 03 NOV 1728, and died ABT 1755.
  2. George Wythe was born BET 04 NOV 1710 AND 03 NOV 1728 [SIC: 1726] in his father's plantation on Back River, Elizabeth City County, Virginia.
  3. Ann Wythe was born BET 04 NOV 1710 AND 03 NOV 1728. She married Charles Sweny.



George Wythe (pronounced "with") was born in 1726 at Chesterville in what is now Hampton, Virginia. His father was Thomas Wythe, a planter who died soon after George's birth. Wythe was reared by his mother, Margaret Walker Wythe, and probably received his early education from her. Margaret Wythe instilled in her son a love of learning that served him all his life. Even as an old man, Wythe took up new subjects, teaching himself Hebrew, for example. ...

From A Biography of George Wythe 1726 to 1806

George Wythe, the second of Thomas and Margaret Wythe's three children, was born in 1726 on his family's plantation on the Back River in Elizabeth City County, VA. Both parents died when Wythe was young, and he grew up under the guardianship of his older brother, Thomas. Though Wythe was to become an eminent jurist and teacher, he received very little formal education. He learned Latin and Greek from his well-educated mother, and he probably attended for a time a grammar school operated by the College of William and Mary. ...


His mother, Margaret Walker, a Quaker and well educated, home schooled young George. It was she who taught him Greek and Latin. She instilled in her young son a Quaker respect for all mankind, a love of the classics, of logic, and of science that would distinguish him throughout his long life. Margaret Walker was the daughter of merchant George Walker and Ann Keith, and a grand-daughter of George Keith, a well -known scholar and divine.

From "George Wythe the Colonial Briton: A Biographical Study of the Pre-Revolutionary Era in Virginia" page 40

His mother, from whom or through whom these ingrained traits of character are supposed to have been derived, died a year or two before he attained his majority, perhaps in the year 1746.2 Other changes were brought into his life at that time, but the habit of the profound study remained as a cherished characteristic of his very nature. Indeed, the education of George Wythe had barely begun...

1. Call, "Judge Wythe," loc. cit., xi.

2. The sketches of Wythe's life indicate, without exception, that her death preceded his becoming of age. The exact date is given in only one obscure source: Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, The Pioneer Women of America, III, 234. (For their own frank estimate of the authenticity of their work see ibid., I, iv-vi.) In 1734 she preferred charges of trespass against two members of the Mallory family, but the prosecution was dropped because of the failure of plaintiff and defendants, who may have settled their differences out of court, to appear for the trial of the case: entry of November 20, 1734, [Common Law Order Book, 1731-1747,] 86, Elizabeth City County Records. In 1742/3 she was named a godmother of Martha Tucker: Virginia Historical Magazine, IV, 362. She is known definitely to have survived until George Wythe was eighteen years old: indenture of Margaret Wythe, August 15, 1744, [Common Law Order Book, 1731-1747,] 396, Elizabeth City County Records.

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Margaret Wythe's Timeline

Elizabeth City, Virginia, USA
Age 31
Age 35
Back River, Elizabeth City Co. VA
Age 35
Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony
August 14, 1744
Age 53
Elizabeth City County, Virginia Colony