Sir John Pawlett

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Sir John Pawlett

Death: after 1666
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Brother of Capt. Thomas Pawlett, of "Argall's Gift" and Chideck Pawlett

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About Sir John Pawlett

The settlement of ‘West and Shirley Hundreds’ was established by a private corporation, of which the brothers of Lord Delaware, Capt. Francis West, John West, and Capt. Nathaniel West, were leading members. Westover became a distinct Hundred in 1629, when it was represented in the House of Burgesses by Christopher Woodward. In February, 1631, John Flood represented Westover, ‘Flowerdew Hundred’, and Weyanoake. The last representative of Westover, Capt. Paulet, became the owner of the estate, receiving a patent from the governor, January 15, 1637.

In 1631-32 Capt. Paulet was appointed one of the commissioners or justices for the upper precincts of Charles City and Henrico, and in 1641, a member of the Virginia Council. He died in 1644, without issue. The grant made to him was for the personal adventure of his brother, Chidiock, and for transportation of 38 persons into the Colony. His will, dated January 12, 1643, mentions his other brother, ‘Sir John, Lord Pawlett‘ … his God-children Wm. Harris, John Woodson, Tho. Aston, Thomas Fludd, Henry Richley, John Bishop, Tho. Woodward, Tho. Boyse, Tho. Poythers, and William Bayle, his loving friends Mr George Menefie and Mr Walter Aston. Such terms as ‘loving friends’ at this time often represented a familial relationship, and ‘brother’ could have a wider meaning.


  • William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Volume 4. By College of William and Mary. Page 153. GoogleBooks
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