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William Byrd, of Martin's Brandon, Surry

Also Known As: "William Bird"
Birthplace: All Hallows Barking, London, Middlesex, Greater London, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Charles City County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bird, Vintner of London and Elizabeth Burgh Byrd
Husband of NN Byrd and Hannah Jennings Byrd
Father of John Richard Byrd, of Martin's Brandon, Surry; Thomas Byrd, Sr. and Elizabeth Bird, of Martin's Brandon, Surry
Brother of John Byrd, Goldsmith of London and Thomas Bird

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About William Byrd, of Martin's Brandon, Surry


Descendants of William Byrd

He was the Virginia representative of the London merchants, John Sadler and Thomas Quiney.

The actual arrival date of William Byrd to Virgina has not been established. It was certainly no later than 1653 and perhaps earlier.

William Byrd appears on a land patent dated 24 Nov. 1653 as a headright of Rev. John Diball of the Parish of Westover.

He was married prior to 1645 and to Hannah Grendon by 1657 in Virginia.

William Byrd established himself on the south side of the James River in the Parish of Martins Brandon (This will be across the river from the Colonels William Byrd I & II).

In 1702 this area was taken in by Prince George Co., not too far from Westover which is on the north bank of the James River.

On July 4, 1671, William Byrd purchased from Thomas Busby "a grist mill and appurtenances at the head of Upper Chipoakes Creek, 150 acres of land with dwelling, and 300 additional acres all in Surry

County, Virginia." (Book II, pages 386-387)

He died by Sep 29 1672 in Martin's Brandon, Virginia



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Notes for WILLIAM BIRD: [byrd tree.FTW] Arrived in VA in 1654. He was the Virginia representative of the London merchants Sadler and Quiney. One of the Quiney brothers married Judith, William Shakespeare's daughter. He is often confused with his nephew, of Westover. Hannah: She was the half-sister of Grace Stegge. She married four times. This might be why one genealogy calls her Hannah Jennings. In London, William Bird was the Virginia representative for London merchants John Sadler and Thomas Quiney (Thomas was married to Judith Shakespeare). William Bird and his family lived in Martins Brandon, Charles City Co, VA. William was a Judge and a businessman. He purhased a "a grist mill and appurtenances at head of Chippokes Creek" from Thomas Busby on 7/4/1671, also 150 acres adjoining and .another 300 acres adjacent to William Shorte. From Library of Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants: William Bird, on 6/7/1656, had a patent for 300 acres "Upon the South side of Ward's Creek above John Walls Devidend. From a memo. on the margin of the record, it appears that the patt. was renewed the 13th of Jany 1661. formerly granted to Wm. Havet, Apl. 7, 1653. Book No. 3 pa: 249. 1656/57. William Byrd of Surry Co, VA is listed in the Surry Co. Deed Books as a creditor in the settlement of the estate of John Westhope, dec. (Surry Co. Deeds 1652-84. by Davis, 67, pg. 44) William also bought 300 acres in Surry Co, VA from Busby. (Thomas Busby was the father of Mary Busby who married Daniel Malone. From the Charles City County Court Order Book, 1661# Page 289: Ordered that William Bird rest in the sherriffs custody during pleasure of the Co'rt for his affront given in open Co'rt. Page 291: Willm Bird upon his his submission and recantacon is released from his imprisonment paying the fees thereof. Page 396: Capt. ffranc Grey Capt Otho Southcott and mr Wm Bird do hereby testifie declare and affirme in Co'rt that they an mr James Crewes w'th some servts among whom was one Phillip a Taylor arrived in Virga in the Shipp seaven sisters comanded by Capt Abraham Read about the 20th day of ffeb'r Anno D'm 1657 Otho Southcott Fran: Grey Will Bird Page 611: The deposicon of Willm Bird exa'ied and sworne saith That being in company w'th Mr Anthony Wyatt the 10th of Ober last there came Mr Caswell to whom Mr Wyatt did chide that he let planters sit at his Cooke rooms doore whereto Mr Caswell repleyed you have stle my hammocks out of my Ship and a bottle of wine, and further saith not.

Test: Will Bird # Page 452: Theophilus Beddingfield ... saith ... That being at Church on the Sabbath day after prayer standing in the Church yard, heard Tho: Stevenson talkng with Mr. Bird concerning his difference [ with] George Gibson [ and] saying to Mr. Bird that Gibson should never take take his oath against him for he was an Athicke, so Mr. bird replyed and asked the said Stevenson Tom what pretty word that was, and Stevenson replyed he could not say it so plaine as wee could ... and Stevenson replyed again [ that] he could prove by two sufficient oaths that George Gibson sd there was no Resurreccion [ and] that when our flesh was parted from the bones they should never rise again and yo'r depon't further saith not. Page 453: The deposicion of Herery Tame ... That being at George Gibsons house, Tho: Stevenson came ov'r the sd Gibsons plantable ground betweene his house and the fence and measured the sd grounds and [ Stevenson] threw down the sd Gibsons fence, and goodwife Gibson went to the fence, and Tho: Stevensons wife threw at the sd Gibsons wife to the best of my knowledge Rootes of [ tobacco] and further yo'r depon't knoweth not. Sworne before me signe of Will Bird # Henry x Tame This suit begins with Wyatt complaining that he has been slandered by being called a thief in public. Caswell then explains that Wyatt had been "something in drink more than was convenient at the time". Four more testimonies in the case follow.

  1. Bird has become by this time a Justice and is hearing testimony. This case

continues with statements by Bird that the agument between the two women resulted in Mrs. Gibson being struck on her arm with a stick hurled by Mrs. Stevenson. Several more witnesses testified. (# Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. 12 Charles City Court Orders 1661-1664, Beverly Fleet, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co. 1961) Born: about 1619 in England Married: Died: before 9/1672 in VA Parents: Thomas Bird and Elizabeth Bird Wife: Hannah Grendon LifeNotes: The daughter of Col. Thomas and Elizabeth (-?) Grendon of London, Hannah was deeded Virginia property by her father. When she married William, she was the widow of Thomas Jennings with a son Thomas Jennings (a merchant, living in London in 1685). After William died, Hannah married twice more; m-3rd: William Duke, m-4th: William Archer

Born: England Married: Died: before 1672 Parents: Col. Thomas Grendon and Elizabeth (-?). Their only known child was:

  • Thomas Bird, born about 1651 Surry Co, VA and was not of age when his father

died. He inherited his father's grist mill, the building, and the surrounding lands. Married about 1671, Surry Co, VA. Mary (--??). Three daughters: Elizabeth Bird, Mary Bird, and Tabitha Bird. Thomas Bird died 1/1687-8., will proved in Surry Co, VA in 1687. On July 4, 1671, he purchased from Thomas Busby "a grist mill and appurtenances at head of Chippokes Creek" in Surry, also 150 acres adjoining, and another tract of 300 acres adjacent to William Shorte. (Bk. 1, p. 386-7.) By September 29, 1672, William Bird was deceased and his widow had remarried. His son and heir, Thomas Bird, was in possession of the mill (OB. 1, p. 18.) March 5, 1674-75, William Duke, who had married the widow, was ordered to pay a debt due by William Bird's estate to Anthony Wyatt. (Mins. Gen. Court.) Duke died in 1678 and on November 28, 1681, William Archer was granted 600 acres of land due his predecessor, William Duke. (Bk. 2, p. 38.)

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William Byrd, of Martin's Brandon, Surry's Timeline

June 17, 1622
London, Middlesex, Greater London, United Kingdom
Age 17
Middlesex, UK
Age 31
Southwick Parrish,Surry,Virginia
September 29, 1672
Age 50
Charles City County, Virginia