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  • Col. Nathaniel Edwards (aft.1710 - 1771)
    Biography From page 82 of The William and Mary Quarterly, Volume 15 By Earl Gregg Swem 4 John3 Edwards (William,2 William1) lived in Surry County. In 1694, he was appointed deputy clerk of Surry C...
  • Col. John Wilson, House of Burgesses (1702 - 1773)
    Col. John Wilson, of the House of Burgesses (b c 1702 - d 1773), son of Robert Wilson & Jane Lee. Married 1) Mary Marcus 2) Martha Crouchman. on Family of John WilsonSome researchers do not believe tha...
  • Capt. John English (1612 - 1678)
    Captain John English was born in England ca. 1599. He married Frances in England ca. 1624. He arrived in Virginia prior to 1655 and he was a member of the Virginia House of Burgess in 1659. His will wa...
  • Col. Seth Ward (1719 - 1769)
    Justice of Henrico County, Sheriff of Chesterfield County, Member of the House of Burgesses Mary Ward was a daughter of Benjamin Ward and Anne (Anderson) Ward and a granddaughter of Captain Seth Ward ...
  • Hon. Col. Burwell Bassett (1734 - 1793)
    Patriot of the American Revolution service VA, Rank Patriotic service DAR Ancestor #: A007224 Service Description: 1) MEM OF COMM OF SAFETY & MEM OF CONVENTION discusses his direct lineage from the i...

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America.

The word "Burgess" means an elected or appointed official of a municipality, or the representative of a borough in the English House of Commons.

The House was established by the Virginia Company, who created the body as part of an effort to encourage English craftsmen to settle in North America and to make conditions in the colony more agreeable for its current inhabitants.

The House's first session of July 30, 1619, held in Jamestown, was cut short by an outbreak of malaria.

The assembly had 22 members from the following constituencies:

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  • 6. Stanard, William G. and Mary Newton Stanard. The Virginia Colonial Register. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons Publishers, 1902. OCLC 253261475, Retrieved July 15, 2011. p. 52.