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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • Col. John Thornton (c.1708 - 1779)
    GEDCOM Source @R-2146814369@ London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Operations, Inc. Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812 1,162...
  • Capt. Meriwether Smith (1730 - 1790)
    Ancestor #: A106455 Biography Meriwether Smith (1730-94) was a member of the House of Burgesses, 1774, delegate to Convention, 1775 and member of the Continental Congress, 1779. Birth: 1730 Esse...
  • Maj. John Smith, of “Purton” (bef.1624 - 1680)
    Previously shown as the son of Thomas Smith There is NO known Portrait of this John Smith. Please do not add one without comparing to the Portraits verified as being John Smith, 1st Speaker of the H...
  • Capt. Samuel Mathews, of "Denbigh" (aft.1580 - bef.1658)
    Captain Samuel Mathews, of Virginia was born before 1600 in England, perhaps as early as 1572, and died between 30 November 1657 and March 1658 in England. Biographical notes He came to Virginia b...
  • Capt. Nicholas Martiau (1591 - 1657)
    Nicolas Martiau born 1591 in France will dated 1 March 1656, proved 1657 in VA. Parents unknown Married 1) unknown 2) Jane, widow of Edward Berkeley 3) Isabella, widow Beech Nicolas Martiau ...

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.