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  • Arminger Wade, Sr (c.1615 - 1667)
    Believed to have been descended from Armingall Wade, of Bellsize, near Hampstead, England, who was father of Sir William Wade, frequently mentioned in the progress of James I., and of whom there is a c...
  • Major Henry Baker I (c.1642 - 1712)
    Henry Baker was born in England in about 1642 [proof needed], moved to Virginia in 1671, and became a successful merchant at Smithfield, Virginia on Pagan Creek. Henry served in the Virginia Colony's...
  • Captain Henry Beverley (1669 - 1730)
    Henry Beverley was born in Middlesex Co., VA in 1669, the second son of Major Robert Beverley and his first wife, Mary, whose surname has not been determined (though many believe she was Margaret Mary ...
  • Lewis Burwell, III (1711 - 1756)
    Member of the Virginia Council; son of Nathaniel Burwell and Elizabeth Carter Burwell. Buried first at Fairfield in Gloucester County, he was later reburied at Abingdon Church. Lewis Burwell, often...
  • Thomas Bushrod (1604 - c.1676)
    Thomas Bushrod, Born 1604, was one of the justices of York county and a burgess in 1658 and 1659. He was a Quaker and in his will dated December 18, 1676, he forbids "common prayers to be read at his g...

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.