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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • William Lightfoot (1722 - 1768)
    2) William Lightfoot d 10 Jun 1768, at the home he inherited the old Lightfoot property "Teddington", Sandy Point, Charles City Co., Va., he was known as the the King's Counselor, left a large family ...
  • Thomas Lear, of Nansemond (c.1666 - bef.1695)
    1. Thomas LEAR (John LEAR1) was born 1666 in Nansemond Co., VA, and died BEF 21 NOV 1695 in VA. He married Elizabeth BRIDGER ABT 1685 in VA. She was born ABT 1668 in VA. Children of Thomas LEAR...
  • Colonel Augustine Warner, I (1610 - 1674)
    Augustine Warner (November 28, 1610 – December 26, 1674), was born in Norwich, Norfolk, to Thomas Warner and Elizabeth Sotherton. He was the progenitor of the Augustine Warner Family, who arrived in Vi...
  • John Brasseur, I (c.1624 - c.1701)
    Became a Quaker and many years a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses The Brasseurs (also spelled Brasseur, Brazure, Brazier, Brashure, Brassieux, etc.) of Nasemond County were French Huguenots ...
  • Colonel Augustine Warner, II (1642 - 1681)
    . Augustine Warner Jr. is the common ancestor of George Washington and Queen Elizabeth II.[2] Colonel Augustine Warner II succeeded his father and became political friends with Nathaniel Bacon, who...

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.

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