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  • Lieut. Col. Henry Moryson (1669 - 1699)
    Francis Moryson (bef. 1628–1680/81) was an English soldier and Virginia colonial official. He was a Royalist in the English Civil War. Moryson was the son of Sir Richard Moryson and his wife E...
  • Col. John George (c.1603 - 1679)
    1.     Colonel John George, son of unknown parents, was born in 1602/1603 in England. He died in Jan 1678/1679 in Isle of Wight Co, VA. married Jane before 7 Nov 1635 ...
  • Col. John Lear, of Nansemond County (c.1632 - 1695)
    1. Col. John Lear, born 1636 in England. He died about 1696 in Nansemond County, Virginia, since his will was dated 21 Nov 1695; was married possibly as many as four times; was a member of the Governor...
  • Capt. Leonard Yeo (1610 - 1670)
    John Yeo b. 1572, married his distant cousin, Rebecca Rolle the youngest daughter of Henry Rolle , of Heanton Sachville and Margaret Yeo , by whom he had six daughters and eight sons: 6. Leonard Yeo ...
  • John Nash, of "Templeton Manor" (1707 - 1776)
    2. JOHN2NASH I (ABNER1) was born 1707 in Tenby Wales, and died Bef. May 1776 in Prince Edward Co, VA. He married (1) ANN OWEN. She was born 1710 in Tenby Wales, and died 1756. He married (2) MARY KIRKP...

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.