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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • John Moore of Isle of Wight (c.1584 - 1676)
  • Major Edward Dale (1624 - 1695)
    Among the royalists who fled to Virginia after the death of King Charles I, were Grey/Graye Skipwith (later Sir Grey) and his future brother in law Edward Dale. Grey/Graye was the fourth son and sixth ...
  • Capt. Thomas Carter "of Barford" (c.1630 - 1700)
    There is no proof of Capt. Carter's ancestry but primary researchers believe that he was either the son of William Carter and Jane Myles or Thomas Carter and Jane Bellamy (poss. Bellay). From the time ...
  • Maj. Thomas Jordan, Sr. (1600 - 1685)
    Thomas was born in Wiltshire, England around 1600. He came to Virginia in 1623, on the ship Diana. Thomas served as a soldier under Sir George Yardley, early Governor of Virginia, and was in the Virgin...
  • Capt. John "the Ranger" Battaile (c.1658 - 1707)
    The Battaile family was prominent in Essex County in England, dating back to the Norman conquest, making it likely their family were supporters of William the Conquerer who came from Normandy with him....

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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Citations

  • 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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