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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • Col. Richard Randolph "of Curles" (1686 - 1748)
    Richard Randolph (c1691 – 1749), sometimes referred to as Richard Randolph "of Curles," was a successful planter-merchant on the James River and a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1727 ...
  • William Moss Capps (1575 - 1634)
    William Capps (occasionally spelled Capp or Cappes) was born in Norfolk County, England in or around 1575.[1] William married Catherine Jernagin (also spelt Katheryn Jermingham) in Norwich, Norfolk Cou...
  • John Brewer, II, of Isle of Wight (1614 - 1669)
    Was not married to Ann Skinner 4th generation: John Brewer II, married Anne Reade. He settled on the 1000-acre grant of his step-father, Rev. Thomas Butler. He also held his father's plantation "...
  • Col. John Blake, of Nansemond (1577 - 1664)
    Henry Baker inherited the Buckland Plantation’s original 2,750 acres in the year 1670 from his father-in-law, Col. John Blake. ****************************************************************** ...
  • 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 ...

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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