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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • 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...
  • John W Smith (1715 - 1771)
    From page 326 of Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial ..., Volume 1 edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler Smith, John, son of Augustine Smith, of "Shooter's Hill," Middlesex county and S...
  • Thomas Bennett (1580 - 1640)
    NOT a Knight. NOT one of the Bennet (ONE T) Baronets! =================================== His parents and birthplace are NOT known for certain. Many people Wild-Mass-Guess him onto Governor Richard...
  • Maj. William Farrar (1657 - 1721)
    Major William Farrar III, born 1657 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA; died 1721 in Farrar's Island, Henrico Co., VA. He was the son of Col. William Farrar II and Mary Williams. He married Priscilla ...
  • Col. William Bridger, of "White Marsh" (c.1668 - 1730)
    William Bridger (b abt 1668 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia - d before Bef 23 Nov 1730 of Bertie County, North Carolina) was the son of Joseph Bridger (b abt 1628) & Hester Pitt (b abt 1628). He marr...

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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