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Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA

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  • George Turberville, of Hickory Hill (c.1690 - bef.1742)
    George Turberville Birth: 1690 - Lee Parish, Northumberland County, Colony of Virginia Death: before 12 Apr 1742 (probate date) at about age 52 - Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virgin...
  • Mary Bayley (c.1685 - aft.1695)
    Not the daughter of John Bailey of Cople Parish & Elizabeth Bailey . Probably not the wife of Edward Young . Probably not the wife of Capt. Henry Washington ; looks like a mixup with Mary Washington .
  • John Butler (1652 - 1703)
  • Anne Bayley (b. - 1729)
    Sources WESTMORELAND COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS. 1732-1734: Pg 6 IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen. I ANN BAYLY of Washington Parish in Westmorland County being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be g...
  • Anne Bayley (bef.1657 - aft.1699)
    Family Basil Bayley was an early Colonial Settler of Westmoreland county, Virginia. He was born before 1657, in the Colony. About 1675, Basil married, as second husband, to Anne Robins , born before ...


As originally established by the Virginia colony's House of Burgesses, this area was separated from Northumberland County in 1653 and named for the English county of Westmorland; both counties are coastal. The territory of Westmoreland County encompassed much of what later became the various counties and cities of Northern Virginia, including the city of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Prince William County. These areas comprised part of Westmoreland until the formation of Stafford County in 1664.

Westmoreland County on Northern Neck was the birthplace of George Washington, who later became the first President of the United States (born at the former settlement of Bridges Creek, Virginia); of James Monroe, the fifth President; and of Robert E. Lee, general and commander of the Confederate armies during the American Civil War of 1861–1865.

Colonel Nicholas Spencer (1633-1689) resided in this county. He patented the land at Mount Vernon in 1674 with his friend Lt. Col. John Washington, ancestor of George Washington. Spencer, who served as President of the Council and acting Governor (in office: 1683–1684) of the Colony of Virginia, was the cousin of, and agent for, the Barons Colepeper, proprietors of the Northern Neck. Spencer lived at his plantation, Nomini, which his descendants later sold to Robert Carter I (1662/63 – 1732) .

Robert Carter's grandson, Robert Carter III, is known for voluntarily freeing almost 500 slaves from Nomini Hall, beginning in 1791. He also provided for their settlement on land that he bought for them in Ohio Country.[citation needed] This manumission was the largest known release of slaves in North America prior to the American Civil War and involved the largest number ever manumitted by an individual in the U.S.

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