Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Robert Beverley

Male 1673 - 1722  (49 years)


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  • Name Robert Beverley 
    Birth 1673  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 21 Apr 1722  Beverley Park, Drysdale Parish, King & Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I33716  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2024 

    Father Robert Beverley,   b. Jan 1635, Beverley, Hull, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 15 Mar 1687, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Byrd Carter,   b. Mar 1637, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1 Jun 1678, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage Abt 4 Apr 1667  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ursula Byrd,   b. 29 Nov 1681, Westover, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 31 Oct 1698, Jamestown, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 16 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1693  Jamestown, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Beverley,   b. 1696, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 28 Feb 1756, Blandfield, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 60 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Ursula Beverley,   b. Oct 1698, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F17409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2024 

  • Notes 
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      Essex County, Virginia Historical Society, Bulletin 11, May 1977
      Major Robert Beverley and His Three Sons: Peter, Robert and Harry
      By CHARLES W. H. WARNER

      Robert Beverley Jr., historian of Virginia, was the second son of Maj. Robert Beverley and his wife Mary
      (Keeble) Beverley. He was born on his father's plantation in Middlesex Co., went to England for his education
      and was there at the time of his father's death. Upon returning to Virginia he enrolled himself as a volunteer scrivener in the office of the Secretary of the Colony, Soon he became clerk of a legislative committee. By 1696 he had achieved the important posts of Clerk of The General Court, Clerk of the Council and Clerk of The General Assembly, As a freeholder of Jamestown he served in the House of Burgesses, in the Assemblies of 1699 1700~2 and 1705-06.

      He inherited the "Poropotank" plantation in Gloucester Co. and "Beverley Park" in King and Queen Co. He served also as Clerk of this County. Robert Beverley Jr. owned considerable other property.
      In June of 1703 Robert Beverley went to England to protect his interest in a litigation there pending before the Privy Council, and was detained for eighteen months in this matter. He was invited by a bookseller to criticize the manuscript of Oldmixon's British Empire in America. Stimulated by bis litigation and resenting Oldmixon's account of Virginia in his book he wrote his own book-History and Present State of Virginia. This was published in London in 1705 bearing in the front the Arms of Virginia and "by' R. B. gent." The book was divided into four sections: The History of the First Settlement of Virginia and the Government thereof, to the present time; The Natural Productions and Conveniences of the country, suited to Trade and Improvement; The Native Indians their Religion, Laws and Customs in War and Peace; The present State of the Country as to the Polity of the
      Government and the Improvements of the Land.
      Robert Beverley Jr. in his final section, on the government of Virginia, analyzed the British governors as tyrannical and unsuiled administrators and depicted British Colonial administration as poorly suited to Virginia and the needs of the frontier. This is very apparent upon any study of this section and his entire book reflects great interest in and admiration for the new land. Thus the History and Present State of Virginia is really the first great literary effort of political and philosophical separation from England and in this sense was a forerunner to the later sentiment of The American Hevolution.
      Due to a political dispute with the Surveyor General of Customs, Robert Beverley caused trouble between the General Assembly of Virginia and the British government. Therefore soon after his return to Virginia, he retired from a public career to "Beverley Park," his estate on the upper waters of the Mattaponey in King and Queen Co. Here he presided on the County Court, experimented with new agricultural techniques and speculated in frontier land. He revised and reprinted his book and in 1722 published another book entitled "The Abridgement of the Public Laws of Virginia." He died soon thereafter and was buried at "Beverley Park."
      Robert Beverley Jr. married Ursula Byrd of "Westover", daughter of Col. William Byrd I and his wife Mary (Horsmanden) Byrd. She lies buried in the old church yard at Jamestown where her tomb is still partly legible.
      Among their children was Col. William Beverley, born in 1696 and died m 1756, who married Elizabeth Bland, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Randolph) Bland of "Jorden's Point," Prince George Co. Col. Beverley heired large properties including land in Essex County. He was Clerk of Essex County from 1716 to 1745. He was a member of the House of Burgesses and later on The Governors Council. His largest estate was Beverley Manor, a tract of 118,490 acres in Augusta County. He built "Blandfield" in' Essex Co. where he lived and died. This magnificent Colonial Georgian brick mansion with its dependencies is on an estate of about 5,000 acres and remains in the Beverley family where today live Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw Beverley and his mother, Mrs. William Beverley.
      Robert Beverley, Jr. is the ancestor of all the "Blandfield" Beverleys, the Wellfords of "Sabine Hall" and of
      "Kendale," in Essex County. The mother of Senator Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. was of the "Blandfield" Beverley
      family.
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      1689-1695 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 8; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 377
      ROBERT BEVERLEY, son of Maj. Robert Beverley, decd; 200 acs. Glocester Co; E. side of Poropotank Cr; adj. William Ginsey, & Mr. John Pate; 29 Apr. 1692, Page 234. Granted to Michael Crafton, deserted, & granted to sd. Pate, & deserted; then to John Oakham, 22 Mar. 1665, deserted, & granted sd. Maj. Beverley by order, & joyned in patent with 720 acs., 24 Oct. 1673, but not seated, & now again granted to Robert Beverley, by order, &c. Imp. of 4 pers: Jno. Drake; Danll., Bess, & Tony, Negroes.
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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 2; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 348-351
      7 Feb 1706/7 Augustine Smith of St. Ann's Parish, Essex County, Gent., to Francis Gouldman of same, Gent, for 18,000 pounds of tobacco 1162 acres in St. Ann's Parish on the the north side of a small branch of Occupation swamp crossing the swamp... corner white oak of Ward's being part of a patent of 2369 acres formerly granted unto Robert Beverley 29 Oct 1696 and by him deserted and since granted unto Augustine Smith 16 May 1704.
      Augustine Smith
      Wit Ro Brooke, John (x) Morris, John (x) Cooke.
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      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 120.
      7 Aug. 1708. Richard Buckner of Tappahannock to Robert Beverley of King and Queen County. For £6 sterling.
      Halfe acre or lott numbered one in the Burgh of Tappahannock which was formerly taken up and built upon by Edward Hill, Esqr., deceased.
      Richard Buckner
      Wit: Wm. Williamson, Ja. Alderson, Thomas Tucker [?).
      10 Aug. 1708. Acknowledged by Richard Buckner
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      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 368-69.
      24-25 July 1710. Larkin Chew of Essex County to Robert Beverley of King and Queen County and Richard
      Buckner of Essex County. Lease and release; in consideration that Chew gave bond 10 Oct. 1709 to said Robert for £4.18.3 sterling conditioned for the payment of £27.9.3 with six percent interest from Midsummer day and that Robert and Richard assumed in Court as speciall bail to pay unto Mr. Thomas Todd of Gloucester County £61.2.6 sterling with costs and for one bond 24 Aug. 1709 entered into by Richard at the request of Larkin payable to Mr. Thomas Reid of Gloucester County of £122.5.- sterling for the payment of £61.2.6 sterling with interest. 320 acres whereon Larkin Chew now dwelleth in St. Mary's Parish, and four Negroes working now on the same land, and three Negro children.
      Larkin Chew
      Wit: Henry Machen, Mary (X) Machen, Jos, Chew.
      11 Oct. 1710. Acknowledged by Larkin Chew.
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      1711-1714 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 8, Beverley Fleet]; Page 28. Lease. 9 August 1711. Timothy Hay of Essex Co., planter sells Robert Beverley of the County of King and Queen, Gent., two tracts of land in Essex Co., one containing 210 acres bounded according to deed made by Nicholas ffranklin to George Loyd datod 30 May 1705, the other containing 118 1/2 acres in two parcels bounded according to a deed made by William Cole to the sd George Loyd dated 9 Dec. 1705, along with 2 negroes named Harry and Sarah commonly worked on the 118 acres.
      Witnesses as below. signed Timothy x Hay
      see Release.
      Recorded 13 March 1711/12
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      1711-1714 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 8, Beverley Fleet]; Page 28. Release. 10 August 1711. "Whereas the said Timothy is indebted to Mr John Cleveland Mercht in Liverpool in Great Britain Thirty six pounds one shilling Sterl which came into the said Roberts hands to receive, and whereas the said Timothy for payment thereof hath drawn bills of Exchange payable to the said John on Mr John Wright Mercht in London bearing date the day before the date of these presents, x x the said Timothy Hay for and in con-sideration of the sd debt and the bettor Assureing the paymt of the said Bills of Exchange x x x hath sold x x x unto the said Robert Beverley x x x Two severall Tracts or seats of Land x x"
      Wit: signed Timothy Hay
      Ja Alderson his mark
      Richard Buckner
      Reu'b Welch
      Thomas Hamar
      Isaao Webb Recorded 13 March 1711/12
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      1718-1721 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 78-84.
      13 April 1719. Hannah Chew. gives power of attorney to Mr. Wm. Beverley to relinquish her right of dower in 321 acres in Essex County sold by her husband Larkin Chew. to Mr. Robt. Taliaférro.
      Hannah Chew
      Wit: Jno. Roy, Thos. Chew.
      16 June 1719. Proved by John Roy.
      16 June 1719. Larkin Chew of St. Stephen's Parish, King and Queen County, Gent and Hannah his wife, to Robt. Taliaferro of St. Mary's Parish, Essex County, planter. Lease and release; for 120 lawful money of Great Britain.
      320 acres and 78 Perches in St. Mary's Parish ...on the east side of a small branch ... hiccory standing on a point between two branches ....
      Larkin Chew
      Wit: James Taylor Jno. Roy, John Pratt.:
      16 June 1719. Acknowledged by Larkin Chew, Hannah, Chew,
      by Wm. Beverley her attorney, relinquished her right of dower
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      1718-1721 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [John Frederick Dorman];
      Page 208.
      10 June 1720. I impower my loveing brother Coll. Robert Beverley to acknowledge for me- my relinquishment of dower to 1940 acres lately sold by my husband Harry Beverley to the Honble. Alexander Spotswood, Governour, acknowledged by lease and release in the last General Court.
      Elizabeth, Beverley
      Wit: Joh: Robinson, W. Beverley.
      21 June 1720. Proved by John Robinson and Wm. Beverley.

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      1695-1706 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 9; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 6
      ROBERT BEVERLEY, GENT., 2359 acs., bet. Rappahannock Riv. & head run of Mattapony Riv; E. on path from Portobago Indian Town to Chicohamony Indian Town; W. on a great tract of Major Robert Beverley's; 29 Oct. 1696, p.35 Granted Hugh Owen, 28 Apr. 1691, deserted, & now granted by order, &c. Imp. of 48 pers. Note: In King & Queen Co. or Essex.
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      1695-1706 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 9; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 9
      ROBERT BEVERLY, 5000 acs., New Kent Co; S. side of Pamunkey Riv., on hr. of Crump's Cr; adj. lands of Moses Davis & Jno. Rea; 29 Oct. 1696, Page 55. Granted Lawr. Bathurst, 28 Apr. 1691, deserted, & now granted by order, &c. Imp, of 100 pers: Eliza. Davis, Mary Loe, Giles Darbie, Jno. Mayo, Wm. Grant, Wm. Keele, Jane Gibs (or Giles), Mary Lott, Jno. Folke, Maudlin Jones, Hen. Best, Senr., Robt. Briggs, Charles Right, Henry Best, Junr., Hannah Griffen, Robt. Griffen, Hanna Best, Samll, Greene, Edwd. Story, Mary Best, Samll. Vocke, Peter Goldfinch, Ed. Woodsworth, Antho. Ballard, Tho. Mires, Mary Wright, Tho. Cobb, Samll. Man, Wm. Read, Alice Strange, Mary Wilson, Ellin Wench, Eliza. Davis, Ja. Butler, Hen. Fisher, Nath. Only, Wm. Walter, Edwd, Wilson, Habak, Booke, Richd. Farre, Wm. Smith, Wm. Hudson, Michael Irish, Tho, Munns, Hump. Osborn, Wm. Tayler, Nath. Hicum-bottom, John Chest, Richd. Seaman, Samll. Chappell, Jno. Bechem, Nich. Nox (or Noel, Gideon Peltner (or Peltier), Jno. Bellett, Sam11. Whitehead, Mary Goslin, Jno. Ward, Jno. Allin, Nich. Ellis, Wm. Rickuts, Roger Bridges, Arnall Mouse, Garrett Ledwith, Hen. Cole, Oswell Osborn, James Barnes, Antho. Little, Kath. Little, Anne Green, Lewis Williams, Owen Magaren, Tho. Mason, Fran. Bumpas, Anne Sanders, Margt. Grimleys, Tho. Stafford, Mary Woodward, Mary Jeffryes, Tho. Richards, Jno. Wright, Wm. Buttler, Jno. Potter, Martha Neale, Jos. Peere (or Peeve), Sarah Downam, Jane Arbrey, Obadiah Pitt, Tobias Buttler; Jack, Mary, Keate, Peter, Jean, Mingo, Parrett, Keate, Growdy, Dick, Tom, George, Negroes.
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      1695-1706 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 9; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 22
      ROBERT BEVERLEY, of James City Co., 570 acs., Eliz. City Co., 15 Oct. 1698, Page 158. 110 acs. called Fort feild; 160 acs. called Downs feild, & 300 acs. called Buckrow; escheated from Col. Charles Morrison, dec'd., by inquisition under Barthollomew Fowler, Depty. Esch'r., &c.
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      1695-1706 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 9; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 34
      MR. ROBERT BEVERLEY, 813 acs., Eliz. City Co., 24 Apr. 1700, Page 243. Beg. at mouth of n gutt parting this & land of George Walker, Junr; to Mr. Sheppard; to head of Long Cr., takeing in the severall islands bet. sd. Cr. & the Bay; down Mill Cr., &c. 300 acs. part of 570 acs. granted him, 15 Oct. 1698 & named Buckrow; 513 acs. adj., due for Imp. of 11 pers: James Bowman, Peter Burton, Mary Penny, Mary Deane, Susannah Deane, Timothy Bloodworth, Robin -, Sarah Maxey, Grace Williams, Samuel "the Gardiner," Cyprus Sharper.
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      1695-1706 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 9; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 105
      ROBERT BEVERLEY, GENT., 120 acs., Eliz. City Co; all that neck or point on the SW end of Point Comfort;
      2 May 1706, Page 717. Imp. of 3 pers: Wm. Doyley, Margaret Smith, Silvester Gaskin.
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      1710-1719 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 10; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 21
      MR, ROBERT BEVERLEY, of K. &, Q. Co; 2644 acs. (N. L.) in St. Stephen's & St. Anne's Parishes, in K. & Q. & Essex Counties; on head branches of Maracosick Sw; adj. his own; & land of Mr. Augustine Smith; on a br. of Pewmansend, 10 Nov. 1713, Page 94. 13 Lbs., 5 Shill.
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      1710-1719 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 10; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 70
      ROBERT BEVERLEY, GENT., 3420 acs. (O. & N. L.), Countys of K. & Q., & Essex, in St. Stephen's & St. Anne's Parishes; on head brs. of Maracosick Sw; adj, Mr. Augustine Smith's land; & his own land; on W. side of a br. of Pewmansend; 20 Oct. 1716, Page 289. Granted sd. Beverley for 2644 acs., 10 Nov. 1713; & appearing that patent was grounded upon an erroneous survey, he hath since surrendered it according to an order of our Lt. Gov'r.. &c. 4 Lbs., Money,
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      1710-1719 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 10; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 105
      ROBERT BEVERLEY, GENT., of K. & Q. Ca; 4000 acs. (N. L.), Essex Co; on S. side of Rappa. Riv; beg, at low. end of an Islatid, about 6/2 mi. below mouth of Elk River; to a gr, Bever Dam Br. falling into same; 29 Oct. t719, Page 452. 20 Lbs., Money.
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      1710-1719 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 10; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 105
      ROBERT BEVERLEY & THOMAS JONES, Gentlemen, 15,000 acs. (N. L.), in Essex Co. & K. & Q. Co., 20 Feb. 1719, Page 455. Beg. by Rappa. River, cor. of patent to James Harrison, John Bowzee & the 4 Orphans of George Motts, dated 29 Nov. 1674; crossing Warner's River; on John Cave's land; on line of the Governor's land; to br. of the Wilderness Run; down the Rapidanna River; excepting certain tracts already granted within the bounds, which are declared to be no part of sd. 15,000 acs. hereby intended to be granted, &c. 75 Lbs., Money.

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