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m. 8 OCT 1582
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  5. Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor of VirginiaAbt 1588 - 1644
  6. Reverend Hawte Wyatt1594 - 1638
  • HSir Francis Wyatt, Governor of VirginiaAbt 1588 - 1644
  • WMargaret Sandys1592 - 1644
m. 1618
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Name Sir Francis Wyatt, Governor of Virginia
Gender Male
Birth[2][1] Abt 1588 Boxley, Kent, England
Marriage 1618 to Margaret Sandys
Death[1] 1644 Boxley, Kent, England
Burial[1][2] 24 Aug 1644 Boxley, Kent, England


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Sir Francis Wyatt (1588–1644) was the first English royal governor of Virginia. He sailed for America on August 1, 1621 on board the George. He became governor shortly after his arrival in October, taking with him the first written constitution for an English colony. Also sailing with him on this voyage was his second cousin Henry Fleete Sr., who helped found colonies in both Virginia and Maryland. In 1622 he rallied the defense of Jamestown which was attacked by Native Americans, during which the lives of some 400 settlers were lost and he then oversaw the contraction of the colony from scattered outposts into a defensive core.

Francis was the son of George Wyatt, was from Boxley Manor in Kent, and attended St Mary Hall, Oxford, (from July 1, 1603) and Grey's Inn (1604). He was knighted July 7, 1618 at Windsor.

Wyatt was governor of Virginia from November 1621. Virginia became a royal colony in 1624, but Sir Francis, at the request of the crown, remained on as governor until September 18, 1625, when Sir George Yeardley, whom he had succeeded, resumed the office. In 1624, Wyatt resided in Jamestown with his wife, his brother Haute, and seventeen servants. In 1625, he received a black servant girl after a court settlement from her previous employer. After leaving office, he left Virginia for the Ireland and England to settle his father's estate. He was appointed governor again in 1639, sailing from England to take up his post. He served from November 1639 until February 1641 and was then succeeded by Sir William Berkeley. He arranged the purchase of the home of the previous governor to use as the first designated "state house" of the colony, the government previously having met in the church.

Wyatt returned to England after his second term as governor and died in Boxley. He was buried there on August 24, 1644.

Sir Francis Wyatt organized the General Assembly which had been called in 1619. This was the first legislative body in America. Sir Francis caused its privileges to be embodied in a written constitution, the first of its kind in the New World.

OFFICE: Governor of Virginia, 1621-1626, 1638-1641.

ACHIEVEMENTS: Author of 'A Briefe Declaration of the Plantation of Virginia during the First Twelve Yeares, 1624. HONORS: Knighted.

RESIDENCE: Of Boxley, Kent {Boxley, Kent, England}. EMIGRATION: Came to Virginia in the "George", 1621.

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  3.   Weis, Frederick Lewis, and Walter Lee Sheppard. The Magna Charta sureties, 1215: the barons named in the Magna Charta, 1215 and some of their descendants who settled in America. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Genealogical Pub. Co., Unknown edition (1955-1999)), p. 88 line 72:15, p. 89 line 72:15, Primary quality.
  4.   Richardson, Douglas. Plantagenet ancestry : a study in colonial and medieval families. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co Inc, c2004), p. 151 FLEETE:1.i, Primary quality.
  5.   Richardson, Douglas. Plantagenet ancestry : a study in colonial and medieval families. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co Inc, c2004), p. 60 BARNE:17.i.a, Primary quality.