Person:Mary Willing (1)

Mary Willing
b.10 Sep 1740
d.Mar 1814
m. 21 JAN 1730
  1. Thomas Willing1731 - 1821
  2. Anne Willing1733 - 1812
  3. Dorothy Willing1735 - 1782
  4. Charles Willing1738 - 1788
  5. Mary Willing1740 - 1814
  6. Elizabeth Willing1742 - 1830
  7. Richard Willing1744 - 1798
  8. Abigail Willing1747 - 1791
  9. Joseph Willing1749 - 1750
  10. James Willing1751 - 1801
  11. Margaret Willing1753 - 1816
  1. Charles Willing Byrd1770 - 1828
Facts and Events
Name Mary Willing
Gender Female
Birth[1] 10 Sep 1740
Death[1] Mar 1814

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Mary Willing Byrd (September 10, 1740 – March 1814) was the second wife of Colonel William Byrd III, a colonial American military officer at the time of the American Revolution and son of the founder of Richmond, Virginia. Her father, Charles Willing, was the mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1748 to 1754, and her great-grandfather, Edward Shippen, was the second mayor of Philadelphia from 1701 to 1703.

After her husband committed suicide in January 1777, leaving considerable debts, she managed his plantations, including Westover Plantation, in Charles City County.

Although Byrd had many ties to the British and Loyalists during the American Revolution, she tried to remain neutral and to preserve her children's inheritance. After trying to recover property that had been seized by the British, she was charged in 1781 with trading with the enemy. Byrd defended herself eloquently in a letter to Governor Thomas Jefferson: "I wish well to all mankind, to America in particular. What am I but an American? All my friends and connexions are in America; my whole property is here—could I wish ill to everything I have an interest in?" Her trial was first postponed and ultimately never held.

Mary Willing Byrd had ten children: Maria Horsmanden Byrd, Evelyn Taylor Byrd, Charles Willing Byrd (died as child), Abby Byrd, Anne Willing Byrd, William Boyd Byrd, Charles Willing Byrd, Dorothy Byrd (died as child), Jane Byrd and Richard Willing Byrd.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mary Willing Byrd, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).