m. 04 May 1706
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Information on Col. William Byrd
William "The Black Swan" BYRD II of Westover 28 Mar 1674 - 26 Aug 1744 ID Number: I57732
RESIDENCE: Henrico and Charles City Cos. VA
BIRTH: 28 Mar 1674, "Belvidere" Henrico Co., VA DEATH: 26 Aug 1744, "Westover" Charles City Co. VA BURIAL: Charles City Co., VA, "Westover" RESOURCES: See: [S24] [S2128] Father: William of Westover BYRD "the Immigrant" Mother: MARY HORSMANDAN
Family 1 : Maria TAYLOR MARRIAGE: 9 May 1724, England +Maria BYRD +Anne BYRD +Jane BYRD of Westover +William III BYRD of Westover +Elizabeth Taylor BYRD Family 2 : Lucy PARKE MARRIAGE: 4 May 1706, Queen's Creek, York Co. Virginia +Wilhelmina "Mina" BYRD Notes
Lucy Parke (Wife) b. 1688 Children: Evelyn Byrd b. 16 Jul 1707 in Charles City, Charles City County, VA Parke Byrd b. 6 Sep 1709 in Westover, Charles City County, VA Phillip William Byrd b. 23 Feb 1711/12 Wilhelmina 'Mina' Byrd b. 6 Nov 1715 in Charles City, Charles City County, VA
Byrd’s life showed aspects of both British colonial gentry and an emerging American identity. His education included classics, apprenticeship with London global business agents, and legal studies. He was admitted to the bar and served for years as Virginia’s official agent in London where he opposed increasing power of royal governors. A member of the Royal Society, he was an early advocate of smallpox inoculation.
On his return to Virginia, he expanded his plantation holdings, was elected to the House of Burgesses, and served on Virginia’s Council of State from 1709 until his death in 1744. He commanded local County militias, and led surveying expeditions along the Virginia-Carolina border and the Northern Neck. His enterprises included promoting Swiss settlement in mountainous southwest Virginia and iron mining ventures in Germanna and Fredericksburg, Virginia.