The Resource William Byrd II letters, 1729-1740.
- William Byrd II letters, 1729-1740.
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- Virginia -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
- Georgia -- History -- 18th century
- Otway, Francis
- Personal papers
- Byrd, William, II, 1674-1744
- Randolph, John, Sir, approximately 1693-1737
- Wager, Charles, Sir, 1666-1743
- Letters (correspondence)
- Virginia -- History -- 18th Century
- Letters, 1729-1740, from William Byrd II of "Westover" consisting of correspondence with various friends and family. Correspondents include Francis Otway, Sir John Randolph, and Sir Charles Wager. Subjects covered include fear of Spanish attacks on the colony of Georgia, grape cultivation, health remedies, politics, property, tobacco, and other business matters. Located on microfilm frames 8-57 and 89-429
- Biographical or historical data
- William Byrd was born 28 March 1674, probably in Henrico County, Virginia, to William Byrd (ca. 1652-1704) and Mary Horsmaden Byrd (1652-1699). Byrd was raised and educated in England, studied at the Middle Temple, and was called to the bar in 1695. In 1696, he returned to Virginia, was elected to the House of Burgesses, but returned to London to practice law. From 1698 to 1702, Byrd served as the colony’s colonial agent. He returned to Virginia in 1705, after learning of his father’s death. Byrd ran the large estate his father left, and in 1709, he was appointed to the Governor’s Council. Byrd returned to London in 1716 and stayed until 1720 when he left for Virginia, then returned to London in 1721 and stayed until 1726. Byrd developed his lands in Virginia and founded both Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. Byrd married Lucy Parke (d. 1716) 4 May 1706, and they had four children. He married second Maria Taylor 9 May 1724, and they had four children. Byrd died at his home Westover in Charles City County, Virginia, 6 September 1744, and was buried in the garden.
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