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Wyatt 

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Rev. Hawte Wyatt came to Virginia in 1621 with his brother, Sir Francis Wyatt. He was minister of Jamestown and in 1632 returned to England and was minister of Boxley Parish, Kent Co. England.

His children were:

1. Edward Wyatt m. Jane Conquest. He was awarded land by Capt John West, [brother of Lord Delaware West], Capt Wm. Brocas, [a great traveler], and George Ludlow. In 1645 he was administrator on the estate of John Clark, and in 1652 he lived Middle Plantation (Williamsburg).

(1). Conquest Wyatt, patented lands in Gloucester Co. in 1672. He was vestryman of Petsworth Parish in 1690 and sheriff in 1705.

A. Francis Wyatt, vestryman of Petsworth Parish 1710-1728. He had 2, 946 acres in Spotsylvania Co. VA and in 1745 a division of that land by Francis Wyatt, deceased of Gloucester Co. VA.

(a). Francis

(b). Wm. Wyatt, mariner in Liverpool England. In 1747 he conveyed his part of Spotsylvania land.

(c). Edward Wyatt of Gloucester Co. VA. He conveyed his part of the land in Spotsylvania Co.

(d). Thomas Wyatt m. Sukey Edmundson (daughter of John Edmundson), conveyed part of the land in Spotsylvania Co. VA. Shortly after he removed to Spotsylvania as shown by a deed. He became Justice of the Peace in 1762.

(e). Ann Wyatt m. John Thruston after her fathers death.

 

B. Conquest Wyatt, Vestryman Petsworth Parish 1727

C. John Wyatt, he wrote letters to England.

D. James Wyatt

E. Edward Wyatt

(2). Edward Wyatt, vestryman of Petsworth Parish in 1740

(3). Capt John Wyatt

(4). James Wyatt

(5). Francis Wyatt

 

2. George Wyatt, a cooper, patented land in 1642 and lived Middle Plantation (Williamsburg)

(1). Henry Wyatt, in 1679 patented land in Henrico on south side Chickahoming. In 1686 he was vestryman of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co. VA.

3. John Wyatt

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Sir Francis Wyatt, brother of Rev. Hawte Wyatt, married Margaret Sandys, niece of Sir Edward Sandys. 

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Edward WYATT b. 1677 at Gloucester County VA, d. 1745 Gloucester Co. VA. [Petsworth Parish Vestry Book mentions his death. His death date is also confirmed by a letter written by his brother to relatives in England, now on file in the British Museum].

His wife was Frances NEWTON b. 1685, d. 1753

SON:

William  WYATT, b. 1707 at Gloucester County VA, d. 1774 at Prince William County VA

Spouse: Martha ____

Children:

1 [Child] Wyatt

2 [Child] Wyatt

Spouse: Lettice NICHOLS, b. bef 1712, d. aft 1750.  Her father: William Micajah NICOLL, b. bef 1694, d. aft 1712

Children:

 

1. Micajah Wyatt, b. 1731 at Stafford County VA, d. 1774

2. Frances Wyatt, b. 1734 at Stafford County VA, m. Thomas Scott..  (see letter below)...

3. Edward Wyatt, b. 1738 at Stafford County VA

4. John Wyatt, b. 1740 at Stafford County VA, m. Hannah Vincent, d. bef 1808 at Halifax County VA

5. William Edward Wyatt, b. 1742 at Stafford County VA, m. Frances Newton, 25, Dec 1766, m. Elizabeth Snoe, 25 Dec 1788, d. 28 Feb 1815 at Maca, Prince William County VA

6. Elizabeth Wyatt, b. 1744 at Stafford County VA, d. 1770

7. Conquest Wyatt, b. 1746 at Stafford County VA, m. Jane Redmond...RECEIVED LETTER below

8. Elijah Wyatt, b. 1750 at Stafford County VA, m. Margaret Chilton,  bef 1794, m. Francis Canterbury, 27 Dec 1794 at Franklin County VA, m. Polly Richardson, 21 Aug 1799 at Franklin County VA

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A 1767 letter between a Frances Scott of Albemarle Co to her brother Conquest Wyatt and it mentions  THOMAS SHERLEY.

posted Aug 7, 2001

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Mt. Hope, Fairfax County, Virginia

January 8, 1767.

 

My dear Brother Conquest:

 

It has not been for the want of a due affection that I have conversed so little with you in an epistolary way since your removal from us. Your omission of the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would be done by, has perhaps occasioned me to be rather remiss; but the voice of your complaints having reached me, I am willing to silence them by removing the cause. I cannot, however, promise that my lines shall be made acceptable to you by a communication of good news, for indeed I find such a call of industry at home, in a two-fold scene, that I seldom look or ask for any other intelligence abroad than to know whether our friends are in the fruition of health. This blessing with the additional one of domestic peace and competency, they pretty generally enjoy.

I hear through Uncle 'Cajah that Thomas Sherley, from an impulse of duty, had come to the conclusion to superintend a school. I have no doubt, qualified as he is, it will prove a blessing for the children who may be so favored as to come under his tuition.

I am glad to find, by your letter to Mother, that you are pleased with your present situation; not only because I wish you happiness, but I look upon it to be the indispensable duty of a Christian to be contented and humbly thankful for such a distribution of the good things of this life as Providence may see fit to assign him. A cheerful, resigned contentment is certainly the most acceptable tribute of gratitude that we can pay to the Divine Disposer of events, the Author of all our mercies; and since we learn, both from observation and experience, that unmixed felicity is not the portion of this life, let us, my dear Conquest, endeavor to secure that happiness in the next by duly improving the fleeting moments as they pass; observing with a persevering and steady eye the council and instruction of that oracle within, which ever leads its true votaries in the way of self-denial and the Cross.

I have, my dear brother, been uneasy because of your being situated where it is to be feared there are too few to whom you ought to give the right hand of fellowship, or converse with, upon subjects that would be to your edification. The way of life and salvation, as our blessed Lord declares, is straight and narrow, and if we be not exceedingly careful and watchful ourselves, we shall wander from the path. Therefore let us be diligent in well doing, for "it is the diligent hand that maketh rich."

I am, as ever,

Your affectionate sister,

Frances Scott

 

Mr. Conquest Wyatt

Charlottesville, Virginia

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The letter writer, Frances (Wyatt) Scott and the Thomas Shirley she mentions in her letter were first cousins, both being grandchildren of Edward Wyatt (1677-1745), of Gloucester Co., VA.

Thomas and Anne (Wyatt) Shirley's eldest son was Thomas Shirley. Please note that the letter writer's uncle, named Thomas Shirley (husband of Anne Wyatt), was dead at the time the letter was written, so he certainly couldn't be the Thomas Shirley mentioned in the letter.

 

Thomas Shirley married Anne Wyatt of Gloucester Co VA

The first published account of this Shirley family is found in a sketch of the Wyatt family, found in SOUTHERN FAMILIES, by Adaline Evans Wynn, published in 1940. A descendant of Thomas and Anne (Wyatt) Shirley, William T. Inman, also compiled a sketch on the Shirley and Wyatt families in the 1940s. The Inman sketch included the prayer book of Anne (Wyatt) Shirley as a source.

A major problem in documenting the early generations of this Shirley family and the allied Wyatt line is the fact that they resided in Gloucester County, Virginia a "burned county," whose records prior to 1865 have almost been completely destroyed. That said, there are surviving records which help to piece together and document this line. Here would be a good place to emphasize that Thomas and Anne (Wyatt) Shirley resided in Gloucester County, VA not in Prince William County, where some members of the Wyatt family did settle.

The Wyatts were a family of some prominence in Gloucester County, VA as well as in England. They are fairly well-documented, even considering the destruction of Gloucester Co., VA records. Correspondence between the members of the family in England and Virginia still exists. A good sketch of the early Wyatt family in Virginia may be found in ADVENTURERS OF PURSE AND PERSON, 3rd Edition, edited by John Frederick Dorman.

First, Thomas Shirley married ANNE Wyatt. He did not marry Mary Ann Wyatt. Furthermore, she was the daughter of EDWARD WYATT, not William Edward Wyatt. Thomas Shirley married Anne Wyatt and they resided in Gloucester Co., VA NOT in Prince William County, where some of the Wyatt family did settle. Edward WYATT died in Gloucester Co., VA where his death is alluded to in the Petsworth Parish Register (where he had served on the vestry).

Five children were born to Thomas and Anne (Wyatt) Shirley: Thomas, Hawte, Conquest, Edward, and Katherine. Hawte and Conquest Shirley appear to have died in early childhood. Katherine Shirley has not been traced. Thomas Shirley is alluded to in a letter written by Frances (Wyatt) Scott in 1767 (she was his first cousin). Edward Shirley married a girl from Kingston Parish and following his death, his widow settled in South Carolina.

It is highly unlikely that Thomas Shirley, son of Thomas and Anne (Wyatt) Shirley, is the same-named individual who married Mollie Grubb.

A transcript of the Frances (Wyatt) Scott letter may be found at the Shirley Family Association web page as well as other commentary I have provided on the Wyatt Shirleys, the name given to this Shirley family.

Thomas Shirley, husband of Anne Wyatt, was born in England and came to Gloucester Co., VA as an adult.

Although a great deal of documentary evidence regarding this family has been destroyed, I hope that this posting provides a more accurate picture of this family and will serve to correct inaccurate information that has been posted regarding it.

Charles Ward
CMW12635@aol.com

   


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