|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1740|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1814|
Westover (Charles City County)
Charles City County
Mary Willing was born in 1740 to Charles and Anne (Shippen) Willing of Philadelphia. On January 29, 1761 she became the second wife of Colonel William Byrd, III of Westover, Charles City County, having married firstly Elizabeth Hill Carter, daughter of John Carter of Shirley Plantation.
Her father, Charles Willing, was the mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1748 to 1754, and her great-grandfather was Edward Shippen, the first mayor of Philadelphia from 1701 to 1703. After her husband committed suicide in January 1777, leaving considerable debts, she managed his plantations, including the historic 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, but her trial was never held.
Mary Willing Byrd bore ten children:
Maria Horsmanden Byrd 1761-1814
Anne Ursula Willing Byrd 1763-1813
Charles Willing Byrd 1765-1766
Evelyn Taylor Byrd 1766-1814
Abigail Byrd 1767-1830
Dorothy Byrd 1769-1769
Charles Willing Byrd 1770-1828
Jane Byrd 1773-1813
Richard Willing Byrd 1774-1815
William Boyd Byrd 1777-1820
The Will of Mrs. Mary Willing Byrd of Westover, 1813 (this was taken from just the beginning)
"In the name of God Amen, I Mary Byrd of Westover of the County of Charles City, Virginia, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament. I resign my soul into the hands of its unerring Creator in full hope of its eternal happiness through the mercy of my god and the mediation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and secondly I desire that my body may be privately buried by the grave of my dear husband."
Mary is in the "old" Westover Parish Cemetery on the grounds of Westover Plantation 1/4 mile from the mansion.
About 1730 the construction of the present Westover Church was completed on Herring Creek about 1 1/2 mile north of Westover mansion.
Charles Willing (1710 - 1754)
Ann Shippen Willing (1710 - 1791)
William Evelyn Byrd (1728 - 1777)
Maria Horsmanden Byrd Page (1761 - 1844)*
Ann Ursula Willing Byrd (1763 - 1813)*
Charles Willing Byrd (1765 - 1766)*
Evelyn Taylor Byrd Harrison (1766 - 1817)*
Abigail Byrd Nelson (1767 - ____)*
Dorothea Byrd (1769 - 1769)*
Charles Willing Byrd (1770 - 1828)*
Richard Willing Byrd (1774 - 1815)*
William Powell Otway Byrd (1777 - 1820)*
Thomas Willing (1731 - 1821)*
Anne Willing Francis (1733 - 1812)**
Mary Shippen Willing Byrd (1740 - 1814)
Charles City County
Created by: RF
Record added: Aug 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41331960
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