|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1806|
Son of Col. Ralph Wormeley and Jane Boles.
Of Rosegill. His wife was Eleanor Wormeley.
A scholar, he matched the intellectual model of his great-grandfather, who had established the family's large library. He added to that collection of books. Sent to England to be educated, the fifth Wormeley entered Eton at age twelve. He graduated at eighteen from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was appointed to the Governor's council. George Washington wrote of social outings with Ralph in his diary.
This honorable gentleman sympathized with the mother country in the revolt of her children, but, wise in his generation, he did not offer active opposition to the "new order" forming around him. His passive attitude did not, however, save him from great annoyance during the war.
In a letter to John Randolph Grymes, dated 4 April, 1776, he expressed himself quite freely in "loyal terms"; the letter was intercepted, and Wormeley was ordered by resolution of the Virginia Convention to be confined to the county of Berkeley and that part of his father's estate which was in the county of Frederick, and not to depart the limits thereof, and to give bond for £20,000. For two years his movements were thus restricted. After his release he returned to Rosegill, where, in 1781, his estate was pillaged and he robbed, by the crew of a tory privateer, of thirty-six valuable slaves, silver plate, jewelry, watches and wearing apparel, some of the property, however, being later returned on application to General Leslie, the English officer then commanding at Portsmouth.
He survived the war and lived to enjoy the friendship of the citizens of the new State. Ralph served several times as a member of the House of Delegates and in the Virginia Convention of 1788. Not long after his death, in 1806, Rosegill was sold and in the course of years, passing through various ownerships.
Christ Church Cemetery
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