Lewis Burwell, III

James City County, Virginia, USA
Death 1744 (aged 45–46)
James City County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Unknown at this time — still researching
Memorial ID 123449876 · View Source
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born: about 1699
died: October 1, 1745
Elizabeth was a daughter of William Armistead and Anna (Lee) Armistead.

His father, Lewis Burwell II, was first married to Abigail Smith. They had a son, Lewis Burwell III who died at age 15. After his wife Abigail died, Lewis II married the widow Martha Yeo (Lear) Cole in 1694 at Fairfield Plantation. They ALSO had a son named Lewis Burwell III. (This memorial is for that son.)

It was not unusual for two sons to be named "Lewis". The name Lewis was a family name that was perpetuated in the family, and when Lewis II's first son named Lewis died young, he merely named another son by his second wife "Lewis" to fill in the gap. There are quite a few examples of this kind of thing (recycling of names) in other VA families, though it happened far more often among the gentry class than the lower classes.

Lewis Burwell III was a prominent, influential citizen, and a liberal Churchman. He was educated at William and Mary College. Lewis III was a justice of James City County (1726 and 1729), Naval Officer for the upper James River (1729), and member of the House of Burgesses (1742-43).
Lewis Burwell III and Elizabeth Armistead had two sons:

LEWIS Burwell IV - born 1716; died 1779
married Frances Thacker in 1746.

ARMISTEAD Burwell - born 1718; died 1754
married Christian Blair

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  • Created by: Gloria Lowrey
  • Added: 14 Jan 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 123449876
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