Lucy HIGGINSON Mini tree diagram

Major Lewis BURWELL

Lewis BURWELL1,2

before 5th Mar 16211,2 - 18th Nov 16532

Life History

before 5th Mar 1621

Born in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England.1,2


Married Lucy HIGGINSON in Virginia.2,1

18th Nov 1653

Died in Carter's Creek, Gloucester, Virginia.2

after 18th Nov 1653

Buried in Abington Church, Gloucester County, Virginia.2


  • The Burwell Family data reports:

    "Maj. Lewis Burwell, bap. 5 Mar 1621/22 at Ampthill, Bedford, England;m. Lucy Higginson daughter of Capt. Robert Higginson and JoannaTokesey, 1648; 1st husband; d. 18 Nov 1653 at age 31; bur. at AbingtonChurch, Gloucester Co., VA. He resided at 'Carter's Creek', GloucesterCo., VA. He resided at 'Fairfield', Gloucester Co., VA."

    Note the reported year of marriage here is 1648.  The Marriageregistry (transcription) reports 1645:

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Lucy Higginson, Gender: female,
    Birth VA 1643 [this can't be if she married in 1645!]
    Spouse Name: Lewis Burwell
    Spouse Birth England 1621
    Marriage Year: 1645

    "Lewis Burwell II, grandfather of the builder of Carter’s Grove, builtFairfield circa 1694. Lewis’ father, of the same name, patented the2,350 acres on the south side of Carter Creek in 1648. Lewis BurwellII was a member of the Governor’s Council, and he gained financiallyfrom his marriage to Abigail Smith of York County, heiress of Councilpresident Nathaniel Bacon (the elder). Upon Lewis’ death in 1710,Fairfield passed to his son Nathaniel, who married Elizabeth, daughterof Robert “King” Carter; and upon Nathaniel’s death, the plantationpassed to his son Lewis. This third Lewis (1710-1752) was president ofthe Council and acting governor of Virginia. His son, also namedLewis, sold the Fairfield tract to Col. Robert Thruston in 1787.Thruston, his wife Frances Simmons Jones, and descendants are buriedin unmarked graves at Fairfield. A plat was drawn of the farm in 1847when William A. Leavitt began to acquire Fairfield Plantation. Whenthe house burned in 1897, it was owned by the Elizabeth G. Boothestate. The property returned to the Burwell family in 1930 when itwas purchased by Gerard Lambert."
    --  Virginia Department of Historic Resources,


  • 1. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • 2. Burwell Family
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