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M1 Nicholas I (1631-1678) & Elizabeth (Unknown)

MeriRep: Society Genealogist

Book Project: Volume I

Metrics: 45,452 descendants and spouses identified; 53,000 plus when including parents of spouses and some additional collateral family info. Approximately 2,000 individuals to be covered in Volume I.

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Nicholas Meriwether arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, probably about 1652. The first confirmation of his existence in Virginia was 4 July 1653 when he patented 300 acres of land in Lancaster County. From at least 13 Oct 1653 until 13 Dec 1656, Nicholas served as a clerk of the Quarter Court and Governor’s Council for the Colony in Jamestown. Although many researchers state he was clerk of Surry County, there is no evidence that he was. About 1661, he bought “The Island House” from Elizabeth Kingsmill & her husband Nathaniel Bacon, a relative of the Bacon who started “Bacon’s Rebellion”; a marker on Jamestown Island identifies the “Island House” location today.

Sometime in the 1660’s, after the English monarchy was reestablished, Nicholas bought “Indian Springs” in Surry County and seems to have retired from public office to pursue land speculation and tobacco production and shipping. Since his entire government career was during the reign of Cromwell and he ceased upon restoration of the throne, this seems to contradict those who claim Nicholas was one of the “Cavaliers”, supporters of the Crown who came to the Colony to escape persecution.

M11 Elizabeth (~1661-<1700), John Clough and Francis Clements

MeriRep:Society Genealogist

Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics:1.

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Elizabeth married (1) Rev. John Clough and (2) Francis Clements.

There are no known children from the marriage to Rev. John Clough.

Elizabeth andFrancis had one child, Francis Jr., who died in 1721 unmarried.

Francis, Sr., married second Lydia (Lake) Blighton and they had a number of children. Some Meriwether genealogies mistakenly show Elizabeth as the mother of these children.

M12 Nicholas II (1665-1744) and Elizabeth (Crafford/Crawford)

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Book Project: Volume I

Metrics: 41,991. Nicholas and his nine children will be covered in detail in Volume I. Anne Johnson, Jane Lewis, maybe William, and most of the children of son David will have their own volumes.

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Col. Nicholas Meriwether II amassed a large quantity of land, at one point owning about 33,000 acres. In 1735 he built his plantation, “The Farm”, in Goochland (now Albemarle) County, the site of which is now the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. His will, one of the longest recorded in Virginia, was witnessed by Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson.

Descendants of Nicholas Meriwether II & Elizabeth Crawford are eligible for membership in the Magna Charta Dames or to the Barons of Runnymede (NHM p. 174).

“The Farm”

Most histories of Nicholas II mention that he built and died on a plantation known as “The Farm.” As the following will show, Nicholas himself never refered to any of his propert by that name, nor did those who inherited his lands. The first use of that name is therefore lost in the mists of antiquity.

M121 William (ca.1688-1756?) & Elizabeth Bushrod

MeriRep:Margie (Whalen) Meyer

Book Project:Not yet assigned - no volunteers.

Metrics: 1,267.

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M122 David (1690-1744) & Anne (Holmes)

MeriRep: Society Genealogist

Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics: 34,906. David's life will be covered in detail in Volume I. Each child will have a separate volume.

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M1221 to M1228 - Children of David & Anne

The children of David and Anne (Holmes) comprise the bulk of known Meriwether descendants, so David's children were further subdivided into Family Groups.

M1225 - The fifth child, Sarah, died as an infant in 1725 and therefore does not have a Family Group.

M123 Thomas Meriwether (ca.1691-<1721?)

MeriRep:Society Genealogist

Book Project:Volume I

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There is no evidence that this Thomas ever existed. He is listed here because all previous Meriwether genealogies listed a son of Nicholas II named Thomas. If he existed, he was not named in any wills, deeds or any other known documentation from the period. It is believed that early researchers confused the records of Thomas (M15), son of Nicholas I, and Thomas (M1221) son of David (M122).

M124 Anne (ca.1694-1785) & Thomas Johnson

MeriRep:Vacant

Book Project:Not yet assigned - no volunteers.

Metrics: 2,640.

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M125 Sarah (1697-1733) & William Littlepage

MeriRep:Society Genealogist

Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics:14.

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M126 Nicholas Meriwether III (1699-<1721?)

MeriRep:Society Genealogist

Book Project:Volume I

Metrics:0. No evidence he married or had children. And NO, he did NOT marry Mildred Thornton! :)

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M127 Elizabeth (1703-1725) & Thomas Bray

MeriRep:Vacant

Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics:8.

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M128 Jane (ca.1705/6-<1758) & Robert Lewis

MeriRep:Anne Rucker Loyd

Book Project:Not yet assigned - no volunteers.

Metrics: 13,018. Second largest group assigned a volume.

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Jane (M128), born abt 1705 in New Kent County, is the eighth child and fourth daughter of Nicholas Meriwether II and Elizabeth Crafford/Crawford. Nothing is known of her childhood.

About 1725, Jane married Robert Lewis (abt 1704-1765), son of Councilor John Lewis (1669-1725) of Warner Hall and his wife Elizabeth Warner (1672-1719) the daughter of Augustine Warner II and his wife Mildred Read/Reade. Mildred Reade is the daughter of George Reade and Elizabeth Martiau, whose father Nicholas Martiau (The adventurous Huguenot) is a founder of Yorktown.

After their marriage, Jane and Robert resided on Robert Lewis’ property “Chemokins”, in St. Peters Parish, where their first several children were born.
About 1730, Jane and Robert Lewis immigrated to her father, Nicholas Meriwether II’s property in what would become Albemarle County about 1744. The eventual Lewis plantation was named “Belvoir.”

M129 Mary (ca.1707-1745) & John Aylett and Samuel Cobbs

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Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics: 0.

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M13 Francis Meriwether (ca.1670-1713) & Mary Bathurst

MeriRep:Dorothy Law Polk

Book Project:Not yet assigned - no volunteers.

Metrics: 3,059.

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Francis Meriwether (M13), Gentleman of Essex County.

Francis Meriwether was born about 1670 in Surry County or James City, the second son and third child of Nicholas Meriwether (M1) and Elizabeth _______. Not much is known about his early life except that he appeared in the Surry County tithable list in 1688. He inherited the “Island House” on Jamestown Island when his father died in 1678 and may have lived there at some point. It is said that he was educated in England. While this cannot be verified the records show that he was well versed in the law. He appeared in the newly formed Essex County as the first Essex County Clerk in April 1692 and served in that position until 1703. He also served as county justice, coroner and burgess. He died intestate about March 1712/13. His estate inventory was over 6 pages and included 54 slaves and 6 indentured servants.

By 1704 Francis was the second largest landholder in Essex County and he continued adding to his holdings until his death, including 5 lots in the new town of Tappahannock. He lived in, at least, two places in Essex County the last of which was on Piscataway Creek, where later, Bathurst House was built. Francis also owned a brig or brigantine, an ocean going vessel which he probably used to transport tobacco to England and to bring merchandize to Virginia.

M14 Jane (ca.1675-<1747) & William Browne

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Book Project:Not yet assigned - no volunteers.

Metrics: 380. (A poorly researched/documented line, which is a shame because William Browne Sr. married NM1's wido, Elizabeth (?) Meriwether, and raised most of the Meriwether children. And judging by the success and influence that Nicholas II, Francis II and Thomas enjoyed, he did a splendid job. Meriwether descendants owe the Browne line much better treatment.)

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M15 Thomas (ca.1677-1708/09) & (a) Elizabeth Williamson and (b) Susannah (Unknown)

MeriRep:Society Genealogist

Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics: 16.

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Thomas Meriwether (M15), Gentleman of Essex County, Virginia.

Thomas, a younger brother of Francis Meriwether (M13) was born about 1677, probably in Surry County. He first appears in the record when he chose A. Drummond of James City County as his guardian in January of 1695/6. This record was recorded in Surry County probably because Thomas inherited land there from his father but this record also indicates that he was probably living in James City County or perhaps planning to leave the area. There is no tithable record for him in Surry County which may indicate that he left there before the age of 16, perhaps to study.

Thomas appeared in Essex County when he married Elizabeth Williamson, daughter of Henry Williamson, an Essex County justice, about May 1699. Elizabeth died a year later. Thomas was appointed guardian of Elizabeth’s two sisters and administrator of Henry Williamson’s estate and also that of Captain Edward Thomas who had designated Williamson’s three daughters as executors of his will. Thomas was appointed an Essex County Justice by the Virginia Council on April 25, 1700, perhaps to fill the seat vacated by his father-in-law. He continued as a justice until April 25, 1702 when he was appointed High Sheriff of Essex County. He was removed from this post a year later when he refused to present his collection book to the county court. However, Thomas was again either a justice or sheriff from 1703 until his death in January 1708/9. He was also a trustee of the Town of Tappahannock from 1704 until his death.

M16 William (ca.1678/79-ca.1695)

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Book Project:Covered in Volume I

Metrics: 0.

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