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Wynne, Col. Robert Sr.

Male 1622 - 1675  (52 years)


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  • Name Wynne, Col. Robert Sr.  [1
    Prefix Col. 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 28 Dec 1622  Canterbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 28 Dec 1622  St. Dunstan's, Canterbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1675  Charles City County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Will 1 Jul 1675  Charles City County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • "Robert Wynne of Jordan's Parish, Charles City County in Virginia, Gent., dated July 1st, 1675, probated August 15th, 1678.

      "My estate in England to be divided as follows:

      "To my eldest son Thomas Wynne one farm in Whitestaple Parish in Kent near  Canterbury commonly called Limbet Banckes, if he died to my son Joshua, and if he die to my daughter Woodlief.

      To my son Thomas two houses in Canterbury in St. Mildred's Parish in the same form as the said farm.

      "To my youngest son Joshua Wynne one house and Oatmeal mill lying in Dover Lane without St. George's in Canterbury, commonly called the Lily Pot; and two housed adjoining where a Ropemake and one Rawlins were formerly tenants.

      "Touching my estate in Virginia, to my son Thomas all the cattle of his own mark except one cow called Moll which is to be killed for provisions.

      "To my son Joshua my plantation called Georges with all the Tobacco houses.

      "To my daughter Woodlief one servant of four years to serve the next shipping after my decease.

      "To my grandchild and godson young George Woodlief one filly foal.

      "All the rest of my estate in Virginia and England to my wife and executrix Mary Wynne.

      Overseers:  Thomas Grendon, Merchant, and my son in law Captain Francis Poythress.

      Teste:  Thomas Brome, John Burge"
    Notes 
    • The Wynne family seems to have resided in and about Canterbury, England for three or more centuries before coming to Virginia.  The mention of the name found in the records is that of "John Wynne", member of Parliament from Canterbury, 29th of Edward III (1356).  From that time on down to Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, 1599 the name appears often in the records.

      Robert Wynne, the Mayor, was the grandfather of Colonel Robert Wynne, Speaker of the House of Burgesses in Virginia during the Long Parliament, 1661-1674.  Colonel Robert Wynne was Speaker longer than any other man in Virginia's history.

      The Wynnes were members of the Woolendrapers Guild.  Robert, Wynne, woolendraper, apprenticed to John Rose, Alderman, was released from his indentures and became a Freeman of the City in 1590.  Nine years later, in 1599, he was mayor of the ancient city of Canterbury.  His sons became freemen by right of birth.  Thomas Wynne, gentleman, son of Robert Wynne, became Free in 1612, and Peter Wynne, son of Robert Wynne, became Free in 1626.

      Capt. Robert Wynne was the immigrant, first appearing in Virginia records 3 October 1656 as a Justice in Charles City County Court. (William & Mary Book 4, Vol. 1, p. 167).  It is not known exactly when he came to Virginia.  He was a Captain in the Virginia Militia.  He represented Charles City in the House of Burgesses March 1657-8 and March 1659-60, and as mentioned above, was Speaker of the House 1661-74.  In 1673, Colonel Wynne was a member of a Court Martial sitting at James City.

      Colonel Wynne died in 1675.  Mary, his widow, was mentioned as his executrix on 8 October 1675 (Minutes of Council, p. 424).

      The fact that Col. Wynne owned property in England and his will was probated there enables us to know something about both his ancestors and descendants.  Had his will been probated in Charles City County, Virginia there would be no records.  Those records were destroyed by fire.

      He had married Mary Poythress, a widow.  He mentions his son-in-law, Capt. Francis Poythress (son-in-law in the 1600's meant step-son) as one of his overseers.

      During the time Robert Wynne lived in Virginia, he represented Charles City County in the House of Burgesses in 1657-58, and again in 1659-60.  He was Speaker of the House from 1661 until 1674.  In 1673, Col. Wynne was a member of a court martial convened in James City.

      In his will, Col. Wynne asked that he be buried in "Jordon's Church as near as possible to my son Robert".  He named sons Thomas and Joshua and a daughter, Mrs. Woodlief; a grandchild George Woodlief, and his wife, Mary Wynne.

      Robert Wynne, the Speaker, dying in Virginia in 1675, gave his youngest son a house "lying without St. George in Canterbury" and an inspection of the parish records of St. George find this family shown therein. [4, 5]
    Person ID I3681  Wheeler

    Father Wynne, Peter Gentleman,   d. Bef 31 May 1638, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Coppin, Martha,   b. of St. Margaret's Parish, Canterbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Aug 1620  St. Martins Parish, Canterbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F6572  Group Sheet

    Family Poythress, Mrs. Mary,   b. Abt 1632, Charles City County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1675, Charles City County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married Abt 1652  Charles City County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Wynne, Mary
    +2. Wynne, Capt. Thomas Sr.,   b. Abt 1657,   d. Abt 1718, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
    +3. Wynne, Major Joshua Sr.,   b. 1663, Charles City County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1715, Prince George County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     4. Wynne, Robert Jr.,   b. Bef 1675
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F1201  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Dec 1622 - Canterbury, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 28 Dec 1622 - St. Dunstan's, Canterbury, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1652 - Charles City County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1675 - Charles City County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 1 Jul 1675 - Charles City County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S196] Wilkes Records 1216-1984, Lillian J. Crews, (Privately pub. 1987, Repository: Personal library of Gene Wheeler), p. 243 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jan 2012.

    2. [S64] Hearsay and Random Clues, (Unverified and often unattributed data obtained from on-line searches and elsewhere. May be imbedded in forum postings, public family trees, etc. May provide a clue for further research.), "Our Family History: Mullines Genealogy", by Ken Mullins, accessed 18 Oct 2013 at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb. ancestry.com/~kenmullins/index.htm (Reliability: 0), 18 Oct 2013.

    3. [S196] Wilkes Records 1216-1984, Lillian J. Crews, (Privately pub. 1987, Repository: Personal library of Gene Wheeler), p. 243-4 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jan 2012.

    4. [S658] Winn - Daniel and his 9 Sons, Chadwick, Naomi (Giles), comp., (Self published, Riverside, Calif; 1976.), "Robert Wynne to America" (Reliability: 3), 2 May 2008.

    5. [S196] Wilkes Records 1216-1984, Lillian J. Crews, (Privately pub. 1987, Repository: Personal library of Gene Wheeler), p. 242-3 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jan 2012.