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George Billups

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George Billups aka Billips
Born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Husband of — married in Gloucester, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
Died in Gloucester Parish, Virginia, USA
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Flag of Wales George Billups migrated from Wales to Virginia in 1653. Flag of Virginia in 1653
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George Billups Sr

Disputed Origins

Although it is generally accepted that George emigrated from Wales, there is precious little hard evidence of his life before immigrating to Virginia Colony. In addition, the Gloucester County Clerk's office had multiple fires over the years, so that what little remains was saved in the family and is not public record.[1]


George is said to have been born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales in about 1625. George's father Christopher Billups and George's mother Sarah Scarbrough Williams both died in Wales.[citation needed]


George married c. 1655 to "a lady named Sarah," Sarah Unknown.[1] in 1655 in Virginia.


  1. George Billups B. 1657.
  2. John Billups B. C 1660.
  3. Richard Billups B. 1661
  4. Judith Billups (or "possibly a daughter")[1]


A record fragment shows George's occupation between 1653 -1673 (beginning at age 23) is Shipbuilder at Milford Haven, Gloucester, Virginia.[1]

Immigrated to Virginia

George Billups came from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales to the Virginia Colony with his two brothers, William and Thomas. There is still a village in Wales known as Milford Haven. Today, it is assumed that the town of Milford Haven, Virginia was named by the Billups descendants in honor of their home in Wales.[1]

George Billups is listed as an individual in the Ancestors of The National Society Daughters Of The American Colonists, but the only data given is "male" in the "Colony of Virginia." The other Billups listed is Christopher Billups.[2]


November 25, 1653, the brothers had arrived. This is the date that George was awarded about 750 acres, a Local Grant of Land from the King which reads:


TO ALL to Whom these presents shall come Greeting Now Know yee, that I the said Richard Bennett, Esqr. Knight Governor &c. Do give and grant unto George Billups seven Hundred and Fifty acres of land, lying upon the branch of Milford Haven, Beginning at a Dividing point and running up a Creek which divides this land from the land of John Lillies, Southerly three hundred and seventy five pole, west by north eighty pole, North by west a little Northerly one hundred and sixty pole to dividing point first specified. The said land being due unto the said George Billups by and for the Transportation of fifteen persons into the colony&c. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land &c. To be help etc. Yielding and Paying &c. Which payment is made on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Provided &c. Dated the 25th of November 1653. (Patent Book 3, p 2)[3]

The property was in Kingston Parish of Gloucester (Now Mathews) County, Virginia. His home was situated on the southwest side of Milford Haven Creek, on a branch that was known as Billups Creek. Some of George Billups' descendants have inhabited the 750 acre estate since its beginnings.[1]

January 27, 1663, George added another 250 acres on Garden Creek:

250 acs. Gloster Co., 27 January 1663, p 289, (250). On the head of Gording Cr. & on the S. side opposite to land of Forrister & c. Trans. of 5 pers: Fra. Blagrave, Robt. Severall, Jno. Blyly, Mary Blyly, Hen. Brand.[4]

George was probably deceased in 1674 when another patent for 500 acres on Garden Creek was granted.[1]

Death and Legacy

Only a fragment of George's will exists. Some of the family remained in the Gloucester area, and others removed to Lunenburg County or to South Carolina and Georgia around the time of the Revolutionary War.[3]


1658, June 11 Now due for transportation of 2 persons Ellis Mackeneckenhogah and Sander Mackonack. Assigned to George Billips & renewed in his name 18 March, 1662.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ariciu, Janet, "Janet Ariciu family Bush" RootsWeb December 12, 2014, accessed December 24, 2014
  2. "Ancestors of The National Society Daughters Of The American Colonists", accessed August 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Coldham, Peter W. Book Reviews, The Virginia Genealogist New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (Vol 28, Pg 230) 1984, accessed online January 4, 2014
  4. Nugent, Nell M., Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1800. (Pg 488, Patent Book No. 5) [1st ed.] Richmond: Dietz Print Co., 1934, Web accessed August 11, 2014
  5. Nugent, Nell M., Cavaliers and pioneers: abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800. (Vol I, Pg 368) [1st ed.] Richmond: Dietz Print Co., 1934, accessed online 04/15/14


  • Thank you to Janet Ariciu for your extensive research on the family and for publishing on the internet.

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