Augustine Warner Jr.

Augustine Warner Jr.

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Col. Augustine Warner Jr.
Born in Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States
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Augustine Warner, Jr. [1]was born 3 June 1642 according to the inscription on his tombstone and 20 October 1643 according to the books of the Merchant Taylor's School (London) where he was enrolled as a student in 1657, "the eldest son of Augustine Warner, Gentleman of Virginia". We do not know just how long he remained in England, like most young men of Virginia who were educated abroad, he probably completed his education at one of the larger universities, though the records are silent on this point. Certain it is that he returned to Virginia a well-educated and personable young man, for he became very prominent in the social and political life of the colony at an early age. In the short span of his life he rose to heights denied to most leading Virginians, even those more mature in years. At some time before 1671 young Augustine married Mildred Reade, the daughter of Councillor George Reade. Apparently the early life of his couple was spent at the Warner estate at Chesake, Gloucester County on the Pianketank River. In any case, their daughter, Elizabeth was born there in 1672. (Mildred's father also had a property at Chesake which he gave to her, and it many have been on this property that Elizabeth was born.) At his father's death, Augustine (Jr.) inherited "Warner Hall" and undoubtedly he and his family made it their primary residence. Young Augustine did not immediately succeed to his father's seat in the Council, though this honor fell to him a few years afterwards. While the records of the House of Burgesses are somewhat fragmented for the Assembly which sat fifteen years without a general election from 1661 to 1676 - Colonial Virginia's "Long Parliament" - so the names of many of the members are unknown, there is no evidence that the young Warner ever sat as a Burgess until near the end of this period. Whatever his political experience may have been prior to that time, he was elevated in 1676 to be Speaker of the House of Burgesses. Within a few months he also functioned in the dual office of Councillor, though no other is known to have occupied both these position at the same time. The earliest evidence of his appointment to the Council comes from a record of a Court-martial held "on board Capt. Jno. Marins ship n in York River, 11 January 1676/7"; the members of the court recorded as present are stated to be the Governor and Council, and Col. Warner is included among them. In the previous year Augustine had served as Speaker of the House during the final session of the Assembly, although he apparently had not been previously a Burgess; his signature appears under the compiled Acts of this session and conclusively establishes his status. It would be expected that Augustine would cease to act as Speaker after his elevation to the Council, and in point of fact he did not hold the Speaker office in the Assembly which met the following June. As stated he was already a Councillor in January; the following month he became Speaker of the new Assembly meeting on February 20th, various documents prove that he continued to fulfill this office during the entire session. On April 2nd the Burgess addressed petitions to the King, to the Duke of York, and to Lord Arlington, requesting redress of grievances; all signed by “Augustine Warner, Speaker”. The office of Councillor was an appointment for life, and beyond doubt Augustine continued in the Council in spite of his service as Speaker. His name appears as that of a member “at a Council held at James City on 9 Jun 1680 and in other contemporary records. In the Council he was always a strong supporter of Govern Berkeley; and as might be expected from his early education and station in life, he seems to have been a rather thorough Royalist in his convictions. However, his career was cut short by his early death at the age of thirty-nine. The rebel Nathaniel Bacon, made his headquarters for a time "Warner Hall" and his is said to have asked the citizens of Gloucester County in a public notice to meet him there and swear their allegiance to his cause. The list of Sufferers from Bacon's Rebellion, in 1677, included “Col. Augustine Warner, Speaker of the House of Burgesses in the late Assembly, and now sworn one of His Majesty’s Council of Virginia. An honest, worthy person and most loyal sufferer by the late Rebels; who was plundered as much as any, and yet speaks as little of his losses, tho’ they were very great.” Augustine was the Speaker at whose bar Bacon was forced to kneel and sue for pardon, after the temporary reconciliation between him and Governor Berkeley. Berkeley was not too strongly enthroned in the Governor’s chair during the Bacon uprising, and even within the Council and Burgesses thee were many who secretly or openly opposed him and sided the opposition. Herein probably lies the explanation of Warner’s functioning as Speaker as he also held a seat on the Council. He had previously served as Speaker, he was strongly Royalist and loyal to the government constituted by the King, and as one of the wealthy land-holding aristocracy he could be depended upon in a major political emergency. Doubtless Berkeley had much to do with manipulating Warner’s selection as Speaker. It is a testimonial to Colonel Warner’s strength of character and ability, that he was the man selected to keep the Assembly in line with the existing regime. As in the case of many of his prominent contemporaries, Warner’s public service did not consist entirely in the holding of political offices. He was Colonel Commandant of the Gloucester County militia, and as he bore the title of Colonel from the year 1675, it is probable that he succeeded his father in this office. He spent a considerable amount of his personal funds in the public business; in testimony of which we find that a single Assembly reimbursed him for such outlays with 9650 pounds of tobacco and more than £93 sterling, in which reimbursement he was considerably more fortunate than his great grandson, George Washington. The Vestry Book of Petsworth Parish, Gloucester mentions a contribution of £10 sterling by Colonel Warner in 1677, which is the largest single contribution indicated; and on the authority of the late Mr. R. A. Brock of Richmond, Col. Warner also presented the silver service used in Petsworth Parish Church. Augustine left a will dated 16 May 1679. Mildred continued as mistress of “Warner Hall” during here widowhood of thirteen years. Augustine undoubtedly left considerable land in other places. In addition to the lands inherited from his father, Augustine had acquired land on the Mattapony River in King and Queen County and in King William County. He also bequeathed 1400 acres in New Kent County to his niece Alice Townley. It was probably one of the lingering effects of Bacon’s Rebellion that for many years after that event a quantity of arms and ammunitions was left in Mrs. Warner’s possession at “Warner Hall”. Finally in 1684, the Assembly called on the governor to appropriate these arms to public use, along with similar stores in the possession of Col. Bacon (the rebel’s uncle) and Maj. Lawrence Smith. Augustine and Mildred had three sons and three daughters (order unknown):

i. Mary, dc 1700; mc 1678-80 Capt John Smith, of Purton, Gloucester Co., VA, s/o Col John Smith and Anna Bernard
ii. Augustine, b 17 Jan 1666/7; d 17 Mar 1686/7, age 20, bur Warner Hall
iii. Mildred, bc 1670; d 1701 Whitehaven, Cumberland, ENG, bur St. Nicholas Church, Whitehaven; mc 1688-90 (1) Lawrence Washington, thus became grandparents of our 1st President of the United States; m (2) George Gayle, returned with him to England & d there
iv. ELIZABETH WARNER, b 24 Nov 1672; mc 1691 JOHN LEWIS, see following
v. George, d aft 1687 as a young man, unm; a land grant of 1728 the heirs of the three sisters are referred to as the heirs of George Warner, suggesting that is was from him the three sisters had inherited their father’s estate <>
vi. Robert, d as a young man, unm

"A fascinating glimpse of Warner Hall and insight into the Warners’ activity as merchants is afforded by the affidavit of their cousin John Townley, who was overseer in charge at Warner Hall in September 1676, when Bacon’s Rebellion took place and Bacon invaded Warner Hall. Townley tells how he had been entrusted with the guidance of the house and family as overseer, and had 'alsoe delivered to him by Inventory all the household goods and other merchandizeing goods and stores in and belonging to the sd Coll. Warner and laid up and stored in his said house and storehouses thereto belonging, the Keyes of which houses and storehouses were demanded and commanded from him by the said Bacon and those with him; wch Keyes being afterwards in the hands & keeping of Capt. Wm. Bird.' According to his report, Captain Bird shortly after coming to Warner Hall took a plate-handled scimitar and black-fringed shoulder belt belonging to Warner and wore them while there, and was still wearing them about a fortnight later when John Townley again saw him at Col. Warner’s house at 'Chieskake.' He tells how Bird at Warner Hall opened the stores and chests and issued the goods to the armed men, who carried them away. He took particular notice that when Bird was delivering out the goods and 'mett with any ffine goods, as Silke ffine Hollands, or other ffine linnings, silke Stockings Ribband, or the like he sent them into Bacons roome, where he was often called in and was very Conversant.' After the intruders were gone, John Townley, on the understanding that they intended to return, packed of the remainder of the goods and put them on board the ship Lady Frances, taking an inventory so that he knew what was missing and that the true value of the purloined goods was 845 pounds 2 shillings sterling. His deposition, which he sighs, is followed and confirmed by the testimony of William Blackburne and William Sympson, servants, and Richard Scarlett, a freeman and sharer, all living at Warner Hall. (81V351)" [Copied from Mrs. McCurdy’s article and found at <> ]

A portrait of Augustine Warner, in his robes as Speaker of the House of Burgesses, was originally prainted by Sir Peter Lely. It hung for some time in the State Capital at Richmond, and efforts were made to effect its purchase for the State; but eventually it was removed the Rosewell estate, where it was lost in a fire in 1916. Fortunately, a copy had been made by Mr. Fielding Lewis Taylor, and in 1935 was on loan to William and Mary College at Williamsburg.


Name: Augustine Warner III, Colonel[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


Father: Augustine Warner[2][5][6][7][8][10]
Mother: Mary Towneley[2][5][8]
Date: 1635[2]
Place: Norwich, Norfolk, , England
Child: Sarah Warner
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Mary Warner
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Isabella Warner
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Augustine Warner
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Sarah Warner
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural


Date: 03 JUN 1642[2][7][8][10]
Place: Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia[2][5][7]
Date: 02 JUN 1642
Place: , York, Virginia, USA[4]
Date: 20 Oct 1642
Place: Glouchester, Virginia[6]


Date: 20 October 1643
Place: Gloucester,Virginia[2]


Husband: Augustine Warner
Wife: Mildred Reade[2][5][8][9][10]
Date: 1665[2][6]/1671[8][9]
Place: York, Virginia[8]

Natural Child: James Warner
Natural Child: Mary Warner
Natural Child: Augustine Warner
Natural Child: Marie Reade Warner
Natural Child: Augustine Warner
Natural Child: Robert Warner
Natural Child: Mildred Warner
Natural Child: Elizabeth Warner
Natural Child: Sarah Warner
Natural Child: Mary Warner


Date: 19 JUN 1681[2][4][6][7][8][10]
Place: Warner Hall, Gloucester, Virginia, United States[2][4][8][10]
Note: Speaker Warner died June 19, 1681 at age 39. A portrait of Speaker Warner hung in the library of William and Mary college in 1935.[3]


Date: June 1681[2][5]
Place: Warner Hall Graveyard, Naxera,
Gloucester County, Virginia, USA[2][5]
Inscription[5]: "Here Lyeth the Body of Coll Augustine Warner who was born ye 3d of June 1642 and Died ye 19th of June 1681. [Virginia Founder]"

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  1. The primary source here is Merrow Edgerton Sorley's, “Lewis of Warner Hall”, Virginia 1935; supplemented by Maud Potter’s “The Willises of Virginia, Part V, pp. 115-117; unless otherwise noted.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2015-05-06), entry for Augustine WARNER III, Colonel.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lewis at Home Title: Mark Lewis, Mark Lewis, Lewis at Home ( : accessed ), . Subsequent Source Citation Format: Lewis, Lewis at Home, . BIBL Lewis, Mark. Mark Lewis. Lewis at Home. : . TMPLT TID 197 FIELD Name: Author VALUE Mark Lewis FIELD Name: CreatorOwner VALUE Mark Lewis FIELD Name: WebsiteTitle VALUE Lewis at Home FIELD Name: URL VALUE
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Author: Gary Boyd Roberts Title: Ancestors of American Presidents Publication: Name: Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Date: 2009;; Name: Fitzpatrick Home Library Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number Page: 449
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Augustine Warner in the Family Data Collection - Individual Records Birth year: 1642; Birth state: VA Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Augustine Warner in the Family Data Collection - Individual Records Birth year: 1642; Birth city: Gloucester Co; Birth state: VA Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Augustine Col Warner in the Family Data Collection - Individual Records Birth year: 1642; Birth city: Warner Hall; Birth state: VA Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Augustine Warner in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Source number: 2363.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: PKS Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Augustine Warner in the Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-Current Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: GenealogieOnline. Coret Genealogie. accessed 4 September 2014


  • WikiTree profile Warner-1102 created through the import of MINIX_2011-10-08_01.ged on Oct 8, 2011 by Raymond Minix. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Raymond and others.
  • Warner-3257 was created by Alex Schmitt through the import of Alex Schmitt_s Family Tree.ged on Oct 2, 2014.
  • Warner-3105 was created by Alex Schmitt through the import of export-BloodTree.ged on Aug 15, 2014.
  • Warner-2698 was created by Mark Stuckenborg through the import of Stinnett_Distant_Ancestors.ged on Jan 28, 2014.
  • Mayme Byler, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Mayme and others.
  • First-hand information as remembered by Mark McKinney, Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
  • WikiTree profile Warner-1590 created through the import of WalshExport.ged on Oct 22, 2012 by Vic Watt. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Vic and others.
  • WikiTree profile Warner-1429 created through the import of GerkeFam.ged on Jun 14, 2012 by Matthew Gerke. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Matthew and others.
  • WikiTree profile Warner-1086 created through the import of Reinhardt20Sep11.ged on Sep 21, 2011 by Deborah Reinhardt. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Deborah and others.
  • WikiTree profile Warner-870 created through the import of 2010-09-14.ged on Jul 28, 2011 by Bob Carson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bob and others.
  • WikiTree profile Warner-865 created through the import of 2010-09-14.ged on Jul 28, 2011 by Bob Carson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bob and others.

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On October 18, 2014 at 14:09GMT Vicki Norman wrote:

How could this son be born prior to his father?

On October 2, 2014 at 21:53GMT Alex Schmitt wrote:

Warner-3105 and Warner-326 appear to represent the same person because: I made a mistake of making this duplicate. Please allow this merge. I will keep all of your information as you have much more.
                                                                                                -Thank you

On January 15, 2014 at 13:48GMT Robert Warner wrote:

Waiting for DNA results. Will post if useful. Results Posted...

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