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William Aylett (1743 - 1781)

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Col. William Aylett
Born in Fairfield, King William, VAmap
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Died in Yorktown, VAmap
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Categories: Aylett Graves at Fairfield Plantation, King William, Virginia.



William Aylett inherited the Alert ancestral home, Fairfield, from his father. William died at The Battle of Yorktown , VA during the Revolutionary War. (added by Michelle Rhodes on 05 AUG 2016)[1]

General William Aylett was born 1742 in Fairfield, King William, Virginia Son of Philip Aylett (1721-1791) and Martha Dandridge (1721-1747). Commissary General and one of Washington’s aids-de-camp, and his personal friend.

General William Aylett married, 1776, Mary Macon b 1745, and had issue:

  1. Philip Aylett 12 May 1767 - 11 Sep 1831
  2. William Aylett b about 1773
  3. Elizabeth Aylett 1769 - 11 Oct 1832

who married Alexander Spottswood More

  1. others.

Correspondence of Col William AYLETT Commisary General of Virginia

Wm Aylett was the son of Philip Aylett and Martha (Dandridge) Aylett of "Fairfield", King William County. The journal of the continental congress shows that he was appointed "deputy commissary general, for supplying the troops of Virginia with "rations" April 27, 1776. On the reorganization of the department of the Commissary of purchasing he was on the 18th of June 1777 appointed one of the four deputy commissary generals under commissary general Joseph Trumbell. In the report of the committe on revolutionary claims (house report 204, 27th congress, second session Feb 9, 1842 upon the petitions of the representatives of William Aylett it is stated, that James Jones, in an affidavit dated March 29, 1839 said that he was well acquainted with the late Colonel William Aylett, and that he died in the service, as a commissary general about the year 1780 and he left a widow who died about the year 1787 ". Elizabeth Aylett in an affidavit says that Colonel William Aylett died in service at Yorktown, and that Mary Aylett his wife remained a widow for two years if not longer and then married Mr Callohill Minnis. Mr. W. D. Stanard in a note (Virginia Magazine of History volume 25 page 275) refers to Heitman's statement that he served to July 24, 1782 and that a published genealogy of the family mentions his death in service at Yorktown in 1781.

William Aylett served in The House of Burgesses as a member from King William County in the sessions 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. He was a member of the convention that adopted the first constitution of Virginia. which met in May, June, and July of 1776. In 1809 the heirs of William Aylett received from Virginia 6,666 acres of land for his services.

In the state Archives among the papers filed with the claim for this land is an interesting letter of John Hopkins dated October 20, 1808 and addressed to the son of William Aylett. He says that as a lad he worked in the public store at Williamsburg which was under the superintendance and management of William Aylett, who was also acting under a commission of the congress of the United States. He resigned the office of commissary of stores which he held under an appointment from the state, but continued to act and kept on an office of commissary of general purchases for the United States in Williamsburg. The council journal shows that he resigned as agent for carrying of the trade of the state and director of the store on Dec 3, 1777. He was succeeded on the same date by Thomas Smith. Earl G. Swem, Assistant State Librarian.

William Aylett was a planter and merchant in King William County. He served in the House of Burgesses from 1772-1776 and was a member of the Virginia conventions from 1774-1776. On Apr 27, 1776 Congress elected him deputy commissary general for supply Virginia troops. On June 18, 1777 he was named deputy commissary for purchases. Two years later he as accused of corruption and resigned his Office, but vigorously defended himself in the newspapers. [2] [3]



  • Aylett Family Tradition, (October 1, 1906), Author: Fontaine, William Winston; Volume: 15, pp. 99-101; Publisher: The William and Mary Quarterly.


  1. "William Aylett, III (1695-1744); geni_Family_Tree
  2. Laying the Hoe – A Century of Iron Manufacturing in Stafford County, Virginia Jerrilyn Eby, Willo Bend Books 2003. Page 133 #250
  3. The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 – Peter Wilson Coldham No Aylett
  4. Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume 1


  • This person was created through the import of indygrandma.ged on 02 January 2011.
  • Aylett-62 created through the import of Vicki Norman family tree v2 (3).ged on Aug 1, 2012 by Vicki Norman. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Vicki and others

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