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Edmund Bacon (abt. 1641 - abt. 1710)

Captain Edmund Bacon
Born about in Suffolk, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 19 May 1682 in Kent, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 69 in New Kent, Virginiamap
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Edmund Bacon lived in Virginia.

Edmund was born about 1641, either in England, or in New Kent County Virginia. He married on 19 May 1692 in New Kent County to Ann Lydall. [1] Her father, George Lydall, gave them land that would be the Bacon plantation for years. They are "said to have had four daughters...and two sons, Edmund and John, who is the only male descendant of record in New Kent County. Edmund Bacon, the second, probably died in his youth..." [2]

Uncertain Origins

"There would appear to be some question as to the ancestry of William Bacon (removed as father of this Edmund Bacon) as well as the fact of Capt. Edmund Bacon being his son. This ancestry has been accepted by a great many descendants; however, more proof would be welcome." [3]

"It is a matter of debate where and when Edmund Bacon was born and who his parents were. Some sources say that he is the son of William Bacon and grandson of Sir James Bacon (1545-1618) of Friston Hall, Suffolk, England. Other sources state that he is the son of Thomas Bacon (1615-1656), son of the Reverend James Bacon (1591-1670) and Martha Woodward whose sister, Bridget Woodward, was married to Sir Thomas Lyddall (d.1627). Sir Thomas Lyddall was the father of Col. George Lyddall. I agree with this latter connection which would make Edmund Bacon and Ann Lyddall cousins. We know for sure that Edmund did not descend from Nathaniel Bacon, “The Rebel”, as he died leaving only daughters and was not old enough to have been Edmund’s father. Also, Col. Nathaniel Bacon, the Governor of Virginia, did not have any children. It is believed that Edmund was probably born in England; the Norfolk/Suffolk region which is the ancestral home of the Bacon families. Year of birth is also in debate as no records can be found. Most histories give him the date of 1640, 1654 or 1660. I feel 1640 is too early a date and 1660 a little too late so I accept the date of 1654. This falls in line with the death of Sir Thomas Bacon who died in 1656. Also, this would make him about equal in age to his wife Ann Lyddall. I feel they were probably married sometime about 1680/81." [4]

One source says Edmund patented land in 1687 (October 21st) on the Pamunkey River, naming as "headrights" or immigrants, Anne Lyddall and Thomas Bacon, possibly his wife and a son (also Katherine Davis, Nathaniel Smith and George Pargeter [3]. I predict the farm to be located in the same area as Horn Quarter Plantation, which still stands today, though built after the Bacon's left the area. Another source, and these accounts perhaps do not cancel each other, states that Anne's father gave Edmund in the marriage contract 1,700 acres on Black Creek in the narrows of the York River.

Edmund was for a time sheriff of New Kent County and a vestryman of St. Peters Parish. He was a relative of (some say cousin), [5] but could not have been the son of Nathaniel Bacon, "The Rebel" since Nathaniel had no surviving children. In 1682, Edmund received 6,000 pounds of tobacco as payment for keeping 40 soldiers at his own expense at the Mattaponi fort before he was ordered to reduce the garrison.

Children of Edmund and Anne (not necessarily in this order) were:

  1. John, b. 1683
  2. Sarah, b. 1691, m. Samuel Bugg, d. aft. 1756
  3. daughter ____
  4. daughter ____
  5. daughter ____
  6. Edmund
  7. Thomas

He died about 1710.[6]

Research Notes

Birth Date

HIs Find a Grave memorial gives an exact birth date of 7 Jun 1641 and death date of 19 Jan 1704 , but cites no source.


  1. Clopton Papers, Duke University Archives (marriage contract)
  2. Old New Kent County, Virginia: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places, Volume 1, by Dr. Malcolm Hart Harris, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006, pp. 173-175.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Bacon Family: The Descendants of Capt. Edmund Bacon, by Larry A. James, Neshosho, Mo., 1992, p. 10.
  4. The Descendants of Edmund Bacon, by Norman H. Atkins, 2001, "A Thompson-Bacon Family History," Chapter 13, p. 1.
  5. Early Immigrants to Virginia from the 1500s and 1600s, compiled by June Kinard, published by The Researchers, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  6. Cemetery index (accessed 5 March 2021), Parish Records, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, New Kent, Virginia.

See also:

  • The Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, Vol. IV, Bacon Family, Abstracts of Records in the Local and General Archives of Virginia Relating to the Families of Allen, Bacon...Langston, Lydall, Vol. IV, Valentine and Smith, The Valentine Museum Richmond, VA., pp. 2236-2243
  • "Bacon Family", William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Apr 1902), Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, pp. 267-271
  • Bacon, a manuscript by P. Fall Taylor, grandson of Anne Apperson (Bacon) Fall, compiled in 1909 from: The Baronetage of England, by E. Kimber & R. Johnson, London, 1771; "Americans of Royal Descent", William & Mary Quarterly, Vol. X, pp. 267-9; Register of St. Peters Parish, New Kent County, Virginia; and Bacon family records.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #44115316 for Edmund Bacon (1641–1710), citing St. Peter's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Putneys Mill, New Kent County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Nancy (contributor 46797589).
  • Personal papers and notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Family Biographical Information.

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I have a Nathaniel Bacon Sr. married Ann Smith (widow) 1654 Isle of Wight County,Virginia.

posted by Teresa Davis
I adopted Captain Edmond Bacon Profile Bacon-2404, to add John Becon,Becon-2403 and his other Children ,but im not certified to do this can someone help me?Thanks
posted by Joan (Davis) Meredith
Why not add the profile for Thomas Bacon, MP son of Rev. James Bacon as the father of this Edmund and put the notes from this bio into the new profile of Thomas, MP to assist people in their research. Just leaving Edmund hanging out there doesn't seem to make sense. The close family ties to Lyddall's in England and in Virginia are strong evidence.
posted by Mary Gresham
edited by Mary Gresham
I can't i'm not certified for that, thanks, if you can do it please do.
posted by Joan (Davis) Meredith
Bacon-2690 and Bacon-2404 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate with same parents, spouse, children, dates, and locations
posted by Topher Sims
Thanks so much for your work on this. I'm descended from Ludwell Bacon, another of Harwood Bacon's sons
posted by Vicki Smith