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Edmund Bacon (1641 - abt. 1710)

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Capt. Edmund Bacon
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Kent County,
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Died about in New Kent County, VAmap
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Categories: St. Peter's Parish, Virginia | St. Peter's Parish Cemetery, New Kent County, Virginia | Virginia Colony | US Southern Colonist.

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Edmund was born in 1641, either in England, or in New Kent County VA. He married Ann Lydall in 1682. 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..."[1]

Uncertain Origin

"There would appear to be some question as to the ancestry of William 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."[2]

"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."[3]

From Jouett Taylor Prisley family History and Genealogy:

Background accounts vary, not an unusual circumstance! 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[4]). 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 Co and a vestryman of St. Peter's. He was a relative of, but could not have been the son of Nathaniel Bacon, "The Rebel". 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:

John b. 1683
Sarah b. 1691, m. Samuel Bugg, d.1756+
daughter ____
daughter ____
daughter ____


  1. Old New Kent County, Virginia: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places, Volume 1, P. 173-5, Dr. Malcolm Hart Harris, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2006.[1]
  2. Larry A. James, The Bacon Family: The Descendants of Capt. Edmund Bacon (1992), p. 10.
  3. A Thompson-Bacon Family History, Chapter 13, p. 1, The Descendants of Edmund Bacon, Norman H. Atkins, 2001.[2]
  4. The Bacon Family : The Descendants of Capt. Edmund Bacon compiled by Larry A. James, Neshosho, Mo. 1992 [3]
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 44115316, Edmund Bacon, Saint Peters Episcopal Church, Putneys Mill, New Kent County, Virginia, USA.[4]
  • Personal papers and notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Family Biographical Information.
  • Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1746-1816: Vestry Book, 1746-1816, Books 1746-1816, pp.167-170, Landon Covington Bell, Landon C. Bell, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1930.[5]

Jouett Taylor Prisley family history and genealogy sources:

  • The Bacon Family in the South
  • William & Mary Quarterly, v10, p267-269; Series 2, v5, p182-185
  • History of Louisa County by Malcolm H. Harris, p285-286B
  • Clopton Papers, Duke University Archives (marriage contract)
  • Old New Kent County, Virginia: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places, Volume 1, P. 173, Dr. Malcolm Hart Harris, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2006.[6]

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On 7 Nov 2014 at 00:28 GMT Vicki Smith wrote:

Thanks so much for your work on this. I'm descended from Ludwell Bacon, another of Harwood Bacon's sons

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