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William Bacon (abt. 1596 - 1660)

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William Bacon
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Northumberland Co, VAmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jan 2014
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William Bacon settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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Uncertain Origin and Disputed Son

"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."[1]

"The earliest mention of the Bacon name in Virginia is that of William Bacon who patented lands in Northumberland County, and died there about 1660. He left all his property to his wife, Margaret, and mentions no children."[2]

Some have claimed that William Bacon was the son of James Bacon of Friston Hall, Suffolk, but there is no evidence to support this.


"The earliest mention of the Bacon name in the Virginia records is probably that of William Bacon, who patented lands in Northumberland County, and died there about 1660. He left all his property to his wife Margaret, and mentions no children."[3]

"The Virginia family is descended from Capt. Edmund Bacon, born in England circa 1641, died in New Kent County, Va., Jan. 19, 1705. He is said to have been a son of William Bacon, and a cousin of Nathanial Bacon, 'The Rebel,' who left no son, as has been frequently claimed, to hand down his name. This William Bacon may have been the William Bacon, gent., who patented land in Northumberland County, Va., and died there about 1660, leaving all his property to his wife Margaret."[4]

From Jouett Taylor Prisley Family History and Genealogy:

WILLIAM emigrated to Northumberland Co VA and died in 1660. Ann and Margaret are both listed as his wife's names.


  • Americans of Royal Descent, Wm. & Mary Quarterly, Vol X, page 267.
  • Personal Papers and notes of Frances T. Gaulden.
  • The Bacon Family : The Descendants of Capt. Edmund Bacon compiled by Larry A. James, Neshosho, Mo. 1992 [2].


  1. Larry A. James, The Bacon Family: The Descendants of Capt. Edmund Bacon (1992), p. 10.
  2. Bacon Family, The William and Mary Quarterly, P. 268, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Apr., 1902), pp. 267-271, Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, [1]
  3. "Bacon Family," in The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 4 (Apr., 1902), p. 267. This article mentions Edmund Bacon (on pages 267-68) without stating or even suggesting that Edmund was a son of William.
  4. Joseph Lyon Miller and Effie Shelton Campbell, The descendants of Capt. Thomas Carter of "Barford", Lancaster County, Virginia, 1652-1912 (Google eBook), p. 76.

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On 8 May 2018 at 00:56 GMT Glenn Major wrote:

There is an earlier Bacon, Joseph Bacon, listed as a headright on 3 April 1651 in Northumberland Co. Virginia.

Cavaliers 7 Pioneers, by Nugent. Page 211 Patent Book No 2

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