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William Bernard (abt. 1603 - 1665)

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Col William Bernard
Born about in Petsoe Parish, Emberton, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before in Gloucester County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Nansemond, Virginiamap
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Richard Bernard is a descendant of Magna Carta surety barons
Hugh le Bigod, John FitzRobert, and John de Lacy


William Bernard is the son of Francis Bernard, Esq. [1] [2] [3] born 1558, died 21 Nov 1630, his wife, Mary Woolhouse [4] [5] [6] daughter of Anthony Woolhouse. [7]
Col. William Bernard was born circa 1603 at Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England. [8] [9] [10] He immigrated in the ship Furtherance to Virginia in 1622. [9]
He married Lucy Higginson, widow of [Major] Lewis Burwell and daughter of Capt. Robert Higginson and Joanne Tokesey, between 18 November 1652 and 1655. [9] They had one son, George, and two daughters: Lucy, (wife of Dr. Edmund Gwyn & of Edward Creffield); & Elizabeth, (wife of Thomas Todd). [11] [9] [12]
Col. William Bernard died on 31 March 1665 at of Nansemond, Virginia. [13] [14] [15] His widow Lucy married Philip Ludwell. [9]

Family Note

William Bernard is double first cousin to Richard Bernard who immigrated from England to Virginia about 22 years after William. Being a double first cousin is the same genetically as being a sibling. William and Richard have the same grandparents - all four of them, because their fathers, Richard Bernard and Francis Bernard, who were brothers, married the Woolhouse sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. [16]


  1. Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103
  2. Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 187
  3. Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345
  4. Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103
  5. Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 187
  6. Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345
  7. Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 187
  8. Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families
  10. Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345
  11. Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103
  12. Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345
  13. Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103
  14. Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 188
  15. Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345
  16. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Vol I, page 187
See also:
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 187.
  • MCP 1 - Weis, Frederick Lewis, Th.D., The Magna Carta Sureties, 1215 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 5th Edition - 1999)(Available at

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On 15 Feb 2017 at 21:43 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

Barnard-2004 and Bernard-131 appear to represent the same person because: Dates, parents match. Correct LNAB is Bernard.

On 11 Mar 2015 at 00:27 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

: Just an FYI - this profile has been identified for a Magna Carta Trail. We'll be working on this line shortly.
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