||Robert Beverley Jr settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.|
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Robert Beverley, Jr., of "Beverley Park," King and Queen county, the eldest son of Maj. Robert Beverley.
Robert was born probably 1667 or 1668, probably at Middlesex County, Virginia. He was a son of Robert Beverley and his second wife, Mary (Unknown) Keeble. We do not have record of his birth, but by September 1, 1690, he was of legal age, when he became guardian of his younger brother, John.
Robert had only been married a short time when his young wife died, and he apparently never married again.
Robert Beverley owned "Beverley Park," near the head of the Mattaponi River in King and Queen County. Robert was also one of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe who accompanied Alexander Spotswood on his journey to the crest of Blue Ridge Mountains in 1716, and Robert speculated on some property there.
Robert lived a simple and solitary life at "Beverley Park," which he had inherited from his father. He had a vineyard in which he grew several varieties, both native and French. From the three acres of vines, John Fontaine, who visited him in 1715, said four hundred gallons of wine were produced that year. According to Fontaine, Beverley "had nothing in or about his house but what was actually necessary, he had good beds, but no curtains, and instead of cane chairs used wooden stools. He lived mainly within himself upon the products of his land."
Robert served as clerk of the council in 1697 and clerk of King and Queen county (1699-1702), member of the house of burgesses for Jamestown in 1699, 1700, 1702, 1706, where he had a lot near the state house. In March 1703, he became, like his father and half brother Peter Beverley, clerk of the House of Burgesses. He was the presiding justice of King and Queen Co. in 1718.
Robert was appointed to the Elizabeth City County Court on 27 December 1700. After he lost a case in General Court concerning the ownership of some land in Elizabeth City County, Robert appealed to the Privy Council. In 1703, he traveled to London in order to prosecute the case (which he ultimately lost), and while he was away, the Virginia governor, Francis Nicholson, "deprived him of the clerkship of the House of Burgesses and engineered his dismissal as clerk of King and Queen County."
While in England to settle the property dispute, Robert wrote The History and Present State of Virginia, (first published in 1705) considered the "first published history of a British colony by a native of North America" with a second edition in 1722. A few years later, he wrote An Abridgement of the Publick Laws of Virginia, In Force and Use, June 10, 1720.
Robert died April 21, 1722 at "Beverley Park," in King and Queen County, Virginia Colony. He left most of his large estate to his son, William.
Child of Robert and Ursula:
In 1654, New Kent formed from York.
In 1691, King and Queen formed from New Kent.
In 1720-1721, Spotsylvania formed from Essex, King & Queen, and King William.
* Wright, Louis, B., editor, (1701) "An Essay upon the Government of the English Plantations on the Continent of America."
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On 21 Jan 2017 at 04:16 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:
Robert's correct last name at birth was Beverley. The merge is set up correctly. Please do not reverse.
If you agree, please approve. Thanks!
On 24 Nov 2016 at 20:13 GMT Judith Robinson wrote:
On 17 Mar 2015 at 17:24 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Robert is 19 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 19 degrees from Katy Jurado and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.