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George (Liddell) Lyddall (bef. 1634 - 1705)

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Col. George Lyddall formerly Liddell
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Died in New Kent County, VAmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Sep 2014
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Categories: US Southern Colonist | Virginia Colony | St. Peter's Parish, Virginia | St. Peter's Parish Cemetery, New Kent County, Virginia | Loyalists - Bacon's Rebellion.

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George's birth date, listed above, is his baptism date. He was baptized in Lamesley Durham, September 30, 1634. He was married to Sarah, who was baptized April 11, 1642. George was the son of George (eighth son of Sir Thomas Liddell and Bridget Woodward Liddell) and Sussanah Liddel[1]).

George Lydall ... "Capt. George Lydal commanded a Fort on the Mattaponi in 1679. Officer in the British Army. A cousin of Nathaniel Bacon, Sr., acting Governor of Virginia."[3] He passed away in 1705.

from Jouett Taylor Prisley family history and genealogy:

Several in the family came with other relatives and friends to settle in Virginia about 1654, thus escaping as did many British Royalists, persecution during Cromwell’s Commonwealth. Members of the prominent British Bacon family were in that emigration and established homes in close proximity to the Lyddalls along the Pamunkey River in St. Peter’s Parish of New Kent County. “Here was a regular network of relatives - cavaliers - settled at this time in Virginia,” and George’s daughter would marry a Bacon.

Lyddall established his home on Black Creek, New Kent County, where he received 3,306 acres of land patents in 1654 and 1657 with borders “to Wanieoake Sewamp over Maddicon Path to the Mountains,” an area that related later as being west of the road that leads from St. Peter’s Church to Tunstall, and between the Richmond Road and the Southern Railway.

It is known that in 1666 George received £300 from his cousin, Sir Robert Peake, “a knight, citizen, and goldsmith” who referred in writing to George as “cousin and sometime servant.” In 1675-1676 George was a member of the Virginia Grand Assembly during the reign in England of Charles II, and in Virginia the governorship of Sir Berkeley, and was considered a prominent character in early annals. According to one report, George commanded the fort on the Mattaponi River at Indiantown in New Kent County during Bacon’s Rebellion 1676-1679. Another source states that in 1676 the forts were to be deserted and soldiers quartered on frontier plantations for defense. In legal papers and other data George was variously identified as captain, major and lieutenant colonel.

It has been assumed that the wife named Jane in his will was a later wife and not the mother of his children. George’s will verifies, but does not name, two married daughters who bore children to Joseph Harwood and George Wilkinson. Later generations of Harwoods and Wilkinsons baptized sons with the name “Lyddall,” as did Bacons.

It was said that George Lyddall died “a very old man.” Considering a long lifespan was reckoned in fewer years back then, it is still possible for George to have attained an age above average. He was an adult on receipt of land patents in 1654. He had added 49 years when he made his will in 1703, and yet another two years before his death. Clues to some measure of financial success lie in the marriage contract of his daughter Ann to Edmund Bacon in 1682, and in his will. In the former, Bacon received 1,700 acres of land, and in the latter George mentioned property real and personal in England as well as in Virginia.


Made on 15 November 1703
Proved on 28 January 1705

In the name of God Amen: I, George Lyddall of ye Parish of St. Peter’s in ye County of New Kent in Virga, Gent: doe & imprimis,

I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son in law Capt. Joseph Harwood and his wife, my father and mother’s pictures in Little, they have in their possession

Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson George Wilkinson my mare Benny, ye first mare foul she brings maybe and remain to his sister Judith Wilkinson,

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Harwood, son of Capt. Joseph Harwood my Black Rapier.

Item I give and bequeath unto my deare and loving wife Jane Lyddall my two negroes by name Harry & Hannah & all their future increase and I hereby ordain and appoint my Beloved wife Jane Lyddall Full & sole Executrix of this my last will and testament giving & bequeathing unto her all my whole Estate that Remains after ye payment of ye above Legacies. I say all my Estate that remaineth both Real & Personal whether here or in England, and in Witness whereof I have here (Revoking all other wills) sett my hand & Seale this fifteenth day of November 1703.

Proved January 28th 1705 by ye oaths of Thomas Hen(de)rson and James Melons.
Witnesses Thos. Henderson, Sarah Henderson, James Melons and Stephen Sunter.[2][3]


  1. Liddell Pedigree 'Chapelry of Lamesley', The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham: volume 2: Chester ward (1820), pp. 207-218. URL: [1] Date accessed: 16 September 2014.
  2. Clopton Papers, Duke University Archives
  3. Old New Kent County, Virginia: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places, Volume 1, P. 172, Dr. Malcolm Hart Harris, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2006.[2]
  • Last Name at Birth - 'Chapelry of Lamesley', The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham: volume 2: Chester ward (1820), pp. 207-218. [4] Date accessed: 16 September 2014.
  • Surtees, Robert. "History and Antiquities of Durham." London, 1816‐23. Vol. 2(1820), (Lamesley), p. 213;
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 52750991, Col. George Lydal, Saint Peters Episcopal Church Putneys Mill, New Kent County, Virginia, USA.[5]
  • Old New Kent County; Some Account of the Planters and plantations by Malcolm Hart Harris,MD. William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. X, P. 267-27.
  • Virginia Quit Rent Rolls, 1704 Author: Wertenbaker, Thomas J., The Planters of Colonial VA, Pub.Russell and Russell, New York, NY.
  • George Lydall,[6]
  • Register St. Peter's Parish, 1680-1787 , p. 64.

from Jouett Taylor Prisley family history and genealogy:

  • Bacon Family, The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Apr., 1902), pp. 267-271, Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.[7]

See also:

  • History of Louisa County by Malcolm H. Harris, p285-286B
  • Clopton Papers, Duke University Archives (marriage contract)
  • Old New Kent County: Some Accounts etc by Malcolm H. Harris

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