Thomas  Lunsford II

Thomas Lunsford II (abt. 1610 - bef. 1656)

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Sir Thomas Lunsford II aka Lundsford, Traweek
Born about in Wiliegh Hall, Sussex, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Peckham, Surrey, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Binfield, Berkshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Died before in Rich Neck, James City County, Virginia Colonymap
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This profile is being maintained by the Magna Carta Project. Sir Thomas Lunsford is a descendant of Magna Carta surety baron Geoffrey de Say



Lunsford - name has been variously spelled, but it was correctly Lunsford, as illustrated by his own signature.


Sir Thomas Lunsford, knighted 28 Dec 1641,[1], said to be born about 1610, was the fourth son of Thomas Lunsford, Gent., by his wife Katherine Fludd.[2]

Sir Thomas Lundsford Traweek II is also known as just Sir Thomas Lundsford II. Also known as Colonel Thomas Lundsford.[citation needed]

He is described as "a man, though of ancient family of Sussex, of very small and decayed fortune, and of no good education", described in youth as " of lawless disposition and violent temper".[3]

Thomas came to Virginia in 1649, as a Royalist refugee from the English Civil Wars (1642–1648).[4] On 24th of October 1650, Sir Thomas received a grant for 3,423 acres of land on the south side of the Rappahannock River. [5]

He was lieut-Gen of the Colony and member of the Council. His widow Elizabeth married for her third husband, Maj-Gen Robert Smith of Middlesex County.[6]

Three Musketeers

All three of these cavalieric Lunsford brothers, were loyal to the King, protectors of the King and military leaders for the King. The King being Charles I. For this reason, some believe that these three were the true-life inspiration for Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Sir Thomas' two brothers, at one time or another, if not continuously, both served in Sir Thomas' regiment and held rank therein. Further -- there was even a 4th brother, William, just like in the novel. If Mr. Dumas had a true-life inspiration for the Musketeer's, the Lunsford brothers certainly fit the bill!
I often wonder how Sir Thomas would feel, were he alive today, if he knew his reputation was being used to promote a candy bar? Or that his legacy has lived on and is the topic of much debate, lore and misinformation? In any case, I heard a "Rest of the Story" (Paul Harvey) clip on the radio that discussed the insipration for the Three Musketeers -- and it was not the Lunsford Brothers. [7]


Sir Thomas married (1st) Anne Hudson.[8] A date of 1633 has been given.[citation needed]

Sir Thomas married (2nd), at Binfield, Berkshire, 1 Jun 1640, Katherine Neville, daughter of Sir Henry Neville by Elizabeth Smith.[9]

He married (3rd), in Virginia, Elizabeth Unknown, widow of Richard Kempe, Esq. Richardson lists Elizabeth as Unknown last name, where her WikiTree profile shows her as a Wormeley.[10] A marriage date of 24 Oct 1653 has been given;[citation needed] it is given as October 24, 1650 by the Encyclopedia of Virginia.[11]


Thomas and Anne had one son who died as an infant.[12]

Thomas and Katherine had three daughters:

  1. Elizabeth[13]
  2. Philippe[14]
  3. Mary[15]

Thomas and Elizabeth had one daughter:

  1. Katherine [16][17] married Col. Peter Jennings

Disputed Issue

Edward and William do not appear in Magna Carta Ancestry or Royal Ancestry. William is shown as probably a son of Thomas and Katherine in Virginia Heraldica.[18]

Positions and Property

Thomas became owner of Rich Neck Plantation when he married Elizabeth, widow of Richard Kemp.[19]


Sir Thomas Lunsford died in Virginia before 1 Dec 1656.[20]



  1. Virginia heraldica
  2. Royal Ancestry, V 3., p. 676.
  3. Magna Carta Ancestry, Vol 3., p. 85
  4. Virginia Encylopedia (1600-1650)
  5. Virginia heraldica
  6. Virginia heraldica
  7. Lunsford, Michael Terry, rootsweb originally published in Good Ol' Mountain News Newsletter.
  8. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  9. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  10. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  11. Muraca, D. Richard Kemp (ca. 1600–ca. 1650). (2014, March 20). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from
  12. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  13. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  14. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  15. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  16. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
  17. Virginia heraldica
  18. Virginia Heraldica
  19. 19.0 19.1 Muraca, David, et al., "The Archaeology of Rich Neck Plantation (44WB52): Description of the Features." (Pages 37-) Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library Research Report Series - 0386, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, Williamsburg, VA: 2003, accessed October 8, 2015
  20. Royal Ancestry, V 3, p. 676.
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