Katherine was born c. 1650 at Rich Neck Plantation, located near the James River; it was accessible by College Creek during its years as a colonial plantation. This was in the historic Middle Plantation (now Williamsburg), Virginia, in James City Shire (later James City County). The site was discovered in 1988, and has since been explored by archaeologists. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has published an interesting description of the property.
Katherine was a daughter of Sir Thomas Lunsford and his third wife, Elizabeth (Wormeley) Kemp, widow of Richard Kemp, esq, secretary of state. After Sir Thomas Lunsford died, Elizabeth married, as her 3rd, to Major-General Robert Smith of Middlesex County.
She married in about 1672 at Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia, as her 2nd, and as his 1st, to Ralph Wormeley, Jr. (Alt marriage info: 4 March 1679 at Christ Church, Middlesex County) After Catherine's death, Ralph Wormeley married, on February 16, 1687 at Christ Church, Middlesex County, as his 2nd, to Elizabeth Armistead, daughter of Col. John Armistead of Gloucester County.
Children of Katherine (Lunsford) (Jennings) Wormeley and Ralph Wormeley:
On December 14, 1686, Ralph Wormeley brought William Gaile (b 1672) as a 13-year-old servant for his wife, Katherine.
Death and Legacy
Katherine died on May 17, 1685 at Rosegill, Middlesex County, Virginia Colony. Her death was recorded in the parish register of Middlesex County:
The Honorable Lady Madam Katherine Wormeley wife of the Hon'ble Ralph Wormeley Esqr Departed this Life 17th of May 1685 & was buried in the Chancell of the Great Church between ye Hon [Sir Henry] Chicheley & * *
↑ 3.03.13.23.3"Sir Thomas Lunsford."The William and Mary Quarterly. (Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jan., 1900), pp. 183-186) Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, JSTOR.org accessed December 7, 2015.
↑Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940. database, FamilySearch (accessed 7 December 2015), Ralph Wormeley and Eliz Armisted, 16 Feb 1687; citing Christchurch, Middlesex, Virginia, reference ; FHL microfilm 873,777.
Virginia Heraldica being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor with Genealogical notes of the families: edited by William Armstrong Crozier, F.R.S., F.G.S.A. Virginia County Record Series, Vol. V. Published by the Genealogical Association New York MDCCCCVIII.
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Lunsford-187 and Lunsford-54 appear to represent the same person because: Same approx. birth date (1650-1653) , same spouse, Ralph Wormeley, and same birth place in Richneck, James City, Virginia colony.