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Katherine (Lunsford) Wormeley (abt. 1650 - abt. 1685)

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Katherine "Catherine" Wormeley formerly Lunsford aka Jennings, Jenings
Born about in Rich Neck, James City County, Virginia Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married about in Christ Church, Middlesex Co,
Descendants descendants
Died about in Rosegill, Middlesex County, Virginia Colonymap
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Katherine/Katherine Lunsford


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).[1] 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[2] 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.[3]


Katherine married twice.

  • 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)[citation needed] 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.[4]

Children of Katherine (Lunsford) (Jennings) Wormeley and Ralph Wormeley:[5][6]

  1. Catherine Wormeley; mar Gawin Corbin[7]
  2. Elizabeth Wormeley; mar June 1, 1703 to Dr. John Lomax

On December 14, 1686, Ralph Wormeley brought William Gaile (b 1672) as a 13-year-old servant for his wife, Katherine.[2]

Death and Legacy

Katherine died on May 17, 1685 at Rosegill, Middlesex County, Virginia Colony.[3] 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]


  1. Muraca, David, et al., "The Archaeology of Rich Neck Plantation (44WB52): Description of the Features." (Pages 1, 8, 12, 15-47) Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library Research Report Series - 0386, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, Williamsburg, VA: 2003, accessed December 7, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mandell, Gayle N., Chapter 9 - Introduction, Gale/Gayle Families of America The Gale & Gayle Families, accessed December 7, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "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, accessed December 7, 2015.
  4. 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.
  5. "The Wormeley Family (Continued)." The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan., 1928), pp. 98-101, accessed December 7, 2015.
  6. WMQ, "Robert Carter and the Wormeley Estate", The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Apr., 1909), pp. 253, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, accessed November 26, 2015 (also published in William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Papers. Vol VII, Page 253)
  7. "Col. Gawin CORBIN of Peckatone and Lanesville ", accessed September 28, 2014
  • 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.
  • Source: S-2124916461 Repository: #R-2146161538 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:
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  • Many thanks to Gayle N.Mandell for her generous publication of "Gale/Gayle Families of Great Britain & Ireland."
  • WikiTree profile Lunsford-187 created through the import of The Gatewoods _ Lovings of Vir.ged on Apr 10, 2012 by Richard Gatewood. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Richard and others.

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On 15 Mar 2016 at 17:23 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

On 13 Nov 2015 at 16:39 GMT Norman Perry wrote:

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.

Katherine is 23 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 14 degrees from Burl Ives and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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