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Thomas Owsley (1658 - 1700)

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Major Thomas Owsley
Born in Stogursey, Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Stafford County, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2011
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The birth and baptism of Thomas (I) Owsley, son of the Rev. John and Dorothea (Poyntz) Owsley, were recorded in his father's own hand at St. Andrew's Church in Stoke-Coursey (Stogursey), Somerset:

"Thomas Owsley the sonne of John and Dorothy Owsley borne the 11th day of June about three of the closke in the morning and baptized the 11th day of July. Borne on a Friday, baptized on a Lords Day in the afternoone."[1]

He came to America before Sep 1677. In 1679 he was captured by Algerian pirates and later ransomed. He served as Clerk of the Court for Stafford County, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, and member of the House of Burgesses.[2]

About 1680 he married Ann, daughter of Lieutenant William Harris. They had two sons (Poyntz and Thomas) and four daughters (Jane, Ann, Mary, and Sarah). Ann survived her husband and remarried twice.[2]

Thomas Owsley died 10 Oct 1700 in Stafford County, Virginia, and was buried there on his plantation, now located on Fort Belvoir, Virginia.[2]


  1. "Major Thomas Owsley of Stafford County, Virginia." Owsley Family Historical Society.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd ed. Vol. IV. Salt Lake City: Douglas Richardson, 2013, pp. 294-5.

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Thomas by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Thomas:

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On 10 Dec 2017 at 04:20 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! Please replace the coding for the Gateway template with the actual project box (see this page).


On 16 Mar 2015 at 00:38 GMT Cheryl Hammond wrote:

Hello PMs! Wanted to let you know that I'll be working on documenting Thomas Owsley's Magna Carta Trail on behalf of the Magna Carta Project. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

On 26 Sep 2014 at 07:39 GMT Mahmood Bhatti wrote:

Owsley-13 and Owsley-29 do not represent the same person because: Different fathers

Thomas is 21 degrees from Neil Armstrong, 33 degrees from Gaile Connolly and 11 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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