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Thomas Owsley (1658 - 1700)

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Major Thomas Owsley
Born in Stogursey, Somerset, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Stafford County, Virginiamap
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Thomas Owsley is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Baron William Malet.
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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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posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
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.
posted by Cheryl Hammond
Owsley-13 and Owsley-29 do not represent the same person because: Different fathers
posted by Mahmood Bhatti

Thomas is 18 degrees from Katie Goodwin, 15 degrees from Wilbur Scoville and 10 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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