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William Sizemore (1670 - abt. 1755)

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William Sizemore aka Sismore
Born in London, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Lunenburg, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jun 2014
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William was born in 1670 and christened 10 March 1670 at Saint Katherine by the Tower, London, London, England.[1] He was the son of Michael Sizemore and Martha Green.

William traveled to Virginia Colony with Francis and Elizabeth Weeks in or after 1684.

On 28 September 1684 "apprenticed in London: William Sismore, son of Michael Sismore of London, dec'd, to Francis & Elizabeth Weeks for 9 years in Virginia. William Sismore chr. 10 Mar 1670 London, London Co., England, son of: Michael & Martha Sismore."[2]

He may also have been named William Ephraim Sizemore, a typical Jewish double name. How related he was to William "the Emigrant" Sizemore ca. 1685 or William and Martha Sizemore in the 1623 Virginia list or Sizemore listed among Barbados settlers is unknown. He may have been the first Native American in the line, accounting for Q lineage of many Sizemores (probably not -- see under Henry Sizemore).

A Margery Sisemore appears as a witness to the will of Richard Homes of Bristol Parish in Henrico Co, VA on 2 Apr 1712.[3]

In the land records of Brunswick Co, VA appears this record: 17 Oct 1741[4] ::Joseph Cloud enters 200 acres on north side of Banister River beginning below mouth of Wynne's Creek thence up the Creek and River. Transferred to Edward Owen and sold to William Sizemore.

According to the research of Alan Lerwick, William also appears in a Court record of Henrico Co, VA in Nov 1741, as does his son, Ephraim[5].

In the land records of Halifax Co, VA appears these records[6]

1. 1755 in Halifax Co, VA: Thomas ORNSBY 400 acres adjoining William & Margery SIZEMORE and Robert BARRET's line.
2. 4 Nov 1755 William EMBERY of Lunenburg Co to Robert WOODING of Halifax County £30 for 400 acres on the fork of Wynne's Creek beginning at Margery SIZEMORE's line, crossing Wynne's Creek. Witnesse: Peter FOUNTAINE Jr, Matthew MARABLE & Robert WADE Jr.
3. 1756 in Halifax Co, VA: John COOK 400 acres beginning at Margery SIZEMORE's line thence including vacant land between lines of Richard COOK, James MITCHELL & James HUNT on the draughts of Wynne's Creek.
4. 17 Jun 1756 Margery SIZEMORE of Halifax Co to James HILL of same £42 for 370 acres on both sides the north fork of Wynne's Creek. Witnesses: John BURKE, Richard BROWN, Joshua PENDLY & Robert WOODING.

It appears that William Sizemore died about 1755 in Halifax Co, VA. He was probably about 86 years old since he and Margery were married about 1692 in Henrico County, VA (and he was likely about 23 when they married)[7]. He appears to be still alive for part of 1755 as he is cited with his wife Margery in the Land Records of Halifax Co, VA, (See above 1.) but then on 4 November 1755 only Margery is cited in the Land Records (See above 2.)

Sizemore is a name first noted 1432 in Essex, England, usually spelled Sismore. Sismore means - Six Marks, probably referring to soldier's pay. According to UK sources, it dates from 1066.

William Sizemore has been said to be the forefather of the North American Sizemores - the first Sizemore immigrant to North America on record. However, in 1626 a William Sizemore was granted a patent by the "Corporation for Charles Cittie" for 100 acres upon the "Apmatucke River" in Virginia.[8] This is a much EARLIER Sizemore!

Fatherhood is a much debated topic in Sizemore genealogy as many, but not all, male Sizemores carry the genetic haplotype common to Native Americans. The question unanswered with surety is which European Sizemore ancestor was cuckolded by a handsome native, but perhaps a native son took the name of Sizemore or was adopted into a Sizemore family.

DNA testing by FamilyTreeDNA reveals more than six different haplogroups of Sizemores. Clearly, though they bear his name, all of these men are not direct genetic descendants of our London born pioneer, William Sizemore [9].

Researcher Ron Blevins makes a very good point on his webpage. He writes, "the fact that the given name Michael was non existent in the early Virginia Sizemore families has to raise a "red flag" that seriously questions the theory of William, son of Michael, as the progenitor of the Virginia Sizemore families."[10]


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch: accessed 31 July 2015), William Sismore, 10 Mar 1670; citing SAINT KATHERINE BY THE TOWER, LONDON, LONDON, ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 845,261, 845,262.
  2. Coldham, Peter Wilson. Complete Book of Emigrants 1661-1699. 1990, reprint 2002. As cited on Higgins Family Tree at
  3. Colonial Wills of Henrico Co, VA 1654-1737
  4. Brunswick County, Virginia, Entry Record Book 1737-1770
  5. Requires a Source
  6. Halifax Co, VA Deed Book 1, 1752-1759
  7. Source for Date of Death required
  8. William Sizemore 1626 Hotten, John Camden:(Accessed online October 9, 2016) The original lists of persons of quality; emigrants; religious exiles; political rebels; serving men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 : with their ages and the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars; from mss. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England, London, 1874, p. 269.
  9. FamilyTreeDNA Sizemore
  10. Freepages Genealogy Rootsweb Craigen/Sizemore


William Ephraim Sizemore 1670 - 1755

Birth: Mar 10 1670 Henrico County, Virginia,
Death: 1755 Lunenberg, Halifax, VA,
Wife: Margery ( Martha) Sizemore (born Owen) 1678 - 1757
Son: Ephraim Sizemore 1696 - 1740 ::MyHeritage

William Ephraim Sizemore 1671 - 1740

Birth: 1662 Petworth, Sussex, England
Birth: Mar 10 1670 London, England
Birth: 1671 London, London, England
Baptism: Mar 10 1669 or 1670 St Katherine By The Tower, London, England
Marriage: Martha (Mary) Owen Sizemore 1690 Lunenburg, Virginia,
Death: 1740 Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Virginia, United States
Parents: Michael Sizemore 1642 - 1685 Martha Green Nantz 1646 - 1685
Wife: Martha (Mary) Owen Sizemore 1670 - 1757
Wife: Mary Bowlin Sizemore 1680 - 1700
Son: William Ephraim Sizemore, Jr 1690 - 1785

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On 5 Oct 2016 at 09:42 GMT E. McCraw wrote:

Do you have a copy of the will of William Sizemore?

On 5 Oct 2016 at 09:38 GMT E. McCraw wrote:

Here is a link to Donald's interpretation of the descendants of William Sizemore:

Rejected matches › Michael Sizemore (1642-bef.1685)

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