Augustine  Warner Jr.

Augustine Warner Jr. (1642 - 1681)

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Col. Augustine Warner Jr.
Born in York County, Colony of Virginiamap
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Warner Hall, Gloucester, Colony of Virginiamap
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Warner Hall




Augustine Warner Jr., eldest child of Augustine Warner and his wife Mary Towneley, was born 3 June 1642, according to the inscription on his tombstone. [1] Augustine Sr. purchased the land on which Warner Hall was built in 1642, [2] and it is unlikely that he would have moved his pregnant wife to this undeveloped location. It is more likely that Augustine Jr. was born on the Warner property on the Poquoson River in York County, Virginia.

Augustine Jr., who would later be known as Speaker Warner, was baptized 20 October 1643, in York County, Virginia.[citation needed] This date was given on his 1657 enrollment at the Merchant Taylor's School in London, England, as "the eldest son of Augustine Warner, Gentleman of Virginia."[3] It was not unusual in colonial times for a baptismal date to be used as birth date.


Before Nov. 1672, Augustine married Mildred Reade, daughter of Col. George and Elizabeth (Martiau) Reade, probably in Gloucester County, Virginia. Their daughter Elizabeth was born on the Warner property in Chesake on the Pianketank River, or perhaps on the Chesake property of Col. Reade in Nov 1672[4]


Speaker Augustine Warner died 19 June 1681, aged 39. He is buried at the graveyard on the property of Warner Hall (now located in Naxera, Gloucester County, Virginia, USA[5][6] The inscription reads:

Here Lyeth ye Body of
Coll: Augustine Warner
who was Borne ye 3d of
June 1 6 4 2 and Died
ye 19th of June 1681.[7]


Augustine Jr., after being educated in London, returned to Virginia, where "he became very prominent in the social and political life of the colony."[4] He, and his wife Mildred, spent a couple of years at the Warner estate in Gloucester County on the Pianketank River, where he no doubt saw to the day to day business of running a plantation.

In 1674, at the death of his father, Augustine Jr. inherited "Warner Hall."

Virginia's colonial government consisted of a Governor appointed by the King of England, a Governor's Council of about a dozen men, and the House of Burgesses. In the time of Augustine Jr., Councillors were appointed by the King, probably at the suggestion of the Governor. The House of Burgesses was elected and was composed of two men from each of the counties of Virginia.[8]

In 1676, Augustine became Speaker of the House of Burgesses. The fragmented records, do not indicate that he had been part of the House before this time, but it is not unreasonable that he was elected to the house some time prior to this. [4] [9]

By the end of that year, 11 Jan 1676/7, he was a member of the Governor's Council. A Court-martial was held that day, the court was reported as the Governor and Council. Col. Warner was listed among them.[4] He apparently continued his duties as Speaker of the House of Burgesses at least until April of 1677 as his name appears on documents until that time.[4] [10] His position on the council continued until his death.

Besides his position's in the colony, he was Colonel, Commandant of the Gloucester County militia, which he held as early as 1675, so probably succeeded his father as Colonel.[4] Coll: is the prefix used on his tombstone.

Bacon's Rebellion, (1676 to 1677), simply put was an anti-Indian movement led by Nathaniel Bacon, against the wishes of Governor Sir William Berkeley. At some time during this "rebellion" Bacon made his headquarters at Warner Hall, supposedly asked the citizens of Gloucester County in a public notice to meet him at Warner Hall for the purpose of swearing their allegiance to his cause. A list of Sufferers from Bacon's Rebellion, in 1677, included “Col. Augustine Warner, Speaker of the House of Burgesses in the late Assembly, and now sworn one of His Majesty’s Council of Virginia. An honest, worthy person and most loyal sufferer by the late Rebels; who was plundered as much as any, and yet speaks as little of his losses, tho’ they were very great.”[11]

Augustine spent his personal funds on public business. Reports of reimbursements exist. 20 Feb 1676 he was reimbursed 6380 lbs. of tobacco and £40 in cash.[12] He contributed generously to his parish, Petsworth Parish[4]

Augustine left a will dated 16 May 1679 leaving Warner Hall to his wife Mildred. During his life Augustine had acquired land on the Mattapony River in King and Queen County and in King William County. He also bequeathed 1400 acres in New Kent County to his niece Alice Townley.[4]

Augustine and Mildred had three sons and three daughters (order unknown):

i. Mary, dc 1700; m c 1678-80 Capt John Smith, of Purton, Gloucester Co., VA, s/o Col John Smith and Anna Bernard
ii. Augustine, b 17 Jan 1666/7; d 17 Mar 1686/7, age 20, bur Warner Hall
iii. Mildred, bc 1670; d 1701 Whitehaven, Cumberland, ENG, bur St. Nicholas Church, Whitehaven; mc 1688-90 (1) Lawrence Washington, thus became grandparents of our 1st President of the United States; m (2) George Gayle, returned with him to England & d there
iv. ELIZABETH WARNER, b 24 Nov 1672; mc 1691 JOHN LEWIS, see following
v. George, d aft 1687 as a young man, unm; a land grant of 1728 the heirs of the three sisters are referred to as the heirs of George Warner, suggesting that is was from him the three sisters had inherited their father’s estate <>
vi. Robert, d as a young man, unmarried


  1. Tyler, Lyon G. "Inscriptions on Old Tombs in Gloucester Co., Virginia." The William and Mary Quarterly. Vol. 2, No. 4 (Apr., 1894), p. 226
  2. Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and pioneers; abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800 (Volume 1). 1934. (pp 142, 32, 92,142, 227, 264, 301, 365,
  3. Potter, Maud. The Willises of Virginia, Part V pp 115-117.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Sorley, Merrow Egerton. Lewis of Warner Hall. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Com, 1979. Reprint of book originally published 1935.
  5. Author: Gary Boyd Roberts Title: Ancestors of American Presidents Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Date: 2009;;
  6. There are Photos at his Find a Grave Memorial
  7. Tyler, Lyon G. "Inscriptions on Old Tombs in Gloucester Co., Virginia." The William and Mary Quarterly. Vol. 2, No. 4 (Apr., 1894), p. 227
  8. Encyclopedia Virginia. "Governor's Council" and "House of Burgesses"
  9. Mason, Polly Cary (compiler). Records of Colonial Gloucester County, Virginia. Volumes I and II. Abstracts of original records. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. Searchable at Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006
  10. April 1677 Journals of the House of Burgesses 1659/60. H.R. McIlwaine (editor). Richmond, Va.: 1914.]
  11. [ "Persons Who Suffered by Bacon's Rebellion. The Commissioners' Report" The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jul., 1897), p. 65 Published by: Virginia Historical Society.
  12. Journals of the House of Burgesses 1659/60. H.R. McIlwaine (editor). Richmond, Va.: 1914. p. 81, 85.
See also:
  • Augustine Warner, Jr., "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed November 21, 2016)


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On 22 Jul 2015 at 02:22 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! There's a Bacon's Rebellion page, with categories. Reading about his involvement, I couldn't decide between two categories: Loyalists & Victims. See this page for more information. Cheers, Liz

On 14 Jun 2015 at 22:30 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Congrats to all who worked on Augustine Warner, and special thanks to Anne B. for pulling it all together in a beautiful profile.

On 14 Jun 2015 at 20:59 GMT Anne B wrote:

There are children in the data who are unsourced and unaccounted for, (never mentioned as children that I can find). See Mildred's profile for the list.

On 18 Oct 2014 at 14:09 GMT Vicki Norman wrote:

How could this son be born prior to his father?

On 2 Oct 2014 at 21:53 GMT Alex Schmitt wrote:

Warner-3105 and Warner-326 appear to represent the same person because: I made a mistake of making this duplicate. Please allow this merge. I will keep all of your information as you have much more.

-Thank you

On 15 Jan 2014 at 13:48 GMT Bob Warner Jr. wrote:

Waiting for DNA results. Will post if useful. Results Posted...

Warner 1505

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