William Byrd I (1652-1704)

Colonel William Byrd I, "The Black Swan of Westover" Virginia

Associated Houses

Westover Plantation

Charles City

He was born in London and came to Virginia in 1677 when he took possession of the estate of his late uncle, Thomas Stegge. He lived at "Belvidere" in Hanover County before acquiring Westover on the James River. He was took an active role in public affairs and was an influential Member of the King's Council. He married Maria, daughter of Col. Warham Horsmanden, of Charles City Co., Virginia who later returned to England and lived at Parleigh in Essex. They had five children (listed above).
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 01/12/2018 and last updated on 08/02/2023.