Name: William Evelyn BYRD I
Birth: 1653 in London, England 1
Death: 4 DEC 1704 in Westover, Charles City County, Virginia 1
Burial: 1704 Westover Gardens, Charles City County, Virginia
Change Date: 4 JAN 2000
William Byrd was left lands in Virginia by his uncle, Thomas Stegges, on the condition that he come to the Dominion. He apparently did not hesitate as he made the journey almost immediately (1670) at the age of 17. He moved into his uncle's two-story brick house at the Falls of the James (now Richmond).
According to "Colonial Families of the Southern States, The Byrds of Westover," he first resided at "Belvedere," Hanover County, Virginia.
His ambition served him well, for he turned his inheritance into a fortune through extensive trade, both with Europe and the local Native Americans. In 1676, he risked losing his economic and political position by siding with Nathaniel Bacon during the Rebellion against Governor Berkeley. Connections and wealth repaired his relationship with the governor for a few years later, Byrd was made a member of the House of Burgesses and promoted to the Council in 1683. By this time, Byrd was sending pack trains far into the Western Territories to exchange goods with Indians. He frequently represented the colony at treaty-making ceremonies, leading to a high position in the militia. He bought extensive land holdings in Charles City County from Theodoric Bland. There on the shores of the James, he built a fine wooden mansion he named "Westover." In 1730, his son built the brick home so revered today.
Father: John BIRD
Mother: Grace STEGGES
Mary HORSEMANDEN b: 1652 in Hampton, Lenham Parish, Kent, England
in Charles City County, Virginia
- Susan BYRD
- William Evelyn BYRD II b: 28 MAR 1664 in Henrico County, Charles City, Virginia/Charles City, Charles City Co., VA
- Ursula BYRD b: 9 NOV 1681
- Mary BYRD b: 26 FEB 1682/83 in Westover, Surry County, Virginia
- Warham BYRD
- Title: "Colonial Families of the Southern States of America, The Byrds of Westover"