Name: William Evelyn BYRD II 1
Birth: 28 MAR 1664 in Henrico County, Charles City, Virginia/Charles City, Charles City Co., VA 1
Death: 26 AUG 1744 in Westover, Charles City County, Virginia 1
Burial: 1744 Westover Garden, Charles City County, Virginia
Change Date: 4 JAN 2000
William Byrd II had a very illustrious life. His father sent him to London for his education , an education of which William II was very proud. He was admitted to the Middle Temple, worked for a time in Holland, then returned to Virginia to become a member of the House of Burgesses. He was made Receiver General of His Majesty's Revenues, appointed Public Agent of Virginia to the Court and Ministry of England, and President of the Governor's Council. He was commissioned to draw the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina. His writings include two books about his journey into Carolina and several "secret" diaries. These diaries reveal the day-to-day lives of Byrd and his upper-crust friends in a humorous, often bawdy, style.
In 1730, Byrd built the brick home he called "Westover" on the shores of the James, land left to him by his father. This home is currently owned by the Fisher family; the grounds and gardens are open to the public.
Father: William Evelyn BYRD I b: 1653 in London, England
Mother: Mary HORSEMANDEN b: 1652 in Hampton, Lenham Parish, Kent, England
4 MAY 1706
- Evelyn BYRD b: 1708
- Parke BYRD
- Philips William BYRD
- Wilhelmina BYRD
- Ann BYRD
- Maria BYRD
- William BYRD III
- Jane BYRD
in London, England
- Title: "Colonial Families of the Southern States of America, The Byrds of Westover"