The Wyatt family includes a line that can be traced to Adam Wyatt (b 1320), then William (b 1350), Robert (b 1385), Geoffery (b 1410), Richard (b 1428), Sir Henry (b 1460), Sir Thomas (b 1503 - the poet), Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger. (b 1521 - beheaded for treason in the Tower of London, Sir George (b 1550) and Reverend Hawte Wyatt (b 1594 d 1638).
Reverend Hawte Wyatt was born June 4, 1594 in Boxley, Kent, England and died July 31, 1638 in England. He arrived in America with his brother, Sir Francis, at the James river with a fleet of 9 ships in the Fall of 1621.
Hawte first married Barbara Mitford. Children of Hawte Wyatt and Babara Mitford are:
i. Edward Wyatt, b 1619
ii. George Wyatt, b 1622
iii. Thomas Wyatt, b 1626, Boxley, England; d. April 10, 1627, Boxley, England.
Hawte then married Ann Cox. Children of Hawte and Ann Cox are:
iv. John Wyatt I, b 1630, Boxley, Kent, England; d. 1666, Virginia.
v. Anne Wyatt, b February 1631/32.
Although Hawte Wyatt came to Virginia in 1621, he didn't permanently settle here - he returned to England where he died.
1: John IJohn I was born in Boxley, Kent, England 1630 and died in 1670 in Gloucester County, Virginia. John I married Mary Cocke about 1650. He came to America in 1652.
The children of John I and Mary Cocke:
John I then married Jane Osborne before 1663. The children of John I and Jane Osborne:
1: Major WilliamMajor William was born in 1627 and died in 1693. Major William was from Essex, came to America and patented 400 acres in Gloucester County, on both sides of the Mattaponi River on 20 December, 1653.
Major William was sheriff of New Kent in 1671 and justice of the peace in 1680.
Major William m Anna Jackson and they had 3 children:
The parentage of Major William Wyatt has not been established.
2: John (II) ??
Note: I'm showing the name as "John (II)" to indicate that if he's the son of John I, he would be "John II" and if the son of major William he would be simply "John".
There is controversy surrounding the origins of John (II). Some argue that John (II) is the son of Major William Wyatt (b 1627) and NOT the son of John I (son of Haute). Nobody wants this to be true, however, because it seems to sever the tie with Sir Thomas, although that tie could still exist via another path.
If John (II) IS the son of William, then this Wyatt line in America would begin with Major William Wyatt and then continue here with John (II).
John (II) was born in (1657-1663? depending on which 'John' he is...).
Plain Dealing, Caroline County, Virginia (present-day near 'King's Dominion' theme park)
3: JohnJohn (b 1684 d 1750) settled at "Plain Dealing" near the North Anna River five or six miles from its junction with the South Anna River where it forms the Pamunkey River. In 1691 a section of 10 miles wide and about 30 miles long, bounded by two rivers, the North and the South Anna, became King William County. "Plain Dealing" was a large estate in this area of 700 acres. Caroline County was formed in 1727 and Plain Dealing became part of Caroline.
John married (1711) Jane "Jennie" Pamplin and they had 9 children:
4: RichardRichard Wyatt(iv) was born May 20, 1720 and died in November, 1803 at "Plain Dealing".
"Richard Wyatt, at his home in Caroline County, becoming incensed at the Mother Country (preceding the revolution), tore the family Coat of Arms from the wall, and, hacking it from the frame with his sword, threw it on the blazing logs in the fireplace. It was rescued by his daughter, Nancy, who later became the second wife of Colonel Anthony New. When they removed to Kentucky, the treasured painting went with them. In the year 1830, a descendant seeing the old relic in their Kentucky home made a little sketch of the design. Though blackened by fire and smoke, there were still to be plainly seen bands of boar's heads on the shield similar to the Arms of Sir Thomas Wyatt, of England. The painting was later totally destroyed by fire, but the little sketch is still in the family." [from Wingfield's History of Caroline County]
This "little sketch" is on the first page of a journal written by Richard's grandson, Richard Ware Wyatt, in 1830. (The diary and the sketch are in my possesion - jbw.)
Richard first married Elizabeth Streshley who died at the birth of their first child, Elizabeth.
i. Elizabeth (b 1744) married John Starke (son of John & Anne) of Hanover.
Richard then married (November 17, 1752) Amy Chiles and had 10 children:
ii. Mary (b 1750) m. William Peatross
iii. Sarah Wyatt (b 1753)
iv. Lucy (b 1754) died age 4
v. Nancy (b 1756) m. Anthony New
vi. Joseph (b 1760) died at age 7
vii. (Captain) Richard Wyatt (b January 1, 1763)
viii. Walter (b 1765)
ix. Major James (John) Wyatt (b 1769)
x. Barbara (b 1773)
xi. William Streshley Wyatt (b August 29, 1775)
100 years hence,in 1870, two of the great-grandchildren, Ida May and Joseph Marion, would marry:
5: Captain Richard
Captain Richard was born January 1, 1763. He served in the Revolutionary War and took the oath as Ensign on January 8, 1778.
Captain Richard(vii) and Nancy Ware had 4 children:
5: William Streshley
William Streshley was born on August 29, 1775 and died suddenly at "Plain Dealing" on January 24, 1839. He is buried in the old family graveyard there.
William Streshley and Mary "Polly" Anderson New (1779-1812) had 3 children:
6: Richard Ware
Clifton, Albemarle County, Virginia(Colonel) Richard Ware Wyatt was born in 1806. In 1830, he wrote a detailed diary of his trip to the west to check on his father's land. (See Wyatt's Journal: Trip to the West)
The Wyatt family cemetery is located in a small yard behind the brick office. There are no existing headstones or markers, nor are there any records of who is actually buried here. Colonel Richard Wyatt was buried here, but his remains were moved in 1926 to nearby Maplewood Cemetery along with his sons, Captain James Walter Wyatt and Richard Overton Wyatt, Surgeon, CSA, who were killed in the war.
Family lore tells that a young man, thought to be James, was sent home during the war in his coffin and buried in the family plot behind the residence. Some time later, James returned home for leave during the war, in good health, much to the delight of everyone. Sadly he was later killed (June 3, 1864) in the battle of Cold Harbor.
Family lore also tells of the young girls (Mary & Kate would still have been teenagers), armed with pistols, chasing the carpetbaggers away in the turbulent times of reconstruction.
Colonel Richard Ware Wyatt and his wife, Harriet King Harris, had 10 children:
i. Martha Ann Wyatt (1835-1898 m Theodore Woodard)
ii. Richard Overton Wyatt (b 1837 d 12/16/1862)
iii. Mary Eliza Wyatt (b 1838)
iv. William Henning Wyatt (b 1840)
v. Captain James Walter Wyatt (b 1841 d 6/3/64)
vi. Evalina Harris Wyatt (b 1843 d 7/22/1865)
vii. Alice Elizabeth Wyatt (b 1844 d 7/18/84)
viii. Ida May Wyatt (b 1846)
ix. Mary Nelson Wyatt (b 1851 d 1915)
x. Kate Harrison Wyatt (b 1852)
After the economy collapsed in the South after the War, Clifton was sold in 1891 and the family relocated to Huntington, West Virginia. Clifton is now a bed and breakfast in Charlottesville that the owners have outfitted with a fictionalized history enhanced to attract tourists.
6: William Richard Baynham
Edgewood, Hanover County, Virginia
William Richard Baynham Wyatt married Martha Francis Scott (dau. of Robert and Ann [Coleman] Scott) on September 5, 1832. They lived at "Edgewood" on the North Anna river in Hanover County, Virginia.
Note that Edgewood was across the river from, but near to, Plain Dealing in Caroline County. Its placement across the river placed it in Hanover County. Records refer to Edgewood in both counties, due to its proximity to both.
William studied law and was an authority on land titles and claims. He was Notary Public, Justice of the Peace and chosen presiding Justice of the Court. He also served in the legislature 1865-66 and 1866-67.
William Richard Baynham Wyatt and Martha Francis Scott, had 4 children:
Wyatt's Journal: Trip to the West -- A journal written by Richard Ware Wyatt in 1830
(Colonel) Richard Ware Wyatt (who later lived at Clifton) rode west on horesback from Louisa County to Kentucky to check on land that his father had been given in payment for his service in the Revolutionary War. His journey continued onto St. Louis.
He kept an amazing and very detailed journal
(transcription) describing such things as encountering Native Americans in the young
town of St. Louis:
7: Ida May
Ida May Wyatt was born May 1, 1846 at "Oak Shade", Goochland county, Virginia. Ida May was the daughter of Richard Ware and the great-grandaughter of Richard.
Oak Shade was the home of Colonel Richard Ware Wyatt and Polly New Wyatt before purchasing Clifton in 1851. Oak Shade was about 12 miles from the Goochland County Courthouse.
Ida May moved to Clifton with her family when she was 5 years old.
Ida May Wyatt died April 29, 1904.
7: Joseph Marion
Joseph Marion Wyatt was born April 24, 1838 at Edgewood in Caroline Co., Virginia. and died August 20, 1891 in Huntington, WV. Joseph Marion was the son of William Richard Baynham and the great-grandson of Richard.
Joseph wrote a letter on July 7, 1861, two weeks before the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run) which expresses the sentiments of the times: "In less than six weeks from today, their congress will be begging that we show them a little favor & give them a little time to think about the matter. I don't know that it is right but I wish that they may all meet the fate that they deserve & that is death."
7. Ida May Wyatt (Clifton) 7. Joseph Marion Wyatt (Edgewood)
Ida May Wyatt married Joseph Marion Wyatt at "Clifton", on March 9, 1870. Joseph and Ida were third cousins. They met during the Civil War when Joseph stopped at Clifton to visit his relatives when his regiment was located in the Charlottesville area.
Joseph Marion and Ida May Wyatt had 4 children:
8: William Richard Baynham II
William Richard Baynham Wyatt II(iv) was born at Clifton in 1878. He worked in the lumber business.
He married Geneva Niles (b 1878) in Goochland Co., VA.
William died in the 1930's.
9: Joseph Marion Wyatt, Jr.
Joseph Marion Wyatt was born in Heath, Arkansas and grew up in the south. He lived in Louisiana where he worked in
the oil fields and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a union steamfitter and worked at that trade
throughout his life. He married Ruth Doris (Elliot) Bryant (b October 9, 1917 in New York City) on July 3, 1948 in Erie, Pa.
Joseph Marion Wyatt, Jr. and Ruth Doris (Elliot) Bryant together had:
|10: Joseph Bryant||
10: Bonnie Jean
Bonnie Jean Wyatt was born in Erie , Pa .