Augustine Warner

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Portrait of Augustine Warner, Jr.
Coat of Arms of Augustine Warner, Sr.

Augustine Warner, Sr. (November 28, 1610 – December 24,[1] 1674), was a Virginia planter and politician. He was born in Norwich, Norfolk, the son of Thomas Warner and Elizabeth Sotherton. The progenitor of a prominent colonial family, and great-great grandfather of President George Washington, Warner arrived in Virginia in 1628 at the age of seventeen, one of a group of thirty-four settlers brought in by Adam Thoroughgood. His first land acquisition came seven years later, when he patented 250 acres (1,000,000 m2). Lewis of Warner Hall

Continuing the typical pattern of 17th-century success in colonial Virginia as a merchant, landowner, and politician, he rose through the hierarchy to become a member of the House of Burgesses in 1652 and then in 1659 a member of the King's Council, which he held until his death. About 1657, he moved across the York River to Gloucester County, where he settled and built the first house at Warner Hall.

Augustine Warner died in 1674, at sixty-three, and was succeeded at Warner Hall by his only son, Augustine Warner, Jr. (1642–1681). After his English education in London and at Cambridge, the younger Warner returned to Virginia, and by 1666 became a member of the House of Burgesses, and then Speaker of the House in 1676. In 1677 he took his seat on the King's Council, but his career was cut short by his early death in 1681 at the age of thirty-nine.

Besides a son, Augustine Sr. had at least two daughters as well. One married David Cant, and the other, Sarah, married Lawrence Towneley, and was the ancestor of General Robert E. Lee.

It is recorded that Augustine Jr. had three sons, all of whom died unmarried, and three daughters, who inherited the Warner property and left many descendants. The three daughters were:

In addition, Elizabeth and John Lewis were the ancestors[2] of Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Warner Hall stayed in the eldest male line of the Lewis family, through a succession of eldest sons named Warner Lewis, until 1834, when it was finally sold by a daughter of the last of them, another Elizabeth Lewis.

Warner Hall is still known by this name,[3] and the Lewis descendants became known as the Warner Hall Lewises. A non-profit DNA Project LEWIS Surname DNA Project is actively seeking descendants from this paternal line. In some cases a scholarship may be offered.

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  • Sorley, Merrow Egerton Lewis of Warner Hall: The History of a Family, Including the Genealogy of Descendants in Both the Male and Female Lines, Biographical Sketches of Its Members, and Their Descent from Other Early Virginia Families
  • Moses, Grace MacClean. The Welsh Lineage of John Lewis.
  • The Queen's American Ancestors