Augustine Warner Sr.

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Augustine Warner
Augustine Warner.jpg
Portrait of Augustine Warner Sr.
BornSeptember 28, 1611
DiedDecember 24, 1674
Other namesAugustine Warner Sr.
OccupationPlanter and Politician
Children3 (including Augustine Warner Jr.)
Parent(s)Thomas Warner
Elizabeth Sotherton
Coat of arms of Augustine Warner, Sr.

Augustine Warner, Sr. (September 28, 1611 – December 24,[1] 1674), was an English-born Virginia planter and politician. The progenitor of a prominent colonial family, and great-great grandfather of President George Washington, he was born in Norwich, Norfolk, the son of Thomas Warner and Elizabeth Sotherton. Augustine 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).

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.[2]

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 two known daughters. One married David Cant, the other, Sarah, to Lawrence Towneley, an 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:

  • Mary, who married in 1680 John Smith of Purton, they were two of the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II through the Bowes-Lyon family of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother;Frances Dora Smith, a 4th great-granddaughter in 1853 married Claude Bowes-Lyon 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne[3]
  • Mildred, who married about 1690 Lawrence Washington (1659–1698); they were the paternal grandparents of George Washington; and
  • Elizabeth, who married about 1691 to John Lewis, and kept the Warner Hall house in the division of the Warner properties after the brothers’ deaths. Elizabeth and John Lewis were the grandparents of Fielding Lewis, who married first George Washington’s cousin, and second his sister, both ladies also being grandchildren of Mildred Warner.

In addition, Elizabeth and John Lewis were the ancestors of Captain Meriwether Lewis[4] of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Warner Hall stayed in the eldest male line of the Lewis family, through a succession named Warner Lewis, until 1834, when it was sold by a daughter of the last, Elizabeth Lewis. The Lewis descendants became known as the "Warner Hall Lewises".


  1. ^ "Inscriptions on the Warner Hall Tombstones | Inn at Warner Hall". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  2. ^ Warner Hall: History
  3. ^ 7th cousins twice removed
  4. ^ The Meriwether Lewis Connection

External links[edit]


  • 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