Nowell Ancestors

I haven't discovered who the father of John Nowell is but I suspect it might be William Nowell or Richard Nowell. There is a William Nowell arriving in 1639 in Warwick River County, Virginia and a Richard Nowell arriving in 1637 in New Norfolk County, Virginia. Of course, just because these two Nowell's happen to be in Virginia at about the right time to be John's father, doesn't mean either one is the correct one. Some believe that William Nowell of Massachusetts is John's father. This Massachusetts William could be the one who arrives in Virginia in 1639. Unfortunately, I don't have how these two men arrived in Virginia, just that they did. Does anyone have any information on John's father?

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Generation No. 1

JOHN NOWELL was born about 1640 in Virginia and died 1665 in Charles City County, Virginia. He married LYDIA (LIDIA) PERKINS about 1658 in Virginia. She was the daughter of NICKOLAS PERKINS and MARY BURTON. She was born about 1640 and died after 1690 in Charles City County, Virginia.


  1. MARY NOWELL, b. about 1660, Charles City County, Virginia; d. about 1727, Henrico County, Virginia

Generation No. 2

MARY NOWELL (JOHN NOWELL1) was born about 1660 in Charles City County, Virginia and died about 1727 in Henrico County, Virginia. She married ROBERT BURTON in 1686 in Charles City County, Virginia. He was the son of JOHN BURTON and RACHEL HUTCHINS. He was born about 1660 in Henrico County, Virginia and died about 1724 in Henrico County, Virginia.

Children of MARY NOWELL and ROBERT BURTON are:

  1. ROBERT BURTON, JR., b. about 1687, Henrico County, Virginia; d. October 18, 1748, Goochland County, Virginia; m. PRISCILLA FARRAR
  2. NOWELL HUNT BURTON, b. 1692; d. October 13, 1766, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; m. JUDITH ALLIN
  3. HUTCHINS BURTON, b. April 9, 1694, Henrico County, Virginia; d. October 3, 1763, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; m. SUSANNAH ALLEN
  4. BENJAMIN BURTON, b. 1696, Henrico County, Virginia; d. 1758; m. ELIZABETH COX
  5. JOHN BURTON, b. 1699; d. August 17, 1776, Amelia, Virginia; m. SARAH CHAPPELL

MARY NOWELL marries ROBERT BURTON and consequently is the last NOWELL ancestor I have. Therefore, I haven't pursued the NOWELL family beyond MARY.

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