WILKES




The following is my Wilkes family tree:

John Wilkes & Barbara Heyward

Thomas Wilkes & Elizabeth “Eliza” Peirce

Joseph Wilkes & Elizabeth Wynne

John Wilkes & ?

Minor Wilkes, Sr. & Phoebe Stone

Minor Wilkes, Jr. & Phebe White

Emality “Lettie” Wilkes & Benjamin Harrison Wallace

Amanda A. Wallace & Joseph Holley

James Monroe Holley & Malinda Meram Clagg

Noah Anderson Holley & Bulah Florence Chaney

Melinda Ann Holley


The Wilkes line has been confirmed back to John Wilkes of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. John was born c. 1613 in Sherwbury, Shropshire, England. His wife was Barbara Heyward. No other information is known about Barbara. John probably died in the early 1650's.

One coincidence is the Wynne family (who later interrmaried quite a bit with both Wilkes and Stones in Virginia) also came from the Shrewsbury area. This could account for the later intermarriages if the families were already related in some manner.

One story is that John Wilkes was either the current or former Lord Mayor of Shrewsbury during the English Civil War. He fought against Cromwell’s forces when they besieged the city. One account has him dying during the siege. The other has him executed by the victorious Cromwellian forces. As nothing is mentioned about Barbara at this time, it’s assumed she had already died.

What is known and confirmed is the three known children of John Wilkes and Barbara Heyward were all transported to the Virginia colony in the mid 1650's.

Thomas (or Robert Thomas) was born c. 1633 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He was transported to the Virginia colony arriving in Charles City Co., VA on February 25, 1653 at the probable age of 19 or 20. He was indentured to Ferdinand Austin.

Joseph (or William Joseph) was born c. 1635 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He was transported to the Virginia colony arriving in New Kent Co., VA in 1653 at the probable age of 17 or 18. Some researchers believe Thomas and Joseph arrived on the same ship but that Joseph was transported to New Kent Co. while Thomas remained in Charles City Co.

John, Jr., was born c. 1637 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He was transported to the Virginia colony arriving in Northampton Co., VA on October 2, 1655 at the probable age of 17 or 18. He was indentured to William Stephens.

A fourth child, Charles, has been suggested by a one researcher for this line. However, this has not been proved.


Thomas Wilkes the son of John Wilkes & Barbara Heyward. He was born c. 1633 in Shrewsbury Shropshire England. He was transported to the Virginia colony arriving in Charles City Co., VA on February 25, 1653 at the probable age of 19 or 20. He was indentured to Ferdinand Austin. He married Elizabeth “Eliza” Peirce in Lancaster Co., VA. He died c. 1686 in Lancaster Co., VA at the probable age of 53. There were 3 confirmed children of this marriage: Joseph, Francis, and Richard. A 4th child, Charles, has been suggested for this line but has not been confirmed.

Joseph Wilkes was born 1675-1680 in Lancaster Co., VA the son of Thomas Wilkes & Elizabeth “Eliza” Peirce. His wife was Elizabeth Wynne (daughter of Richard Wynne). Joseph died August 26, 1734 in Hanover Co., VA at the age of 54-59. There was 1 known child, John.

John Wilkes was born in 1710 in New Kent Co., VA. He was the son of Joseph Wilkes & Elizabeth Wynne. There is nothing known about his wife, not even her name. John died in 1778 in New Kent Co., VA at the age of 68. There were 4 known children of John and possibly a 5th. The known children are: John Jr., Joseph, Minor Sr., and Benjamin. A 5th child, Thomas, has been suggested as part of this line by a couple researchers. However, this has not been proved.

Minor Wilkes, Sr. was the son of John Wilkes. He was born 1735 in New Kent Co., VA. He died September 12, 1811 in Lunenburg Co., VA at the age of 76. He was married 3 times. His first wife was Phoebe Stone (daughter of Richard Stone & Mary Wynne whom he married in 1752 in Lunenburg Co., VA at the age of 17. Phoebe was born in 1735 and died in 1786. There were 8 children of this marriage (John, Thomas, Minor Jr., Richard Stone, Elizabeth, Letty, Sarah, & Mary). Minor’s second wife was Susanna Hazelwood whom he married May 5, 1786 in Lunenburg Co., VA at the age of 50. Susanna died before December 1791. There were 4 children of this marriage (Nancy Ann, Martha Patsy, Jincey "Jane", & Susannah Hazelwood). Minor’s third wife was Nancy Ann Tisdale whom he married December 3, 1791 in Lunenburg Co., VA at the age of 56. Nancy died January 12, 1815. There were no children of this marriage.

Minor Wilkes, Jr. was born 1761 in Lunenburg Co., VA. He died in 1802 in Lunenburg Co., VA at the age of 41. He married Phebe White on January 13, 1791 in Lunenburg Co., VA at the age of 29. Phebe was born 1770 and died in 1820. There were 5 children of this marriage (Richard, Phoebe, Emalilty "Lettie", Washington B., & Sally W.)

Emality "Lettie" Wilkes (daughter of Minor Wilkes, Jr. & Phebe White) married Benjamin Harrison Wallace. SEE THE WALLACE FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS LINE.


This is the information I have on my main Wilkes line. I have some information on siblings throughout the tree. If anybody has any information or inquiries, please contact me.



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