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The Bacon

Robert Bacon
James Bacon (1xxx)
Sir James Bacon (15xx)
Thomas Bacon
Nathaniel Bacon (1644)
John Nathaniel Bacon (1676)
George Lyddell Bacon (1xxx)
Ann Bacon (1745)

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Robert Bacon
Lived in Drinkstone [sp.?] Suffolk England
One of his sons was James Bacon (1xxx-1573)

James Bacon (1xxx-1573)
Was an alderman in the city of London
One of his sons was Sir James Bacon (15xx-1618)

Sir James Bacon (15xx-1618)
Lived at Torrington Hall Suffolk England
One of his sons was Thomas Bacon

Thomas Bacon
spouse: Elizabeth Brooke
Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Robert Brooke of Suffolk, England
Thomas was of Triston Hall Suffolk
One of their children was (General) Nathaniel Bacon (1644 (or 1647)-1676

Nathaniel Bacon (1644 [or 1647]-1676)
spouse: Elizabeth Duke
Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Edward Duke of Benhill Lodge near Soxmunham Suffolk England.
One of their children was John Nathaniel Bacon (1676-1xxx).

Nathaniel, born in England and resident of Suffolk, came to Virginia in 1676; he was a General. He was the hero of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia. See John Fisk's "Old Virginia and Her Neighbors" Vol II Sparks Library Am.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Edward Duke of Benhill Lodge near Soxmunham Suffolk England.
One of their children was John Nathaniel Bacon (1676-1xxx).

[handwritten text:]
General Nathaniel Bacon was of an old family of Suffolk England. His father Thomas Bacon of Triston Hall was a cousin of the great Lord Bacon and his mother was the daughter of Sir Robert Brooke Kt. He studied at Cambridge, read law at Grays Inn and after extensive travel on the continent came to America bringing with him his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Edward and sister of Sir John Duke of Benhill Lodge, Suffolk. Historians are not agreed as to the year of his birth, they range from 1644 to '48, the former is probably correct. Though less than thirty years of age when he arrived in Virginia such were his character and abilities that he was at once given a seat in the Council. He is described as "an impetuous youth, brave, cordial, fiery at times and gifted with a persuasive tongue". He was tall, lithe, of swarthy complexion, melancholy eyes and had a somewhat lofty demeanor. In addition to the estate upon which he lived at Curl's Wharfe (Richmond) he owned another further up on the site marked in the city of Richmond by the name "Bacon Quarter Branch". There had after his settlement for some time been much trouble on the border from the Indians but Governor Berkeley had refused to send troops against them or to permit the people to organize companies to punish them. "If the red skins meddle with me" quoth the fiery young man "damn my blood but I'll harry them!" This threat he had soon to make good. One morning in May 1676 news came to Curl's Wharfe that the Indians had attacked his upper estate and killed his over-seer and one of his men. A crowd of men at once assembled (planters on horseback) and offered to march under Bacon's lead. Making then an eloquent speech he accepted the command and sent a courier to Gov. Berkeley for a commission. Berkeley answered evasively. Bacon sent him a polite note thanking him for the promised commission and started on his campaign. He had not gone many miles before a proclamation from the governor overtook him, ordering the party to disperse. A few obeyed. Bacon and the rest kept on their way and inflicted a severe defeat on the Indians. This was the beginning of the trouble between Bacon and Governor Berkeley, which resulted in what is called "Bacon's Rebellion" an account of which is to be found in almost every history of the U.S. The anxieties and exposure of his Indian campaigns, of which there were several, and his war with the governor undermined his health and this pioneer of the rights of the people in America passed away in early manhood (he died in 1676) his work remaining to be accomplished just a hundred years later by that greatest Virginian George Washington.
References - Bancroft's History U.S. Vol. 1
John Fiske. Old Virginia & her neighbors
Sparks Library Am. Biography
Mills Va. Carolurum - Va. Magazine etc.

John Nathaniel Bacon (1676-1xxx)
spouse: Elizabeth Park
One of their children was (Captain) George Lyddell Bacon.

George Lyddell Bacon (1xxx-1xxx)
spouse: Mary Jordan (or Gordan)
One of their children was Ann Bacon (1745-1xxx) who married Robert Dixon.

Ann Bacon (1745-1xxx)
spouse: Robert Dixon

[for descendants, see Dixon page]


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