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THE SPOTSWOOD AND BURWELL FAMILIES, OF VIRGINIA.

Inscription on Family Coat of Arms:   "Patior Ut Potior."
Translation:   "We suffer that we may win the victory."
Or:   "We suffer that we may live."


ALEXANDER SPOTSWOOD: Descended from Robert, the Bruce. His father, Dr. Robert Spotswood, was a surgeon in the British Navy. Alexander Spotswood was born in 1676 at the British Navy Post in Tangiers, Africa. He served in the British Navy, under the Duke of Wellington, and while there received his promotion and title of Major General. Married Anne Butler Bryan, daughter of Richard Bryan of Westminster, in England. In 1710 Alexander Spotswood was sent to Virginia as Governor of the Colony.

Anne Butler Bryan was named Butler after her uncle, James Butler, Duke of Ormund, and was descended from Alfred, the Great. The name Bryan was sometimes pronounced and written "Brayne," but Bryan is correct.

Their children were John, Anne Catherine, Dorathea and Robert.

JOHN SPOTSWOOD: In 1745 married Mary, daughter of Capt. William Dandridge and his wife, Lady Unity West, of Elson Green, King William County, Va.
(William Dandridge was Captain in the British Army. One son, John Dandridge, was father of Mr. George Washington. Another son, Nathaniel West Dandridge married Dorathea Spotswood, daughter of Alexander Spotswood.)

ANNE CATHERINE SPOTSWOOD: Married Col. Bernard Moore, of Chelsea, King William County, Va. He was seventh in descent from Sir Thomas Moore, of Chelsea, England, the famous journalist. Anne Spotswood was the great-grandmother of Robert E. Lee.

DORATHEA SPOTSWOOD: Married in 1747 to Nathaniel Dandridge, brother to her sister-in-law, Mary Dandridge Spotswood, and a descendant of Col. John West who was Governor of Virginia and brother of Lord De La Ware. Mrs. Dorathea Dandridge died in 1773, aged 47. Her daughter Dorathea, was Patrick Henry's second wife.

ROBERT SPOTSWOOD: Not married, was killed in battle with Indians, in 1758.

I have transcribed all of these pages exactly as written, with no corrections to errors or spelling. EAJ

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