1743: William Aylett born at Fairfield Plantation, King William County – now known by its offshoot name Montville, just west of the village now named Aylett. He served in the House of Burgesses with Patrick Henry, George Washington (“warm friend”) and William Roane – and Aylett’s own son named his three children “Patrick Henry Aylett,” “William Roane Aylett,” and “Alice Roane Aylett.” So it was a tight circle of colleagues.
From the Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography:
Philip Aylett, son of Captain John and Anne Aylett, moved to King William county, Virginia, in 1686, and founded the family seat at Fairfield. His only known child, Colonel William Aylett, of Fairfield, who bore the arms of Aylett of Braxted Magna, England, was clerk of the county court from 1702 to 1714, member of the house of burgesses, 1723 to 1726, and a vestryman of St. John’s parish in 1731. He married Sibylla Hubard, and they had children: Philip, William, Benjamin, John, Elizabeth, Judith and Anne. The second son, Captain William Aylett, born 1700, died 1744; his will proved August 28; his executors were: Major Lawrence Washington, Augustine Washington, Philip Aylett. Anne, youngest daughter of Colonel William Aylett, married Augustine Washington, brother of George Washington. Their portraits are now in the possession of William Roane Aylett. The eldest son, Philip Aylett, resided at Fairfield, married Martha Dandridge, and had children: Unity, William, Anne, and John. Colonel William Aylett, senior son of Philip and Martha (Dandridge) Aylett, was born 1743, and was a very prominent man of King William county, vestryman of St. John’s parish; a member of the house of burgesses; member of the Virginia conventions of 1775-76, and a warm personal friend of General Washington. He resigned his seat in the legislature, May 22, 1776, to accept a commission from the American congress as deputy commissary general of the forces in Virginia. He died at Yorktown in 1781. He married, in 1766, Mary Macon, and their son, Colonel Philip Aylett married Elizabeth Henry, daughter of Patrick Henry. Colonel Philip Aylett held a general’s commission in the war of 1812, and possessed a very large plantation at Montville, the ancestral home in King William county, on which multitudes of slaves were employed in the cultivation of cotton, corn and tobacco. Like all of his family, he adhered to the Episcopal church, and was a stanch Democrat in political principle. Colonel Philip Aylett married Judith Page Waller, and had children: Patrick Henry, William Roane, Patty Waller and Rosalie.
William Roane Aylett, junior son of General Philip and Judith P. (Waller) Aylett, was born in 1832, on the paternal plantation in Montville. and was educated under private tutors and at Rumford Academy and the University of Virginia, graduating from the latter institution in both academic and law courses. He engaged in the practice of law in his native county, in which he was very busily occupied until the outbreak of the war between the states. As soon as war appeared inevitable, he organized a company of men, which was attached to the Fifty-third Virginia Regiment of Volunteers, and was elected its first captain. He was soon promoted lieutenant-colonel, and at the time of his retirement was in command of the regiment as colonel, the organization forming a part of Pickett’s division, Armistead’s brigade. At the battle of Gettysburg, he received a severe wound, and suffered minor injuries on various other occasions. At Sailor’s Creek he was made prisoner’ and was subsequently paroled, after which he returned to his law practice, and made himself famous. For sixteen years he was commonwealth’s attorney. For many years he was a vestryman of the Episcopal church, was a member of Pickett’s Camp, Confederate Veterans, and in politics a sound Democrat. He died in 1900. In 1858 he married Alice Brockenborough, born 1838, died 1895.
Ramon Racelis, Jr. said:
William Roane Aylett’s 3rd child was Philip Aylett born in 1867. He became a Civil Engineer and helped build the George Washington Bridge in N.Y.C. He married Christinna Fernquist, a Swedish immigrant about 1900 and he died before the 2nd World War. Philip was my Grandfather and Christinna was my Grandmother who passed away in 1952. Their only child Elsie Aylett was born in Portsmouth, VA in April 28, 1903 and passed away in May 1956. She married Ramon Racelis, Sr. of Manila, Philippines in 1929 and they had 3 children: Elisa, Maria and Ramon, Jr..
I may be contacted at “firstname.lastname@example.org” as I have a photo of both Philip and Christinna Aylett.
Some of the earliest Aylett data given above is inaccurate and dates from an early 20th C forgery (these were not uncommon in Virginian families trying to claim illustrious ancestors). The earliest of the Farirfiedl/Montville Ayletts was the William Aylett refertred to who appears around 1703: the John Aylett/Ann Aylett parentage is however fictitious. It is more likely – though not provable – that William was the son of an earlier William Aylett and wife Lydia, in Brunston, York County, who died when he was a small baby. If so, he will have been fostered and his property converted into cattle, which he will then have sold when he reached his majority. This would explain his sudden appearance at the Fairfield estate.
Very interesting information – thank you Ruth. I will likely edit my own info 🙂
Col Don Langridge (ret) said:
Was Col Philip Aylett (the one married to Judith Page Waller) the son of Philip and Elizabeth Henry? It is not clear to me. Putting together a book on the Gettysburg. Thank you.
Dave Dettor said:
Col Don Langridge (ret), Yes Phillip Aylett (1791-1848) who married Judith Page Waller (1803-1860) was the son of Col. Philip Aylett (1767-1835) and Elizabeth Henry (1769-1842). I am a direct descendant of them which was proven by the genealogist at Red Hill (Patrick Henry’s last home) so I could join their Descendants Branch.
Kim Leppin said:
I have recently inherited a silver pitcher with the engraving Rosalie P Aylett from her mother. I’m trying to trace from me to her. I understand she married Norman D Sampson. My grandfather is David T Sampson, R. Any information you can pass to me would be appreciated.
dave dettor said:
Kim, I have the information you’re after. Can you email me please at davdet10 at comcast.net