- Malcolm Lester
Wormeley, Ralph ( April 1744–19 January 1806), colonial councillor, Loyalist, and legislator, was born at “Lansdowne,” Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia, the son of Ralph Wormeley, a planter, and Jane Bowles. Though identified throughout his life with “Rosegill,” the Wormeley seat on the Rappahannock River, he was not born at the ancestral home, which was still occupied by his paternal grandmother. The Wormeley family, established in Virginia since 1635, was one of the few families in the colony that had maintained its wealth and aristocratic standing from the period prior to 1650 until after the American Revolution. Wormeley was the fifth of his name to be a member of the ruling order in Virginia....