|Colonel William Fairfax
Colonel William Fairfax
The Fairfaxes, like Virginia's other elite, influential families, lived at the pinnacle of Virginia society. Colonel William Fairfax lived at the plantation, Belvoir, and was one of the twelve gentlemen who sat on the royal governor's Council of State. He was a cousin of Lord Fairfax, peer of the realm, who had been granted title to over 5 million acres of land in Virginia.