Were John Barrows of Salem and John Burroughs of New Haven/Newtown the same man?

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In 1637, John Borowe or Barowe of Yarmouth England was given permission to move to the new world with his wife Anna, and they took passage on the Mary Ann: 

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Mary_Anne,_sailed_1637

John seems to receive land in Salem later that year.   In 1644, he was appointed surveyor of fences "in room of Thomas Weeks."

It has been argued that he disappeared from Salem records for a long time and so probably died.  It has also been suggested that he was the same man who appeared in 1644 in New Haven, relocated to Newtown, Long Island, and seems to be consistently called "John Burroughs".  Is it reasonable to suppose, as some have, that these were the same man? 

WikiTree profile: John Burroughs
in Genealogy Help by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
He's here in the New Haven Colony records https://archive.org/details/recordsofcolonyp00newh/page/142

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Anderson's ''Great Migration Directory'' says that he was not seen after 1644, and cites Hotten's ''The Original Lists of Persons of Quality..." (London 1874, rpt. Baltimore 1974) p. 294; Salem Town Records 1:54, 60, 102, 128. Anderson doesn't connect the two.
by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
selected by Barry Smith
Thanks, Bobbie.

But maybe you can find something in New Haven/Long Island records that would connect the two. You never know! Good luck.

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The Annals of Newtown by James Riker, Jr., published in 1852, states, “The earliest record of this family in America is in 1637, when John Burroughs is found in Salem. He soon after came to Newtown. He filled the office of town clerk several years. His sons Jeremiah and Joseph shared their father’s estate. Jeremiah died in1698.”

This matches John, son of Jeremiah, son of William, Vice Admiral.  If the family arrived on a companion ship of the Hector in 1637, stopped first in Salem, MA then to New Haven in 1638, Riker could safely refer to him as John Burroughs "of Salem."

When writing of the re-settlement of Mespat, present day Queens, Riker says,

“But in 1652 a goodly company of Englishmen arrived from New England. Some of the new corners were from Greenwich, Stamford, Fairfield and villages along the Connecticut shore,,,, Of these were ... John Burroughs from Salem, ...

We know John Burroughs of Newtown sold his mother in law's property in Stamford CT in 1652,

IMHO, John of Salem is John of New Haven, John of Stamford and John of Newtown.

by Daryl Webb G2G Rookie (230 points)
Note that IME this is a not-atypical migration; it would likely all have been via coastal ship traffic.  (This, plus migration up and down the Connecticut river is something I see among my ancesters.)

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