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Ruth Burgess (abt. 1620)

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Ruth Burgess aka Taylor (disproven)
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 28 Jan 2011
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Categories: Uncertain Existence.

Research suggests that this person may never have existed. See the text for details.

Nonexistent Person

In the mid 1800s, historians suggested she might have been daughter of Thomas Burgess and wife of Richard "the Rock" Taylor, but subsequent analysis of records contemporary to her era demonstrated that Thomas Burgess had no daughter named Ruth, and that the Ruth who married Richard Taylor of the Rock, in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was daughter of Gabriel Whelden.[1]

As a result, we have detached this Profile Page from Richard Taylor and from the family of Thomas Burgess. See above-referenced article for detailed findings.


  1. Jillaine S. Smith, "The Two Richard Taylor Families of Early Yarmouth, Mass." in NEHGS Register, volume 165 (2011).

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On 30 Oct 2012 at 18:29 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

She did not exist.

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