Elizabeth Bassett married Thomas Burgess, Jr. of Sandwich, MA., USA in 1648. They were divorced June 10, 1661. - He moved to Rhode Island and married Lydia Gaunt.
Thomas Jr., and Elizabeth Bassett had no children though they were married 12 1/2 years. Then on June 10, 1661, Elizabeth was granted what is reputedly the first divorce in Plymouth Colony. Adultery was the only grounds for divorce at the time, and Thomas was found guilty of the act with a woman named Lydia Gaunt. He was punished by being whipped and forced to give up one-third of his net worth. He then married Lydia, and the couple moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where their only known child, a son, Thomas III was born in 1668.
Robert Barlett of Plymouth, sold, for 50 pounds silver, to Thomas Burges Jr of Newport, Rhode Island 17 or 27 Feb 1670/1, a share of land in Dartmouth, MA.
Author: Richard E. Weber, Dev./A.A. Sprague IV, Webmaster Title: The Sprague Project Abbreviation: Sprague Project Publication: A.A. Sprague IV/16 Dec 2006 Note: Website dedicated to Sprague genealogy; very detailed and authentic. Developer@sprague-database.org http://www.sprague-database.org