Thomas Burgess, the eldest son of Thomas the Pilgrim, was enrolled to bear arms in 1643, when probably 16 years old. He served the town as Constable in 1654. He subscribed to repair the meeting-house, and to support the minister, in 1657. In 1661 he left the Plymouth Colony, and removed to Newport. He was admitted a freeman in the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and served as grand juror, in 1667. His first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of William Bassett, whom he married November 8, 1648. His second wife was Lydia, daughter of Peter Gaunt, by whom he had one son, Thomas, born 1668. Thomas Burgess Jr. lived a long and productive life, and passed away at Rhode Island in 1716.
Elizabeth Bassett married Thomas Burgess, Jr. of Sandwich, Massachusetts in 1648. Thomas Jr. And Elizabeth Bassett had no children though they were married 12 1/2 years. Elizabeth (Basset) Burgess asked for and was granted a divorce from Thomas Burgess on June 10, 1661, 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 married Lydia about 1665 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.
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