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John Burgess Sr. (abt. 1631 - 1701)

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John Burgess Sr. aka Burg
Born about in Salem, Essex Co; Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married in Sandwich, Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co; Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jun 2010
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John Burgess was born about 1629 and died about 1701.

He resided in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts where he married 8 September 1657. He then removed to Yarmouth by 17 July 1657 when his name appears on a list to pay a minister's support. His name is also on a list of rate-payers there in 1676.[1]

"John Burg Senr. of Yarmouth" made his will on 14 Aug 1700, in which he made bequests to his eldest son John Burg, son Thomas Burg, his wife Mary, daughter Martha (unmarried), his other three sons Joseph, Samuel and Jacob. He mentions four other daughters, but not by name. He appointed as his executors Mary his wife, and son Thomas Burg. In a codicill dated 19 Feb 1700/1, he adds a small bequest to Martha Severance, aunt to his son Thomas. The will presented 03 Jul 1701, and an inventory of his estate taken 12 July 1701. Mary Burg, widow and relict of John Burg late of Yarmouth, swore to the inventory.[2]

Children named in will:
John, Thomas, Martha, Joseph, Samuel, Jacob, and 4 other daughters, unnamed but probably married by 1700.


  1. Frederick Freeman, The History of Cape Cod, Vol. 2, Annals of the 13 Towns of Barnstable Co. (Boston, MA: Piper & Co., 1869), pp. 59, 195
  2. “Barnstable, MA: Probate Records, 1685–1789.” Records of Barnstable, Massachusetts. CD-ROM. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.), Vol. 2:99 (original BCP Vol. 2:127) a transcription can be seen by clicking here by subsciption to the NEHGS.

See also:

  • Simeon L. Deyo, editor, History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts, New York: H. W. Blake & Co. 1890; CHAPTER XXV. pages 825-890. Town of Harwich.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Published in Cooperation with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary Edition by Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, California 1989. Also the 2009 edition.
  • "Matinicus Isle - Its Story and Its People", by Charles A. E. Long, printed by the Lewiston Journal Printshop in 1926.
  • Ebenezer Burgess, Burgess Genealogy: Memorial of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess, who were settled at Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony in 1637, Press of T. R. Marvin & Son 1865

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On 29 Apr 2018 at 17:04 GMT Kay Burgess wrote:

The Mary Burgess mentioned below is the daughter of John Burgess III and Sarah Nickerson.

"Marey Burge the daughter of John and Sarah Burge was born upon the 25th day of December 1695."[1] The marriage record has her husband as Elnathan (sp)? Marriage Elnathan Eles and Mary Burges were joined in marriage on the 2nd day of March 1715/16 per me Peter Thacher, J. P.[2]

Sources ↑ Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, compilers, Vital Records of Yarmouth, MA to the year 1850 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1975, second printing 1993), Vol. 1, p. 16 ↑ Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, compilers, Vital Records of Yarmouth, MA to the year 1850 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1975, second printing 1993), Vol. 1, p. 139

On 28 Apr 2018 at 19:06 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

From what I can tell there is a daughter named Mary missing as follows:

i. Mary Burgess, married Mathias Ellis about 1678. He was the son of John and Elizabeth (Freeman) Ellis, born on 2 Jun 1657 and died on 30 Aug 1748. from the below book states they were the parents of ten children.

On 28 Apr 2018 at 18:24 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

This is from a book form I believe this is the book it came from This is information from the Ebenezer Burgess book:


On 17 Aug 2016 at 12:51 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

A recent change (unsourced) was made suggesting that the birth date was 1627-02-10 in Truro St Mary, Cornwall, England. I reverted the change since it lacked any source data. Sourced changes are welcome.

On 29 Sep 2015 at 04:36 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Have disconnected the unsourced spouse, Katherine Burgess-762, and her daughter Sarah Burgess-764 Pearson. If a source is found to support this marriage or child, please provide a citation before reconnecting the wife & child.

On 22 Sep 2015 at 17:59 GMT Kay Burgess wrote:

I like the idea of disconnecting Katherine as his wife, as well.

On 22 Sep 2015 at 03:44 GMT Steve Small wrote:

I agree on the disconnection of 'wife' Katherine, rather than the merger with Mary Worden.

On 20 Sep 2015 at 22:02 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

After no response from the PM for wife "Katherine's" profile requesting source information, I'm planning to merge the two wives, as I find no sources that mention her. Most telling is that Torrey's New England Marriages before 1700 doesn't mention her, imho. Any disagreement on merging the wives? After looking further at said "Katherine's" child Sarah and her line, I think it may be better to *disconnect* Katherine, as the descendant's are pretty numerous. Bob Fields: I see you're a PM on that line. Do you have any input?

On 3 Aug 2015 at 15:58 GMT Kay Burgess wrote:

John and Mary Worden Burgess did have a daughter, Sarah, but since two of them listed here, Burgess-1648 and Burgess-1641, were both born in England in the 1640's, and he came to America in the 1630's with his parents, I don't think these two Sarahs are daughters of this John Burgess.

On 17 Jun 2015 at 19:59 GMT Kay Burgess wrote:

IN "Matinicus Isle - Its Story and Its People", by Charles A. E. Long, printed by the Lewiston Journal Printshop in 1926, the only wife listed for this John Burgess is Mary Worden, whose middle name, I believe, was Katherine. It doesn't seem likely that if he were born around 1630, that he would have married in 1640

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