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Henry Burt Jr (abt. 1595 - 1662)

Henry Burt Jr
Born about in Harberton, Devon, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 28 Dec 1619 in Dean Prior, Devon, Englandmap
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Died at about age 66 in Springfield, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Henry Burt Jr migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Directory, by R. C. Anderson, p. 51)
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Henry Burt, son of Henry Burt was baptized 16 July 1599 (?16) at Harberton, Devon, England.[1]

Henry Burt was born about 1595 at Harberton, Devon, England, probably the son of Henry Burtt, clothier of Harberton.[2]

Henry and Ulalia/Eulalia Marche were married December 28, 1619 at Dean Prior, Co. Devon, England [3][4]

"Henry Burt, of Springfield, is supposed to have been the ancestor of all his name who originated in that town; his wife's name was Ulalia. The greater part of his children were born before his coming hither. Jonathan and Nathaniel were the names of his sons. The names of his daughters, recorded as born in Springfield, were: Hannah, born April 28, 1641; one daughter, name defaced on record, born 1643; Patience, born August 18, 1645; Mercy, born Sept. 27, 1647. Hannah was married Dec. 24, 1657 to John Bag; Patience was married Oct. 7, 1667, to John Bliss. There were other women by the name of Burt, who probably were the daughters of Henry Burt: ---

"Sarah Burt, married to Juda Gregory, June 20, 1643; Eizabeth Burt, married to Samuel Wright, Nov. 24, 1653; Mary Burt, married to William Brooks, Oct. 8, 1654; Dorcas Burt, married to John Stiles, Oct. 28, 1657." [5]

"Henry probably emigrated to New England in the winter of 1638/9 or the spring or summer of 1639, and probably also with his wife and his seven surviving children, two children having died in England. In New England he is found first at Roxbury, Mass., where his house was burned and the General Court made a grant of £8 to the town in November 1639 because of his loss."[6] Being interested in the efforts of his fellow-townsman, Mr. William Pynchon, to establish a settlement at Agawam (now Springfield), Henry moved there in 1640 with his family, shortly after he lost his home in Roxbury, and is one of the original proprietors of that settlement.

We first hear of Henry Burt at Roxbury, Mass., where his house was burned, for which loss the General Court made a grant to the town of £8 in November, 1639. He removed to Springfield, Mass. about 1638, and was there clerk of the band and clerk of the writs. Was yearly chosen one of the five men "by ye general vote and consent of ye plantation for ye ordering ye prudential affairs of ye towne." Was one of the "six men undernamed shall have full power to lay out the lands both of upland and meddowe, etc.," and his name is constantly appearing, in various positions of trust, on the records. [7]

"He immediately took an active part in all the affairs, religious and secular. He was chosen one of the first selectmen, an office he held for several years; he was a member of the divers committees to lay out and allot the lands and 'for the ordering of the prudential affairs of the Plantation;' he was elected 'the Clarke of the Writs,' an office analogous in its duties to those of our town and county clerks. In 1650, and at other times during a vacancy in the position of minister, he conducted the religious services of the town, receiving therefore a monthly stipend of thirty shillings. It is said that his residence was on what is now Main street (1893), between Union and Wilcox. The several offices he held in town and church indicate his ability as well as the respect and esteem his fellow-townsmen entertained for him in entrusting to his management such important public affairs."[8]

Previous to his death a portion of Henry's estate had been transferred to his son Nathaniel. At his death in 1662, a nuncupative will was presented for probate showing an inventory of £181 and debts of £50. Most of his debt was to John Pynchon in the amount of £45. This was paid off in labor, land, and supplies over the next few years by Henry's widow.

Dr. Ezra Stiles presented an interesting legend regarding Ulalia Burt, Henry's wife.

"The Rev. Dr. Ezra Stiles, a noted clergyman, and from 1778 to 1795 the President of Yale College, was directly descended from Henry and Ulalia Burt, through their daughter, Dorcas, who married John Stiles of Windsor. Dr. Stiles prepared in 1764 a genealogy of his family, in which he says: "There is a tradition in the family that the mother of this Dorcas Burt, before she came over from England, was laid out for dead and put in her coffin, but at her funeral signs of life appeared, and she recovered and came to New England."[9]

Henry died on 30 SEP 1662 at Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.[10] As recorded in Early Days in New England:[11]

"Henry Burt of Springfield. Who departed this life April 30, 1662, not having any will made by his own hand for ye disposing of his estate, yet for that he did by words express his mind thereon before Ensign Thomas Cooper and Jonathan Burt who by a writing made by their hands presented the same into this court, a copy whereof hereafter follows, the widow Burt consenting thereunto. The court allowed the same to stand as the last will and testament of said Henry Burt.
We, Thomas Cooper and Jonathan Burt do testify that after Henry Burt now deceased had disposed of part of his estate to his son Nathaniel, said Henry had such possessions as these, viz: That what estate he had then left should be at his wife's disposal, as witness our hands this 29th day of September, 1662. Thomas Cooper, Jonathan Burt.

Henry married Eulalia March on 28 Dec 1619 Dean Prior, Devon, England[12] They had at least 13 children although it has been proposed that they had 19.[13]

  • Sarah
  • Samuel
  • Abigail
  • Jonathan
  • David
  • Mary
  • Mary
  • Nathaniel
  • Elizabeth
  • Patience
  • Mercy
  • Hannah
  • Dorcas


Received Racheparke in Harbertonford and the mansion house on land called Crobers Land in his father's will.


1636-1662 Franklin, MA


He died on 30 Apr 1662 and was buried on 1 May 1662 in Springfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony. ("Henry Burt (the Clarke of the Writts) Dyed the 30th of Aprill. 1662 in the Evening and was buryed May. 1st (62)"[14]


  1. "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 February 2016), 005882803 > image 2 of 288; citing Devon Record Office, Exeter.
  2. Genealogical Research in England: Burt-March," by George Skelton Terry, New England Historic Genealogical Register, NEHGR (April 1932) 86:216, at 218
  3. Genealogical Research in England, by George Skelton Terry, NEHGR, Vol. 86, April 1932, pp. 216-220
  4. Genealogical Research in England: Burt-March," by George Skelton Terry, New England Historic Genealogical Register, NEHGR (April 1932) 86:216, at 218
  5. Longmeadow (Mass.) Families, by William S. Allen: Boston, NEHGR, Internet Archive Volume 32, July 1878, Page 302.
  6. Genealogical Research in England: Burt-March,"George Skelton Terry, New England Historic Genealogical Register, NEHGR (April 1932) 86:216, at 219
  7. Genealogical Records of Henry and Ulalia Burt, the Emigrants, by Roderick H. Burnham, Hartford, Conn.: 1892
  8. Burt, Henry M., Page 25
  9. Burt, Henry M., Page 25
  10. "Longmeadow (Mass.) Families," NEHGR, Vol. 32, July 1876, pp. 302-303
  11. Burt, Henry M., Page 91
  12. Genealogical Research in England: Burt-March," by George Skelton Terry, New England Historic Genealogical Register, NEHGR (July 1932) 86:247, at 250
  13. Genealogical Research in England: Burt-March," by George Skelton Terry, New England Historic Genealogical Register, NEHGR (April 1932) 86:216, at 220
  14. Springfield. Clifford L. Stott ed. Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts to 1850, 4 Volumes (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003). v 1 p 62. AmericanAncestors (free)

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Burt-3802 and Burt-2 appear to represent the same person because: This is the third of 3 generations of duplicate Henry Burt profiles. Dates all match exactly. Burt-3802 has no sources (only, so any conflicting information should defer to Burt-2..
posted by Bob Fields
? "later man" is there an earlier one?

How many Henry Burt's would have been baptized in Harberton about 1595, which came from NEHGR 86:218 see footnote 2.

posted by Anne B
How do we know that the baptism refers to the later man who married Ulalia and emigrated?
posted by Jillaine Smith
Take a look at the newly entered information on Henry's baptism - First paragraph of bio. (Thank you Robert Stiles). Looks good to me. Thoughts anyone?
posted by Anne B
Eulalia Marche, it is stated, was thought to be dead at one time. It was discovered that she was alive and she survived to have 19 children with Henry 11. They were married in St George , the Martyr's Church. Henry was known as "The Immigrant".
posted by [Living Merrill]

Rejected matches › Henry BurtGeorge Henry BirdJames H. Burt Jr.

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