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William Burton (1630 - 1714)

William Burton
Born in Providence, Providence, Rhode Islandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1654 (to 1701) in Rhode Islandmap
Husband of — married 1701 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Providence, Providence, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Oct 2012 | Last significant change: 8 Apr 2021
20:22: Patricia (Long) Kent added Rose (Burton) Fowler (1673-) as child for William Burton (1630-1714). [Thank Patricia for this]
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[Note: There is some controversy about the identity/lineage of Isabel Moss/Morse, his second wife. See: (p. 504-5) Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P.

Isabel Potter was the 2nd wife of William Burton. She was the daughter of Robert Potter and Isabel Anthony. Her first husband's surname was Moss. [1]

[Note: the marriage date is estimated based on the marriage of their eldest child Elizabeth in 1674. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y.]


William Burton of Providence, RI, married Anna/Hannah Wickes by about 1654. His wife Anna was born about 1634, by her age on the ship Hopewell in 1635, daughter of John and Mary Wickes, who originated from Staines, Middlesex, England and first settled at Warwick, RI. (p. 389-90)[2] [3]

  • 1668: Feb. 1: William Burton and wife Hannah sold a house, land and orchard in Warwick to John Gorton. [3]
  • 1668/9: Jan. 30: John Wickes Sr. deeded to his son-in-law William Burton of Mashantecutt, land consisting of 2 acres and 6 acres in Warwick. [2]
  • 1680: May 17: John Wickes of Oyster Bay, Long Island, deeded to his brother-in-law William Burton and Hannah his wife, lands in Warwick, previously belonging to their father John Wickes Sr. [2][3]
  • 1687: Sept. 1: Taxed 4s. [3]
  • 1688: William served on the Grand Jury. [3][4]

Hannah died prior to Dec. 15, 1701, when William entered an agreement with Isabel Moss (sic), whom he was about to marry, about their estates. [3] Isabel (Potter) Morse, was the widow of Eprhaim Morse. (p. 504)[5]

He married widow Isabel about 1701/2. [3]

William died on Feb. 20, 1713/4. [6][3]

His will was written March 20, 1703, with a codicil added on July 8, 1713. It was proved on June 25, 1714. (p. 137)[7] [3] In it he left bequests to:

  • only son John, executor
  • wife Isabel
  • daughter Susanna and her husband Samuel Gorton
  • eldest daughter Elizabeth Hedges
  • daughter Hannah Carpenter
  • daughter Rose Fowler
  • daughter Ethalannah Clarke
  • granddaughter Mary Curbit [3]

His widow Isabel died on Aug. 26, 1724. [3]


  1. Elizabeth born ___; married Thomas Hedges/Hedger on Oct. 30, 1674. (p. 26) [8] [3]
  2. ___ daughter born ___; married ___ Curbit. (presumably from granddau Mary Curbit in his will) [3]
  3. Hannah born ___; died in 1726; married Timothy Carpenter, son of William and Elizabeth (Arnold) Capenter. [3]
  4. Rose born ___; married __ (? Henry/John) Fowler. [3]
  5. Ethalannah born ___; married Jacob Clarke. [3][9]
  6. Susannah born about 1665; died June 25, 1737; married first Samuel Gorton on Dec. 11, 1684 [8]; married second Richard Harris. [3]
  7. John born May 2, 1667 (p. 152) [8]; died July 15, 1749; married Mary ___, who married Benjamin Searle after John's death. [3]

Source notes

Providence Deaths

5-534: Burton, William of Meshantatuck, (1-300), Feb. 20, 1713/14. (p. 263)[6]

See also:

  • Case Number A144: Providence, RI: Index to Probate, 1646-1899


  1. The genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island; comprising three generations of settlers who came before 1690, with many families carried to the fourth generation. John Osborne Austin; George Andrews Moriarty. Publisher: Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Anderson, Robert C. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, NEHGS, Boston, MA, 1995. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Austin, John Osborn. The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers who Came Before 1690, Albany, NY, 1887. Reprint: Genealogical Publishing Com, Baltimore, MD
  4. Bartlett, John R., editor. Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England: Printed by Order of the General Assembly, Volume 2, A. C. Knowles and Brothers, State printers, Providence, RI, 1858
  5. Anderson, Robert C. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, NEHGS, Boston, MA, 2007. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island : 1636-1850 : First Series : Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People, Vol. 2: Providence County, Narragansett Historical Publ. Co., Providence, RI
  7. Record Commissioners. The Early Records of the Town of Providence--Index, Containing Also a Summary of the Contents of the Volumes and an Appendix of Documented Research Data to Date on Providence and Other Early Seventeenth Century Rhode Island Families, Volume 10, Snow & Farnham, City printers, 1896
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island : 1636-1850 : First Series : Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People, Vol. 1: Kent County, Narragansett Historical Publ. Co., Providence, RI
  9. Torrey, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985

See also:

  • Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004)
  • AGBI: American Genealogical-Biographical Index, Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, CT, USA
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon. Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985)
  • Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899 ( Operations, Inc., Provo, UT, USA, 2014)
  • Gorton, Adelos,. The life and times of Samuel Gorton : the founders and the founding of the Republic : a section of early United States history and a history of the colony of Providence and Rhode Island plantations in the Narragansett Indian country now the state of Rhode Island, 1592-1636-1677-1687 : with a genealogy of Samuel Gorton's descendants to the present time. Philadelphia: unknown, 1907.


Ann Rorabaugh, Oct 15, 2012

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Burton-2088 and Burton-1772 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate husbands of Anna/Hannah Wickes. Please merge, thanks. Chris
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