Robert Burton, Esq., was born around 1647 at St. Michael, Worcester, Worcestershire, England. In England, his name was "Robert Edward Spencer". He only discovered that his father was "Robert Burton, Esq." after arriving in Virginia in his late 20s. He said he received a letter from an English cousin that made that announcement. Thereafter, he always called himself: "Robert Burton, Esquire." Robert died in 1725 at his plantation in Angola Neck, Indian River Hundred, Sussex County, in the British Colony of Delaware.
Robert Burton, Esq., first appears in the records of Accomack County, Virginia in 1676. On February 11, 1677, in Accomack, he married Catherine Cotton. They had several children before her death in around 1712.
In 1693 Robert Burton ("of Sussex, Pennsylvania") purchased land in Sussex Co., Delaware on Rehoboth Bay (now in Indian River Hundred), called "Kannings Adventure." At the time Delaware was administered by William Penn's English proprietor-colony of Pennsylvania and called "the three lower counties of Pennsylvania," but with its own legislature. It was never formally recognized in England as a separate colony but was so recognized by the other British colonies in North America and joined the United States as the first state to ratify the 1787 US Constitution.
After Catherine (Cotton) Burton's death around 1712, Robert married, as his 2nd wife, Comfort Bagwell, the widow of Perry Leatherbury, who died in April 1709. In 1717, Robert Burton was appointed the administrator of Perry Leatherbury's estate, he being Perry's largest creditor when he passed away.
Robert died in Sussex County, Delaware. His will was signed on September 16, 1724, and probated October 16, 1725. Named in his will were his 2nd wife: Comfort (Bagwell, Leatherbury) Burton and:
Marriage: Catherine Burton (born Cotton) 1640 - 1717) on Feb 11 1676 in Accomack, English Colony of Virginia
Son: William Burton 1677 - 1745
Death: Oct 16 1725 Angola Neck, Sussex, Delaware
↑ Other family genealogies state he was born in the village of "St. Michael on Wyre," in neighboring Lancashire. There are "Burtons" still living there today but parish records only go back to 1659. Note: Chet Snow, Jan 23, 2018.
↑ These dates are improbable as she would have only been 12 years old and he 16 when son Robert was born. He may well have been born out of wedlock, however, as he was always called "Robert Edward Spencer" in England, learning his father's surname from a cousin only after he was in Virginia.
WikiTree profile Burton-984 was created through the import of Clayton Burton_2009-10-26.ged on Jul 4, 2011 by Clayton Burton. source: Ancestry.com. This profile has been written and edited by several contributors including descendants, Chet Snow and Marj. Adams. See the Changes Page for details.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Robert by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Robert: