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Robert Edward Spencer Burton Esq. (abt. 1647 - 1725)

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Robert Edward Spencer Burton Esq.
Born about in St Michael, Worcester, Worcestershire, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married (to about ) in Accomack County, Virginiamap
Husband of — married about (to ) in Accomack County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Angola by the Bay, Indian River Hundred, Sussex, Delawaremap
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Robert Burton, Esq., was born around 1647 at St. Michael, Worcester, Worcestershire, England.[1] 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:[2][3]

  1. Child: William T. Burton
  2. Child: Joseph Burton [4]
  3. Child: Catherine Burton, m Francis Bagwell
  4. Child: Mary Burton, m Wm Waples
  5. Child: Robert Burton [5]
  6. Child: Elizabeth Burton Prettyman, m1: Joseph Burton { also 4 children in father's will}, m2: William Prettyman
  7. Child: Sarah Burton
  8. Child: Anne Burton (step dau?), m: Woolsey Burton[6]
  9. Child: Patience Burton (step dau?); m Paul Waples
  10. Child: Comfort Walker (step-dau. per CFD, vol. 1); m1: Thomas Prettyman {also 2 children in father's will}, m2: Walker, m3: Woolf
  11. Child: Francis Burton
  12. Eleanor Leatherbury (step-daughter)

Robert Burton (Spencer), Sr. [7]
Also Known As: "Spencer Burton"
Birthdate: before 1655.
Birthplace: Saint Michael on Wyre, Lancashire, England
Death: Died October 16, 1725 in Sussex, Colony of Delaware
Place of Burial: Sussex County, Delaware
Immediate Family:
Husband of Catherine Cotton; Comfort Leatherbury and Verlinda Burdett.
Father of Robert Burton, Jr; Mary Waples; Sarah Prettyman; Comfort Prettyman; Anne Burton; Elizabeth Nunn; Patience Burton; William Burton and Catherine Burton.

Robert Edward Spencer Lingen Burton 1647 - 1725 [8]
Birth: 1647 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Parents: Robert Burton, 1631 - ? & Catherine Spencer, 1635 - ?[9]
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



  • WikiTree profile Burton-984 was created through the import of Clayton Burton_2009-10-26.ged on Jul 4, 2011 by Clayton Burton. source: This profile has been written and edited by several contributors including descendants, Chet Snow and Marj. Adams. See the Changes Page for details.

Robert Edward Spencer Burton, Esq.. Given Name: Robert Edward Spencer. Surname: Burton, Esq. Taking Burton as the last name from Burton, Esq.. A Given name was found in addition to a first name in the NAME tag.


  1. 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.
  2. Colonial Families of Delaware, vol. 1, p56-8
  3. Land Records of Sussex County Delaware: Various Dates 1693... 1805 by Mary Marshall Brewer, Heritage Books, 2005, p6.
  4. He died before 1725; his 2 sons were named in his place in Robert's will.
  5. He died before 1725; his 7 children were named in his place in Robert's will.
  6. Anne Burton was not Robert's daughter, but perhaps a half-sister. Listed as a "step-daughter" in some genealogies.
  7. Robert Burton on
  8. Robert Edward Spencer Lingen Burton Tree on My Heritage
  9. 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.

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On 2 Apr 2018 at 06:55 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Burton-6597 and Burton-984 are not ready to be merged because: Though they have the same name and are married to the same woman they have different fathers.

On 3 Mar 2018 at 14:12 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Burton-6597 and Burton-984 appear to represent the same person because: Both married to the same woman

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