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 "William 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 around October 1725 at his plantation in Angola Neck, Indian River Hundred, Sussex County, in the British Colony of Delaware.
Robert Spencer was named as a head-right on 17 November 1665 at Accomack Co, VA. He was listed as "Robert Spencer" on a certificate granted to John Davis for 400 acres.
He bought land in 1673 at Accomack Co, VA. It was in this year that Robert Spencer and Babtis[sic] Newcom bought 400 acres of tract A126 from Daniel and Anne Jenifer and then Spencer soon sold his interest to Newcom. Then in 1677 Baptist Newcom sold the 400 acres to Robert Burton. (NOTE: Robert Spencer and Robert Burton were the same person, as Robert Spencer starting going by Robert Burton in 1676.).
Robert Burton declared on January 19, 1678, that he had "formerly gone under the name of Robt: Spencer from my infancy and now (was) better informed out of England by letters from my relations, my true and right name is Robert Burton".  
John Goodwin Herndon in his notes on the ancestry of Robert Burton of Sussex Co., Delaware, says early records indicate he was the son of William Burton of Shropshire England, second son of Thomas Burton of Langnor Hall and a lineal descendant of Sir Edward Burton, knighted by Edward IV after the battle of St. Albans AD 1460, and from whom is also descended the noble House of Conyngham. 
Robert Spencer learned from letters from relatives in England that he was really Robert Burton. The letters no longer exist. However a certification by Robert Burton stating that he had been known as Robert Spencer from infancy but had been informed by letters from relations in England that his true name was Robert Burton remains in the Accomack County, Virginia, Records, vol vi:84 recorded Jan. 29, 1678. He must have been illterate as he signed with a mark. Witnesses were George West and Robert Watson.
Robert Burton, Esq., first appears in the records of Accomack County, Virginia in 1676. He was listed on the Accomack, Va. tax records as Robert Spencer for the years 1674 and 1675; appeared as Robert Burton for the years 1676 thru 1691.
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 Burton, Esquire, was a large land owner in Sussex County, Delaware. His will is stored in the Sussex County Court House at Georgetown, Delaware (Book #1, p187). Robert died in Sussex County, Delaware. His will was signed on September 16, 1724, and probated October 16, 1725, showing that he most-likely died in October 1725. Named in his will were his 2nd wife: Comfort (Bagwell, Leatherbury) Burton and:
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On 12 Aug 2018 at 16:11 GMT Gerald Jones wrote:
Looks like a duplicate.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 14:12 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:
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