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Ann (Holland) Burt (bef. 1591 - bef. 1673)

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Ann "Goodwife, Goody" Burt formerly Holland aka Bassett
Born before in Dorking, Surrey, New Haven, Englandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Dorking, Surrey, Englandmap
Wife of — married after in Englandmap
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Mother of
Died before in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Categories: Midwives | Accused Witches of New England | Salem, Massachusetts | Salem Witch Trials | Quakers | Puritan Great Migration | Witch Trials.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Ann (Holland) Burt migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Ann (Holland) Burt was involved in the Salem Witch Trials.
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Ann (Holland) Burt was born in , England.

Ann Holland, daughter of Richard Holland and Unknown wife, was baptized 15 Sept 1591 at Dorking, England.[1] This baptism date makes her birth 12 years before her age of record on the Abigail.[1]

She married (1) at Dorking 27 April 1623 Roger Bassett..[1]

She married (2) by 1635 Hugh Burt.[1]

She and Hugh were enrolled at London 17 June 1635 for passage to New England.[1]

Ann and Hugh resided in Lynn, Massachusetts. He died in Lynn 2 Nov 1661[1]

Ann Holland Basset Burt, a Quaker and a midwife, who was brought up on charges of witchcraft in 1669.

Grandmother of Elizabeth Proctor, who was later accused, and whose husband, John Proctor, was executed by hanging, 19 Aug 1692, during the Salem Witch Trials. (The unlucky couple were featured in the fictionalized film, The Crucible)

"30 Nov 1669 a complaint was made against Widow Burt for witchcraft. Several people deposed against her, but the record says nothing about the disposition of this complaint."[2] She died after this date.

"Bethiah Carter, aged 23 years, deposed that she heard Sarah Towsan say when she was a maid & lived with Goodwife Burt that the latter told the said Sarah if she could believe in her God she would cure her body and soul, but Goodwife Burt said she could not cure her own husband because he would not believe in her God, but her maid did and was cured. Since then the said Sarah has been sorely afflicted with sad fits

'Crying out and Rayling agaynst me sayin My father carryed me to boston but Carryed her to Lin too an auld wich'. [sic]

...Apparently no action was taken against Widow Burt as a result of these charges. However, some of William and Sarah Bassett's children were not so lucky. Their oldest son William, Jr.' wife, Sarah Hood, was tried at Salem on 23 May 1692 and was sentenced to Boston prison where she was kept until 3 Dec. 1692... Ann Burt also left a will, which was dated 8 Jan 1664 and proved 26 Jun 1673. In it, she leaves her various household belongings to her son William and her grandchildren. The inventory of her estate totaled 47 pounds, 2 shillings, 6 d, including no real estate."

Ann died between Jan 1664/5 and June 1673.[1]

7 Mar 1672[citation needed]

Son: William Bassett was b at Dorking 30 May 1624, and sailed with Ann and Hugh Burt on the Abigail.[1]

Hugh Burt (35), Ann (Holland, Bassett) Burt (32), William Bassett (9) and Edward Burt (8) were registered as passengers on the log of the ship "Abigail" on 17 June 1635 and Hugh Burt, Jr. (15) was registered on 1 July 1635 by Robert Blackwell, Shipmaster.[3]

The Pedigree of Ann Holland[1]

William Pearse b. say 1500 buried Dorking "Willm Pierse buried an olde man 30 Nov 1567." Will of Willm Peerse of Dorkynge, county of Surrey dated 25 July 1567, was prove 7 April 1568. He left everything to his son John, mentions wife Agnes, who was not the mother of John.
John Pearce
Winifred m. John Holland 27 Sep 1550. Only recorded child
Richard Holland bp 31 May 1560; bur. 2 Jun 1623, both at Dorking. Wife unknown. Only recorded child:
Ann Holland.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Mahler, Leslie. "The English Ancestry of Ann (Holland) (Bassett), Wife of Hugh Burt of Lynn, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist.' 79:181 (2004)
  2. Dow, George Francis (editor). Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County. Volume IV pp. 207-209. Transcribed and Abstracted from the Original Court Manuscript by Harriet S. Tapley. Salem: Essex Institute, 1914
  3. The original lists of persons of quality; emigrants; religious exiles; political rebels; serving men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 : with their ages and the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars; from mss. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England, by John Camden Hotten; Hotten - London & Empire State Book Co. - New York; 1874, p. 93

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