Barbara married three times, outliving all three husbands. Her first marriage was to the mariner Reuben Burgess of Harwich when she was 19. Their marriage was recorded in both Falmouth and Harwich, occuring on 29 March 1796, Rev. Henry Lincoln officiating. At the time of their marriage she was residing in Falmouth, and Reuben was of Harwich. Reuben was lost at sea in 1808. Barbara was appointed guardian of their children.
Barbara probably lived with her son Reuben Burgess and her three Phinney children in Sidney, Kennebec, Maine, after her second husband died. She remained a widow for 14 years. Barbara then married at age 60 for the third time to John Sawtelle in Sidney on 16 Apr 1837. John died in January 1850 in Sidney.
Barbara was then aged 73. She returned to Harwich, Massachusetts, and lived with her daughter Adaline (Phinney) Burgess until her death. Barbara died in Harwich on 29 May 1860, aged 83 years, 7 months and 20 days of rheumatism.
"John Davis Esq., judge of the probate of wills, etc., to Barbara Burges of Falmouth, ... to nominate and appoint you to be guardian unto Aaron, Rebecca, Barbara, Asenath, Reuben & Stephen minor children of Reuben Burgess... 21st day of April 1809."
↑ Oliver B. Brown, Vital Records of Falmouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Soc. of Mayflower Descendants in RI, RI: 1976), p. 14