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James Burt (abt.1622-1680)

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Burt, 1893

See Franklin Pratt, "The Taunton Burts," in Henry M. Burt and S. W. Burt, Early Days in New England, Life & Times of Henry Burt of Springfield and Some of His Descendants, Genealogical & Biographical Mention of James & Richard Burt of Taunton, Mass. and Thomas Burt, M.P.of England (Springfield, Mass., C. W. Bryan company, printers, 1893), 499-522 (The Taunton Burts) at 501; digital images, Hathi Trust.

Among the early settlers of Taunton were Richard and James Burt. Richard appears as one of the forty-six first purchasers in 1639, while James is first mentioned as surveyor of roads in 1645; but neither of them is on the military list of August, 1643. Various reasons for the latter fact may be surmised, but the most probable would seem to be that Richard was dead or disabled by sickness, and that James had not yet arrived. Mr.Savage, in his "Genealogical Dictionary," gives "James, probably son of Richard," but we have sufficient reason for regarding them as brothers.

The Plymouth Court Records give the following, October 26, 1647: "TheCourte ordereth, upon pet'con of Richard Burt the sonne of Richard Burt deceased, late of Taunton, that ye said Richard Burt shall mak choyse of his owne gardian; & whearas he makes choyse of his vncle James Burt, to be guardian vnto him & to liue wth him during his minority, the Court app'ues of his choyse & confermes the same."

Pope, 1900

See Charles Henry Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts (Boston, C.H. Pope, 1900), 82-83 (Burt); digital images Hathi Trust.

From the "Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Charles H. Pope, James BURT was a town officer in Taunton in 1645. He was guardian of his brother Richard's son, Richard BURT. (Richard's death was recorded in the Plymouth Colony Records in 1647). His will prob. March 2, 1680. He was aged and weak. He beq. to his oldest son James, son Thomas, daughters Hannah and Rachel, and Hannah's son Jacob Hathney (perhaps Hathaway!).

Edward, salter, shopkeeper, Charlestown. Ordered by the court to keep Robert Way 5 Aug 1634 (an orphan? not specified). Received legacy from uncle Thomas Burt 24 Oct 1653 property at Darkin, Surrey, England. Carried on trade with the Barbados; dealt in sugar etc (citing MdX De. 1, 136).
This 1655 transaction appears in the Middlesex Deeds index on familysearcy[1] with the deed itself as indicated in Vol 1.[2] Was this Edward Burt a relative? This the earliest "Burt" entry as grantee or grantor. Edward (likely the same man) received a bequest in the 1640 will of Hugh Churchman of Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts (10 shillings); Churchman's inventory was taken in 1644 by Hugh Burt.[3] According to "The Memorial History of Boston" this Edward was town clerk of Charlestown, succeeding Capt. Samuel Adams. Edward was son of the above-mentioned Hugh, came with his father in the "Abigail" in 1635 (age 8), married Elizabeth Bunker (daughter of George) and had daughter Mary.[4]
Edward owed 7,200 pounds of Moscado sugar (from Barbados) to Daniel Stone of Cambridge, Mass in 1655 thus Pope's notation about trade with Barbados. No proof of Burt family connection but worth noting that Edward's father Hugh had both a brother named John (deceased in 1661, uncertain whether he emigrated to New England) and a father named John (died in Dorking, Surrey, England in 1647.

Emery, 1893

See Samuel Hopkins Emery, History of Taunton, Massachusetts, from its settlement to the present time (Syracuse, N. Y., D. Mason & Co., 1893), 28, 29, 34. 35; digital images, Hathi Trust.

Apparently, James arrived in Taunton shortly after the initial purchase. He was a surveyor of highways in 1645 and again in 1654. He took the oath of fidelity in 1657. In 1659 his name appears on the list as entitled to divisions of land and on that of 1675 as claiming on his own rights.[5]

Borden, 1899

Alanson Borden, Our country and its people; a descriptive and biographical record of Bristol County, Massachusetts ([Boston] Boston History Company, 1899). 219-20 Richard Burt and brother James, 227 (James Burt on list of 35 names); digital images, Hathi Trust.

Note: At least part seems a reprinting of that which have been published in 1893. ,

Notes and Queries, 1925

Notes and Queries: for Readers and Writers, Collectors and Librarians [Seventy-Sixth Year], 148 (14 February 1925):119; digital images, GoogleBooks. Quoting,

Richard Burt--Copied from the Index to Herald's Visitations, British Museum, by R. Sime:--"Birte of Candell Marche" ---888 fo. 546.
Copied from Harley's Visitation of Dorsetshire, 1565, 1046, p. 182:--"John Barte of Caundall m. from Doset, Gent. Mar. Margarett, dr. to Fry of Caundoll, make the said county and by the same issue: Henry Byrte, John Byrte, William Byrte, Richard Byrte, Jane Byrte."
I have copy of eldest son, Henry Burt's line. I would like any information in regard to Richard Burt's line.
"Richard Burt buried at Caundle Bishop, 18th Jan." 1591/2. Is the above Richard the son of John Burt of Caundlemarsh?
"Richard Burt had ten acres of land in Barbadoes, 1628. He was in Barbadoes one year."
From what was the above record copied?
I should be glad to know of a book of reference that will guide me in regard to "Ten acre men of Barbados." I have never seen lists of those in Barbados, in 1628. I am sure there is a record somewhere. ---D. I. T.

Ten-Acre Men, 1885

Sam Briggs, "A List of the Names of the Inhabitants of Barbadoes in the Year 1638, Who Then Possessed More than Ten Acres of Land," The Narragansett Historical Register 3 (1885): 230-236, 282-288. at 232 (Richard Burte); digital images, Hathi Trust.

Second Boat

According to the "Second Boat", Volume 4, Number 2, page 50, James BURT came over on the boat called the Falcon in April, 1635, which sailed from London to Barbados.

James Burt, age 13 sailed from London for Barbadose in the ship "Falcon", Thomas lrish, Master, 14 Apr. 1635. Many came to New England by way of Barbadose.

James took the oath of fidelity in 1657, but does not appear to have been admitted as a freeman. He and his descendants were staunch adherents of the Church of England. His home lands were on the westerly side of the Taunton River, and appear to have been the land purchased of Thomas Brayman.

He was the owner of the lron works(?) and much land in Tauton.

His will was recorded 2 March 1680.

He purchased land now comprising the present towns of Easton, Mansfield and the larger part of Norton, and site of the present town of Dighton, MA.

Source: The Burt Family

Beers, 1912

Representative men and old families of southeastern Massachusetts 3 vos. (Chicago : J.H. Beers, 1912), 2:625 (Hathaway); digital images, Hathi Trust.

"John Hathaway (2), son of John, born in 1650, married Hannah, daughter of James Burt and settled in Freetown, where he died in 1730. James Burt was born in 1622 in England and in 1635 sailed in the "Falcon" for Barbadoes where his older brother Richard was settled. A few years later he came to New England ; was in Newport in 1639, but home seems to have been with his brother's family in Taunton, his brother having soon died."


Presumably Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #5006, Date of Import: Jan 9, 2001 showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register. Vols 1-4. Little, Brown and Company, p. 314. On archive.org

James arrived on the Falcon in 1635 at Barbados where his older brother Richard had settled. They both came to New England a few years later. In Newport, RI in 1639, in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts in 1645.

Research Notes

Have not identified "James Burt immigrated to Mass by way of Barbadoes, 1635,, Westmoreland, N Hampshire, page "Burt". FHL 385,976." May need to pull film.


  1. Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986 Middlesex Deed index (grantee) 1639-1799 A-G: 11 Oct 1655 deed grantee Edward Burt recorded Vol 1 #142 p. 371 image 201 of 544
  2. Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986 Middlesex Deeds 1649-1670 vol 1-3 11 Oct 1655 deed to Edward Burt Vol 1. p. 142 original entry
  3. George Francis Dow, ed. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. Vol. I-II. Salem, MA, USA: Essex Institute, 1916-1920 citing Salem Quarterly court files Vol 1 leaf 20 p. 33 $subscription and free image courtesy of acestry.com
  4. The memorial history of Boston : including Suffolk County, Massachusetts. 1630-1880 by Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897, ed; Jewett, C. F. (Clarence F.), publisher Publication date 1881 Publisher Boston : Osgood p. 389
  5. #Emery Page 34.

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