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Mary (Worden) Burgess (abt. 1639 - bef. 1724)

Mary Burgess formerly Worden
Born about in Yarmouth, Plymouth Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 8 Dec 1657 (to before 3 Jul 1701) in Sandwich, Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Mary Worden's birth is estimated to be about 1639, probably in Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony, where her parents, Peter and Mary (Unknown) Worden, resided.[1] The proof of Mary's parentage is her mother's will, dated 26 March 1686 and proved 31 May 1687: she was named as Mary Barge, along with sisters Mercy Winslow and Martha Seavernce. Mary Worden's son-in-law, John "Barg", to be executor.[2]

On 8 December 1657, John "Borg" and Mary "Wordden" were married in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony.[3][4][5] John was the son of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess, born about 1637 perhaps in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony where his parents lodged, or in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony, where they removed in 1637.[6][7]

John was admitted a freeman in 1657, and served as grand juror in 1661. They removed to Yarmouth soon after and was a deputy from that town to the Court at Plymouth in 1680. His father Thomas Burges of Sandwich made his will, dated 4 Oct. 1684 and probated 2 Mar, in which he named his grandson Thomas Burgess, son of John Burgess.[8]

John died before 3 July 1701 in Yarmouth, (then) Barnstable, Province of Massachusetts Bay.[9] John Burg's will, dated 14 August 1700 and proved 3 July 1701, mentions wife Mary, his sons John, Thomas, Joseph, Samuel and Jacob, his "five daughters" unnamed except for unmarried Martha. The codicil mentions land belonging to "Aunt Martha Severance", sister of Mary (Worden) Burgess, wife of John. John's heirs were "my eldest son John Burg" who received land John Sr. purchased from John Nickerson and meadowland he purchased from William Nickerson; son Thomas Burg received land now occupied by Andrew Hopkins which "I bought of Samuel Worden Jr.? and is mine after the death of Joseph Severan's wife." Wife Mary Burg received 1/3 of house, land and movable property to be hers while she remained John's widow. daughter Martha was to live in John's house while she remained single. Upon the widow Mary's death John Sr's five daughters (not named) were to divide the movable property and balance of the land was to be divided among sons Joseph, Samuel and Jacob. The codicil instructed John Sr's sons as to the care of their mother while she remained a widow i.e. son Joseph should pay his mother one bushel of wheat yearly etc.Thomas Burg was to have three loads of hay yearly until the decease of his Aunt Martha Severans. [9]

Mary died before 11 May 1724 in Yarmouth when her son Jacob Burges was appointed administrator of the estate of Mary Burge, late of Yarmouth, deceased.[10] An inventory of her estate was taken on 16 May 1724 by Joseph Crosby, John Paddock and Ebenezer Swift, and sworn to in court on 8 July 1724 by Jacob Burg, administrator. The inventory totaled £35 and included some apparently good-quality clothing, a silk scarf & hood, the usual bedding, household goods and furniture, a cow and calf and a heifer.[11] On 10 July 1727, discharge was granted to the administrator, Jacob Burg, having made his account on the estate, having paid all legacies excepting what was due his sister Patience Nye and her heirs, and to Mary Elles, the amount of 27 shillings.[12]

Children, order uncertain, probably born at Sandwich & Yarmouth:[6][9][12]

  1. John, m. Sarah Nickerson ca. 1694 at Yarmouth
  2. Thomas, d. Windham Co., Connecticut; m. Sarah Storrs 26 Feb 1695/6 at Barnstable
  3. Joseph, m. ca. 1700 Tameson/Tamsin Bangs
  4. Samuel, m. ca. 1703 Elizabeth ____
  5. Jacob, b. ca. 1680; d. 15 Aug 1772 West Brewster age 91y; m. ca. 1702 Sarah____, b. ca. 1681, d. 17 Apr 1765 age 84y
  6. Martha, b. ca. 1671; d. 3 Sep 1728 age 57y; m. Sanuel Storrs Jr. of Windham, Conn., 31 Oct 1700
  7. Patience, m. ca. 1690 Jonathan Nye
  8. Mercy, prob. m. Samuel Winslow & lived Rochester
  9. Mary, m. ca. 1679 Manoah Ellis (uncertain)[13]
  10. Sarah, possiby wife of Jeremiah O'Killey [14]

Hiam[6] suggests an order of: Mary, Sarah, Patience, Thomas, John, Martha, Joseph, Samuel, Mercy, Jacob.


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Directory, (NEHGS, 2015), p. 385, citing PCPR 1:33; PCR 1:109, 117, 7:18; MD 3:75-76; Gilbert S. Bahn, The Worden Surname fron Peter Worden of Yarmouth to 1850 (n.p. 2002).
  2. Barnstble County Probate Records Vol. 1:12, Will of Mary Worden (1686)
  3. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 July 2016), Barnstable > Sandwich > Births, marriages, deaths 1651-1691 > image 112 of 143; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
    John Borg and Mary Wordden were married the 8th Day of Desember: 1657.
  4. C.L. Kardell & R.A. Lovell, Jr., Vital Records of Sandwich MA to 1885 (NEHGS, Boston, MA: 1996), p. 17, citing STR 1:202.
  5. Comment: The above marriage is recorded in Sandwich. There is no marriage recorded in the Yarmouth Vital Records. Many sources give the location as Yarmouth, and most presumably are citing Clarence Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700, where he specifies that they resided in Yarmouth, not necessarily married there. Torrey cites MD 14:167 which is a transcription of the Sandwich record above;MD 3:201, which, however, is a transcription of the will of Mary (Unknown) Worden, the mother of the subject of this profile; and "Burgess 12", which supplies only the date, not a location of Yarmouth.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Katherine W. Hiam, Burgess Genealogy, Descendants of the Four Sons of Thomas and Dorothy (Waynes) Burgess (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1997), pp. 3, 77-80.
  7. Ebenezer Burgess, Burgess Genealogy, Memorial to the Family of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess (Boston, MA: T.R. Marvin Co., 1865), p. 9
  8. Burgess, Burgess Genealogy, pp. 11-12.
    my sd son Jacob Burg pay or cause to be paid unto my grand son Thomas Burg son of John Burg my son ten pounds in good pay to be made to him my Grand son at twenty & three years of age.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Barnstable County Probate Records Vol. 2:127-30
  10. Barnstable County Probate Records, Vol. 4:183, Letters of Administration, Mary Burges (1724).
  11. Barnstable County Probate Records Vol. 4:194, Inventory of Mary Burgess.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Barnstable County Probate Records Vol. 4:377, discharge of Administrator.
  13. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz. Third Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700. 2003, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD. p. 89, entry for Manoah Ellis. Available on
  14. Martin E. Hollick, "Enigmas #21," TAG Vol. 80(2005):304-307 at p. 308. (Link by $ubscription.)

See also:

  • Gary Boyd Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 2009)
  • The Worden Family online, Doris R. Sheridan, Troy NY, contact on web page:, includes many source citations in footnotes.
  • William Montgomery Clemens, American Marriages Before 1699 Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926)
  • Clarence Walton Fear, 1207 Almond St. #601 Syracuse NY 13210 Submission: AF97-122671
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • Symons Genealogy
  • "Ancestors of Alice Clare Engel" an unsourced Ahnentafel
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 22 August 2019), memorial page for Mary Worden Burgess (10 Feb 1639–5 Nov 1688), Find A Grave: Memorial #13352664; Maintained by Laurie C. (contributor 46771573) Unknown. (No gravestone photo, no sources given.)
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Worden-2374 and Worden-7 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse; Worden-2374 has bad estimate for birth; please merge using data from Worden-7
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Updates completed. PM's are welcome to proof read & make any necessary adjustments.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I would like to do a bit of a re-write of this profile, as long as the other PMs don't mind. The bulk of the current bio is a cut & paste from The Worden Family Genealogy website, and, unfortunately, didn't bring in the sources cited there. Any disagreements?
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

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