Burrows/Burroughs of New London, Connecticut
Robert Burrows [a] b 1620, Lancashire, England, d Aug 1682, New London, CT. He md Mary, widow of Samuel Ireland. She was b abt 1620 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT, d Dec 1672, Mystic, New London, CT.
Child of Robert Burrows and Mary was:
John Burroughs [b] b 1642, Pequot, New London, CT, d 12 Feb 1715/16, Wethersfield, Hartford, CT. He md Hannah Culver 14 Dec 1670, prob Suffolk, MA, daughter of Edward Culver and Anne Ellis.
a. He was one of the company who came in the ship Arbella, which sailed from Cowes, Isle of Wight, 29 March, and reached New England on 23 Jun 1630. Part of the Arbella's company went to Salem, and another part to Wethersfield, where Robert owned a house lot on the Hartford Road bef 1640. About 1643 he removed from Wethersfield to Gov. Winthrop's new plantation at Pequot (New London) and there received a special grant of land from that town, 2 Jun 1650. In Jul 1651 his name occurs among those who "wrought at the Mill-dam" of the old (or Winthrop) mill, on the division of the lands vacated by the Pequots, in Groton. He settled on the west side of the Mystic River, his grant dated 3 Apr 1657, being "a parcel of land between the west side of the river and a high mountain of rocks". "Goodman Robt. Burrows" was also chosen the first ferryman across Mystic River and is supposed to have been the first actual settler of Mystic. With his house lot in New London, and his estate at Pequanoc, and that on the Mystic, he was by 1664, the third gentleman in the New London settled in the amount of his taxable property. From his being a fellow passenger on the Arbella with Mr. Robert Park and Gov. Winthrop it is not improbable that the three were friends in old England, and that Park and Robert Burrows were both from co. Lancaster. He was evidently on intimate terms with Gov. Winthrop who often visited him during his residence in Mystic. From Thomas Miner's Diary 1653-1684, is recorded that "1659, June, Sabbath day the 12, Mr. Tomson taught (preached) at Mr. Burrowe's. Mr. Winthrop was there." He is known to have married 1645, Mary, (widow of Samuel) Ireland, who had d 1639, but there appears evidence he married again after her death as Miner's Diary records "1673, Thursday the 17 of June Robert Burrows was married". "Goodwife Burrows" d at Mystic Dec (or Miner's Diary Oct 3) 1672. He died Aug 1682. He had two sons, John and Samuel, both of whom were presented for freemanship in the Colony, Oct 1669.
b. John, son of Robert, was born at Wethersfield in 1642, and he married,14 Dec 1670, Hannah (daughter of Edward and Ann Ellice) Culver, she born at Roxbury, Mass., 11 Apr 1651. He resided in Groton and his grave in Wightman Burying Ground is marked by a large granite slab, inscribed "J. B. 74, dyed 1716". He and his wife were members of the first Congregational Church at Stonington, where also all his children were baptized. His wife survived him, the inventory of her estate being dated 24 May 1733. They had five sons and two daughters.
GL: Connecticut Local Families and Histories, 1600s-1800s, Vol II, Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Wethersfield, pp 168-169, from Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, by Henry R. Stiles.
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