Burgess of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Thomas Burgess [a] b abt 1600, England, d 13 Feb 1685, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA. He md Dorothy abt 1623. She was b 1603, England, d 25 Feb 1687, prob Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.
Children of Thomas Burgess and Dorothy were:
Only known child of Thomas Burgess and Lydia Gaunt was:
Thomas Burgess b 1668, d 1 Jul 1743, Little Compton, Newport, RI. He md  Esther Richmond,  Martha (Wilbour) Closson 24 Oct 1707, and  Patience abt 1720. She was b abt 1695, d Dec 1746, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
a. He was the first settler of this surname in New England, and is believed to have arrived around 1630. He initially lived for a time at Lynn, and in Jul 1637, a section of land was assigned to him in that part of Plymouth called Duxbury, but by late 1638, he had removed to Sandwich, when this Duxbury land was forfeited to Nicholas Robbins. At Sandwich, he became associated with Edmund Freeman, Henry Feake, and William Almy, and was referred to as "a chief man among them." When he died at age 82, his grave was honored with a monument slab, imported from England, and was the only such monument set up for any pilgrim of the first generation.
LCF: Vol I, The Burgess Family, pp 130-132.
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