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:
  • Thomas Burgess b abt 1625.
  • Elizabeth Burgess b abt 1626; md Ezra Perry 12 Feb 1652.
  • John Burgess b abt 1628; md Mary Worden 8 Sep 1657.
  • Joseph Burgess b abt 1632; md Patience.
  • Jacob Burgess b abt 1638; md Mary Nye 1 Jun 1670.
Thomas Burgess b abt 1625, of Sandwich, Barnstable, MA and Newport, Newport, RI. He md [1] Elizabeth Bassett 8 Nov 1648, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA (div), and [2] Lydia Gaunt abt 1665, daughter of Peter Gaunt and Lydia. She was b abt 1640.
Only known child of Thomas Burgess and Lydia Gaunt was:

Thomas Burgess b 1668, d 1 Jul 1743, Little Compton, Newport, RI. He md [1] Esther Richmond, [2] Martha (Wilbour) Closson 24 Oct 1707, and [3] Patience abt 1720. She was b abt 1695, d Dec 1746, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
Child of Thomas Burgess and Patience were:

  • Mercy Burgess b 22 Feb 1722, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md Joseph Thurston 1 Jun 1738, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
  • Rebecca Burgess b Jun 1725, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
  • Martha Burgess b Apr 1727.
  • Nathaniel Burgess b 17 May 1729, Little Compton, Newport, RI.
Martha Burgess b Apr 1727, Little Compton, Newport, RI, d aft 7 Mar 1785. She md Peter Horswell 8 Mar 1747, son of John Horswell and Mary.

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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