John Burgess was born by 1674, probably in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Mass., the son of John and Mary (Worden) Burgess. His name is often seen as Burge/Burg in records, but I use the Burgess spelling to keep things uniform. He is my 8th great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family. It is difficult to obtain information on this generation as there was a fire at the Yarmouth Town Clerks house as well as the Barnstable Court House where deeds were lost. I have very little information to flesh out anything substantive about John—personality, occupation, cause of death, burial location.
John married Sarah Nickerson about 1694 probably in Yarmouth. Sarah was born 1 May 1674, Yarmouth, the daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Darby) Nickerson. I wrote about Nicholas and Mary here. .
Births of John and Sarah “Burge” children are recorded in Yarmouth Vital Records:
Mary 25 December 1695
Elizabeth 12 October 1697
Joseph 9 July 1699
Benjamin 3 May 1701
Samuel 3 February 1702/3
Ezekiel 19 August 1705
Thankfull 7 June 1708
John middle of October 1710
I descend from John Burgess who married Alice Baker.
I believe it is this John listed in the 1712 division of common lands at Yarmouth, as John Burg receiving 21.5 shares. Also receiving land in this division were his brothers Samuel, Jacob, Thomas, and Joseph Burgess.
Sarah died 4 February 1722/23, Yarmouth, as Sarah Burges wife of John Burges, Yarmouth Vital Records.
I’ve read that John died about 1723 but not sure what source is for this.
Sources Not Listed Above:
E. Burgess, Burgess Genealogy, Memorial of the Family of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess and Were Settled at Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony in 1637, 1865
Katharine Hiam, Burgess Genealogy, Descendants of the Four Sons of Thomas and Dorothy (Waynes) Burgess...Whose Parents Were Settled in Sandwich in 1637, 1997
Torrey's New England Marriages