Colonel William Burgess
(Abt 1622-1686)
Elizabeth Robins
Edward Burgess
(Abt 1655-1723)
John Burgess


Family Links

1. Jane Mackelfresh

2. Matilda Sparrow

John Burgess 1 2 3

  • Born: 17 Aug 1696, All Hallows Parish, South River Hundred, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States)
  • Marriage (1): Jane Mackelfresh in 1728 in <Maryland, (United States)>
  • Marriage (2): Matilda Sparrow
  • Died: 10 Jan 1774, All Hallows Parish, South River Hundred, Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States) at age 77

  Research Notes:

All his sons served in the Revolutionary War.

From :

BURGESS, JOHN, Anne Arundel Co. 4 Sep 1773; 10 Jan 1774
To son Benjamin Burgess, tract called 'Puddington or "Puddington Harbour" near Beards Creek running to a division post between Major Jenifer, Charles Stewart and myself; and also the land whereon I now dwell after the marriage or decease of my two daus., Anna Burgess and Susannah Burgess; Negro boy Joseph.
To daus., Ann and Susannah Burgess, Negro woman Mary.
To grandson John Burgess son of my late son William Burgess, remaining part of 'Puddington or if he dies without heirs then to my grandson John West Burgess son of my late son Samuel Burgess.
To dau. Sarah Disney, Negro man Herculas.
To dau. Mary Lusby, Negro boy Harry.
To dau. Ann Burgess, Negro man Aron, furniture, cows, sheep and hoggs.
To dau. Susanna Burgess, Negro boy Bob, furniture, cows, sheep and hoggs.
Remainder of estate to my five sons, John, Joseph, Edward, West and Caleb Burgess.
Sons John Burgess and Caleb Burgess, exs.
Wit: Richard Watts, Thomas Wootton, Brice T. B. Worthington, William Wyvel. 39. 836
Burgess, William (b. 9 OCT 1721, d. 27 JUL 1778)
Note: [IMPORTANT - Researcher's Note]

William Burgess (known as William Burgess of Bedford County, Virginia), may be the possible son of John Burgess and Jane Mackelfresh. It is possible that William is the descendant of Colonel William Burgess, Esquire, of Maryland.

In the book "Anne Arundel Gentry" by Harry Wright Newman, William is listed as the son of John and Jane Burgess and was born at All Hallow's Parish in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It has become popular family tradition that this is fact. However, questions of William's origins persist and without good reason.
Failing documented civil records, William's parentage and birthplace is questioned.

Other sources state William was born in England. Again there remains some confusion as William may have been born in Standon Parish, Westmoreland or Staffordshire England. No written or documented proof supports this at this time.

Additionally, one source identifies William as being the son of John Burgess and Dorothy Lovat of Staffordshire, England.

Without documented civil records, it cannot be conclusively determined whether William is a direct descendant of Colonel William Burgess of Maryland or a descendant of related Burgess family.


Title: Will of William Burgess
Publication: Bedford County Virginia Will Book 1
Page: 307-30 8

In the name of God, Amen, I William Burgess of Bedford County in the Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

That is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it my body I recommend to the Earth to be
buried in a decent Christi an burial at the discretion of my executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the
power of the almighty God, and as touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise and dispose of the
same in the following manner and form.

First I give and bequeath to Watt Johnson of Fluvania County his heirs or assigns two hundred acres of land being part of my tract of land in Fluvania County to have 200 acres more or less, beginning at Byrd Creek up Mill Stone Brance to Lewis Venable's line thence to the beginning at Byrd Creek.

I give unto my sons Edward Burgess and John Burgess two hundred acres of land more or less lying on each side of Byrd Creek and joining Mill Stone Branch to be equally divided between my aforesaid sons Edward and John Burgess.

I give and bequeath to my son William Burgess of Fluvania County two hundred acres of land more or less being part of my tract of land in Fluvania on the north side of Byrd Creek and being the place where on my said son William Burgess now dwells.

I give and bequest unto my son, Thomas Burgess one hundred fifty one LL

I give and bequeath unto my son, Thomas Burgess one hundred fifty one acres of land being the place whereon I now dwell in Bedford County, but my dear beloved wife, Susannah Burgess is to have it as long as she remains a widow.

I bequeath unto my son, Thomas Burgess, my two year old bay mare, one smooth bore gun

I bequeath unto my daughter Isable, five pounds current money of Virginia.

I bequeath unto my daughter Frankey Burgess five pounds current money of Virginia.

I bequeath unto my daughter Betty Burgess twenty pounds of current money of Virginia.

I bequeath unto my daughter Susannah twenty pounds current money of Virginia.

I bequeath my Negroe wench Diania to be sold to the highest bidder and the money to be put to my other cash, and after all my debts and demands are paid the remained to be equally divided amongst all my children.

I also do constitute my beloved wife Susannah Burgess my executrix and my son Edward Burgess my sole executor of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul every other former testament, wills or legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy eight.

Sealed pronounced and declared by the said William Burgess as his last will and testament in the presence of us.
Edward Hore, Henry Guttry, William (his mark) Robinson, William (his mark) Burgess.

At a court held for Bedford County, the 27th day of July 1778 This last will and testament of William Burgess, deceased, was proved by the Oaths of Edward
Hore, and William Robinson thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of his wife and son, Susannah Burgess and Edward Burgess executors therein named who made oath thereto, certificate is
granted them for obtaining probate in due form give security where upon they together with Nathaniel Tate and Thomas Watts their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of eight hundred pounds for the said executors a due and faithful administration.

Teste J. Steptoe Clerk A copy-teste. H. P. Scott (signed) Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County of Bedford Virginia.

Death: 27 JUL 1778 Bedford County, Virginia
Burgess. Edward, gentleman, A. A. County, 29th Aug., 1721;
14th March 1722.
To wife Sarah, dwelling plantation "Burgess his Right" during life, and 1/3 personal estate absolutely; residue to child. equally.
To Margaret Ware, 15 A. nr. the Home Cove during life.
100 A. on Scotch Ck. to be sold for benefit of estate.
To sons Samuel and John, residue of lands; after decease of sd. Samuel and Elizabeth, his wife, son Samuel's portion to their child. Edward, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Son John's wife Jane to have a life interest in his portion; he dying without issue, to pass to rest of testator's child.
Exs.: Wife and sons Samuel and John.
Test: Thomas Fallows, John Vines, Stephen West, Benjamin Gaither, John Piburn. 18, 144.
Contributed by: James Hughes

URL title: Provincial Court Land Records, 1724-1731Volume 697, Page 8
This Indenture made the Nineteenth day of
May Anno Dom one thousand seven hundred
and twenty four Between John Burgess of Ann
Arundell County in the Province of Maryland
Planter and Jane his wife lately Called Jane
Maclefresh of y.e one part and Samuell Deale of
London Town of the same County and province
of Maryland of the Other part Wittnesseth
That Whereas a Certain David Maclefresh
the father of the said Jane party to these presents
was seized in his life time and at the time of his
Death of all that tract or parcell of Land Called
Cross his forrest Lying Near Patuxant River
Begining at a bounded poplar standing in
the side of a small branch falling into a branch
of Patuxant Called Ridgley's great Branch and
running from the s.d Tree North West one
hundred ninety four perches to two bounded white
oake standing on the west side of a small bran
branch falling into Elk horne branch then
North East fifty pearches to a bounded red
oak then North west two hundred sixty
five pearches to a bounded Span Oak standing
near the head of a savanah Then south
west One hundred fifty two pearches to a
bound white Oake standing In the fork of a branch
of Patuxant River Then south East four hundred and
six pearches then by a streight line to the first bounded
poplar containing and laid out for three hundred and
fifty seven Acres and Whereas the said David Maclefresh
by his Last Will and Testament bearing Date the fifteenth day of may one Thousand seven hundred and nine Duly Executed & Proved amoungst other Things therein Contained
Divised unto his daughter Jane (being the Party to there psents) and her
for Even one hundred & Three Acres and a 1/2 of Land out of the Af.d
Tract Called Cross forrest and short by Af.d Dyed, Now they the said John
Burgess and Jane his wife for and in Consideration of the
sume of twenty five pounds money by him the said
Samuell Peele to them in hand paid of the said Jn.o &
Jane his wife party to these psents do fully discharge and
acquit the said Samuell have therefore givin granted bargan
Bargained sold aliened effeoffed and Confirmed and by these
presente do give grant bargain sell aliene enfeoffee and
Confirme to the s.d Samuell Peele his heirs and assigns for
ever the af.d one hundred and three acres and a half
of Land out of the af.d Tract Called Cross ss Forrest
To have and to Hold the s.d one hundred and
Three Acres and a half of Land and premisses with all and
every of its appurtenances unto him the said Sam.ll Peele
his heirs and assignes for ever to the Only proper use and
behoof of him the s.d Samuell Peele his heirs and assigns
for ^ever and to^ no other use intent or purpose Whatsoever and the
said Jn.o Burgess and Jane his wife do hereby for them
selves their Executors & and every of them
Covenant promise grant and agree to and with the s.d Samuell
Peele his heires and Assignes that the the s.d Jn.o
Burgess and Jane his wife and their heirs Executors
and Administrator the said one hundred Acres and a half of
Land and Premises Devised as af.d with all and every its
appurtenances freely and Clearly accquitted and Discharged
of and from all former and other Gifts grants bargains sales
Joyntures Dowers titles of Dower statutes Recognizances
Judgments Executions extents wills entailes and of and from
all other Incumbrances whatsoever (the rents from henceforth
to becom Due to the Lord of the fee onely Excepted) unto the
said Samuell Peele his heires and assignes for ever from
from and against them the s.d John Burgess Jane his
wife their heirs and assignes and from and against all
other persons whatsoever will well and truly warrant
and for ever hereafter depend and that they the s.d
John Burgess and Jane his wife shall and will at any time
or times hereafter within the space of seven years upon
the reasonable request and at the proper Costs and Charges
of him the s.d Samuell Peele his heirs and assigns make
do Accknowledge suffer and Execute or Cause or procure
to be maid don acknowledge suffered and Execute all and
Every such further ^and other^ Acts and Assurance in the Law for the
further better and more perfect Conveying and assuring of
the af.d one hundred and thre acers and a half of Land and
premisses Devised as af.d the Appurtenances unto him
the s.d Samuell Peele his heires and assigns according to the
true intent and meaning of the parts to these presence as by
the said Samuell Peele his heires and assignes or his Council
Learned in the Law shall be reasonably devised or advised or
required In Wittness whereof the partys to these premisses
have Interchangably set their hands and affixed their
seale hereunto the Day and year above written
Seled & Delivered Jn.o Seale Burgess Jane Seale Burgess

On the Back of the aforegoing Deed was Endorst
Sealed and Delivered in May 1724
psence of us
Robert Peele Reced of Samuel Peele the w.thin mentioned Sum of twenty
Will.m Pearce five pounds in full for the within mentioned Consideration
Wittness Rob.t Peele Jn.o Burgess
Will.m Pearce

The within mentioned John Burgess Acknowledges the w.thin Instrument as his Act & Deed to the uses therein mentioned According to the Law Also the within mentioned Jane the wife of the said John is privately Examined but of the hearing of her said Husband And Acknowledges the same Instrument as by Act & Deed And that she makes the same Acknowledgment willingly & freely And without being Induced thereto by fears or threats of or Ill usage by her husband or fear of his Displeasure Acknowledged as af.d According to Act of Assembly this Nineteenth Day of Mary Anno Dom Seventeen hundred &
twenty four Before Me the subscriber of his Lordships Justices of the
Provincial Court of Maryland

William Lock

Recorded June 1724

  Birth Notes:

May have been born in 1691, Anne Arundel Co.

John married Jane Mackelfresh in 1728 in <Maryland, (United States)>. (Jane Mackelfresh was born in 1700 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, (United States).)

John next married Matilda Sparrow.





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