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In Sandwich at the same time and possible relatives: JOHN BURGE, RICHARD BURGE
THOMAS BURGE (1603 - 1685)
Thomas Burge was born in 1603. [Ref] He died on 23 Feb 1685 in Sandwich. [Ref] He married Dorothy Unknown. She died on 27 Dec 1686/7. [Ref]
Thomas Burge was an early inhabitant of Sandwich. [Ref] He was allocated 7-1/2 acres of meadow on 16 Apr 1640 in Sandwich. [Ref] He is in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref] On 20 May 1655 he pledged one pound for the building of a meeting house in Sandwich. [Ref] By 13 (10) 1659 he had paid a pound toward the construction of the meeting house. [Ref] On 13 (8) 1660 Thomas Burges, Sr was granted an acre of land, if the surveyors approved. [Ref]
Thomas was apparently not literate; he signed a deed with his mark. He is consistently refered to as "Goodman" indicating his intermediate rank in society. However, he was a respected inhabitant of Sandwich and entrusted with important tasks. On 22 May 1651 it was agreed in Sandwich that Goodman Tupper, Goodman Burge, Sr., Nathaniel Willis and William Gifford should have the power to call a town meeting. [Ref] On 22 (5) 1672 Thomas Burge, Sr, Micah Blackwell, William Newland and Mr Edmumd Freeman, Sr were sent to confirm the township of Sandwich with the Oneshatenket Sachem of Monemet. [Ref] He held important offices. He was deputy to the General Court 11 times. [Ref] On 29 Nov 1659 he was a rater. [Ref]
Thomas was often employed by the town as a surveyor. On 28 Oct 1658 he was one of seven men chosen to lay out the bounds of each inhabitant's land for the Plymouth Court. [Ref] On 16 May 1662 Goodman Burge was appointed a surveyor. [Ref] On 15 May 1663 Goodman Burge, Sr was appointed a surveyor of highways. [Ref] On 1 Mar 1666 Goodman Bourne and Goodman Burge were appointed to finish bounding the land in Sandwich for the Court. [Ref] On 18 Mar 1669 Mr Edmumd Freeman, Sr exchanged land with the town and Thomas Burge, Sr and Richard Bourne were appointed to lay out land for Edmund. [Ref] They were also appointed to lay out land for Benjamin Nye. [Ref] On 10 May 1670 the town sold the land that had belonged to Edmund to Thomas Burge, Sr. [Ref] On 22 (6) 1674 Thomas Burge, Sr and Steven Skiffe were appointed to lay out land for Ebenezer Nye. [Ref] On 21 May 1678 Thomas Burge was chosen surveyor of highways. [Ref]
On 5 Apr 1654 Thomas and Dorothy sold their 'son-in-law Esra Perrey' half a tract of land at 'Mannomett'. Thomas signed the deed with his mark in from of Miles Standish. [Ref, transcript of deed]
Children of Thomas Burge and Dorothy Unknown:
The Plymouth Court records for 10 Jun 1661 (PCR 3:221) say:
Thomas and Lydia left Sandwich and moved to the heavily Quaker settlement at Dartmouth. [Ref]
Thomas Burge, Junior, being bound ouer to the Court to answare for an act of vncleanes committed by him with Lydia Gaunt, hee was sentanced, according to the law, to bee seuerly whipt, which accordingly was enflicted whiles this Court was in being, and a second time to bee whipt att Sandwich, att the discretion of Mr Hinckley, on the first Munday in July next after the date heerof; and as conserning the capitall letters to bee worne according to the law, it is for the present respited vntill the Court shall descerne beter of his future walkeing. [Ref]
ELIZABETH BURGE (1629-1717)
Parents: Thomas Burge and Dorothy Unknown
Elizabeth Burge was born in 1629. She died on 26 Sep 1717, age 88, in Sandwich. [Ref] She married Ezra Perry on 12 Feb 1651 in Sandwich. [Ref]
John Burge married Mary Worden on 8 Dec 1657. [Ref]
In 1638 John Burge was fined in Sandwich for not ringing his swine. [Ref] On 20 May 1655 John Burges pledged ten shillings for the building of a meeting house in Sandwich. [Ref] On 17 Jul 1657 he agreed to pay 15 shillings towards the minister. [Ref] On 20 Feb 1667 he was a rater. [Ref] On 10-5-1672 he was constable in Sandwich. [Ref]
John appears in Sandwich at the same time as Thomas Burge. It is not clear how, if at all, he is related. If he was fined in 1638 he is probably too old to be a son.
Richard Burge was probably born before 1627. He is in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref] He moved to York in 1660. [Ref]
Richard appears in Sandwich at the same time as Thomas Burge. It is not clear how, if at all, he is related.
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Rosengarten, Ruth Vesta Pope Werner, Ezra Perry of Sandwich, Massachusetts and some of his descendants in Saratoga County, New York, Washington, DC, unknown, 1955 [or 1960?].
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