The BURPEE Family of Rowley in Essex co., Massachusetts

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THOMAS BURPEE (d. 1701) of Rowley m. Sarah Kelly
SARAH BURPEE (1660 - 1729) m. Samuel Spofford

First Generation

THOMAS BURPEE (d. 1701) of Rowley

Parents: Unknown

Thomas died on 1 Jun 1701 in Rowley. [Ref][Ref, 1;583] He married first Martha Cheney. [Ref, 1;583] Martha was the daughter of John Cheney of Newbury. [Ref, p. 202] She married first Anthony Sadler of Salisbury, who drowned on 2 May 1650. [Ref, p. 202] She apparently died in child birth and was buried on 24 Jun 1658 in Rowley. [Ref] He married second Sarah Kelly on 15 Apr 1659. [Ref, 1;583]

Cutter [Ref, 1;583] says that Thomas came from England to Massachusetts about 1644, while Emery [Ref, p. 202] says that he was in Boston in 1635. He settled in Rowley in 1651. [Ref, 1;583]

Children of Thomas Burpee and Martha Cheney:

  1. Hannah Burpee was born in Mar 1655. [Ref, 1;583]
  2. John Burpee was born on 16 Nov 1656. [Ref, 1;583]
  3. Sarah Burpee was born on 21May 1658 [Ref, 1;583] in Rowley. [Ref] She was buried on 2 Feb 1660 in Rowley. [Ref]

Children of Thomas Burpee and Sarah Kelly:

  1. Sarah Burpee was born on 15 Feb 1660/1 in Rowley. She married Samuel Spofford.
  2. Thomas Burpee was born on 25 Dec 1663 in Rowley. [Ref, 1;583] He died on 24 Jun 1709 [Ref, 1;583] in Rowley. [Ref] He married Hester Hopkinson on 3 Dec 1690 in Rowley. [Ref, 1;583] She died on 3 Oct 1722, age 55. [Ref, 1;583]
  3. Mary Burpee was born on 13 May 1700. [Ref, p. 202] She was baptised on 24 Oct 1675. [Ref, 1;583] She died on 13 Jun 1732. [Ref, p. 197] She married Sgt. Samuel Dresser on 13 May 1700. [Ref, p. 197] Samuel was the son of Samuel and Mary (Leaver) Dresser [Ref, p. 197] and the grandson of John Dresser. He was born on 23 Aug 1673 in Rowley. [Ref, p. 197] He died on 2 Nov 1752 in Ipswich. [Ref, p. 197] He married second the widow Sarah Moulton of Newbury. [Ref, p. 197]

Second Generation

SARAH BURPEE (1660 - 1729)

Parents: Thomas Burpee [Ref] and Sarah Kelly [Ref, 1;583]

Sarah Burpee was born on 15 Feb 1660/1 in Rowley. [Ref][Ref, 1;583] Her headstone in Bradford says 'Here lyes buried the body of Mrs. Sarah Spafford the wife of Mr. Samuel Spafford who died November ye 18 1729 in the 69 year of her age'. [Ref] She married Samuel Spofford on 5 Dec 1676. [Ref says March] in Rowley. [Ref]


Cutter, William Richard, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, New York: Lewis Publishing co., 1911.

Emery, William M., Newell Ancestry: The story of the antecedents of William Stark Newell, Boston, Thomas Todd, 1944.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.

Owing Stone Family Website

Spofford, Jeremiah, "A Family Record of the Descendants of John Spofford, and Elizabeth, his wife, who came from England and settled in Rowley, in 1638," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8, 1854, 335-344.