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Colonel William Burgess, Sr

Birthplace: Truro, Cornwall, Wales, England
Death: Died in South River, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Birdsville, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
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Son of Daniel Burgess and Catherine Burgess
Husband of Ursula (Painter) Burgess; Elizabeth Burgess and Sophia Ewell Ewen
Father of John Burgess; Benjamin Burgess; Charles Burgess; Elizabeth Burgess; William I. Burgess, I and 7 others
Brother of Samuel Burgess; Jacob Burgess; Elizabeth Burgess; Hester Burgess; Joseph Burgess and 5 others

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About Col William Burgess

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Col. William Burgess was born in 1622 in Truro, Wales(now England). He lived in Marlborough, England. He owned a vessel and brought many to the Norfolk area of America. He later moved to North Hampton, where he married Elizabeth Robins, daughter of Edward Robins. In 1649/50 he led a large colony to America, went up the bay and settled in Anne Arundel County, MD.

 He was a justice, and delegate/councilor 1657-1685. He was also High sheriff, Commander-in-chief of militia of 4 counties and also Deputy Governor under Lord Baltimore 
 He owned over 5000 acres of land and gave 100 acres on which Londontown was built. Londontown became a very popular port for trading and travel.  He operated a fleet of merchant vessels raiding between Londontown and Bristol, England 
 William died in 1686 and was buried on the hill overlooking the port. In abt 1944 four large crypts were moved from the hill and placed on the right side of the entrance to All Hallow's Church, built in 1692.  In 1960 the Army and Navy Chapters of the D.A.R. placed a bronze tablet before the crypt of Col. William Burgess. 

William married 3 times. His second wife was Sophia Ewen, widow of Maj. Richard Ewen. They had a daughter, Susannah. His third wife was Ursala Puddington. they had at least 7 children: Benjamin, John, Joseph, William, George, Elizabeth, and Anne.

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One of the biggest land owners on South River, where London Town was located. He emigrated to the Province of Maryland in 1650. 1664- Command of South River Rangers 1661- High Sheriff of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 1665- Commander in Chief of all the forces of the five Western shore counties. Member of the Court of the State of Maryland, A justice of the Province Court and a Deputy Governor from 1678 to 1683.

WILLIAM BURGESS .... Birth: 1622, Wales Death: Jan. 24, 1686 Maryland, USA

The Honorable William Burgess is one of the notable South River colonists. He came into Maryland from Virginia in 1649. By 1659 he was a member of the House of Burgesses, and shortly thereafter he appeared in the capacity of High Sheriff of Anne Arundel County. In 1660 William Burgess founded London Town on land he gave for settlement. For a time, London Towne rivaled Annapolis as a commercial center, a port of entry, and the residence of the leading merchants of the colony. When Lord Baltimore sailed for England in 1684, he appointed William Burgess to serve as Deputy Govenor and Lieutenant-General of the Province during his Lordship's absence.

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 George Burgess (____ - 1704)*
 William Burgess (____ - 1698)*
 Edward Burgess (1651 - 1722)*
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Inscription: William Burges Esq. died 24th day of January 1686 aged about 64, leaving his dear beloved wife Ursula and eleven children viz: seven sons and four daughters and eight grandchildren. In his lifetime he was a member of his Lordship's Coucell of Estate, one of his Lordship's deputy Governors, a justice of ye high provincial court, Coll. of a regiment of the trained bands and sometimes Genorall of all the military forces of the province. His loving wife Ursula has executed this testimony of her true respect and due regard for the worthy deserts of her said dear departed husband hath erected this monument.

Note: In 1960, the Prince George chapter of the D.A.R. added the marker.


Burial: All Hallows Church Cemetery Birdsville Anne Arundel County Maryland, USA

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Created by: Jeanette Record added: Oct 18, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 30662407

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Col William Burgess's Timeline

April 15, 1622
Truro, Cornwall, Wales, England
Age 21
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
August 29, 1651
Age 29
Northampton, Virginia, United States
Age 28
Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Age 34
South River Hundred, Anne Arundel, Maryland
Age 36
Age 40
Maryland, United States
Age 41
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
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Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
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Anne Arundel,Maryland,USA