Deacon John Burnham

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John Burnham

Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Ipswich or Chebacco, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Burnham and Mary Burnham
Husband of Mary Burnham and Sarah Burnham
Father of John Burnham, II; Josiah Burnham; Mary Burnham and Elizabeth Rindge
Brother of Robert Burnham; Edward Burnham; Mary Burnham; Amelia Burnham; Benjamin Burnham and 2 others

Occupation: Soldier
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About Deacon John Burnham

John Burnham was known as Deacon John Burnham, Sr. He joined the Pequot Expidition in 1637. In 1639, Ipswich granted him land for his services as a soldier in that expedition. He was Deacon of the Church at Chebacco. He became owner of a large tract of land lying in the east side of what is now known as Haskell's Creek. He died upon his farm. Ebenezer, his grandson, removed to Windham Co., Connecticut Others removed to New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. John, Robert and Thomas emigrated to America, were shipwrecked to Sacerehock, Pemaquid Bay, on the coast of Maine. John and Thomas spent the greater portion of their lives at Ipswich, Essex ,Massachusetts.

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  • 'Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 1 By William Richard Cutter
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  • In America the name Burnham is found very early in the records of both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Lieutenant Thomas Burnham, of Ipswich, served in the Pequot expedition of 1636-37. From the best information obtainable it appears that three brothers, 'John', Thomas and Robert Burnham, sons of Robert Burnham and Mary Andrews his wife, of Norwich, Norfolk county, England, came to America in the early part of the year 1635, in the ship "Angel Gabriel," in charge of their maternal uncle, Captain Andrews, master. They were wrecked on the coast of Maine, and with the freight thrown overboard at the time of the disaster was a chest belonging to the boys, which contained many of their valuables. After his ship had been wrecked Captain Andrews went to Chebacco (Ipswich), taking the boys with him, and settled there. John and Thomas Burnham, only boys, served with others of the colonists in the expedition against the Pequot Indians, and when grown to manhood they remained at Chebacco and became freemen there.
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  • . . . . 'John Burnham was appointed deacon of the church at Chebacco. He became the owner of a large tract of land lying on the east side of what afterward became known as Haskell's creek. In later years many of his descendants went from Chebacco to other places. His grandson, Ebenezer Burnham, settled at Windham, Connecticut, and himself became progenitor of a large family of descendants. Others of John's family settled in New Hampshire and Maine.
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Deacon John Burnham's Timeline

June 14, 1617
Norwich, Norfolk, England
- 1639
Age 19
Ipswich, MA, United States
Age 32
Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
Age 33
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 15, 1662
Age 44
Chebacco, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
May 9, 1662
Age 44
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
November 5, 1694
Age 77
Ipswich or Chebacco, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts