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Henry Burt, Jr.

Also Known As: "Henry Burt of Springfield"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Totnes, Harberton, Devon, England
Death: April 30, 1662 (67)
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Burt, of Harberton and Isett Burt
Husband of Eulalia Burt
Father of Sarah Burt; Abigail Stebbins; Deacon Jonathan Burt; Andrew Burt; Samuel Burt and 13 others
Brother of John Burt; Elizabeth Burt; Richard Burt; Johane Saunders; Raddegan Burt and 5 others

Occupation: Clerk of the Band and Clerk of the Writs in Springfield, Immigrant
Managed by: Lawrence Kay Miller
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About Henry Burt, of Springfield

We first hear of Henry Burt in Roxbury, Mass., where his house burned. He removed to Springfield, Mass, about 1638. There is a tradition that Mrs. Burt was laid out for dead in England, put in a coffin, but signs of life appearing, she recovered, came to New England and was the moher of nineteen children. All four of her children were born in England.

Henry the immigrant to New England, he was taxed on land in Devon, England. He came to New England in the winter of 1638 or spring of 1639, with his wife and seven children, two children died in England. He was first in Rowley. MA, where his home burned. The General Court gave him a grant of 8 pd., because of his loss. ln 1640 he appears in Springfield, MA. He was first Board of Selectman in 1644, and served that office ten years. He was on the comm. to grant land to the settlers, lay out the bounds of the plantation, conduct religious services on Sunday in the absence of the minister, clerk of the trading band, clerk of the Writs. His hand writing appears on 20 pages of town records. The last four daughters were born in Springfield, all eleven children lived to rear large families, and some had more than one spouse. Family tradition is that Eulalia Burt was laid out in her coffin, but at her funeral signs of life appeared and she recovered and had 13 children.

Source: Life and Times of Henry Burt, by Henry Burt 1893.

NEHGS Vol 1932, First Century of Springfield, by Henry Burt 1899.

from SAVAGE:

HENRY, Roxbury, had his ho. burn. for wh. loss the Gen. Ct. made a gr. to the town of L8. in Nov. 1639; rem. to Springfield next yr. was there clk. of the writs (tho. rec. of the b. of his own ch. is not found), and d. 30 Apr. 1662. His wid. Ulalia d. 29 Aug. 1690, and of his ch. we kn. names for Jonathan; David; Nathaniel; Sarah, wh. n. first, 1643, Judah Gregory, and, next, Henry Wakley; Abigail, wh. m. first, 1644, Francis Ball; next, 1649, Benjamin Mun,and bore him five ch. and next m. lieut. Thomas Stebbins, whose s. m. her d. Abigail; Mary, wh. m. 1654, William Brooks, and bore him eight s. and eight ds.; Eliz. wh. m. 24 Nov. 1653, Samuel Wright, jr.; Patience, wh. m. 7 Oct. 1667, John Bliss; Mercy, wh. m. 17 Jan. 1667, Judah Wright; Hannah, wh. m. 1659, John Bagg, and had ten ch,; and Dorcas, wh. m. 28 Oct. 1658, John Stiles. The four last nam. of these eight ds. of course, were b. after his rem. to S. and in neither rec. of town nor ch. a t R. is his name to be seen. A tradit. is preserv. that the mo. of these ch. "was laid our for d. in Eng. put into the coffin, but signs of life appear. at her funer. she recov. came to N. E. sett. at S. and here had nineteen ch." What degr. of cred it may be yeild. to this acco. quot. from Dr. Stiles, wh. was avery benign. in hear. such chronicles, may well be ask. but the answer will prob. depend on the spirit. educat. and habits of the respond.

Henry Burt Jr. immigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1638; two years after the May 14th (1646) Settlement Declaration was signed by the 8 founders of Springfield, MA. The man most accredited as the founding father of the settlement was William Pynchon. However, though he founded the settlement, he was not very active in governing. Therefore, 10 years after the Settlement Declaration was signed, a general vote chose the first board of Selectmen, consisting of Henry Smith, Thomas Cooper, Samuel Chapin, Richard Sikes, and Henry Burt in charge of governing and protecting the town. Henry Burt authored a few books specifically describing the early years of Springfield, Massachusetts. His books original writings can be found in the Harvard Library and copies can be ordered or seen online. Some of these include the following:

"The First Century of the History of Springfield; The Official Records from 1636 to 1736; with an Historical Review and Biographical Mention of the Founders"

"Early Days in New England; Life and Times of Henry Burt of Springfield and Some of his Descendents; Genealogical and Biographical Mention of James and Richard Burt of Taunton, Mass. And Thomas Burt, M.P., of England" (co-authored with Silas W. Burt)

Henry and Eulalia (Marche) Burt and the minimal Great Grandparent link from the descendants of John and Patience (Burt) Bliss to the descendants of Abigail (Burt) and Francis Ball, including Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the UK in the 1940s. See the New England Ball Project for Links to Winston Churchill with this link to Henry Burt:


Henry and Eulalia (Marche) Burt are the 7th Great Grandparents of Winston Churchill and the 8th Great Grandparents of Floyd Bliss Hanson.

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Henry Burt, of Springfield's Timeline

April 21, 1595
Harberton, Devon, England
July 10, 1617
Age 22
January 14, 1620
Age 24
South Hams, Devon, England
Age 27
Haberton, Devon, England
January 23, 1624
Age 28
Harberton, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
November 21, 1625
Age 30
Harberton, Devonshire, England
Age 30
Harburton, Devon, , England
October 18, 1629
Age 34
Harberton, Devon, England