William Burgh, of Chuckatuck

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William Burgh, of Chuckatuck

Death: before August 6, 1679
Chuckatuck, Nansemond, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Burgh
Father of Mourning Bray; Elizabeth Jordan and Margaret Jordan

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About William Burgh, of Chuckatuck

A William Burgh is on the land patent list in Isle of Wight Co between 1664 and 1669. He was a partner with others in transporting bond servants to gain head rights; i.e., the partnership was in land speculation. You'll find the references in Nugent, "Cavaliers and Pioneers."

In the same county (Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting), a Quaker named William Burgh was the father of Elizabeth Burgh, who married Thomas Jordan 6 Oct 1679. (I can't say that this William and the land speculator were the same.) Elizabeth had a sister named Moarning. This is in Henshaw's volume of Virginia Quaker Records. The same source shows a marriage -- same meeting -- of 9 Dec 1688/89 between Margaret Burgh and John Jordan. No indication of Margaret's parentage.

In Hening's "Statutes at Large" (vol II, p 162) the General Assembly of 23 Mar 1661/62 found that William Burgh was "living scandalously in fornication with the relict [widow] of John Billingsley" and ordered him jailed until he gave bond that he would no longer "keep company with the said Elizabeth." He was also fined 2,000 lbs of tobacco. Of course, it's not certain that William was the libertine this implies. If he was a Quaker and had married in that church rather than the Church of England, it may be simply that the Quaker marriage wasn't recognized. Quakers in VA were commonly persecuted until some time after the Glorious Revolution and Toleration Acts of 1688.



This record dated August 12, 1687 mentions the three sisters Mourning Pettus, Margaret Burgh (later Jordan, now deceased), and Elizabeth Jordan. George Billingsley was one of their half-brothers from their mother's first marriage to John Billingsley.

A deed in Prince George's County, Maryland, enrolled 22 Apr 1725 (folio 627):

From: Thomas JORDAN, planter of Chuccatuck, Nansemond County, Virginia, and Elizabeth his wife and Mourning PETTUS of James City County, widow


"George BILLINGSLY, late of Chuccatuck, deceased, by his will dated 21 Dec 1681 bequeathed Margaret BURGH, his sister, a parcel of land on the Patuxent River called "Billingsly's Point" of 500 acres; part of "Pottern" of 700 acres granted to Maj. John BILLINGSLY deceased; at her death the land went to her sisters, Elizabeth and Mourning; for a certain amount of money sold to Thomas HOLLYDAY of Calvert County, merchant.

(signed) Tho. JORDAN (seal), Elizabeth JORDAN (seal), Mourning PETTUS (seal)

Witnesses: Thomas CLASON (mark), James CARR (mark)

Signatures sworn to before Nathaniel BACON 12 Aug 1687"


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William Burgh, of Chuckatuck's Timeline

Age 24
New Kent County, Virginia
Age 26
New Kent County, Virginia, United States
Age 29
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
August 6, 1679
Age 43
Nansemond, Virginia