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  • Lighthouse Keeper Abbie Burgess (1839 - 1892)
    Added by E. C. Nickerson about this Ancestor: Lighthouse keeper as her father before her. --- From her page on Maine: An Encyclopedia: Grant, Abbie Burgess (1839-1892), an early female lighth...
  • Sonny Burgess (1929 - 2017)
    Sonny Burgess, a rockabilly singer and guitarist who was among the last of the Sun Records early rock 'n' roll artists, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 88. ...
  • Alice Blackshaw (Burgess) (1639 - 1688)
    Buried 18d 11m 1688 (Julian Calendar), Quarter Meeting, Bucks County (see Documents)
  • Alice Sophia Hovenden (1818 - 1903)

About the Burgess surname

Burgess Name Meaning English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s,

Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ (see Burke), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage.

In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town.

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