William Burgess

M, b. 15 April 1622, d. 24 January 1686
     William was born on Friday, 15 April 1622 in Truro, County Cornwall, England. William married Elizabeth Robins, daughter of Edward Robins and Jane Cornish, circa 1651 in Northampton County, Virginia.1 William and Elizabeth had children: Edward [1652-3/14/1723][m. 1/24/1686 Sarah Chew], George [1654-12/02/1704][m. 1683 Katherine Harding]., William [1656], Susanna [1658][ Major Nicholas Sewall]. William's wife, Elizabeth, died circa 1658 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, leaving him a widower. William married 2nd Sophia Scarborough circa 1659 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. William and Sophia had one child, Susannah [1660][m. 1676 Maj. Nicolas Sewell]. William's wife, Sophia, died circa 1663 in Anne Arundel County, leaving him a widower. William married Ursula (?) in 1664. William and Ursula had children: William [6/28/1668-6/28/1698][m. circa 1697 Ann Gassaway], Benjamin [circa 1670][m. Jane Buchanan], John [circa 1672], Joseph [circa 1674], Elizabeth [circa 1678], Anne [10/07/1880-07/__/1698][m. 6/08/1697 Thoams Sparrow], Charles [circa 1682-6/05/1740][m. 10/26/1703 Elizabeth Thomas] & Susannah [circa 1684][m. 6/14/1700 John Mitchell].2 William departed this life on Thursday, 24 January 1686 in Birdesville, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He was buried at South River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in All Hallows Church Cemetery. The following is the inscription from the tombstone of Colonel William Burgess removed from a from a farm, known as Mt. Steuart, owned at the time by George Steuart, to the churchyard of All Hallow's Church where it reposes at present: Here lyeth ye body of William Burgess Esq. who departed this life on ye 24 day of Janu Anno Domini 1686 Aged about 64 yrs. Leaving his dear beloved wife Ursula & Eleven children viz: seven sons and four daughters and 8 grandchildren. In his life time he was a member of His Lordship's Counsell of Estate, One of his Lordship's deputy Govenors a Justice of ye High Provincial Court Collon of a Regiment of the trained Guards and sometime Generall of all the Military forces of the Province. His loving wife Ursulah his Execut in testimony of her true respect and due regard ot the worthy desert of her dear departed husband hath erected this Memorial.3

Family 1

Elizabeth Robins b. b 20 May 1635, d. c 1658

Family 2

Sophia Scarborough b. c 1613, d. c 1663

Family 3

Ursula (?) b. c 1652, d. 12 Dec 1700


  1. [S506] Note: Northampton Co., VA deeds and wills 7, p. 67. 5 Aug. 1657 Richard Beard and William Burgess of Providence, Province of Maryland, with consent of their wives Rachell and Elizabeth who are daughters and heirs of Edwd: Robins, Merchant, of Northampton (alias Accawmacke),
  2. [S2018] Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties.
  3. [S953] Find a grave - www.findagrave.com.