Burt Family Genealogy

   The Burt family is probably the most colorful clan in our lineage, as well as one of the oldest. Their history is filled with stories of success, tragedy, and high drama. Whether it was Eulalia Burt climbing out of her coffin and giving birth to 19 more kids, or Mary Burt being lashed naked 12 times in public for having an illegitimate child with her new brother-in-law, the Burts had a flair for the outrageous.
   The "Burt" surname is English and Scottish: from the Old English personal name Byrht, a byform of Be(o)rht (‘bright’)—someone who was chipper or clever. (Quite often the Burts have been too clever for their own good.) The coat of arms is silver on a red chevron, between three black buglehorns, and three silver crosses. The bugle or 'Hunting Horns' signify a person of high or noble pursuits. The three crosses signify Christian ideals, and possibly a role in the Crusades.
   A family with this surname was first found in Norfolk, where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., during the Norman Conquest. The actual surname was first used in AD 1199, according to Bloomfield's of Norfolk County (Vol. IX, p.520): "The Lordship of Homingtoft was granted by the Conqueror to Alan, Earl of Richmond, who had married Constance, daughter of the Conqueror. In the 10th Richard I (AD 1199), a manor in this lordship was granted to Sir Hamo de Burt." Sir Hamo was still lord of the manor in AD 1259, with two sons: Ralph the Eldar and Thomas. Other variations began to appear, as well. In 1272 a John Bert was listed in Wilts county, and a Roger Bert in Suffolk and Oxford counties. In 1346, Ralph Burt (son of Peter Burt) was a benefactor of the convent of St. Mary de Pratis in Leicester. Sir William Burt was knighted by King Edward IV in the 1400's, and his sepulcher is in the church of Grey Friars, in London. By the 1500's, however, there were Burts all over England, making the gathering of a precise lineage almost impossible.
   Our connection to this family can be traced to (probably) HENRY BURT, born in 1516. Henry married JOAN PUTTENHAM (1502 - 1565) of Eddlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. It's said that they were married around 1540 in Haberton, Devonshire, England. Henry died soon after the marriage and the birth of JOHN BURT, born in 1541, in the village of Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, England (keep in mind this is unproved).
   John grew up in Pulloxhill, then married in 1566. One tradition has the bride's name being "Katherine," but nobody knows for sure. She was born @ 1542 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. They were married in Harberton, where John and his family would make their home base for the next 50 years. They had a least five kids: John, Thomas, William, (b. 1564), Henry (b. 1567) and Agnes (b.1569). "Katherine" died on the 17th of July in 1571.
   Though Mrs. Burt's name is forgotten, and the facts about her are unproved, we do know the name of her son: HENRY BURT, born in 1567 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
   Henry was a very successful clothier. In 1590, he married a woman named ISETT (or ISOLT), born in 1571 in Harberton. They had the following children:


  • ELIZABETH BURT was born about 1593 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • JOHN BURT was born around 1593 in Harberton, Devonshire, England, and died in Harberton.
  • HENRY BURT, JR., was born about 1595 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. He married Eulalia March. Family listed below.
  • JOHANE BURT was born about 1596 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. Father's will affirms the marriage portion of £40 which is to be paid to his son-in-law Chrispine Saunders, husband of daughter Johan.
  • RADDEGAN BURT was born about 1598 in Harberton, Devon, England.
  • ALICE BURT was born about 1599 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • JOHANE BURT was born about 1599 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • AGNES BURT was born about 1601 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • ELIZABETH BURT was born about 1603 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • ANN BURT was born on 11 Dec 1607 in Harburton, Devonshire, England.
  • RADDEGAN BURT was born about 1608 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  •    Henry died in Harberton, Devonshire, England, and was buried on the 10th of September in 1617. His Will was Proved in Haberton, Devon, England.

    Will; 10 Jul 1617; Harberton, Devon, ENG.

    "The will of Henry Burtt of Harberton (co. Devon), clothier, dated 10 July 1617. To the poor of the parish of Harberton 30sh. To my son Henry and his heirs and assigns, my close of land situate in Harberton Ford, called by the name of Racheparke, together with the house that John Tummells now dwelleth in and the house that George Causie and John Pearse now dwell in and the house that Andrew Pearse and Edward Adams now dwell in, as also the orchard, nursery, herb gardens, backsides, and other appurtenances belonging. To the said Henry, my son, the mansion house of that land commonly called Crobers Land which Thomas Wood now dwelleth in, together with the sheep pen, orchard, herb garden and bakehouse, during the term of his life. To my said son Henry L 100 to be paid within a year after my death. Isett, my wife, for life, one chamber over the shop, called the forechanmer, with the bedstead and bed that I use to lie in. My wife shall have yearly, during her life, £6 13s. 4d issuing out of that land or tenement called Crobers Land: and my executor shall find one to attend her, during her life, sufficient meat, drink and firewood for her own use; and, if my said wife do dislike her diet and do leave it, then my will is that she shall have £ 3.6s.8d in lieu of her diet, out of the lands aforesaid, for her life. To my said wife and son Henry the half of my household stuff, equally to be divided between them: and the other half to remain to my executor. To Raddegan, my daughter, £60, to be paid within three months after she shall be of the age of twenty-one. To Allies, my daughter, £40, to be paid at the age of twenty. To Agnes, my daughter, £40 at the age of twenty. To Elizabeth, my daughter, £40, at the age of twenty. Whereas I promised my son-in-law, Chrispine Saunder, L 40 at his marriage, and because he is not yet paid, my executor shall pay it. Also I promised him other £20 when my daughter Johan, his wife, for the term of her life or for fifty years determinable upon her life, should be assured of that tenement that Thomasine Saunders now dwelleth in or of some other as good, then my executor shall pay him £20 towards the same. To Joseph Saunders and Samuel Saunders, my grandchildren, £5 each. To my brothers' and sisters' children 2 s each. To every one of my godchildren 12d. To Nycholas Hyans, my apprentice, 30 s., to be paid at the end of his apprenticeship. Residue to my son John Burte. Witnesses: Will Huxham and Thos. Colton. Proved 19 Sept 1617."

    Inventory Taken; 10 Sep 1617; Harberton, Devon, ENG 2. £602-07-09: "Inventory, taken 10 Sept 1617 by Thomas Colton and Paule Symons and exhibited 19 September 1617, includes apparel, £8: cloth and yarn, £102; money £70; 93 sheep, £31, 32 lambs, £6; other farm stock; an estate in certain grounds, £61: an estate in house, meadow and garden, £20; two pairs of lumbes, warping pins, raggles, quilt torns, and one spinning turn with sleyes, £2. 10s. brass pans, cauldrons, and pots, £10. 13s. 4d; for household cloth already made, £3; 13 silver spoons, L 3; desperate debts, £140; total £602. 7s. 9d. (Archdeaconry of Totnes}."
    Isett Burt outlived her husband and died between March 14 1629/30 and July 8, 1630.

       Isett died on the 8th of July, 1630, and was buried in Wp, Harberton, Devonshire, England. Her Will was Proved in Haberton, Devon, England:

    The Nuncupative Will of Isott Burte of Harberton [co. Devon], being of perfect mind and memory, declared 14 March, or thereabout, 1629 [1629/30], in the presence of John Burte and Joane Saunders, with others, in manner and form following: she gave all her goods unto Agnes Burte and Elizabeth Burte, her daughters, who she made her executors. Proved 9 July 1630 by Elizabeth Burte, one of the executors named in said will, with power reserved to grant administration to Agnes Burte, the other executor.
    Nuncupative Will.

    Inventory Taken; 8 Jul 1630; Harberton, Devon, ENG 2. Inventory, taken 8 July 1630 by Henry Burt and Symon Trumelles and exhibited 9 July 1630 by Elizabeth Burte: her wearing apparel £5; household goods only; total, £9. 13s. 4d. [signed] Henry Burtt. The mark of Symon Trummells. (Archdeaconry of Totnes.)

       Their son, HENRY BURT, JR., married EULALIA MARCH (1600 - 8/19/1690) in Dean Prior, Devonshire, England, on the 28th of December, 1619. They lived in England for about twenty more years, and raised around eleven kids. Puritans generally had a lot of kids, because although they believed that sex could be morally corrupting, they also considered it to be such an essential element of a healthy marriage—to the point that they excommunicated those who denied "conjugal fellowship" to their spouses. And since birth control was out of the question, Eulalia had a new kid just about every year.
    Then in 1639, they sailed to America and settled in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Apparently, Eulalia had just recovered from a deadly illness:
       "A tradition is preserved that the mother of these children 'was laid our for dead in England, put into the coffin, but signs of life appeared at her funeral, she recovered, came to New England, settled at Springfield, and here had nineteen children'. What degree of credit may be yielded to this account, quoted from Dr. Stiles, which was a very benign in hearing such chronicles, may well be asked, but the answer will probably depend on the spirit, education and habits of the respondent."
       Here's a listing of their children, both before and after Eulalia rose from the coffin:


  • SARAH BURT b: 14 Jan 1620/21 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. Sarah married Henry Wakelee, son of James Wakelee, on 4 Sep 1649 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT. (Henry Wakelee was born in 1620 in Gloucester, Glouchester, England, and died on 11 Jul 1689 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT)
  • SAMUEL BURT b: Apr 1622 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. He was baptized in Apr 1622 and was buried on 21 Nov 1625 in Harberton.
  • JONATHAN BURT b: 23 Jan 1623/24 in Harberton, Devonshire, England, was baptized on 23 Jan 1623/24 in Harberton, Devon, England. Oath of Fidelity; 6 Feb 1648/49; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Marriage; 20 Oct 1651; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 29. Jonathan Burt m. Elizabeth Lobdell, 20th of 8th mo. 1651, at Boston [recorded in Springfield]. Lawsuit; 20 Oct 1686; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Deacon Jonathan Burt plaintiff against Thomas Mirick Senior for saying of Deacon Burth that he lyed basely and was a Lying man: to the damage of 40s in defaming his the said Burt's name: Thomas Merick appearing said he was sorry for the words acknowledges they were grose Rash foolish & sinfull and: desyred Deacon Burt to Pass them By who replyed he did not desire his Money But his wning his disorder and Ill speaking and now doeing it he did freely forgive him: He paying Costs viz 18d Mony and so Issued this matter. Died on 19 Oct 1715 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
  • ISAAC BURT b: @ 1626 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • HENRY BURT b: 1626 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • DAVID BURT b: 18 Oct 1629 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. He was baptized on 18 Oct 1629 in Harberton, Devon, England. Marriage; 18 Nov 1655; Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA. Married Mary Holton.30 Aug 1660; Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA. Son David Jr. was killed by a cart or oxen, or both "There was presented to this Corte from Northampton the verdict upon Oath of a Jury of 12 men who made Inquiry concerninge the death of David Burt about 4 yeers of age beinge the son of David Burte of that town The childe beinge taken up allmost dead by the father neere his house: the Jury apprehendinge that the child being busy about the carte which carted his fathers corne he was trodden down by the carte or cattell noe person knowinge it: it beinge in the darke of the Eveneinge. This sad acciednt fell out on the 30th of the 6th month 1660." He died on 9 Sep 1690 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA.
  • HANNAH BURT b: ABT. 1630 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
  • MARY BURT b: 13 Apr 1635 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. Court Appearance; 24 Mar 1654/55; Springfield. Brought charges against Samuel Wright Jr. as the father of her child. Samuel was found guilty & ordered to pay for the child's upkeep and to receive '12 lashes on his naked body'. Mary received the same 12 lashes and 12 more for 'Comitting wickedness with Joseph Bonde". She received the first 12 and paid a fine of 30s to redeeme the second 12. Samuel Wright Jr. was the husband of her sister, Elizabeth Burt. Family listed below.
  • ABIGAIL BURT b: 1637 Harberton, Devonshire, England. Court Appearance; 11 Jan 1640/41; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Found guilty of two misdemeanors in promising to marry John Hobell after her father had refused permission and for attemping 'fornication'. Sentenced to be whipted by the Constable. Marriage; 3 Oct 1644; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 18. Married Francis Ball, who was drowned October 3, 1648, in the Connecticut river. Marriage #2; 12 Apr 1649; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. m. Benjamin Munn of Hartford. Then married Lieut. Thomas Stebbins, son of Rowland Stebbins and Sarah Whiting, on 14 Dec 1676 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. (Lieut. Thomas Stebbins was born in 1620 in Bocking, Essex, Eng and died on 15 Sep 1683 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. She died on 3 Feb 1691/92 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Ancestor of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
  • NATHANIEL BURT b: 23 May 1637 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. Marriage; 15 Jan 1662/63; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, to Rebecca Sikes. On 2 Feb 1668/69 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, he signed a petition protesting the imposition by England of customs upon goods being exported into and from Massachusetts Colony. He died on died on 29 Sep 1720 in Longmeadow, Hamden Co., MA.
  • ELIZABETH BURT b: 1638 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. She was baptized on 4 Dec 1638 in Harberton. She married Sergeant SAMUEL WRIGHT, Jr., son of Deacon Samuel Wright and Margaret Stratton, on 24 Nov 1653. (Sergeant Samuel Jr. Wright was born on 30 Oct 1632 in Wrightsbridge, Essex, Eng 49 and died on 2 Sep 1675 in Bloody Brook, Dover Co., MA). Samuel fooled around and had an illegitimate child with her sister MARY, and was ordered to pay for the child's upkeep and to be whipped '12 lashes upon the naked body". Mary Burt was the sister of his wife, whom he had married in Nov. 1653.
  • FRANCIS BURT b: ABT. 1639 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • HANNAH BURT b: 28 Apr 1641 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Marriage; 24 Dec 1657; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, to John Bag. She died on 1 Aug 1680 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
  • DORCAS BURT b: 19 Apr 1643 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Marriage; 28 Oct 1658; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA to John Stiles. She died on 15 Apr 1743 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
  • PATIENCE BURT b: 18 Aug 1645 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Marriage; 7 Oct 1667; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA to John Bliss; marriage performed by Judge John Pynchon. She died on 25 Oct 1732 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
  • MERCY BURT b: 27 Sep 1647 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Marriage; 7 Jan 1666/67; Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA to Judah Wright (brother of Samuel Jr.). She died on 24 Jul 1686 in Litchfield, CT.
  •    Henry came to Roxbury, Massachusetts prior to 1638, when his name appears in the records of the General Court in reference to paying 8 pounds to Roxbury on account of the burning of his house. In fact, Henry showed up in court A LOT:
       In 1640, he appears in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. On January 13, 1641/42 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Henry Burt "Complaines against Judith Gregory in an action of the Case for breach of Covenant in Molestinge him in his daughter Sara[h] Burt. Judith Gretory was 3 tymes caled by the Constable to answer the action abovesaid and she appeared not."
       On September 26, 1644, in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, by general vote of the town, Henry Smith, Thomas Cooper, Samuel Chapin, Richard Sikes, & Henry Burt were elected Selectmen with power "to order in all the prudential affaires of the Towne, to prevent anythnge they shall judge to be to the dammage of the Towne or to ordr anything they shall judge to be for the good of the Towne: and in these affaires they shall have power for a yeere space and that they, 5, or any three of them shall also be given full power and virtue, alsoe to here complaints, to Arbitrate controversies, to lay out High ways, to make Bridges, to repayr High wais ... to see to the Scouring of Ditches, and to the killing of wolves, and to training up of children in some good caling, or any other thing they shall judge to be to the profitt of the Towne."
       On April 14, 1648, in Springfield, Henry Burt was "sworne to be Freeman." As for military service, on November 7, 1648, in Springfield, "Henry Burt was this day sworne Clarke of the Band". On May 29, 1649, in Springfield, "Henry Burt was chosen Clark of the writts for this Towne. This day all the printed lawes were read: the whole Towne being present:" On March 29, 1659, in Springfield, "Henry Burt Plantiff contra James Bridgman defendant in an action of debt to the vallue of 27 19s 4d."
       On April 7, 1660, in Springfield, Henry Burt served on the jury investigating the death by drowning of Ebenezer Herman, youngest child of John Herman who was found dead in the brook in Nathaneell Pritchard's yard. The death was ruled accidental. On September 25, 1660 he served on another jury in Springfield.
       On May 14, 1661, in Springfield, "Henry Burt Complaines against John Henryson for not paying of Three bushells of wheate according to promise for spinning and knitting of Stockens. To which John Henryson says that the debt which he owes Henry Burt is but 10s and this he ingaged 2 bushells of wheate towards it and noe more: and he hat paid Henry Burt in worke so that Henry Burt owes him 8x for worke: Henry Burt ownes owing him 8s which says he John Henryson was to have a shurt cloth for and John owning it is adjudged to take the shurt cloth: and for the other 10s John Henryson is adjudged to pay Henry Burt Two bushells ow wheate (7s) and Three shillings in a day and halfe worke."
       On September 24, 1661, Henry Burt again served on a jury in Springfield.
       Henry Burt, "the Clark of ye Writtts", died on April 30th 1662 "in ye evening" and was buried on May 1, 1662. He wasn't quite as well-off as his father, and the creditors descended on his property:

    WILL OF HENRY BURT - April 30, 1662 - Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts:

    Henry Burt of Springfeild who departed this life Aprill 30th 1662, not leavinge any will under his owne hand for the disposing of his leigh, estate yet for that he did by words express his mind therein before Ensigne Thomas Cooper and Jonathan Burt who by a writing under their hands presented the Same unto this Corte: a coppy whereof hereafter follows, the Widdow Burt before the Corte consenting thereunto The Corte allowed the same to stand as the Last will and testament of the said Henry Burt.

    We Thomas Cooper and Jonathan Burt doe testify, That after Henry Burt now deceastl had disposed of part of his estate to his Son Nathaneell, the said Henry had Such expressions as these. vizt. that what estate he had then left should be at his wifes dispose as witness our hand This 29th of September 1662.
    Thomas Cooper: Jonathan Burt

    To the truth hereof in the mind of the said Henry Burt the said Ensigne Cooper & Jonathan Burt tooke thier oath in the presence of the Corte:

    An Inventory of ye estate of Henry Burt of Springfield, deceased, taken Sept. 11, 1662. Also the Widow Burt before the Corte made oath that this is a true Inventory of her said deceased husband's estate.

  • A remnent of broadcloth 1.00
  • One remnent of gray kersey 10s
  • One cloak 10s
  • One suit of clothes 1.00
  • One hat, 12s--chest--10s 1.02
  • One Jackett 5
  • A pound of hemp and flax œ0.12
  • Several other small things 1.00
  • Other particular things 10
  • The housing and land at ye town 45,00
  • Corn at ye town 1.00
  • 5 pair of sheets 2.10
  • 2 pillow cases 5
  • 2 bed ticks, 20s--one bed, 20s 2.00
  • 3 blankets and 1 rug 2.10
  • Pillows 1.00
  • Brass pan and kettles 5.00
  • One iron pott 12s--pewter 30s 2.02
  • A warming pan and frying pan 15
  • Wooden wear 40s, 3 bottles 5s 2.05
  • Books 10s--2 wheels 8s 18
  • 1 smoothing iron 4s, a hatchell 8s 12
  • A branding, 3 bellows and clevis 09 72.15
  • 3 Seves .04s
  • Sellers and fencing œ5.00
  • 2 axes, 3 sithes, 1 beetle ring 1.00
  • Swine 4.10
  • 2 oxen 14.00
  • 3 cows 11 00
  • 3 young cattle 5 00
  • 15 acres of land 22.00
  • 5 acres of land 7.10
  • 18 acres corne 20.00
  • 16 loads of hay 8.00
  • Yarn 7 lbs., bedclothes 8.00
  • One chest .05
  • Two guns 2.10

  • Taken by Geo Colton 108.19
    Benj Cooley 72.15
    Total 181.14
    Debts. To Mr Pynchon 45.00
    To John Drake 1.07
    To Mr. Hab. Glover 17
    Sam Maudford 16
    John Stewart 15
    Total 50.10

       The first generations of settlers in Colonial America had to learn to survive the rigors of a harsh environment. Death rates in the 17th century were high for men and women alike. Eighteen women were among the passengers who sailed to Plymouth Colony in 1620 aboard the Mayflower. The following spring only four remained alive, the rest dying of starvation or disease. But Eulalia escaped death in England, then lived to be almost 90, finally passing away on the 19th of August, 1690, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Will; 27 May 1684; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 2. "I Ulaliah Burt, of Springfield, being weake in body, but sound in mind, memory and understanding, do make this, my Last Wil and Testament, this 27th of May Anno Dom 1684. I comend my soul to God who made it, and to Jesus Christ, who redeemed I with his most precious blood. And my body I commit to the earth hoping for that blessed ressurection when it shall be reunited to be forever with the Lord. And for my worldly estate thus I dispose it: To my daughter Sarah I give two milch cows, or kinde. To my daughter Abiaile I give my cloake, a green Apron and coate and a shift. To my Daughter Mary I give an hefer. To my Daughter Elisabeth I give two milch cows or kine. To my daughter Patience I give my Flocke bed at the Medow, a Pillow-beer, one pair of sheets and a Coverlet, my red stockins, one shift, one white neck cloth, on dressing, my hat, one
    Coif and one coate, and the one halfe of my Clothe that is sent to the Weavers, after two yeards are taken of for Abilene Bage. To my daughter Mercy I give the halfe of that Cloth that is sent to the weavers, and the Serdge her husband sent me for a wastecoate, one pair of sheetes, one pillow-beer, ond shift, one coate. And to my son Jonathan I do give the whole lot my husband bought of George Sancton and my best brasse kettle to bestow upon his son Henry. If he se good that he enjoy the same, after his decease.Also I give my son Jonathan the Pillow and Pillow-beer at his house. To my son David I doe give my oldest yoke of cattle and my old brasse pan. To my son Nathaneel I give my great brasse kettle and the four acres in the forral Lotte to bestow if he se good upon his eldest son after his decease. And my Scarfe and my Cambricke Necke clothe I give to my son Nathaneel, his daughter Rebeca; Also the Yarn and Wool and Tow to make a coverlet I give to sd Rebeca and the Pillow at the Medow. And the rest of my fmal estate not heer named I doe order to be given as there is most need, or my Executors hereafter named see cause. And I do constitute and appoint my son Jonathan and my son Nathaneel to be my True and Lawful Executors to this my Last Wil and Testament as Witnes my hand and seale the day and yeer above written.
    Ulaliah Burt X (her mark)
    With her seale affixt.
    Signed and sealed in the presence of Benjamin Parsons, Sr. and John Holyoke.

    At the courte Sept.30 1690. Sworn in Courte by Mr. Jno. Holyoke that he saw the Testator signe and seale the Instument as the Wil and Last Testament of said Ulaliah Burt deceased and that she was of sound mind and perfect remembrance, to the best of his remembrance, the estate to be disposed according to said will.
    Attest Saml. Partrigg, Clerke.
    DEC 30 1690.
    This last will and Testament of Widow Ulaliah Burt, Late deceased, is here entred from the Original on file. Attest, Jno. Holyoke, clerk.

    Their daughter, MARY BURT, was christened on the 13th of April, 1635, in Haberton, Devonshire, England. She sailed to America with her parents in 1639, then married WILLIAM BROOKS (born between 1610 and 1629 in England) on the 18th of October in 1654, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
       But he's not the ONLY husband she was with:

    March 24, 1653/54 - HAMPSHIRE CO., MASSACHUSETTS COURT RECORDS, page 4:

    1654 - 24 day of ye first month Samuel Wright jr charged by Mary Burt to be the Father of her illegitimate child he advised to be tryed by a Jury of 12 men whereupon the said Samuel Wright was ordered & adjudge to be the reputed Father of the said child, and for his evil behaviour therein to be whipped with 12 strikes on the naked body well layd on - to pay costs of court 2 1s 45 a week for seven yeares for support of the child and to pay fforty shillings to apprentice the child & give surety for faithful performance of the same And Mary Burt for her great wickedness was ordered & adjudged to be whipped on ye naked body with 12 lashes well layed on also to keep her said child - also she being found guilty of committing wickedness with Joseph Bonde she was adjudged to be well whipped a second tyme with 10 lashes about a month after the first whipping - for the second whipping she paid a fine of 30s and was relieved from it Samuel Wright Sen & Thomas Stebbns was his bondsmen.

       Samuel Wright Jr. was actually the husband of Mary's sister, Elizabeth Burt (married on November 24, 1653 in Springfield). Based upon the above, Mary Burt's brother-in-law, SAMUEL WRIGHT, Jr., and not her first husband, Henry Brooks (who she married on October 18, 1854), was the father of her daughter, Remembrance, who was born prior to March, 1654. While Remembrance later used the name Brooks when she married in 1674, and most books refer to her as the daughter of Henry Brooks, THIS IS NOT CORRECT—she was the child of Samuel Wright, Jr.
       William died on the 30th of December in 1688. He was buried in Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
       Mary died a few months later, on the 30th of August in 1689 in Northampton, Franklin County, Massachusetts, after what turned out to be a long, prosperous marriage, after an incredibly shaky start. Fortunately for us and thousands of other descendants, she and William had a LOT of kids --all his, outside of Remembrance—including our ancestor, MARY BROOKS:


  • REMEMBERANCE BROOKS b: BEF 24 Mar 1653/54 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. (Possibly the daughter of SAMUEL WRIGHT, JR., the husband of Elizabeth Burt.)
  • WILLIAM BROOKS b: 18 Aug 1655 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • JOHN BROOKS b: 13 Feb 1656/1657 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • SARAH BROOKS b: 4 May 1658 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • MARY BROOKS b: 21 Dec 1659 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • PATIENCE BROOKS b: 5 Jul 1661 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • EBENEZER BROOKS b: 21 Dec 1662 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • NATHANIEL BROOKS b: 9 May 1664 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • ABIGAIL BROOKS b: 25 Jan 1664/1665 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • JOSEPH BROOKS b: 7 Oct 1667 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • MERCY BROOKS b: 25 Aug 1669 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
  • DELIVERANCE BROOKS b: 28 Feb 1671/1672.
  • THANKFUL BROOKS b: 28 Feb 1671/1672.
  • JONATHON BROOKS b: 13 Oct 1674.
  • MARY BROOKS b: 11 JUL 1677 in Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. Married BARRETT STEELE on 30 DEC 1697 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts .
  • THANKFUL BROOKS b: 19 Sep 1679.

    HENRY BURT (1516 - 1545) married JOAN PUTTENHAM (1502 - 1565) and begat...

    JOHN BURT (1541 - 1566), who married "KATHERINE" (1542 - 1571) and begat...

    HENRY BURT (1567 - 1617), who married ISETT (1571 - 1630) and begat...

    HENRY BURT, JR. (1595 - 1662), who married EULALIA MARCH (1600 - 1690) and begat...

    MARY BURT (1635 - 1689) who married WILLIAM BROOKS (1629 - 1689) and begat...

    MARY BROOKS (1677 - 1713), who married BARRETT STEELE (1675 - 1713) and begat...

    JOHN STEELE (1707- 1793), who married ABIGAIL BROOKS (d. 1774) and begat...

    RHODA STEELE (b. 1735), who married ROBERT SANDERSON (b. 13 Jul 1734) and begat...

    ELNATHAN SANDERSON (1776 - 1854) married BETSY WALTERS and begat...

    DAVID SANDERSON (1804 - 1884) who married POLLY BRIGGS (1811 - 1867) and begat...

    MELISSA SANDERSON (1839 - 1921) who married LABAN HAUSE (1831 - 1906) and begat...

    FRANK HAUSE (1867 - 1951) who married FLADELLA RAYMOND (1869 - 1961) and begat...

    CARLISLE HAUSE (1891 - 1972) who married MARJORIE MARCHANT (1892 - 1939) who begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) who married JEANNE BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) and begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) who married MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).


    —Terry, George Skelton, Genealogical Research in England, Burt - March, (New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol 86, January 1932, p 77 - 84; April 1932, p 216-220; July 1932, p 247-252.)

    —A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND, BEFORE 1692 - Vol. 1 - Savage, James - 1860-62: BURT, HENRY, Roxbury, had his ho. burn. for wh. loss the Gen. Ct. made a gr. to the town of 8 pounds 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. m. 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.; Elizabeth 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. at 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 credit may be yeild. To this acco. quot. from Dr. Stiles, wh. Was a very benign. in hear. such chronicles, may well be ask. but the answer will prob. depend on the spirit. educat. And habits of the respond.

    Literature on the Burt Family

    • "Early days in New England : life and times of Henry Burt of Springfield and some of his descendants, genealogical and biographical mention of James and Richard Burt of Taunton, Mass., and Thomas Burt, M.P., of England", by Henry Martyn Burt, 1893, 662 pgs.
    • "The Matthew Burt Family of Virginia and Deep South" by Robert B. Mathis.
    • "The First Century of the Historyof Springfield, the Official
      Records from 1636 to 1736," by Henry M. Burt. Publication: Springfield, MA
    • General: Information taken from a family group record in possession of Ernel L. Anderson. Source of information listed on the record reads, "First Century of Springfield, Massachusetts, Vol. 2 p. 640". Record submitted by Lucy Burns, 776 East 33rd South, Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Leicestershire & Rutland: - Index to the Wills and Administrations proved and granted in the Archdeaconry Court of Leicester 1660-1750, and in the peculiars of St. Margaret, Leicester, and Rotblen and the Rutland Peculiars of Caldecott, Retton and Tirover
    • Calendar of Wills Proved and of Administrations Granted in the Commissary Court of the Peculiar and Exempt Jurisdiction of Groby, 1580-1800.
    • Index to Wills and Eldministrations Proved and Granted in The Elrchdeaconry Court of Leicester 1660-1750
      The following wills belong to Book X, 1602, 3, 9, 10, First Series, and follow immediately after the will of Thomas Traslour on page 96. County: Rutland Country: England 1694 Brookes, Richard, Glen Parva Adm. 53
    • "Genealogical Research in England, NEHGS "Register," Vol 86, pg. 219.
      "Hale, House and Related Families," by Donald Lines Jacobus & Edgar Francis Waterman. Publication: Hartford, CT: 1952; repr. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1978. Repository: NEHGS Library. Page: pg. 489
    • "Gen. Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England," James Savage, 1860-1862 & "Genealogical Research in England," NEHGS "Register," Vol 86, pg. 219 & "William Brooks of Springfield...," NEHGS "Register," Vol 72, pg. 142.
    • "One Branch of the Booth Family," by Charles Edwin Booth. Publication: NY: Press of L. Middleditch & Co., 1910. Repository: Note: www.Genealogy Library.com. Call Number: R929.2 B725. Media: Book. Page 24
    • "Gen. Records of Henry & Ulalia Burt," Roderick H. Burnham, 1892, pg. 31