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Immigrated: Possibly by 1637 - per Savage. He would have been 29.
Spouse: Unknown, per Torrey. He gives no dates, so I know no other particulars of her life. Torrey indicates first born child was 1641, suggesting they married perhaps in 1639-40, and also suggesting that she was an immigrant, herself (as a maid or accompanying a family), or a "lost" daughter of another immigrant. Hopefully, the continuing "wave" of identification of wives over the last 20 years from English research will continue and turn up her identity and perhaps link us to yet another immigrant family, that of her father.
Residence: Salem, Essex Co, Mass, apparently his whole stay in the New World (Torrey, Savage). Although indications are that his being Quaker did cause him to move around a bit, to avoid persecutions.
Death: 1684, presumably in Salem (Torrey, Perley), aged 76.
Will / Estate:
1684, 11, 16. Inventory, œ223, 12s. taken by Samuel Aborne Sr. and Isaac Cooke. On the same date, depositions of Henry Kenney, aged 60 years, and John Nichols, aged 44, were given as follows: "That John Burton, Senr. deceased, did several times in way of discourse s'd that he in case his 2 sons John and Samuel should die, not having any heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten, that then his son Isaac and the heirs of his body should inherit his land; because he would have it continue in the name of Burton."
From the will of his son Isaac2 it is seen that neither of his brothers left issue; and Isaac2 thus heiring the land, left to his son Isaac3, the reversion in same property. There was henceforward no trouble, probably, from lack of heirs, as Isaac3 (Isaac,2 John1) had two wives and thirteen children."
Will citations from: Austin, John Osborne. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, Privately Printed. Massachusetts. 1893.
Savage on John: "JOHN, Salem, a tanner, from 1637 to 1684, when he d. hav. been worried for a Quaker, 1659, 60 and 1. See Felt. "
The History of Salem by Sidney Perley, Vol.
Pg 117: "Signers of the Oath of Allegiance
to the King, required by the General Court
order of 2 Oct 1678, included Willyam OSBURNE, John BURTON, sr., and John
BURTON jr., among others."
Austin, John Osborne. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, Privately Printed. Massachusetts. 1893.
He was a tanner.
1637. He was at Salem at this early date, having come thence via Barbadoes.
His sympathies were strong for the Quakers, and he early joined that sect.
1658, 3. He and Josiah Southwick were apprehended at Dedham for being Quakers, they being then on their way to Rhode Island to provide a residence for themselves and families, and to escape from their persecutors; they were released and resumed their journey, but did not stay long in Rhode Island, returning to Salem within a year or two.
1660, 1, 27. He and others of Salem were prosecuted, at Salem, for religions beliefs; and he and his son Isaac and daughter Hannah were several times arrested for non attendance on public worship.
1666. He was then called aged forty-eight years.
The little material I have on him thus far has come from older works,
John Burton NOT the son of Boniface
There are reports, probably originating from fanciful 19th century genealogies that show Boniface Burton as father of John. Boniface Burton had no children (none recorded, none mentioned in his will, yet he mentioned a niece, his wife had a will and she likewiseTop of Page
referred to no children, yet she referred to folks who may have had a kinship, but not children: Anderson, Sanborn, and Sanborn, The Great Migration (... continues), NEHGS, Vol 1, pp 504-506, 1999. This is the most authoritative treatment of Boniface Burton we have at the moment.
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This is all I have at present for the children and grandchildren
of John Burton:
1 John Burton 1608 - 1684 b in England
.... +Unknown Wife 1620 - b in England
2 Hannah Burton 1651 - 1735 b in Salem, Essex Co, Mass
...... +William Osborn 1645 - 1730 b in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass
... 3 John Osborn 1677 - 1744 b in Salem, Essex Co, Mass
......... +Mercy Southwick 1676 - 1713 b in Salem, Essex Co, Mass
..... 4 Esther Osborn 1705 - b in Salem, Essex Co, Mass
........... +Jonathan Marsh 1699 - b in Danvers, then Salem, Mass
........ 5 Zebediah Marsh 1734 - b in Salem or Sutton, Mass
.............. +Mary Coates 1739 - b in Prob Killingly, Windham Co, Conn
........... 6 Lucretia Marsh 1764 - 1851 b in Thompson, Killingly, Windham Co, Conn
................. +Nehemiah Fisher, Deacon 1764 - 1846 b in Norton, Bristol Co, Mass
............. 7 Nehemiah Willis Fisher 1805 - 1859 b in Marlboro, Windham Co, Vermont
................... +Abigail Whitney Bruce 1806 - 1884 b in Marlboro, Windham Co, Vermont
1 Gen born in England >4 in Mass > 1 in Conn > 1 in
Vermont > then..
Generation 8 Kansas Pioneers >>
................ 8 Eleanor Serepta Fisher
1843 - 1924 b in Marlboro, Windham Co, Vermont
...................... +Henry Gilbert Baldwin 1836 - 1894 b in Dover, Windham Co, Vermont
.................. 9 Arthur Willis Baldwin 1876 - 1961 b in Near Ada, Fountain Twp, Ottawa Co, Kans
........................ +Inez Evangeline Hallock 1886 - 1976 b in Near Milo, Lincoln Co, Kans
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