My ancestor, Captain John Burgess, was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts on 26 March 1785, the son of John and Anna Tribble Burgess. John was the oldest of the 11 children in the family, the honor of which invariably turns into the task of training new parents how to be parents.
The family enjoyed a close relationship that was reflected in the usage of ancestral first names in the families of almost all of the children of the siblings.
- Susan Burgess born 28 Nov 1808
- Anna Tribble Burgess born 30 Sep 1810
- Catherine Burgess born 11 Dec 1815
- Mary Ann Burgess born 23 Aug 1817
- John Burgess born 10 Dec 1819
Ten days after the birth of John, Susanna passed away on 20 Dec 1819 from issues related to the childbirth.
The Burgess and Sampson families rallied to help John with his small brood as much as they could but it was difficult for all of them until Susanna’s youngest sister, Sophia Sampson stepped in and took over as the favorite aunt, care taker and giver.
John and Sophia fell in love and married on 10 Jan 1822. Within a few years the couple enjoyed several new arrivals to their family.
John died on 4 May 1850 and was buried on Burial Hill by his wife, Susanna. Sophia died on 24 Feb 1882 and was also buried in Plymouth.
Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2013-11-23 07:00:00
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