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Ebenezer Burgess

Male 1790 - 1870  (80 years)


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  • Name Ebenezer Burgess 
    Born 1 Apr 1790  Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Dec 1870  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Old Burial Ground, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Graduate Brown University 1809, and the Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts in 1814.

      Ebenezer taught High school at Providence, RI one year; tutor in Brown University. 1811-1813; professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in the university of Vermont 1815-1817.

      1 Nov 1817 he and Rev. Samuel J Mills sailed from Pennsylvania to Africa as an agent of the American Colonization Society; Rev. Mills died aboard ship on the return trip and Rev. Burgess performed the services and committed him to the sea, he arrived home Oct. 22, 1818.

      14 March 1821 ordained pastor of the First Church of Christ in Dedham, Mass

      He resigned 40 years later, on 13 Mar 1861 after a very successful and distinguished ministry.

      In 1840, he published "The Dedham Pulpit", a 500 page book.

      In 1865, Ebenezer published the Burgess Genealogy. This is the first known published Burgess genealogy (Thomas and Dorothy's line) He is on page 84 # 719 of his book, he does not cite references for his findings. He mentions Thomas's wife Dorothy but gives no hint whatsoever to a surname for her.

      Note: (over the years many suggested surnames have surfaced for Dorothy, some of these appearing in publications and on the net as "fact "especially " Waynes and Phippen", none of which have been officially documented.)

      The 5 children of Thomas and Dorothy are listed here as, Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Jacob, Joseph.

      (over the years several other children have been published as children of Thomas and Dorothy, these are all false assumptions)

      He did everything in an orderly manner, thoroughly done, with good judgment, he was dignified and graceful in his manners with a degree of preciseness.

      General Notes: Compiler of Burgess Genealogy, Memorial of the family of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess who were Settled at Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony, in 1637[:ITAL]. He was pastor of the first church in Dedham for forty years. Extracts from his Memoriam, communicated by Rev. Dorus Clarke, D.D., NEHGS Historiographer and published in the April 1972 issue of The Register: "In 1865, Dr. Burgess published the "Burgess Genealogy[:ITAL]," an octavo volume of 195 pages. It is confined to one branch only of the great Burgess family, namely to that of Thomas Burgess, of Plymouth colony. He was the earliest American ancestor of Dr. Burgess, and came to this country about the year 1630. "Burgess Genealogy" is a work which shows great research and accuracy of detail.

      The subject of this sketch was not a man who did anything at hap-hazard. His mind was distinguished for comprehensiveness and order. Whatever he undertook was sure to be executed thoroughly, and with good judgment. His mental operations were distinguished for calmness and caution, rather than for rapidity of movement. Hence, his views of all subjects to which he had given his attention were eminently judicious, and he was a bold man who presumed to call them in question.

      He was a firm believer in the evangelical system of faith, so called, and he held it and preached it in its broadest and most comprehensive relations. Next to the Bible, the Westminster Confession of Faith was his favorite theological textbook, and though he held what he regarded to be the truth with an uncompromising spirit, it was still done with as broad a charity as he conceived to be consistent with fidelity to Christ. His preaching was distinguished, perhaps, for breadth and comprehensiveness, rather than for pointedness and closeness of application.

      His labors in the Christian ministry were crowned with Divine benedictions, and many at the last day will "rise up and call him blessed." "Dr. Burgess had a remarkably fine physique . Dignified and graceful in his manners, with, perhaps, some appearance of preciseness, he would attract attention and command respect in any circle. His general bearing was decidedly of the "old school" type, specimens of which have already become so exceedingly rare, that they are regarded by the present generation almost as curiosities. He had a great deal of that peculiar and indescribable quality which we term presence. Though he was affable, and sometimes even playful, every man was impressed with the feeling that he was not to be approached too familiarly,--that his words were weighty, and that they were entitled to the greatest consideration. "Dr. Burgess became the possessor of very considerable wealth; and both himself and his estimable wife have long been distinguished for their judicious and large-hearted benevolence.

      Never, till the records of this earthly history are unrolled at the final day, will the numerous objects which have been unrolled at the final day, will the numerous objects which have been blessed by their liberal charities, or the amounts they have received, be fully known. This world has but few worthier men to lose than the subject of this imperfect sketch."

      BURGESS, Ebenezer, clergyman, born in Ware-ham, Massachusetts, 1 April, 1790; died in Dedham, 5 December, 1870. He was graduated at Brown in 1809, and was a tutor there from 1811 till 1813. He then entered Andover theological seminary, was graduated there in 1815, and was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in the University of Vermont from 1815 till 1817. He was the agent of the American colonization society in Africa from 1817-'18, assisted in founding the colony of Liberia, and in 1818-'19 was the society's agent in the United States. He was acting pastor of the first Congregational church in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1820-'1, was ordained its pastor in March of the latter year, and remained there till his death. He published "The Dedham Pulpit" (1846), and The Burgess Genealogy " (1865).
    Person ID I16319847  7_families
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2005 

    Father Lieutenant Prince Burgess,   b. 24 May 1749, Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1832, Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Martha Crowell,   b. 20 May 1751, Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1839, Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 15 Dec 1775  Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F5307939  Group Sheet

    Family Abigail Bromfield Phillips,   b. 6 Feb 1790, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1872, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 22 May 1823  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. William Phillips Burgess,   b. 8 Jun 1824, Of Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1827, Of, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     2. Miriam Mason Burgess,   b. 19 Jul 1825, Of, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Reverand Ebenezer Prince Burgess,   b. 2 Jul 1826, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1877, Paris, Seine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    +4. Edward Phillips Burgess,   b. 28 Jun 1827, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1901, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Martha Crowell Burgess,   b. 9 May 1829, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1911  (Age 81 years)
     6. Theodore Frelinghuysen Burgess,   b. 23 Jun 1830, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1835  (Age 4 years)
     7. Henry Martyn Burgess,   b. 5 Nov 1831, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1832, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2005 
    Family ID F5288737  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Apr 1790 - Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 May 1823 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S373042] Wareham Massachusetts Vital Records 1738 - 1893, Wareham (Massachusetts) Town Clerk, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966), Film #482235..

    2. [S372031] Mayflower Descendant, (Wheat Ridge, CO: Search & Research Publishing Corporation, 1996), 32: 183 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S371943] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 295 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S372107] Falmouth Massachusetts Vital Records, Falmouth (Massachusetts). Town Clerk.