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Benjamin Burgess

Male 1778 - 1864  (85 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Burgess 
    Born 26 Aug 1778  Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    headed a mercantile firm called Benjamin Burgess & Sons 
    _UID F6737073BBE44878A2F90E7CDB983BA6249B 
    Died 29 Jan 1864  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Died 83y 3m 3d.
    Notes 
    • "The venerable Benjamin Burgess, founder of the present commercial house of B. Burgess & Sons, was one of our oldest and most esteemed merchants of Boston. There are few of his age and class left. He was born at Sandwich, and commenced business there in 1802, and represented his native town in the legislature as early 1812, and many years after. As soon as the war closed, say in 1816, he transferred his business to Boston, and opened a very active and lucrative trade with Cuba, and from that time forward prosecuted it with great energy, enterprise prosecuted success until he retired from business, about ten years since. In about 1850 he had the good fortune to pass through all the chances of an active mercantile business of more than half a century in duration, without any of those reverses that so often interrupt the career of the best and wisest of our mercantile men; he was, as it often happens, a man of large intelligence, a thorough merchant, and very enterprising and energetic, and of unquestioned integrity. He was the first to open and foster trade with the now flourishing port of Cienfuegos, and he had the honor, too, of taking in the land in abolishing spirit rations on board of our merchant ships, and the mode of doing it was characteristic of the man, he having not only given the men extra pay instead, but extra fare besides. His example was soon followed by the rest of the mercantile community.

      Mr. Burgess, when he removed to Boston, retained his homestead in Sandwich, on the very spot where his ancestors, before him, had resided since 1638; and after his retirement from activie business had passed his summers there, cultivating his grounds, and has had the gratification of gathering largely from one orchard whcih he planted after he was seventy, and sparingly from another which he planted after he was eighty. His Christian character, like his business character, was quiet and unobtrusive, but constant and all pervading, tempering his whole life to an unruffled genial equanimity that seemed to be never shaken for an instant, so that although he was for a long period and until he resigned, one of the directors fro the whole period of the first charter of the Equitable Insurance Company, and director of the Cape Cod Railroad Company to his death, and in business half a century, it is hazarding but little to say that the had not an ill wisher in the world, but had the love and veneration of all who had ever known him."
    Person ID I87835  Burgess
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2009 

    Father Elisha Burgess,   b. 1743, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1832, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Hannah Nye,   b. 18 Nov 1747, Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1840, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 6 Dec 1770  Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F32565  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Swift,   b. 2 Sep 1782, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1861  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1804  Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Adeline Burgess,   b. 20 Jun 1805, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1842, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     2. Mary Burgess,   b. 2 Sep 1807, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Thomas Jefferson Burgess,   b. 10 Feb 1810, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1843  (Age 33 years)
    +4. Eliza Swift Burgess,   b. 24 Mar 1813, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1888, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +5. Hepzibah Burgess,   b. 7 Feb 1816, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1842  (Age 26 years)
    +6. Benjamin Franklin Burgess,   b. 6 Sep 1818, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1919, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years)
    +7. Caroline Beal Burgess,   b. 1 Mar 1821, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1899, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2009 
    Family ID F48689  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Aug 1778 - Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - headed a mercantile firm called Benjamin Burgess & Sons - - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jun 1804 - Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Jan 1864 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Burgess Genealogy, Ebenezer Burgess, (Boston : Press of T.R. Marvin & Son, 1865), Lee Drew library., 43 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S139] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Lee Drew library., 300 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1035] Microfilmed Death Records - Massachusetts, State of Massachusetts.

    4. [S356] Falmouth Massachusetts Vital Records, Falmouth (Massachusetts). Town Clerk.