Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties
Edward Burgess1700 - 1759 (59 years)
Name Edward Burgess Birth 1700 St. Maries Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Gender Male Death 8 May 1759 Stafford County, Virginia - probate Person ID I40457 Tree1 Last Modified 24 Mar 2023
Father William Burgess, b. Abt 1670, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia d. 4 Jun 1712, St. Maries Parish, Richmond County, Virginia (Age ~ 42 years) Relationship natural Mother Rebeccah Glendening, b. Abt 1674, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia d. Aft 1717, Hanover Parish, Richmond County, Virginia (Age ~ 44 years) Relationship natural Marriage Abt 1690 St. Maries Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Family ID F25292 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Margaret Fewell, b. 1704, Hanover Parish, Richmond County, Virginia d. 1782, Stafford County, Virginia (Age 78 years) Marriage 1721 St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Children 1. Lettice Burgess, b. Abt 1722, King George County, Virginia [Father: natural] 2. Sarah Burgess, b. Abt 1724, King George County, Virginia d. St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia [Father: natural] 3. Garner Burgess, b. Abt 1726, King George County, Virginia d. 25 Oct 1790, Fauquier County, Virginia (Age ~ 64 years) [Father: natural] 4. Anne Burgess, b. Abt 1733, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. Aft 1785, Culpeper County, Virginia (Age ~ 53 years) [Father: natural] 5. Margaret Burgess, b. Abt 1734, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia [Father: natural] 6. William Burgess, b. Abt 1735, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 1780, Stafford County, Virginia (Age ~ 45 years) [Father: natural] 7. Mary Burgess, b. 3 Nov 1736, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. Bef 21 Jul 1763, Prince William County, Virginia (Age < 26 years) [Father: natural] 8. Edward Burgess, b. 27 Nov 1739, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 22 Mar 1819, Fauquier County, Virginia - probate (Age 79 years) [Father: natural] 9. Moses Burgess, b. 2 Feb 1742, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 23 Jan 1797, St. Thomas Parish, Orange County, Virginia - probate (Age 54 years) [Father: natural] 10. Reuben Burgess, b. 12 Feb 1745, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia d. 1820, Rowan County, North Carolina (Age 74 years) [Father: natural] Family ID F15017 Group Sheet | Family Chart Last Modified 24 Mar 2023
Edward's will, recorded in Stafford Co. Liber #O (p. 359, dated 9 Jan. 1759, probated 8 May 1759), mentions his wife and four youngest children as legatees, naming as executors his wife and sons Garner and William; his wife is to live on his land until her death, which is then to be sold and distributed equally among his heirs. The will is recorded under the name "Burge," but the later inventory record (p. 366-367, dated 12 June 1759) gives his name as "Burgess." This curious spelling variation also occurs in 1725, when a Margaret "Burge" is mentioned in the accounting of Henry Fewell's estate, again in Prince William Co. in 1785 with Edward Burgess Jr., in 1787 with the personal property tax record of Lunsford Burges in King George County, with Lunsford’s two possible orphans in Spotsylvania Co. in 1792, and with two records (11 Sept. 1744 and 31 July 1747) in the Edward Dixon merchant accounts.
THE INVENTORY OF EDWARD BURGESS (Stafford County Liber #O, Page 366-367 An Inventory Estate of Mr. EDWD, BURGESS Deced Items listed and valued .. Total £315:36 We the Subscribers being by order of Court dated May Court 1759 appointed appraisers of Estate of Edward Burgess Deced & being first sworn
have appraised Estate .. 12th June 1759.
Thos. Bunbury Junr.
At a Court held for Stafford County Howson Hooe Harris Noce 10th July 1759 Inventory presented .. admitted to court.
Contributed by: James Hughes
URL title: Note for: William Burgess, ABT 1670 - Jun 1712
[jh note: Margaret said to be the dau. of Edward son of William.]
Richmond County, Virginia Will Book 1 page 88
William BURGES, St. M. Par, nuncupative will published and declared the same before us on Thursday 23 Apr 1712 as follows: Son Edward; daughters, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Mary; son Edward to go with Jeremiah Bronaugh until 21. Witnesses Richard Copely, Rebecca Copely; proved 4 Jun 1712.
Richmond County, Virginia Will Book 1 page 88-89
The Nuncupative will of William Burgess late of the parish of Sains
Maries in the County of Richmond deceased who published and declared the same before us on thursday the 2rd day Aprill in the year of our Lord
1712 in manner and form following:
Imp He did give and bequeath unto his son Edward Burges one gray mare.
Item He gave unto his daughter Elizabeth Burgess one catteule? and the
Item He did give the bed whenon he dyed to his daughter Sarah one half to his daughter Mary one flock bed.
Item He left his son Edward Burgess to Jeremiah Bronaugh until he came of the age of one and twenty years, and also his said daughter Sarah until he came to be twenty one years of age.
Item The rest of his estate he gave a\to and amongst his children to be
equally divided between them.
Evidence to the above will
Richard R Copley
Rebekah (her mark) Copley
Att a court held for Richmond County the fourth day of June 1712
Presented to the Court by Jeremiah Bronaugh and proved by Richard C
Copley and Rebekah his whife who upon oaath ans sare that the words
oof the smae in effort in the aforesaid Will or writing expressed wore declared and publiquly spoken by the said William Burgess in their presence hearind the 23 day of April 1712 and that he was at the same time of perfect mind and memory to the part of their judgment whereupon on the motion of the said Jeremiah it is ordered to be recorded and administration with the said will Annge granted him ok the said Estate.
Test Jno Tayloe
1729-1735 King George County, Virginia Deed Book 1-A; [Antient Press]; Page 126-129
Indenture lst/2nd April 1731 between JOHN SEAMAN of Parish of ffarnham in County of Richmond Planter and EDWARD BURGES Parish of Hanover King George County Planter .. by deeds of lease & release .. for 6000 pounds of good sound Merchantable Tobacco in Cask sold 100 acres on main ridge between the Rivers of Rappahannock & Potomack part in King George County & part in Stafford County bounded Beginning in Hanover Parish in King George County line of BENJAMIN STRIBLING; line of HENRY BERRYS land; land of Majr. JOHN ffITZHUGH; Rolling Road; land formerly belonging to Mr. WILLIAM BUNBURY; said land above bounded is part of tract formerly granted to Mr. SEM COX by pat from the Proprietors of northern neck of Virginia bareing date first March 1694/5 & sold by SEM COX to JOSEPH SEAMANS of Lancaster County as by Deed 26th of October 1709 doth appear & after Demised to above sd JOHN SEAMAN by last will & testament of JOSEPH SEAMAN father of the aforesaid JOHN bearing date 20th Novr. 1729 .. recourse to Records ..
Presence Thos. Catlett,
Wm. Strother, Jos: Berry John Seamans
7th May 1731 .. Then came JOHN SEAMANS acknowledged .. & ELIZABETH wife of said JOHN Relinquished her Dower & Thirds
The Purchase of the Original Burgess Land
(King George Co. Deed Book #1-A, Page 126-129)
This indenture made the first Day of April in the year of our Lord Christ one Thousand seven Hundred & Thirty one between John Seamans of the parish of Farnham in the county Richmond Planter of the one part and Edward Burges of the Parish of Hanover in the county of King George Planter of the other part Witnesseth that the sd John Seamans for & in consideration of the sum of five shillings to him in hand paid by the sd the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hath bargained & sold & by these Presents doth bargain & Sell unto the sd Edward Burges one Hundred acres of Land Lying on the main Ridge between the Rivers of Rappahanock & Pertomack part in King George & part in Stafford County & Bounded as followeth (viz.) Begining in Hanover Parish in King George County at a Locust Post standing in the Line of the Land of Benjamin Sribling [sic] & Runing N81 E69 poles to a Red Oak Corner tree of Henry Berryes land Then S68 E73 poles along the sd Berryes Line to an old Red Oak Corner tree of the Land of Majr John Fitzhughs then along the sd Fitzhughs line N20 E118 poles to a Red Oak standing by the Rowling Road, then N26½ W47 poles to a small Black Oak sapling standing in the Line of the Land formerly belong to Mr. William Bunbury, then along then sd Bunbury's Line West 90½ poles S26 W144 poles to the Beginning, which sd Land above bounded is part of a Tract of Land formerly granted to Mr. Sim Cox by Patent from the Proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia Bareing Date the first Day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand six Hundred & ninty four or five and sold by the sd Sim Cox to Joseph Seamans of Lancaster County as by Deed Bearing Date the Twentieth Sixth of October in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred & Nine, Doth appear & after demised to the above sd John Seamans by the Last will & Testament of the aforesd Joseph Seamans Father to the sd John Seamans Bearing Date the Twentieth Day of November one Thousand seven Hundred & Twenty nine Recourse being had to the Records above Mentioned may more fully appear and the Reversion & Reversions Remander & Remanders & other Rents & Prophits of the Premises of every Part & Paid thereof to have and to hold the said one Hundred Acres of Land above Bounded & all & singular other the premises intended to be hereby granted with the appertenences unto the said Edward Burges his Exers & assigns from the Day before the Date hereof for Dureing the term of one whole year from thence Next ensuing & fully to be Compleated & ended yeilding and paying therefore the yearly Rent of one year of Indian Corn at the feast of St Michael the archAngel only if the same be Demanded to the Intent that by Virtue of these Presents & of the statute for Transfering Uses into Possessions the sd Edward Burges May be in actual Possession of the Premises & be Enabled to accept of a grant of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof to him & his Heirs for ever. In testimony of which the Parties of these presents their hand & seals Interchangably have sett & affixed the Date above Written.
Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of us,
Thos Catlett John Seamans
Jos Berry T. Turner,
Following the above lease is an almost identical "release" dated 2 Apr. 1731 in which Edward Burges pays John Seamans "six thousand pounds of good sound merchantable tobacco in cask" to obtain final title to the land. Elizabeth Seamans is examined and relinquishes her rite of dower and shares.
The Sale of the Original Burgess Land
(King George Co. Deed Book #8, Page 145-147)
This indenture made this tenth day of october in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety seven Betwen Matthew Neale of Fauqr County, Edward Burgess of Culpeper County, Exors. of Garner Burgess
late of Fauqr. County & Edward Burgess of the County of Bourboun in the state of Kentucky of the one part & Humphrey Steward of the County of King George of the other part, witnesseth that the sd Matthew Neale, Edward Burgess, Edward Burgess for & in consideration of the sum of fifty five pounds to them in hand paid by the said Humphrey Steward, the receipt
whereof they do hereby Acknowledge, hath granted bargained & sold aliend & Confirmed and doth by these presents grant bargain & sell alien & confirm unto the said Humphrey Steward & his heirs all that tract or dividend of land formerly belonging to Edward Burgess containing one hundred Acres lying & being in the County of King George & bound as followeth Begining at a locust post standing in the line of the [land] of Benja Stripling & runs N81 E69 poles to a red oak Corner tree of Henry Berrys land then S68 E73 pole along the said Berrys line to an old red oak corner tree to the land of Majr. John Fitzhugh then along the Fitzhughs line N20 E118 poles to red corner oak tree standing by the Rowling road, then N26½ W47 poles to a small black oak saplin standing in the line of the land formerly belong to Mr William Bunbury, then along the said Bunburys line W90½ poles S26 W144 poles to the begining with said land above bounded is part of a tract of Land formerly granted to Sim Cox by Patent from the proprietors of the Northern neck of Virginia dated the first day of March 1694/5 & sold by the sd Sim Cox to Jos Seamans of Lancaster County by Deeds bearing date the twenty sixth of october 1709 doth appear and after demised to the above said John Seamans by the last will and testament of Jos Seamans Father of the aforesaid John Seamans bearing date of 20th day of November 1729 & since devised to be sold to Edward Burgess who purchased of John Seamans for the benefit of his children To have and to hold all & singular the premises with the appurtenances unto the said Humphrey Steward & his heirs & assigns forever together with all houses buildings ways, woods, weaters [sic], hereditaments & appurtenances to the same belonging & the reversion, Remainders, Rents, issues, profits thereof & all the estate right title Interest claim & demand of them the sd Matthew Neale & Edward Burgess Exrs of Garner Burgess who was the Exors of Edward Burgess aforesd & Edward Burgess Junr aforesaid & the said Matthew Neale, Edward Burgess Senr & Edward Burgess Jr for themselves and their heirs doth covenant & grant to and with the said Humphrey Steward & assigns that he and they shall & may at all times hereafter pesably & quietly have hold & possess the premises without the hindrance or molestation of the said Matthew Neale, Edward Burgess, and Edward Burgess or either of their heirs or any other person claiming under them & that freed & discharged from all incumbrances & further that the said Matthew Neale, Edward Burgess, and Edward Burges Jr shall & will at any time hereafter upon the request & at the cost and charges of the said Humphrey Steward his heirs & assigns-make and execute all such further and other reasonable acts and conveyances for the better & more perfect conveying & assureing the sd land & premises with the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said Humphrey Steward his heirs & assigns as by him or them or by his or their councel learned in the law shall be advised or required..And, lastly, that the said Matthew Neale Edward Burgess & Edward Burgess Jr & their heirs the foregoing bargained and sold land and premises unto the said Humphrey Steward his heirs & assigns from the claim & demand of the said Matthew Neale, Edward Burgess, Edward Burgess Jr & their heirs and from the claim & demand of every other person shall & will warrant & forever defend by these presents In Witness whereof the said Matthew Neale, Edward Burgess & Edward Burgess Jr hath hereuntil set their hnds and seals the day and year first mentioned.
Edward Burgess Jr
Edward witnessed the will of Robert Strother in King George Co. on 14 May 1735 (Will Book #A-1, Page 114-115), but is not mentioned in King George County records again. Commissioners were appointed by King George and Stafford Co. in the early 1750s to adjudicate the often confusing, meandering boundary line between the two elongated county jurisdictions; one result of this realignment appears to have been the placement of Edward's land, for tax and voting purposes, in Stafford County, perhaps because Edward's house was located on the north side of the property. Voting qualifications were also changed at about this time to limit voting to those who owned at least 100 acres of land. Edward is listed as voting in the Burgess Poll (legislators' election) of 1758 in Stafford County, the only such record surviving from this period. At this time, the Stafford Co. courthouse was located on Aquia Creek, while the King George courthouse was near present-day Port Conway; the church used by the Burgess family, St. Paul's Parish (of the Anglican Church, the official, state-supported religious body both in England and the colonies), was located eight miles northeast of the Burgess plot (down what is presently County Route 208 toward the Potomac River). Most of the early record books of Stafford Co. were lost during the Civil War, leaving only a half dozen deed and will books surviving prior to 1800, plus an incomplete index to the remaining volumes. The two counties were reoriented along present-day boundaries on 1 Jan. 1777, once again placing the Burgess property into King George Co.
http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=128&last=129&g_p=G2&col lection=NN Grant
Title Cox, Lem.
Publication 1 March 1694/1695.
Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern
Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
Note Location: Richmond County.
Description: 378 acres in Stafford and Richmond Counties, adjoining Henry Berrie, George King. &c.
Source: Northern Neck Grants No. 2, 1694-1700, Page 128-129 (Reel 288).