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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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including 19 slaves and 6 oz. plate, 1793; assessed
value £402.0.0, including 16 slaves and 6 oz. plate,
1804; assessed value £386.17.6, including 15 slaves
and 6 oz. plate, 1808. Sold slaves and chattel to
secure debt of £800 sterling to Thomas Contee (ca.
1729-1811). LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably
846 acres in Montgomery County (231 acres ac-
quired through marriage). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased almost 1,200 acres in Montgomery and
Frederick counties between 1779 and 1790. By
1791 Burgess was being sued for a debt by
Thomas Contee (ca. 1729-1811) and lost at least
1,444 acres in Montgomery and Frederick
counties, which were attached and sold by court
order between 1792 and 1798. Burgess himself
sold 71 acres in 1793. In 1806 Burgess contracted
to buy back 1,138 acres of the 1,444 acres sold by
court order; however, although he had the use of
the land, he never paid for it and did not obtain
title to it. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in December
1809. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, $427.30 current
money (including books); FB, estate overpaid
$64.68. LAND: possibly 478 acres in Montgomery
County.

BURGESS, WILLIAM (ca. 1622-1686/87).
BORN: ca. 1622 in England, probably Wiltshire.
IMMIGRATED: in 1650 as a free adult with his wife
and children from Virginia. RESIDED: in Anne
Arundel County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTH-
ERS: probably Joseph Burgess (?-1672), "late of
Maryland," and living in Wiltshire, England, in
1672; Samuel; Jeremiah; Isaac; and Daniel. SIS-
TERS: probably Elizabeth Parker; Mary; and Anne.
MARRIED first, Elizabeth, daughter of Edward
Robbins (1602-?), a merchant of Virginia. Her
sister was Rachel, who married Richard Beard (?-
1681). MARRIED second, Sophia, widow of Rich-
ard Ewen (?-1660). MARRIED third, Ursulah, who
subsequently married Dr. Mordecai Moore. CHIL-
DREN. SONS: Edward, a justice of Anne Arundel
County from 1674 to 1689, who married Sarah,
daughter of Samuel Chew (ca. 1630-1676/77);
George, who married Katherine, widow of Henry
Stockett; William, who married Ann, widow of
John Watkins, and daughter of Nicholas Gassaway
(1634-1691/92); John; Joseph; Benjamin, who
married Jane Buchanan; and Charles, who married
Elizabeth Thomas. DAUGHTERS: Susannah, who
married Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-1737), son of
Henry Sewall (?-1665), and stepson of Charles
Calvert, 3rd Lord Baltimore (1637-1714/15);
Anne (1680-?), who married Thomas Sparrow;
and Susannah (1684-?), who married John Mitch-

ell. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELI-
GIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant; perhaps a Quaker
in 1658 when he refused to take an oath. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: one of the Puritans who
moved from Virginia to Anne Arundel County in
1650; became a councilor after his daughter's mar-
riage to Lord Baltimore's stepson. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter; merchant. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE Lower House, Anne Arundel
County, 1659/60, 1669 (Aggrievances), 1671-
1674/75 (Laws 3; Accounts 3), 1676-1682 (Ac-
counts 1, 3); Upper House, 1682-1684 (Trade 1;
Accounts 3), 1686 (died before the 2nd session).

OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 1682-

1686/87; justice, Provincial Court, 1682-1686/87;
Board of Governors, 1684-1686/87. LOCAL OF-
FICES: justice, Anne Arundel County, 1658 (re-
fused to take the required oath), 1663/64-1682
(president, 1674-1682); sheriff, Anne Arundel
County, 1663-1664. MILITARY SERVICE: lieuten-
ant, by 1660; captain, by 1664; major, by 1675;
colonel, 1676-1686/87. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: he was pardoned for his participa-
tion in Fendall's Rebellion because of his role in
restoring Lord Baltimore's government, 1660/61.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: at least several plantations. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: on January 24, 1686/87. PERSONAL
PROPERTY: TEV, £3,934.5.4 sterling (including 12
slaves, 13 servants, and 2 stores). LAND: over
7,280 acres.

BURLE, ROBERT (ca. 1610-1676). BORN: ca.
1610, probably in England. IMMIGRATED in 1649
as a free adult with his wife and two children from
Virginia. RESIDED: in Anne Arundel County. MAR-
RIED first, Mary. MARRIED second, (name un-
known). CHILDREN. SONS: Robert (?-by 1676);
Stephen (?-1683/84), who married Blanche; John
(?-by 1676); and Thomas. DAUGHTERS: Rebecca;
Susanna; and Mary. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: no title on ar-
rival in the colony, but brought three servants
with him; had migrated to Virginia by 1639. OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEG-
ISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Anne Arundel

County, 1662, 1666. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

pardoned by the Assembly in 1662 for writing
"mutinous and seditious" expressions in a paper
addressed to members of that body. LOCAL OF-
FICES, justice, Anne Arundel County, 1658-1668,
1674-1676 (quorum, 1661-1668, 1674-1676).
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 1,150 acres in 1662. WEALTH AT

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