Saturday, October 12, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Burrows of Connecticut

Robert Burrows was an unmarried man who arrived in the New World aboard the Arabella, the flagship of the Winthrop Fleet in 1630.  I had several ancestors also on this voyage:  including Edward Convers and Thomas Mayhew.  Burrows traveled with his good friend Robert Parke, and they both settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut by 1639.  Later he removed to Mystic, and he was appointed the ferryman across the Mystic River by the General Court of Connecticut in 1660.  Governor Winthrop of Connecticut often visited him at Mystic.

Robert Burrows died in 1682.  His homestead at Mystic was occupied by his son John, and held by the Burrows family for 215 years, until 1904.  It was the home of Reverend Roswell Burrows in the seventh generation.  John Burrows died in 1716 without a will and was buried at the Wightman Burying Grounds under a large flat granite stone inscribed “J. B. 14 died 1716”.  All his children were born in Groton and baptized by the Reverend James Noyes of the First Congregational Church of Stonington.

John Burrows, Jr. lived in the part of New London that became Groton in 1705. They belonged to the Congregational Church in Stonington, and he is on record for being “re-admitted July 20, 1701, having been suspended for offense to Mr. Saltonstall”.  This was an episode of dissention in the church over the establishment of a new church east of the Thames River.  He was later dismissed to the church at Poquonnock in Groton.

For more about Robert Burrows:

Robert Burrows and his Descendants 1630 – 1974, by R. E. Burrows, Ann Arbor Michigan, 1975, Volumes I and II (this book is available to read, and searchable,  at

Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, by Henry Reed Stiles, Part 1, page 168  (available to read, and searchable, at Google Book Search)

History of New London, Connecticut, by Francis Caulkins, Carlisle, Massachusetts: Applewood books, (originally published 1895), pages 301-302.


Generation 1:  Robert  Burrows married about 1641 in Wethersfield, Connecticut to Mary, the widow of Samuel Ireland.  She died on 3 October 1672 in Mystic, Connecticut.  Two children.

Generation 2:  John Burrows, born about 1642 in Wethersfield, died 12 February 1716 in Groton, Connecticut; married on 14 December 1670 in New London, Connecticut to Mary Colver, daughter of Edward Colver and Ann Ellis.  She was born about 4 November 1652 in Roxbury, Massachusetts and died in 1731. Nine children.

Generation 3:  John Burrows, born 2 September 1671 in New London, died 26 May 1752 in Groton; married on 14 October 1700 to Lydia Hubbard, daughter of Hugh Hubbard and Jane Latham.  She was born 7 February 1675. Nine children.

Generation 4:  Desire Burris, born about 1718 in Groton, died in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada; married on 27 May 1740 in Preston, Connecticut to Moses Gore, son of Samuel Gore and Hannah Draper.  He was born on 23 September 1709 in Roxbury, Massachusetts and died in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.  Eight children

Generation 5:  Desire Gore m. Thomas Ratchford.
Generation 6: Elizabeth Ratchford m. David Lyons
Generation 7: Thomas Ratchford Lyons m. Ann Skinner
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons m. Rev. Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 9: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 10: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts


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