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The Burroughs Family. 

If any one has a desire or inclination to pursue "know- 
ledge under difficulties" I would suggest to them to try writ- 
ing up a family genealogy. There are so few people in this 
country who keep a written record of their families, that it is 
difficult to gather and write out anything like a correct gen- 
ealogical record in later years after the members get scattered 
and each member forms a branch of the family tree. The 
Burroughs Family is no exception. As the years go by, and 
time goes on, we shall become the ancestors of the coming 
generations, and I feel awake to the importance of preserving 
and carrying forward as correct and complete a genealogical 
record as possible for the use and benefit of those who come 
after us. I have been laboring for some years to gather and 
write up the origin, and line of descent of my own family, and 
in doing so have been aided materially by correspondence 
and books of history. I have much in MS. that would 
help others engaged in the same work in other family lines. 

The Burroughs name has been numerous along the line 
of history and includes some individuals of note of whom I 
will make brief mention. The first I find is Stephen Burroughs, 
an English navigator of the sixteenth century. He accompa- 
nied Chancellor as second in command on his voyage to dis- 
cover a northeast passage around the eastern continent in 1553. 
Three years later he had chief command of another expedition 
equipped with the same object. He doubled Cape North, 

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touched at Nova Zembla, discovered the Island Wygatz and 
reached north latitude JO degrees 3 minutes, a higher point 
than had been reached by any previous navigator. He re- 
turned to England and published an account of his observa- 
tions. He was the first who observed the declination of the 
magnetic needle. 

I have failed to find the first emigrants into America. In 
Hinman's genealogies of the Puritans, I find Robert Burroughs 
was the first of the name found in Connecticut. He settled 
in Wethersfield in 164 1 where he owned land. 

The Rev. George Burroughs was born at Scituate in 1650, 
he graduated at Harvard college in 1670, and was remarkable for 
his liberal views and the unhappy termination of his life. He was 
a minister in Falmouth, and Salem village and he was accused 
of witchcraft and executed with others August 19, 1692, leav- 
ing a widow and six children, the youngest but five weeks 
old. I think he may have been a brother of John Burroughs 
an ancestor of mine born in Scituate 1653, 

In Ridpath's History of the United States pages, 1 50-152, 
he says "The darkest page in the history of New England is 
that which bears the record of the Salem witchcraft. The same 
town which fifty-four years previously had cast out Roger Wil- 
liams was now to become the scene of the most fatal delusion of 
modern times. In February of 1692, in that part of Salem 
afterwards called Danvers, a daughter and a niece of Samuel 
Parris, the minister, were attacked with a nervous disorder 
which rendered them partially insane. Parris believed or af- 
fected to believe, that the two girls were bewitched and that 
Tituba, an Indian maid servant of the household, was the 
author of the affliction. He had seen her performing some 
of the rude ceremonies of her own religion and this gave color 
to his suspicions. He tied Tituba and whipped the ignorant 
creature until at his own dictation she confessed herself a 
witch. Here, no doubt, the matter would have ended had 

not other causes existed for the continuance and spread of the 
miserable delusion. But Parris had had a quarrel in his 
church; a part of the congregation desired that George Bur- 
roughs, the first minister in Salem, should be reinstated to the 
exclusion of Parris. Burroughs still lived in Salem and 
there was great animosity between the partisans of the former 
and the present pastor. Burroughs disbelieved in witchcraft 
and openly expressed his contempt of the system; here then, 
Parris found an opportunity to turn the confessions of the 
foolish Indian servant against his enemies to overwhelm his 
rival with the superstitions of the community, and perhaps to 
have him put to death. There is no doubt whatever that the 
whole murderous scheme originated in the personal malice of 

But there were others ready to aid him. First among 
these was the celebrated Cotton Mather, minister of Boston. 
He being in high repute for wisdom had recently preached 
much on the subject of witchcraft, teaching the people that 
witches were dangerous and ought to be put to death. He 
thus became the natural confederate of Parris and the chief 
author of the terrible scenes that ensued. Sir William Phipps, 
the royal governor, who had just arrived from England, was a 
member of Mather's church. Increase Mather, the father of 
Cotton, had nominated Phipps to his present office. Stoughton, 
the deputy governor, who was appointed judge and presided 
at the trials of the witches was the tool of Parris and the two 
Mathers. To these men, more especially to Parris and Ma- 
ther, must be charged the full infamy of what followed. 

By the laws of England, witchcraft was punished with 
death. The code of Massachusetts was the same as that of 
the mother country. In the early history of the colony, one 
person charged with being a wizard had been arrested at 
Charlestown, convicted and executed. But with the progress 
and enlightenment of the people, many had grown bold enough 
to denounce and despise the baleful superstition. Something 


therefore had to be done to save the tottering fabric of witch- 
craft from falling into contempt. A special court was accord- 
ingly appointed by Governor Phipps to go to Salem and sit 
in judgment on the persons accused by Parris. Stoughton was 
the presiding judge, Parris himself the prosecutor, and Cotton 
Mather a kind of bishop to decide when the testimony was 
sufficient to condemn. 

On the 2ist of March the horrible proceedings began. 
Mary Cory was arrested, not indeed for being a witch, but for 
denying the reality of witchcraft. When brought before the 
church and court she denied all guilt, but was convicted and 
hurried to prison. Sarah Cloyce and Rebecca Nurse, two sis- 
ters of the most exemplary lives, were next apprehended as 
witches. The only witnesses against them were Tituba, her 
half-witted Indian husband and the simple girl Abigail Wil- 
liams, the niece of Parris. The victims were sent to prison 
protesting theii^ig-aorajicer Giles Cory a patriarch of eighty 
years was next seized; he also was one of those who had op- 
posed Parris. The Indian accuser fell down before Edward 
Bishop, pretending to be in a fit under satanic influence; the 
sturdy farmer cured her instantly with a sound flogging and 
said he could restore the rest of the afflicted in the same man- 
ner. He and his wife were immediately arrested and con- 
demned. George Burroughs, the rival of Parris, was accused 
and hurried to prison; and so the work went on until seventy- 
five innocent people were locked up in dungeons. Not a soli- 
tary partisan of Parris or Mather had been arrested. In the 
hope of saving their lives, some of the terrified prisoners now 
began to confess themselves witches or bewitched. It was 
soon found that a confession was almost certain to procure 
liberation; it became evident that the accused were to be put 
to death, not for being witches or wizards but for denying the 
reality of witchcraft. The special court was already in ses- 
sion; convictions followed fast; the gallows stood ready waiting 
for its victims. The truth of Mather's preaching was to bees- 

tablished bv hanging whoever denied it and Parris was to save 
his pastorate by murdering his rival. When the noble Bur- 
roughs mounted the scaffold, he stood composedly and re- 
peated correctly the test prayer (The Lord's Prayer) which 
it was said no wizard could utter. Tbe people broke into 
sobs and moans, and would have rescued their friend from 
death, but the tyrant Mather dashed among them on horse- 
back, uttering imprecations and drove the hangman to his 
horrid work. Old Giles Cory, seeing conviction was certain 
refused to plead and was pressed to death; five women were 
hung in one day. Between the ioth of June and the 22d of Sep- 
tember, twenty victims were hurried to their doom; fifty-five 
others had been tortured into confession of abominable false- 
hoods; 150 lay in prison awaiting their fate; 200 were accused 
or suspected and ruin seemed to impend over New England. 
But a reaction at last set in among the people. Notwithstand- 
ing the vociferous clamor and denunciations of Mather, the 
witch tribunals were overthrown. The representative assem- 
bly convened early in October and the hated court which 
Phipps had appointed to sit in Salem was at once dismissed. 
The spell was dissolved; the thraldom of the popular mind 
was broken; reason shook off the terror that had oppressed it; 
the prison doors were opened and the victims of malice and 
superstition went forth free." 

In a book, Witchcraft of New England.explained by modern 
spiritualism by Allen Putnam, I find and copy a few extracts 
in regard to George Burroughs. "He was graduated at Har- 
vard college in 1670, had been a preacher for many years 
prior to 1692, and during some of them ministered to the peo- 
ple of Salem village. But before the outburst of witchcraft 
there he had found a home far off to the northeast on the 
shores of Casco Bay in the Province of Maine, where he was 
then humbly and quietly laboring in his profession. 

The day before his execution Margaret Jacobs, who had 
testified against him, came to the prisoner, acknowledging that 

she had belied him and asking his forgiveness who not only 
forgave her, but also prayed with and for her. At his execution 
he made a speech for the clearing of his innocency, with such 
solemn and serious expressions as were to the admiration of 
all present. His prayer, (which he concluded by repeating 
the Lord's prayer) was so well worded and uttered with such 
composedness and such fervency of spirit as was very affect- 
ing and drew tears from many, so that it seemed to many that 
the spectators would hinder his execution. 

Cotton Mather, being mounted upon a horse, addressed 
himself to the people saying that Burroughs was not an 
ordained minister, and was guilty, and that the devil has often 
been transformed into an angel of light, which somewhat 
appeased the people, and the executions went on. 

The brief account which Upham's researches enabled him 
to furnish of this man's life prior to the witchcraft mania 
presents still further evidences of his sterling worth. That 
author says, "Papers on file in the State House prove that in 
the District of Maine, where he lived and preached, he was 
regarded with confidence by his neighbors and looked upon 
as a friend and counselor. He was self-denying, generous 
and public-spirited, laboring in humility and zeal in the midst 
of great privations. Land had been granted him, and when 
the town asked him to exchange a part of it for other lands 
he freely gave it back, not desiring any other land or con- 
sideration for it. Scanning Burroughs as well as accessible 
knowledge of him now permits, we judge that he was a quiet, 
peaceful laborer for the good of his fellow men — a humble, 
trustful, sincere servant of God — a rare embodiment of the 
prevailing perceptions, sentiments, virtues and graces which 
haloed the form of the Nazarene. 

Cotton Mather says he was a very- puny man, yet he had 
often done things beyond the strength of a giant. All subse- 
quent historians have mentioned what is no doubt true, that 
Burroughs was a small man, and yet was constitutionally very 

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strong — was remarkable for physical powers even in his 
college days." 

But this victim may have been, and probably was, as high 
above most of his crucifiers as freedom is above bondage, as 
light above darkness, as sincerity above hypocrisy. The 
blood of such as Martha Cory, Rebecca Nurse, Mary Easty, 
George Burroughs, and others who in company with these 
took their exit from life shrouded in witchcraft's blackening 
mists, may go far toward making Gallows Hill a Mount Cal- 
vary — a spot on which zeal urged on the worse to crucify their 
betters in true Godliness. 

(The modern spiritualists consider George Burroughs and 
others who suffered martyrdom were mediums.} 

The indictment against George Burroughs for witchcraft. 
August 5 1692, he with others were brought to trial and con- 

Anno Regis et Reginae, Sc Quarto. 

[Essex ss.] The Jurors for our sovereign lord and lady 
the king and queen, present, that George Burroughs, late of 
Falmouth in the Province of Massachusetts bay, clerk, the 
ninth day of May, in the fourth year of the reign of our sover- 
eign, Lord and Lady William and Mary by the grace of God 
of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, king and queen, 
defenders of the faith, etc., and divers other days and times, 
as well before as after certain detestable acts called witchcraft 
and sorceries; wickedly and feloniously hath used, practiced 
and exercised at and within the town of Salem, in the county 
of Essex aforesaid, in, upon and against one Mar} 7 Walcot, of 
Salem village, in county of Essex, single woman; by which 
said wicked arts, the said Mary Walcot, the ninth day of May, 
in fourth year above said, and divers other days and times as 
well before as after, was and is tortured, afflicted, pined, con- 
sumed, wasted, and tormented, against the peace of our 
sovereign Lord and Lady the King and Queen, and against 
the form of the statute in that case made and provided. 


Endorsed Billa vera." Three other bills were found against 
him, to all of which he plead "not guilty." Was executed 
August 19th, I692. — History of New England, by Barber, 
page 195. 

Stephen Burroughs, born in 1729, a strictly cold water 
man, was never sick a day in his life. Was a surveyor, 
astronomer, and mathematician. He invented the system of 
Federal money which was adopted by Congress in. 1790, and 
is now used in the United States. He made some remarkable 
discoveries in Astronomy, but was taken blind before he had 
completed his work, and it was lost to the world. 

Stephen Burroughs,, an American adventurer, remarkable 
for his talents and diversified career, born in Hanover, New 
Hampshire, in 1765, the son of a Congregational clergyman. 
At the age of fourteen he ran away from home and joined the 
army, which he soon deserted. He then studied under a 
clergyman in Connecticut and entered Dartmouth college, but 
left the college clandestinely before graduating, owing to 
improper conduct. Having performed successfully as 
privateersman, ship's physician and schoolmaster, he at length 
determined to go where he was unknown and preach. Under 
the name of Davis he had excellent success as pastor of a 
Congregational church in Pelham, Mass., until he was dis- 
covered to be at the head of a gang of counterfeiters and 
arrested and imprisoned for making and passing counterfeit 
money. In the latter part of his life he thoroughly changed 
his conduct, entered the communion of the Roman Catholic 
church, and passed his last years in receiving at his residence 
and educating the sons of wealthy Canadian gentlemen. He 
was beloved by his pupils, had an extensive and valuable 
library of choice books and was noted for his happy faculty 
of communicating his stores of useful knowledge. Few men 
have possessed equal capacity for teaching the young. He 
was remarkable for his deeds of charity. He described his 


early life in two autobiographical volumes. He died at Three 
Rivers, Canada, January 28, 1840. 

The origin of our family name is somewhat uncertain. It 
is supposed to be a Roman name introduced into Britain and 
then into Ireland and the Welsh country, where it was spelled 
Burrows. It has also been said they took their name from the 
town of Borough in the county of Leicester, in England; but 
whether they took their name from the town or the town took 
its name from them I cannot say with certainty. It has been 
spelled Berg, Bergo, Barrow, Barrows, Burrow, Burrows, Bur- 
rough, Borough, Burroughs, and in ancient books of heraldry, 
Dee Bergo. The difference in spelling is supposed to be 
owing to ignorance at first, and then has been perpetuated. 
In English history we find John Burroughs, a divine who died 
in 1386. He was a D. D. of Cambridge, rector of Collingham 
Nottinghamshire; appointed July 1, 1384 to the post of chan- 
cellor of his university. 

Another John Burroughs, a Benedictine who flourished in 
1340, and who was author of some books of travels. Stephen 
Burroughs, born on an estate of the same name in the parish 
of Northern Devonshire, England, Sept. 25, 1525, a navigator 
who made important discoveries in the northern seas, died in 
1584. (See my MS.) Christopher Burroughs, son of Stephen, 
is mentioned as a writer. In 1579 he was the chronicler of one 
of the most interesting travels in Persia recorded in Hackleyt's 
History. He accompanied the expedition as Russian inter- 
preter. Said to be a man of remarkable talents and the only 
person in that expedition competent to write an accurate 
account of it. 

Sir John Burroughs was grandson of Wm. Burroughs of 
Sandwich, Kent, by the daughter of Basil Gasell of Newkirk, 
Bralant, and Garter King of arms. He received a classical 
education and afterwards studied law at Grey's Inn. In 1623 
he was appointed keeper of records in the tower of London. 
In June of the same year, by the favor of the Earl Marshal, to 


whom he was secretary, he was made Herald Extraordinary. 
On December 30th following, he was made King of Arms at 
Arundel House in the Strand. He received the favor of 
Knighthood July 17, 1624. In 1634 he was made Garter 
Principal. He attended his sovereign, Charles I., when he 
went to Scotland to be crowned in 1633. On April 14, 1636 
he obtained a grant to entitle him to the fees of his office of 
Garter while employed beyond the sea in the King's special 
service. He died Oct. 21, 1643, leaving two sons and two 
daughters. His son John was Knighted by Charles II. 

There was a Jeremiah Burroughs, a noted divine of West- 
minster, preacher, of Stepney and Cripplegate, near London, 
born in 1579. Rev. Joseph Burroughs, son of Humphrey Bur- 
roughs — a man of wealth, born in London, England, January 
1, 1685. Ordained May I, 1717, as pastor of the church in 
Paul's Alley, Barbacorn, London where he labored forty years. 
He died November 23, 1761. The next I find is John Bur- 
roughs, born in England in 1617, and came to America and 
lived in Salem, Massachusetts. He is supposed to have been 
a member of the "Long Parliament" that assembled No- 
vember 3, 1640, and was dissolved by Cromwell April 20, 1653 
and with many others fled from England to escape religious 
persecution. For his descendants see my MS. which ends 
with George Burroughs, born in Waterloo, New York, January 
6, 1855, for some years professor of Biblical literature in Am- 
herst college, Massachusetts, now president of Wabash col- 
lege, Indiana. 

The following is taken from MS. of Mr. Edward Burrough 
of Merchantville, New Jersey. (They leave off the s in end- 
ing.) "De Berg was the family name of William the 
Conqueror's father, and it is from a brother of William the 
Conqueror that a branch t>{ the family claim direct descent. 
Whether their claims are strictly true, will probably never be 
ascertained; but it is evident that the family was a numerous 
one at a veiy early day. The present record of the family 


extends back to the beginning of the seventeenth century, 
when they came prominently before the people as the follow- 
ers of George Fox, expounder of the doctrines of the society 
of Friends. It is believed, from the best information yet 
obtained, that our branch of the family came from Warwick- 
shire, England, and that Edward Burrough of Underbarrow 
was of the same family. He died in New Castle prison, Dec. 
14, 1662, where he was imprisoned for his religious belief. 
John Burrough was likewise imprisoned in Essex, and the 
children of William Burrough were maltreated while on their 
way to Bantney meeting. Soon after that they came to 
America and settled on Long Island. (See my MS. for more.) 

The first that I get of my direct line of ancestry is from 
Savage's genealogies, and he mentions Jeremiah Burroughs of 
Scituate, Massachusetts Bay, Mass., first mentioned in 1647, 
who died in 1660, leaving children. His son John married a 
daughter of Thomas Hewett, in May, 165 1. Their children 

Jeremiah, born in 1652. 

John, born in 1653. 

Elizabeth, born in 1655. 

Mar}', born in 1657. 

This John Burroughs, 2d, was in Enfield, Mass., and died 
in 1693, leaving a wife and three children, John 3d, Hannah 
and Sarah. The following is the last will of John Burroughs 
2d, as copied and attested: (See MS.) 


"In Enfield, the last will of John Burroughs, in the yeare 
of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninetie one is as 
followeth, — and now being weak in boddy yet being sound in 
mynde and memory, not knowing how soon this life of myne 
may expire, I do comitt my soul unto God who gave me itt, 
and for my hopes as to another life, the Lord having given 
some measure, made sensible of my undone condition as I am 


in the state of nature and have, roleing my sins and soul on 
Christ my Redeemer, and doe believe in Jesus' X for right- 
eousness and pardon of my sins and desire repentance towards 
God my maker and presever, and that God would axcept of 
me in and through Jesus Xt, and doe comitt my boddy to the 
dust believing that there shall be a glorious ressurrection when 
this boddy of myne shall be raysed againe. As to that por- 
tion of my outward estate which it hath pleased God to give 
me withall, after my funerall charges is payed and my just 
debts payed, what remaynes I doe dispose of as followeth: 

I doe give and bequeath my whole estate to my wife, that 
is to say the use of it during her naturall life, for her comfort 
and bringing up of my children. But if God should in his 
providence give her an opportunitie to change her condition 
then to have the thirds of my estate during her natural life. 

I doe give my son John Burroughs my house and lands 
excepting my wives 3ds and some small legacies to my two 
daughters Hannah and Sarah Burroughs, that is to say, my 
house and land I give to my son John Burroughs and his heirs 
forever, he paying to my two daughters Hannah and Sarah 
Burroughs heirs ten pounds apiece and my wives 3ds. I ex- 
cept in my gift to my son above named and these legacies to 
be payed to my daughters above writtyn when my son comes 
of age, within four years after he comes of age the two first 
years to pay per year to my daughter Hannah and the two 
years following five pounds a year to my daughter Sarah, that 
clause in the bequeathing my whole estate to my wife during 
her natural life is to be understood till my son comes of the 
age of twenty-one years. 

In witness I hereunto as my last will and testament I set 
to my hand and scale. I do appoint and constitute my loving 
wife to be my sole executor of my estate. 

John Burroughs, a seal affixed and in the presence of 
these witnesses. Joseph Warriner. 

Benjamin Parsons. 


The last will of John Burroughs, late of Enfield in Hamp- 
shire, deceased, was presented this 2 of September, 1693, be- 
fore me at Springfield & proved by the oaths of Joseph 
Warriner & Benjamin Parsons, who swore to their seeing 
him seal and subsribe the same when he was, to their appre- 
hension of sound understanding & soe is pproved & allowed 
& all & singular the said goods chattels & credits of the de- 
ceased was committed to Hannah Burroughs, wife of the said 
John Burroughs, executor in the same will named. Well and 
truly to administer & make a perfect inventory of all & singu- 
lar of the gOods, chattels, rights & credits & exhibit the same 
into the Register office according to law & to render a true ac- 
count of her said administration upon oath when called there- 

Allowed pr John Pyncion, Esqr. 
Attested pr Samuel Partrigg, Register. 

This John Ensign Burroughs 3d born in Enfield, Massa- 
chusetts, married Sarah Tyler. They went to Windsor, Con- 
necticut, in 1718 and purchased land. (I have copies of deeds 
of land to him.) 

Their children born in the Parish of Ellington, Connecticut, 
were : 

John, born in 171 1. 

Sarah, born in 1714. Married M. Chandler. 

Hannah, born in 17 16. Married Willi im Booth. 

Simon, born in 1 719, (my greatgrandfather.) 

Johnathan, born in 1721. 

Mary, born in 1722. 

David, born in 1724. 

Abner, born in 1728. 

Simon Burroughs married Lydia Porter, October 30, 1745. 
Their children were: 

John, born April 30, 1748. 

David, born January 6, 1750. 

Simon, Jr. born July 14, 1 75 1 . (My grandfather.) 


Ebenezer, born Jul)' I, 1753. 

Aaron, born July 16, 1755. 

(I was told by an Aunt that John and David went to 
York state but, as yet, I have nothing reliable in regard to 


In the name of God, amen, the 22d Day of December* 
A. D. 1756, I, John Burroughs, of Windsor, in the county of 
Hartford, and colony of Connecticut in New England, being 
very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, 
thanks be given unto God therefor, calling to mind the mor- 
tality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all 
men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and 
testament. That is to say principally and first of all, I give 
and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it 
and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in 
descent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, 
nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall re- 
ceive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as 
touching such wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to 
bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same 
in the following names and form. 

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to- Sarah, my well be- 
loved wife, the two cows that are mine, to dispose of as she 
thinks best, and also the use of all my household goods 
during her natural life and after her death, I give and bequeath 
my beloved daughters, Mary, Hannah and Sarah, all my 
household goods to be equally divided between them. 

Item. I give to my beloved sons, viz., Simon, Jonathan 
and Abner, all my other movable estate, except the above 
mentioned, and also one acre of land that the saw mill stands 
on, called Burroughs Mill, all to be equally divided between 

Item. I also give to my youngest son, Abner, whoom I 
likewise constitute, make and ordain my sole executor of this, 

my last will and testament, all my lands that I have not al- 
ready given by deed, except that above mentioned one, and I 
do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannull all and every 
other former testament, wills, legacies and bequests and ex- 
ecutors by me in any ways before named, willed and be- 
queathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my 
last will and testament. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal the day and year above written. 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by 
the said John Burroughs as his last will and testament in pres- 
ence of us, the subscribers. 

Phineans Newton, ) His 

Francis Fuller, Y John Burroughs. 

Media Fitch, ) mark. [Seal] 

Hartford Probate Records, Vol. 17 page 316. 

An inventory of the estate of John Burroughs was ac- 
cepted in Court of Probate August 3, 1757, which amounted 
to about ^100, which was so small because he had given each 
of his sons a farm and probably his daughter, each a good 

For more definite information see my MS. 

Simon Burroughs, blacksmith and farmer, born Jul}- 14, 

Mirriam Shaw, born in Munson December 10, 1755. 

Simon Burroughs and Mirriam Shaw married April 1. 
1773. Their children were: 

Leany, born June 30, 1774, at Palmer, died Sept. 16, 1777. 

Molly, born April 5, 1776, at Williamsburg, Mass. 

Leany, born April 1, 1 778. 

Simon, Jr., born January 28, 1784, at Cummington, Mass. 

Mrs. Mirriam Burroughs and an infant died March 22, 
1787, at Plainfield, Mass. 

The children of Simon Burroughs, 2nd, that grew up and 
had children were as follows: 


By his first wife, Mirriam Shaw, he had Molly (Polly) 
who married Johnathan Perkins and had 

Wiltha, who never married, and at this date is living; 
aged 95. 

Sally Ann married John Riley. 

Harriet married Daniel Earle. 

Leany Mariah married Nathaniel K. Evarts. 

Leany married Orrin Percival for his second wife and 
had Erastus, who married in Pennsylvania. 

Olney A. married Lovina Foed. 

James married Mirriam Burroughs. 

Sereno married widow Brant 1st, Hannah Oatly, 2nd. 

Chauncey married Flavia Pinney. 

Simon Perkins married Catharine Beals. 

Roxey Leany married Joseph Holdridge. 

Simon Burroughs, stone mason and farmer, married Ruth 
Monroe and had 

Edwin W. married Sally Ann Poole. 

Alonzo P. married Morana Bliss. 

Sabrina married John Brant 1st, Sereno Percival 2nd. 

Miriam married James Percival. 

Nabby married Nelson Bently. 

Laura married John Peters. 

Diana married Harrison Moore for 1st, Zenas Bently 2nd. 

Mary Whitmarsh born March II, 1767. 

For her first husband she married Erskine and had 

two daughters. 

Elizabeth Erskine, born April 3, 1784. 

Hannah Erskine, born November 2, 1786. 

Simon Burroughs and Widow Mary Erskine married 
September 6, 1787. Their children born in Plainfield, Hamp- 
shire county, Mass. were: 

Jacob, born July 17, 1788, died January 13, 1791. 

Mirriam, born February 1, 1790. 

Jacob, born July 6, 1 791. 


Mary, born October 20, 1792. 

Reed, born July 16, 1 794, died October 2, 1794. 

Reed E., born February 10, 1796, died April 4, 1799. 

Amos, born June 6, 1798. 

Aaron, bqrn June 30, 1 800, died April 7, 1 80 1. 

Hittie, born May 13, 1802, died January 27, 1803. 

Susan,- born January 6, 1804. 

Simon Burroughs with his family emigrated to Ohio in 
18 1 2 and settled in Welshfield, Geauga county. (Now Troy.) 

Simon Burroughs died September 26, 1833. 

Mrs. Mary Burroughs died November 3, 1844. 

Simon Burroughs, 2nd, had by his second wife, that grew 
up, two sons, Jacob and Amos, and three daughters, Mirriam, 
Mary and Susan. Mirriam married Oliver Poole and had 
three sons, Cleury, Moses and Frederic. Mary married 
Luther Hemminway and had three daughters, Elizabeth, Mary 
and Martha. Susan married Abraham Hard and had two 
sons, Webster and Harrison, and three daughters, Cornelia, 
Almira and Almarette. Amos married Sabrina Nash and 
had two sons, Augustus and Homer, and two daughters, 
Almina and Alvira (twins). Jacob married Harriet Fowler 
and his familv will now follow. 

Jacob W. Burroughs, born July 6, 1791 . 

Harriet Fowler, born in Guilford, Conn., June 29, 1795. 

Jacob W. Burroughs and Harriet Fowler married in Bur- 
ton, Geauga county, Ohio, June 15, 181 5. Their children born 
in Welshfield (now Troy) were: 

Olive M., born June 9, 1818. 

Lewis A., born April 18, 1820. 

Sophronia S., born September I, 1822. 

S. Marina, born January 10, 1824. 

Alfred H., born July 13, 1825. 

Jacob Victor, born August 27, 1827. 

Harriet D., born August 7, 1829. 

Mar>^ Ann, born March 23, 1831. 

Elias C, born April 22, 1834. 
Jacob W., Burroughs died November 22, i85i. 
Harriet F., Burroughs died January 20, 1848. 
Mary Ann Burroughs, died January 7, 1848. 

Orrin Nash, born November 11, 1813. 

Olive M. Burroughs, born June 9, 1818. 

Orrin Nash and Olive M. Burroughs married May 5, 1839. 

Their children, born in Troy, Geauga Co., Ohio, were 

Albert, born June 5, 1841. 

Harriet, born Sept. 27, 1843. 

Harvey, born April 8, 1845. 

S. Marina never married. 

Jerome Sliter, born July 24, 1821. 
Sophronia S. Burroughs, born Sept. I, 1822. 
Jerome Sliter and Sophronia Burroughs married February 
22, 1845. 

Their children, born in Troy, Geauga Co., were 
Eugene, born May 31, 1850. 
Irene, born June 13, 1851. 

Alfred H. Burroughs, born July 13, 1825, in Welshfield, 
Geauga, Co., Ohio, died Jan. 6, 1880. 

Olive Thrasher, born Dec. 4, 1827, at Cornish Flat, New 

Alfred H. Burroughs and Olive Thrasher married in 1852. 

Mrs. Olive T. Burroughs died at Champlain, 111., May 26 
1863, leaving a daughter, Marina Burroughs born April 5, 1858. 

Widow Mary J. Miller, born July 22, 1836. 

Alfred H. Burroughs and Widow Mary J. Miller married 
May 30, 1869. 

Their children, born in Sweet Home, Nodavay Co., Mo. 

Nancy Naomi, born June 5, 1870. 

Alfred Elmer, born January 24, 1872. 

Victor J. Burroughs, born August 27, 1828, married Mary. 
Beardsley Cowyon Aug 20, i860. 

Children, Sarah S., born July 7, 1861. 

Rena V., born December 10, 1863, died May 5, 187 1. 

Eunice E., born October 2, 1865. 

Amy V., born July 11, 1867, died Sept. 9, 1877. 

Earl L., born June 19, 1870. 

May Edith, born July 12, 1S76. 

Lyman Hunt, born February 13, 1822. 

Harriet D. Burroughs, born August 7, 1827. 

Lyman Hunt, and Harriet D. Burroughs married Septem- 
ber 28, 1854. 

Their children, born in Sweet Home, Nodaway Co., Mo. 

Rowena P., born February 11, 1856. 

Alfred H., born October 24, 1857. 

Orlo D., born January 9, 1859, died April 4, 1880. 

Adelaide E., born January 6, 1861. 

Milton W. and Marion W., (twins) born March 17, 1863. 

Virgil O., born March 19, 1870, 

Elias C. Burroughs, born April 22, 1834. 

Martha A. Pryor, born 

Elias C. Burroughs and Martha A. Pryor married April 
22, 1865. 

They had a son, Ralph W., born May 7, 1867. 


Wm. McConnel, born in Scotland in 1786. 

Jane McElvey, born in Ireland in 1793. 

Wm. McConnel and Jane McElvey married in 1808, in 

Their children were Matilda, Eliza, John, (who died when 
15) Catharine, Lilly Ann and Jane M., all born in Ireland. 
Ellen, born on the Atlantic ocean while coming to America, 
m 1825, and John in Sheridan, New York. 


Lewis A. Burroughs, born April 18, 1820. 

Jane M. McConnel, born April 25, 1824, died August 
29, 1870. 

Lewis A. Burroughs and Jane M. McConnel married Oct. 
12, 1843. 

Their children born in Troy, Geauga Co., Ohio, were: 

Jacob Wm, born July 14, 1844, died March 16, 1855. 

Lewis Amos, born July 15, 1848, died November 23, 1848, 

Ellen Jane, born July 15, 1850. 

Loyd L., born June 20, 1852, 

Matilda Ann, born May 5, 1854. 

Catharine Deette, born June 28, 1856, 

Florence Nightingale, born March 8, 1859. 

Cora Ida, born August 20, 1861. 

Harriet Belle, born March 8, 1866. Not married. 

Clark C. Loveland, born November 4, 1824. died of 
cholera at Vincennes, Indiana, August 23, 1852. 

Matilda S. Tyler, born March 9. 1828. 

Clark C. Loveland and Matilda S. Tyler married April 4, 

Lewis A. Burroughs and Matilda S. Tyler Loveland mar- 
ried May 12, 1873. 

Emery A. Woods, born August 1, 1849. 

Ellen J. Burroughs, born July 15, 1850. 

Emery A. Woods and Ellen J. Burroughs married Dec. 
3. 1873. 

Their children, were: 

Elma M., born in Troy, Geauga Co., Ohio, August 25 
1874, died January 31, 1877. 

Willie, born in Hiram, August 20, 1879. 

Walter, born in Garrettsville, Dec. 24, 1884, 

Loyd L. Burroughs, born June 20, 1852. 
Hannah Conner, born May 9, 1856. 

Loyd L. Burroughs and Hannah Conner married Sept, 5, 


They had one child, a son, Ernest Burroughs, born in 
Hiram, Portage Co., O., November 12, 1876. 

Hyman F. Burgess, born April 5, 1850. 
Anna M. Burroughs, born May 5, 1854, 
Hyman F. Burgess and Anna M. Burroughs, married 
August 12, 1877. 

Their children born in Parkman, Geauga Co., Ohio, were: 
Norman A., born June 21, 1879. 
Lewis A., born August 6, 1880. 
Belle S., born September 19, 1881, 
John H., born August 2, 1884. 

Timothy Fox, born March 25, 1850. 

Catharine D. Burroughs, born June 28, 1856, died June I. 

Timothy Fox and Catharine D. Burroughs married Sept. 
15, 1878. 

Their children born in Troy, Geauga Co., Ohio, were: 

Louie, born June 29, 1879, died December 28, 1882. 

Lent, born February 13, 1881. 

Elton, born April 7, 1884. 

One little incident in the child life of Elton Fox is too 
good to be lost and I insert it here. Timothy Fox had told his 
children that their mother's mother was born in Ireland and 
brought to this country when young. In the winter of '92-3, 
Frank Bartholomew taught school in the district where 
Timothy Fox's children attended school. The teacher was tell- 
ing the children the characteristics of the people of the different 
nations of the earth, and when he came to the Irish he spoke 
disparagingly of them as being given to drinking and fighting, 
when Elton sprang to his feet and exclaimed, "The Irish 
aint all bad for my grandmother was a full-blooded Irishman." 


Fred N. Barber, born February 5, 1857. 

Florence N. Burroughs, born March 8, 1859. 

Fred N. Barber and Florence N. Burroughs married 

January 11, 1879. They have no children. 

Miles Turtle Jr., born February 26, 1861. 
Coral. Burroughs born August 20, 1861. 

Miles Tuttle Jr. and Cora I. Burroughs married August 20, 
1 384. 

Mrs. Cora I. Tuttle died January 29, 1888. 

Miles Tuttle Jr., died January 31, 1888. 

They died of diphtheria and left a male child born in 
Shalersville, Portage Co., Ohio, January 13, 188S, which was 
adopted by Miles Tuttle senior, and wife, and named by them 
Plymond M. Tuttle. 

In the earl)' part of my labors 1 expected to contribute my 
MS. to be published in a book, to contain genealogies of the 
entire Burroughs name in America. The death of some of 
my co-laborers, the apathy of some families, and my age and 
infirmities, admonish me to close and publish my own line, 
hoping that more able hands will take up the work and carry 
it to completion. I have much in fragmentary MS. that 
would help others in their lines of genealogy. With faith that 
theibower which brought me into, and has led and sustained me 
through a somewhat eventful life, will continue~fhlis watchful 
care in my last change, my work is now closed and submitted. 

Lewis Amos Burroughs. 
P. (). address, Garrettsville, Portage Co., Ohio. 


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