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Various Thomas Burnhams of Ipswich - 1600's
Posted by: Linda Stufflebean (ID *****9730) Date: November 02, 2011 at 15:41:04
  of 1939

I am descended from Isaac Parsons who married Hannah Burnham on 4 July 1739. Isaac was born in 1714 in Gloucester, MA. If Hannah was 21 when she married, then she was born about 1718. I have never seen any proof of who her parents were, but it has been said that she was a daughter of Thomas Burnham and perhaps Susanna. I don't believe Susanna was her mother, as there are no recorded births of any children to a Susanna Burnham in the 1600's vital records of Mass. In fact, the only mention of Susanna is her death record, recorded at Ipswich, on 27 May 1728. It is noted that she is the wife (not widow) of Lt. Thomas Burnham, so I assume that means her husband survived her.

Has anyone done any research proving which adult Thomas goes with which set of parents, wives and death dates? With the exception of Thomas who married Lydia Pengry being the son of Thomas the immigrant and Mary Lawrence, how do these Thomases fit together and is Hannah Burnham, born about 1718 the unrecorded daughter of Thomas Burnham who married Hannah Cogswell in 1712?

I have extracted the following Ipswich vital records concerning Thomas Burnhams born in there in the 1600's:


Thomas, 19 Jan 1666, son of Thomas
Thomas, 22 Sept 1673, son of John
Thomas, 27 Jan 1681, son of James
Thomas, 12 Feb 1694/5, son of Thomas and Esther

Marriages and/or Intentions:

Thomas and Lydia Pengry, 13 Feb 1665
Sgt. Thomas and Mrs. Esther (Cogswell) Bishop, widow of Stephen Bishop, 16th day, 10th m. (year not stated, but thought to be abt 1685)
Thomas Jr. and Margaret Boarmans, 30 Sept 1703
Thomas Jr. and Hannah Cogswell, 22 Nov 1712
Thomas and Mrs. Priscilla Appleton, 13th d. 10th m. 1718


Lt. Thomas, June 1694
Lt. Thomas, 21 Feb 1728, aged about 88
Thomas, 31 Mar 1742, aged 56 yrs.
Thomas, son of Lt. Thomas, 4 Apr 1730, aged 35 yrs., 2 mos.
Sgt.Thomas of Chebacco (Ipswich), 16 Dec 1748
Thomas, 9 May 1759, aged about 77
Thomas, died abt 1762 when his will was probated
Margaret, wife of Thomas, 10 Mar 1759
Lydia, wife of Thomas, 14 Mar 168_ (probably 1688)
Susanna, wife of Thomas, 27 May 1728
Mary, wife of Lt. Thomas, 27 Mar 1715, aged abt 92 yrs.
Family Groups:

Immigrant Thomas and Mary Lawrence:

Thomas, born abt 1646; married Lydia Pengry
John, born abt 1648; married Elizabeth Wells
James, born abt 1650; married Mary Cogswell
Mary, born abt 1652; married John Clark
Joanna, born abt 1654; married John Newmarsh
Abigail, born abt 1656
Ruth, born 1 July 1657; died 30 July 1657
Ruth, born 23 Aug 1658; married John Carter
Joseph, born 26 Sept 1660
Nathan, born 4 Sept 1662
Sarah, born 28 June 1664; married Mr. Clark
Esther, born 19 Mar 1665
Phebe, born 16 Mar 1667; married Matthew Perkins

Thomas and Lydia Pengry:

Moses, son of Thomas Jr, 19 Jan 1666
(They probably lost 3 young children in this time span.)
Lydia, daughter of Thomas Jr, 6 Dec 1674
Aaron, son of Thomas Jr, 12 Sept 1676
Eleazer, son of Thomas Jr, 5 Sept 1678
Abigail, daughter of Thomas Jr, 2 June 1680
Daniel, son of Thomas Jr, 4 Apr 1682
Mary, daughter of Thomas and Lydia, 18 Oct 1685

Sgt. Thomas and Esther Cogswell Bishop:

Susanna, 29 Jan 1692/3
Thomas, 12 Feb 1694/5
Benjamin, 21 Dec 1696

Thomas and Priscilla Appleton:

Priscilla, daughter of Thomas the 3rd, 10 Mar 1719; died 24 Mar 1719
Thomas, 21 Feb 1722
Priscilla, 8 Mar 1723
Isaac, 24 Apr 1726
Priscilla, 21 July 1728; died 24 Feb 1735, aged 7 yrs. 7 mos. She is identified as the daughter of the DECEASED Thomas Burnham the 3rd and Priscilla.

Thomas and Margaret: If this couple married in 1703, they must have also lost a number of children.

Ophin (date unknown and perhaps name should be Ephraim??)
Jushua, 29th day, 10th mo. 1710
Elizabeth, 13 Mar 1715; died 23 Feb 1730 at Gloucester, MA
Mary, 13 July 1718
John, 3 June 1722

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