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Jehu Burr

Jehu Burr

Male 1596 - Bef 1654  (57 years)

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  • Name Jehu Burr 
    Born 1596  ____, ____, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1654  Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jehu (also seen as Jehue Burre) came to New England with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. He became a Freeman of Massachusetts Bay Colony in May 18, 1631. He resided in Fairfield, CT about 1641 and was a carpenter by trade.

      From "Genealogies of Connecticut Families", Vol. I, "The Burrs of Fairfield, Conn.", pg. 261: ..."was in Massachusetts in 1630, and was admitted freeman in 1631. This Christian name in the record can hardly be distinguished from John, and is often copied John. Jehu Burr belonged to the Church at Roxbury [MA], and settled at Springfield [MA] with William Pynchon and others, in 1636. In a few years he removed to Fairfield, where he died before 1650."

      From "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol. IV, "List of Officials in Connecticut and New Haven Colonies 1635-1665", pg. 971: BURR, Jehu * (d. before 1673). Deputy (Springfield) to Conn. Leg., Apr., 1638, Sept., 1641; Deputy (Fairfield) to Conn. Leg., Sept., 1645, Apr., 1646.

      BURR, Jehu (d. 1692). Deputy (Fairfield) to Conn. Leg., Oct., 1659, Oct., 1660, May, 1661, May, 1663, Oct., 1663; Judge (Fairfield Town), May, 1664.

      The elder Jehu served for two terms after settling in Fairfield, but a long break in service occurs between 1646 and 1659; thereafter the name of Jehu appears with great regularity, continuing through the period when the elder Jehu died.

      From "The Great Migration Begins; Immigrants to New England 1620-1633", Vol. 1 A-F, by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston, 1995, New England Historic Genealogical Society "Great Migration Study Project", pgs, 278-280: JEHU BURR, Origin: unknown; migration: 1630; first residence: Roxbury, Mass; removes to: Springfield, 1636, Fairfield (VA) 1641.

      Church membership: "Jehu Burr" admitted to Roxbury Church as member #12, which would be at or soon after the organization of the church in 1632 (Roxbury Church Records 74). Made second largest contributions (after WILLIAM PYNCHON) to building a house for Rev. George Moxon and for his maintenance, 13 Jan 1638 (Springfield Town Records 1:15).

      Freeman: Requested 19 Oct 1630 and admitted 18 May 1631 (MBCR 1:80, 366)

      Education: signed by mark, articles of agreement founding Springfield 14 May 1636 (New England Historic Genealogical Society 13:297)

      Offices: One of three Roxbury appointees to committee to oversee construction of cartbridges over Muddy River and Stony River, to connect Boston and Roxbury, 6 Aug 1633 (MBCR 1:107).

      Appointed tax collector for "Agawam" (Springfield) by Connecticut General Court, 9 Feb 1637/8 (CCCR 1:12). Springfield deputy to Connecticut General Court, 5 April 1638, 9 Sep 1641 (CCCR 1:17, 67). Committee to set out the bounds of the plantation (Springfield), 3 Jan 1638/9 (Springfield Town Records 1:19).

      Commissioner for "Uncowaue" (Fairfield) to gather contributions for "the maintenance of scholars at Cambridge", 25 Oct 1644 (CCC Records 1:112). Deputy for Fairfield to Connecticut General Court, 11 Sept 1645; 9 Apr 1646 (CCCR 1:130,138).

      Estate: On 12 Jan 1673, a record was made of the land held in Fairfield by John Burr and Jehu Burr, "per virtue of the last will of his deceased father". John Burr had three and three-quarters acres in the Old Field, four acres in the New Field or Mill Plain, eight acres on Sascoe Hill, ten and a half acres and 20 rods in Great Meadow, and two and a half acres and thirty-four rods of meadow in Sascoe Neck (Fairfield P Records 4 (reversed):27; Fairfield Land Records A:1:229). Jehu Burr had a four acre homelot, eight and a quarter acres in the Old Field, eight acres on the Mill Plain, and sixteen acres on Sasqua Hill (Fairfield P Records 4 (reversed):55; Fairfield Land Records; Book A:1:229).

      Birth: By about 1605, based on estimated date of marriage (but possibly earlier if the eldest son was born some years prior to 1631).

      Death: Fairfield by 1654, and perhaps earlier (FOOF 1:116)

      Marriage: By 1631 ........ "..... Burr the wife of Jehu Burr" admitted to Roxbury Church as member #26, probably at or not long after the organization of the church in 1632 (Roxbury Church Records 75).

      Children:

      #1 Jehu, b. say 1631, "m (1) after 1655, Esther, widow of Joseph Boosey of Westchester, and perhaps dau. of Andrew Ward; m (2) by 1666, Elizabeth Prudden, dau. of Rev. Peter Prudden, bapt. at Milford, 11 Mar 1642/3. (FOOF 1:118-20). (The details on these two marriages are quoted directly from this source because Jacobus undertook an extended discussion of these complicated problems, and his work has not been superseded in this matter.)

      #2 John, b. about 1633 (according to Jacobus deposed 1681, aged 48 (FOOF 121); m: possibly (1) Mary Ward, daughter of Andrew Ward (FOOF 1:119-21); m: (2) by 1673, Sarah Fitch (she was not named in the will of her father, Thomas Fitch of Norwalk, but her brother, John Fitch, executor of his father's estate, "engaged to give to the children of his deceased sister Burr the same amount which his other sisters had by will" (FOOF 1:205).

      #3 Nathaniel, b say 1635; m (1) Sarah Ward, daughter of Andrew Ward (New York GB Records 51:164); m: (2) between 1692 and 1721, Hannah (Goodyear) Wakeman, daughter of Stephen Goodyear and widow of Samuel Wakeman. (FOOF 1:632)

      #4 Elizabeth, b. say 1637; m (1) by about 1655 Nehemiah Olmstead; m: (2) about 1660 Obadiah Gilbert; m: (3) Nathaniel Seeley (on 21 June 1688, there were recorded "several parcels of land, made over by Elizabeth Seely unto her two sons Obadiah and Benjamin Gilbert as she is executor of her husband, Gilbert" (Fairfield Land Records 1:615); see also FOOF 1:221, 452, 525-26).

      #5 Daniel, b. about 1642 (according to Jacobus deposed 1682 aged 40 (FOOF 123); m. (1) Stamford (blank) Feb. 1668/9 (or perhaps 1669/70) Abigail Brewster, daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Brewster (TAG 11:33, 13:116,, 155); m: (2) New Haven, CT 11 Dec 1678 Abigail Glover (New Haven Vital Records 1:47).

      Associations: Jacobus, in preparing his study of Fairfield families, noted the following, "He may have married more than once. The mother of Jehu, Jr., was quite likely sister of John Cable, Sr. There was probably some relationship between the Burrs and the family of Nathaniel Perry" (FOOF 1:116). See "John Cable" for further discussion on this relationship.

      Comments: Savage discoursed at length on the ease with which the given name of Jehu can be misread as "John", and how he and several other contemporary antiquaries had done so. This would be the explanation for the entry in "POPE" for a "Mr. John Burr made a freeman on 18 May 1631".

      On 1 May 1635/6, the General Court arranged for arbitration of a dispute between Jehu Burr and Mr. (Richard) Dummer (MBCR 1:164).

      The birth date estimated for his eldest son, Jehu, is derived from the estimated date of his first marriage. There is, however, another record which indicates that he may well have been some years older. On 10 Apr 1645, Connecticut General Court ordered that "Jehue Burr the elder and Tho: Barlowe are to be warned to the next Particular Court" (CCCR 1:125). Although a son need not be twenty-one before his father is referred to as "the elder", he would probably be more than fourteen, so it may be that Jehu was born as early as the mid-1620's, although this would seem to make him several years older than any other child. This would in turn imply that the elder Jehu Burr's marriage had taken place some years before 1631 (or perhaps there was another, earlier wife).

      Source: "The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633", vol. 1, by Robert Charles Anderson.
      "John Cable was related in some way to JEHU BURR. First they were paired in all their migrations. Both first resided in Roxbury, and moved to Springfield in 1636, where both were among the four leading citizens. In contributions made on 13 Jan 1638, for building a house for Rev. George Moxon and for his maintenane, the largest donations on each occasion were made by William Pynchon, Henry Smith, Jehu Burr and John Cable. (SpTR 1:15). Burr and Cable both departed Springfield in 1641 and participated in the founding of Fairfield in that year.

      Second: in his Will, John Cable appointed "my loving kinsman, Jehu Burr, and John Burr, my overseers". This connection was probably through the first wife of John Cable, or through Burr's wife.
    Person ID I19055  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 

    Father Jehu Burr,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Miss Stedman,   d. Unknown 
    Family ID F11747  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Cable,   b. Abt 1600, ____, ____, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married Bef 1624  ____, ____, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Capt. Jehue Burr, Jr.,   b. Abt 1625, ____, ____, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1692, Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     2. John Burr,   b. Abt 1633, Roxbury, Norfolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Nov 1694  (Age ~ 61 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 
    Family ID F7446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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