Lieut. Richard BURNHAM

Male 1692 - 1754  (62 years)

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  1. 1.  Lieut. Richard BURNHAM was born 6 Jul 1692 (son of Richard BURNHAM and Sarah HUMPHRIES); died 11 Feb1754.

    Richard married Abigail EASTON 5 May 1715. Abigail was born 16 Mar 1687; died 28 Mar 1784. [Group Sheet]

    1. Aaron BURNHAM was born 05 May 1719; died 14 Sep 1760.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Richard BURNHAM was born Abt 1654 (son of Thomas BURNHAM and Anna WRIGHT); died 28 Apr 1731.

    Richard married Sarah HUMPHRIES 11 Jun 1680. Sarah was born 11 Jun 1680. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Sarah HUMPHRIES was born 11 Jun 1680.

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    • Fact: Dau. of Michael Humphries of Windsor

    1. 1. Richard BURNHAM was born 6 Jul 1692; died 11 Feb1754.
    2. Esther BURNHAM was born 1697; died 06 Nov 1784.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Thomas BURNHAM was born 1617, England; died 28 Jun 1688.


    He is said to have been of Hertfordshire descent; came to Hartford about 1647 or 8, perhaps from Ipswich. Others of the name went from there to Wenham. A Thomas Burhan aged 18, "imbarqued for the Barbadoes, Nov. 20, 1635, Peter Blackloe, master; took the oath of Allegenance and Supremacie; examined by the minister of the Towne of Gravesend." (N.E. Reg., 14, p. 357) His name first appears on the Colonial Records of Conn., Dec. 7, 1648; was made Freeman, May 21, 1657, having been elected Constable the previous February and Chimney Viewer Feb. 11, 1658/9; was in the list of Freemen at Windsor, Oct. 11, 1669. He was a large land holder and speculator, buying land from the Indians. In June, 1659, he was required "to appear at ye Court in Octbr to answr for his former cariage, complayned of to ye Court," etc. He was a lawyer and an educated man, and this complaint was in regard to one of his cases. He was attorney in 1662, for Abigail Betts, accused of blasphemy. For offending the Court in his successful defense of her, "saving her neck," as the court record has it, he was condemned to "ye prison keep", but the Court dared not attempt to carry this sentence into effect, for fear of an appeal to England. They deprived him, however, of his citizenship, for a time, and prohibited him from acting as attorney except in his own cases. His offense seems to have been that he compelled the Court to try the woman by the English rather than the Mosaic law, which they preferred and were in the habit of using. At the General Court in April, some of his purchase from Tantonimo, Sachem of the Podunk Indians, was set aside, on the ground that the lands were not the Sachem's to sell. His house on the east side of the River, was one of the five fortified and garrisoned during the Indian War, 1675.

    Thomas married Anna WRIGHT 1639. Anna was born 1620, England; died 5 Aug 1703. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Anna WRIGHT was born 1620, England; died 5 Aug 1703.
    1. Elizabeth BURNHAM was born 1640; died 2 Dec 1720.
    2. Mary BURNHAM was born 1642; died 26 Jan 1720.
    3. Anna BURNHAM was born Abt 1644; died 29 Nov 1722.
    4. Thomas BURNHAM was born 16 Apr 1646, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died 19 Mar 1726, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
    5. John BURNHAM was born Abt 1648; died 20 Apr 1721.
    6. Samuel BURNHAM was born Abt 1650; died 12 Apr 1728.
    7. William BURNHAM was born Abt 1652, Podunk, Hartford County, Connecticut; died 12 Dec 1730, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
    8. 2. Richard BURNHAM was born Abt 1654; died 28 Apr 1731.
    9. Rebecca BURNHAM was born Abt 1656.