My Burnham Ancestors


01. Robert Burnham was born about 1581 in Norwich, England.  In 1608 he married Mary Andrews (1585-1635).  They had 7 children.  Two of their sons, Edward and Benjamin remained in England.  He died in 1608. 


02. Thomas Burnham, son of Robert and Mary was born in 1623 in Norwich. 

"The 3 Burnham brothers, John, Thomas, and Robert, sons of Robert and Mary [Andrews] Burnham, arrived in May, 1635 on the ship "Angel Gabriel" in the charge of their maternal uncle, Capt. Andrews, master of the ship. Capt. Robert Andrews, was the brother of Mary [Andrews] Burnham. The ship :Angel Gabriel" pulled into Pemaquid Bay (Pemaquid, Maine) on August 13, 1635 and laid at anchor. The next day there was a terrible rain storm which ravaged the whole coast from Nova Scotia to New York starting at morning. The Angel was torn to pieces by the savage storm and cast away. Most of the cattle, 1 seaman and 3 or 4 passengers died. The others escaped to shore. Among the few personal belongings saved was a chest belonging to the Burnham boys. The tides had been as high as 20 feet. Some passengers set up tents along the shore and John Cogswell [Coggswell] went to Boston and sought the help of a Capt. Gallop who commanded a smallbark, or barque as it was called then. He took some passengers to Ipswich and made another trip the end of October. The 3 Burnham brothers went to Chebacco, in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, probably with their uncle, Capt. Andrews, and John Cogswell and his family in Capt. Gallop's barque." 
Source: Genforum posting, Burnham Group; 2-26-99

Thomas married Marie Lawrence, daughter of Thomas Lawrence and Joan Antrobus in June, 1645. 

"He joined the Pequot Expedition, 1636 or 7; was selectman in 1647, and on town committees; 1664 made sargeant of Ipswich company; 1665 made ensign; 1683 appointed Lieutenant; Deputy to the General Court in 1683, 1684 and 1685. In 1667, "Thomas Burnham is granted the privilege of erecting saw-mill on the Chebacco river near the falls;" 1657 "a road or way to be laid out through Thomas Burnham's land, across the swamp;" 1678 "Ensign Thomas Burnham, of Ipswich, has right of commonage according to law." He owned much real estate in Ipswich and also in Chebacco. His houses and farms were divided between his sons Thomas and James." Source

Thomas died in 1694.  Thomas and Marie had 11 children.


03. Mary Burnham, daughter of Thomas and Marie was born in 1652 in Ipswich, MA.  She married John Clark, son of Thomas Clark on October 6, 1672 in Ipswich.  They had 6 children.  Mary died in February 1723 in Ipswich.  I descend from their son Thomas Clark who married Elizabeth Leonard of Mayflower ancestry.


Migration pattern of my Burnham family
England -- Massachusetts


Surnames that married into my Burnham family


The tale of the ship "Angel Gabriel"

There are several sites that tell in more detail about the voyage of the ship "Angel Gabriel" and its passengers. 

blueball.gif (111 bytes) Wikipedia article on the voyage
blueball.gif (111 bytes) http://www.kristinhall.org/fambly/Resources/AngelGabriel.html
blueball.gif (111 bytes) http://www.blaisdell.org/Crossing%20the%20Atlantic%20in%201635.docx.pdf


My Descent From The Burnham Line

Generation Father Mother
14 Robert Burnham (1581-) Mary Andrews (1585-1635)
13 Thomas Burnham (1623-1694) Marie Lawrence (1625-1715)
12 John Clark (1639-1709) Mary Burnham (1652-1723)
11 Thomas Clark (1674-) Elizabeth Leonard (1683-1746)
10 Thomas Clark (1708-) Sarah Woodward (1717-1750)
9 Samuel Adams (1737-1809) Sarah Clark (1739-1818)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

This page was last updated on 10/11/2016 

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