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7401 [WILLA (-after 936). Willa is named "uxore…Boso Tusciæ provinciæ marchio regis frater" by Liutprand, without giving her origin, when he records the marriage of her daughter Willa in 936[127]. According to Jean-Noël Mathieu, she was the daughter of Rudolf I King of Burgundy, basing this on the fact that she was sent to Burgundy when she was separated from her Husband in 936[128], which is recorded by Liutprand[129], but there are presumably other plausible explanations for her destination de Burgundy, Princess of Burgundy Willa (I6628)
 
7402 “Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England”, volume 3, by Savage.

“John Ormsby was a Proprietor at Rehoboth in 1668. He was one of Gallup’s Company in 1690 in Phips’expedition against Quebec.”

John Ormsby, born before 1645 possibly at Saco (Maine), as a Proprietor of Rehoboth Mass in 1668. No Wife’s name is given, but lists five children as Elizabeth born 27 Nov. 1674, Mary born 4 APR 1677, Jonathan born 26 Aug. 1678, Martha born 7 May 1680 and Jacob born 16 Mar 1682. John Ormsby was brother of Jacob and Thomas, also of Rehoboth and son of Richard Ormsby and Sarah.

John Ormsby’s name (or his son’s) was included “of the inhabitants and proprietors of the Towne of Rehoboth having Rights and Titles to the Measuages, Tenements and Lands contained in the quit-claim deed of William Bradford to the town of Rehoboth, which hath been reade and allowed in a full Towne Meeting, February the 7th, 1689:”

Plymouth Scrapbook.
June 2, 1669, he gave bond as administrator of an estate April 1, 1669, he inventoried the estate of F. Stevens. He was a witness on the bond of Richard Bowen, II of Rehoboth. His signature on all these documents is spelled Ormsby.

History of Rehoboth by Tilton.
In a list of persons sharing in land given by Quit Claim Deed from King Phillip, May 26, 1668, among others were; Ormsby, John, Thomas, Jacob. (All sons of Richard).

History of Rehoboth, Mass. by Tilton.
In a list of inhabitants and proprietors who shared in lands given to the Town of Rehoboth, by Quit Claim Deed Feb. 7, 1689, by William Bradford and recorded Apr. 21, 1735, among others were; Ormsby, John, Thomas, and Mary, Jacob Ormsby’s daughter. (Jacob had died 1677).

Inventory of the estate of Francis Stevens of Rehoboth was made April 1st, 1669 by Wm. Carpenter and John Ormsby.

Bradford Co. Pa Queries
John’s sister, Grace Martin (1640 England - July 4, 1710 Rehoboth) married John Ormsby (b. Sept 21, 1640 - March 10, 1717 18 Rehoboth) on Jan 25, 1663 64 in Rehoboth. 
Ormsby, John (I31490)
 
7403 “he arrived in Salem with a young family not far from 1630, and lodged for a time at Lynn. A section of land was assigned to him, in that part of Plymouth called Duxbury, July 3, 1637. This section of land, being forfeited by his removal to Sandwich in the same year, was assigned to Nicholas Robbins, November 5, 1638, who made to the former occupant some remuneration for fences and culture.
In the settlement of Sandwich, Thomas Burgess became associated with Edmund Freeman, Henry Feake, Richard Chad-well, William Almy, Thomas Tupper, William Wood, Edward Dillingham, John Carman, George Knott, and Thomas Dexter. " He was," says Dr. Savage, "a chief man of them." In the church, instituted in 1638, under the pastoral care of William Leverich, he was an original member. In process of time he became a large landholder, and with advancing age he was called Goodman Burgess. He served the town in every office, humble or honorable, from road-surveyor to deputy to the Court at Plymouth, for several successive years.
There is a charm in the fact that the patriarchal estate has never been alienated from the family. Benjamin,-the founder of the commercial house of Benjamin Burgess and Sons, Boston, -a lineal descendant of the sixth generation, held it in his possession, and in 1863, could point out the old cellar in which Thomas stored his fruits, and the bubbling fountain from which he drank for forty-eight years,-dying, February 13, 1685, aged eighty-two years. His grave was honored with a monumenteil slab, imported from England. " This was the only monument," says Amos Otis, Esq., "set up for any pilgrim of the first generation." Dorothy, his wife, died Feb. 27, 1687.
The descendants of Thomas Burgess, thousands in number, are dispersed from Maine to California. They are chiefly devoted, as it should be, to agriculture. Many navigate the seas. Some are employed in the mechanic arts, and others are found in the medical, clerical and legal professions. As a race, they hold fast their moral and religious integrity., But some do not so far appreciate their alliance to tbe Puritan Pilgrim of the Old Colony, as to send forwa^Road their names to be enrolled in these Records. Such may find their curiosity stimulated, to trace out their genealogy more privately, by the aid of a few direct lines of descent, from the first to the seventh generation.
WILL OF THOMAS BURGESS. The orthography slightly amended.
I, Thomas Burgess, Senr., of Sandwich, being through God's goodness full of years, and waiting for my change, and yet having my understanding remaining with me,-blessed be God,-and also through God's great goodness being possessed of a competent outward estate, do now on serious consideration make this my last Will and Testament, touching the disposal of my estate after my dear wife and myself be decently buried, and all necessary charges defrayed, and all debts paid, the remaining part I give as fol-loweth:
Item. I give unto my eldest son, Thomas Burgess, of Rhode Island, five pounds out of my movable estate, to be paid by my executors after our decease.
Item. I give unto my son, Jacob Burgess, upon good consideration, all my house-lot, dwelling-house, barn and out-houses, all my upland on both sides of the cartway, all that belongs to my homestead dwelling. I also give him all my meadow that I have lying below Michael Blackwell's dwelling-house on both sides of Scussett river, for him my said son Jacob Bur-fess to enjoy, use and possess during his natural life; and after his decease give the said dwelling-house, barn and all the forementioned lands, both upland and meadow, to his son Thomas Burgess, my grandson, to him and his heirs forever. But if my said grandson die without heirs, then my will is that the said house and lands above-mentioned shall return to the next heir of my son, Jacob Burgess. I give also to my said son, Jacob Burgess, all my land lying near and adjacent to Thomas Tupper's lands below the cartway, having Mr. Freeman's land on the western side. These I give to him upon this condition, that he, my said son Jacob Burgess, pay or cause to be paid unto my grandson Thomas Burgess, son of my son John Burgess, ten pounds in good pay, to be made to him my grandson, at twenty-three years of age.
Item. I give unto my son, Joseph Burgess, the first and second lots th^t adjoin his other lands near his house, if my said son accept of them so as to pay unto my son, John Burgess, five pounds; but if my son Joseph refuse said lands upon such terms, as to pay said five pounds as aforesaid, then my will is that said land return to my son, Ezra Perry, and that he perform the condition,-I mean by two lots, those lots that were once * * *; then I give them: I give to my said son, Ezra Perry, all my other lands that lie above the said two lots, for him to enjoy forever, the which lands I bought of Mr. Edward Freeman, II
Item. I give to my dear wife all my movable estate, to be at her own disposing at her decease. I mean chattels of all sorts that I may have.
And I do appoint and ordain my son, Ezra Perry, and my son, Jacob
Burgess, to be my Executors to see this my last Will performed, as I witness under my hand and seal, this fourth day of April, 1684.”
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH FROM SEVERAL SOURCES: The origin of Thomas Burgess, the immigrant, is not yet verified. Although there are claims that he was born in 1601 to a gentry family in Truro, Cornwall, England, it is more likely that he was not a member of the gentry as class distinctions were rigidly observed even in early Massachusetts and he is referred to as Goodman Burgess while living in Massachusetts instead of being called "Mr. Burgess." Also, he could not sign his name on documents, using a mark instead, indicating that he was not educated. It is more likely that he was born in Yorkshire, where it is believed that probably he is the Thomas Burgess who married Dorothy Waynes in Tanfield, Yorkshire, England in 1628. There are claims that he first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630, which also is unlikely. These issues are discussed in an article, "Doubting Thomases," prepared by Joseph Earl Burgess that is available on the Ancestry.com website. Mr. Burgess refers to extensive research on these issues by noted genealogist Winifred Lovering Holman (Mrs. Frank R. Dodge), available with the title of Burgess Lineage at the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, MA. The late Mrs. Dodge asserts that "there seems not an iota of documentary proof for the idea. My careful study shows no evidence that Thomas was ever of the Bay Colony" [Salem was in the Massachusetts Bay Colony]. All that is actually known is that on 3 Jul 1637 he received land in Duxbury in the Plymouth Colony, but forfeited that land to move to Sandwich on Cape Cod, settling in the area now called Sagamore.. In Sandwich he was one of the leading citizens--an original church member in 1638, a large landholder, and a holder of a number of offices in the community. Thomas Burgess fought in the Narragansett War in 1642 and in that year he was elected to represent Sandwich in the provincial legislature where he continued to serve his constituency in that capacity for eleven consecutive years, a term of service among the longest periods of representation in the Colony, The deputies were elected annually, and there were usually eighteen for the entire Colony. His name also appears as a town selectman. He was to help with the surveying, 'to lay out and order the true bounds of every inhabitant's lands' in 1658 at Sandwich. Thomas Burgess died on 13 Feb 1684/1685 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Plymouth Colony {later in Massachusetts]. His wife Dorothy died there on 27 Feb 1687/1688. Prior to 1752, the new year began on March 25.. In the instances of these deaths, under current calendaring procedures the years of death would be 1685 and 1688. Both years for each event should be included in recording such an event. He left a will dated 4 Apr 1684 that was proven on 4 Mar 1684/1685.. He and his wife are buried in the Old Town Cemetery in Sandwich, a new tombstones having been erected in 1917. Fragments of the original tombstones now being used as footstones.
THIRD GENERATION.
The old family cradle of Thomas Burgess was rocked near the seaside. The bay was spread out in full view, and the roar of the surf was heard in every tempest. His athletic sons, early accustomed to adventure in the fisheries, and poorly re­ warded by a sterile soil for work on the land, were often allured to seek their fortune on the treacherous ocean. Many of them have been ordinary mariners, and not a few the brave commanders of ships. :No pen has noted down the number of the lost, and no monumental stones indicate their resting place. In some instances, father and son, or two brothers, have fallen victims in the same disaster. Death has followed hardship and danger. In vain, anxious hearts have throbbed, and tears have freely flowed. The husband, the brother, the son, did not return. Where are so many wives made widows, and so many children fatherless, as along our maritime borders? How marvelous is the Christian doctrine, so contrary to our natural sense, "The sea shall give up the dead that are in it”
The ocean cemetery has no inclosing wall, and no names are inscribed on its rocks. Every descendant of Thomas may know that many of his kindred sleep in tombs invisible and unvisited, around which the waves and storms chaunt a requiem. In this connection, it is grateful to acknowledge that much is done to improve the condition of mariners. There are Sailors' Homes, Mariners' Chapels, Libraries and Saving Institutions, besides the Light House, the Life Boat and other apparatus.

The military element, too, has been strongly developed. The name in England inherits eleven distinctive heraldic emblems, or coats of armor. Thomas and his sons participated in the Indian conflicts. The patriotic fire burned in the souls of their descendants in the French war and in the Revolutionary struggle. Some fell in battle, and others died in the military camp and in the prison ship. Those who survived to return home, laid up in their houses the memorials of past danger and deliverance. The writer of these sentences, when a child, read with wonder the old parchment commissions to his fathers, with rich seals and signatures, and handled proudly their belts and swords, putting on their wigs and threecornered hats. 
Burgess, Thomas II (I31736)
 
7404 “One of the things about a town which really makes it appear a friendly community is the presence of some of the old-timers who are regular visitors to the main street. Here in Gravenhurst one of these gentlemen is John Boon. John, who will celebrate his 75th birthday on June 5th can be seen on Muskoka St at nearly any hour of the day. He’s short, has a slight limp, grey hair and mustache and has a facinating voice and a hearty laugh. He was a lumberman and drove the rivers for Mickle Dyment and Son several years ago. Unfortunately John suffers with rheumatism which he attributes to working on the rivers. Often times he would become soaked with water and would continue work just the same. He figures he’s paying for it now, so while he is still able to get around he is leaving Gravenhurst in a few days to spend the remainder of his life with his sister in the Ottawa district. Sorry to see John move on. We’ll miss him.”Gravenhurst Banner May 25, 1950 Boon, John (I10437)
 
7405 “Sacred to the memory of Andrew A. Thompson who died May 24 1873 aged 78 years a native of Dumfries-shire Scotland”. Thomson, Andrew III (I7856)
 

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