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!B&M: Rick Ingersoll 8 May 96 (Clapp 18)
MARR: Marshall Johnson 16 Feb 96 p3 (Clapp 17)
MARR: Joy Jones 20 Oct 92 (Clapp 01)
ancestry.com database [Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.] states:
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: No evidence of church membership for John Bursley, but on 22 July
1643 "Mestresse Bursly" joined the Barnstable church [NEHGR 9:280].
FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 (as "Mr. John Burslin") and admitted 18 May 1631 (as "Mr.
Jo: Burslyn") [MBCR 1:79, 366].
OFFICES: Weymouth deputy to General Court, 25 May 1636 [MBCR 1:174]; on 8 September 1636
the General Court ordered that "whereas the town of Waimoth hath sent 3 deputies to this Court,
being a very small town, at the request of the said deputies two of them were dismissed by the Court,
viz: Mr. Bursley & John Upham" [MBCR 1:179]; committee to make colony rate [MBCR 1:175];
committee to survey colony boundary, 20 November 1637 [MBCR 1:211]; with Richard Collicott
fined 6s. 8d. "for absence when the Court sat in the afternoon, being jurymen" [MBCR 1:232].
Dorchester committee to assess £30 for the captain of the train band, 2 June 1634 [DTR 7].
Barnstable constable, 4 June 1645 [PCR 2:83]. Plymouth grand jury, 1 June 1647 [PCR 2:116].
ESTATE: "John Busley, gent.," was one of the group of New England men on both the first and
second patents for Agamenticus [York] granted by the Council for New England, 2 December 1631
and 2 March 1631/2 [Council NE 101, 105]. There is no evidence that he ever resided on or took
advantage of this grant.
"Mr. John Bursleye's inventory" was taken 21 August 1660 and totalled £115 5s., with no real
estate included [MD 17:159; PCPR 2:2:63].
The following record, although ostensibly for a Thomas Bursley, must be for John, for it comes at
the right time, it takes place in Barnstable, and the widow's names is Joanna: "Mr. Hinckley is
appointed by the Court to treat with Joanna, the wife of Mr. Thomas Bursley, late deceased,
concerning the disposing of some part of his estate unto his children, that so what is done on that
behalf may be entered on the Court records," 2 October 1660 [PCR 3:201].
ASSOCIATIONS: In both the 1628 assessment for the removal of THOMAS MORTON and the 1631
patent for Agamenticus, Bursley is associated with WILLIAM JEFFREY.
COMMENTS: Charles Francis Adams marshalled the evidence in favor of the position that John
Bursley was part of the company of ROBERT GORGES which arrived in New England in the fall of
1623 and settled at the location that was to become Weymouth [MHSP 1:16:197]. One of the most
important pieces of evidence in this argument is the list of those who contributed to the expenses
involved in deporting THOMAS MORTON in 1628, which included an entry for "Mr. Jeffrey and
Mr. Burslem, £2" [Bradford LB 43].
The identity of the John Bursley of Weymouth with the man of the same name in Barnstable is
based on the marriage of Bursley to the daughter of Reverend Joseph Hull, at about the time the
latter moved from Weymouth to Barnstable, and the disappearance of John Bursley from
Weymouth about the time of this marriage. Both Pope and GDMNH have separate entries for the
activities of this man in the two towns. That this same man was patentee of York is based on the
continued association with WILLIAM JEFFREY, and with the Gorges family.
The John Bursley who resided in Exeter, Hampton and Kittery was a different man, since he was of
a lower social stratum, and there were chronological conflicts between him and the Barnstable man
[GDMNH 122-23; Granberry 186].
On 14 May 1634 the General Court ordered that Wessaguscus [i.e., Weymouth] should bear the
charges for "Thomas Lane, late servant to John Burslyn, [who], by the providence of God, is fallen
lame & impotent, & hath since remained at Dorchester" [MBCR 1:121]. This record, and the service
of John Bursley on the Dorchester committee to make a rate for the pay of the captain of the train
band, have led some writers to state that Bursley lived for a time at Dorchester. However, since
Weymouth was in these early years an appendage of Dorchester for church and military matters
[GMN 1:29], the appearance of Bursley in association with Dorchester does not require that he ever