Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Burgess (England)


In deciding which surnames to use, I have started with my direct ancestors, working through the surnames alphabetically.  I have two separate ancestors with the surname Burgess, so I will be setting up two separate posts.

The first ancestor with this surname was Mary Ann Burgess.

My ancestral line is:

1 Lois Whimpey

2 Ivon Walter Whimpey 1923-2009
3 Edith Jean Marr 1922-1990

6 Wilfred Palmer Marr 1892-1955
7 Edith Meriden Docwra 1904-1948

14 Harry Docwra 1866-1934
15 Emily Alice Oliver 1877-1925

30 George Oliver 1846-1930
31 Elizabeth Ann Ball 1856-1909

60 Frederick Oliver 1824-1855
61 Susannah Campkin 1827-1880

120 Sylvester Oliver 1805-1879
121 Mary Ann Burgess 1806-1872 Mary Ann was born about 1806 in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Mary Ann married Silvester Oliver on 24 October 1824 in Melbourn.   I have found Mary Ann and Silvester on the census records from 1841 to 1871 in Melbourn.  On each of these census records, she is listed as being born about 1806 in Melbourn.    The 1871 census also lists a William Burgiss as a visitor in the household.  A William Burgess was also a witness at Mary Ann and Silvester’s marriage.  Was this William Mary Ann’s brother?

This William was listed on the 1871 census as being born in 1798 in Melbourn.  I decided to check the Melbourn parish registers to see all the entries for the Burgess family.  This is all the entries I found:

Event Date Surname Child’s name Parents/notes
Marriage 24 Apr 1794 Burgess Wm BT William BURGES] (x) bac ot Spouse Sarah Chapman (x) sp otp wits: Thomas (x) WAYMAN, Wm NEAVES
Baptism 19 Oct 1794 Burges Ann dau of Wm & Sarah born 11 Jul 1794
Baptism 10 Jul 1796 Burgess Joseph son of Wm & Sarah born 27 Dec 1795
Burial 23 May 1799 Burgess William 35 lab
Baptism 31 Jul 1803 Burgast (BT Burgess ) William son of William & Sarah born 17 Mar 1798
Marriage 13 Dec 1813 Burgess Sarah (x) otp [BT consent of parents] spouse Henry Negus (x) otp wits: Joseph COLE, Lydia HUGGINS
Marriage 9 Nov 1815 Burgess Ann (x) otp  spouse James Day (x) otp wits: Wm (x) WHITMOOR, Sarah (x) CHAPMAN
Marriage 5 Nov 1817 Birgish (BT Burgess) Wm (x) of Foulmire spouse Sarah Hales (x) otp wits: Wm (x) HALES, Wm BULLEN
Marriage 12 Aug 1821 Burges Joseph (x) otp spouse Martha Day (x) otp wits: Charlott [BT Charlotte] YOUNG, William STOCKBRIDGE
Baptism 4 Aug 1822 Burgess George son of Joseph & Martha otp lab born 16 Nov 1821
Burial 19 Sep 1822 Burgess Martha otp 24
Marriage 28 Sep 1823 Burgess Mary Ann Witness (x) marriage of Daniel Chapman (x) otp and Elizabeth Dodkin (x) otp (BT consent of parents) other witness Silvester Oliver
Marriage 24 Oct 1824 Burgess Mary Ann (x) otp spouse Silvester Oliver bac otp wits: Wm (x) BURGESS, Charlotte OLIVER
Burial 26 May 1850 Burgess George otp 28
Marriage 30 Oct 1852 Burgess Joseph lab father of Hannah Hale (x) full age wid (blank) otp married William Mulberry (signature Mulbry) full age widr lab otp son of Jonathon lab wits: B Samuel BANKS, Susan STEADMAN

Although the marriage of Henry Negus and Sarah Burgess would appear to indicate that Sarah was under age, the 1841 Census shows that Henry Negus, age 45, and Sarah Negus, age 65, were together in High St Melbourn.  In the previous household was James and Ann Day, both age 45.  The burial records for Melbourn also show a burial entry for a Sarah Negus on 22 May 1842, age 70.    Based on Henry’s age on the 1841 census, it would appear that he may have been the one who was under age at the time of their marriage, and therefore it may have been his parents who needed to give consent.  If he was 50 at the time of the 1841 census, this would indicate a birth year of 1791, and since he was listed as 45, he would have been born between 1791 and 1796.  This would mean at the time of the marriage in 1813, he would have been between 17 and 22 years old.

From the parish registers, it appears Sarah Burgess, nee Chapman, became a widow in 1799.  This may have explained why there is no baptism record for Mary Ann.  Although it does appear that Mary Ann would belong to this family, there doesn’t seem to be any way to be certain of this, or to find out who her father was.