Thomas Burchard

Male - 1683


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  • Name  Thomas Burchard 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  12 Aug 1595  Fairstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Died  Between 09 May 1683 and 16 Sep 1684  Norwich, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Thomas left a will which was subsequently lost.
    Notes 
    • The name Burchard is of German origin and is associated with the traditions of the race commencing with the fall of the Roman Empire. The family is one of the oldest in Europe. In Latin it was Burchardus, in South Germany, Burckardt or Burckard, in France, Burchard or Bouchard. In its etymology the name Burk-hardt (castle hard) or strong castle. Hardcastle is another form in the English names.

      The earliest mention of the name is probably in A. D. 496, that of Burchard, the first chieftain of the Franks, after Clovis, and was baptized into Christianity. He bore the proud title of "the First Christian Baron" and was the ancestor of the House of Montmorency, whose battle cry was, "God and the First Christian Baron." From the time of Burchard, 1st Sire de Montmorency in the tenth century, for 600 years this family held the highest rank and was declared by Henry IV of France to be, after that of Bourbon, the First House in Europe. Domesday Book, completed by William the Conqueror in 1086, shows the name of Burchard on several of its pages. The family held lands in England at the time of Edward the Confessor about 1050. Few traces of the family are found in England. It is worthy of pride that the name has come down to us through a period of 1,400 years without the change of a single letter, for the name written in Latin, Burchardus; Anglice-Burchard is the name today, and the true way to spell the name. There were Burchards holding lands from the lords of the Manor of Witham, in County Essex, in the middle of the 17th century, and that part being close to the port of departure of Thomas Burchard, it is to be recommended that any intending researcher direct his effort to that quarter.

      Thomas Burchard, on September 19, 1635, laboring man, aged 40, with his family, consisting of his wife Mary, aged 38, and children, Elizabeth 13, Marie 12, Sarah 9, Suzanna 8, John 7 and Ann 18 months, took passage on the True Love from London, England, for New England. He came to the Massachusetts Colony where Thomas Bircher was made a Freeman May 17, 1637.

      On the Rev. John Eliot's Record of such, as adjoined themselves unto the fellowship of the Church of Christ at Roxborough, are the names of Thomas Bircharde and later on the list ..... Birchard, the wife of Thomas Birchard. Before February, 1639, he had removed to Hartford, Connecticut, where he was one of the original Proprietors, although not of the earliest. In the first volume, page 24, of Land Records in the distribution of lands is recorded February, A. D. 1639, several parcels of land in Hartford, upon the River Cananticott, belonging to Thomas Birchwood and his heirs forever. His daughter Sarah married October, 1647, Bartholomew Barnard, and he then went to Saybrook, Conn., because he attended the General Court at Hartford May 15, 1651, as Deputy from Saybrook, John Clark, his former neighbor in Hartford, being the other Deputy. It may be remarked here that though Thomas Burchard is given in the ship list of 1635 as a laboring man, yet here in 1651 he is a Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, and appointed by them to survey and lay out land. In May, 1651, he was thus in Saybrook, but he soon removed to Martha's Vinyard, though still holding land in Hartford and Saybrook. On December 17, 1652, Richard Ary was granted a house lot at Great Harbor in Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard, between Mr. Burchard and Thomas Daggett's. On May 20, 1653, Thomas Mayhew, Sr., Thomas Burchard and Philip Taber were appointed to make divisions of the "Necks" of Land. In 1654 Thomas Burchard was elected Town Clerk of Edgartown. On June 5, 1655, Thomas Mayhew was again elected Magistrate, his assistants being Thomas Burchard, John Daggett, Peter Folger and Nicholas Butler. He lost his wife March 24, 1655, and he died October 3, 1657.

      !Kin of Mellcene Thurman Smith. Privately Published
    Person ID  I23208  Bryant
    Last Modified  6 May 2005 

    Father  William Burchard 
    Mother  Catherine Finch,   d. Feb 1635, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1595  Great Leighs, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID  F1794  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Mary Robinson,   b. 18 Mar 1596/97, Fairstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1654/55, Roxbury, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Oct 1620  Fairstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Burchard,   d. 28 Feb 1700, Norwich, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Burchard
     3. Sarah Burchard
     4. Susanna Burchard
     5. John Burchard,   d. 17 Nov 1702, Lebanon, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Thomas Burchard,   d. Bef 19 Feb 1632, Terling, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Deborah Burchard,   d. Bef 06 Apr 1633
     8. Hannah Burchard
    Family ID  F1643  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Catherine,   d. Aft 1674 
    Married  Bef 21 Jul 1659  Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID  F1789  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Deborah,   d. 10 May 1680, Charlestown, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1680  [8
    Family ID  F1793  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 12 Aug 1595 - Fairstead, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Oct 1620 - Fairstead, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 21 Jul 1659 - Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Between 09 May 1683 and 16 Sep 1684 - Norwich, New London Co, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S312] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 295.

    2. [S32] TAG, The American Genealogist, 51:17.

    3. [S233] Saybrook Founders, Descendants, Staplins, Elaine F., Chairman, (The Founders Committee, Saybrook, CT, 1985), Gives the date of a deed: Dukes Co - 1:209 (9 May 1683) Norwich.

    4. [S312] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 295 (no place noted).

    5. [S233] Saybrook Founders, Descendants, Staplins, Elaine F., Chairman, (The Founders Committee, Saybrook, CT, 1985), Thomas Burchard.

    6. [S32] TAG, The American Genealogist, 51:18.

    7. [S233] Saybrook Founders, Descendants, Staplins, Elaine F., Chairman, (The Founders Committee, Saybrook, CT, 1985), Thomas Burchard (gives 21 Aug).

    8. [S312] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 296.


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