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John BURWELL (son of Thomas BURWELL and Mis PRENTYS,(Prentiss))354 was born 05 October 1602 in Minsden Chapel, Hitchins Parish, Hertfordshire, England, and died 17 August 1649 in Milford CT355. He married Hester Winchester on 25 November 1622 in Minsden Chapel, Hitchins Parish, Hertfordshire, England.

 Includes NotesNotes for John BURWELL:

John Burwell came from Hertsfordshire, England first to Roxbury MA, then to Wethersfield CT. He settled Milford in 1639. Reference: Families of Early Milford CT, by Susan Abbott

536. John Sr. BURWELL, born Bef. 1600 in Hertfordshire, England; died 17 August 1649 in CT. He married 537. Unknown (BURWELL) Bef. 1618 in Minsden Chapel, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.

537. Unknown (BURWELL), died Unknown.

Notes for John Sr. BURWELL:
In the early settlement of the New England Colonies, one John Burwell, from England, emigrated to this country and was made a Free Planter, and settled in Wepawaug, (now Milford,) in the state of CT, in the year 1639; He was made a free planter in Milford 11-20-1630.

From "Lineal Ancestors of Rhoda (Axtell) Cory, wife of Capt. James Cory" -
Burwell Lineage pp. 291- 302 -

"JOHN BURWELL, it is presumable, came from England with the Eaton-Davenport-Prudden party to Quinnipiac bay in 1637, and became one of the original settlers of Milford in the state of CT. The section originally went under the name of the Indian term Wepawaug. A part of the township is known by the name of "Burwell Farm" at the present day, and was in the possession (1870) of some of the said John's descendants, as we read in a Burwell genealogy.

There seems to be no question that John was from Hertfordshire in England, as the record of his whereabouts is definitely stated above his name in the admissions to the Milford church. The notation is so faintly discernible as to make it doubtful that it was written, but under a magnifying glass it is legible. Several genealogists surmised that his home was Hempsted, or Hemel Hempsted, in Hertfordshire, but a search there disclosed no such Burwell family had existed. Eventually a "Bishop's Transcripts" of Minsden Chapel, in the parish of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, brought to light where John had lived.

Evidently, John had been married before he took Hester Winchester for his second wife in Hitchin on November 25 1622, and was the father of two daughters. He may have had more children between two gaps in the "Transcripts," from Easter of 1627 to Easter of 1628, and from Easter of 1630 to Easter of 1631, than are now found in the Hitchin baptisms. John married for the third time, Alice Heath, on June 24, 1635. The value of the "Transcripts" is, therefore, exceptionally great, because of the fact that
no registers are known to be in existence since the Minsden chapel in the parish of Hitchin has been in ruins.

An excerpt from the Milford Town Records of November 2, 1639, gives the following information: Those persons whose (names) are hereunder-written, are allowed to be Free planters, having for the present libertie to (act) in the choyce of Public officers for the carrying on (the) public affayres in this plantation. Among the names above referred to is that of John Burwell, appearing in the third column of the list.

In the course of time, after John's coming with his family to the settlement, his wife "Als Burwell" joined the town church on October 4, 1640, and John himself, the "husband of Allice above-mentioned," followed
the initiation on July 4, 1641.

John and his fellow planters settled on the Wepawaug (now the Mill) river, and West End brook, probably for the convenience of water for themselves and their cattle. They enclosed the new settlement with a line of palisades, covering an area of nearly a mile each way, for protection from the Indians. This area was then laid off into lots fronting the stream on either side, to the number of sixty one, John's abode being on lot No. 44, situated on the easterly side of West End brook, containing two acres and twenty perches. He was among the planters required to erect good houses on their lots within three years or they were to revert to the town.

By the 1646 list of the proprietors, as appears in the town land records denoting their holdings, we find, by the drawings made as early as 1643, that John had for his home lot, as found under the head line of "Home Lotts," which says:

John Burwell hath two Acres and twenty be it more or less, being bounded with a highway on the west, George Clark, Juni(o)r('s land) on the North, other Lotts on the East, and Henry Botchford(')s (land) on the South.

For his farming in the upland and pasturing in the meadow land we find under different head lines, that he drew:

(Land at the) West field (at) the Creek Shott, (comprising) one Acre, be it more or less, being bounded with a high way (on the west, with Samuell Coley(')s (land) on the North, with a river (on) the East, and with Nickolus Camp(')s (land) on the South.- [Note] this is not to be Charged with Rates.

(Land at the) west field (at) the fence (by the creek) Shott, (comprising) Seven Acres and three Rods, be it more or less, being bounded with the fence North, with the Com(m)on (land) East, with a high way South, and with Nicholas Camp(')s (land) west.

(Land at the) west field (on the) Poconco(c)k point (at the creek) Shott, (comprising) Six Acres, be it more or less, being bounded (on) the Sout(h), with George Clark, Juni(o)r's land) East, with the Com(m)on (land) North, and with Nicholas Camp('s land) west.-[Note] this is not be to Charged with Rates.

(Land at the) west field (on the) Pocon(c)ock (point at the) Creek Shott, Nineteen Acres, one Rod and twenty pole(s), be it more or less, being bounded with the River west, with the Com(m)on (land) South and East, and with his own Meadow on the North.-[Note] Eleven Acres (and) a balfe and twenty pole(s) of this (are) not to be Charged with rates.

(Land at) the Mill Neck (at) the Spring Shott, one Acre and three Rods, be it more or less, being bounded with a high way East, with the fence North, with a Creek West, and with Phillip hatly(')s (land) outh.-[Note] this is not to be Charged with Rates.

(Land at) The New Meadow, three Acres, be it more or less, being bounded with the River West, with George Clark, Juni(o)r('s land) North, with the Com(m)on (land) East, and with Henry Botchford(')s (land) and John Fowler(')s South.

(Land at the) Poco(n)cock Creek Meadow, three Acres, one Rod and Eight pole(s), be it more or less, being bounded with the River Wet, with a Creek and John Smith('s land) North, with John Fowler.(')s Upland East, and with his own Upland, South.

On January 16, 1644, a question was raised in reference to the granting of land, that some of the proprietors apparently had been dissatisfied with their allotments. On voting it was agreed that "jno. Burwell hath already recei(ved) such satisfaction as in a just way is due unto him."

The above land apparently is what was the number of acres, which constituted John's original farm or plantation which he accumulated. The westerly line ran west of what was then called the Brickiln Swamp, running northerly far enough to take in the poor house farm, thence easterly to the Oyster river, thence down the river to the coast, thence following the coast to its place of beginning. This tract has been gradually passing from the hands of the family until a only small portion remains in the possession of the name.

John lived in the town for only about ten years when death beckoned him to pass away on August 17, 1649. His wife forsook her widow's weeds a year following when she was wedded to Joseph Peck on September 12, 1650, she being his first wife who bore him three children - Elizabeth, Joseph and John. She died on December 19, 1666.

The probation of John's will for the distribution of his estate is lacking, as are most of the wills of the settlers who died prior to the conjunction of the union between the New Haven colony and the CT colony in 1665. And besides, an unfortunate absence was due to the deliberate destruction of the original first two volumes sometime about 1677, when matters that were considered of importance were copied into the present Volume 1. There are no conveyances recorded of John Burwell's land, which may also be explained by his early death."

He apparently left land in England that was pursued unsucessfully by his heirs, from his first son John's line.

Per Parke-Gildersleeve pp. 64-65 - John is considered an original settler of Milford, but could not have come with the Prudden party as he had a child (Samuel) baptised in 1637 after the the date of the sailing of the Prudden party.

It is possible, but entirely unproved, that John Burwell1 or his wife (the mother of John2) had a sister who became mother of Thomas1 Canfield of Milford (also from Hinchin, co. Herts, and also of Mary (Canfield?), wife of Edward Camp and of John Lane. This Mary's will called Thomas Canfield her
brother, and her first husband, Edward Camp, was called "cousin" by John 2 Burwell.


More About John BURWELL:
Date born 2: 05 October 1602, Hertfordshire, England.356
Date born 3: 05 October 1602, Minsden Chapel, Hertsfordshire, England.357
Died 2: 14 August 1649, Milford,Ct..358
Event 1: 04 July 1641, Admitted to church.358

More About John BURWELL and Hester Winchester:
Marriage: 25 November 1622, Minsden Chapel, Hitchins Parish, Hertfordshire, England.

Children of John BURWELL and Hester Winchester are:
  1. +Zachariah BURWELL, b. 1622, Probably Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, d. WFT Est. 1628-1728358.
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