The Burdick family: The family was established in Rhode Island in 1655, has descended an army of sturdy, upright men and women who have contributed no small share toward making gook our Declaration of Independence in 1776 and 1812, and in saving the Union in 1861 and in bringing success to our nation in all succeeding wars in which it has been engaged. these descendants are well represented in the ranks of educated men. wherever they have gone, they have contributed an important share in leveling the forests of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio and subduing the prairies of the western states. They have organized churches and schools and with few exceptions, their charaacters have been blameless. I do not regard this as containing a complete genealogy of the Burdick family, and I have no doubt that it may contain serious errors, particularly since town, gravestone and family records often disagree. In such cases, I have used the reocrd to which the most evidence points as being correct.
I publicly exten my thanks. As a foundation, I had the manuscript of my Aunt Beverly, without which I should never have undertaken this gigantic task.
Robert Burdick was married November 2, 1655 at Newport, R.I., to Ruth Hubbard, then 15 years old. She was the first white child born in Springfield, Mass. Her father, Samuel Hubbard, was one of the founders, at Newport. December 23, 1671, of the Seventh Day Baptist Church. He was born in 1610. at Mendelsham, Suffolk County, England, and was the son of James and Naomi (Cocke) Hubbard, daughter of Thomas Cocke of Ipswich. His grandfather, Thomas Hubbard, was burned at the stake, May 26, 1555, in Essex county, England, for refusing to recant his Protestantism. His fate is related in Fox's "Book of Martyrs" (Book 111, Chap. 14). Under the name of Thomas Higbed.
Samuel Hubbard came in 1633 to Salem, Mass. At windsor, Conn., January 4, 1636, by Mr. Ludlow, he married Tasy cooper. They were both in the party that marched through the wilderness in the hard winter of 1635 from Watertown, Mass., to become fhe founders of Connecticut. On account of persecution for expressing baptist views, Mr. Hubbard finally, in 1648 sought refuge in Rhode Island. In 1664 he was appointed General Solicitor of the Colony. December 23, 1668, with his wife, one daughter, and four other persons he formed the first Seventh Day Baptist Church in America. He died between 1688 and 1692 and his wife after 1697, but no traces of their burial places have been found.
Tasy (Cooper) Hubbard, the mother of Robert Burdick's wife, was, in 1664, the first convert in America to the doctrine that no authority existed or could exist for altering God's decree establishing the seventh day as the Sabbath by the substitution of another day. She came to Dorchester, June 9, 1634, from England and was 28 years old when married.
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