Saturday, July 30, 2011

HENRY BURT SR 1567-1617

[Ancestral Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Sarah Sawyer Hastings (Snow), daughter of Salome Burt (Hastings), daughter of Enos Burt, son of Asahel Burt, son of Joseph Burt, son of David Burt, son of Henry Burt, son of Henry Burt.]


The Burt Family in England
The Burt surname is English and Scottish: from the Old English personal name Byrht, a byform of Be(o)rht (‘bright’)—someone who was chipper or clever. The coat of arms is silver on a red chevron, between three black buglehorns, and three silver crosses. The bugle or 'Hunting Horns' signify a person of high or noble pursuits. The three crosses signify Christian ideals, and possibly a role in the Crusades.

A family with this surname was first found in Norfolk, where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., during the Norman Conquest. The actual surname was first used in AD 1199, according to Bloomfield's of Norfolk County (Vol. IX, p.520): "The Lordship of Homingtoft was granted by the Conqueror to Alan, Earl of Richmond, who had married Constance, daughter of the Conqueror. In the 10th Richard I (AD 1199), a manor in this lordship was granted to Sir Hamo de Burt." Sir Hamo was still lord of the manor in AD 1259, with two sons: Ralph the Eldar and Thomas. Other variations began to appear, as well. In 1272 a John Bert was listed in Wilts county, and a Roger Bert in Suffolk and Oxford counties. In 1346, Ralph Burt (son of Peter Burt) was a benefactor of the convent of St. Mary de Pratis in Leicester. Sir William Burt was knighted by King Edward IV in the 1400's, and his sepulcher is in the church of Grey Friars, in London. By the 1500's, however, there were Burts all over England, making the gathering of a precise lineage almost impossible.

Our connection to this family can be traced to HENRY BURT, born in 1516. Henry married JOAN PUTTENHAM (1502 - 1565) of Eddlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. It's said that they were married around 1540 in Haberton, Devonshire, England. Henry died soon after the marriage and the birth of JOHN BURT, born in 1541, in the village of Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, England (keep in mind this is unproved).
 John grew up in Pulloxhill, then married in 1566. One tradition has the bride's name being "Katherine," but nobody knows for sure. She was born @ 1542 in Harberton, Devonshire, England. They were married in Harberton, where John and his family would make their home base for the next 50 years. They had a least five kids: John, Thomas, William, (b. 1564), Henry (b. 1567) and Agnes (b.1569). "Katherine" died on the 17th of July in 1571.
 Though Mrs. Burt's name is forgotten, and the facts about her are unproved, we do know the name of her son: HENRY BURT, born in 1567 in Harberton, Devonshire, England.
 Henry was a very successful clothier. In 1590, he married a woman named ISETT (or ISOLT), born in 1571 in Harberton.
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Will of Henry Burt, Sr.
W ILL: 10 Jul 1617; Harberton, Devon, ENG. "The will of Henry Burtt of Harberton (co. Devon), clothier, dated 10 July 1617. To the poor of the parish of Harberton 30sh. To my son Henry and his heirs and assigns, my close of land situate in Harberton Ford, called by the name of Racheparke, together with the house that John Tummells now dwelleth in and the house that George Causie and John Pearse now dwell in and the house that Andrew Pearse and Edward Adams now dwell in, as also the orchard, nursery, herb gardens, backsides, and other appurtenances belonging. To the said Henry, my son, the mansion house of that land commonly called Crobers Land which Thomas Wood now dwelleth in, together with the sheep pen, orchard, herb garden and bakehouse, during the term of his life. To my said son Henry L 100 to be paid within a year after my death. Isett, my wife, for life, one chamber over the shop, called the forechanmer, with the bedstead and bed that I use to lie in. My wife shall have yearly, during her life, £6 13s. 4d issuing out of that land or tenement called Crobers Land: and my executor shall find one to attend her, during her life, sufficient meat, drink and firewood for her own use; and, if my said wife do dislike her diet and do leave it, then my will is that she shall have £ 3.6s.8d in lieu of her diet, out of the lands aforesaid, for her life. To my said wife and son Henry the half of my household stuff, equally to be divided between them: and the other half to remain to my executor. To Raddegan, my daughter, £60, to be paid within three months after she shall be of the age of twenty-one. To Allies, my daughter, £40, to be paid at the age of twenty. To Agnes, my daughter, £40 at the age of twenty. To Elizabeth, my daughter, £40, at the age of twenty. Whereas I promised my son-in-law, Chrispine Saunder, L 40 at his marriage, and because he is not yet paid, my executor shall pay it. Also I promised him other £20 when my daughter Johan, his wife, for the term of her life or for fifty years determinable upon her life, should be assured of that tenement that Thomasine Saunders now dwelleth in or of some other as good, then my executor shall pay him £20 towards the same. To Joseph Saunders and Samuel Saunders, my grandchildren, £5 each. To my brothers' and sisters' children 2 s each. To every one of my godchildren 12d. To Nycholas Hyans, my apprentice, 30 s., to be paid at the end of his apprenticeship. Residue to my son John Burte. Witnesses: Will Huxham and Thos. Colton. Proved 19 Sept 1617."
INVENTORY TAKEN: 10 Sep 1617; Harberton, Devon, ENG. £602-07-09: "Inventory, taken 10 Sept 1617 by Thomas Colton and Paule Symons and exhibited 19 September 1617, includes apparel, £8: cloth and yarn, £102; money £70; 93 sheep, £31, 32 lambs, £6; other farm stock; an estate in certain grounds, £61: an estate in house, meadow and garden, £20; two pairs of lumbes, warping pins, raggles, quilt torns, and one spinning turn with sleyes, £2. 10s. brass pans, cauldrons, and pots, £10. 13s. 4d; for household cloth already made, £3; 13 silver spoons, L 3; desperate debts, £140; total £602. 7s. 9d. (Archdeaconry of Totnes}."
Isett Burt outlived her husband and died between March 14 1629/30 and July 8, 1630.
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Henry Burtt 1567-1617
Henry was a prosperous clothier and landholder, and had his own flock of sheep. He owned at his death a considerable stock of cloth and yarn. The value of his estate, according to the inventory taken 10 September 1617, was L602 7s 9d. His will was dated 10 July 1617.
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