The Burnap Family
of Reading, Massachusetts:
Ancestors and Descendants
Note: This is not a complete record of all the descendants of the Burnap families of early Reading, Massachusetts; it is mostly my direct line of 10 generations, over 250 names, including names of spouses, which I have linked with hyperlinks. You may use the search or find feature on your browser to look for a specific name. In the book, Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Massachusetts..., a question was raised about the familial relationship between Robert Burnap, Sr. and "Master" Thomas Burnap of Reading as to whether they were father and son, brothers, or perhaps uncle and nephew, and judging from the little information I have on the earliest known generations of the family from an ahnentafel chart supplied by David L. Hintz and an email from Marilyn Labbe, they were uncle and nephew. My most recent ancestor on the Burnap line is in the 10th generation, Polly (Burnap) Cole, wife of Webster Cole, my third great grandparents on my mother's side of the family. See the Sources below for books and records that I used to compile this record. You can also see the COLE LINE in the online edition of Bunce Genealogy and History along with the online supplements to follow the Cole line further. Except for the email messages referenced, all the other sources are books or census records that I have personally seen and for which I have photocopies of the pertinent pages. See also the Sutton, Mass. Cemeteries section.
Clarification. In the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 155, October, 2001 publication on pp. 353-56 is an article entitled "Thomas Burnap, Husband of Mary Pearson" by George H. Perbix, which clarifies the relationship of the two men named Thomas Burnap, who both lived in Reading. According to Mr. Perbix's findings, Henry Wyckoff Belknap in his book, Burnap-Burnett Genealogy confused two men named Thomas Burnap, who both died in 1691 a few months apart. Mr. Perbix demonstrates in the article that Robert Burnap, supposed brother of Rev. John Burnap of Aston, England, also had a son named Thomas, who was born about 1625, and it was this son, not "Master" Thomas Burnap, who was the spouse of Mary Pearson. This evidence changed the information provided in the following paragraphs. According to Mr. Perbix the man known in the Reading, Massachusetts records as "Master" Thomas Burnap probably never married, and therefore my ancestor would have been the son of Robert Burnap.
Last revision: 7 May 2005
Children by Sarah Broune:
Additionally, from Vermont Historical Gazetteer, published 1891, which has a section on the Burnap Family of Windham, Vermont:
"In 1788 or 9 John and Uriah (Uzziah) Burnap, natives of Sutton, Mass., purchased a farm in the corner of Jamaica that joins Windham, and built a log-house upon it. In 1790, John married Candace Bliss of Royalston, Mass. and in 1792, moved upon a farm which is now about two miles south of the Centre of Windham, and was the first one buried in the burying ground near the Centre of Town. Of the 12 children of John Burnap, eight lived to mature years."
Courtesy of Brian Stephens — Thanks for sharing, Brian!
Children by Jotham Merriam:
Child by Aurelia Childs:
Children by Caroline Goddard:
Children by Rachel Howe:
Children by Mary Harris:
Lucius Barnes, age 37, M, farmer, value of real estate $900, born in Massachusetts
Nancy Barnes, age 35, female, born in Massachusetts
Lucius E. Barnes, age 8, M, born in Massachusetts
Luther E. Barnes age 6, M, born in Massachusetts
Elizabeth Newton, age 62, F, born in Massachusetts [unknown what her relationship was to the family]
Additionally, the following is from History of Hardwick, Massachusetts With Genealogical Register by Lucius R. Paige, published by Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 1883, p. 332:
"11. Lucius [Barnes, also Barns] married Nancy Cole of Millbury, published May 6, 1838 [date of intent], and had Elmer L., born about 1841 married Huldah H. Sturtevant 8 Jan 1864; Luther Emerson, born 19 Nov 1843, a lawyer, married Maria L. Sheldon of Leominster 8 Ap. 1874; and perhaps others."
Email from Marilyn Labbe on Burnap Lineage
From: Marilyn Labbe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 10:59:46
Finally have a good amount of time to write down the Burnap line for you. I am not going to include all the children of each generation as it is just too much to do on this.
From The Burnap-Burnett Genealogy by Henry Wyckoff Belknap in the Essex Institute Historical Collections Vols. 56 & 57; & History of Reading, Massachusetts and Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts and Sutton, Massachusetts.
Thomas Burnap of Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire, Eng. was living in 1532-8. His wife Johanna Nobbys of the same parish died shortly before Apr., 1532, Johanna, dau. of Johanna Nobbys. Children:
Thomas Burnap2 of Stanstead Abbots was living between 1533 & 1597; married before 1564, Alice Cramphorne, dau. of ______ Cramphorne & Alice. He was executor of the will of Alice Cramphorne, Senior, of Stanstead Abbots 16 May 1574, "wedowe", probated at Ware 23 Oct 1564 in which mention is made of son, Thomas Burnap, & dau. Ann Rawlings, executors, & also of John, William, Thomas, Alice, Johane & Thomasin Burnap, as well as Andrew Keys & wife Alice, John, Robert & Williams Keys, the children of John Keys. Thomas d. Feb or Mar 1596/7; widow Alice was living in 1600. Thomas will Jan., 1593: leaves to wife Alice, eldest son Thomas, son John, cancelled a clause in part of the will 28 Feb 1596/7. Adm granted 21 Mar 1596/7. Children:
Thomas Burnap3 lived at Stanstead Abbots and is styled "yeoman." No wife's name found. He was living in 1607, as his son John was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge. In 1610, his dau. Dorothy applied for a license to marry & he is referred to as living. Children:
John Burnap4 b. bet. Easter & Oct. 1590, was 16 years old in Easter 1607 and 43 in Oct 1633. He became a minister. He m. by license 27 Oct 1617 at Walton, Herts, Ellen, dau. of Thomas Young (Yonge) of Bennington, & 20 Oct 1630 his father-in-law made his will as follows: "To dau Burnaps children, etc...........
Rev. John Burnap of Aston, Herts, to be buried in Aston Chauncell as near unto my deceased wife as conveniently may be. £250 to my son Thomas to be laid out in merchantable commodities & wares & so sent into New England to my said son at three several times within 4 years, etc.......
Codicil made at the same time as the will— £50 more to my son Thomas, making £300 of which £300 my son John has by appointment already laid out £20 on goods which are now "a shippinge" to New England." On 10 Mar 1653/4, the will was proved at Westminster by son John. Rev. John was buried at Aston 13 Apr 1653; wife Ellen was buried Aston 8 Nov 1652. Children:
Thomas Burnap,5 bap. at Aston 30 June 1630; m. Lynn, Mass. 3 Dec 1663, Mary Pearson b. 20 Jun 1643, dau. of John & Maudlin (Ballard or Bullard) Pearson of Lynn. She d. in Reading 15 Jan 1690/1. Thomas died there 26 Mar 1691. Children born at Reading:
Thomas Burnap,6 b. Reading, Mass. 17 Jan 1664/5; d. in Reading 21 Aug 1726; married at Concord, Mass. 28 May 1688, to Sarah Walton who d. in Reading 13 Aug 1731, dau. of Samuel & Sarah (Maverick) Walton.
[Note from other sources (such as records recorded on the GenCircles website): Sarah Walton, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Maverick) Walton, was a great-great grand-daughter of Rev. John Maverick and his wife, Mary Gye, of Awliscombe, Devon, England.]
Children born at Reading:
Ebenezer Burnap,7 b. Reading, Mass. 1 Mar 1697/8; d. Reading 30 July 1723; married Reading 24 Dec 1719 Hannah Lillie b. Reading 8 Aug 1693, dau. of Samuel & Hannah (Boutelle) Lillie; Widow Hannah married (2) at Reading 25 Nov 1731, to Ebenezer Dagget of Sutton, Mass. Children born at Reading:
Ebenezer Burnap,8 b. Reading 10 Jun 1723; d. 12 Apr 1804; married 28 Sep 1749, Mary Wyman, who d. 25 Oct. 1793. Children born at Sutton, Mass.:
That's it for the Burnap line. I have all the allied families and if you would like I can type them up also but not today... have other things to do. Marilyn Labbe
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