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Birckhead, Christopher, Sr.
(Abt 1560-)

Birckhead, Christopher, N
(Abt 1585-1669)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Cornish, Elizabeth Anne

Birckhead, Christopher, N

  • Born: Abt 1585, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
  • Marriage: Cornish, Elizabeth Anne on 24 Feb 1612/13 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
  • Died: 16 Sep 1669, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England about age 84
  • Buried: Redcliffe Caves, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
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Individual:
As per article by Gwen Burkhead Platt.
Captain Christopher Birckhead.
Memorial Tablet erected to him found in a cave on the waterfront in Bristol, England.

Reference from Doctor Christopher Johnston Collection-Birckhead Family file.
They had 13 children.
As per letter Larry Birkhead dated 15 June 1994.
As per data from Carl Wilson Burkhead on 1 July 1995.
As per letter Johnnie J. Osborn dated 4 February 1996.
As per letter Larry Birkhead dated 26 August 1996 and article from Gerald Runyon.
As per letter Larry Birkhead dated 22 November 1996 and data from Patty Armstrong.
As per letter M. Dean Burkhead dated 26 February 1997.
He had date of birth and date of death-1588-1635.
We have date of death as August 1635.
As per letter Donald E. Beseau dated 17 April 1997.
He has date of birth about 1610.
Also he has date of death as 1659.
Also he has date of marriage as 24 February 1612/1613.
Captain Christopher Burkhead was a mariner, as were both sons.
Christopher Junior owned two ships, "Friendship" and "Society".
Tablet in old cave on Bristol waterfront was erected to memory of

Captain Christopher Burkhead after his death in 1659.
Note: Spelling of the name has changed some what from Burcott, Birekhead to

Birkhead and then to Burkhead.
Have date of birth as 1590 and date of death as 12 February 1669.
Christopher Burcott, Senior and wife, Elizabeth were parents of 13 children.
As per E-mail from Barbara Young on 1 August 1997.
As per E-mail from Barbara Yong on 18 August 1997

and Old Parish Registers of Saint Stephen's Parish, Bristol, Gloucester County,

England.
They were married at Saint Stephen's Parish.
They lived and died in Bristol, Gloucester County, England.
As per E-mail from Barbara Young on 20 August 1997.
Saint Stephen's Parish Records Bristol, England, 1559-1663.
As per data from Don T. Burkhead on 14 September 1998.
Christopher was a sea Captain and probably made some trips to the

New Country before bringing his two sons over.
He was a follower of Fox, the forerunner

of The Society of Friends (The Quakers).
To escape prosecution from his religious beliefs,
he moved some of his family to Holland before obtaining permission

form Lord Baltimore to join his New Colony in present day Maryland.
There is no doubt he was quite wealthy,

because both Christopher and Abraham, who came over about 1652,

obtained Indian trading licenses, which cost 1000 pounds each.
These two young men also obtained a substantial amount of land.
We had his name as "Christopher Burcott, Senior".
As per E-mail from Barry Everson on 25 September 1998.
He had date of birth about 1588.
Emmi grated to Maryland.
As per letter Karen Childs dated 9 November 1999 and picture
and article about the Memorial Tablet located in a small cave
located near Saint Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, Gloucestershire County,

England.

dod 16 September 1669.
A memorial tablet to "Christopher the Monk" or "Christopher Birckhead".

Red Cliffe Caves, Bristol, Gloucestershire County, England.
A little further downhill towards the river, set into an outcrop of
the Red Cliff beside the Shoe Company's premises in the garden that
in 1665 was granted to the Society of Friends by King Charles II as a burial ground.

At the back of the gardens is a low pointed arch in the rock.
This leads into a small cave with the imposing name of Saint John's Hermitage,
where in 1346 Thomas Lord Berkeley placed John Sparkes, a hermit,
to pray for him and his family.
This "Little Tenement in the Rocke or Cliffs" was still inhabited in 1648

and in it is a memorial tablet to

"Christopher the Monk or Christopher Birckhead", who died on 16th September 1669.

As per data from the internet on 12 December 1999.
As per E-mail from Douglas Wilson on 9 January 2000.
My Wilson family originated in the Colonies in Norfolk,
Virginia area around 1660 or so and migrated from Virginia to
Kentucky about late 1700's and to Missouri in the early 1800's.
From there they moved into Arkansas and finally to Texas.
As per data from Douglas Wilson on 24 January 2000.
He is buried in the Friends' Burial Ground in Redcliff, Bristol, England.
The engraving on the Crypt reads: "Here Lyeth The Body of Chrispier
of Christopher Birckhead of

This City Mariner who Died Fe 16 Day of Fe 2nd Month in 69."
Atop the stone if the date 1669.
The engraver apparently made a mistake and simply left it in place
and corrected the misspelling following it.
The following are excerpts from a letter written by Grahame Farr from Bristol,
England to a Mrs. Richard C. Childs of San Diego in 1965: "....

a Captain Christopher Birckett commanded the 'Dolphin' of Bristol, 180 tons,

when she obtained Letters of Marque in 1630 during the War with Spain and France.
I have reason to believe.....that this would be your ancestor."
As per data from GenCircles on 26 January 2001.
He was also known as "Christopher Birckhead" or "Christopher Burcott"
or "Christopher Birchott".
Date of marriage 24 February 1612 or 24 February 1613.
He was a Quaker.
As per E-mail from Ben McKenney Birkhead on 2 April 2001.
He had name as "Christopher Birckhead".
As per data from Peggie Anne Burkhead on 20 July 2001.
He was born in Saint Stephen's Parish, Bristol, Gloucester County, England.

He was married in Saint Stephen's Parish Church in Bristol,
Gloucester County, England.
As per data from Curtis Clemon Scott on 14 March 2005.
He was listed as Christopher Burcott.
He had date of birth as 1588.
He had date of death as 24 February 1669.
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Elizabeth Cornishe
Birth: 3 Apr 1594 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Death: Bet 1637 and 1689
Sex: F
Father: Thomas Cornishe b. 1570
Mother: Elizabeth Pullish b. 1575

Also Known As: Elizabeth Cornish
Christening: 3 Apr 1594 Saint Stephens Church
Christening: 3 Apr 1594 Bristol, Gloucestershire County, England
Burial: Bet 1637 and 1689
Funeral: Bet 1637 and 1689
Reference: 2764

Spouses & Children



Christopher Birckhead, Senior (Husband) b. About 1585 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England

Marriage: 24 FEB 1613 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Children:
Ann Birckhead b. 15 Nov 1614 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Marie Birckhead b. 27 Jan 1616 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Alice Birckhead b. 18 Nov 1619 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Christopher Birckhead, Junior b. 20 Sep 1620 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
William Birckhead b. About 1621 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Sarah Birckhead b. 14 Mar 1623 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Richard Birckhead b. 5 Aug 1622 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Elizabeth Birckhead b. 27 Apr 1625 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Susannah Birckhead b. 20 Jun 1630 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Gyles Birckhead b. 3 Oct 1632 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Abraham Birckhead, Senior b. 2 Aug 1635 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England
Margaret Birckhead b. 3 Apr 1638 in Bristol, Gloucester County, England

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Christopher married someone Elizabeth Anne Cornish on 24 Feb 1612/13 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. (Elizabeth Anne Cornish was born on 3 Apr 1594 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, died in 1665 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA and was buried in St. James Church, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA.)




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