Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pratt Stories - The Burr Family VI

Here are some notes on Capt. John Burr, son of Col. John, grandson of Nathaniel and great-grandson of Jehue. He would be my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather:
I don't know much about Captain John's career or accomplishments but his family is very interesting. He was born in August of 1698 in Stratfield in what is now Connecticut. He married Catherine Wakeman, daughter of Joseph Wakeman and Elizabeth Hawley in October 1722. They had twelve children, including a set of twins, Elizabeth and Mary, born April 7, 1732, the same year as George Washington. What is particularly interesting is that both of these girls are our ancestors.
Elizabeth became the wife of Abraham Gould, who we know as Col. Abraham Gould the hero who was killed at the Battle of Ridgefield in the Revolutionary War. I have already covered her tragic life in the series on her husband. 
Mary Burr married our ancestor Ebenezer Bartram (Jr.) who I will cover in an upcoming series on the Bartram family, the sea-going family from Fairfield.
Their mother's parents were members of two prominent Fairfield families who will be covered later.
Capt. John died in Stratfield in September of 1752, Catherine died one year later.

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