John Bursley

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John Bursley, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, about 1599.1 He died at Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, before 21 August 1660.1

John married Joanna Hull, daughter of Reverend Joseph Hull and NN (…), at Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, 28 November 1639.2,1,3

John Bursley was deputy to the General Court from Weymouth in May 1636, and was on a committee to take valuation of the estates in the colony. He was again elected with two others in September, but the representatives were considered too many for a town the size of Weymouth, and with one other he was dismissed.

In Nov 1637 he served on a committee to settle aboundary line. In May 1639 he removed to Barnstable, Massachusetts with Rev Joseph Hull and others. In 1643 and 1645 he was at Exeter, New Hampshire and in 1647 at Hampton, New Hampshire and Kettery, Maine, but he only visited these places for the purposes of trade, his family continuing to reside in Barnstable. In 1645 he was constable in Barnstable, and in 1647 he served on the Grand Jury. For a while after his marriage he lived with his father-in-law, but about 1650 he removed to a farm in West Barnstable where he died in 1660. His inventory was taken 21 Aug 1660 and totaled £115.2


Joanna Hull b. abt. 1620, d. 1686
  • Inf Bursley1 b. abt. 1640, d. 25 Jan 1640/41
  • Mary Bursley1 b. 29 Jul 1643
  • John Bursley1 b. 22 Sep 1644, d. bef. 27 Sep 1644
  • Joanna Bursley1 b. 1 Mar 1645/46
  • Elizabeth Bursley+1 b. 25 Mar 1649, d. 26 Jan 1706/7
  • John Bursley1 b. 11 Apr 1652
  • Temperance Bursley1 b. say 1657
This person was last edited on20 Sep 2017


  1. [S2281] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I–III, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 1:280-83 (John Bursley), further cited as Anderson, GMB.
  2. [S85] Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Harriett Grace Scott, 1919), 235, further cited as Holman, Scott Genealogy.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 256, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).