ORDER FROM: An Account of JOHN BURBEEN,
5812 Temple City Blvd., PMB 705
Temple City, California 91780-2112
who came from
Scotland and Settled at Woburn, Mass., about 1660.
By Joseph Burbeen Walker (Concord, N. H., 1892)
An Account of JOHN BURBEEN,
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The surname Burbeen has been spelled variously. In an old deed, bearing date 1696, of John Burbeen to his son James, it appears as "Berbeene;" it is found elsewhere as "Berbeane;" in the probate records of Middlesex county of 1730 as "Burbeen;"--and by most members of the family this last spelling has been adopted.
The whole number of persons in this country who have borne the surname of Burbeen has been, so far as I have been able to discover, only nineteen. In about one hundred and forty years from the time of its introduction it had become extinct. Two reasons for this will be likely to occur to persons perusing the following pages, viz.:
1st. The phrase "never married," so often appearing upon them, suggests one. Of the whole nineteen members of the family who have borne the name, but five of its male members are known to have married.
2d. All of John Burbeen's descendants, born since 1746, have come from female scions of the original stock. The blood is still in the country, but is found only under names other than that of Burbeen.
The following Genealogy has been largely compiled from:
1. The Woburn Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, edited and arranged by Hon. Edward F. Johnson; and the Epitaphs of the First and Second Burying Grounds, transcribed by William F. Cutter and Nathan Wyman, Esquires.
2. Manuscript notes of Charles Walker, Esq., of Concord, N. H., made about 1830. Mr. Walker was the son of Susannah Burbeen Walker and grandson of Rev. Joseph Burbeen, and had been familiar with the history of the Burbeen family all his life.
3. Sewell's History of Woburn, old Burbeen papers in the possession of the compiler, and sundry other sources of information to which he has had access.
4. For a sketch of the old Burbeen house, or "castle" as it was sometimes called, the compiler is indebted to Leonard Thompson, Esq., of Woburn. His letter describing the same may be found in the Appendix, page 28.
J. B. W.
Concord, N. H., March 15, 1892.
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