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Burlingame Family Records

Source: Mike Gifford,“Burlingame Family Records,” at http://www.geocities.com/HeartlandlHills/2584/burlingame, accessed 12 January 1999.

Graves of Revolutionary War Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher, 1987.

Christopher BURLINGAME Harner Cemetery, across Muskingum River, Washington Co., OH, 55
Clark BURLINGAME Door Village Cemetery, La Porte, La Porte Co, IN, 64
David BURLINGAME Priv. Cemetery, Kent Farm, North Scituate, Providence Co, RI, 31
Eseck BURLINGAME Harrisville Cemetery, Harrisville, RI, 51
Hopkins BURLINGAME Old Maples Farm, Burke Hill Rd, Hartwick, NY, 58
Jeremiah BURLINGAME White Store (Evergreen) Cemetery, Norwich, Chenango Co. NY
Jeremiah BURLINGAME Petersburg, NY, 56
Nathan BURLINGAME Mountain View (Lester) Cemetery, Lester, Broome Co, NY, 78
Nathan BURLINGAME Oneco Cemetery, Rt. 14A, Sterling, CT, 74
Philip BURLINGAME Castleton Cemetery, Elmont, Queens, NY, 80
Stephen BURLINGAME East Greenwich Cemetery, Greenwich, RI, 46
Wanton BURLINGAME Attica Center Cemetery, Attica, Wyoming Co, NY, 54

This page shows the census for the family of Calvin Underwood, son-in-law of Wanton Burlingame who is living with the family:

1850 Census – Attica Twp, Wyoming Co., NY

Surname Given Name Age Miscellaneous Information
UNDERWOOD Calvin 66 born in Mass.
Diantha 49 born in NY
Sally Ann 30 born in NY
Mary A. 29 born in NY
Uriah E. 20 male farmer born in NY
Lusina 22 female born in NY
Horace 14 born in NY
Caroline 12 born in NY
Monroe 7 born in NY
BURLINGAME Wonton 88 male farmer born in RI

This information was provided by Andrea Hawk Crumrine.

Early BURLINGAME History

The original inhabitants of what is now known as England were the Celts who in turn were invaded by the Romans and the Celts were driven into what is now Scotland and Ireland. These invaders were known as Britons. After the withdrawal of the Roman forces about the beginning of the fifth century, the South Britons were no longer able to withstand the attacks of the Scots and Picts. They applied for assistance from the Roman General Aetius, but he was too much involved in the struggle with Attila to attend to their petitions. In desperation the Britons sought the aid of the Saxons; and according to Anglo-Saxon narratives, three ships containing 1,600 men, were dispatched to their help under the command of the brothers Hengest and Horan. These Saxons were assigned the isle of Thanet for habitation, and from there marched against the northern foe obtaining complete victory. The date assigned to these events by the later Anglo-Saxon Chronicles is 449 AD. The Chronicles also states that the Saxons, finding the land desirable, turned their arms against the Britons, and reinforced by new bands, the Jutes and Angles, conquered first Kent and ultimately the larger part of the island. These Saxons, Jutes and Angles were Teutonic tribesmen coming from the country about the mouths of the Elbe and Weser Rivers in ancient Germany. This struggle continued for about 150 years and at the end of that time most of the South of Briton was in the hands of these Teutonic tribes. This conquered territory was then divided into small states. In 571 or 575 A.D. the Kingdom of East Angeles was founded by Uffa. This in turn was broken up into petty chieftaincies, one of them being BURLINGHAM, which means Byrl, “the cup bearer”, “ing” is the Saxon suffix meaning “son” and “hame” is the Angle suffix meaning “home or clan”, or in other words, home or clan of the sons of ByrL Here the clans of BURLINGHAM lived and prospered until early in the ninth century when the Danes, another Low German tribe, began making raids on this section and as these attacks became more frequent and in time the Danes had conquered all of what is now the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge. The BURLINGHAMs were driven from their homes and fled into Wessex. By a treaty made at Wedmore in 878 A.D., the English King, Alfred the Great, had recognized the conquest of theses Danes and made a pact with Guthrum, their leader. By this treaty, the Danes were allowed to retain the land they had conquered, but they must be baptized. After peace was established, the BURLINGHAM returned to their homes, but with the lost of most of their property, they established new homes and made a fresh start. The name of BURLINGHAM and BYRLINGHAMINGA appear quite frequently in the ancient Saxon Chronicles; the final suffix “inga” being dropped prior to the Norman Invasion in the eleventh century. The suffix “ing” still remains in many English names and coupled with the Anglo suffix “hame” meaning home or clan, gives us such names as Birmingham, Burlingham, Cheltingham, Cunningham, Dillingham, etc..  These names ending in “ingahams” are not common in the south of England. In East Angila, the “ingahams” are quite numerous. In Suffolk they are found in the northern part, at no considerable distance from the Waveney River and in Norfolk in the south along the Waveney and Yare Rivers and near the coast of the now famous Norfolk Broads.

The name BURLINGHAM was spelled in many ways, some of which are: BYRLINGHAM (Worcester Rolls, 972 AD); BAELINGAM (Crawford Charters, 998 AD); BERLINGENAM, BIRLINGHAM, BERLINGAHAM, BURLINGHAM, BERLINGHAM, (Domesday Book, 1086 AD); BERLINGAHAM, BURLINGHAM, BURLINGAME (Fleet of Fines 1198 AD). After the twelfth century, the name was generally spelled BURLINGHAM.

In the County of Norfolk, east of Norwich the cathedral city, on the Yare River; halfway between Norwich and Yarmouth and near Acle are three parishes known as: Burlingham St. Peter, Burlingham St. Andrew, and Burlingham St. Edmund. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin R. BURLINGAME of Minneapolis, MN visited these places in England in 1960 and while there gathered considerable data on the BURLINGHAMs of Norfolk County, England, much of which appears in the following records. The Church, Burlingham St. Peter in North Burlingham, was built about 1050 AD and is now in complete ruins and overgrown with brush. Burlingham St. Andrew was built about 1275 AD and is still standing but is no longer in use. In this church is a monument to the Robert BURLINGHAM family. Burlingham St. Edmund is located in South Burlingham and was built around 1500 AD and is still used occasionally. About three-fourths of a mile from Burlingham St. Edmund stands Burlingham Hall, also built about 1500 AD and was the home of some of the early BURLINGHAMs. While in England, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin BURLINGAME met the gentleman, who a few years before had discovered a tunnel that ran from Burlingham St. Edmund to Burlingham Hall. When this tunnel was built and for what purpose is unknown; it has been sealed off many, many years ago and forgotten about. Burlingham Hall is one of the show places of England and is still used as a residence. The last time Kaiser Willhelm visited his grandmother, Queen Victoria of England, his royal party were quartered in Burlingham Hall, now a part of the Crown Lands.

Many of these early BURLINGHAMs served as knights and in turn were granted a fee. A Knight’s fee was the first, most universal, esteemed and most honorable species of land holding, and an owner of a Knight’s fee, or in other words, a Knight, in feudal times was bound to attend his Lord to the wars for forty days for each fee held, besides other incidents peculiar to the age of chivalry. Oft times a Lordship grew out of these Knight̓s fees. (For further description of Knighthood and Knight̓s fees see Blackstone̓s “Commentaries on the Common Laws of England.”) The title of Knight was not hereditary, but the right to use their coat-of-arms was permissable.

Many of the early records of Norfolk County, England have been destroyed and are by no means complete. Some of the BURLINGHAMs mentioned in the early records are as follows:

Hugh DE BIRLINGHAM, knighted by William the Conqueror about 1075 AD.

Walterus DE BIRLINGHAM was a witness to a deed confirming a grant to the Abbey of St. Benel of Holme, Norfolk County in 1163 AD.

Elfide BIRLINGHAM was granted land in Birmingham and said grant was witnessed by Nicholas DE BIRLINGHAM. No date given.

In the fourth year of the reign of King John (1203 AD), a fine was levied between Joceline DE BURLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife; William DE BURLINGHAM and Margaret, his wife; John DE DEPENAM and Isabel, his wife, and Emme, their sister, to Edwin CARPENTER and Jeffrey DE AMBLIE for 32 acres in Massingham, a half a knight̓s fee in Begheton, no consideration mentioned, but 20 marks of silver mentioned for the knight̓s fee. (Evidently this was the settlement of an estate.)

John DE DEPENHAM and Isabel his wife, leases to Joceline DE BURLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, 5 acres in Oxburg at 18 shillings sterling, and 12 acres in Burlingham, the regrant for the lives of Joceline and Matilda at 4 shillings per year, for which regrant they pay 5 marks of silver.

Ailward DE BIRLINGHAM and Edwin, his son, leases Lingwode land to Gilbert DE LINGWODE and Richard, his son (ca. 1205 AD)

William, son of Brictric DE BIRLINGHAM, granted lands in South Berlingham, no date given.

In the “Monasticon Anglicanum of Dugdale” is a charter of confirmation from King Henry III in the 19th year of his reign (1235 AD) listing donatories to the founding and maintenance of a Benedictine Monastery at Bungay, is the following notations: “ – of the gift of Roger, son of Rynuld DE BIRLINGHAM, thirty denarates of the rent of the lands of which Robert HOG of Lingwood holds of the same Roger.”  Another entry reads: “ – of the gift of Roger, son of Rynuld DE BIRLINGHAM, one-half of all white fish.” If said Roger was able to contribute such a sum to the maintenance of the Monastery, it is probable that he held at least one Knight̓s fee and probably more than one fee.

George DE BIRLINGHAM held one fee in the 41st year of the reign of Henry III (1250 AD) but was not a Knight.

1288 AD – 16th year of the reign of King Edward I – Matilda DE CATTON, widow of Alexander DE BIRLINGHAM, sells St. Martin land to Robert DE MARTHAM.

1289 AD – 17th year of the reign of King Edward I – Laurence DE BIRLINGHAM, tanner, purchased St. Peter de Parmentergate land from Robert DE NOVO, Castro Subter-Liman, cementarius, and Rosa, his wife.

1290 AD – 18th year of the reign of King Edward I – Matilda DE CATTON, relict of Allan (Alexander) DE BIRLINGHAM, deceased, sells St. Vedast land to Laurence DE BIRLINGHAM and Letitia his wife.

1298 AD – 26th year of the reign of King Edward I – Laurence DE BYRLINGHAM, tanner, and Enuna, his wife, sell St. Stephen land to Hugo DE SWATHEFFIELD.

1298 AD – 26th eyar [sic] of the reign of King Edward I – William DE BIRLINGHAM sells St. Gregory land to Thomas BRUMAN of Neuton next to Castleacre.

1310 AD, 3rd year of the reign of King Edward II- Laurence DE BIRLINGHAM purchased land in St. Cuthbert from Richard DE WALCOTE.

1312 AD – 5th year of the reign of King Edward II – Alice, widow of Sir Roger DE HALES, Knight, and Roger, his son, rector of Norton, sells St. Vedast land to Roger DE BIRLINGHAM and Idania, his wife.

1312 AD – 5th year of the reign of King Edward II- Roger DE BIRLINGHAM, tanner, of Norwich, and Ida, his wife, sell St. Vedast land to Agnes, daughter of Hugh DURRANT of Tacolston.

1320 AD – 13th year of the reign of King Edward II – Roger, son of Laurence DE BIRLINGHAM, chaplin, sells land in St. Bartholomew to Laurence DE BIRLINGHAM, tanner of Norwich and William, son of Robert atte Chirche of Hakeford and Ethe, his wife.

1322 AD – 15th year of the reign of King Edward II – Roger DE BURLINGHAM, John TOLLE, butcher, and Geoffley GERNEYSE, purchase St. Stephen land from Walter DE BERI and Margaret, his wife.

1322 AD – 15th year of the reign of King Edward II – Otes DE BAERLINGHAM, Knight Bachelor, taken prisoner at Boroughbridge, March 16, 1322 for fighting against the King.

1324 AD – 17th year of the reign of King Edward II – Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, purchase land in St. George de Colgate from Walter COKEREL and Alice, his wife.

1329 AD – 3rd year in the reign of King Edward III – Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, purchase land in St. George de Colgate from John DE PORINGLOND and Catherine, his wife.

1329 AD – 3rd year in the reign of King Edward III – Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, sell land in St. George de Colgate to Alan DE GYSELINGHAM and Alice. his wife.

1333 AD – 6th year in the reign of King Edward III – Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, sell St. George de Colgate land to Hugh GODESMAN and Beatrix, his wife.

1335 AD – 8th year in the reign of King Edward III – John DE ALDERFORDE, Chaplin, and Geoffrey DE PASTON, smith, executors of John DE WYMEDHAN. deed St. Olave land to Geoffrey DE BAUGURGE and Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM. Geoffiey DE BAUGURGE and Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, deed same land back to Geoffrey DE PASTON on same day.

1337 AD – 10th year in the reign of King Edward III – Stephen DE BIRLINGHAM and Matilda, his wife, sells land in St. George de Colgate and St. Clement de Fibriggs to Edmund COSYIN.

1339 AD – 12th year in the reign of King Edward III – Roger DE BIRLIINGHAM, tanner, and Ida, his wife, sell land in St. Vedast to William DE DONSTON.

The records for 1340 to 1500 AD have not been checked. Further research is now being made. A record has been found showing that a coat-of-arms was granted to Sir Richard BURLIINGHAM, no date given.  Also in 1351, several mentions are made of Sir Adam DE BIRLINGHAM.

(from the “BURLINGAME Manuscripts – Book 1” by Nelson BURLINGAME, NEHGS, CS71B 9613 1986)


Will dated 8 Oct. 1784

“I give and bequeath to my two sons Israel Burlingame and Eleazer Burlingame the sum of one shilling each, making in the whole two shillings, they having received their portions. To daughters, Margaret Gorton, Lillis Briggs, Mary Burlingame and to one son Nathan, farming tools and tackling and whatever else I have for the use of farming and coopering, to him my said son Nathan, his heirs and assigns forever. Son Nathan, sole Executor.”

Will proven 7 Sept. 1790.

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