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Thomas Burges
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1712
Staffordshire, England
Death: Nov. 12, 1779
Scotland Neck
Halifax County
North Carolina, USA

The Rev. Thomas Burges, the next incumbent of Edgecombe Parish, was rector of Nottoway Parish, Southampton County, Virginia prior to moving to North Carolina.34 Early in 1760, the North Carolina Assembly confirmed an agreement made between the Rev. Mr. Burges and the Churchwardens and vestry of Edgecombe Parish, "made October last."35 Hence Mr. Burges probably began his services around October 1759. It is recorded that in the same year he preached the funeral sermon of a Mr. Thomas at his home on Roanoke River near Norfleet's Ferry.

In 1764 an act of the Assembly was passed allowing an increase in the salary of Mr. Burges.36

The Rev. Thomas Burges was born Sept. 6, 1712 at Standon, Staffordshire, England, the third son of John Burges and Dorothy Lovatt. He came to Virginia in 1741 and remained there almost twenty years before removing to North Carolina. The Rev. Mr. Burges married first in Virginia, Miriam—and had three children by her. She died in 1758. In 1760, after removing to North Carolina, he married Mary, the daughter of Col. John Haywood, a prominent layman in his new parish. They had one son Lovatt Burges. Parson Burges, as he was called, lived near the parish church at Conoconara where his parsonage was still standearly in the nineteenth century. He died November 12, 1779 and was buried in the churchyard at Conoconara. In 1760 the Rev. Mr. Burges purchased a lot in the new town of Tarboro. This lot was inherited by his grandson Thomas Burges the Halifax attorney, the son of Lovatt Burges and Miss Irwin. In 1834 Thomas Burges deeded this lot to Calvary Church in Tarboro and it forms part of the plot on which Calvary Church now stands.37

By his four children, the Rev. Mr. Burges left a great many descendants in North Carolina. His son Henry John Burges also became an Episcopal minister. After his ordination by the Bishop of London on November 11, 1768, he returned to North Carolina and officiated in St. Mary's Parish from 1759 to 1770. Governor Tryon recommended him to the Bishop before he left for England and commented that he expected much from his ministry. The Rev. Henry John Burges in 1772 became rector of Newport Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia and later held several other parishes in that section of Virginia.38 The Burges family had a direct influence on the later revival of the Episcopal Church in Halifax County. The Rev. Henry John Burges and Gen. Lawrence Baker of Gates County, married sisters, the daughters of Albridgton Jones of Southampton County, Virginia. Mrs. Baker died when her son was young and he was reared in the household of his uncle, the Rev. Mr. Burges. Dr. Baker settled in Halifax County in 1795 and played a major role in the establishment of Trinity Church, Scotland Neck. Dr. Albridgton S. H. Burges the son of the Rev. H. J. Burges, was one of the organizers of Christ Church in Raleigh. 
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Trinity Episcopal Cemetery
Scotland Neck
Halifax County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Jun 02, 2013
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