John Burgess was born circa 1789 in Mangotsfield, South Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom to John Burgess (c1775-) and Hester unknown (bef1789-) and died 1844 Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Jane Willis (c1788-1860) in Bristol, England, United Kingdom.

John Burgess, was christened on 22 March 1789 in the Mangotsfield parish, Bristol, and when he died he was buried in the Mangotsfield parish on the 15 September 1844; which is the same parish where he and Jane married sometime before 1821. John was a collier later becoming a labourer; and Jane, his wife, a housekeeper.

Railway tunnel, Staple Hill, Bristol; above which the Burgess family lived.[1]

They had three children and when George Burgess, their youngest, was born the John and Jane and their family were living in a house with 1 acre and 8 parsecs of garden and orchards; which was set behind another house with gardens that was near the edge of the tunnel entrance. In 1844, when the council survey was started the house and grounds were referred to as `Plot 879' and was owned by John Burgess (a collier); John also owned `Plot 859' a house and gardens situated nearby at the end of what is now Acacia Road, by Staple Hill High Street, Bristol.

However, before the survey was completed, John Burgess had died and the name of ownership was transferred to his eldest child ‘Ann Sperring’, under her maiden name (Burgess); even though she'd been married for about five years. At this time (1845) `Plot 879' would have been occupied by Jane Burgess as Housekeeper, mother and widow; her three children including Ann Sperring; son-in-law George Sperring; and grandchildren (children of Ann George Sperring).


Offspring of John Burgess and Jane Willis (c1788-1860)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ann Burgess (c1821-) 1821 Staple Hill, Bristol, England, United Kingdom George Sperring (?-c1855)
Samual Willis Burgess (c1828-1851)
George Burgess (1829-1905) 12 June 1829 Staple Hill, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom 11 December 1905 St.Mathews Moorfields, St George, Bristol, England, United Kingdom Mary Crouch (1836-1862) Mary Crouch (1836-1862) Eliza Knight (1844-1878)


  1. ^ Drawing of Staple Hill Railway Tunnel Commissioned for Arthur Russ by Tom Maloney©

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