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Betty McCreery, nee Burgess, with her daughter Sue. Betty married Hugh McCreery in Cheshire in 1951. They moved to Jersey, where they both died

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Origins of surname

This family name arrived from England, but its origins were in France. Burgeis was an inhabitant and freeman of a fortified town, especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent. In Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town.

Early records

The name first appeared in the St Helier baptism register in the 1820s with the baptisms of the children of John and Hannah Jones.


  • Burgess
  • Burges
  • Burgis

Family records


Church records


Family trees


Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Reginald Francis Burgess (1895- ) (St H) son of Robert Edwin and Ann Elizabeth Moses, Private, RJGB


Occupation records


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Burgess family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Eliza Burgess, Mont Le Vaux, St Aubin, widow - 3 July 1920, D/Y/A/80
  • Henry Burgess, Mont-les-Vaux, St Aubin - 24 April 1914, D/Y/A/73

Family album

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