Betsey Burr

1791–after 1870 (Age 79)
Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Betsey

When Betsey Burr was born in 1791, in Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, her father, Samuel Burr, was 34 and her mother, Eleanor Sherwood, was 27. She married David Scott about 1804, in Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Connecticut, United States in 1870. She died after 1870, in Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 80.

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David Scott
Betsey Burr
Marriage: about 1804
Adaline Scott
Albert Scott
Emily Scott
Albert Scott
Samuel Scott
Adeline Scott

Spouse and Children

about 1804
Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 0

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 11

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."

Age 21

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185 , but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English būr ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too.2 German: perhaps a variant spelling of Bur , or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Betsey Scot in household of Samuel Scot, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Betsey Scott in household of David Scott, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Betsey in entry for Albert Scott, "Connecticut, Charles R. Hale Collection, Vital Records, 1640-1955"

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