John Dennis Burdon

1776 - 1842

Claimant or beneficiary


Co-executor of Elizabeth Smyth, an annuitant on Vauxhall estate, tentatively identified as connected to Francis George Smyth.

NB there is no confirmation that he was a 'Rev.', as he is given in the compensation records. There was a John Dennis Burdon living at Black Torrington, Devon, in 1836, the second son of Charles Burden [sic] and Mary née Rudd.

  1. Will of John Denis [sic] Burdon of Kenton Devon proved 19/4/1842; in 1841 he was shown at Kenton, 'Independent' aged 65, born in the county, with Elizabeth aged 50, Mary aged 50 and a series of children.

  2. "JOHN DENNIS BURDON of Burdon was born at Black Torrington and baptised there on the 2nd April 1679 [sic - 1769]. His wife Elizabeth was baptised at West Cowes in Hampshire. The couple married at Black Torrington on the 6th October 1806 and spent the first years of their marriage at Upcott before he built the house now known as The Larches in Black Torrington. A rental of lands dated 1788 [Devon Records Office] list John Dennis Burdon’s properties as being in Black Torrington, Broadwood Kelly, Sheepwash, Highampton, Clawton, Virginstowe, Northlew, Bratton Clovelly, Hatherleigh, Germansweek and Halwill. As well as being a substantial landowner, he was also a magistrate for Devon. The couple were both named in the 1841 Census of Kenton, Devon, as living at South Town Villa where John Dennis Burdon died, at the age of 73, on the 4th February 1842. He was buried at Black Torrington (M.I. in church there records inaccurately blazoned Burdon arms impaling Rodd). His Will dated 5th March 1841 was proved the 19th April 1842. His wife Elizabeth Burdon died on the 9th Mary 1844, aged 59, at Southtown in her home county of Hampshire. Her Will, dated the 6th February 1842, was proved the 6th July 1844."


T71/870 St Elizabeth claim no. 375A & B (Vauxhall).

Parishes: Haccombe - Hittesleigh, Magna Britannia Volume 6 Devonshire, Daniel and Samuel Lysons, (1822) pp. 250-72, available at [accessed 28/09/2010]. [accessed 15/10/2012].

  1. PROB 11/1960/263; 1841 census online.

  2. Website of the Highampton Local History Group, [accessed 29/07/2020].

We are grateful to Peter Selley for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Rev. John Dennis Burdon
Elizabeth Burdon (1806)

Associated Claims (1)

£1,946 9s 10d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1835 [EA] - → Executor

Relationships (1)

Executor → Testator

Addresses (1)

Kenton, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England