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Also known as Barlow and Barley, our Burleigh ancestors moved to Lowestoft and settled there for a generation before most of their children moved to Northumberland.  Here the surname was retained as Burleigh by some branches, whilst others used Barlow.

Although from an agricultural background, the Burleigh sons born in Lowestoft became mariners, as their father would seem to have done for a short time in his life.   Two settled in Blyth, Northumberland,  whilst another lived in Newbiggin by the Sea, where descendants still live today.  

Our Susannah Burleigh, also moved to the Blyth area. Her marriage certificate to John Lumsden gives her surname as Barlow. After his death, Susannah remarried, her second husband being a fisherman from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

By the last decade of the 18th Century, there were two Burleigh families living in the parish of Metfield, Suffolk - Samuel and Diana, and John and Eunice. Naming patterns were very similar, and it seems apparent that they must be related, but the link still eludes us.

Burleigh gravestone

The gravestone of Samuel and Diana in Metfield Churchyard.

Burleigh gravestones

The gravestones of John and Eunice Burleigh.

Metfield Church


Trying to solve this puzzle has led to us collecting as many entries for Burleigh and its many variations from across East Anglia.  Those baptisms and burials can be found here.  

Associated Surnames - Most of these families lived in the North East of England, although a few are from East Anglia -

Barnes, Frost, Hann, Hudson, Knowles, Lumsden, Miller, Moore, Parker, Percy, Renner, Robinson, Stannard, Stanton