In Memory of ‘Jennie’ Burgin

My mother, Jane Skudder Burgin Lawrence was told she was named after this young woman, whose given name was Jane but who was called Jennie.

One of my great-grandfather’s siblings, she was born in a suburb of London, and came here in her infancy. She died of tuberculosis when she was 24.

Her tombstone, in its brevity, and its use of her family nickname not her Christian name, speaks of the choking grief the family must have felt at her loss.

My mother has always wanted to go out to Springfield and pay a visit to Jennie’s grave, but for various reasons, we never took the trip.

This post is for her…



Jane / “Jennie” Burgin’s baptism/ birth entry:





London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906

Name Jane Burgin

Record Type Baptism

Baptism Date 29 Feb 1860

Father’s Name Thomas Burgin

Mother’s Name Jane Burgin

Parish or Poor Law Union Horselydown St John

Borough Southwark

Register Type Parish Registers

Citation Information


London Metropolitan Archives, Horselydown St John, Register of Baptism, p71/jn, Item 014*** [sic]

Source Information


London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906


[***Note: if you study the image it states clearly that her baptism was on Feb 29, but her birth was on Feb 1. Multiple sources have her birth as the 29th. BTW, I checked, and 1860 was indeed a leap year, so the “Feb 29” is ok. Secondly, the page numbers appear to have been incorrectly recorded. It reads page 789, and the entry is no. 31.–LSL]


Jane “Jennie” Burgin’s death record





Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 

Jennie Burgin

Event Type Death

Birth Date abt 1860

Death Date 25 Feb 1884

Death Place Springfield, Massachusetts

Death Age 24

Father Name Thomas

Mother Name Jane

Household Members

Name Age

Jennie Burgin

Citation Information

Source Information


Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988


Her tombstone, shared with her parents:



For detailed information on getting to the cemetery, see the next post.


Jane “Jennie” Burgin

Birth:  Feb. 29, 1860

  • Southwark, Greater London, England

Death:  Feb. 25, 1884

  • Springfield, Hamden County, Massachusetts, USA






*Calculated relationship

Find A Grave Memorial# 29575456


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