When John H. Burhans was born on 30 December 1770, in Catskill, Catskill, Greene, New York, United States, his father, Henricus Burhans, was 22 and his mother, Temperance Loveridge Dumond, was 22. He married Engeltje "Angelica" Mabie on 21 January 1795. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 7 August 1840, in Bethlehem, Albany, New York, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, New York, United States.
German: from Middle Low German būr ‘farmer, peasant’ + the personal name Hans, a short form of Johannes (see John ), hence a distinguishing occupational name ‘farmer John’ with Hans being a very frequent name. See also Burian .