David Burnham

19 May 1799–29 April 1870 (Age 70)
Hollis, York, Maine, United States

The Life of David

David Burnham was born on 19 May 1799, in Hollis, York, Maine, United States as the son of Moses Collins Burnham and Hannah Foss. He married Ruth Lassell on 18 February 1822, in Waterboro, York, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons. He lived in Biddeford, York, Maine, United States for about 10 years. He died on 29 April 1870, in York, Maine, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Biddeford, York, Maine, United States.

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David Burnham
Ruth Lassell
Marriage: 18 February 1822
Charles L Burnham
Horace P. Burnham
Alexander G Burnham
George O. Burnham
Aaron Burnham
Leonard C Burnham
Thomas S Burnham
Royal T Burnham

Spouse and Children


    Ruth Lassell


18 February 1822
Waterboro, York, Maine, United States


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 1

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 5

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 20

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Burnham. Those in Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches), Norfolk (various villages), and Essex (Burnham-on-Crouch) are named with Old English burna ‘stream’ + hām ‘homestead’. In the case of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, however, the second element is Old English hamm ‘water meadow’, while Burnham in Lincolnshire is named from brunnum, dative plural of Old Norse brunnr ‘spring’, originally used after a preposition, i.e. ‘(at) the springs’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • David Burnham, "United States Census, 1860"
  • David Burnham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • David Burnham, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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