Mary Burnham

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Burnham was born in 1790, in Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine, United States, her father, Moses Collins Burnham, was 15 and her mother, Hannah Foss, was 11. She died from about 1802 to 1905.

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Moses Collins Burnham
Hannah Foss
Mary Burnham
Anne Burnham
Hannah Burnham
William Foss Burnham
David Burnham
Susanna Burnham
Samuel Burnham
Aaron Burnham
Jane Burnham
Lucy Burnham
Royal Burnham
Olive Burnham
Henry C. Burnham
Priscilla Burnham
Collins Burnham
Hannah Burnham
Joel Burnham

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    1791 · The Bill of Rights

    After the Constitution was made, some objections were raised by Anti-Federalists. So, in response ten amendments were discussed and voted on to become The Bill of Rights. These rights were made to clarify and guarantee certain freedoms of residents of the country.

    1804 · Whitehead Light

    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.

    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’.

    History: In 1635 Robert Burnham and his two brothers came from England to Ipswich, MA, after their ship was wrecked on the coast of Maine. In the mid 18th century John Burnham and his son, also called John, were among the early settlers in what became the state of VT. In 1785, the younger John Burnham established himself at Middletown, CT.

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