Washington Williams Burr

27 March 1836–24 February 1865 (Age 28)
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Washington Williams

When Washington Williams Burr was born on 27 March 1836, in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, his father, Philander Burr, was 25 and his mother, Caroline L. Williams, was 20. He married Elizabeth Marshall on 5 May 1858, in Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died on 24 February 1865, in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 28, and was buried in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States.

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Washington Williams Burr
Elizabeth Marshall
Marriage: 5 May 1858
Laura T Burr
Carrie Burr

Spouse and Children

5 May 1858
Connecticut, United States


    Laura T Burr


    Carrie Burr


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World Events (4)


Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Slavery is Abolished

Age 12

In 1840, the American Anti-Slavery Society split and slavery started being outlawed in the state. In Canterbury, Connecticut, Prudence Crandall started a school for young African American girls. The people got mad and Crandall was taken to court. The case was lost and that was the beginning of many other cases that would be lost, but it was also the start of having slavery abolished.

Age 27

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185 , but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English būr ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too.2 German: perhaps a variant spelling of Bur , or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer .

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

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Sources (3)

  • W W Burr, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Washington Burr in household of Philander Burr, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Washington W. Burr, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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