Washington Williams Burr

Male27 March 1836–24 February 1865

Brief Life History 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 21. 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
about 1864–

Sources (18)

  • W W Burr, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Washington W. Burr, "Connecticut Marriages, 1630-1997"
  • Washington Williams Burr on U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 May 1858Connecticut, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (6)

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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

    English: nickname from Middle English burre ‘bur’ (a seed-case or flower-head with clinging prickles), used by Shakespeare to denote someone who sticks like a bur, a person difficult to ‘shake off’, a sense which may well be older.

    German: topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound, hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer .

    History: The American political leader Aaron Burr (1756–1836) was the son of a clergyman and academic, president of Princeton University. On his mother's side he was descended from the Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards; on his father's from Jehu Burr, who emigrated from England to MA with John Winthrop (see Winthrop ) in 1630.

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

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