Maria Burnham

Brief Life History of Maria

When Maria Burnham was born on 10 January 1841, in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, her father, Erastus William Burnham Sr., was 30 and her mother, Emeline Parsons, was 28. She married George W. Shippey on 10 January 1860, in East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Detroit Ward 14, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Shubuta, Clarke, Mississippi, United States for about 10 years. She died on 27 November 1927, in Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, United States, at the age of 86.

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George W. Shippey
Maria Burnham
Marriage: 10 January 1860
Laura Lenita Shippey
George Edward Shippey
Herbert A. Shippey
John M. Shippey

Sources (32)

  • Maria Shippy in household of George Shippy, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Maria Burnham, "Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939"
  • Maria Burnham Shippey, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

World Events (8)


At the meeting of the General Assembly of Connecticut in May, 1845, upon the petition of Harvey Elmer and others the town was divided into East Windsor and South Windsor.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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.

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

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