Gilbert Lee Burnham

Brief Life History of Gilbert Lee

When Gilbert Lee Burnham was born on 30 September 1853, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Erastus William Burnham Sr., was 43 and his mother, Emeline Parsons, was 41. He married Agnes M. McLaughlin on 2 July 1872, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. He lived in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States in 1860.

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Gilbert Lee Burnham
1853–
Agnes M. McLaughlin
1855–1899
Marriage: 2 July 1872

Sources (8)

  • G Lee Burnham, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lee Burnham, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Lee Burnham, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"

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World Events (8)

1863

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

1868 · Land in Groton Given to US Navy for Navy Station

In 1868, the State of Connecticut gave the Navy 112 acres of land along the Thames River. This became the location of the Naval Submarine Base. It was designed to hold 1,400 men and 20 submarines. During WWII it was expanded to 497 acres. 

1886

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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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