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.
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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