Gilbert Lee Burnham

30 September 1853–
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life 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
Agnes M. McLaughlin
Marriage: 2 July 1872

Spouse and Children

2 July 1872
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · Land in Groton Given to US Navy for Navy Station

Age 15

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. 

Age 33

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’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gilbert L Burnham in household of Emeline Burnham, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Lee Burnham, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"
  • Lee Burnham, "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887"

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