William Riley Burson

28 February 1853–31 March 1927 (Age 74)
Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Burson was born on 28 February 1853, in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States, his father, Joseph J Burson, was 18 and his mother, Lydia Hiatt, was 17. He married Sara Jane Endicott on 12 March 1874, in Fremont, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Fremont, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Scott Township, Fremont, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 31 March 1927, in Thurman, Fremont, Iowa, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Thurman, Fremont, Iowa, United States.

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William Riley Burson
Sara Jane Endicott
Marriage: 12 March 1874
Bertie E. Burson
Theodore Clifton Burson

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12 March 1874
Fremont, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 4

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 22

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: unexplained; apparently a patronymic, but from an unidentified medieval personal name. It may be a variant of Barson . On the other hand, there appears to be a French connection with the villages of Hardanges and La Chapelle au Riboul, whence bearers of this name are recorded as having emigrated to Canada.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Riley Burson in household of Joseph Burson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William R Burson, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Reiley Burson, "Iowa State Census, 1895"

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