Emery Wilson Burgess

2 May 1837–27 January 1925 (Age 87)
Dexter, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States

The Life of Emery Wilson

When Emery Wilson Burgess was born on 2 May 1837, in Dexter, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, his father, Hiram Burgess, was 34 and his mother, Betsey Placeway, was 30. He married Marcelia S Woodin on 1 January 1859, in Gratiot, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Pine River Township, Gratiot, Michigan, United States for about 20 years and Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He died on 27 January 1925, in Saint Louis, Gratiot, Michigan, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis, Gratiot, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Emery Wilson Burgess
Marcelia S Woodin
Marriage: 1 January 1859
Elberon C Burgess
Etta O Burgess
Clark Burgess
Maud Burgess
Lillian M "Lillie" Burgess
Glenn Hiram Burgess

Spouse and Children

1 January 1859
Gratiot, Michigan, United States


    Elberon C Burgess



    Clark Burgess


    Maud Burgess


    Lillian M "Lillie" Burgess


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Hiram Burgess


    Betsey Placeway




+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1847 · Moving the State Capital

Age 10

The capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing on March 17, 1847. The capital was moved to be further away from Canada, to encourage settlement and boost economy toward the inner regions of the state, and to make to capital more accessible to everyone statewide.

Age 26

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

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ ( see Burke ), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Emery Burges in household of Hiram Burges, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Emery Burgess in household of Charles M Wilhelm, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Emery W Burgess, "United States Census, 1900"

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