Captain Elisha Burnham

12 February 1730–28 May 1815 (Age 85)
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Elisha

When Captain Elisha Burnham was born on 12 February 1730, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Capt William Burnham, was 24 and his mother, Ruth Norton, was 19. He married Jerusha Lee on 9 November 1749, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 28 May 1815, in Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Leyden, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.

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Captain Elisha Burnham
Jerusha Lee
Marriage: 9 November 1749
William Burnham
William Burnham
Jerusha Burnham
Rosalinda Burnham
Abigail Burnham
Chloe Burnham
Silvia Burnham
Sarah Burnham
William Burnham
Ruth H. Burnham

Spouse and Children

9 November 1749
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 46

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 51

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 70

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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)

  • Elisha Burnham in entry for William Burnham, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Elisha in entry for Sarah Burnham, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Elisha in entry for Rosalanda Burnham, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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