William Burnham

1 January 1781–5 July 1831 (Age 50)
Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States

The Life of William

When William Burnham was born on 1 January 1781, in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, his father, Captain Amos Burnham, was 24 and his mother, Susannah Hierlihy, was 22. He married Eunice Crossman in 1806, in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. He died on 5 July 1831, in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

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William Burnham
Rebecca Closson
Marriage: April 1815
Eliza Ann Burnham
William Rufus Burnham
James Burnham
Hannah Burnham
Olive Celia Burnham

Spouse and Children

April 1815
Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States


Parents and Siblings




    Guy Carlton Burnham


    Nancy Burnham


    Timothy Burnham


    Capt George W Burnham


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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 0

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1791 · Vermont Becomes 14th State

Age 10

On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 19

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)

  • Wm Burnham, "United States Census, 1810"
  • William Burnham, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Luke Burnham in entry for Osmond Burnham and Lavina Low, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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