Abby Burr

September 1844–25 December 1925 (Age 81)
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States

The Life of Abby

When Abby Burr was born in September 1844, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, her father, George Burr, was 37 and her mother, Mary M. Hepburn, was 35. She married George Washington Gritman on 27 January 1864, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in New York City, New York County, New York, United States in 1850. She died on 25 December 1925, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

George Washington Gritman
Abby Burr
Marriage: 27 January 1864
Arthur Burr Gritman
William Edward Gritman
De Witt Clinton Gritman

Spouse and Children

    George Washington Gritman



27 January 1864
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States


    Arthur Burr Gritman



    De Witt Clinton Gritman


Parents and Siblings

    George Burr


    Mary M. Hepburn




    Susan White Burr


    Eliza H. Burr


    William E. Burr



    Oliver Burr


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World Events (8)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Fire Causes $1.5 Million in Damages

Age 4

"""A fire in September of 1848 caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages to the city of Brooklyn. The fire consumed """"three churches, the post office, two newspaper offices, and other property."""""""
1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 22

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185 , but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English būr ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too.2 German: perhaps a variant spelling of Bur , or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Abbie A Gritman in household of George Buer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Abbie O Gritman, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Abbey H Gritman, "United States Census, 1900"

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