Melissa Burton

2 March 1828–21 September 1903 (Age 75)
Mersea, Essex, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of Melissa

When Melissa Burton was born on 2 March 1828, in Mersea, Essex, Ontario, Canada, her father, Samuel Burton, was 44 and her mother, Hannah Shipley, was 41. She married William Coray on 23 June 1846, in Mount Pisgah, Union, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She registered for military service in 1846. She died on 21 September 1903, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Kimball
Melissa Burton
Marriage: 24 December 1851
Burton Shipley Kimball
Ida Marie Kimball
Robert Taylor Kimball
Charles Martin Kimball
Ranch Stanley Kimball
Lawrence Prosper Kimball
Ernest Lynn Kimball

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 December 1851Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 2
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    1830 · The Oregon Trail
    Age 2
    Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.
    Age 20
    Find A Grave website photo indicates establishment of the cemetery in 1848. Located at the NE corner of 4th Avenue and N Street. Salt Lake City Cemetery is in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 120,000 persons are buried in the cemetery. Many religious leaders and politicians, particularly many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) lie in the cemetery. It encompasses over 250 acres and contains 9 1?2 miles of roads. It is the largest city-operated cemetery in the United States. The first burial occurred on September 27, 1847, when George Wallace buried his child, Mary Wallace. The burial was two months after the Mormon pioneers had settled the Salt Lake Valley. In 1849, George Wallace, Daniel Wells, and Joseph Heywood surveyed 20 acres at the same site for the area's burial grounds. In 1851, Salt Lake City was incorporated and the 20 acres officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery with George Wallace as its first sexton.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from a placename that is very common in central and northern England. The derivation in most cases is from Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke ) + tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’.French (northeastern): regional variant of Berton .

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

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    Story Highlight

    True As Steel

    Melissa Burton Coray Kimball was a woman whose strength of faith carried her on one of the longest journeys to the Salt Lake Valley. On June 2, 1846, at Mount Pisgah, Iowa, she married William Coray. …

    Sources (57)

    • Melissa Borton in entry for Ernest Lynn Kimball, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Melissa Kimball in household of William Kimball, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Millissa Burton in entry for Burton S Kinball and Hannah L Cross, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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