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Midwestern Descendants of Lillias J. Burton (1851-1924)

   Your family history book has been published and is now available. Read about 364 years of pioneer descendant history. This old Kansas picture of the younger Ketchums and McCorkells is one example of the 210 pictures presented in this new but limited collection.

   LILLIAS J. BURTON, born in 1851 (Marion, Illinois), later became the third wife of two husbands: ASA C. KETCHUM in 1872 (Marble Hill, Missouri) and GEORGE R. McCORKELL in 1883 (Cherokee, Kansas). This book recorded data on all their six Ketchum-McCorkell families, as well as some available data on Bobo, Thompson and McCorkle families.

   Early Ketchum history reported the English immigrant came to Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1629 and later settled in Connecticut. The Burton and McCorkle/ McCorkell families, from Scotland, possibly immigrated circa 1730 and settled in Virginia. Both Ketchum and McCorkle ancestors served in the Rev. War.

   Asa C. Ketchum (1821), a seventh generation American, grew up in New York, became an attorney and migrated to the midwest. He served as a 'Home Guard' (possibly Indiana) Colonel in the Civil War. He was an attorney and Circuit Court Judge. He married Lillias and had three more children: Minnie (1875), Elizabeth (1877) and Hester (1880). Asa Ketchum died in 1881 and was possibly buried in Chautauqua, Kansas.

   George R. McCorkell (1830), a fifth generation American, was raised in Indiana and later migrated to eastern Kansas. While in Indiana, he enlisted in the Civil War. George, a blacksmith and farmer, later married Lillias in 1883 (Cherokee, Kansas). They lived near Scammon for about seventeen years and then moved to Joplin, Missouri. Lillias and George were married twenty-seven years and had four surviving children: John (1884), Riley (1887), Catherine (1890) and Claude (1892). George died in 1910 and was buried in Joplin, Missouri. Lillias McCorkell migrated westward in 1914, died in 1924 and was buried in Olivewood cemetery (Riverside, California).  

   Many additional 'content and design' items have been included in this family history book.

   Early Ancestor Summaries - Even though this book primarily focused upon three midwestern surnames, summary data has also been presented on early KETCHUM, (BOBO) and McCORKLE ancestors. The Ketchum family immigrated from England to New England (ca 1629) and soon migrated to New Haven Colony in Connecticut. Descendants later migrated to upstate New York where Asa Calkins Ketchum was born. The early McCorkle family first settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania around 1730 and later migrated to Augusta County, Virginia. Later descendants migrated to Green County, Kentucky and Orange County, Indiana. George Riley McCorkle was born and raised in Orange County, Indiana and eventually changed the spelling of his surname to "McCorkell."

   Indiana McCorkle Siblings - Available information on the brothers and sisters of George Riley McCorkle/ McCorkell has been presented which shows some of their migrations to Kansas and Oklahoma. Current researchers are still trying to discover new information on the remaining children of Andrew Charles McCorkle (ca 1789).

   Half-siblings of the Third Families - Even though this book was written from the perspective of Lillias J. Burton and her children, available information has been presented on the children of the earlier Ketchum/McCorkell marriages and their descendants.

   Collateral/Allied Families - Available data on those families into whom the Ketchum and McCorkell descendants have married has also been summarized into tables throughout the book. A special section was also devoted to the early Bobo family, who traced their lineage from French Huguenot emigrant Gabriel Baubau/Bobo circa 1700. A Bobo line-of-descent has been identified through Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.

   Bibles, Birthday Book and other Family Records - Available recorded family history has been reproduced in its appropriate sections/chapters of the book. An attempt was made to separate 'historical fact' from 'family tradition' in order to assist future researchers in validation. An original Civil War document was also presented.

   Writing Style & Techniques - Each chapter has been devoted to one of the three principals (Lillias Burton, Asa Ketchum and George McCorkell), as well as each of their seven surviving children. The last chapter was entitled "McCorkle Cousins" and may represent descendants of Andrew Charles McCorkle's (ca 1789) nephew, John McCorkle. Each chapter has a table of contents, footnotes and a reference summary. A chart overview, over 200 interesting photographs (many before 1900), a preface, an appendix and an easy-to-use index were also provided.

[SORRY, this limited publication book has been sold out!]


  This sold out book can be accessed in the following public locations:

AR Central Public Library Fort Smith 02/14/94
CA Central Public Library Huntington Beach 02/11/94
CA Central Public Library Los Angeles 02/21/94
CA County Public Library Riverside 02/19/94
CA LDS Family History Center Los Angeles 02/09/94
CA So. Calif. Gen. Soc. Burbank 02/09/94
DC NSDAR Washington 06/09/94
IN Allen Co. Public Library Fort Wayne 06/02/94
IN Orange Co. Gen. Soc. Paoli 1994
MO Central Public Library Joplin 06/08/94
MO Central Public Library Kansas City 1994
MO Bollinger Co. Public Library Marble Hill 1994
NY Historical Society Cortland 1994
NY NY Public Library New York City 01/26/94
SC Public Library Spartanburg 02/14/94
TN Fayette Co. Public Library Somerville 1994
UT LDS Family History Center Salt Lake City 1994


May 27, 2010 -- "I am a descendant through their daughter Mary (1835) who married Allen Burton (1835), son of James Jones Burton. Allen and Mary moved to Hamilton County Il before 1860. I saw a Missouri Death certificate that Martha has Thoron as a last name. There is a book on the Adams family from Coffee County Co. It is small and has limited information and doesn't have Mary married to Allen Burton. The Adams and some Burtons moved to Missouri around or before 1900. The Adams and Rhoda Burton or Adams were in Campbell Missouri in Dunklin County. The Adams are buried in a large cemetery just outside of Campbell. I didn't find Rhoda Burton or Adams Clayton. She was married to William Ira Clayton. A son of Allen Burton and Mary Adams was my grandfather. Francis Marion Burton, born in Illinois and died in Missouri. His son Clyde was my father.

My line is: Thomas J. Burton born 1827 in what became DeKalb County, Tennessee died 1903 Jefferson County, Illinois m. about 1845 Sarah A. (Bratten) ( an educated guess)

1. Samuel M. Burton b. 1846 d. 1863 in Franklin County, Tennessee
2. Elijah Madison Burton b. 1849 d. 1927 Coleman County, Texas married Cynthia Jane Meador in 1868 in Jefferson County, Illinois their third child
a. Wesley Madison Burton b. Oct 1875 Jefferson County, Illinois d. August 1951 Taylor County, Texas
married Agnus Elizabeth Mosier 1897 in Coleman County, Texas
Their youngest son
aa. Cylas Wesley Burton b. Sept 1915 d. Apr 1951 Coleman County, Texas married Apr 1945 in Callahan County, Texas Joyce Roberta Walker
Their only child
aaa. Cylas Clayton Burton b. June 1946 Coleman County,. Texas

Thomas J. was very prolific. He was a Primitive Baptist preacher, and must have been hard on his wives. He was married four times, and all seem to have died while married to him.

Would love to have any and all help.
Clayton Burton

[Does this Burton line have any relationship to
ALLEN DAVIS BURTON who married JACINTHA BOYLES born in Kentucky Mar 10 - 1810?]


June 18, 2008

Subject: Ketchum Question

I was wondering whether you have a copy of Ephraim Ketchum's Revolutionary War file that you would be willing to share. I have a cousin who wants to apply for DAR membership If not, do you at least have a file number at the National Archives? Thanks for any help on this.

Jim McVoy

[I didn't do any direct research on Ephraim Ketchum's Rev. War records. Everything I published was compiled from existing published research by others. Bob Addleman]

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