Lillias Jacinth Burton (1851-1924) and her sister, Euphemia Ann (1861-1940), were both born in Illinois to David & Elizabeth Tarr Burton.
Lilly outlived two husbands. She first married widower Asa C. Ketchum (1821-1881) 10 Nov 1872 in Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., Missouri. She was a seamstress before their marriage and he was an attorney. Lilly was his third wife. They migrated to DeSoto, MO; Ft. Smith, AR & Neodesha, KS. Asa died in Chautauqua, KS.
Lilly remarried to widower George R. McCorkell (1830-1910) on 7 Nov 1883 in Cherokee, Crawford Co., KS. She was his third wife. He was a blacksmith and farmer. They moved to Joplin, Missouri where he died in 1910.
Lilly visited her daughters, Minnie and Lizzie, in California. Several other McCorkell children had also migrated westward to Arlington/Riverside, Riverside Co., California. After her visit, Lilly decided to remain in Riverside. Eventually, she passed away in 1924.
Euphemia Burton (1861-1940) married Benjamin Franklin Howe 8 June 1879 in McCune, Crawford Co., Kansas. They later migrated to Nevada City in northern California.
We only have a limited amount of information on the early Burton family. 'Family tradition' has been the only source of information on this family for some time. One family record, The Tree of the Burton Family, a handwritten document, stated that the Burtons came to America from Scotland, by way of England.
"[1.] My Great-Great-Grandfather was in England at the Lord A. H. Burton Estate. My Great-Grandfather was born Aug 17th 1808 at Charlotte Court House, North Carolina. That was where the Burtons settled when they came from England. His name was ALLEN DAVIS BURTON. He married JACINTHA BOYLES who was born in Kentucky Mar 10 - 1810. Near the place where Abraham Lincoln was born. They were married Oct 28 - 1830."
This history was apparently provided by Lillias Jacinth Burton (1851) and probably written by her youngest daughter, Hester Euphemia (1880). No doubt it was recorded from both written and verbal tradition. A second old family letter stated the following:
"[2.] Great, great, great, great-Grandfather DAVID BURTON came from Scotland to South Carolina. He had three brothers. They settled in [the] neighborhood and owned the Burton Mills [still] running this day. David Burton was the father of ALLEN DAVIS BURTON, was born 1810, Married JACINTH J. BOYLE at Cynthau [sic] Indiana in 1831. They were the parents of DAVID ABSALOM BURTON born at Cynthau [sic] Indiana May 10th, 1832. Parents came to Illinois territory, settled near Ducoin [sic], then took up land in what came to be Williamson Co., Ills and helped start the town of Marion, Ills."
Obviously there is a conflict in the specifics of the above two quoted paragraphs, but there is also a general theme that is consistant in both. One has to pick-and-choose through family tradition and validate what one can. The major theme is that the Burton immigrants came from Scotland to America and at one point lived in North Carolina or South Carolina before going west. At one point, the Burton Mills may have been owned by three brothers. They eventually settled in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois and Indiana.
One descendant researcher recently discovered a town called "Charlotte Court House" in Charlotte County, Virginia. This could very well have been the Burton's original location, rather than North Carolina that was quoted in the first paragraph above. This would be consistant with data from other midwestern families, as well as the McCorkles who first lived in Virginia, then North Carolina or South Carolina, before going west. Another dedicated researcher will have to research this branch of the Burton family further and validate their initial travels.
ALLEN DAVIS BURTON-2, was the son of David Burton-1 and married JACINTHA JANE BOYLE on 28 October 1830. She was reported by family tradition to have been born on 10 March 1810 in Kentucky, "near the place where Abraham Lincoln was born." DAVID ABSOLOM BURTON-3 was born 10 May 1832 at Cynthiana, Indiana and later married ELIZABETH TARR 18 January 1851 in Mount Vernon, Indiana. Elizabeth (Tarr) Burton was born 6 August 1832 in Snow Hill, Maryland. Finally, LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON-4 was born 28 December 1851 in Marion, Illinois.
LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON's middle name was originally spelled 'Jacintha' and sometimes 'Jacyntha.' She was given her mother's first name, Jacintha Jane Boyle, who was frequently called "Cyntha' by her relatives. Eventually the 'a' on Lillie's name was dropped and it seemed to evolve to the current spelling. Lillias' first name also caused many future descendants a few problems as she frequently was simply called "Lillie."
Lillie Burton was the 'uniting link' between two branches of the KETCHUM and McCORKELL families when she became the third wife of Asa Calkins Ketchum and secondly, the third wife of George Riley McCorkell. She was a seamstress and was only twenty-one years old when she married attorney Asa C. Ketchum in Marble Hill, Bollinger County, Missouri. His second wife had passed away in September, 1872, which left him with two children in the home. Family history suggests that Lillie was an attractive seamstress who was very flattered that a 'pillar of the community' would ask her to be his wife. She accepted and became the young wife of a professional man -- an attorney and judge. During their short marriage, they lived in a variety of locations: eastern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas and southeastern Kansas. Lillie and Asa had four children before Asa died in Chautauqua, Kansas in 1881. Lillie was widowed in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas and had to deal with a newly contracted house, two step-children and three of her own surviving children.
After signing a release from the Neodesha house, it is presumed that Lillie and her Ketchum family moved to McCune, Crawford County, Kansas to be near her Burton parents and possibly lived with them. David A. Burton, Lillie's father, was living in McCune, Crawford County, Kansas and publishing his most successful newspaper The McCune Standard. In addition, Lillie Ketchum stated she was residing in Crawford County on her next marriage application.
Two years later at the age of thirty-two, Lillie Ketchum married George Riley McCorkell, age fifty, on 7 November, 1883 in Cherokee, Kansas. She again was a third wife, which meant he already had several children -- at least six. This meant they had a combined family of about twelve: Two Ketchum step-children, three of her own Ketchum children and approximately six McCorkell step-children. Then Lillie and Riley had an additional six children that were born near Scammon, Kansas.
On 12 March, 1909 they purchased a house in Joplin, Missouri. It is unclear why they decided to move to Joplin. It may have simply been a retirement house in town, instead of in the country or possibly, because of the Joplin scholarship her oldest daughter, Minnie Ketchum, had been voted while still living in Scammon, Kansas -- a few miles west from Joplin. On 22 April 1910, Lillie McCorkell filed an affidavit with the Jasper County Recorder of Deeds and stated that George R. McCorkell had died on 23 March 1910.
"State of Missouri
County of Jasper
"On this 22nd day of April 1910, personally appeared before the undersigned a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, LILLIAS J. McCORKELL of lawful age, a resident of Joplin, Missouri, who first being duly sworn on her oath deposes and says that she is the Lillias J. McCorkell named as one of the grantees in a certain deed made by Joshua D. Haughawout and wife to GEORGE R. McCORKELL and LILLIAS J. McCORKELL husband and wife, dated March 12, 1910 recorded book  page  records of Jasper County, Missouri, conveying lot #106 in East Highland Addition now a part of the City of Joplin, Mo. and that her husband the said George R. McCorkell died on or about the 23rd day of March 1910, at Joplin, Missouri,
Lillias J. McCorkell
"Subscribed and sworn to before me this 22nd day of April 1910,
My commission expires Dec. 27th 1910,
E. M. Bennett, Notary Public
"Filed for record this 25th day of April 1910 at 8 O'clock and 27 minutes A.M.
Frank B. Hogan, Recorder"
Soon after this, Lillie and several of her grown Ketchum, McCorkell children individually migrated to Arlington (near Riverside), California. In 1903 Harry & Fannie Ketchum were living in Reno, Nevada. Harry later moved to northern California. His half-sister, Minnie (Ketchum) and Allen Bobo had also migrated to Reno in 1903. The Bobo family next moved to southern California, near San Diego, before eventually settling in Arlington, Riverside County, California around 1916. Lillie and her youngest son, Claude, were visiting Minnie in 1914 and decided not to return to Missouri. She wrote her daughter, Elizabeth (Ketchum) Thompson (see "How we came to Calif." letter in Chapter 4), and advised her to also come to Arlington, Riverside County, Calif. Eventually most of the Bobo and McCorkell families lived in Arlington.
Like many other southern families of the times, the Burtons may had migrated from Virginia, possibly to South Carolina and then westward. They were noted in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. A family record was evidently provided to several of Lillie's children and is presented for your general information, as well as many family letters, some of which were written before the Civil War.
May 21, 2005
I was fascinated to see excerpts of your book on the Ketchum website. My mother's line is Joseph N.Phillips and Matilda W. Burton. In your book you have several letters from Burton relatives back and forth. The one from Allen D. Burton discussing Cyntha, his mother referred to Diann Phillips and "Matilda, presuming from the content that they are sisters and Cyntha is their mother. Is this Jacintha Boyle. I noticed all of her children by Allen Davis Burton weren't listed.
I am trying to connect Matilda Burton to her parents and she was in Posey Co., IN. in 1860, married to Joseph Phillips. In that same census was Diane Burton married to Ransom Phillips. Ransom Phillips was the cousin of Joseph Phillips. Their listed children in that census were Christiana, age 18, Abalina, age 8 (name appears often in Phillips family), David, age 3, and John S, age 11 months. All children born in Indiana. Diane was born 1816 in Tennessee. Is Diane possibly a sister of Matilda? Matilda named her first-born son Absolem.
Thanks for your input.
PS: Is your book available for sale?
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May 24, 2005
Thank you, Bob, for both of your replies. I did print out the excerpts of your letters to take apart at my leisure and see what I can piece together. I don't know if you experience this, but several times in the past, I have had little antennae that tell me when something is promising, and this seems so to me. I had "probable or possible" parents for Matilda, but couldn't find anything to back them up. These were not Allen and Jacyntha, and maybe they don't even belong in the same group. So I am starting over. There are a lot of clues in your letters, like the fact that some of them ended up in Illinois. Joseph and Matilda moved from Posey to Edwards Co., IL, where their daughter Daphne married George Pope. (my mom's great grandparents.)
I will let you know if it turns out well.
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May 26, 2005
Just want to clear up a confusion in my email that you posted. The children listed are Ransom and Dianne's and they are in the 1850 census, not the 1860, so ages would be incorrect for 1860. The citation is: 1850 US Federal Census, Black Township, Posey Co., IN, (Series M432, Roll 166, p. 190).
I didn't list Joseph and Matilda's children, but they are- Samuel D. born about 1839 (named for Joseph's father), Absolem B., born about 1841, Flora A. born about 1844, William F. 1845, Daphne (the name I am researching) 1848, Nancy E. 1849/50 (She was 4/12 in the 1850 census.), Harriet 1853, Mary A. or L. 1857, George 1859, and Maretta 1864. These years of birth were taken from their ages listed on the 1850 and 1860 Federal Censuses for Black Township, Posey Co., IN. I don't have the page no. for 1860, but they were listed in the 1850 in the same township, Series M432, Roll 166, p. 182. (George and Maretta's ages from 1870 Fed Census Edwards Co., IL.)
To make up for my errors in the last post, I am sending you what information I have on the marriage of Ransom Phillips and Dianne Burton.
This might help your research. My sources are Emily Allyn Moore and John Phillips Buczek, Allyn and Phillips researchers. I corresponded with them and both directed me to websites with more information:
for the Phillips/ Ellis site.
for Phillips with Burton mentioned.
Ransom Phillips, son of Elisha Phillips and Electa Annable, married Dianne Mary Burton, "who was daughter of David Burton and Anna Davis from Tennessee", according to Emily. I am writing to her to see what else she has on David and Anna. Could it be YOUR David Burton from Scotland? If so, was Allen Davis named for his grandfather? Interesting. Elisha Phillips was the brother of Samuel Phillips, and Samuel was father to Joseph Phillips (married Matilda Burton.) Thus Ransom and Joseph were cousins.
According to John Buczek, there were 4 children to Ransom and Dianne. He doesn't list Christiana, who was 18 in 1850. At that time Ransom and Dianne were 34, so would have been 16 when Christiana was born. Maybe she is another Phillips relative- not sure about her.
Here are the children that John had listed:
Abalina Phillips, born about 1842 in IN and married William Black.
David Phillips, b. 24 Jun 1847 in Posey Co., IN, married Ella Mae Dixon 9 Sep 1883 in Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., IN. David died 18 Aug 1900.
John Phillips, b. 1849 in Posey Co., IN, married Anna Calvert 20 Dec 1877.(He died 1882.)
Adisha Phillips (not in my censuses), b. about 1859, IN, married Francis C. Carvener 20 Nov 1882 in Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., IN.
BURTON Brothers (see Discussion, ):
1M David, b (poss Scotland)
2-3M unk, b (poss Scotland), O (owned Burton Mills (Virginia or North Carolina?), immig (Virginia?)
4M GOODWIN, L (Mt. Vernon, IN)
[poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] DAVID BURTON, b 17 Aug 1808 (Charlotte, NC),L (Mecklenburg Co., NC?), 1839 (Princeton, IN), d 16 Mar 1846 (IN); m MARY DAVIS -- Ref: "Old Family Letters" and her m2) children (all relationships & birth order need validation): [RESEARCH: Castle96@flash.net; Lmorren@aol.com]
1M WILLIAM LEWIS BURTON, b (unk)
2M ABSOLEM H., b (unk), L (1839 (Maysville, IL), 1841 (Albion, IL) & 1842 (Lexington, TN); m MAHALAH, (children: AMYET MANDONE BURTON & LEWIS BURTON)
3F MATILDA (probably a sister, birth order unknown)
4F DIANNE MARY; m RANSOM PHILLIPS, son of Elisha Phillips and Electa Annable
5M ALLEN DAVIS, b 11 Aug 1808 (NC))
Note: "Elisha Phillips was the brother of Samuel Phillips, and Samuel was father to Joseph Phillips (married Matilda Burton.) Thus Ransom and Joseph were cousins," according to Linda Kanevsky at email@example.com.
[DIANE MARY-2, poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] DIANNE MARY BURTON, b 1816 (TN), 34 yrs old in 1850 (Black Twp., Posey Co., IN)1; m RANSOM PHILLIPS, son of Elisha Phillips and Electa Annable, 34 yrs old in 1850, children:
1F CHRISTIANA, 18 yrs old in 1850
2F ABALINA , b ca1842 (IN); m WILLIAM BLACK
3M DAVID, b. 24 Jun 1847 (Posey Co., IN) d 18 Aug 1900; m ELLA MAE DIXON 9 Sep 1883 in (Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., IN)
4M JOHN, b. 1849 (Posey Co., IN), d 1882; m ANNA CALVERT 20 Dec 1877
5F ADISHA (not in my censuses), b. ca 1859 (IN); m FRANCIS C. CARVENER 20 Nov 1882 (Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., IN)
1. Linda Kanevsky. Emails: "According to John Buczek, there were 4 children to Ransom and Dianne. He doesn't list Christiana, who was 18 in 1850. At that time Ransom and Dianne were 34, so would have been 16 when Christiana was born. Maybe she is another Phillips relative- not sure about her. The children listed are Ransom and Dianne's and they are in the 1850 census, not the 1860, so ages would be incorrect for 1860. The citation is: 1850 US Federal Census, Black Township, Posey Co., IN, (Series M432, Roll 166, p. 190). I am trying to connect Matilda Burton to her parents and she was in Posey Co., IN. in 1860, married to Joseph Phillips. In that same census was Diane Burton married to Ransom Phillips. Ransom Phillips was the cousin of Joseph Phillips. Their listed children in that census were Christiana, age 18, Abalina, age 8 (name appears often in Phillips family), David, age 3, and John S, age 11 months. All children born in Indiana. Diane was born 1816 in Tennessee. Is Diane possibly a sister of Matilda? Matilda named her first-born son Absolem."
[ALLEN DAVIS-2 (1808), poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] ALLEN DAVIS BURTON, b 11 Aug 1808 (poss. Scotland), L (Charlotte Court House, Charlotte Co., VA?; near Du Quoin, IL Terr., 1842 (Marion, IL) & later Williamson, IL ), d 16 Mar 1846 (New Harmony, Posey Co., IN); m JACINTHA JANE BOYLE 28 Oct 1830 (Posey Co., IN) [b 10 Mar 1810/12 KY, bro John Boyle], children: [RESEARCH: BettyReina@email.msn.com; BobAdleman@aol.com; Castle96@flash.net; Lmorren@aol.com]
1M DAVID ABSOLOM, b 10 May 1832 (Cynthiana, Posey Co., IN)
2F MARTHA (twin?), b & d "at birth" Abt 1833
3M GEORGE (twin?), b & d "at birth" Abt 1835
4M WILLIAM HENRY, b 23 Mar 1838, d 11 May 1838
5F MARY ANN, b 23 Mar 1838, d 12 May 1838
[DAVID A-3 (1832), ALLEN D-2 (1808), poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] DAVID ABSOLOM BURTON, b 10 May 1832 (Cynthiana, Posey Co., IN), L (<1856 Cynthiana, Posey Co., IN; ca 1856 Centralia, Marion Co., IL; Cynthiana, Smith Twp., Posey Co., IN; 1878-80 Columbus, Cherokee Co., KS; <1882 McCune, Crawford Co., KS), O (newspaper publisher: 1856 Centralia Enterprise, ca 1856 the Pioneer, 1880-83 McCune Standard & others), Rel 1860 (Church of Christ, Haw Creek, IN), d 8 Aug 1882 (McCune, Crawford Co., KS), bur (McCune, KS); m ELIZABETH TARR 18 Jan 1850 (Mount Vernon, Posey Co., IN) [dau of Samuel (d Franklin City, VA, bur Potersville Cem near Stockton, 50 yrs old) & RhodaTarr of Snowhill, MD, b 6 Aug 1832 (Snow Hill, MD), d 8 Nov 1906 (Seneca, Newton Co., MO), bur Swars Prairie Baptist Church Cem, Age 74 yrs, 2 mos, 2 days].
"ELIZABETH, daughter of SAMUEL and RHODA TARR, was born at Snowhill, Md., August 6, 1832. She was left an orphan when a small child, being raised by a family by the name Green and coming to Mt. Vernon, Ind., where she grew up, and on January 18, 1850 was married to D. A. BURTON, of Mt. Vernon. To this union were born four children, three girls and one boy; the second child, a girl, dying in infancy, two daughters and son survive her. The husband and father dying August 8, 1882. She came to Kansas with her husband in 1878 and lived at Columbus for a time, moving to McCune where the father and husband died. She kept house for a few years with the company of her grandchildren after this, finally she decided to divide her time with her children, who were all living in Kansas, but finally took up her home with her oldest daughter, Mrs. LILLIAS J. McCORKELL at Seneca, Mo, where she passed away November 9, 1906, at 10:30 p.m. after an illness of five days of pneumonia and old age. She died as she had lived a faithful and abiding christian; she had been a member and worker in the Christian church since childhood, and at the last she said: "I am going home." The remains were laid to rest, after a short service, Sunday, November 11, at 10 o'clock, a.m., in the cemetery near Seneca, Mo. The bereaved ones are: Mrs. L. J. McCorkell, and family, Seneca, Mo.; J. D. Burton, and family, El Dorado; and Mrs. E. A. Howe, and family, Colfax, Calif.; and a host of friends in the eastern part of the state. Peace to our Mother. J. D. B."
1F LILLIAS JACINTH, b 28 Dec 1851 (Marion, Williamson Co., IL)
2F CHRISTIE ANN, b 1 Nov 1853, d 27 Sep 1854
3M JOHN ALLEN DAVID, b 1 Jul 1857 (Ewington, IL)
4F EUPHEMIA ANN, b 24 Feb 1861 (Russelville, Knox Co., IN)
[LILLIAS J-4 (1851), DAVID A-3 (1832) ALLEN D-2 (1808), poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON , b 28 Dec 1851 (Marion, Williamson Co., IL), d 4 July 1924 (Riverside, Riverside Co., CA), bur Olivewood Cem; m1 ASA CALKINS KETCHUM 10 Nov 1872 (Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., MO [b 4 Jun 1821 (Cortland, Cortland Co., NY), L (NY, poss. KY, TN, IL ("Cook Co., canal boats: Ketchum, A. C. 30"), Ft. Smith, AR, Neodesha, KS, Marble Hill & DeSoto, MO), O (Attorney, U.S. Circuit Court Judge), Military (Civil War: Colonel in Home Guard (state unk), stationed in Memphis, TN), d 16 Dec 1881 (Chautauqua Springs, Chautauqua Co., KS), bur Chautauqua, poss Oak Hill Cem, his m1 M. W. NAYT 1847, b (KY), m2 SUSAN TINGLE 29 Mar 1860]; m2 GEORGE RILEY McCORKELL 7 Nov 1883 (Cherokee, Cherokee Co., KS) [b 3 May 1830 (near Orangeville, Orange Co., IN), son of Andrew Charles McCorkell (b KY, age 60 yrs) & Mary Anna Crabtree (b IL, d near Orangeville, IN), Military: (Civil War: Pvt., Co. C, 146 Reg. Ind. Vol. Inf; blacksmith, served 2 yrs), L (1853-58 (IN), 1861 (Vermillion Co., IL), 1863-4 (IN), 1876-95 (near Scammon, KS)), d 23 Mar 1910 (Joplin, Jasper Co., MO), bur (Joplin, MO), at 80 yrs (his m1 Mary A. Daugherty (d Jan 1855 (Orange Co., IN), m2 Jane O'leva Gifford (b 16 Mar 1836 (IN), d 22 Jun 1880 Galena, KS), bur Oak Hill Cem); Lillie applied for Riley McCorkell's Civil War pension on 7 April 1910, #939,922, [Ref: http://mccorkell.bobaddleman.com/] Children:
1F MINNIE SHERMAN KETCHUM, b 26 Feb 1875 (Marble Hill, MO); [by m1]
m ALLEN HARGIS BOBO 1901 (Joplin, Jasper Co., MO) [see MINNIE & http://bobo.bobaddleman.com/]
2F ELIZABETH SABRINA, b 26 Jan 1877 (DeSoto, MO; m D. A. THOMPSON 26 Jan 1899 (Joplin, MO) [see ELIZABETH]
3M DAVID SENECA, b 13 Nov 1878 ( Ft. Smith, AR), d 5 Nov 1879, bur Empire City/ Galena, KS "11m-22d" [1880 Census Mortality Schedule: "Seneca Ketchum, Nov 1879 congestion of bowels, 6/12yr, Salamanca Twp., Columbus, Cherokee Co., KS."]
4F HESTER EUPHEMIA, b 26 Dec 1880 (Neodesha, Wilson Co., KS); m F. P. STEINBROOK 7 Jul 1897 (Scammon, KS); m2 DUDLEY [see HESTER]
5M JOHN FRANKLIN McCORKELL, b 23 Jul 1884 (Stiltson, near [by m2]
Scammon, KS), L (Seneca, MO), d 15 Jun 1917 (Denver, CO), bur Swars Prairie Baptist Cem (Seneca, MO); m LEODA MAY BUZZARD 14 Jul 1907 (Seneca, MO)[see Chapter 7 of K.M. book]
6M RILEY BURTON, b 26 May 1887 (near Scammon, KS), d 1967; m LAURA MAY LANKFORD 27 May 1908 "at her home"
7F LEONA SUSAN, b 11 Mar 1889 (near Scammon, KS), d 18 May 1974
8F LILLIAS CATHERINE, b 21 Sep 1890 (near Scammon, KS, L (Wyandott, OK); m KENNETH D. WALKER 17 Aug 1912 (Joplin, MO)
9M CLAUDE ERIC, b 29 Dec 1892 (near Scammon, KS), L ca 1905-74 (Corona, CA), d 18 May 1974 (CA); m1 ISADORA ISABELLA ALVAREZ-SANCHEZ
10F ANNA SEAL, b 4 Oct 1895 (Scammon, KS), d Dec 1894 "at 3 mos"
[JOHN A.D-4 (1857), DAVID A-3 (1832), ALLEN D-2 (1808), poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] JOHN ALLEN DAVID BURTON, b 1 Jul 1857 (Ewington, IL), L (1880-81 (Columbus, Cherokee Co., KS) & >1881 El Dorado, KS), d 1933 (Potwin, KS), O (newspaper printer/publisher: 1880-83 The McCune Standard), d 1933, bur McGill Cem; m MARY J. TOLER 27 Mar 1881 (Neodesha, Wilson Co., KS), "he 23 and she 19," [b 1861, d 1953 (Potwin, KS), bur McGill Cem], Children:
1-3 "died in infancy"
4M HARRY, b & d 13 Sep 1882 "died at birth"
5F CHLOE, b & d 13 Sep 1884 "died at birth"
6F ELIZABETH F., b 22 Aug 1898 (Florence, KS), L <1964 (Wichita, KS) & >1963 (Potwin, KS; (editor), d 1978 (Potwin, KS), bur McGill Cem; m WILLIAM F. POE 8 Jun 1924 (Potwin, KS) [1899-1968 (Potwin, KS), bur McGill Cem
7M ALEXANDER KANSAS, b 14 Feb 18??, L (El Dorado, KS; 1992 unk), O (editor)
"ELIZABETH POE, 79, Potwin Dies
"Mrs. ELIZABETH POE, 79, of Potwin, died Sunday at the Axtell Hospital in Newton. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Potwin Christian Church with the Rev. Robert McNary officiating. Burial will be in the McGill Cemetery at Potwin.
"Mrs. Poe was born August 22, 1898, at Florence, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. D. BURTON. She was married June 8, 1924, "at Potwin to WILLIAM FRANKLIN POE, who preceded her in death. She has lived in Potwin since 1964, moving there from Wichita. She is survived by two brothers-in-law, HOMER POE of Enid, Okla., and GEORGE WHITMORE of Phoenix, Ariz., and four sisters-in-law, Mrs. WINNIE WHITESIDE of Potwin, Mrs. OLIVE WHITMORE of Phoenix, Mrs. LOUISE SODEN of El Dorado and Mrs. SARAH POE of Enid."
[EUPHEMIA A-4 (1861), DAVID A-3 (1832) ALLEN D-2 (1808), poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] EUPHEMIA ANN BURTON, b 24 Feb 1861 (Russleville, Knox Co., IN), L ca 1939 (Grass Valley & Nevada City, CA) d 27 Feb 1940 (Nevada City, CA), bur Nevada City "at about 89 years;" m BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOWE 8 Jun 1879 (McCune, Crawford Co., KS) [b 18 Dec 18??, O (U.S. Government Forestry Service Lookout at Banner Mt., "3 miles from Nevada City, CA"), d Mar 1940 (Nevada City, CA), bur Nevada City], Children:
1-2 "died in infancy"
3F MARY LILLIAS, b 1881 (Adopted, Cherokee, KS), d 1882, bur McCune Cem
4M DAVID FRANKLIN, b 12 Apr 1884, d 1884
5F GRACE, b 28 Jan 1887 [prob died in infancy]
6F BENOLA MAY, b 21 Apr 1887 "(Adopted)
[B. MAY HOWE-5 (1887, Adopted), EUPHEMIA A-4 (1861), DAVID A-3 (1832) ALLEN D-2 (1808), poss immig DAVID BURTON-1] BENOLA MAY HOWE, b 21 Apr 1887 "Adopted girl & have one grandchild;" m TURNER, Children:
1F LILLIAS EUPHEMIA, b 5 May 19?? (Nevada Co., CA)
OLD FAMILY LETTERS
[envelope addressed] "To Little Muddy, Franklin county, Ilinois 12 1/2
ALLEN D. BURTON]
(This was written right where Princeton Ind, is now located.)
1. "Dear brother maysville, Ile, Feb 26th 
I received your letter dated december the 6th which gave us much sadisfation to hear of your presant health through past misfortunes brought to rememberance cases [sic] pain of heart though we are all liable to misfortune and disapointments in this world I can in form you that we have had a vary sickly season the fall past we have all been sick but through murces we are all on foot again at presant we have another daughter which was bourn october the 23 1838 MAHALAH was taken with the chills and fevers 5 weeks before the child was bourn and She had her last chill 2 weeks past last thirsday there is a great prospect of our part of the coutry being settled by people from the state of ohio there is about 20 familyes came last fall which appears to be well pleased with the cuntry and there is a great many others expected this spring and if they continue to be pleased with the cuntry I expect that the cuntry will soon bee filled with them I must tel that I am Still with out any farm probily I will have to begin on a new place a gain this spring by being a little too gready the land entered being all timbered land I improved a peace of congress land in the pararie and a man has entere it and we are now contending about it I am trying to hold it by preemtion but the result is till unknown I have psession as yet this 24th february 1839
ABSOLEM BURTON father & mother of LEWIS BURTON
"[on the back side] I had receved a letter from WILLIAM dated January the 13th which stated that they were all well except our step father he had the chills and fever and he has Sold his town properity in prince town and expects to move to this cuntry next fall we was in atolarable proserous situation and we have plentiful around us for the presant year but if I should be compeled to give up my improvement I do not know what we will do for the next as I am not vary able to work I expect you know that to begin whare there is nothing done it takes a great many hard Strokes to get prepared to make grain I should lik vry well to comply with your request in coming to see you if it was convenient but I cannot before next Summer I should like vary well to See you up here on the little walesh [sic?] in the long pararie MAHALAH say I must tel you the girls name it is AMYET MANDONE BURTON"
2. Dear Brother Albion, Ilinois, May the 14th 1841
"I have visited the most of our relations in Indiana and had started to visit you intending to take Brother WILLIAM in my xxx. I got as far as Albion and was teken with the disease which I am subject to, bleeding from the Lungs. This disease I have been subject to for nearly three years and as I do not know how it may terminate, I left home with the intention of Seeing all my relations before I returned, that is my mother and all of her family. I am truely Sorry that I will be deprived of fulfilling my intentions. I am now getting better and shall leave in a few days for Mt. Vernon whare I will take a boat and go home. That climate agrees much better with my lungs than this. I am Confident that this attact was brought on by riding about in Indiana and at times the weather Seemed cold enough for the first of March then the thermometer would be up to 80 then in five hours be down to 40. Such suden changes will not do for a weak breast. I took on my health a very uncertain, it is one of the most uncertain diseases with rigard to its progress and final termination of any that we have to combat with. I may possibly get well. I may not live one year. I may live several years. Thare is no certainty in the matter though we can only hope for the best in such cases. I sometimes think of making a short sea Voiage to Havanah and spending a few months thare for the benefit of my health.
". . . then when I come to think of leaving my own native land and throwing myself on a forin Shore in the Society of farin Strangers, it Seems that I cannot bear the Idea. Now while I am in America, I feel at home any whare, particularly whare I have lived. I am not afraid of ever Suffering for any thing that human hand can give while I live in Tennessee. I have a great many warm friends in Tennesee besides I have secured means sufficient to procure me all the comforts that the country affords as long as I expect to live. If I meet with no accident with my property, it is true a reverse of fortune might throw me in want, but I would not be afraid of Suffering in the Country whare I live. If I was peniless and unable to do anything for a living. This Statement will Show to you that I have great confidence in the good feelings and generosity of the people among whom I have lived for Nearly Seven years. I am truely Sorry that I could not See you before I left, as it has been about ten years Since I have Seen you. I Should have liked very much too, to see your little boy and CYNTHA, Mother & little MARTHA & GEORGE. all these I had painted out in view as being able to bring to Sight in a few days but now all Such hopes is blasted. let me hear from "you Occasionally, you in return Shall hear from me. give mother, Cyntha and the Old man, with all the Children my love and best wishes accept for you Self the best wishes of your affectionate Brother.
A. H. BURTON"
3. "Dear Brother Lexington Tennessee, 22 May 1842
"I have just returned to room from church, it is 10 oclock at night. but I do not feel like going to bed, therefore I have caught up my pen to adress to you a few lines. you and mother has probably been Cooking for me, as I had promised to visit you this Spring. The Spring has nearly passed and I have not yet Started, in fact I was almost afraid to travel that far north at this season of the year as that climate disagreed with me so much last Spring. though I am happy to have it in my power to tell you that my health is better than it was this time last year. I have been verry busily engaged in the discharge of professional duties for the last five weeks, many cases of inflamitory diseases have Occured. Such diseases as are incident to this particular season of the year. Crops of cotton, wheat and corn are very promising with us. So far, property of all kinds is falling in value every day and money becoming Scarcer. Alabama money does not pay [sic] with us at present though it is thought that it will be good soon. Our own State money is at a heavy discount at New York and other business Cities. we have Some fears that our Banks will not be able to Sustain themselves when they are compelled to resume Specie payment if So our State will be in a bad situation. Though I shall look on things as very much Out of Order Until we have a uniform currency which is of equal value throughout the States. Thare is but little Said about politics here at this time, as almost every man finds as much as he can do to manage his affairs so as to get along without medling with politics. So far as I have learned Since I wrote you our relations are well. give my Respects to all and beleave me your brother. A. H. BURTON"
4. "Dear Brother [ envelope addressed to Allen D. Burton, Esq., Marion Ilinois] Lexington Tennessee, Nov the 10th 1842
"I recd your letter of the 15th Oct and was pleased to learn that you were all well, and that Mother is with you, and am glad to learn from you that your Country is bettern than I had Supposed it to be, though you did not give me any discription of your country. I could easily See from the manner you Spoke, of what I had belieaved, that you Saw the matter quite differently. I hope your country is a good one and that you may all do well but it distresses me to hear of our old mother being so poorly provided for in her old age. One thing that made me So ready to beleave it was that I know and you know that her husband is a poor provider, manages more like a child than like a man, he is always in a pinch and always will be. Never provides himself with the comforts of life, that is he Seems to think it enough if he does as well as the poorest people in the country. I think a man with a Small family like him might live in a little better Style. If he had any management he might have a comfortable house good furniture, and plenty of the solids.
"If thare is any point more convenient and you will inform me of it, if it Should become necessary for me to Send any thing here after I will send it to what ever point you may Suggest as being the most convenient. I do not wish to mortify our Step Fathers feelings by Speaking of his want of management, for I am aware that every man cannot manage well. it is a fault in the construction of their mind, therefore they are not blamable, for they are unable to judge of things differently from what they do. you Speak of my Saying that if mother would move back that I would visit her, and then Say that was a poor excuse for not visiting her whare she is. I did not mean to offer that as any excuse. I was under the impression she was badly provided for and if she would go thare, I could go by water to see her and see that she had the necessaries of life about her. it was her advantage I was Studying not my own.
"I had such bad luck in trying to get to her though the interior of the country before that I viewed it as next to impossible to get thare, and you had never give me any information about the face of the country or how I would best be able to tet thare, and I will acknowledge that I know nothing of it only what I hear from others. the points I seen in the State Seemed poor and thinly inhabited. I judged of all the rest by that. So I hope that when your cold gets better and you reconsider the matter you will think "about him. it would be som much pleasure to me to know this was her situation, but I hope it has not been as bad as I had thought. I had heared that she was Sick a long time and I thought that. She had got in a sickly country and if so was anxious that She Should get out of it.
"I mean no harm by any thing I said. I was only anxious about her welfare, and felt willing to contribute to her comfort as much as I could. I did not think it best to be too mealy mouthed about saying what I thought would be best for her. but if it is that She can live as well whare She is I am perfectly willing for her to do so. but I had heard that she was not doing well thare was the cause of me recommending her to go back to Indiana. I sent her a box of goods Such as I thought would be of Survice to her. I Sent them to DIAN PHILLIPS So that She might make them up for her and take them to her. her and MATILDA I presume will do so. I hope that She will receive the goods and get the benefit of them. I did think at first of Sending the goods to Mr. BLAIR but then he did not live on the river and I was not acquainted with the name of any commission merchant at that point and Uncle "GOODWIN lived in Mt. Vernon and I shipped to him and directed him to send them to Sister DIAN that my motives were not so bad as I was only Speaking from the best information I could get on the Subject. if She is doing well thare I had just as soon She would remain as not for this way of always moving is a bad way.
"The Temperance cause has produced great changes with us in the last year. thare has also been great revivals in religion. I was "Allen David [Davis?] Burton was father of David A. Burton who was his only heir. then he left three heirs and L. J. McCorkell is his oldest heir and has the deeds and papers to the Land spoken of situated in southern Illinois. John F. McCorkell his oldest McCorkell heir or son, and I let him have those papers.
Lillias J. McCorkell nee Burton"
"at one Church meeting whare thare was three honndred persons professed relision. it seems to be general through out the country. dont forget to write Occasionally give my love to mother, CYNTHA [Mrs. Cyntha Jane Burton, Marion, Ill] and all of both families and beleave me your brother.
A. H. BURTON"
[letter addressed to: A. D. BURTON, Marion, Ilinois; from Lexington, Tn, Dec 2]
5. "Dear Brother Lexington Tennessee
Nov the 28th 1842
"I recd a letter from Sister DIAN PHILLIPS this day. She tells me that She has Just returned from visiting mother & your Self. She told me that when she got thare she found mother insensible and had been for Some time. had no attention Only an old foolish Steam [sic] Doctor. O how Sorry I am that She is in the nads of a man that knows no better than to turn an Ignoramous loos on my mother. though I was happy to learn that as Soon as you found that She was Sick you came and employed good medical aid and had her Cured. and She told me that you Said you would take her to your house when She was able to Stand the trip. She Said that you was very kind to her and that you was Situated So as to Render her comefortable and pleasant. and She said that you would withhold nothing that would make her Comfortable. I feel so much better Satisfied Since I got your letter and DIANs. She said thare house was open and cold. I do hope that you will keep her at your house all the winter. if She goes back into that open cabin She may take Cold and be very bad agin. Brother Do take charge of her and pay no attention to that old fellow who claims a charge over her. I understand that he was not willing for her to go home with you, or objected when DIAN was thare. I hope that you will always do what you know to be right and allow the old man to say and do what ever his peculiar notions may lead him to. and do not get angry with him for any thing but move on firmly in whatever you know to be to her best interest. he is an Object of pity rather than of anger.
"DIAN told me that he did not Seem to be Concerned about mother while She was thare. She Said his hole mind and conversation was taken up with a few Caster beans that he had raised, and Seemed wholy uninterested about her situation, would it not be best for you to have a little house built near you and put mother in it and let him Stay and putter about at whatever he may think propper and thus you can see at all times that She does not by So long without you knowing it, and if the old Man should take a notion to wander let him do so but see that She remains in the little house near you and when he gets tired of rambling or working off from home, let him Come back again and if he should never come back again, She would loose nothing by it. For I look on him as keeping her in poverty and wretchedness and if he would leave he [sic?] children could support her genteely & confortably. I mention these things Only for your Consideration if you will keep her near you I will always do a liberal part towards her. DIAN Says that you live in a beautiful country. She says that Marion and thare Abouts is the best part of Ilinois that She Seen. She Says you have good water and evrything confortable. Write to me Occasionally and let me know Mothers true Situation. You did not Say in your letter that DIAN had been thare nor that Mother had been very bad before you took her to your house. always tell me the particulars about her, for I feel interested about her, it may be that it would make her Unhappy to think about Seperating from her husband, but She Can at least live near you, give me your notions in full about it, give my love to all
A. H. BURTON"
New Harmoney Posey County [Indiana]
Two more old letters are included because they are well written and of the general information provided. It appears that Margaret Freeman was a close friend of the Burton family before they moved westward.
"Charles Co, Mulberry Grove
July 4th 1851
6. Mrs JACINTHA BURTON
"My beloved friend & Sister in our Lord. Your kind and sweetly welcome letter of last month came to hand one week ago. It was not my intention to delay responding to it, so long. However I deem it unnecessary to make any apology so long as you continue to tax my patience by your long delays. I am in the enjoyment of a reasonable share of health and Sincerely hope these lines may find you and yours in full fruition of the same.
"The people of this county and the country around have been very much afflicted with the flux or a disease more nearly resembling cholera than any other. It raged as an Epidemic and proved quite fatal but has partially, if not wholy subsided. There has been 2 or 3 cases pronounced cholera by the Physicians. I learn it's eaging to an alarming extent in the West. Surely it is very distressing How many thousand, Souls have been ushered into the presence of the Judge of all the Earth! and it is alone through his mercy that we have been preserved from the pestilence that walketh in darkness and the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
"Your last letter to me contained pretty much the same news (respecting Illinois) that the former one did and as for my business it would be folly for me to have attempted to have gone when I have seen so many persons, and still expect to see next winter many more, from that State. I saw three of the Dr. & old friends from Jonesborough, who gave me an account of matters and things in General. I learned from Mr. HACKER that SIMONS, the lawyer I employed is not trust worthy, and I authorized him to take my business out of his hands and place it in the hands of Mr. BROOKS, an intimate friend of Hackery, and who promised to do everything in his power for me, and let me know the result, next winter without fail. Mr. Hacker married a Washingtonian, one or two years ago and generally spends his winters there. He started for Illinois last of May and I have not heard from him since.
"I am sorry to think you have so many trials. I have the same and it is through many tribulations we all have my dear Sister, to enter the Heavenly Kingdom. Take courage press on, if faithful, the crown is sure." What few relations I have left are not much comfort to me. they oppose me, and religiously persecute me, and indeed other Sects are no better. I feel quite lonely here, having no Society and so much pride and Aristocracy. I am sick of it. I expect to start to Washington city first of August, to spend vacation of some weeks and then I will give you a history of what I shall "do in future. how much I desire to be with you "and Sister POLLY KIMBALL, more so, than a relation I have got in the world, for indeed if I know my own heart I love you both dearly and "never shall forget your kindness to me while under your maternal roofs and had I fortune I would most cheerfully divide with you both. Tell POLLY I will write to her in or about the first of August and send her five dollars. tell her I write direct to Capt. WHITING's care Cynthiana Posey county Indiana. I will also try to send Mr. HUNTER one or 2 dollars for his trouble to the river.
"I have succeeded in filing my petition for Bounty land of eighty Acr and will get it through in the fall, but it will not bring more than one hundred dollars. The Dr had his horse shot in battle, and the third Auditor who is a great friend of mine, says if I can bring sufficient proof, he will pay me the money for said horse. Now I wish you and DAVID (if he is not too much engaged Kiping his new wife) to have your affidavits for I think you both heard Dr J B Freeman say he lost his horse in Battle, and if you will go before a Magistrate and declare on oath what you know or have heard and have this form drawn as I have written or send you for a copy I will reward you well, and you have often heard me say it. before I knew I would ever get a cent or before the law passed to that effect.
"I was astonished to hear of DAVID's marriage for I think him rather too young. But Dr Franklin thinks early marriages best, in order to live to raise their children. Tell me who she is and the colour of her name. I would indeed like to see them both. You must keep the two children straight.
"My best love to both and as for myself you may look for me in that country about the face of '52 or the next spring, perhaps before. I was very much pleased with Indiana what little I saw of it, and the people likewise, and I think you and I must live together. I will try and take care of you, I am bound to live and die either with you or your sister. You must answer this letter the last week in this month, and direct to Washington City, care of Dr. F. HARBAUGH, as his wife is Second cousin, and I shall be there about first or second of August to spend my Holydays and will get the letter before I write to Sister POLLY. Show this letter to her and tell her to rely upon me. I have a great deal to say but time and space will not admit, untill the next. Be sure to write for I shall expect to hear. My best love to all the friends of family. Yours affectionately
"Washington City Jan 16th /57
7. "DAVID A. BURTON
"My dear friend This makes the second banner (by way of a pares [sic]) that I have received from you, styled the "Pioneer" of which Mr Cooper is the "editor" and your humble self the "Publisher." I felt much pleased to learn of your where abouts and much moore so, of your business capacity, in which I desire your success and properity in life. I think strange that you have never written me a line for years, at least since your marriage and your dear Mother (if living) has certainly forgotten me. and I am sure that I still entertain the same kind sisterly feelings towards her, that I had on our first acquaintance and why she has treated me with so much indifference I am unable to say. Be that as it may however, I am willing to forgive all past negligence when I have a sufficient excuse. I would be delighted to become a subscriber to your paper (and aid you by obtaining other subscriptions) but I am poor and take a paper published here, however, I will call on some persons soon and see what I can do for you. Do write me on the receipt of this letter, and give me the history of your life since I last saw you and your dear Mother. Give my love to her and tell her I wish she was here with me and when you write direct your letter to M. Margt Freeman Teacher, as there is so many of my name in this place. I was surprised that you did not envelope the last paper -- it came to me open. with my name written with a lead pencil and had been in the office more than a week. Present my best love to your Mother and family (if any) and tell her I shall expect to hear from her soon. Farewell write immediately and I will respond and give you all the news.
Truly your friend
[Note: See an addition old letter in the Boyle Section.]
More research on the early Burton brothers is necessary in order to place them in the proper genealogical perspective. Two family documents describe their european point-of-origin as Scotland but also living in England. Ambiguous statements in old letters make it difficult for current researchers to validate given information. It remains to be proven where the port-of-entry was for the Burton brothers when they immigrated to America. It is presumed to be South Carolina and they possibly migrated to Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. At this writing, it is also unclear whether the Burton Mills was in North or South Carolina or Virginia.
DAVID BURTON was reported to have been our immigrant who came from Scotland to America. He and three brothers came to South Carolina and presumably, that was where the Burton Mills was located. At some future time, David married, had children and lived in Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., South Carolina. ALLEN DAVIS BURTON (1808-1846), a son of David Burton, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, married Jacintha J. Boyle (1810) in 1830, began raising a family and then passed away in 1846.
DAVID ABSOLOM BURTON (1832-1882), a son of Allen Davis Burton, was born in Cynthiana, Posey County, Indiana. The town had been originally laid out in 1817 by a group of forty persons who emigrated from the vicinity of Cynthiana, Kentucky. David married ELIZABETH TARR (1850-1907) and had three children that lived to adulthood: LILLIAS JACINTH (1851), JOHN ALLEN DAVID (1857) and EUPHEMIA ANN (1861). They lived in Illinois, Indiana and 1878 Kansas. David was a newspaper publisher and apparently experienced hard times establishing a newspaper. "In the fall of 1856 D. A. Burton published the first newspaper in Centralia. It was called the Enterprise, and died after an existence of two months." "For its size this little town of about one thousand inhabitants has had more newspaper experience than any town in the county. Its first paper was the McCune Standard, founded in 1880 by D. A. Burton & Son. It lived about three years." Another newspaper was called the Pioneer and was referenced in an 1857 letter from Margaret Freeman (see "Old Family Letters").
JOHN ALLEN DAVID BURTON (1857), the only son of D. A. Burton, married MARY TOLER on 27 March 1881 in Neodesha, Wilson Co., Kansas. Their ages were verified by Asa C. Ketchum. Later on, five of their children died in infancy. A daughter ELIZABETH POE lived in Potwin, Kansas and ALEXANDER K. BURTON, the youngest, lived nearby in El Dorado, Kansas. Alexander was the last known descendant to have the Burton surname in this branch of the the Burton family. John wrote his mother's 1906 obituary . Of course, this book was written about the descendants of LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON, the oldest daughter of David Absolom Burton, who first married Asa Calkins Ketchum and secondly, George Riley McCorkell.
Other Burtons seemed to have abounded in Virginia, North & South Carolina, central Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Illinois. A 1973 article written by Michael L. Cook (Evansville, Indiana) for The Kentucky Genealogist, was titled, "The Allen Burtons of West-Central Kentucky." These may be descendants of the New England Burtons or possibly later immigrants.
"The name ALLEN (Allin) apparently entered the BURTON line with two daughters of Samuel Allen who married two Burton brothers in New Kent County, Virginia in the early 1700s. Susanna Allen, born May 17, 1700 (Bible record), probably in New Kent County, married March 31, 1719 (St. Peters Parish Vestry Book) HUTCHINS BURTON, born April 9, 1694 (Bible record) in Henrico County at the family home "Longfield." A sister to Susanna, Judith, born ca 1694, married NOWELL BRTON ca 1715-1720. Nowell Burton was christened October 1766 just prior to his death in Mecklenburg or Goochland County, and was the father of at least eight children, among them an ALLEN BURTON, born February 2, 1729 (Goochland County?). Allen married most probably in Goochland County to Elizabeth Bassett, born 1733, daughter of Thomas Bassett of New Kent County, and moved to Mecklenburg County shortly after marriage, patented land and bought and sold land there in the late 1760's and first half of 1770's, and from there to Granville County, North Carolina where Allen died in 1781. Some time after the death of her husband, Elizabeth (Bassett) Burton moved to Mercer County, Kentucky with the children."
In addition to the above, The Hoosier Genealogist reports Burton Cemeteries in Orange County, Indiana: "Located one mile south of Hillham on Highway 56, about 100 yards from the southeast corner of the Estel Crowder farm" and one located "on land once owned by the Burton family and now (1964) owned by Bernard Heeke. It lies due south one mile from the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery." Were these other Burtons nearby because they were relatives or simply because it was the accepted migration trail?
Finally, Robert O. Bathiany who lives in Redding, California wrote in a 1990 letter:
" . . . I have researched the Burton family for a number of years, and would like to feel I could help someone else. The name Allen occurs in the Burton family line after a marriage with the ALLIN family in 1715. JOHN PLEASANT BURTON was born in VA on 8 Jul 1758. He married SUSANNAH STAMPER in 1779 in then Wilkes Co., NC. . . . In 1824, JOHN left the area with 12 of his 13 chldren and their families. In 1826, they were at Mitchell, Lawrence Co., IN. There is a Burton Cemetery there where most of the Burtons are buried. . . .
"There is a Burton Family Reunion held every year at Mitchell, IN. I don't have the address, but I am sure that someone in the organization could give you some help. Perhaps addressing a letter to the Chamber of Commerce or the Library could help with the organization's address."
For those who might wish to pursue additional Burton research, they might begin by contacting the BURTON FAMILIES publication. The direct male branch of Lillias J. Burton's family ended in Kansas, but today it is indirectly still thriving within current Ketchum and McCorkell descendants.