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John Burgess
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1842
Death: Aug. 4, 1897

From A Twentieth Century History of Delaware County Indiana Vol 2
by Gen Wm Harrison Kemper

David Burgess came to Indiana, entering land in Washington Twp, Delaware Co. where he was numbered among the leading citizens and honored pioneers. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Burgess, of whom five are now living-Nancy M. the wife of David Vannetta; Rebecca the wife of James McKinley; Martha J the wife of William Clements; Joseph who married Elizabeth Moore; and Ella the wife of George Hedgeland. Mr. Burgess was a Jackson Democrat in his political affiliations, while his fraternal relations were with Gaston Lodge I.O.O. F and he was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church.

John Burgess, a son of this Delaware county pioneer, was identified with its agricultural interests throughout his entire life, the early years of his life having been spent in assisting his father to clear and cultivate the homestead. When 21 yrs of age he engaged in that vocation for himself. during the period of the Civil war he enlisted in Co C, 38th Reg, for three years during the war, but he became afflicted with smallpox, which so affected his eyes that he received an honorable discharge and returned to his home. His father gave him 40 acres of timber land, on which had been built a log cabin, but he rented the land and therefore never resided upon it. His first home, however, was a little log house in which he lived until the erection of his frame dwelling in Harrison Twp, but afterward he returned to Washington Twp and spent his remaining days here. He gave his support to all measures which he believed to be of the public benefit, and exercised his right of franchise in support of the Democratic party, which he represented in the office of road supervisor at one time. He was a member of the Grand Army Post at New Corner, and was prominent in the church work of the Methodist Protestant denomination.

The marriage of Mr. Burgess was celebrated on the 19th of March 1867, Miss Lydia Ann Haines becoming his wife. She was born in Clinton Co OH, Feb 19, 1849, the daughter of Amos and Elizabeth N. (Hunt) Haines, natives respectively of Clinton Co OH and Randolph Co IN, the father born on the 20th of April 1823, and the mother on the 20th of February 1829. They were married in Clinton Co Dec 23 1846, and of their four children two are now living, Lydia Ann and Stacy E. The son married Bettie Miner. Mr. Haines became a resident of Indiana in 1854, establishing his home in the then wilderness of Harrison Twp, where he built him a hewed log house and spent his remaining days here, dying on the 13th of Feb 1866. He was a famous hunter in the early days, when game of all kind was plentiful in Indiana, and to him belong the credit of building the first puncheon ditch from Long Pond. He owned at one time 127 acres of land. His political affiliations were with the Whig party, and he served at one time as the supervisor of roads. He was reared in the faith of the Quaker religion. Mrs. Haines died on the 27th of October 1863.

Of the 12 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Burgess seven are now living: Elma E the wife of Oliver Manson; Norah E the wife of Frank Brown; Joseph E who married Jessie Snider; Birdie the wife of Edwin Vannatta; Samuel who married Dessie Wright; Leona C the wife of Herman E Cary and Blanch H. Mrs. Burgess has 11 grandchildren living. She has in her possession three of the old parchment deeds executed under the hand and seal of President Van Buren, bearing the date Nov 10, 1840. These deeds are valuable relics in her home.
Family links: 
  Lydia Ann Haines Burgess (1849 - 1919)
  Birdie Burgess Vannatter (1882 - 1934)*
  Samuel Alford Burgess (1884 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Thompson Cemetery
Delaware County
Indiana, USA
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