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Nehemiah Burnham
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Birth: Jul. 12, 1841
Death: Jul. 22, 1917

m/1 Hannah Jane McNurlen m. October 21, 1868
m/2 Jane Amanda Bills-Bixler m. April 9, 1902

NEHEMIAH BURNHAM, an old and highly respected farmer citizen of the town of Buena Vista, was born in the town of Washington, Litchfield county, Conn., on July 12, 1841, and he is the son of Arvin and Harriet (Patterson) Burnham, both of whom were natives of the "Nutmeg State," the father having been born at Hartford and the mother at Preston. The Burnham family is of English descent and settled in New England at a very early day. The parents of our subject came to Wisconsin in 1858 and settled at Sextonville, where the father purchased a farm and lived the remainder of his life, dying at the advanced age of eighty-four years. The mother died in 1880, aged seventy-seven years. In early life the father learned the trade of a marble cutter and he followed that occupation in Connecticut prior to taking up his residence in Wisconsin, but ever after he gave his undivided attention to the tilling to the soil, in which pursuit he was quite successful. Two children were born to these honored parents, he whose name introduces this biographical review, and a sister, Emma, who married Calvin Hall and formerly resided in the town of Willow Springs, Lafayette county, but since the death of her husband resides with her only son in Connecticut. Nehemiah Burnham received his early education in the state of his birth and he also attended school after the removal of his parents to Richland county. According to his memory, J. L. McKee and J. H. Miner are the only men now living in Richland Center who were residents of the county seat when our subject and his parents located in Richland county. Mr. Burnham commenced his independent career as a farmer near Sextonville and has always given an unwavering allegiance to the basic industry of agriculture. He purchased the place upon which he now resides in 1874, and it comprises 212 acres of very productive land. He carries on a general farming and dairy business. Mr. Burnham was married, Oct. 22, 1866, to Miss Hannah J. McNurlen, daughter of William and Willhelmina (Turmbeaux) McNurlen, who are given a more extended mention on another page of this volume in the sketch devoted to their son, William Allen McNurlen. Mrs. Burnham died on June 17, 1886, at the age of thirty-eight years, leaving six children, concerning whom the following facts are appropriately inserted herein: Emma, a graduate of the Sextonville high school and a successful teacher, died at the age of twenty-one years; Carrie married Henry Donnor and resides at Dayton, Green county, Wis.; Laura married Michael Shirk and resides in Washington, Conn.; George married Carrie Pierstorff, of the town of Buena Vista, has two children-Nona and Dorothy-and resides on the old homestead with his father; Charles is a barber at Gotham; and Frank is deceased. In his political views Mr. Burnham has always been a stanch Republican, and his worth as a citizen has been recognized by his compeers in the election to a position on the town board of Buena Vista, and he has also served as justice of the peace. He has strong religious and temperance principles, is a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Gotham, and during its existence fraternized with the lodge of Good Templars at Sextonville. 
 
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 Parents:
  Arvin Burnham (1805 - 1889)
  Harriet P Peterson Burnham (1806 - 1880)
 
 Spouses:
  Hannah Jane McNurlen Burnham (1847 - 1886)
  Jane Amanda Bills Bixler (1850 - 1923)*
 
 Children:
  Emma Harriet Burnham (1869 - 1891)*
  Laura Patterson Burnham Shirk (1874 - 1960)*
  George Walter Burnham (1876 - 1967)*
  Charlie Dayton Burnham (1882 - 1957)*
  Frank Lester Burnham (1886 - 1886)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sextonville Cemetery
Sextonville
Richland County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Sec D Row 03
 
Created by: Cheryl Ayres
Record added: Jun 06, 2012
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