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Luther Sylvester Burnham
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1816
Orange County
Vermont, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 1894
Woods Cross
Davis County
Utah, USA

-- History --

The first burial plot in Sessions Settlement was near the spot where the Hogan cabin now stands in Woods Cross. In the next few years 20 individuals, including two Indians, were buried there.
In 1854 a new cemetery site was selected at the present address, 2224 South 2nd West. (There were no streets or house numbers in Bountiful in those days.) Luther S. Burnham donated 10.23 acres of land for a burial ground. Stephen Hales Ellis, son of early pioneer John Ellis, sold his adjoining land for $50 to make it a full twenty-acre cemetery. Some of the bodies were moved from the Woods Cross burial ground to the new site.
In the early 1850's and 1860's there were no undertakers. The dead were packed in ice at home, and the neighbors sat with the body (the wake). Any vehicles available were used for conveyances, often white-top wagons and buggies in summer and sleighs in winter.
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 20, p.90 South Bountiful Fife and Drum Corps. About 1860 in South Bountiful, the first organized musical group of the Bountiful section sprang into existence. Luther Burnham, having made a home for his family in the western section of this community, gathered his family, neighbors and friends together and formed this organization. The band was much sought after,especially for patriotic celebrations. Uniforms were made and the participants presented themselves in real militaristic style. Luther Burnham, Dell Burnham, Arthur Burnham, Wilburn Burnham, John and Stephen Ellis, John McNeil, Sam Bryson and John Howard are those we have record of as members of this group. Their suit jackets were blue with three white stripes across the breast. Brass buttons adorned the front and cuffs, while one white stripe ran down the outer trouser seam. Caps were made to match the suits. For ten years this organization remained intact.

Luther Burnham was the second member of the family who was thrown in contact with the Mormons against the bitter opposition of his brother Julius C. and moved to Salt Lake in 1854. He never practiced polygamy, and a few years before his death, practically renounced Mormonism. His descendants, excepting the children of one son, Arthur E. who lives in California, all live in Utah. They are Anti-Mormon.
His great-grandson,Leland Adelbert Burnham (1906-1982), who lived in Davis co UT returned to the Church and subsequently his son, Leland Dennis Burnham and daughter Wanda MinNette Burnham and their families are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

By occupation Luther was a farmer. Politics, Republican. Tall Man, Dark eyes.
Source of Trail Excerpt: Mitchell, Benjmain thomas, Journal (ca. 1853-1866)
Read Trail Excerpt:
Left Kirtland for Bluff City on the 6 of April in charg of father Dixon family and affects for the Valley and Landed at Rock Iseland (Island) on the 12. Stayed there about 8 days fitting up. Guring (Gearing) for the plaines. During that time the colera broke out and we lost 4 of our number but as soon as the camp began to move the sickness ceased and we had no more sickness nor death in the camp during the journey. We crossed the Missouria (Missouri) River on the first day june and Baptized Luther (Sylvester) Burnham & Wife charlotte (Joslin Burnham). With 17 wagons and 54 hed of oxen and +
July 2 1855 5 miles below Laramee (Laramie) horses + and hd a prosperos journey across the plaines and arived in the Valey the 5 of August 1855.
Family links: 
  James Burnham (1790 - 1843)
  Charlotte Joslin Burnham (1822 - 1909)*
  Adelbert Lewis Burnham (1844 - 1934)*
  Harriet Elnora Burnham Ellis (1856 - 1933)*
  George Riley Burnham (1862 - 1927)*
  James Lewis Burnham (1813 - 1845)*
  Luther Sylvester Burnham (1816 - 1894)
  Edwin Perry Burnham (1818 - 1894)*
*Calculated relationship
Bountiful Memorial Park
Davis County
Utah, USA
Created by: Crystal Burnham
Record added: Dec 24, 2010
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Luther Sylvester Burnham
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Luther Sylvester Burnham
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Luther Sylvester Burnham
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