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James H. Burgess
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1816
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1909
Berrien County
Michigan, USA

James H. Burgess was the son of Josiah Burgess (Berrien, Michigan Death Certificate). He married Malinda Lewis about 1848. They had three daughters, Rachel Mary (1849-?) who married Henry Clark Comstock; Elizabeth Victoria (1850-1928) who married James Bushnell; and Emma E. (1853-1927) who married William H. VanWormer.

In 1861 James began his service in the Civil War and on Aug. 27, 1863 at the age of 46, he enlisted in the 11th Michigan Cavalry, Company I at Watervliet. Near Lexington, KY he was thrown from his horse and injured his back. He was taken to Regimental Hospital at Camp Nelson in Kentucky, then to St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit and on Oct. 14, 1864, he was admitted to Harper Hospital in Detroit. He was furloughed Oct. 24, 1864 and readmitted Nov. 17, 1864. He was discharged from service in Detroit, MI, May 17, 1865. Until his death in 1909 he suffered from piles and rheumatism resulting in heart disease incurred during his military service during the Civil War and was awarded a disability pension (United States Pension Records). These disabilities continued to worsen over the years precluding him from manual labor.Affidavits obtained from United States Pension Record, claim number 465183

In 1850 James and Melinda were living in Conesus, Livingston Co., NY. In the 1860 US census record they are living in Watervliet Township in Berrien County, MI, the girls were 11, 9 and 7. James was a pioneer of Watervliet. "Michigan Souvenir of Watervliet - The Banner Town", 1904, G.C. Cross, see family on In 1870, they were living in Lisbon, IL with two of their daughters, Elizabeth, twenty years old and Emma, seventeen. In 1889 he was 6 feet tall and weighed 160 pounds, had a fair complexion and blue eyes. In 1900 US Census, he is living with his daughter Emma and Wm. VanWormer in Watervliet, MI.

"James Burgess, for many years a resident of this village, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Van Wormer, Saturday, April 10, 1909, aged about 90 years. He had been in feeble health for some time. Mr. Burgess was a veteran of the Civil War. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. H. VanWormer and Mrs. James Bushnell of Watervliet, and Mrs Comstock of Nebraska. The funeral was held at the house Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. S. Valentine" Watervliet Record
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  Malinda Lewis Burgess (1828 - 1870)*
  Elizabeth Victoria Burgess Bushnell (1851 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
APR. 30, 1817
APR. 10, 1909
Note: James and Malinda's tombstone in Watervliet Cemetery is quite large and is in the old section in the middle of the cemetery on a small hill about 1/4 of the way from the front.
Watervliet Cemetery
Berrien County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Cathy Truesdale
Record added: Dec 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81527596
James H. Burgess
Added by: SR
James H. Burgess
Added by: Cathy Truesdale
James H. Burgess
Added by: SR
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