Philip Burlingham

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Philip Burlingham

Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York, USA
Death 9 Aug 1883 (aged 77)
Burial Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 13785626 · View Source
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PHILIP BURLINGHAM was born on 22 Jul 1806 in Cobleskill, Schoharie Co., New York. He first married Ann Sherwood, daughter of Hull Sherwood and Ann Eaton, on 27 Apr 1836 in Otsego Twp., Allegan Co., Michigan. They were married by Oka Town, the husband of the bride's sister Martha Sherwood.

On 14 Jul 1842 he was appointed guardian of Chancey and Justin Scott, children of his wife's sister Olive and her husband Giles Scott. (Giles Scott had died in May 1840.) Olive (Sherwood) Scott was appointed guardian of her children Rachel Ann, Laura M., Mary C., and Aaron D. Scott.

After the death of his second wife Laura Ann Phelps, he married her sister Charity Mandana Phelps, daughter of Calvin Phelps and Laura Stiles, on 9 Oct 1854.

On 31 Dec 1855 in Otsego, Allegan Co., Michigan, eight years after the death of his first wife Ann Sherwood, he petitioned to be formally appointed guardian of their children Ann, Martha, and Erastus J. Burlingham. His petition was granted the same day, and his bond was filed.

Ten days later, on 10 Jan 1856 in Kalamazoo Co., Michigan, he petitioned for the division of property that his deceased wife Ann Sherwood had inherited from her first husband Erastus A . Jackson. The property was to be divided between his and Ann's children: Susan Price and Ann, Martha, and Erastus J. Burlingham, and Calista Squier (Ann's daughter by Erastus Jackson). The petition was granted, and the property was apportioned on 16 Jan 1856.

He was a farmer, and also operated the first gristmill in the Otsego area. He was a charter member of Masonic Lodge #78 in Otsego. He was also quite a hunter, and would return home after a hunting trip lasting a week or more, and recruit one of his sons to help gather the deer he'd cached along the way. He was a great reader and story teller.

He died of heart disease on 9 Aug 1883 in Otsego, Allegan Co., Michigan, at age 77.
He was buried at Pine Creek Cemetery in Otsego Twp., Allegan Co., Michigan. Pine Creek Cemetery is on a high bluff on the southwest bank of Pine Creek in Section 21, Otsego Twp., just west of Otsego. It is probably the oldest cemetery in Allegan County. His funeral was at the Grange Hall in Pine Creek, and the funeral procession stretched for two miles, with plumed horses and Masons in dress uniforms.

Charles Towne, "Descendants of Thomas Burlingham"

Gravesite Details Son of Philip and Mary (Babcock) Burlingham.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 13785626
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