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Capt Abijah Burbank

Capt Abijah Burbank

Birth
Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 Sep 1813 (aged 77)
Massachusetts, USA
Burial Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 51711248 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Patriot
"Lt Abijah Burbank is found in a muster in Capt Greenwood's camp of the militia and in Col. Learned's regiment that marched from Sutton to Roxbury on the 20th of April on the alarm of the ministerial troops at Lexington on the 19th of April 1775, in defence of the colony with an exact account of the number of miles travelled out and home at 1.P mile for expences and the men [?] at Watertown Nov 7th, 1775 for to establish the soldiers pay, taken from Mass. archives Lexington alarm Vol. 12 p. 107. They marched 90 miles altogether out and home. Paid for service and travel 22 pounds 5 shillings 2 pence and 2 farthings in total to the company." History of Millbury p. 59
In the same account, several pages later [p. 63], it is recorded that Abijah was captain of the 13th (5th Sutton) company, 5th Worcester Co. reg't, commissioned 4 April 1776, return to Oxford 10 April 1776; also captain in Col. Jonathan Holman's 5th Worcester Co. reg't which E. B. Crane identifies as the 8th company, commissioned 25 September 1778; also captain in Col. Jacob Davis' regiment which marched to camp 30 July 1780, discharged 8 August 1780, service 12 1/2 days on alarm at Rhode Island.

Abijah lived his early years in Bradford, then moved with his parents to Newbury. When Abijah came to Sutton is not known for certain, but it was sometime around 1760 where in the early deeds he is identified as a "clothier" related no doubt to his father's trade as a tailor. Abijah possibly ran a fulling mill for dressing homemade cloth when he first went to Sutton. In 1769, together with several partners, Abijah built a linseed oil mill on the fourth mill privilege below Crooked Pond (later named Singletary Lake) in a section of Sutton once called Burbankville because of the family but which later became Bramanville in what is now the town of Millbury. The mill privileges were on a stream once called Burbank River but now known as Singletary Brook.

Abijah became a papermaker and build the 7th mill in MA in 1775-76 and also a powder mill. He continued making paper for 7 years and turned the management over to his son, Caleb. Several sons became papermakers continuing the tradition for 100 years. In 1787 he was in Royalton VT, built a house and joined the Congregational Church. Several sons also migrated to VT but Abijah eventually returned to MA.


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  • Maintained by: John Burbank
  • Originally Created by: S PRICE Nance
  • Added: 27 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51711248
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Abijah Burbank (26 Mar 1736–23 Sep 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51711248, citing Millbury Cemetery, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by John Burbank (contributor 47228685) .