Elizabeth “Betsy” <I>Isaac</I> Burgess

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Isaac Burgess

  • Original Name Elizabeth Isaacs
  • Birth 31 May 1806 Gloucestershire, England
  • Death 15 Nov 1890 Washington County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Virgin, Washington County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 51905

Daughter of Isaac Isaac and Elizabeth Clark

Married Thomas Burgess, 19 Jun 1842, Marshfield, Gloucester, England

Children - Ann Elizabeth Burgess, Emma Burgess, Jane Burgess

History - Elizabeth died at Duncan Retreat, Utah

The final remains of Duncan's Retreat are visible along the highway between Virgin and Rockville. Very little remains today - an old gravesite, signs of an old irrigation ditch, maybe a section of a rock wall (it was there ten years ago.) Like the town of Grafton upriver, Duncan's Retreat was another victim of the unpredictable, flooding Virgin River.

Duncan's Retreat was first settled by Chapman Duncan, Alma Minnerly and a few others in late 1861. The flood in January 1862 washed away nearly all of the land that they hoped to farm. These first settlers moved away and sold their claims to William Theobald, Joseph Wright, William Wright, Clayborne Elder, Jonathon B. Pratt, Robert W. Reeve, and Thomas Burgess. Up to a dozen families settled there and began farming raising corn, wheat, sorghum cane, and cotton. A post office was established in 1863 and a schoolhouse was built the following year. Indian troubles and a flooding Virgin River which constantly changed courses and washed away most of the cultivated land soon had most of the settlers moving downstream to Virgin City and going to their farms upriver each day. Later after a period of reoccupation and many years of trying to keep a dam in and their farms from washing away the Virgin River finally won the battle, forcing the settlers from their homes and farms and Duncan's Retreat was virtually a ghost town by 1892.


Family Members

Gravesite Details Thomas Burgess and Elizabeth Isaac, pioneers 1854, Nelson Empey company

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  • Maintained by: SMSmith
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 1 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51905
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Betsy” Isaac Burgess (31 May 1806–15 Nov 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51905, citing Virgin Cemetery, Virgin, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .