Joel Burlingame


Joel Burlingame

New Berlin, Chenango County, New York, USA
Death 9 Jan 1883 (aged 82)
Northfield, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot 186
Memorial ID 79490896 View Source

Died in West Northfield, Illinois


Freelove Angell 1798-1869
Married: 20 May 1819 New Berlin, Chenango, New York by Rev. J. Rogers of the M.E.Church

Phebe Culver Bruce
Married: 07 Jun 1863


Rev Daniel Burlingame b. 11 May 1778, d. 10 May 1824

Betsy Ludlow Holmes b. 25 Mar 1782, d. 19 Sep 1865)

The original spelling of Burlingame in many older records is Burlinggame.

From Susan Holton Phillip's manuscript regarding Joel Burlingame’s first trip to California in 1849:
"just before he started for California ... In eighteen-forty-nine gold fever raged. He with the others caught the contagion.

"Started the lst of April for the Eldorado of the West with his brother Hiram, Edward Pheteplace and Richard Ness, armed and equipped with all things necessary for crossing the plains ...

"We received letters every week until they left the settlements. Then, oh the weary days in waiting for news from the absent ones. One letter from Fort Jarina (sp?). Did not hear again until one dated January 9, 1850 reached us March 1850. They were then at the head waters of Yuba River.

"Soon after leaving Salt Lake he lost his journal which he had been very particular to keep daily events in to send home for our perusal ... I have never seen but one of the number that left us April 5, 1849 ... Uncle Hiram started for home in 1851 but was drowned while crossing Lake Nicaragua.

Father returned in '52 after Mother. But [because of] his business he could not stay long enough for all to get ready. Mother and he both concluded to have him return and the next year they would take the overland route ... He stayed there until the spring of 1853 when he again visited the States."

On the 1853 trip, from the Burlingame sketch:

An obituary of the Rev. Justus Michael Hinman, Joel Burlingame's son-in-law and one of those who returned with him in 1853, states that the party arrived in Marysville 2 Nov 1853, and in an autobiographical sketch written by Hinman's daughter, Lillian Hinman Shuey, she tells us that Burlingame was the party's leader. Since Susan Phillips, as we have seen, did not go, the next decade of the life of her father is quite cursorily covered in her narrative.

From the sketch of Justus Michael Hinman (1813-1896):
Joel Burlingame, Hinman's father-in-law, returned from California for his family in the spring of 1853, and the party he led back to California, included the Hinmans. Lillian Hinman later came to be a well-known California poet, and in a fragment of autobiography now in the manuscript collection of the California State Library in Sacramento she notes that
"When I was a months [sic] old my parents broke up housekeeping to come to California [therefore in late April or early May 1853]. We came overland across the plains. My grandfather, Joel Burlingame, was captain of the train. When I was 3 month old we crossed the Missouri River and came into Marysville when I was 8 months old." Mr. Gober in his obituary gives the precise date on which the party arrived in Marysville, Yuba County, as 2 Nov 1853, “where he worked at his trade until 1857.”

Barry E. Hinman provided much of the above information.

He was one of six Oregon delegates to the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln. Joel Burlingame was one of the signatures on an open letter dated Chicago, May 18, 1860 notifying Mr. Lincoln that he had been selected by unanimous vote to be the Republican Party candidate for the office of President of the United States in the 1860 election. Mr. Lincoln’s letter of acceptance was sent from Springfield, Illinois on May 28, 1860.

Joel Burlingame is the father of the Honorable Anson Burlingame Congressman from Massachusetts, then appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Qing Empire (China) by Abraham Lincoln on June 14, 1861

Married 20 May 1819 in New Berlin, Chenango, New York by Rev. J. Rogers of the M.E.Church.

Anson Burlingame 14 Nov 1820-23 Feb 1870
Susan Burlingame 05 Dec 1822-27 Feb 1900
Betsy Burlingame 26 Jun 1825-09 Apr 1901
DeWitt Clinton Burlingame 25 May 1827-18 Aug 1877
Sarah Maria Burlingame 23 Jun 1829
-26 Aug 1838
Joel Angell Burlingame 25 Jun 1832
-24 Oct 1868
Mary Jane Burlingame 29 Nov 1834
-29 Aug 1837
Henry Bascom Burlingame 30 Oct 1838
-18 Nov 1925


Burlingame Joel Mar. 8, 1800-Jan. 19, 1883 & Freelove Angel wife of Joel died Jan. 12, 1860, aged 61.


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