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Jonathan Burch

Death 4 Apr 1838 (aged 71–72)
Burial Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 92769787 · View Source
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Was the son of Jonathan and Eunice Burch, and was b. in the town of Wells, Vt. in 1766. He m. Sally Hosford in Vt. in 1786. Mrs. B. was b. in Vt. in 1766. Soon after m. he removed to Herkimer County, N. Y. and some years later to Chenango County. In 1811 he visited the Purchase and in Jan 1813 removed to portland. with his family and effects, with an ox team and stout wooden sled. He settled on lot 62, T. 4, farm now owned by his son Oliver W. He built his log house with a shake roof in which he lived until 1825, when he built a frame house. The people of the town, with those of other towns, suffered many privations and were often without the means of sustaining life. This was no casual occurrence. During he war of 1812 very few were engaged clearing land, but after its close the sound of the ax was again heard and the effect was soon manifest. Every settler worked with a will, though his larder was the forest and no bread came to his table. "Loggings were the order of the day, and among the rest my father made one and invited many, all that could well be reached. Peter Kane was among the happy guests, coming early, before dinner. Our bill of fare was scanty enough, and some one, feeling a little mortified, began making excuses for our entire want of meat. ‘Make no excuses' said Mr. Kane ‘we had no bread for breakfast" A neighbor with a large family ran out of provisions and started out one day for bread or corn, but found none. Happily for him he thought he found a keg of whisky, brought it home and told his family to live while it lasted. A son of Mr. B. was in the war of 1812 at Buffalo. Mr. B. raised a large family of ch. all of whom were b. in Warren, Herkimer County, except the youngest, who was b. in Guilford, Chenango county. Mr. Burch. d. on the lot where he settled April 4th 1838. Mrs. B. d. there also in Oct. 1845. They were bu. in the W. & P. U. Cemetery.

EUNICE: m. Heman Ely; settled in Dunkirk in 1812; came to Portland. in 1815.
OLIVE: m. Zeri Yale in Guilford; yet living there.
JONATHAN: b. in 1793; m. Mariah Yale; lives now near Lakeport, Michigan.
POWELL G.; b. in 1795; m. Lovina Palmer in Guilford, in Jan 1822; lives in Brooklin, Pa.
POLLY: b. in 1797; m. Jared Taylor in P. about 1814; both d.
SALLY: b. in 1799; m. Erastus Cole of Dunkirk; Mr. C. id d. Mrs. C. is still living.
OLIVBR W.: b. in 1801; m. Mary S. Tower of P.; Mar. 8th 1826. Mrs. B. d. Mar. 2d 1851; Mr. B. m. Amanda Sanderlin of Westfield.
CHAUNCEY: b. Apr. 27th 1803; m. Nancy Cole of Dunkirk in 1825; now lives in Erie County, Pa.
MATILDA: b/ Sept. 8th 1805; d. in P. Apr. 1822; bu. in W. P. U. cemetery.
STEPHEN S.: b. June 19th 1807; a bachelor; lives in Chenango county

p. 206, Jonathan Burch of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, died 24 Apr 1838 at town of Portland, signed 1 Dec 1830, recorded 30 Jul 1838.

Part of farm and personal property to son Chauncey Burch, who has agreed to support my wife Sally Burch. One cow to daughter Polly Taylor wife of Jared Taylor. Rest of farm to son Stephen S. Burch. Household furniture to wife Sally. If she dies first, then household furniture to be equally divided among the heirs of my body.

Witnesses: Robert R. Stetson of Westfield, Minor L. Bond of Chautauqua

Court granted letters testamentary to Oliver W. Burch, applicant and one of the heirs of the deceased

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  • Created by: Dolores Davidson
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92769787
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Burch (1766–4 Apr 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92769787, citing Union Cemetery, Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Dolores Davidson (contributor 46872356) .