Biography of David Burton
Eureka, Dakota County, MN Biographies

David Burton was born in Hampton county, Massachusetts, July 31st, 1830, of old New England ancestry. Here he was raised and educated at the public schools. On attaining majority removed to Maine and lived two years. During the spring of 1855 he and wife, as two of a colony of eight, started for the far distant falls of St. Anthony. Joining the corps of government surveyors, he was away about three months surveying about Fort Ridgely and north of Anoka. During October of the same year he came to the present town of Eureka and pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres. Returning to Minneapolis in 1856 he worked in a shingle mill, remaining until July, 1857, then returned to his claim. Remaining on his farm until 1866 he then sold and returned to Massachusetts for two years, thence to New Auburn, Minnesota, seven years, then back to Eureka where he has since lived. Enlisted in 1863 in the Second Minnesota, Volunteer Cavalry, being mustered out of service in December, 1865, at Fort Snelling. Mr. Burton has served in town offices at different times. Married in 1858, Miss Elmira E. Davis. Laura E., Forest W., Martha A., Addie B., Minnie E., Lydia A. and David L., are their children.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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