Biography of William H. Burlingham


Burlingham, William H., Holland, was born in Machias, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., April 10, 1839, and is the eldest son of William and Cornelia Bostwick Burlingham. Our subject's father was born in Washington county, N. Y., November 14, 1811, and came to Hamburg, Erie county, in 1816. When but seven years of age he went with his father to Canada, where he remained until 1838, when he removed to Cattaraugus county and from there to the farm now owned by his son. In December, 1837, he married Cornelia Bostwick, a daughter of Col. Harry Bostwick of the British army in Canada. After their marriage in 1837 they came to the United States, and in 1840 settled on the farm where she now resides with her son. William H. Burlingham received his education in the district school, after which h; took a course in the Aurora Academy. At the age of twenty he went to Michigan, where he taught during the winters and worked during the summer at millwrighting until 1861, when he enlisted in Co. H, 1st Mich. Cay., at Detroit and served until October, 1862, when he was discharged for disability. After his discharge he returned to Holland and worked at his trade as millwright until 1864, when he bought the farm he now owns. February 1, 1864, he married Sarah Langdon; they have two adopted daughters. Mr. Burliugham is a member of the I. O, O. F., A. O. U. W. and the G. A. R., of which he has been commander for a long time.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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