Biography of Mrs. Lorette W. Burns
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Burns, Mrs. Lorette Wheeler, was born in Clifton Park, Saratoga county, October 31, 1827. Her great grandfather, Elijah Wood, was born in Norwich, Conn., in 1745, dying February 11, 1810; he was a soldier in the Revolution, was a clergyman, and was first pastor of the Baptist Church in Amenia, Dutchess county; he had seven sons and four daughters: Andrew, Jessie, Reuben, Jacob, Zepren, Newcomb, Elijah, Olive Sheppard, Lydia Wheeler, Phebe Wood, Anna Sheppard. His son Reuben Wood was born in Dutchess county, June 23, 1777, and died in Monroe county, 1853; his son, father of our subject, was born in Clifton Park, Saratoga county, November 7, 1802, and is now living; he is a Republican and voted at the last election at the age of 91 years. He married his first wife, Delia Cole, born in 1805 in Clifton Park, Saratoga county, and died in Brockport. Monroe county, in 1842. leaving two daughters, Loretta W. and Anna, born August 6, 1830. He married for his second wife Amelia M. Mead, born in Amenia, Dutchess county, August 2, 1803. A very worthy woman, and has been the most devoted of step mothers. none her equal as many can testify that knew her, now living at 91 years of age: her father, Joshua Mead, died when she was young. She went to Poughkeepsie and learned the millinery trade; in 1844 she came to Albion and worked at the business twelve years. The daughter learned the trade. Anna was married to O. F. Burns, October 1, 1850, by Silas Ilsley, she had three children and died September 17, 1862, leaving her children quite young, the daughter Anna only two years; she was a lovely character leaving all with her Heavenly Father, she thought she had been cared for and her darlings would have all attention needed. The Dr. said it was the most beautiful death bed scene he had ever witnessed. She wished them to sing, she would name the pieces: There is Rest for the Weary, The Dying Christian, The Shining Shore. and many others, and gave to us all a Bible and gifts. She is buried in beautiful Albion cemetery. Her oldest son Robert, born in Barre, December 2, 1850, at the age of eighteen went to Texas and died at the age of twenty years, buried at Columbus, Texas. Edward Mead was born in Madison county, Ky., January 26, 1854, he married Mary Smith of Michigan. He died in Kansas City in the winter of 1892 and left two daughters, Georgia and Anna. Anna Lorette born March 10, 1860 in Albion, married Dr. F. C. Dorrance, they have two daughters, Anna Pauline and Julia and now live in Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. D. has a great reputation as first class dentist. Oscar Fitzallen Burns was born in Metz, Cayuga county, July 25, 1824, died in Central America, July 24, 1866, buried in Greytown. He was a business man of great ability and also a teacher of note, he taught in Kentucky three years. August 27, 1864 Lorette W. Wood married O. F. Burns and she only lived with him two years when he failed for a great amount in the oil speculation and then died as stated, leaving us to do the best we could. Lorette then found her trade a great blessing, and she kept up the home by the help of her father and mother and is now caring for them in their old age, the happiest part of her life. Her maternal grandfather was Samuel Cole, formerly of Rhode Island but lived for years in Clifton Park; he had a contract on the first railroad built in New York State between Schenectady andAlbany, then drawn up a hill with horse power; he also had a contract on Erie canal. Mrs. Burns has in her possession a valuable relic from her great grandmother on her father's side, a large India China bowl over 120 years old.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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