Biography of G. W. Burt
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Burt, G. W., Russell, Was born in Dickerson, this county, May 15, 1848. His father, David, was a son of Seaborn, who was so named from having been born on the ocean while coming from England to America. His parents settled in Canada, and later came to Dickinson in Franklin county, and to Russell, where they spent their days. David Burt was born in Canada and came with his parents to St. Lawrence county when a young man. He was a carpenter. He married Evaline Wood, of Jefferson county, by whom he had six sons and four daughters. Three of the sons, John, Silas, and Elmer, also our subject, were in the late war, where all were killed save the latter, Mr. Burt lived in Russell about forty three years. G. W. Burt was reared and educated in Russell, and at the age of fourteen enlisted in Company F, Fourteenth N. Y. Heavy Artillery, serving till the close of the war. He participated in the battle of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna River, and others. He was taken sick at North Anna River and carried to the First Division Hospital, then to Mount Pleasant Hospital, Washington, and after two months was transferred to the Veteran Reservc Corps, then sent to Indianapolis, and later to Cleveland, O., most of the time on detached service. At the close of the war he returned to Russell, and after one year in school went to Illinois and Wisconsin, remaining about five months, when he married, November 26, 1866, Anna Hill, a native of Louisville, N. Y., and daughter of William Hill, whose father, William, sr., came from England. The father of the latter fitted out a ship to send him to the West Indies to settle the estate of his two brothers, but he was shipwrecked, and by chance brought to A merica, and settled in Vermont, removed to Louisville, St. Lawrence county, where he died aged ninety three years. Mr. and Mrs. Burt have had six sons, one who died in infancy; Mayon E., who died aged seven; Rolla O., who died aged twelve; George M., Wilton D., and Roy D., now living. Mr. Burt is a painter by trade, which he followed till 1882, when he engaged in the mercantile business, where he carries a general stock of millinery goods, groceries, boots and shoes, clothing, patent medicines, etc. Previous to this Mr. Burt was in business in Richville. He is a Prohibitionist in politics, and has served as town clerk one year. He is a member of Rice Post No. 169 G. A. R., and he and wife are members of the M. E. Church, of which he has been Sunday school superintendent for thirteen or fourteen years.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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