Biography of Orrin W. Burton
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Burton, Orrin W., wasborn in the town of Dryden, June 5, 1839. His father, Acus Burton, was born in Madison county, and came to Tompkins county in 1830 and settled on lot 55 and spent his life of eighty eight years in the town. Orrin W. Burton was educated in the common school to which he added through life by reading and close observation. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. F, 76th N. Y. Volunteers, and was at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, South Mountain, Antietam, the Wilderness, Second Bull Run, Gaines Mill, and a large number of smaller engagements. At South Mountain he received a slight wound in the hip but continued in active service. At the battle of the Wilderness he was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville, being confined there for ten months. On being released his actual weight was ninety pounds. He received an honorable discharge, March 9, 1865. At the age of twenty six he married Almira C. Stearnes, daughter of Chas. Stearnes, of Dryden, and they have two children, Orrin N. and Chas A. In 1868 he bought part of the Willey property, in 1881 he bought the Thos. Mineah farm, having eighty four acres, and raising hay, grain and stock. Our subject is a wellknown man in his town, respected for his sterling worth and integrity.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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