Biography of William Burgess
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

William Burgess, deceased, was a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of East Liverpool. He was born at Cockermouth, England, April 2, 1838, the son of John and Jane (Nicholson) Burgess.

John Burgess was born in Worchestershire, England, in 1807. He was a hatter by trade and in 1849 came to this country and settled in East Liverpool, where he worked at various occupations. He later became connected with the river trade and died at New Orleans in 1857. His wife, having no means of livelihood, operated a river boat with her three Sons. The trip made was between Pittsburgh and New Orleans. They carried pottery from the north down to New Orleans in exchange for products of the south, such as cotton, sugar and tobacco.

William Burgess received his education in the schools of East Liverpool and at an early age became identified with the local potteries. He later engaged in the grocery business with his brother, J. H. Burgess, and after a few years formed a partnership with Henry Moore. They established a stilt factory at East Liverpool, on the banks of the river and soon after Mr. Burgess with W. E. Cunning organized the American Stilt Works at East Liverpool, which later was known as Burgess Company, and in 1900 it was transferred to Wellsville, Ohio, where it is now located and is manufacturing a large output of pottery supplies and electrical porce lava. In 1890, with his son-in-law, Mr. Burgess organized the American Bone China Works, which was later incorporated as the West End Pottery Company. It has developed into one of the leading industries of this section and is nationally known. Mr. Burgess served as president of the company until his death, Nov. 7, 1923.

On March 9, 1863, Mr. Burgess was united in marriage in East Liverpool, Ohio, to Miss Adeline Pepin, a native of New Brighton, Pa., born Oct. 23, 1842, and to them three children were born: Florence A., the widow of W. E. Cunning, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; Ada, the wife of Edwin G. Dean, lives in East Liverpool; and William H., an attorney, lives in East Liverpool. Mrs. Burgess died Nov. 14, 1921, and with her husband is buried in Riverview Cemetery.

Mr. Burgess was a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but later in life dropped out of that lodge. He was an extensive traveler and during the last 17 years of his life spent the winters in Florida. He was a lover of race horses and was widely known for his stables of fine thoroughbreds.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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