Biography of Beldin Burt
Potter County, PA Biographies

BELDIN BURT, merchant, Burtville, son of J. K. and Orrilla (Lyman) Burt, was born in Burtville, Potter Co., Penn., in 1841 His grandfather, Benjamin Burt, was born in Chemung county, N. Y., and there married Mercy Rickey. In 1808 he came to what is now Burtville, at that time a wilderness, engaged in farming and in the lumber trade, and erected the first mill at that point. He rafted his lumber down the river to Pittsburgh, where he received $2.50 or $3 per thousand for it, which was usually expended in family supplies; these were loaded in a canoe and polled up stream. His children were Belisha, J. K., Sarah, Israel, Elizabeth, Joanna, Hannah and Benjamin, all deceased excepting the first four. J. K. Burt, who has the proud distinction of being the first white male child born in Potter county, was born in Roulette township in 1811, at a time when there were no educational advantages, and when the country was absolutely wild. He married Orrilla, daughter of Burrel Lyman, of Roulette, in 1837, and located at Burtville, where he engaged in farming. His family consisted of thirteen children, of whom five are deceased. Those living are Lyman, Zeldin, Benjamin, John C., Hugh, Aden, Alice (Mrs. C. E. Grover, of Port Allegany) and Annis (Mrs. A. H. Coleman, of Burtville). Beldin Burt remained at Burtville with his parents until twenty one years old. He then began life for himself, and has since been successfully engaged in the general mercantile business, and has also dealt extensively in lumber. In 1871 he married Annis, daughter of George Taggart, late of Emporium, and their children are Guy, George and Flora. Mr. Burt is a member of Eulalia Lodge, No. 342. F. & A. M. He is a Democrat, and although he takes an active interest in politics, he is not an office seeker.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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