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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1331-1332 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Boniface Burton was made a freeman of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1635, died June 13, 1669, at the great age of one hundred and thirteen years. He was a farmer, and the ancestor of all the Burtons of New England claiming colonial ancestry. In [Alonzo] Lewis's "History of Lynn" is an illustration showing the aged patriarch standing in the door of his primitive and rudely constructed house. He must have been well advanced in years when he came to New England.

(II) John, son of Boniface Burton, was a freeman of Salem, Massachusetts, 1638, died October 14, 1684. His farm adjoined that of Governor Endicott. According to the court records he was one of the persecuted members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). In 1658 he attempted to escape to Rhode Island, but was arrested at Dedham, brought back, and for his bold speech to the magistrates, was put in the stocks. He was frequently fined for not attending church, but led a quiet life during his latter years. He married and had four children:

  1. John, and
  2. Samuel, both died without issue;
  3. Isaac, of later mention;
  4. Hannah, married William Osborne.

(III) Isaac, son of John Burton, died 1706. He settled in Topsfield, Massachusetts, afterward returned to Salem. He married, and had four sons, Isaac, John, Jacob, Henry.

(IV) John (2), son of Isaac Burton, died in 1750, leaving two sons: John and Samuel.

(V) John (3), son of John (2) Burton, died February 11, 1791, aged eighty years. With wife Abigail and three sons he removed from Middletown, Massachusetts, to Wilton, New Hampshire. He had sons:

  1. John, who, is said to have been the first Free Mason in Wilton; he served in the French and Indian war, was town clerk and selectman.
  2. Jonathan, born September 18, 1741; served at Louisburg, in Captain Andrew Gidding's company, also served under different enlistments in the war of the revolution; later he was prominent in the New Hampshire militia.
  3. Abraham, of further mention.

There were two daughters who both married.

(VI) Abraham, son of John (3) and Abigail Burton, was born about 1743. He settled with his father in Wilton, afterward built on part of the tract and kept a public house until 1817. He was at Winter Hill, in Captain Taylor's company, and at Ticonderoga, 1776, in Captain Barrow's company. He was selectman of Wilton five years; a good townsman and an honorable upright man. He had local fame as a hunter and fisherman. He married (first) Mary Kenney, by whom he had eight children; (second) Betty Dale, by whom he had seven children. Children:

  1. Mary, married Jacob Putnam.
  2. Hannah, died in childhood.
  3. Lucy, died in infancy.
  4. Hannah (2), married Nathaniel Putnam.
  5. Abraham, of further mention.
  6. Chloe, born March 2, 1782; married Cyrus Bailey.
  7. Nahum, married Sarah Pettingill.
  8. Ezra, born February 10, 1785.
  9. Betsey, married Jonathan Parkhurst.
  10. Lucy, married Ashley Morgan.
  11. Fanny, married Timothy Gray.
  12. Ruth, removed to state of Georgia, where she was a teacher; died unmarried.
  13. Lydia, married (first) Lubin Rockwood; (second) Eiljah [Elijah?] Chandler.
  14. John, removed to Maine, where he died; married Sarah Dale.
  15. Peggy, married Jeremiah Fisk.

(VII) Abraham (2), son of Abraham (1) and his first wife, Mary (Kenney) Burton, was born in Wilton, New Hampshire, January 28, 1780. He married and removed to Andover, Vermont.

(VIII) Abram, son of Abraham (2) Burton, of Wilton, New Hampshire, was born at Andover, Vermont, November 20, 1810, died March 24, 1885. He married Caroline Robinson. Children:

  1. Mary Jane; married Henry Kimball, born 1837, died 1897, son of Isaac Kimball, of Bennington, Vermont, and his wife, Laura Sibley; children:
    1. George H., born 1861, married, October 20, 1890, Hannah Foster, who bore him two sons —
      1. Walter D., born August 8, 1888, and
      2. Harold F., August 30, 1890;
    2. Ida M., married Charles Robinson, of Greenwich, New York, and has two children:
      1. Maud E., married Harry Perkins, and has son Harry (2), born June 21, 1909;
      2. Charles Burton.
  2. George Henry, died at the age of eight years.
  3. Charles Edward, died in infancy.
  4. John Robinson, of further mention.

(IX) John Robinson, son of Abram and Caroline (Robinson) Burton, was born in Bennington, Vermont, September 14, 1846. He married Jennie Marie, daughter of Hiram Palmer Raymer, born in Hoosick, New York, 1821, died there 1905. His early life was spent in Bennington, but his latter years at Hoosick. He married Mary Catherine Breese, born 1831, died 1868, daughter of Garrett Breese. John R. and Jennie M. Burton have one child,

  1. Mary Eliza, married Richard Albert Brown, and has a son, Albert Burton Brown.

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