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  (b. 15 July 1780 Preston, Crown Colony of Connecticut   d. 3 May 1867 Ledyard, New York, USA )  

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Eleazer BURNHAM was born 15 July 1780 in Preston, Crown Colony of Connecticut . Eleazer BURNHAM was the child of Asa W BURNHAM   and   Lucy HUNTINGTON and the grandchild of: (paternal)  Eleazer (Eleazar) BURNHAM and Mary NORMAN (maternal)  Nathan HUNTINGTON and Amie BROWN (BROWNE)

Spouse(s)/Partner(s) and Child(ren):

Eleazer  married  Caroline Matilda WOOD abt. 1807 in Cayuga County, New York, USA .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Caroline Matilda WOOD  was born 3 July 1789 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) (Padanaram).  Caroline Matilda died 27 June 1832 in Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora).  Caroline Matilda was the child of Walter WOOD and Paulina MOSHER.

Eleazer  married  (2) Urania SMITH 23 February 1843 in Ledyard, New York, USA .  Urania SMITH  was born 4 July 1788 in Groton, Connecticut, USA.  Urania died 26 October 1865 in Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora).  Urania was the child of Moses SMITH and Mabel SEYMOUR.

Eleazer BURNHAM died 3 May 1867 in Ledyard, New York, USA .

NOTES from -- When Walter Wood left Aurora for Montville, his son-in-law Eleazer Burnham became Postmaster. Burnham (1780-1867) was also Surrogate of Cayuga County, Collector of U. S. Internal Revenue, Member of the New York Assembly, and Presidential Elector in 1824 and 1856. In 1822 Postmaster Burnham was succeeded by Seneca Wood, who held office until 1828. For the first thirty-three years, therefore, the three Aurora Postmasters Were Walter Wood, his son-in-law, and his son.
Walter Wood died in 1827 leaving an estate valued at $500,000 and a will so involved that generations of lawyers worked for ninety-three years to complete its provisions. Of his six sons, Seneca, Isaac, and Thomas were lawyers. All three began the practice of law in Aurora and Isaac remained here all of his life. Walter Wood, his wife Paulina Mosher Wood, and all but one (who died in infancy in 1797) of their eleven children are buried in Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora.

Eleazer and Urania had a son, James N. Burnham (also a lawyer), who died in Aurora in 1840 at the age of 25 and is buried in Oak Glen Cemetery.

Misc Notes: Judge Walter Wood b 17 Aug 1765, m. Paulina Mosher.

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Did You Know?The name Connecticut originates from the Algonquian word 'Quinnehtukqut' (beside the long tidal river). (

Prior to 1638 - Connecticut, New England
1638 - 1662 - New Haven Colony
1662 - 1687 - Connecticut Colony
1688 - 1689 - Dominion of New England
1690 - 1787 - Crown Colony of Connecticut
January 5, 1788 - Connecticut becomes 5th U.S. state

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Eleazer BURNHAM married Grave has been locatedflag photo of Caroline Matilda WOOD  Caroline Matilda WOOD-- Date: abt. 1807 Place: Cayuga County, New York, USA
Caroline Matilda WOOD was the child of Walter WOOD and Paulina MOSHER

Children of Eleazer BURNHAM and Caroline Matilda WOOD:

Grave has been locatedflag male ancestor Isaac W BURNHAM (b.29 May 1812, Cayuga County, New York, USA  d. 24 October 1832, Ledyard, New York, USA )

Grave has been locatedflag male ancestor James N BURNHAM (b.11 February 1817, Cayuga County, New York, USA  d. 29 January 1840, Ledyard, New York, USA )
m. Mary CULYER 

Eleazer BURNHAM married Grave has been locatedflag female ancestor Urania SMITH-- Date: 23 February 1843 Place: Ledyard, New York, USA
Urania SMITH was the child of Moses SMITH and Mabel SEYMOUR

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Preston, Connecticut, USA (Poquetanuck)
Old Preston, Connecticut cemetery. Located near the intersection of Rte 164 and Rte 165. Many of the stones are so old that erosion has reduced them to ordinary rocks (without any visible signs of writing on them).
Photo taken by us
1780 Birth
15 July 1780
Preston, Connecticut, USA (Poquetanuck)
settled in Aurora, New York in 1799 (Brigham's General Directory of Auburn page 257)

By the Hon. the Council of Appointment...

February 5...

New General Commission...

Eleazer Burnham of Cayuga, Master in Chancery.

Date: February 13, 1811
Location: New York
Paper: Public Advertiser
1812 Birth of Child
Isaac W BURNHAM was born 29 May 1812, Cayuga County, New York, USA
1817 Birth of Child
James N BURNHAM was born 11 February 1817, Cayuga County, New York, USA
From the N. Y. Statesman, Nov. 17 Choice of Electors
...A resolution then passed, declaring the following persons chosen electors of President and Vice-President, on the part of this State:

...Eleazer Burnham, Cayuga...

Date: November 23, 1824
Location: Connecticut
Paper: Connecticut Herald

Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
1826 - Glenheim / Leffingwell House - first brick building in Aurora
From The New Century Atlas Of Cayuga County, New York - 1904 - Page 121

'GLENHEIM, the home of Dr. Albert Leffingwell, embraces nearly twenty acres, extending from the main street in the village of Aurora, nearly half a mile to the top of the hill. The residence, considerably improved by the presdent owner, is of brick and stone, and its broad piazzas, shaded by chestnut trees, overlooks Cayuga Lake. The house was built in 1827 by Hon. Eleazer Burnham, a distinguished early resident of Cayuga County, who was twice chosen as a Presidential elector; it was occupied by him for forty years, passing by his death to his nephew, James Burnham Smith, and becoming the residence of Dr. Leffingwell in May, 1896. Nearby is a small building, which a century ago was the law office of Judge Walter Wood, and here Millard Fillmore, afterward President of the United States, first began the study of law. On the same premises, and on the north, is one of the oldest houses of the village. It was the...Read MORE...

Eleazer BURNHAM - 1830 Ezra Ames portrait  From The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture: Eleazer Burnham (1780-1867) 1826 sitter: Eleazer Burn
1830 Ezra Ames portrait

From The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture:
"Eleazer Burnham (1780-1867)
sitter: Eleazer Burnham
1780 - 1867
Artist/ Maker: Ezra Ames
1768 - 1836
Overall: 30 x 24 in. ( 76.2 x 61 cm )
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number: 1955.31
Classification: PAINTINGS-Portraits
Curatorial Remarks:

Eleazer Burnham was the son of Asa Burnham and Lucy (Huntington) Burnham of Bennington, Vermont. About 1798 he moved to Aurora, the first settlement in Cayuga County, New York. Burnham was county surrogate from 1811 to 1813 and from 1815 to 1820, deputy postmaster from 1798 and postmaster from 1811 until about 1822, collector of revenue at Aurora during the War of 1812, and county representive in the assembly in 1826."

Miss Catharine Bacon, Wells '18, wrote the author about two portraits, one of Eleazer Burnham and one of his wife, which she had seen in an Albany exhibit. They were painted in 1826 by Ezra Ames, an Albany artist; the portrait of Burnham bears the inscription, "Eleazer Burnham (1780- ) Lawyer and Presidential Elector of Aurora, New York."
1832 Death of Spouse/Partner
Caroline Matilda WOOD died 27 June 1832, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
1832 Death of Child
Isaac W BURNHAM died 24 October 1832, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
Eleazer Burnham and family are living in Ledyard, Cayuga, New York.
1840 U.S. Census
1840 Death of Child
James N BURNHAM died 29 January 1840, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
1843 Marriage / Partner
Eleazer BURNHAM and Urania SMITH 23 February 1843, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)

Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
Eleazer Burnham, age 70, is living in Ledyard, Cayuga, New York. He was born in VT. Living with him are: Urania, age 61, b. CT; William Corrich, b. England; Catherine Shear, age 28, b. NY.
1850 U.S. Census
1855 Ledyard, Cayuga, New York
name: Eleazer Burnum
event: Census
event date: 1855
event place: Ledyard, Cayuga, New York, United States
gender: Male
age: 74
relationship to head of household: Head
estimated birth year: 1781
family number: 351
line number: 4
film number: 1435218
digital folder number: 005207172
image number: 00691
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Eleazer Burnum M 74
wife Hrania Or Urania Burnum F 65
servant William Carrick M 38
servant Louisa Beack F 20

'New York, State Census, 1855,' index and images, FamilySearch ( pal:/ MM9.1.1/ K67R-R6B : accessed 09 Feb 2013), Eleazer Burnum, 1855.
1855 New York State Census
The Hon. Eleazar Burnham, of Aurora, Cayuga County, who is now in attendance as an Elector of President and Vice President, was in the Electoral College of 1824, and then cast his vote for John Quincy Adams.

The venerable Daniel Cady, also an Elector and Mr. Burnham, are among the few Lawyers who were in full practice more than half a century ago. Both, we are happy to see, are surrounded by all the compensations which reward honest industry, integrity and virtue.

Date: December 02, 1856
Location: New York
Paper: Albany Evening Journal
Eleazar Burnham, age 79, is living in Ledyard, Cayuga, New York. He was born in VT. Living with him are: Urania, age 72, b. CT; Susan Rapp, age 50, domestic; James Sulett, age 33, servant. NOTE: They are living next to Sherman Smith and family.
1860 U.S. Census
1865 Ledyard, Cayuga, New York
Eleazar Burnham, 85, m, b. VT, married 2 times, now married
Urania Burnham, 76, f, wife, b. Connecticut, married 1 time, now married
Charles Jennings, , m, servant, b. England, single, Gardiner
1865 New York State Census
1865 Death of Spouse/Partner
Urania SMITH died 26 October 1865, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
Eleazer BURNHAM - Gravestone of Eleazer Burnham - Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, New York
Gravestone of Eleazer Burnham - Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, New York
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Proof of Will
'THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, to Eddy Cole, of Versailles, Morgan county, Illinois; Eleazer Cole, of Indianapolis, Indiana; Frederick Cole and Albert B. Cole, of Noblesville, Indiana; Lorinda J. Butler, Lucy H. Stone, of Freeport, Shelby county, Indiana; Myron Galusha, Augustus Galusha and George B. Galusha, of Shaftsbury, Vermont; Marcius Galusha, Barthena Huntington, Rebecca Huntington and Almira Howlett, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Calvin B. Galusha, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Asa Draper, of Pontiac, Livingston county, Illinois; Laura W. Bangs and Lucy Spencer, of Plainfield, Will county, Illinois; Sophia F. Waste, Mary B. Corkins and Emeline W. Corkins, of Mendota, Illinois; Cornelia Draper, of Centre Shaftsbury, Vermont; Sophia Adams and Caroline Thompson, of Rochester, N. Y.; Charles N. Mattoon, of Monroe, Monroe county, Michigan; Myron Mattoon, Jane Belden and Frances Mattoon, of Lenox, Berkshire county, Massachusetts; Julia A. McAlister, of Tiffin, Ohio; Charlotte M....Read MORE...

1867 Death
3 May 1867
Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
1876 - Aurora Centennial Festival - A Brilliant Affair - Large Attendance and Complete Success
The good citizens of the quite village of Aurora have been for some weeks preparing for a Centennial Festival in aid of the State fund, and to assist in repairing the Washington Homestead at Mount Vernon… On either side of the long rooms were arranged refreshment tables, one for each of the old thirteen colonies… Pennsylvania displayed its pennants of pink and gold. Its name of power suitable inscribed - vert and argent - and upon its white curtained drapery, the portrait of a remembered citizen of Aurora, Major Asa Burnham, a revolutionary soldier, if indeed his years did not extend to the old French war, and also of the Hon. Eleazer Burnham who on more than one occasion was of the Presidential Electoral College.

At this table Mrs. Town presided...

Auburn Daily Bulletin
Auburn, New York
Saturday, April 22, 1876
Added: 12/16/1999 12:00:00 AM - Updated: 1/22/2023 5:23:08 PM
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