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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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BURNHAM Genealogy

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)

Marriage(s) and Child(ren):

He married  Caroline Matilda WOOD 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).  She died 27 June 1832 in Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora).  She was the daughter of Walter WOOD and Paulina MOSHER.

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

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

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 birthplace of Hon. Edwin B. Morgan in 1806, and the upper floor served for several years previous to 1816 as the Masonic Lodge."

NOTES from aurora.htm -- 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.

The first brick building in Aurora, Leffingwell House, as it now called, was constructed ca. 1826 for Eleazer Burnham (1780-1867), a lawyer and farmer. It was the center of a building complex accommodating his two occupations. Still standing are the barns on the east side, a tenant-house to the north (Chimney Corners) and across the street, Burnham’s brick law office (now “Grove,” an art gallery).

Leffingwell House is a vivid illustration of how a house’s appearance can evolve. Originally it was a neat Federal “cube,” whose ornament was simply a handsome fanlight over the front door. Around 1870, when the property had passed to Burnham’s nephew, the upper story was enlarged and the roof was “modernized” in the prevailing Italianate fashion. Finally, in 1896, when Dr. Leffingwell acquired it, a porch was extended across the front and south side, giving the house a up-to-date “Queen Anne” appearance. forums/ treasure-leads/ 59808-dr-leffingwell-s-hidden- treasure-aurora-ny.html

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Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Eleazer BURNHAM

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Eleazer BURNHAM married flag   Caroline Matilda WOOD-- Date: 1807 Place: , Cayuga County, New York, USA
Caroline Matilda WOOD was the daughter of Walter WOOD and Paulina MOSHER


flag  Isaac W BURNHAM (b.29 May 1812, , Cayuga County, New York, USA  d. 24 October 1832, Ledyard, New York, USA )

flag  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 flag  Urania SMITH-- Date: 23 February 1843 Place: Ledyard, New York, USA
Urania SMITH was the daughter of Moses SMITH and Mabel SEYMOUR


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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/ ...

Gravestone of Eleazer Burnham - Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, New York
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15 July 1780
Preston, Connecticut, USA

World History 1799 - Rosetta Stone discovered

World History 1801 - Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland creates the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

USA 1803 - October 20 - Louisiana Purchase - The United States doubled its size by purchasing this territory from Spain.

USA 1804 - May 14 - Lewis & Clark set out from St Louis for Pacific Coast

USA 1805 - November 15 - Lewis and Clark reach Pacific

World History 1805 - Treaty of Pressburg formally dissolves the Holy Roman Empire


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

World History 1812 - Napoleon leads French invasion of Russia, resulting in catastrophic defeat for French. War of 1812 begins with U.S. declaration of war on the United Kingdom.

World History 1814 - Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to St. Elba according to the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. Representatives from Austria, Russia, Prussia, Britain, and France meet at the Congress of Vienna to discuss future of Europe.

World History 1815 - The War of 1812 ends with the Treaty of Ghent. Napoleon escapes Elba in an attempt to reestablish his power. Coalition forces defeat him at the battle of Waterloo.

USA 1816 - Year without a summer

USA 1819 - The Panic of 1819 - A combination of bad banking practices; too much land speculation and competition from Europe caused the United States to enter its first economic depression.

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

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)


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...


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, ...Read MORE...


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

USA 1860 - Civil War - On December 20, 1860, a little over a month after Abraham Lincoln had been elected President, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Six more states followed by the spring of 1861.

USA 1861 - January 21 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

USA 1861 - February 8 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America are formed, comprising the first six break-away States

USA 1861 - Start of U.S. Civil War - April 12, 1861 - Confederate forces fire upon Fort Sumter.

USA 1861 - April 20 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.

USA 1861 - October 26 – The Pony Express announces its closure.

USA 1861 - November 6 - Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederate States of America

USA 1863 - January 1 - Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves

USA 1863 - July 1–3 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg – Union forces under George G. Meade turn back a Confederate invasion by Robert E. Lee in the largest battle of the war (28,000 Confederate casualties, 23,000 Union).

USA 1863 - October 3 – President Lincoln proclaims a national Thanksgiving day to be celebrated the final Thursday in November in the United States

USA 1863 - November 19 – American Civil War: U. S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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
(NY) 1865 New York State Census

1865 Death of Spouse/Partner
Urania SMITH died 26 October 1865, 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...Read MORE...

Died in the village of Aurora.

"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. Smith, of Aurora, Cayuga county, N. Y.; and Norman H. Burnham, of Simmsbury, Connecticut, heirs at law and next of kin of Eleazer Burnham, late of Ledyard, Cayuga county, N. Y., deceased, send greeting:"

"Whereas E. W. Arms and James B. Smith of Ledyard, N. Y. have lately applied to our surrogate of the county of Cayuga, for the proof of the will of Eleazer Burnham, late of Ledyard, in said county, deceased, which said will related to both real and personal estate: Therefore, you and each of you are cited and required to appear at the office of said surrogate, int he city of Auburn, on the 15th day of August next, at ten o'clock in the forenoon of that day, and attend the probate of the said will."

"In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness, Wm. B. Woodin, surrogate of the county of Cayuga, at the surrogate's office, in the city of Auburn, this 1st day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.

Wm. B. Woodin, Surrogate."

Date: August 12, 1867
Location: New York
Paper: Albany Evening Journal

Eleazer is buried at: Oak Glen Cemetery

Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)

Added: 12/16/1999 12:00:00 AM

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