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Joseph Burnham

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Canaan, NH, United States
Death: November 4, 1838 (41)
Hanover, NH, United States
Place of Burial: Canaan, NH, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Burnham and Burnham
Husband of Lucy Burnham; Nancy (Sawyer) Burnham and Paulina Brown Burnham Spencer
Father of Emily Burnham; Eliza (Burnham) Thurston; Moses Sawyer Burnham; Elsina (Burnham) Leach; Nancy (Burnham) Childs and 3 others
Brother of James Burnham, Sr.

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Gwen Louise Tuson
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About Joseph Burnham

In 1823 Joseph bought 60 acres in Hanover, NH east of Moose Mtn. on the south of Wolfeborough Rd. on Lot #47 drawn to right of Joseph Smith. In 1825 he purchased more land bounded by lots #46, #47, and #55. He married twice, his first wife having died. Upon Joseph's death the will he drew on Sept. 15, 1838 designated Capt. James Spencer as his executor with provisions for guardianship of all his minor children. Four being at least 14 became their own guardian. His estate after all accounts settled was valued at $1,812.78 in 1851.

A James Burnham (born Aug 6, 1774 in Essex, Mass) and James Burnham Jr(born 1807) witnessed Joseph's will. James Sr. is listed as Joseph's brother, but he was NOT.

Joseph and his first wife Nancy were buried in the West Farms Cemetery in Canaan, NH. on West Farms Rd 3 miles N where it turns off of what is now Rt 4. over the Enfield line. This is where the Burnhams lived. The road continued on over or around Moose Mtn. to Hanover Center.

The aforementioned James Burnham, his wife Eliza Currier Burnham (married 1804), and a daughter Elsina who died at age 10 yrs are also buried in this cemetery. Another Burnham family including James's eldest son Silas, Silas' first wife, a daughter, son, and another wife have grave sites also in the cemetery.

The elder James Burnham and Joseph Burnham are possibly related given they both had a daughter named Elsina.

There is record of a Asel Burnham from Canaan who fought in the Ninth Regiment under Capt. Bodfish or Capt. Rowe in the Mexican War. His parents are yet to be determined.

I checked the record of the Burnham family as recorded in "Geneological Records of Deacon John Burnham and His Descendants, Third Edition" , but found no leads to the Burnhams buried in Canaan. The authors are Florence Burnham Heath and Mildred Windsor Burnham Lusk. The second edition was 1884 with different author and slightly different title, Geneology History of Thomas Burnham, the Emigrant, Who Was Amoung the Early Settlers at Hartford, Connecticut, U.S and His Descendants.

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Joseph Burnham's Timeline

Canaan, NH, United States
March 21, 1824
Age 27
Hanover, NH, United States
August 12, 1825
Age 28
Hanover, NH, United States
January 17, 1827
Age 30
Hanover, NH, United States
August 15, 1828
Age 31
Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States
July 7, 1830
Age 33
Hanover, NH, United States
June 6, 1832
Age 35
April 12, 1835
Age 38
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States