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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).  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 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.

Details of the family tree of Eleazer appear below.
Did You Know?America - Did you know? Observation of foreign travelers to America: In America, there are "Flags everywhere. EVERYWHERE."
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

  • 1780 Birth
    15 July 1780
    Preston, Connecticut, USA
  • 1799
    settled in Aurora, New York in 1799 (Brigham's General Directory of Auburn page 257)

  • Appointments
    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
  • 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 Burnham 1780 - 1867 Artist/Maker: Ezra Ames 1768 - 1836 Overall: 30 x 24 in. ( 76.2 x 61 cm ) Oil on canvas Purchase 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 Child
    Isaac W BURNHAM died 24 October 1832, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
  • 1832 Death of Spouse/Partner
    Caroline Matilda WOOD died 27 June 1832, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)

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