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Gilbert & Lucinda Burrows

Gilbert B. Burrows, was born May 9, 1798, in Groton, CT.  His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and Gilbert wanted to continue the military tradition at the onset of the War of 1812.  As he was only 14 years old at the time, he was not permitted to do so. His paternal grandfather is said to have been George Burrows, who came to America on the Mayflower, accompanied by his two brothers.  George Burrows was a sea captain, who died of Yellow Fever.

He married Lucina Barlow, on February 15, 1824, in New York state.  She was born February 1, 1802, in Barnard, Vermont.  They came to Warsaw Township, Jefferson County, PA, in the spring of 1841.  In 1847, they moved to Sandy Valley establishing a home and Mr. Burrows began a business of selling the first corn brooms in Beechwoods.  His business expanded, as he acquired land and became a farmer and lumberman in that area.  Through his hard work, he accummulated considerable wealth and as he was a staunch advocate of education, he contributed $1000 to a college in Adrian, Michigan.  Mr. Burrows was also active in politics, aiding in establishing the "Underground Railroad" before the war, and also served as Justice of the Peace for many years.

He and his wife were members of the Methodist Protestant Church.

Their family of children were: Eliza A., Timothy, Sarah J., Phoebe A., Daniel B., George, Elizabeth J., Julia Ann R., and Miran S.

Gilbert B. Burrows, died on October 15, 1881, and was buried in a family cemetery in Winslow Township of Jefferson County, PA.  His wife, Lucina, died 1882, in Brookville, at the home of their granddaugher, Mrs. Benjamin Case.  She was buried in the family cemetery with her husband..


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