Biography of Russell Burlingham
   Burlingame, RI <Schuyler, NY>Mexico, NY

Many thanks to Esther Rancier for sharing her information on the Burlingham family. Esther is researching in Richland and Mexico the Soul/Soule, Brace and Daniel P. Smith families, and would appreciate hearing from anyone researching these surnames.  Esther Rancier at: 
Roger Burlingame1, born 24 January 1630 in Coventry, England, came to America.  He married Mary Elizabeth Barlingstone on 19 November 1688 at Warwick, RI.  Their son, John2, born 1 August 1664, married Mary Knowles Lippitt.  They had nine children.
John and Mary’s son, Roger3, born 1693, married in 1712 to Sarah Baker.  They had five children.  One of these children was Jonathan4, born 1715 in Cranston, RI, married in 1732 to Phebe Hopkins.  This couple had nine children.  Their son, Christopher5, born 1746, married Anne PotterChristopher and Anne removed to Easton, NY.  Their son, Russell6, was born at Cranston in 1771. 
             About this point the family was split about the spelling of the family name.  Some went into court and officially became Burlingham while others chose Burlingame.   The Mexico branch always used Burlingham form.
            In the 1880 Herkimer County, NY census Russell resided at Herkimer.  His household had 1 male 25-45; 1 male under 10; 1 female 26-45 and 1 female under 10.  The male child under 10 was Christopher7, born 1790 and who died ca. 1830. 
On 4 January 1835, Russell Burlingham of Schuyler, NY purchased from Weston and Caroline Ackley and Hiram and Sophronia Norcutt, land at Mexico, NY.  By the 1840 Mexico census, Russell and his wife, Fanny W., were living in Mexico with 1 daughter, not identified and 5 young males.  Two older males between 20-30 were Isaac G.7, born 1816 and Russell7, born 1812.  The boy between 10-15 was Philo,7 who died in 1894, aged 68.  Wife Fanny would have already been 55 years old, not likely to be the mother of a son under 10.  The remaining young boys 5-10 and 15-20 may not have been sons at all.
            Son, Philo remains shrouded in mystery.  The only place where he was mentioned was in the Mexico Village Cemetery where his tombstone gave his death date as 1894, age 68 years. Those persons doing the cemetery survey in 1984 added the notation that he was the son of Russell and Fanny.  He cannot be found by name in any census, or church or marriage record.  The lack of further findings suggest he was known by another name during his life.
            In the 1850 Mexico census Russell and Fanny’s older sons were both enumerated:
Burlingham, Russell7, 37, b. NY Farmer net worth $1500
* Sarah Ann 37    RI 
Sybel Vaughn 21    NY 
*Sarah Ann Vaughn, daughter of William Marks and Elizabeth (Whitman) Vaughn,  was born East Greenwich, RI, 15 December 1812.   She died in 1906 and was buried in the Mexico Village Cemetery.
Burlingham, Isaac7 26 b. NY Farmer net worth $1500
  *Mariah       26            “
    Alfred G.    85            “
    Lydia Ann  83            “
    Fanny W.   65          MA
    Russell      69          RI      Farmer
*Maria L. Howard, died in 1907 and was buried in Mexico Village Cemetery.
 Russell died in 1850 and was buried in the Mexico Village Cemetery.
 Changes in the 1860 Mexico census were few:
Burlingham, Russell7      46 b. NY Farmer net worth $450
          Sarah                  43     RI
Burlingham,*Albert8       26    NY   Farm laborer
           Helen                  26     NY
Burlingham, Isaac7         43 b.  NY  Farmer net worth $3575 
          Maria                   43     “
          Alfred8                15
       **Lydia8                13    “
          Geo. Leroy8         11    “
Russell, husband of Sarah, died in 1895.  He was buried in the Mexico Village Cemetery.
**Lydia Ann Burlingham, born 17 August 1847, married 29 December 1864, William J. Miller, son of Loren H. Miller.  The Millers had three children: Loren J. Miller b. 24 May 1866; Clayton I. Miller b. 16 June 1868; and Molly Blanche Miller b. 8 September 1883 .  

Clayton I. Miller later became a Superior Court Judge.

*Albert Burlingham and family were also enumerated in the 1870 Palermo census:

Burlingham, Albert8       36 b. NY - Farmer net worth $3,000
          Helen                  37   “
      Florence9                 8   “

From the 1870 Mexico census:
Burlingham, Isaac7       53 b. NY Farmer net worth $4900
                Maria           53   “
              *Alfred8         25   “
              *Mary            24   “
               ?hace Ruth8  16   “

 Isaac died in 1897 and was buried in the Mexico Village Cemetery.

*Alfred Burlingham married Mary Simmons.  They were the parents of Gertrude Simmons Burlingham, born 21 April 1872.  Gertrude never married and died in 1952.  She was buried in the Mexico Village Cemetery along with her parents, Alfred who died in 1904 and Mary in 1897.  After the death of Mary, Alfred married widow Lulu (Davis) Litzendorf who died 14 April 1934 in Syracuse, but was buried also in the Mexico Village Cemetery.  She had lived in Mexico for many years on Wayne Street.

 ***** Special thanks go to family researcher, Karen Buckley for her excellent research which she shared with all.*****


Ancestry World Tree Project.  Available [online] [20 May 2003]
 Burlingame, Melvin R. Burlingame –   Typewritten, 1973.  (LDS microfilm #0924414).
 Burlingame Family Genealogy Forum.  Available [online] [20 May 2003]
 Burlingham, Lulu obituary.  Mexico Independent, April 14, 1934.
 Cemetery Census of the Town of Mexico, Oswego County, New York.  Mexico: Mexico Historical Society, 1984.
 Family Group Record.  Available [online] [20 May 2003]
 N.Y. Oswego Co.  Wills, Bk. 14, p. 529.
 Pelletreau, William S.  Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Family History of New York, v. 1.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1998.
 U.S. Census Herkimer, Herkimer Co., NY 1800.
 U.S.  Census Schuyler, Herkimer Co., NY 1830.
 U.S. Census Mexico, Oswego Co., NY 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 & 1880.
 U.S. Census Palermo, Oswego Co., NY 1870.

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