Biography of Samuel Burt

Samuel Burt6, (Samuel5) whose portrait appears here, was born Westmoreland, November 5, 1990. He married Betsey, daughter of Josia Jr., and Lena (Holbrook) Penniman, born in Mendon, Mass., April 2,1798 He settled on the road where William Atherton now lives. In the spring 1837 be bought the farm where Rodney Fletcher now lives, west of the village, where he lived until the spring of 1845, when he purchased of D. Walton, what is now Walter Wheeler’s hotel, residing there twenty-two years. In the spring of 1867 he sold the same to Sanford Guernsey, removing to the north side of the village and occupying part of his son Daniel’s house, and there, on the evening of March 21, 1868, while (save the three who died previously,) blessed with a reunion of his children, he passed away. They has two sons and seven daughters. Mrs. Burt was an intelligent, labor-loving – self-denying woman, and to make others happy was the counterpart of his life. She died the day the Union meeting-house was raised, July 30, 1853, followed August so, by Augusta M., born July 30, 1830, and September 14, by Jane A., born April 2, 1831. Mr. Burt was a man who sought substantitive comforts rather than pomp or show; was characterized for integrity, a staunch friend, making others welcome to his home, where beneath its rafters the needy were sheltered, and the poor fed. He was a squire for a long term of years, postmaster about fifteen years, holding other offices of trust. Eliza L., the oldest daughter, born May 7, 1819, married, June 1, 1842, Milo, son of Nathaniel Walton, of Chesterfield. They lived one year in Boston, Mass., two in Houlton, Me., where he engaged in mercantile business. His health failing, in 1845, he removed to Amity, engaging in agriculture and horticulture, The people bestowed upon him their various offices, and he united a large number in marriage. He died May 22, 1854. Mrs. Walton died December 2, 1871. We quote from her obituary: “All the knowledge that could be found in books was brought to bear upon the soil. It is to her enterprise and industry, that nearly all the farms in this section are to-day indebted for their orchards. Her life, though filled with accomplishments, was a short one. For the art her husband loved so well, for the sake of her children, she spent the remainder of her life in ministering to others. We feel that we, as a town, are mourners, and the county whose true benefactress she was.”They left two sons and one daughter. Christiana A. Burt, born October 5, 1820, married, April 12, 1847, William F. Barnes, of Swanzey, for several years a resident of Chesterfield Factory, where he manufactured cotton goods. His mills were burned, and after a few months in Springfield, Mass., they removed to Newton township, in the northeastern part of Wisconsin, in 1851, when that county was sparcely settled, making the last hundred miles with a “sober ox team.” They opened their house for a school, and their influence was potent in adjusting the standard of moral and intellectual improvement. Mr. Barnes died May 31, 1859. Mrs. Barnesmarried second, Frank Weeks, whom she survived, and in Portage City, Wis., where she resided, April 30, 1884, while pleasantly conversing in a neighbor’s house, she said: “I must go home,”and her consistent, Christian life was ended. Ellen S. Burt, born March 16, 1834, married, July 20, 1854, George Corbet, born at Gays Run, Nova Scotia, September 15, 1828, and settled in Chesterfield Factory, living from 1855, thirteen years, near the southeastern portion of Mt. Pistareen, where Nathan Puffer now lives. Mr. Corbet, for nearly twenty years, was engaged in finishing leather, the larger portion of the time for Sumner Warren, and employed from four to nine hands. He died May 3, 1872. Their son, Clarence E., born July 30, 1859, is now manager in Mulford & McKenzie’s railroad ticket brokers’ office, Saint Paul, Minn. George Burt, born December 20, 1860, is now in Chicago, Ill., engaged in selling chairs, etc., on commission, for a Milwaukee chair company. Mrs. Corbet resides on Main street, Chesterfield Factory, in the house built by Samuel Gilson previous to 1815, and for many years occupied by the venerable Captain Nathaniel Albee, whose first wife was Mrs. Penniman, the mother of Mrs. Samuel Burt’. Martha A. Burt, born November 17, 1837, married, April 2, 1860, Henry, son of Arba and Maria (Albee) Barker, of Westmoreland, and with their six sons, reside in Keene. Melissa J. Burt, born February 28, 1844, is now in Fitchburg, Mass. Samuel George Burt7, son of Samuel C6., was born September 15, 1822. He married, December 6, 1852, Sarah Haskell, of Houlton, Me., and settled in Amity, engaging in mercantile pursuits; he run a merchandise team between Amity and Calais, a distance of seventy miles, where he purchased goods, taking from Amity the commodities of the surrounding country. He was retiring, and shunned office; was appointed postmaster, but declined to serve, although he held at times town offices. Kate, their daughter, two years of age, after one day’s sickness, died June 19, followed by her father July 2, 1858. Mrs. Burt, with her son George H. Burt8, born June 10, 1857, (now) the only living male descendant of Samuel Burt5 bearing the family name, removed to Hartford, Conn., watching with tend solicitude, the progress of her boy, until her death, October 3, 1858. At the, age of seventeen he associated himself in a wholesale produce business, under the firm name of C. B. Haskell & Co. Two years later he withdrew fro the firm, and employed with G. P. Bizzell & Co., the largest private banking; house in the United States, where he is senior clerk and teller. He married in Middleton, Conn., October 14, 1880, Mary Murdock. Their daughter, Bessie M9., was born December 4, 1883. They own a residence on Florence street, Hartford, where they reside. Daniel E. Burt, son of Samuel6 was born June 5, 1825. He married Thirza, daughter of Noyes and Thirza (Walton) Scott. Mrs. Scott was afterwards the wife of Dr. Harvey Carpenter. Mr. Burt settled in Chesterfield Factory, working as a mechanic. Afterwards he was teamster for twenty years between Chesterfield Factory and Keene. He was obliging in business, and honest in purpose; unobtrusive in address, but courteous and genial, with strong convictions of right and wrong. He died May 27, 1882. Their daughter, Cora A., died at the age of nine months. Ida West Burt, born April 19, 1858, married, January 13, 1877, Charles Butterfield, of Westmoreland. They live in Chesterfield Factory. Their son Arthur Burt Butterfield, died in infancy. Eva W. Butterfield was born August 26, 1878. Mrs. Daniel Burt resides in her former home.



Hurd, Duane Hamilton. History of Cheshire and Sullivan counties, New Hampshire. Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis. 1886.

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