Place:Burlington, Otsego, New York, United States

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NameBurlington
TypeTown
Coordinates42.717°N 75.117°W
Located inOtsego, New York, United States
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Burlington is a town in Otsego County, New York, USA. The population was 1,140 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Burlington is in the northwest part of the county and is north of Oneonta.

History

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Early settlers came from New England. Township named after Burlington, New Jersey by William Cooper and Andrew Craig, early land patent owners. At an early time the Butternut Creek was dubbed "Burlington Creek" as well but the name didn't stick.

Burlington was formed from the Town of Otsego, April 10, 1792. It retained its original dimensions until 1797, when Pittsfield (and what would come to be New Lisbon) was set off. It was further diminished in area by the erection of Edmeston, in 1808.

The 1878 history describes the community of Burlington Green as having two churches, a general store, lawyer office, hotel, gristmill, creamery, two blacksmith shops, two wagon shops, a cooper and shoe shop and photography studio, but "This village at one time was a place of much more mercantile and manufacturing interest than at present, having a comb-factory, a hattery, two tanneries, an iron-foundry, a furniture-factory, three stores, two hotels, a cloth-dressing and wool carding-factory, and a card factory." The heavily textile based economy of the Butternut Valley was an influence in the number of sheep and immigrants that arrived from Scotland and established the United Presbyterian Church at Burlington Green June 8, 1835.

Notable residents

  • Artemas Holdredge 1823 -, cheese manufacturer, patented the idea of packaging cheese in rectangular boxes for easier shipping and shelf stacking in stores, as opposed to traditional wheel or round cheese and boxes.
  • Levi Miller, Revolutionary War veteran, relocated to Burlington, NY after being forced to sell his family cow to pay church tax in Massachusetts, (there is a question of family involvement in Shay's Rebellion?), established a gun factory on the Butternut north of Burlington Green.
  • Jedediah Peck, a.k.a. "Ploughjogger", one of several Lyme. CT natives to pioneer in this town, Revolutionary War soldier, millwright, surveyor, essayist, first town supervisor and member NY State assembly, he promoted the establishment of public schools, and the abolishment of debtor's prison in NY state. Arguing in favor of rule by commoners rather than elistists he wrote: "The people can never mean to do anything that will not advance the public good, and it is only under momentary delusion that they can act wrong." Antagonist of Federalist everywhere he gathered petition signatures against the Alien and Sedition Acts, which led to his arrest by Judge Cooper and transport in open wagon in the fall of 1799, to New York City for trial. It is claimed sympathy at the sight of him convinced the weight of the New York electoral votes to be cast in favor of Thomas Jefferson. Today there are several state historical markers for Peck, one at his grave on route 80 east of Burlington Green, and two on route 20 in Richfield, commemorating his work as a millwright.
  • Parley P. Pratt (1807–1857), born in Burlington, was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement whose writings became a significant early nineteenth-century exposition of the Latter Day Saint faith.
  • Arthur J. "Putt" Telfer, early photographer, studio in Cooperstown but family homestead was at intersection of Schwerd Roads near Patent in a house since removed for the Marcy South powerline.

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