Person:Andrew Burnside (2)

m. 8 Feb 1777
  1. William T Burnside1780 - Aft 1797
  2. Hon. Andrew Burnside1786 - 1868
  3. James Burnside1788 - 1868
  4. Judge Edghill Burnside1790 - 1859
  5. Thomas Edghill Burnside, Esq.1794 - 1828
  6. Gennet Burnside - Aft 1797
  7. Margaret Burnside - Aft 1797
  8. Elizabeth Burnside - Aft 1797
  9. Martha Burnside - Aft 1797
  10. Ann Burnside - Aft 1797
  11. Jane Burnside - Aft 1797
  12. Hannah Burnside - Aft 1797
  • HHon. Andrew Burnside1786 - 1868
  • WJane Crossen1791 - 1865
m. 7 Jan 1812
  1. Martha Edghill Burnside1812 - 1842
  2. Edward BurnsideAbt 1815 -
Facts and Events
Name[2] Hon. Andrew Burnside
Gender Male
Birth[2] 1786 Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Alt Birth? 24 Mar 1789 Laurens, South Carolina, United StatesCitation needed
Other[1] 17 Aug 1797 Laurens, South Carolina, United Statesnamed in Will of James Burnside, his father
Marriage 7 Jan 1812 to Jane Crossen
Death? 24 Jan 1868 Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, United States
  1. Burnside, in The South Carolina magazine of ancestral research. (Kingstree, South Carolina: Laurence K. Wells, 1973-)
    [Volume needed]:179.

    Will of James Burnside Senr of the County of Laurens: to my daughter Gennet Anderson, £ 3 sterling in money; to my son James Burnside the plantation where I now live, and that out of the same he is to pay to his sisters £ 30 sterling; to my son Andrew Burnside the plantation whereon he now lives, and he is to pay his sisters £ 20 sterling; to my son William Burnside, all my land on the south side of Little River including the new survey & part of the old; to my son Thomas Burnside the plantation where I now live including all the land on the east side of Little River, reserving to my daughters Margaret, Elizabeth, Martha, Ann, Jane & Hannah the free previledge of my dwelling house; remainder to be equally divided amongst children vizt. William, Thomas, Margaret, Elizabeth, Martha, Ann Jane & Hanna …William Burnside, Thomas Burnside and Margaret Burnside executors… 17 August 1797.

  2. 2.0 2.1 Hon. Andrew Burnside, in Tenney, Horace Addison, and David Atwood. Memorial record of the fathers of Wisconsin: containing sketches of the lives and careers of the members of the constitutional conventions of 1846 and 1847-8. With a history of early settlement in Wisconsin (1880). (Madison, Wisconsin: D. Atwood, 1880)
    p 53.

    The father of Mr. Burnside was of Scotch descent — the mother of English. Soon after their marriage they emigrated to the West Indies, and were for a number of years engaged on an indigo plantation. They removed hence to Laurens district. South Carolina, where Andrew was born in 1786. After receiving a common school education, he studied surveying and engineering, a profession he followed for a long period, but always in connection with large farming interests. Among other fields of labor, he made large surveys of government lands about Michigan City, Chicago, Green Bay and in Minnesota. He married Jane Crossen, whose parents were of Irish descent — date not recorded. After residing in Indiana and Illinois for many years, he settled at Gratiot's Grove, in what is now La Fayette county, in 1845, purchasing the farm of Samuel Scales, north of White Oak Springs. Previous to locating in Wisconsin, he had held the position of magistrate in Knox county, Indiana, county commissioner and assessor in Laporte county, same state, and several times surveyor of the same, and, it is probable, a member of the Indiana constitutional convention.

    Mr. Burnside was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention of Wisconsin in 1846, and served in that body on the committee on finance, taxation and public debt. While not specially prominent or conspicuous, he was noted for his clear understanding, strong sterling sense, and firm integrity of purpose, which endeared him to all his associates.

    The pioneer experiences of Mr. Burnside were long and varied. Shortly after his marriage, in company with his brother, Edgehill [sic] Burnside, and wife (parents of Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside), he removed to Indiana soon after its territorial organization, traveling the whole distance and crossing the Cumberland mountains in the old-time large southern wagons, the greater part of the distance being then through a wild and almost uninhabited country. He settled on White river in the south end of the state before even counties were formed, and here with his own hands erected a log cabin for his family. As there were no saw mills in all that section, the floor and furniture were made from poplar "puncheons" hewn by himself, while oak shieves split out of logs formed the roof. After some years passed in an effort to clear away the forest, he got sufficiently discouraged to sell out and moved to Knox county, where he built a hotel and saw mill. A few years later, he removed to the wilderness in the northern part of the state, locating on Pine lake, in Laporte county. Here he began the survey of public lands for the government. He entered the land and laid out the site of Michigan City, which, for some years, it was supposed would become a western metropolis; but the shifting sands at the mouth of the river destroyed that illusion. After surveying a portion of the country on the Calumet and Kankakee rivers, he removed, in 1842, to Freeport, Illinois, but continued surveys in the Green Bay country, doing the whole of the work on the Peshtigo river. Subsequently he made extensive surveys in northern Minnesota. When he first commenced this class of labors, the frontier land office was located in Cincinnati, Ohio — Micajah F. Williams register and receiver. When he closed, the frontier had practically receded beyond the Mississippi, if not Missouri. Of course a life thus passed amidst the wilds and fastnesses of the west, witnessed many stirring events and dangers by "flood and field," but our space is too limited to dwell upon details. After a long career of usefulness and honor, he died at the age of about eighty years. He had always enjoyed remarkably good health until within a few weeks of his decease.