Person:Edghill Burnside (1)

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
  • HJudge Edghill Burnside1790 - 1859
  • WPemela Brown1795 - 1841
m. 14 Jul 1814
  1. Cynthia Ann Burnside1815 - 1879
  2. Henrietta Burnside1817 - 1847
  3. Henry Middleton Burnside1819 - 1847
  4. Gen. Ambrose Everett Burnside1824 - 1881
  5. Benjamin Franklin Burnside1826 - 1881
  6. Ellen W Burnside1829 -
  7. Thomas Brown Burnside1832 - 1833
  8. Harrison E Burnside1834 - 1835
  9. William Brown Burnside1838 - 1838
  • HJudge Edghill Burnside1790 - 1859
  • WJane Dill1808 - 1891
m. Dec 1843
  1. Thomas C Burnside1844 - 1921
Facts and Events
Name[1] Judge Edghill Burnside
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1790 Laurens, South Carolina, United States
Alt Birth[2][3] 7 Nov 1797 Laurens, South Carolina, United StatesCitation needed
Residence[1] 1808 Union, Indiana, United Statesage 18 -
Marriage 14 Jul 1814 Liberty, Delaware, Indiana, United Statesto Pemela Brown
Occupation? 1835 -1858 Union, Indiana, United StatesCounty Clerk for 28 years
Marriage Dec 1843 Union, Indiana, United Statesto Jane Dill
Alt Marriage 27 Feb 1844 Union, Indiana, United StatesCitation needed
to Jane Dill
Occupation[1] Union, Indiana, United StatesAssociate Judge of the Circuit Court
Death[1] 28 Mar 1859 Liberty, Union, Indiana, United States
Burial[3] Drook Cemetery, Liberty, Delaware, Indiana, United States[buried with 1st wife Pemela, 2nd wife Jane is buried at West Point Cemetery]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Edghill Burnside, in Biographical and genealogical history of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana. (Chicago, Illinois: Chicago : Lewis, 1899)

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    The mane of Judge Edghill Burnside has been inscribed high on the roll of Union County's honored pioneers and eminent men, and the part which he took in the founding and development of the county well entitles him to prominent mention in this volume. He established the town of Liberty, in which he long made his home, laboring for its promotion and its welfare. All the old settlers who knew him revere his memory, and the influence of his life upon the community was most beneficial.

    Born in Laurens County, South Carolina, in 1790, he was a son of Captain James Burnside, whose loyalty to the cause of the crown was manifest by his service as an officer in the British Army during the Revolutionary War. The family were all Royalists, and their estates were confiscated by the colonies, but in return they were given grants of land on the island of Jamaica. Thither they went with Colonel Edghill, of South Carolina, having small indigo plantations there. In 1786, however, Captain Burnside returned with his family, consisting of three daughters and four sons. In 1808 Mrs. Captain Burnside, then a widow, came with her family of four sons and two daughters to Indiana, locating in what was then Franklin County but is now a part of Union County, their home being in the little town of Washington. Andrew, James and Thomas Burnside, the brothers of our subject, afterward removed from the county, Thomas and James with their mother and sisters returning to South Carolina, while Andrew went to Freeport, Illinois.

    Judge Burnside spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the state of his nativity, and when eighteen years of age came with the family to Union County, where his remaining days were passed. In this then wild and unsettled region he labored to establish a home, and as the years passed exerted a wide influence on the public life, thought and action of this locality. He was the founder of the Town of Liberty, which stands as a monument to his enterprising spirit. He served as Associate Judge of the Circuit Court and filled the office of County Clerk for the long period of twenty-eight years, retiring in 1858. No confidence reposed in him was ever betrayed and his fidelity to the public trust in the discharge of his official duties was most marked. He gave his political support to the Whig Party until its dissolution, when he joined the ranks of the new Republican Party, being one of its zealous advocates until his death. He exerted a wide influence in all county affairs, was very popular and highly respected. No man identified with this section of the state during the early period of its development was held in higher estimation.

    Judge Burnside was twice married. He first wedded Pamelia Brown, and in December 1843, he married Jane Dill, a daughter of Joseph Dill, a native of Warren County, Ohio. The children of the first marriage were Henry M., who followed farming at Laurel, Franklin County, and afterward resided in Indianapolis, but died in Shelby County, Indiana, at the age of fifty-eight years; Benjamin F., a mechanic, who under contract furnished horses and mules to the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War, and died in Indianapolis at the age of fifty-five; and General Burnside, the famous general in command of the northern forces during the great struggle between the north and the south. The second son was a Democrat in politics, but the others were all stalwart advocates of Republican principles. The only son of the second marriage of Judge Burnside is Thomas C. Burnside, a well-known resident of Union County, whose sketch appears next. The father died March 28, 1859, and his second wife, long surviving him, passed away April 13, 1891, at the age of eighty-two years. For a half century Judge Burnside lived and labored to goodly ends among the people of Union County, and left the impress of his individuality upon the public life, the substantial growth and material development of the region. He was a man of true nobility of character, and his death was most deeply deplored by those to whom had come the fullest appreciation of his nature.

  2. Burnside, in

    [last accessed 20130918]
    ... Edghill was born in Laurens, South Carolina 7 November 1797. His father gave him is [sic] mother's maiden name on a baptismal appellation. The area where he grew up had a large settlement of Quakers and he became greatly influenced those that lived around him. This influence gave him the desire to move to where there was "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude".
    Edghill was a large, heavy framed man with a strong intellect and the stubborn nature of his Scottish heritage. On 14 July 1814 he married Pemela [sic] Brown, daughter of John and Sarah (Weeks) Brown. Pemela [sic] was born 15 September 1795 and had fair skin, brown hair and hazel eyes.
    Once the Burnside family reached the Indiana territory, Edghill selected a quarter Section of land near a town that was just staked out. The town was to become Liberty. It was the first Monday of September 1836 that Edghill Burnside participated in a meeting of forty-three men and cast his vote to incorporate Liberty. He made is living by teaching school and assisting land surveyors. In 1821 Union County was officially formed from Wayne, Franklin and Fayette counties. The county seat was changed from Brownsville to the more centrally located Liberty.
    Edghill Burnside was elected an associate judge of the circuit court. These courts were composed of a President judge and two associates. The President Judge was learned in law and elected by the legislature. The two associates were elected by a popular vote in the county. These "side judges" did not have to have any formal law training, but they could still overrule the President Judge and give the opinion of the court.
    "Judge" Burnside became noted for his successful reconciliation of judicial problems. He was persuaded to accept the office of Clerk of the County Courts, and office he held four twenty-eight years. ... Pamela Burnside died at age 45 on May 19, 1841. She was laid to rest not far from her home in East or Drook Cemetery. Edghill married again, this time to Jane Dill, daughter of Joseph Dill. They were married 27 February 1844. Jane Burnside died 13 April 1891 and is buried in West Point Cemetery. They had one son, Thomas C. Burnside; he was only 15 when his father Edghill died on the 25 March 1859.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Judge Edghill Burnside, in Find A Grave.

    [Includes headstone photo. Inscription is barely legible, but it looks like it says "Edgehill" with an "e".]
    [cos1776 wonders: could it be possible that this is the stone of one of their children instead? 2nd wife Jane would have buried the Judge and she is buried at West Point.]