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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 987

Hiram BURTON has fought his way to a position of prominence and financial success by dint of his own pluck, prudence, and perseverance.  The splendid farm of Mr. BURTON, which is located on section 22, Bonus Township, Boone County, is well worthy of a visit from anyone who admires a finely-tilled farm.  This gentleman is a native of VT, and was born 19 Sep 1821.  His parents, Stephen and Hannah BURTON, were also natives of VT and departed this life in NY at the respective ages of 62 and 76 years.  He of whom we write had ten brothers and sisters, four of whom are yet living.

When reaching his majority, our subject worked out by the month for a time, and 17 Jul 1853 was married to Miss Minerva PAINE, whose birth occurred 29 May 1825, in NY.  Her parents, Daniel and Mahala (SWEET) PAINE, were also natives of NY and emigrated to this county in 1856, where they died when about 83 years of age.  Mrs. BURTON was one in a family of five children, four of whom are living and are scattered over the Western States.

Of the six children born to our subject and his wife, four are now living, namely:   Pluma, born 30 Dec 1854 in NY, married M. G. GURNEY, and is the mother of five children; Daniel H., who was born 06 Jan 1855, is residing near Olympia, WA, where he is engaged in the culture of fruit; Flora M., who was bon 14 Nov 1859, married M. BROWN, a farmer of this county, by whom she has three children; Herman, who was born 26 Feb 1865, resides at home and operates the old home farm.

Mr. and Mrs. BURTON are active and influential members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics our subject casts a Republican vote.  He is engaged in mixed husbandry and ranks among the foremost farmers in the county.  He has resided on his present farm since March 1856, and is the owner of two estates, comprising 250 acres, all of which is under cultivation, with the exception of a tract of 18 acres of timber.   He has recently repaired his farm buildings so that they now rank among the best of the kind in the county.  Mr. BURTON possesses exceptional character and has displayed considerable ability in this particular line and has overcome many disadvantages.  He is a typical Vermonter and well-to-do agriculturalist.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.