BURLINGAME, James J.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 231-232
James J. BURLINGAME, a prominent farmer of Harrison Township [Winnebago County, IL], was born in Morgan County, OH, 07 Aug 1819. He is the son of Josiah BURLINGAME and the grandson of Richard BURLINGAME, who was born at Situate, RI, 27 Mar 1794. The latter's wife was Patience (CALVIN) BURLINGAME, and they were the parents of two sons and four daughters, all of whom reached adult years. When quite aged people, Richard BURLINGAME and his wife removed to OH, whither their son Josiah had removed when a young man, and there this worthy old couple passed away, she at the age of 63, and he five years later, when 71 years of age. He had followed agricultural pursuits all his life. They were characteristic Quakers, leading a retired life and unswerving in their religious faith.
Josiah BURLINGAME was also a native of RI, born 04 Jul 1794, but removed to Morgan County, OH, when a young man, or about 1814, and was one of the earliest pioneers. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah NOBLE, and who was born 18 Oct 1793, of the marriage of John and Martha (HINDMAN) NOBLE, came with her parents to Morgan County about the same time. They were soon married and commenced housekeeping in the woods. Both were well educated and Mr. BURLINGAME taught school from about 1814 until 1850, being considered a very successful educator. He had studied medicine and surgery but was too sensitive and nervous to succeed at the latter, though he did assist in many amputations. With much hard work and labor on his part and that of his estimable wife, he succeeded in clearing 300 acres of the heavy timber with which the farm was covered, and 100 acres of this is considered the best of the fertile bottom lands. Mr. and Mrs. BURLINGAME reared 12 children, nine sons and three daughters, to become heads of families. Two daughters, Sarah (who married Samuel HULL) and Mary (the wife of George TUTTLE), died when about 50 years of age, and each left two children. A son, Samuel, was killed by the cars, as was also his wife, while walking on the railroad track. They were 68 and 70 years of age, respectively. Two sons were in the Civil war. Of this family there are still living eight sons and one daughter: Stephen, born 01 Jun 1816, a farmer of IN; James J., our subject; Charles, born in 1821, an attorney in St. Charles County, MO; Serrel, born in Feb 1825, a surveyor for many years in NE; Jabez, born in Sep 1826, a farmer of Warren County, IA; George W., born 31 Jan 1829, a merchant in sight of the old home in OH; Benjamin F., born in Oct 1830 [p 232], a farmer and a shoe merchant in the same town as George W.; and Lydia, born 15 Feb 1837, who married James WARREN, of Noble Township, Noble County, OH, both the township and county being named for Grandfather NOBLE. These children all have small families, except Serrel, who is the father of 14 children by one wife.
Our subject was married in Manchester Township [Boone County, IL], 05 Jul 1850, to Miss Prudence S. MULES, a native of Barnstable, England, born in 1826, and the daughter of John and Susan (SUMMERWELL) MULES, who came to this country and settled in Genesee County, NY, when Mrs. BURLINGAME was about ten years of age. Her parents were quite wealthy, and after remaining in Stafford for some time removed to Manchester Township, in 1850. Our subject had received a good collegiate education, as had also is brothers and sisters, and was a graduate of the Old School College in Cincinnati. He practiced medicine before coming to Boone County, IL, and for then years after he reached this State had a large practice which proved too much for him and he gave it up, devoting his time to agricultural pursuits. He first built a brick house on one acre at the corner east of section 27, in 1849, about about two years later, he bought 120 acres, to which he added 180 still later. At that time he paid about $10 per acre for wild land with no improvements of any kind. He soon erected a good, substantial building on his farm, moved into it, and and there he and his capable and estimable wife resided until 1887, when they removed to Clinton Junction [Rock County], WI, purchasing a nice home and one acre in the central part of the village. This move was made for his wife who was suffering with cancer, but she died there on 05 Jun 1890, and is buried in the family buring ground in the village of Blaine. A fine monument, erected by her bereaved husband, marks her last resting place, and there rests beside her two little children, twins, a son a daughter, who died in infancy. She was an Episcopalian in her religious belief. She left two children, Atta E., now Mrs. Maynard M. MURRAY, whose husband is a farmer near Clinton Junction, WI, and Serrel, who married Maria PARKER, of Manchester Township, Boone County, IL, a daughter of Edwin and Elizabeth (STOCKWELL) PARKER. They have four bright little daughters, of whom Mr. BURLINGAME is justly proud.
Soon after the death of his wife, Mr. BURLINGAME returned to the old farm, and resides with his son. He is now 73 years of age but has kept his age well for he looks very little over 60. He was Township Treasurer for 25 consecutive years and has served the township in other offices, although he has refused many.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.