BURRITT, George A. & Rufus H.

George A. BURRITT [Brother of Rufus H.]
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 656-659

George A. BURRITT, an extensive farmer and resident of Owen Township, Winnebago County [IL], was born in Ira, Cayuga County, NY, 17 Jun 1840.  His father, Charles BURRITT, was born in Roxbury, Litchfield County, CT, in 1812.  Grandfather Lewis BURRITT [whose name is given as Lewis Eben BURRITT in the bio of Rufus H. BURRITT] was also a native of CT, and was there reared to agricultural pursuits.  At an early day he removed from CT to NY, and bought a farm in Ira, Cayuga County, where he followed agricultural pursuits several years.  He spent his last days in the village of Weedsport, dying 08 Feb 1873, aged 84 years.  His wife, whose maiden name was Polly WARNER, was born in CT, and spent her last years in Sennett, Cayuga County, NY, where her death occurred 21 Oct 1865, at the age of 76.

When about 20 years old, Charles BURRITT accompanied his parents to NY State.  He was principally reared to agricultural pursuits, but did not always follow farming.  He purchased an interest in a machine shop at Weedsport and was connected with that business for three years.  After serving for two years as Superintendent of the County Infirmary, he pursued farming in Cayuga County, but in 1855 sold his interest there and removed to Winnebago County, IL.  The winter following his arrival he passed in Rockford and during that time purchased a tract of land in Owen Township.  A portion of it was broken and fenced, and a log house was on it, these constituting the sole improvements.  He placed the land under good cultivation, planted fruit and shade trees, erected a nice set of farm buildings and continued to own and reside upon the place until his death, 12 Mar 1885.

The mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Laura M. REMINGTON, was born in 1816, the daughter of Rufus and Deborah (OLMSTED) REMINGTON, and died at the home farm in Apr 1877.   She was the mother of seven children, all of whom are still living, namely:   Lucy A. MOORE, George A., Rufus H., Frances M. BROWN [see also the Winnebago County, IL, combined biographies of Charles E., George S., & Richard E. BROWN], Dwight N., Ida M. KNAPP and Charles L.  At the time the family removed to IL, George A. was 15 years old and he has been a resident of the old homestead since his parents settled here in 1856, with the exception of five years spent in Rockford.

At the time of his marriage, Mr. BURRITT bought sixty acres of the home farm and soon after purchased 160 acres adjoining.  Since that time he has purchased the old homestead, and is now proprietor of 320 acres of well-improved land.  [p 659]   In 1866 he was united in marriage with Harriet M., daughter of Royal and Sophronia (DUNSHEE) DRAKE, a native of VT.  Mr. and Mrs. BURRITT are the parents of five children, namely:  Lewis L., Jessie M., Neenah S., Roy W., and Frank C.  In his political belief Mr. BURRITT is a stanch adherent of the principles of the Republican party, but is not active in political affairs, his time being wholly occupied with the duties of farm life.

Biography of Rufus H. BURRITT [Brother of George A.]
Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, IL, C. A. Church.   Chicago:  Clarke Publishing Co., 1905, pp 665-666

Among the residents of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL] formerly engaged in farming but now living retired, is Rufus H. BURRITT, a native of NY, whose birth occurred in Ira, Cayuga County [NY], 23 Sep 1842.  His parents were Charles and Laura M. (REMINGTON) BURRITT.   The father was born near Roxbury [Litchfield County], CT, 09 Jan 1813, and was a son of Lewis Eben and Polly (WARNER) BURRITT.  [See also the combined Winnebago County, IL, bios of Charles E., George S. & Richard E. BROWN, where in the biography of Charles E. BROWN, who married Frances M. BURRITT, it states that Charles BURRITT was a native of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, CT.]  After starting out upon his business career he followed the occupation of farming and later engaged in the hardware and furniture business in Weedsport [Cayuga County], NY, where he resided until he came with his family to Rockford in 1854.  He spent the following winter in the city and then purchased a tract of land of 160 acres in Owen Township, upon which he spent his remaining days, developing there a good and well improved farm.  In his family were four sons and three daughters:  Mrs. Lucy Ann MOORE, who is living in Redlands [San Bernardino County], CA; George A., who died leaving a family in Owen Township; Rufus H.; Frances M., the wife of Charles BROWN, of Rockford Township; Dwight N., of Los Angeles [Los Angeles County], CA; Ida M., the wife of Fred KNAPP, of CA; and Charles L., living at Compton [Los Angeles County], CA.

Rufus H. BURRITT was educated in the common schools of Owen Township, having been brought by his parents to Winnebago County in early youth.  He was one of the soldiers that IL furnished to the Union, for he enlisted in 1864 as a member of Company M, 8th IL Cavalry, serving for a year and a half, or until the close of the war.  He was kept in Washington doing picket duty and participated in several skirmishes in the vicinity of the capital city.  Following the close of hostilities he returned to his home and was engaged in farming.  He rented land for three years and then purchased 160 acres in Owen Township, which he continued to cultivate and improve until January 1886, when he removed to Rockford, where he has since resided and is now living a retired life.  He owns a fine residence on Summer Street, and his wife owns an attractive dwelling where they reside at No. 624, Ashland Avenue.

Mr. BURRITT was married 28 May 1862 to Miss Mary Jane ROREBECK, who was born in the state of NY, and came west when a child.  Her father, Edwin F. ROREBECK, was a farmer.   Mr. and Mrs. BURRITT became the parents of seven children, of whom five are yet living:  Fred E., who married Gertrude M. PATTERSON, and lives in Pullman [Cook County], IL; Rena Alice, the wife of Fred J. CORRY, a resident of LaCrosse [LaCrosse County], WI; Walter Roy, who married Ida ERFFMEYER and lives on a farm in Kishwaukee Township [Winnebago County, IL]; Leta Mary, the wife of Roy R. SKINNER, who is with Burr Brothers, of Rockford; and Bert N., who married Maud CAIN, and resides in Rockford.   One daughter, Eva L., became the wife of A. G. STEWARD and is now deceased, while Mr. STEWARD resides in Owen.  Mrs. BURRITT was called to her final rest 18 Sep 1897, and on 18 Jun 1903 Mr. BURRITT was married to Mrs. Mary J. HALL, a daughter of John Hamilton and Mary (AGNEW) McEVOY.  By her first husband she had four children:   Vernon J., who is a professor of chemistry [p 666] in the Northwestern University at Evanston, IL; Clare H., who lives in Cincinnati, OH; Willis W., of Chicago; and Mary F. HALL, who is living with her mother.

Mr. BURRITT is a Republican, who has served as road commissioner and was also town clerk for three years.  He belongs to the G. L. Nevius post, No. 1, G. A. R.; the Royal Arcanum, the Home Fraternal League and the Knights and Ladies of Security, and his wife is a member of the Congregational church.  Having sold his farm, Mr. BURRITT purchased city property.  When he had his country home it was characterized by the utmost neatness in every department and he has ever been systematic and methodical in his work.   The same splendid appearance is indicative of his city home and gives evidence of his careful and painstaking supervision.  His work has been crowned with a merited measure of success and with a desirable competence, he is now enjoying the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.