John A. Burchfield


JOHN A. BURCHFIELD, a well-known attorney of Toronto, Jefferson County, was born at New Jefferson, Harrison County, Ohio, August 15, 1853. His father was the son of Charles Burchfield, of Scotch descent, who emigrated and settled in Jefferson county, coming from Pennsylvania in an early day. He followed the profession of a school teacher until a few years of his death, about 1866. Milton Burchfield, the father of the subject of this mention, was reared in Jefferson county and instructed in the craft of cabinet-making, which was his occupation until 1860, when he engaged in farming at which he is at present occupied. He was married about 1847 to Margaret Stewart, daughter of Robert and Mary Stewart, both natives of county Down, Ireland. By this marriage he has had five sons and three daughters. John A. Burchfield received his education at Richmond college, in Jefferson county and was graduated there in 1876. Subsequently he was engaged at teaching for four years, during the same period reading law with Trainer & Cook, of Steubenville. During this time he also went to Iowa, and read law with E. H. Griswold, of Atlantic, for four months. Returning to his home he was admitted to the bar in 1879, and then began the practice of law at Steubenville, as a partner of J. J. Watson, and was afterward associated with Mr. Owesney. In 1881, he resumed teaching and followed that profession until 1885, when he made his home at Toronto, and again began the practice of law, being associated with W. P. Hays, of Steubenville, in which he has a good success. He was married June 30, 1880, to Ada M., daughter of John and Maria Gilkison, natives of Jefferson county, Ohio, and they have four children: John L., William E., Mamie B. and Adah.

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