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Burcham, John F.

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Burcham, John F.
February 25, 2007 08:11PM
History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana From the
Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical
Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, Etc. Chicago, Goodspeed Bros., & Co.,
Publishers, 1884. Weston A. Goodspeed, Leroy C. Goodspeed, Charles L.
Goodspeed. Unknown County.

JOHN F. BURCHAM, a native of Jackson County, Ind., was born December 18,
1832, and was the oldest of nine children born to James and Rachel (Evans)
Burcham, both natives of Kentucky, from which State the former, when a
boy, came with his parents to Indiana, and settled in Jackson County,
being among the first settlers of the county. His father was compelled to
build a stockade around his house as a protection against the Indians. He
was married in 1830. He became one of the largest land-owners in Jackson
County, where he lived until 1849. He then removed his family to
Washington County, where he lived until his death, August 31, 1879. In
addition to his property in Jackson County he had between 800 and 900
acres in Washington County. His wife is still living, at the advanced age
of seventy-nine years. John F. Burcham remained at home until his
marriage, April 10, 1866, to Zella Lusk, a daughter of Robert and Mary
(Reid) Lusk. He then bought the farm of 160 acres upon which he still
resides. He is now one of the largest farmers in the county, having over
1,300 acres in this and Jackson Counties. He has four children: James
L., Robert M., Paul F. and Louisa Pauline Belle. During the war Mr.
Burcham was a strong Union man. He was captured by Morgan when on his
raid, and imprisoned for one day in the court house at Salem. He lost a
valuable horse and a gun on the occasion.

Burcham Evans Lusk Reid Morgan
Jackson-IN Washington-IN

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