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Burton Ridge Area: Some real scholarship on the area

re: "A new issue raised - Start end of Burton Ridge" and associated letters
Noted authority takes issue with Sinclair, whom he charges with disenfranchisement of many Burtons from their Burton Heritage, a most heinous offense

By Jason Harmon

I've always looked at 206 as the artery of Burton Ridge. The veins being Christine Road, Snake Creek Road, Fairview-Little Cake Rd, etc.To show another opinion, I contacted my dad, Clifton Harmon. Like Mr. Sinclair, he is also a Hopkins Alumnus and has the added bonus of being a member of the first graduating class of Shepherd.

I was also lucky enough to catch my dad with my grandma and get yet another opinion with a few more years of experience. My grandma, Jewel Foster Harmon, also has deep ties in Burton Country.

She was a student of the legendary Bloomington School House on Snake Creek Road, spent her youth living at the John Eli Burton Slew, entered holy matrimony at the Burton Ridge Community House in 1946 with Bro. Clifford Spurlock officiating, then even later set up housekeeping at Christine behind Elza and Leona Burton's Store and now resides near many of displaced Adair County Burton's in the Edinburgh, Indiana, refugee camp.

My Dad and Grandma both put the upper boundary of Burton Ridge close to Ella.

Sinclair's theory disenfranchies many of the Burtons

Scholar Sinclair's theory disenfranchises many of the Burtons from their Burton Ridge heritage. This disputed section being the stretch from Snake Creek Road to Ella. From a historical standpoint, "Upper Burton Ridge" has been home to many of the family patriarchs and matriarchs from one time or another.

My grandma gave me a hasty list of folks she remembered that lived between Snake Creek and Ella. It's definitely some of the most well regarded and fondly remembered people. The likes of, Ed Lewis Burton, Leather Burton, Richard Burton, George Thomas Burton, Gid Burton, Boadie Burton, Alec Burton, Zack Burton, Lester Burton, Nelse Burton, Delmer Lee Burton, Jake Burton and of course many others. Then there is the half-Burton folks. People whose mother was a Burton or maybe they married a Burton girl, people like Jim Cook and Chester Whitehead.

I'm always puzzled at the landmarks of Eastern Adair County. My mom is from the Sano-McGaha area and my dad is from the Christine area. They are always telling me stories and giving me directions via "old home places." Churches, Schools, Ridges and Stores. I would love to start a map of this area where we could make note of some of the old home places of yesteryear Burton Ridge Area.

This story was posted on 2007-06-21 18:06:39
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