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Mike Watson/Genealogy: Rev. William Burbridge, Baptist Minister

The Burbridges mentioned above were the ancestors of all those of the name in this region. They were closely related to others of the name in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Bluegrass of Kentucky. - Mike Watson

By Mike Watson, Genealogist & Adair County, KY Historian

Rev. Reverend William Burbridge, Baptist minister, died in 1837 at his home near Zion Church in Adair County, where he had ministered for some years. His wife, Susannah, was a daughter of pioneer settler William Hurt and his first wife, Sarah White Field Hurt. Susannah preceded Brother William to the grave a short year earlier. The Burbridges left no children, but are known to have reared several orphaned kinsmen. Having no children, their estate was left to a large group of relations. Rev. Burbridge left a will, but in time a civil court case was filed in the Adair Circuit Court contesting the will. This document and the lengthly depositions and attached papers shed much light on the families of Burbridge, Hurt, White, Field, and others. Filed in 1844, the case dragged on until 1857 when both subscribing parties agreed to a settlement. Of course by then, two decades after Rev. Burbridge's death, several of those interested had also traveled into the great beyond.

William was one of nine Burbridge children. The others were: Elijah; Jeremiah, who married Katherine "Caty" Vaughn; Nancy, married William Lucas; Elizabeth, married Thomas Stapp; Mildred "Milly", married Mr. Creel; Molly, married Benjamin Bowmar, first sheriff of Adair County; Sally, married a Stapp; and Frances, married Samuel Simpson.

Jeremiah Burbridge, who married in Adair County in 1816 to Katherine Vaughn, died by September 1845 and left children: William, married Mary Loy in 1840; Mary Ann, born 1822, died 1891, married Jeremiah Loy; Jeremiah, Jr., born about 1832, died 1905, married Sarah Jane Dillingham; Robert, born 1834, died 1884; and Levi, died by March 1850, married Martha Ann Rice.

Samuel Simpson married Frances Burbridge, and had at least eight children: Polly, married John Williams in 1808; Milly, married Joseph Bishop in 1815; William; Wiatt; Thomas; Louisa, married Lincefield Grady in 1827; and Susannah, married first Mr. Graham, and second to Dr. James B. White.

James B. and Susannah Graham White were the individuals who brought the original suit. After settlement, Dr. and Mrs. White and their children moved to Danville, Boyle County, where they lived out their lives and are buried there.

This may be a bit too much like genealogy for CM, but at times we need to remember some of those who made our life in Adair County what it is. We must remember where we came from to see where we are headed, even a century or two after they lived, breathed, languished and died.

The Burbridges mentioned above were the ancestors of all those of the name in this region. They were closely related to others of the name in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Bluegrass of Kentucky. - Mike Watson

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