In response to the Charles Julian genealogy of Catherine Dachsteder posted March 12, 2006 reguarding her son, George Avery Burnham I have evidence that George Avery is not the son of Lyman Burnham, Catherine's second husband, but of Chauncey Burnham, her first husband.
In the land petition of 1840-41 of Catherine and Lyman Burnham, there is a letter written by Catherine Dachstader to the Honorable William Claus of Indian Affairs dated "Grand River June 11th 1816". In it she speaks of land on the Grand River that was granted to "my father the late Lieut. John Dochstader by the Six Nations." She signs it: " her
married to Limon Burnam
and living on lands "
(Land Petition 3 157 RG10 Vol. 106 Microfilm #C11,473 NA page 8)
This shows that Catherine is the daughter of Lt. John Dachsteder of the Grand River and that by 1816 she was the wife of Lyman Burnham.
But her first husband, Chauncey is still alive in 1812. In the Charles Askin papers, excerpts of which were published in "Notes from Niagara, Aug. 1994, Vol.XIV #3", an OGS newsletter, we find "Chauncy Burnham" in the muster roll of the 2nd Regiment of Lincoln Militia, Capt. Charles Askins Co. from 25 Oct. to 24 Nov., 1812. (Chauncey's brothers "Liman Burnham" and Oliver Burnham are listed as well.)
So Chauncey was living in 1812 and by 1816 he was not because his wife Catherine was married to his brother, Lyman.
Again in the land petition of 1841 (C11,473)there is a document entitled "Memorandum of Leases on the Dochstader Tract in Canborough". This is a list put together by Lewis Burwell, Surveyor, and dated "Brantford 20th Feb. 1836". Number 8 on the list is "Avery Burnham claims under his mother and step father Catherine and Lyman Burnham."
This shows that Avery Burnham was the son of Catherine but not of Lyman. His last name is Burnham so it can be presumed that Avery is the son of Catherine's first husband Chauncey.
Charles puts George Avery's birth at 1811 but I believe it to be a bit earlier. A few years ago 2 grave stones were found in Canborough,Haldimand County. One belonged to Avery Burnham and the other to Louisa, his daughter, the wife of Thomas Sims. Avery's stone reads "Avery Burnham/who Departed this/Life April 12th 1851/Aged 44 Years". This puts Avery's date of birth around 1807.
And so...George Avery Burnham is the son of Catherine Burnham and her first husband,Chauncey, born ca 1807 and died 12 April, 1851 in Canborough Twp., Haldimand Co. Upper Canada.
Janette Burnham Lozon
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