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In memory of Joshua Burrill, my Paternal 5th Great-Grandfather on the LEONARD branch.


  • The Family Record, by Truxton German Lamb (1811-1880), 1957, p. 26. [Link]
  • Genealogy of the Fitts or Fitz Family in America, by James H. Fitts & James H. Fitts, 1869. [Link]
  • The Last Will and Testament of Joshua Burrill [Link]
  • Vital records of Oxford, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849, p. 139 [Link]
  • History of the town of Oxford, Massachusetts, with genealogies and notes on persons and estates, by Daniels, George Fisher, 1820-1897, p. 507-510 [Link]
  • Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 (Ancestry) Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0754010.
  • Early settlers of New York State : their ancestors and descendants, Vol. 2, p. 138 [Link]
  • Brooksey King obituary in The Daily News, Batavia, NY, Thurs., Dec. 18, 1902.

1810 U.S. Federal Census Otsego, Otsego, New York (Unconfirmed)

1820 U.S. Federal Census Ward, Worcester, Massachusetts

1830 U.S. Federal Census Elbridge, Onondaga, New York

1840 U.S. Federal Census Pembroke, Genesee, New York

1850 U.S. Federal Census Pembroke, Genesee, New York

1860 U.S. Federal Census Pembroke, Genesee, New York

1865 N.Y. State Census Pembroke, Genesee, New York

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Joshua Burrill

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1809 Mar 9

Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts



1865 Apr 15

Pembroke, Genesee, New York

Old Buffalo Road Cemetery

East Pembroke, Genesee, New York



According to Fitts Genealogy, Joshua was from Thompson, Connecticut. He was a pioneer and hotel keeper in Onondaga County and in Righville, Genesee County, New York. He married Caroline Fitts, March 9, 1809, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts. Her sister, Roxalana, born June 23, 1792, married John Burrill, "a brother of Joshua, and a descendant of Lord Burrill of King's Deer Park of Wales, Eng.", according to Collected Genealogical Papers, p. 328, by Charle F. Fitz.


Caroline died May 10, 1848, and Joshua married second to Merinda, who died Mar. 20, 1866, 11 months after he did. She was 79 years old.


Joshua died at the age of 84 (estimated) on the very same day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, April 15, 1865.


Joshua Burrill & Caroline Fitts were the parents of my ancestor,

  1. Martha (Patty) Burrill (1810-1869) was born Jan. 29, 1810 in Connecticut. She married David A. Redman and had 12 children. She died May 7, 1869 at the age of 59y 3m and is buried in East Pembroke.
  2. Brooksey Burrill (1812-1902) was born Nov. 14, 1812 in Middlebury, Connecticut. She married John King (1806-1873) in 1830. She died Dec. 16, 1902, in Pembroke, New York. She "had a cheerful, happy nature and was beloved by all who knew her. She is survived by one son, O.K. King of Pembroke, and two daughters, Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Caroline R. Green of Newstead." (Batavia Daily News 12/18/1902).
  3. Arba F. Burrill (1813- ) married Irena Rice and had seven children including Marcious, Amasa, Almira, Sophronia, and Rosanna.
  4. Achsah Burrill (1814-1884) married James King and had seven known King children: John, Helen, Wilson, Marcus, Louisa, Carrie, and Arba Fitts King, who was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg. A daughter named Brooksey Amelia King died at the age of 7 on Sept. 2, 1853.
  5. Sophronia Burrill (1814/5-1883)
  6. Mahalath Burrill (1825-1886), married Jacob Sumeriski and had two known children: Addie and Jacob Sumeriski. She died on Nov. 4, 1886, in Pembroke.
Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Joshua Burrill:

DNA Notes:

Several matches found. See blog "Burrill DNA".

Several matches found. See blog "Burrill DNA".

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