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J. Gilbert Burr was born in West Monroe December 14, 1856, on the farm where he now resides. He is a son of Freeman Burr, a native of Smithfield, Madison county, born in 1817, and of seven children of Aaron Burr of Massachusetts, of English ancestry. Freeman came to West Monroe in 1845, and has resided on his present farm forty-nine years. His wife was Alice Claxton (whose people were among the first settlers of Amboy, about 1815), by whom he had three children, Isaac A., George F. and J. Gilbert. Mrs. Burr died in February, 1894. From 1873 to 1892 our subject has followed teaching during the winter seasons, the last four years of which he taught in Caughdenoy, Constantia and Bernhard's Bay. In December, 1881, he engaged in the general mercantile and agricultural implement business in the village of West Monroe, which he still conducts. He also supervises the farm on which butter making is his specialty, caring also for his aged father. In 1882 he married Christina, daughter of John Feikert of Amboy. Mr. Burr served as justice of the peace eight years. He is a member of the West Monroe Grange.

Source: Churchill, John C.  Landmarks of Oswego County, New York. Syracuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Company, Publisheers, 1894, p. 137

 

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