image
image

image
image
 

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

A call for troops was made early in the spring of that year, and Mr. Burt served in the New York Militia sixty days. He was with the invading army that crossed the border into Canada. The expedition was sadly mismanaged, and a failure; the troops returning in what we would now term a "demoralized condition. " In the spring of 1814, another call for troops was made, and Mr. Burt responded, serving sixty days—being stationed at Buffalo. Peace was declared December 14, 1814. Mr. Burt now engaged in mercantile pursuits, in partnership with Esquire Cole, his father-in-law. The enterprise did not seem to be a successful one, and was soon abandoned. He now turned his attention to the building of saw and flouring mills, having associated with him John Allen, his brother-in-law, who was an excellent mechanic, and who, in subsequent years, settled in Macomb county, an honored and respected citizen. They did much work in Erie county, Mr. Burt alternating his duties as a mechanic with serving his neighbors as justice of the peace, school inspector, and postmaster.
In 1817 he made a journey to the far west with an idea of emigrating thither. At that time a few sail vessels made untimed and uncertain voyages up the lakes and to Detroit, and emigrants intending to settle in Michigan frequently took that route or drove through Canada. There was also another route farther to the south, by way of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Mr. Burt followed the latter route. He left the outlet at Chautauqua lake August 13, 1817, and proceeded down stream as far as the Falls of Jeffersonville on the Ohio. From thence he went overland to St. Louis on the Mississippi— a distance of S85 miles, all of which he made on foot. He arrived at St. Louis September 19, 1817, remained at that French village a week, and left September 25, for Vincennes over the same route, thus far, by which he came.

Michigan


Page 2


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
 


image



Please consider making a donation to help offset expenses to keep this site online.
Thank you



image
image
image

Site Map | Chapter Index | MICHIGAN
Counties | Towns | The Blackhawk War | Southwestern michigan | Early Recollections | | Bagley | Eldorado | New Life | Navarre
Maxwell | Territorial Road| Pioneer Life | Battle Creek | Stebbins | William Burt | Pilcher | Chase | Lamb
image