LEEDS – The Leeds Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Spring Rock Park. A brief business session will be held, then Faith Emerson Burnham and Barbara Burnham Murdock will devote the remainder of the meeting to an informal presentation on the Burnham family and the one-room schoolhouses in Leeds.

They will have pictures and history but are always looking for new information to add to their research. The public is invited to attend and provide information they may have.

Abner Burnham arrived in Leeds early in its settlement, since they find from the Albert Bryant papers that his first child was born in Littleborough (Leeds) in 1795. His wife, Susannah, was the daughter of Jirah Fish, the third settler in town after the Stinchfield brothers, Rogers and Thomas.

Abner and Susannah had six grandchildren who served in the Civil War and are buried at the Plains Cemetery. It is in the Plains area that researchers find most of the Burnham family in the 1800s and 1900s. Abner actually lived behind the cemetery, probably on the old road connecting Curtis Corner and the Plains Road.

The written Burnham history has been sketchy, although the descendants are numerous and many still live in Leeds.

Refreshments will be served.


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