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Re: Burgoons to OH before 1837
Posted by: Step Tyner (ID *****3758) Date: April 13, 2002 at 23:42:53
In Reply to: Burgoons to OH before 1837 by Kath of 310

Kath,

Forgive my "evesdropping," but I have one tidbit about group migration of Burgoons to Ohio. It's not specific enough to answer your question, but some source (its identity escapes me just now, but it sounds like an excerpt from one of those county "histories" that commercial companies compiled and sold during the late 1800s: "Robert Burgoon journeyed from Pennsylvania to Morgan County, Ohio in 1824, as part of a caravan of 20 families. It took 42 days."

That is at odds with his location in the 1820 Federal Census (York Township, Morgan County, Ohio), but he may have gone ahead to claim or buy his land in 1820, then returned to bring his family in 1824. Notice that the information quoted above does not say "20 surnames"; it's highly probable that several of those families were Burgoons, and likely that at least some others were related to Burgoons marriage. I have uncorroborated (by me, at any rate) information that Robert's brother Francis made that trip as well, presumably bringing wife Elizabeth Low and their 10 children at the same time. Finally, brother Peter's death in Morgan County, OH in 1821 suggests that he and Robert may have made the initial scouting trip together, or that Peter moved with family to Ohio by 1820, Robert visited in 1820, then brought his family four years later.

Though Robert was in Baltimore Co, Maryland, not in Pennsylvania, for the 1810 census, there were already Burgoons in Pennsylvania by then, so that could explain why the trip didn't begin in Maryland. Perhaps Robert and his immediate family stopped off in Pennsylvania first? Two-stage emigrations were fairly common, I should think, particularly if one had near kin along the way. His brother Jacob died in Westmoreland County in 1838, and may have been there before 1820-24; brother Charles (died 1800) had been a circuit-riding M.E. minister in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and may have left issue there (no info on descendants); sister Honour Anna Zeth was in Bedford County, PA by the time of her death (1839), and may have lived there for some time.

Wish I'd not lost the source of that info, but I think it's safe to conclude, at least tentatively, that the families of Robert and Francis Burgoon, at least, moved together to Ohio, and that Peter's widow and children may have come along as well, if not already there at the time of Peter's death.

Hope I haven't just added to the confusion!


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