Saturday, September 22, 2012

Surname Saturday – Ancestor #27 – Margaret Parsons

One of my goals for 2012 is to use the Surname Saturday blogging prompt as a way to assure that I spend some time researching each of my family lines and that I have appropriate source citations for the genealogical facts related to my ancestors. I’ve decided to use my ahnentafel report and work back through the generations starting with my grandparents, writing a summary of each ancestor. If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.

My maternal 2nd great-grandmother Margaret Parsons was born October 1826 in Kentucky.[1] She was the third child of George and Susannah (Campbell) Parsons.

About 1845, Margaret married James H. Burton probably in Kentucky.[2] The couple had nine known children:

Nancy Elgin Burton (1846-1919)[3] – my great-grandmother
Chrissa J. Burton (1848-1927)[4]
Susanah M. Burton (1849-1920)[5]
Lydia Margaret Burton (1852-1929)[6]
James H. Burton, Jr. (1854-1922)[7]
Mary E. Burton (1857[8]-before 1892[9])
Sarah Martha Burton (1860[10]-?)
Samuel W. Burton (Abt 1866[11]-?)
Lena Belle Burton (1868-1961)[12]

Several Ancestry Member Trees shown Margaret’s date of death as 23 February 1905 in Todd County, Minnesota, but a search of the death certificates index on the Minnesota History Society web page does not show a death certificate being issued. Her husband had died in 1901, and it is likely that Margaret lived with one of her children following his death. Most of the children had moved west by 1910, with the exception of Lydia Margaret who had married William Goble. Lydia and William remained in Todd County until their deaths in the 1920s.

There are several opportunities for additional research:
1.      Continue to search for a record of Margaret’s death.
2.      James H. Burton, Margaret’s husband, owned land; I need to research deeds to see if that land passed to Margaret.
3.      I would like to find an obituary, if possible, or other resources that would provide information about her burial.

[1] 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Germania Township, Todd County, Minnesota, enumeration district (ED) 181, sheet 3A, dwelling 46, family 47, James H. Burton; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 8 Sep 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 794.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Floyd, Kentucky, p. 469A, dwelling 788, family 788, household of James Burton; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Feb 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 200.
[3] Oklahoma State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 58273 (stamped) (1919), Mrs. Nancy E. Yawman; Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma City.
[4] "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Mar 2010), entry for Crissie Coon.
[5] Find A Grave, online database ( : accessed 28 Aug 2012), Susan Burton Webster, Memorial #20148415, created by LAlcott - MN, 28 June 2007 (includes photograph of grave marker).
[6] Zion Cemetery, Bertha Twp., Todd Co., MN, transcription (
[7] "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 Feb 2010), entry for James Henry Burton; Film number: 1992889; Digital GS number: 4221145; Image number: 1646; Reference number: 250
[8] 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Floyd County Kentucky, p. 14 (penned), dwelling 84, family 84, James Burton; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 27 Mar 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 367.
[9] Douglas County, Oregon, marriage certificate (1892), Counts-McKay; digital image, "Marriage records 1891-1895 vol 5, image 185," FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 Sep 2012). Squire Counts, Mary’s husband, married again in 1892; a record of Mary’s death or burial has not yet been located.
[10] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Floyd County Kentucky, p. 14 (penned), dwell. 84, fam. 84, James Burton.
[11] 1870 U.S. census, Union, Iowa, population schedule, Union, p. 163, dwelling 6, family 7, household of J. H. Burton; digital images, ( : accessed 25 Nov 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll M593_421.
[12] "Mrs. Lena Porter Dies in Sidney," Billings Gazette, 19 Nov 1961, p. 13, col. 3; digital images, AccessNewspaperArchives (access by subscription : accessed 6 Oct 2011).

© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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