History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884
A. P. Burton Biography
A.P. Burton, funeral director and general furnisher, Erie, was born in Erie City Sept. 4, 1836, son of David and Elizabeth (Erwin) Burton, the former of Scotch extraction, the latter a native of Penn., of German descent. David Burton came to Erie about 1810 -11, and for many years was a wagon-maker, butcher, extensive dealer in cattle from 1863 to 1869, and was also a prominent coal dealer.
He served in the war of 1812, and assisted in building Perry's fleet. Our subject was educated in the common schools and in Erie Academy.
At the age of fourteen, he commenced life in the printing business, in which he was occupied seven years previous to engaging in the coal trade with his father in 1863. For two and one-half years he was clerk for Judge Sterrett in the post office at Erie. In 1876, he commenced his present business which he has since carried on with considerable success.
Mr. Burton was married in 1857 to Susan M. , daughter of A. P. W. Precht, a farmer of Erie Co., of which she is a native. To this union were born six children, five living - Charles H., A. P. D., Lewis E., Harry and William Ramsey. Mr. and Mrs. Burton are members of the First M.E. Church, in which he has been Trustee, Steward and Class Leader.
Our subject was at one time a Whig, but is now a Republican. Has been Councilman of Erie City two years.
Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884
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