History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

George Burton Biography

George Burton, wholesale commission merchant, and dealer in produce and fruit, Erie, was born in N.Y. Sept. 24. 1829, son of David S. and Maria S. (Brown) Burton, natives of Conn., of English descent. They were parents of eight children, of whom George is 6th.

Our subject came to Erie Co. in 1843, and clerked in the drug store of his brother, John H. (who had come into the county same years before), till 1853, when the latter died. George then took entire charge until 1856, in which year he went to Iowa, where he carried on same business for nine years.

Returning to Erie in 1865, he embarked in the grocery business, and in two years founded a wholesale grocery in New York City. This lasted also two years, and Mr. Burton's next venture was a copartnership in the grocery business with George P. Griffith, which terminated at the end of two years. Our subject was also in business with Capt. Ben Wilkins for six years. Subsequently he took up his present business in Erie City.

Mr. Burton was married in Erie, in 1852, to Mary J., daughter of Capt. Thomas Wilkins. She died in 1877, leaving 3 children - Richard H., in Chicago, Ill.; George H., in Newark, N.J.; Mary A., wife of W.H. Price, in Chicago. Mr. Burton took for his second spouse, in 1880, Mrs. J.B. Brawley, daughter of Hon. G.J. Ball, of Erie City. Our subject and wife are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in which he has held the office of Warden and is now Vestryman. He is a member of the School Board; in politics, is a Republican.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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