Taken from: History of Daviess County, Kentucky, 1883

James A. Burton was born near Perryville, in Boyle County, Ky., Feb. 8, 1801. His parents were Allen and Rebecca (Hamner) Burton, natives of Granville County, N.C., and Mecklenburg County, Va. They settled near Perryville, Ky., at an early day. They had a family of eight children. James was the youngest son, and when five years old came to Ohio County, Ky., settling near Fordsville. He remained here until 1834, when he came to what is now Daviess County, and settled within a quarter of a mile of where he now resides. Mr. Burton married Susan Ward, Jan. 11, 1827. She was born in Jessamine County, Ky., Jan. 15, 1800. She was a daughter of John and Polly (McKinney) Ward. Mr. and Mrs. Burton had six children - Joseph A., born Dec. 11, 1827, remained on the old farm until the war broke out, when he enlisted in Company H, Third Kentucky, Morgan's Cavalry, Confederate troops; enlisted in September, 1862, and was captured July 19, 1863, near Chester, Ohio, and placed in the prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, for twenty-four days, then transferred to Camp Douglas, at Chicago, and remained there until March 11, 1865. He then returned home and settled on his present farm in Masonville Precinct, near Masonville, where he owns a farm of 205 acres, 100 acres under cultivation. In politics Mr. Burton is a Democrat. He is a Mason, and was formerly a member of the John J. Daviess Lodge at Sugar Grove. Mary M. Burton, born May 25, 1829. John B., born Dec. 6, 1830. Jane B. was born Oct. 6, 1833. Miriam L., born March 6, 1835, wife of John W. Lashbrook; they reside in Masonville Precinct. Susan J. was born April 15, 1837, and married James A. Johnson. The mother died May 3, 1837. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Burton then married a sister of his wife, Miriam Ward, May 8, 1849. She was born in Daviess County, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Burton had three children - George W., born Oct. 29, 1851; he married Mary Veech. Walter, born Feb. 15, 1854, unmarried; Elizabeth A., born Feb. 23, 1857, married Richard Veech. Mr. Burton is now in his eighty-second year, and is as lively as a boy. In politics he was first a Whig, but has since been a strong supporter of the Democratic party. He is of English and Welsh descent. He has held various local offices of trust.

Photo of James A. Burton's tombstone

Photo courtesy of Deborah Hull.