Taken from: History of Daviess County, Kentucky, 1883

John B. Burton was born near the Adams Fork Creek, in Ohio County, Ky., Dec. 6, 1830. His parents were James and Susan (Ward) Burton, early settlers of Daviess County. John D. was the third child and second son of a family of six children. When some three or four years old he came with his parents to Daviess County and settled on a farm in Masonville Precinct, near where he now resides. He remained at home until twenty-two, when he went with his brother, Joseph A. Burton, and two cousins to Illinois; remained there, traveling and looking at the country, some three weeks; then returned to the old homestead, and in 1856 bought a farm in Boston Precinct and farmed one year; then came back to the old homestead and remained until his marriage to Miss Sarah Lashbrook, May 12, 1859. She was born in Masonville Precinct and was a daughter of Norris and Catharine (Firman) Lashbrook. After his marriage Mr. Burton settled on his present farm in Masonville Precinct, where he has since resided. He and wife had six children - Florence, born March 28, 1860, died Nov. 20, 1868; Electa, born Feb. 27, 1862, died Nov. 20, 1868; Joseph S., born Dec. 8, 1863, died Nov. 25, 1868; Susan C., born July 26, 1866, died Nov. 24, 1868; James M., born Aug. 25, 1868; Samuel E., born April 24, 1872 - the last two are living with their parents. The mother died April 15, 1875. She was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Burton married Emma D. Hunter, Jan. 13, 1881. She was born in Nelson County, Ky., and was a daughter of Sanford and Eliza J. (Neal) Hunter. She and husband were members of the Baptist church. Mr. and Mrs. Burton had one son - John D., Jr., born April 18, 1882, died Nov. 16, 1882. Mrs. Burton is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Burton is a Mason and demitted member of John J. Daviess Lodge at Sugar Grove church. He has held various offices of trust in his precinct. He owns a fine farm of 187½ acres, 138½ acres under cultivation. He raises tobacco, corn and hay, and also horses, cattle and sheep. Mr. Burton in politics is a Democrat, and has always been a supporter of that party.