Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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March 7, 2013

Seeking members of the Burnam/Burnham family

Corsicana — Seeking members of the Burnam/Burnham family

The Burnam/ Burnham family will hold a reunion on June 15, 2013 at the St. Wenceslaus Parish Hall in Holman, Texas, near the site where Capt. Jesse Burnam operated his ferry crossing during the days of the Republic of Texas.

Fayette County held a rededication ceremony in 2011 for a historical marker commemorating the famous spot where General Sam Houston led the Texian Army across the Colorado River on their way to the Battle of San Jacinto. Several dozen Burnams attended the ceremony in 2011, but organizers were unable to contact all descendants. As a result, family member Ken Burnam of Spring, Texas is attempting to contact all Burnam descendants and invite them to attend the reunion in June.

Most Burnams live in Texas, but Burnams live in nearly every state in the Union. The Burnams immigrated from England. The first mention of the family name dates from the 1060s. The family came to America in the 1660s and settled in Massachusetts. From there, the family spread to Connecticut, Kentucky, and finally Texas.

Capt. Jesse Burnam fought in the Battle of 1812 under Andrew Jackson, a distant relative. He later joined Stephen F. Austin's first colony of 300 settlers in Texas. Jesse Burnam settled along the Colorado River near Holman, where he built a house, store and ferry crossing. After crossing Burnam's Ferry on the way to San Jacinto, Houston ordered the ferry destroyed.

Jesse Burnam later moved to his land grant in Marble Falls, where he ranched until the age of 90. Jesse Burnam is buried there, and his descendants still work on the property.

Family members are encouraged to attend the June 15 reunion. For more information, contact Ken Burnam by phone at (281) 655-5106, by email at kenburnam@yahoo.com, or by mail at 24714 Northcrest Dr., Spring, TX, 77389.

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