Member Biography

John Burrows 


Biography

05/15/1760 - 08/22/1837


Major General John Burrows (Democratic-Republican10) Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties 1808-1811

Early Life:

Major General John Burrows, born May 15, 1760 Rahway, New Jersey, British Colonial America; son of John and Lois Hubble Burrows; volunteered, militia, Flying Camp, 1776; volunteer, Trenton artillery company; lived, Trenton, New Jersey, 1881; moved, Bucks County, Pennsylvania; farmer, stiller; blacksmith, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; moved, Muncy, Pennsylvania, 1794; married, Jane Torbert (d.1804), children, Sarah Burrows Coryell, Samuel T. Burrows, Nathaniel Burrows, remarried, Mary McCormick, 1807; appointed, Lycoming justice of the peace, 1795; Lycoming County Commissioner, 1802; Pennsylvania State Senate, 1808-1811; appointed, Major General, Pennsylvania Militia, 1811-1818; Major General War of 1812; prothonotary of Court of Common pleas, 1813-1817; register of wills; recorder of deeds; and clerk of the courts, Montoursville; died, August 22, 1837, (age 77) Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; interment, Montoursville Cemetery, Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Early Life:

Grandfather settled in Massachusetts, 1645, from England, escape, religious persecution. Father moved, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, opposite side of Delaware River from Trenton; volunteered, militia, joining Flying Camp; military formation, Continental Army, American Revolutionary War, crossed Delaware River with Washington, Christmas morning, 1776; volunteer, Trenton artillery company; battle of Springfield, New Jersey; lived, Trenton, New Jersey, 1881.

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Appointed, Lycoming justice of the peace, Governor Thomas McKean, 1795. 

Lycoming County Commissioner, 1802. 

Elected, Democratic-Republican, 10th district, Pennsylvania State Senate, Centre, Clearfield, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties, 1808-1811; In order to balance the number of individuals whose terms ended in any given year, all of the members elected in 1808 and due for reelection in 1812 drew lots dividing the group between 1810, 1811 and 1812. The revised dates are given in parentheses, 1812 (1811). 

Appointed, Major General, Pennsylvania Militia, Governor Simon Snyder, 1811-1818; Major General War of 1812. 

Prothonotary of Court of Common pleas, 1813-1817; register of wills; recorder of deeds; clerk of the courts, Montoursville.

Cited: 

Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Genealogical and Personal History of Lycoming County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1906 

A New Nation Votes (tufts.edu) 

John Burrows (1760-1837) - Find a Grave Memorial