The Washerwoman’s Genes

January 29, 2006

Questions on the Line

Filed under: Clothesline — by WWG @ 1:30 pm

Why are there two Burger families with strings of similar names? In Ulster and Brooklyn: Alvah Clinton, Sr. and Jr., Norma, and Clinton? In Dutchess, in the town of Clinton, practically the same names: Alvah H., Norman, and Clinton. It seems that Alvah C., Sr., and Alvah H. are born about the same year (1872). I can’t find a connection between Elisha James, son of Cornelius and Jannette, who is father of Alvah C., and Frederick and Caroline of Dutchess, parents of Alvah H. In general, how are the Dutchess Co. Burgers related to the Esopus Burgers?

Jannette Quimby Burger, my g-g-grandmother, b. 1817, is mystery. So is John D. Quimby, b. 1825, who appears in the household of Elisha James Burger in two censuses. In 1870, the household in Brooklyn is John and Louisa Quimby, plus “James” Burger, Elsie, and son “Alva.” No family designations. In 1880, it’s John and Louisa, plus J. E. Burger and son A.C. Jr. Here, J.E. is “son-in-law” and A.C. is “grandson.” (Elsie is elsewhere: I found her in Fallsburgh.) What is the relation between John D. Quinby, Elisha James’s father-in-law, and his mother, Jannette Quimby? I had a first thought John D. was Jannette’s brother, and the 1880 family designations were not correct, that census family designations could not encompass nephew and grand-nephew. But I am coming to believe that, in fact, they are correct, that Elsie was a Quimby. Did Elisha James marry his cousin? If Jannette were adopted, that would make it more seemly. But really, there are so few Quimbys in the Esopus or Brooklyn censuses, it seems there must be some relation.

How did the Burger children get to Brooklyn? I’ve found Josiah, Elisha James, William R., and, of course, Josephine, in Brooklyn. Why? Who was first? Were there others? Some of them worked on boats, so perhaps they went back and forth all the time.



  1. You might look at – It is an online searchable database of cartography. Search: Historic Maps » 21 Ulster, Dutchess counties. by Beers, F. W. (Frederick W.); Watson & Co. (New York, N.Y.) from 1891. It is an atlas that lists the name of land owners. I saw some Winfields in Ulster Park, also a Burger right at the bottom of the page, in Eddyville a “Berger”. Also an H. Burger in Athens NY.

    Comment by Chris Stachecki — February 7, 2008 @ 3:30 am |Reply

  2. Hi all, I am Alvah Clinton Burger’s grandaughter. My mother (now deceased) is Muriel Frances Burger, and my uncle, her brother (also now deceased), is Clinton. Norma Burger Adt, Al’s sister, was my great Aunt.

    I am looking for my grandfather’s exact date of birth and death so I can get a headstone made for his grave, which is in Glenwood Cemetary in Binghamton. My grandpa died when I was 1 year old, which would’ve made his year of death around 1957.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Best regards,

    Regina Losinger
    26 Matthews Street
    Binghamton, NY


    Comment by Regina Losinger — June 6, 2008 @ 4:49 pm |Reply

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