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Transcribed by Mrs. John Beebe on August 7, 1971
Digitized by: Cheryl Canty

The Burgess Cemetery is located on the site of the farm of James A. and Susan Ann Burgess. The farm was purchased 28 February 1848 from Caleb Rice by Susan Ann Reed, Wayne County, New York. It is presumed that Susan was at this time the widow of Charles Reed.

Susan Ann Reed and her children, Charles Henry, Sarah Ann, Nelson Zelotes, Hiram Lafayette, Samuel B. and Susan J. A. moved from Wayne County, New York to Burns Township.

At some time either just prior to or after the move Susan Ann married James A. Burgess. They had two sons, William James and Benjamin H.

Susan was born Susan White in Tyre, Seneca County, New York, 28 February 1818 and died 21 August 1913 in Meridien Township, Ingham County, Michigan.

Tradition says that there is no one buried in this cemetery who is not related to Susan and it is believed that Asher Whitehead was her uncle, but at this date this has not been proven.

Burgess Cemetery
Burns Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan,
4 miles south of Durand on Cole Road near Barnes Road. Section 9
Surname Name Transcription
BURGESS William H. died October 27, 1886 / aged 8 y 8 m 13 d / son of B. H. & H. E. Burgess
BURGESS Benjamin H. 1852-1915
REED Charles Henry Reed died Nov. 21, 1858 / aged 20 y 8 m 14 d / Inscription: Jesus can make my dying bed / As soft as downy pillows are / And on his breast I lay my head / And breathe my life out sweetly there
REED Nelson Zelotes Reed son of Charles & Susan A. Reed / died Feb. 16, 1864 / aged 21y 10m 4d / Inscription: Friends & physcians could not save / This mortal body from the grave / Nor can the grave confine it here / When Christ the Saviour shall appear
REED Susan J. A. Reed daughter of Charles & Susan A. Reed / died Nov. 3, 1858 / age 10 y 11 m 17 d
WHITEHEAD Asher Whitehead died July 13, 1854 / aged 60 yrs / Inscription: / A Soldier of the Late War / Behold ye ----- / If you are near--- / B---- now so you / Prepare for death & follow me
REED Oley DeEtte daughter of S. B. & Zylpha Reed / died Sept. 13, 1881 / aged 3 yrs 18 days
WHITE Joel H. White died Sept. 19, 1889 / aged 72 y 8 m 7 d / Inscription: Erected by his sister, S. A. Burgess.
BURGESS Susan A. Burgess 1818 - 1913
BURGESS W. J. Burgess (W.J. / Annie / Nellie / James / all on one stone)
  Annie S. Burgess wife of Wm. J. Burgess / died Sept. 6, 1883 / age 29y
  Nellie Burgess daughter of Wm. J. Burgess & M. N. Burgess, / died March 16, 1889 / aged 8 days
  James Burgess son of Wm. J. & A. S. Burgess / died Aug. 31, 1883 aged 2 mo
BURGESS Anna Mother / Anna / 1854 - 1883
BURGESS Nettie M. 1868 - 1917
BURGESS William J. 1850 - 1930
REED Hiram L. Reed 1844 - 1917

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