BIOGRAPHY of ORRIN H. BURCH|
From "Landmarks of Steuben County NY" by Harlo Hakes 1896
submitted by Annette Campbell, Maarch 14, 2001
Orrin H. Burch was born in Andes, Delaware Co, NY, March 24, 1819, the fourth son of Jesse Burch who was a native of Vermont and died in Hornellsville, Steuben County, and was buried in Hope Cemetery (Hornell, NY-AC), May 10 1872, at ninety-three years of age. Sally Palmer, the mother of Orrin, was a native of New York State, and died in 1854. Mr. Burch was educated in the common schools and made his home with his parents until twenty-two years of age, when he came to Steuben county and was employed for three years with Amos Colwell of Hornellsville. In 1847 he bought seventy-five acres on lot 10, in the town of Hornellsville, which was covered with oak and pine. He has cleared this land and added to it until he has now 125 acres of one of the best farms of this section. The principle products are grain and hay. He is a member of the Methodist-Episcopal church and has been one of its officers. In 1843 he married Lucy Dyer of this town, who died in October, 1861, by whom he had eight children, three of whom are living: Amasa, a manufacturer of Columbus, Ohio; Lester, a farmer of Hornellsville; and Rosina, wife of Leander Nicholson of
Canandaigua. Mr. Burch married second, Susan Swarts Smith, sister of Ross H. Swarts.