BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

The Burgum family history society is a member of the Guild of one name studies and researches the names
BURGUM
and BURGHAM

The BFHS Library

Below are a series of "Flip Books" created by Doug Burgum of the Burgum Family History Society. (Please note - some are written by other authors and, with their permission, have been published on this website).

These illustrated books can be read just like a normal book or magazine where you simply read and turn the pages. Some of the books contain stories about individuals in the Burgum (and Burgham) family. Later others will be added tov include a genealogy guide, a book list of obituaries, and a "Did You Know?" book about unusual facts of history.

Click on the book to read it. There are a series of buttons below to control your experience. The library collection will be added to over time, creating a new way of enjoying your family history.

A.T. Burgum began a dynasty. He was born at Weston-under-Penyard, close to the Forest of Dean. In 1871 he and his wife Ann emigrated to the USA with their children. They first settled in Iowa, where Ann tragicly died in child birth. A.T. later moved to Arthur, North Dakota, where a large family gradually grew and spread across the USA. The rest, they say, is history!
 
Henry Elkin was from Birmingham, England, and married Jane Burgum, the sister of John Burgum the chief decorator of the famous Concord Stagecoaches. They settled in Cuba where Henry worked as a "maquinista." He managed the machinery on a sugar plantation, but he and and Jane could never imagine what was going to happen next!
This book show photographs of my family, the AA family tree. They include pictures of my parents, grandparents and my great-grandfather, as well as a few from the other branches of my family including the Brazilian Burgums.
 
John Burgum was my father. He was brought up in the East End of London, marrying my late mother in 1953. He was conscripted into the army before doing a variety of jobs as a French polisher, a builder, a publican and, finally, working for Axminster carpets. This book is his life story, told in his words. He was struck down with Alzheimers in 2004 and I have added that episode of his life to the book.
Emily Edgehill married William Burgum at Smethwick, Kings Norton, Birmingham in 1887. They had two daughters Emily and Elsie. William died in 1896 and their first daughter, Emily, died in 1905. Soon after her daughter's death Emily Edgehill Burgum and her surviving daughter Elsie Burgum boarded a ship, the Majestic, and sailed to America. They were accompanied by Joseph Henry Ridley purporting to be the husband of Emily and the father of Elsie. I have found no evidence of such a marriage and, in subsequent records, the duration of their "marriage" pre-dated his previous marriage to Fanny Hibbitt Ridley. Indeed Fanny was still alive in the 1911 UK census! Her husband was noted as absent!
 
This biography is of Harry Hubert Burgum (1884-1957), who was my Great-great-uncle, half brother to my Great-great-grandfather Frederick Burgum and part of the "AA" family tree. His first wife died tragically young and he also suffered poor health, having had measles and then later tuberculosis. He married again, had a daughter and moved to Swanage, in Dorset, for the fresh air. You can read his story and that of his family by clicking on the image.
John Burgum (1826-1907) was an ornamental painter hired by the Abbot-Downing Company to decorate the famous Concord Stagecoaches. I actually visted his home in Concord where he lived with his wife Emma. She was the adopted daughter of a Countess of the Holy Roman Empire!
 
John Burgum (1826-1907) was an ornamental painter hired by the Abbot-Downing Company to decorate the famous Concord Stagecoaches. Merri Ferrell was Curator at Stony Brook, on Long Island for many years, home of John Burgum's "Grace Darling" Omnibus. She has recently written this article about John and his art work.
This is the story of Henry Burgum (1739-1789), a successful pewterer living in Bristol, who allowed himself to be duped by the poet Thomas Chatterton. Driven by vanity, Henry purchased a pedigree from Chatterton, and so began a spiral into humiliation, disgrace, ruin and eventual imprisonment in the Fleet Prison.
 
Linda Slaughter was truly a remarkable women. She married Dr Benjamin Slaughter and found herself living in an army fort where the weather was harsh and fort frequently attacked by Indians. Later they moved to Camp Hancock, living in a tent, where she set up a Sunday School. She wrote articles about the West, which were published "back East". First post mistress, first Superintendent of Schools and so much more!
George William Burgham, aged 31, and his wife “Jenny” had taken the decision to leave England and, in May 1886, with their two young children ‘Jack’ and ‘Sally’ began their journey to go half way around the globe to New Zealand. They were to sail on the Clipper ship "The Canterbury". The journey was not without danger and hardship and would take four months! This is their story. Their ancestors and their descendants are part of the "WW" family tree.
 
One source for the Burgham family was thought to be Brougham Hall or Brougham Castle, in Westmorland, England. One of our members, Dick Burgham, wrote to me in the 1990's and told about an article he had read stating that Brougham had come from the original name Burgham. He asserted that the Burghams had originally come from the area and might also have been the source for Burgum. Were there Burghams in Westmorland? Might this be the source of our family names? Well, you will have to decide for yourself.
Timothy Burgum was born Littledean, Gloucestershire in 1843. He began working down the coal mines age 12 and later became a blacksmith shoeing the horses down the mines. He and his wife Mary had ten childred but only five made it to adulthood. At the age of 69 he and his daughter Lilian sailed to Australia to join his four older children. This is about Timothy and the Burgums who settled in Maleny, Queensland and begun a dynasty that continues to this day.
 
The Cemitério dos Ingleses, Gamboa, is a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is also known as the English Cemetery or the British Cemetery Gamboa. It is a beautiful place and over thirty Burgums are buried there. Who are they and what took them and their families to Brazil? Many Burgums still live in Brazil, while others returned to England. Others descended from these families settled in the USA and elsewhere. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the Burgum clan in Brazil and this is the story of them and our shared ancestors.
More books will appear here soon!   More books will appear here soon!