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 Burgum/Burgham Collection

Listed below are the items I have collected on behalf of the BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY over many years. These are physical items and do not include books and photographs, which can be found elsewhere on this website.

Allen Burgum - Bank Book


This old bank book in the name of Mr Allen Burgum dates from 1875 to 1877. The cover is made of vellum and there is a metal clip to keep it closed. The book is an account book for the Sheffield and Rotherham Banking Company in England. The records show an Allen Burgum marrying Sarah Middleton at Rotherham in 1863.

(This document, now owned by the BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY, was found in Australia).

Bergum Red Wine -


Wijnkoperijt Roode Hert Bergum. Cotes du Roussillon Villages. Bergum (or Burgum) is a small town in the north of the Netherlands. This was given to us on our visit to the town Burgum, Friesland.

Click here to read about the place and our visit. Click back to return here.
Biddy Burgum - Hockey Field

These are two copies of "Hockey Field", the players' newspaper. The one on the left was published 9th November, 1974. The one on the right was published 21st December, 1974. They both contain articles written by Biddy coaching in "Biddy Burgum's Schoolgirls Columns"

Biddy was born in Birmingham, daughter of Wiliam and Florence (Saward) Burgum, part of the "QQ" family tree. Florence died when Biddy was just seven years old. Her father's sister, Lilian, took in Biddy, her brother John and her father William.

Biddy Burgum was an international hockey player, representing England between 1950 and 1962, earning over 50 caps! Biddy also taught PE in Surrey, Nottingham and then Worthing (1959). In 1969 Biddy moved on to lecture prospective PE teachers at Chelsea PE College in Eastbourne, now part of Brighton University. She retired in 1983. She continues to live in Eastbourne and enjoys photography.

Click here to read more about Biddy Burgum and, in particular, her memories of the Second World War.
Mrs C. L. Burgham - Post Card

We have several postcards in our collection and this one is a mystery!

This postcard is of Petticot Lane, Kansas City, Missouri, in the USA. It is post-maked April 11th 1909 and is addressed to Mrs C. L. Burgham, 77034 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. I think it reads:

"This is some lousy street I guess. Am still looking for that letter.
Ray.
4/11/09"


Who is Mrs C. L. Burgham? Who is Ray? Can you help........?

Count Rumford - Harper's Weekly

Published in New York, Saturday 10th June 1871, it contains an article about Count Rumford (1753-1814). Count Rumford was an amazing person - spy, scientist, soldier, social reformer and inventor. His story is too interesting to miss. However, in was his daughter, Sarah Thompson, Countess Rumford, that interests us. As a young woman she travelled to Europe to meet the man who had abondoned her as a baby. While living in London Sarah adopted the first born of her servants, Emma Gannell, eventually taking her back to America. Emma met and married John Burgum, the Concord artist and began the "JJ" family tree.

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Count Rumford - Rumford Baking Powder Tin

Made at the Rumford Chemical Works, Rumford, Rhode Island and named after Count Rumford (1753-1814). So what is the connection between Count Rumford and the Rumford Company?

Thompson was a gifted inventor and scientist and left an endowment for the Rumford Professorship in 1814. The Rumford Chair of the Application of Science to the Useful Arts was given to those who showed exceptional achievements in Science and Cooking. Professor Horsford, co-founder of the Rumford Company, once occupied the Rumford Chair at Harvard. The Rumford brand logo shown on the tin depicts a cameo of Count Rumford in honour of his contributions to the fields of cooking and baking.

Eben Norton Horsford (1818-1893), co-founder of The Rumford Company, formulated and patented Rumford Baking Powder, the first calcium phosphate baking powder in 1859. It was originally called Horsford's Cream of Tartar Substitute, then later Rumford Baking Powder and was successful because of its dependability and value for money. Using calcium acid phosphate in Rumford Baking Powder was also thought to be healthier than cream of tartar.

Count Rumford wrote - "In what art or science other than cooking could improvements be made that would more powerfully contribute to increase the comforts and enjoyments of mankind?" Countess Rumford, his daughter, adopted Emma Gannell, who married John Burgum of the "JJ" family tree>

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H. Hinsley Burgham - Spectacles & Case -

An inscription on the case reads - "H. Hinsley Burgham F.I.O., 3 Buttermarket, Ipswich" and the glasses are circa 1934.

Harry (1874-1942) was the father of Brian Burgham.
(F.I.O is a Fellow of the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians).

Harry Hinsley Burgham is part of the "WW" family tree.
Henry Burgum - Pewter Plates -

We have two pewter plates made by Henry Burgum (1739-1789), the Bristol pewterer who became a victim of his own vanity. He was ridiculed when it was discovered he had been sold a false perigree by the young Bristol poet Thomas Chatteron.

The plates both have the hallmarks of Burgum and Catcott, pewterers. Bristol was the second largest trading centre after London and exported goods all over the world. Burgum and Catcott plates ended up in the United States of America, Austraila and elsewhere. Bristol was also heavily involved in the slave trade. The British slave trade was finally abolished by Act of Pariament in 1807, eighteen years after Henry Burgum died.

Click here to read the article about the life of Henry Burgum, the Bristol pewterer, and his disastrous encounter with Chatterton.

Henry Burgum is part of the "YY" family tree.
Henry Burgum - Bottle of HMS Warrior White Wine

Vin de Pays de l'Ile de Beaute.

Henry Burgum (1824-1892) was my great-great-great-grandfather and he is said to have forged the plates needed for the first ironclad battleship built for the British Navy. The story continues that, to test the strength of the plates, a cannon ball was fired at short range and that this plate was still to be seen with a cannon ball embedded in it at the Naval Museum, Greenwich. What we do know is that HMS Warrior was built at Thames Ironworks, close to Poplar, East London. Could it be that Henry really did have something to do with the construction of one of the greatest warships ever built - HMS Warrior?

Click here to read more about Henry Burgum and HMS Warrior.

Henry Burgum is part of the "AA" family tree.
Henry Burgum - HMS Warrior Decanter

Lamb's Navy Rum decanter from the Alfred Lamb's Victorian Ships Collection.

Henry Burgum (1824-1892) was my great-great-great-grandfather and he is said to have forged the plates needed for the first ironclad battleship built for the British Navy, HMS Warrior.

On the back, the decanter reads - "As the first ocean going battleship built wholly of iron, Warrior was the most revolutionary and powerful of her day, rendering all others obsolete overnight. 'A black vicious ugly customer as ever I saw' said Charles Dickens of this magnificent vessel. Yet within a few years she wa herself out-dated, slipping down the Navy List to become a shabby hulk. Miraculously she was saved from the srapyard and, noe restored to her full Victorian splendour, she lives on to tell the tale as a museum ship in Portsmouth. A story of survival beyond the imagination of Dickens himself."

Click here to read more about Henry Burgum and HMS Warrior.

Henry Burgum is part of the "AA" family tree.
Henry Burgum - HMS Warrior Plate

Henry Burgum (1824-1892) was my great-great-great-grandfather and he is said to have forged the plates needed for the first ironclad battleship built for the British Navy. HMS Warrior was indeed built at Thames Ironworks, close to Poplar, East London. The Thames Ironworks had a company football team called "The Hammers" because the forgemen worked with hammers to produce the metal plates. This became West ham Football Club.

Did Henry Burgum, my grandfather, really have something to do with the construction of one of the greatest warships ever built - HMS Warrior?

Click here to read more about Henry Burgum and HMS Warrior.

Henry Burgum is part of the "AA" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Article

This copy of the “The Western Horseman” published in December 1959 contains an article entitled - Lewis Downing’s Wonderful Concord Coach, written by George D. Wolfe.

Click here to read the article about the Abbot-Downing Company.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Illustrated London News 1853

This copy of the Illustrated London News, dated Saturday April 9 1853, was once owned by John Burgum, the Concord artist. His name and address is at the top of the front page (picture right). In London the newspaper would have cost sixpence. Did a visitor bring it to him or did he have a subscription? Perhaps we will never know.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Belt Buckle

Brass buckle with illustration of Concord Coach.
(1828 Leaders in Transportation).

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Model

Large Concord Coach model. This model is actually 18cm high (7"), including the top railngs and bags.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Model

Small Concord Coach model with horses.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Mugs

(Two) souvenir mugs with a print of the Concord Coach.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Pewter

1986 Hampshire pewter Concord Coach.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Record

The Ballard of the Concord Coach 1827-1902, by the Shaw Brothers. A commemorative souvenir recording. John Burgum was the chief ornamentor of the Concord Coaches at the Abbott Downing Company, in Concord, New Hampshire.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Stamps

Postcard of Historic Concord Coach, exhibited at the New Hampshire Historical Society, with four 4 cent stamps. First Day Cover; 19th August 1982. (John Burgum hand-painted each pictorial landscape, set on the door of the stagecoach).

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Small Concord Coach Tie tacs

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
John Burgum - Concord Coach Tiles

(Two) ceramic wall tiles with a picture of a Concord Coach.

Click here to read more about John Burgum, ornamental painter for the Abbot-Downing Company, who produced the world-famous Concord Coaches.

John Burgum is part of the "JJ" family tree.
Mary Burgum - Hollywood Photograph


Picture of Mary Burgum with David O. Selznick, the Hollywood Film Producer, taken by Culver Pictures Inc. 150 West 22nd Street, Suite 300, New York, NY 10011.

Who is Mary Burgum?
Mary Burgum - Hollywood Photograph


A picture of Mary Burgum giving a medal to David O'Selznick for his work on David Copperfield by the editor of Modern Screen magazine, Mary Burgum. Others in the photo are Basil Rathbone, Freddie Bartholomew, Una O'Connor, Mary Burgum, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Ivan Simpson and John Buckler. It was taken by Culver Pictures Inc. (The picture is signed by Mr Selznick).

Anybody know anything about this Mary Burgum?
Mary Burgum - "Modern Screen" Magazine


Mary wrote an article in the movie magazine "Modern Screen" (left) published in New York on September 4th, 1939 (Vol 19, No. 4). The magazine had the largest circulation of any screen magazine. The article was about actor Arthur Treacher. (Treacher was an Englishman who played in numerous movies and TV programs, often playing the perfect butler. He was a regular guest on the Merv Griffin Show).

Who is Mary Burgum?
Ross Burgum - Pair of Rogues


A Scorpion Records CD. The Album was written by Ross Burgum and Paul Sharp, in Australia. Photography for the CD cover was by Kayreen Burgum & Paul Sharp.

Ross is part of the "RR" family tree.
Brougham Hall - Ceramic Wine Goblet


Is Brougham connected to the Burgham family tree? Some suggest that the Lords of Brougham occasionally spelt their name Burgham. Could this be the origin of Burgum and Burgham, or is it just a coincidence?

Click here to read more about Brougham Hall and the Burghams.Then you decide!

Chatterton - The Rowley Letter

The extract above reads (I think!):-
Sir,
Being versed a little in antiquity I have met with several curious manuscripts among which the following may be of service to you in any future Edition of your truely - entertaining Anecdotes of Painting. In correcting the mistakes (if any) in the notes, you will greatly oblige.
Your most humble servant,
Thomas Chatterton
Bristol March 25th
Cornstreet___

The Ryse of Peyncteynge, yn Englade, wroton bio (1) T. Rowleie 1469 for Mastre Canynge.

(1) T. Rowleie was a Secular Priest of St. John's, in the City. his merit as a Biographer Historiographer is great, as a poet still greater. Some of his Pieces would do honor to Pope; and the Person under whose Patronage they may appear to the World, will lay the Englishman, the Antiquary, and the Poet, under an eternal obligation.

Click here to read more about Henry Burgum the pewterer and his association with Thomas Chatterton. Henry is part of the "YY" family tree.
Forest of Dean - Golden Jubilee Mug


Elton, Flaxley & Popes Hill Golden Jubilee (1952-2002)
Haven Pottery Commemorative Mug.

My Burgum family can be traced to Flaxley. They are part of the "AA" family tree.
Forest of Dean - Littledean Congregational Church


Two large chapel plates, one small plate, one cup and saucer.

Members of the "AA" family tree and the "RR" family tree came from Littledean.