Recently I discovered info about a militia , The Washington-Erina Guards, that was founded in New Haven over ten years before the Civil War broke out. As it turns out, one of my ancestors, James Bannon (Banning) was a founding member. Other names listed as founding members, Thomas Preston (married to Margaret Bannon) was James’ brother in law and the Shields brothers, were James’ brother in law’s siblings (Randall and Michael Shields were Cormick Shields’ brothers.… Read the rest
I have admittedly not been working on Burnham Genealogy lately, but have recently been reviewing my information. While doing so, I stumbled on this article which I found fascinating!
Interestingly, Capt. Michael Burnham’s grandson, Michael Burnham, son of Capt. Ashbel Burnham, died nearby in Cayenne, French Guiana in 1788 at age 22.… Read the rest