Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Burt.

Early days in New England : life and times of Henry Burt of Springfield and some of his descendants, genealogical and biographical mention of James and Richard Burt of Taunton, Mass., and Thomas Burt, online

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THE BURT FAMILY. 493

a rival in this special field and was justly proud of his accom-
plishment. Although he was captain of the militia company in
Belchertown for twenty years, when General Lafayette passed
through the town, during his tour of the country, Captain Burt
gave the command of the company, " The Federals," over to another
officer in order that he might escort the General and lead the
procession with his bass drum. He was introduced to Lafayette
as the " finest drummer in America," and as " a whole drum corps
in himself." 'J'he visit of Lafayette was a great event to Belcher-
town, and the Captain was a prominent figure, a fact of which he
never ceased to be proud. In marching past the Captain's house,
the procession halted, and Lafayette, taking the Captain's infant
son in his arms, named him Loman Lafayette.

Captain Burt was a man of large nature, wide interests and
tastes ; his position in the town was a dignified one, and his natural
ability made him a leader in the life of the place. The same sturdy
stuff that made his father Reuben a revolutionary hero, made Levi
a fearless and upright citizen, honored in his home for himself and
his opinions, and widely known in this section for his political
energy, and his special musical skill.

He was married three times. His first wife was Miss Sallie Eno
of Somers, Conn., who died in 1818, one year after their marriage.
She left one son. His second wife was Miss Susan Johnson of
Chicopee Falls, Mass., by whom he had seven children. His third
wife was Miss Viley Randall of Belchertown, Mass., who bore him
six children.

Captain Burt died January 26, i860, at his home in Belcher-
town. His funeral was attended by citizens of all classes, who
were present in large numbers to pay their last tribute of respect
to one who had been so conspicuous a figure in the life of the
town, and so closely identified with all its social and business
interests.



ALBERT L. BURT.

[Eighth Generation; Levi'^, Reuben", Reuben^, John*, John^,
Nathaniel^, Henry^.]



Albert Levi Burt, son of Captain Levi Burt, and grandson of
Reuben Burt, the last survivor in Hampden county, Mass., of the
Revolution, and whose striking history is referred to at length else-
where in this volume, was born in Belchertown, Hampshire county,
Mass., in 1843. He was one of a family of fourteen children, a
comparatively small assortment for a New England family of fifty
years ago.

Hampshire county is not by any means the garden of the earth;
its lean farms have long since been squeezed of what little juice
they once possessed, and the Burt homestead was a stern school in
which to learn the science of life. Four months in the winter there
were sessions in the little district school a mile from the home, but
the rest of the year the farm itself was the alpha and omega of
educational opportunities. We are accustomed to consider the
district school as one of our titles to greatness as a nation, and one
of the foundations of our national life ; but the self-discipline and
training of the barren life on many a farm, has had far more to do
whh the development of these qualities, which we consider typical
in a New Englander.

Captain Burt died when Albert was seventeen, and the family
was scattered. Young Burt, thrown upon his own resources, left
his home to begin life. He went to Amherst and found employ-
ment as a clerk in a general country store, at the munificent salary
of fifty dollars a year and his board. Two years later found him
seeking a larger opportunity in Hartford, Conn., where for several
years he was employed in various ways and finally as a traveling
salesman for a publishing house, covering a large territory
east of the Mississippi river. Though he was probably not aware



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Online LibraryHenry M. (Henry Martyn) BurtEarly days in New England : life and times of Henry Burt of Springfield and some of his descendants, genealogical and biographical mention of James and Richard Burt of Taunton, Mass., and Thomas Burt, → online text (page 41 of 52)