An American Family History

Burtch Family

  also spelled Burch  

Dutchess County, New York patriots forced colonists loyal to the British government to flee north into what became Ontario.

Smith Burtch was born about 1780 in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York.

Smith Burtch married Mary Elijah.

Lewis Burtch (1807),
Charles Burtch (1810, married Jemima Cain),
Betsy Burtch (1814),
Horace Burtch (1816),
Jacob Burtch (1818),
Alfred Burtch (1819), and
William Burtch (1823, married Lorana Root, daughter of Abel Root and Jemima Fish).

About 1805 they may have moved to the Mohawk Valley from Dutchess County.

At the time of the 1810 census, the family was in Montgomery County, New York. The household consisted of

a man and a woman between 26 and 44
3 children under 10

After the census, they moved to Jefferson County, New York.

About 1819 they moved to Leeds County, Ontario. They were early settlers on Grenadier Island along with Abel Root, Ruggles Cain, and Levi Comstock.

In 1842 and 1848 censuses, Smith was on Grenadier Island.