Elijah Madison Burton was born June 1849 in DeK alb County Tennessee, the second son of Thomas J. Burton and Sarah (maiden name unknown). The family moved to Jefferson County after 1850, when they were found on the Coffee County Federal Census, and before 1851, when Francis O. Burton was born.
Elijah, known as "Lige" was raised in Jefferson County and started his family there. He married Cynthia Jane Meadors, daughter of Bluford Meadors and Perlina Meadors, March 22, 1868 in Jefferson County, Illinois.. To this marriage nine children were born.
Lige and Jane came to Texas after 1880, but were here by 1885, because the last girl, Delila Myrtle, and the last two boys were born in Grayson County Texas. According to family stories, they left Grayson County, Illinois and moved to Grayson County, Texas; only one problem, there is not nor has been a Grayson County, Illinois. I have always believed the story should have been "Left Rome township, Illinois and moved to Rhome, Texas, which is not in Grayson County, but is close enough if you are new to the area in the late 1800's. At any rate, we're still looking for that one.
Lige served in the 156th Illinois Vol. Infantry during the Civil War. He served less than sixty days, joining in May 1865 and being discharged in June because the Southern armies had all surrendered. He was unable to draw a pension in later life, because he did not serve enough time. His pension application is where this information came from.
Lige bought at least two pieces of land in Coleman County. One in 1897 from D. M. Adams, and one from F. W. and F. E. Adams. A short aside here.
F. W. Adams was Francis Wilbern Adams, Jr., son of Francis Wilbern Adams and Laura Marthalette Gleason. F. E. Adams was Frances Elizabeth (Burton) Adams, daughter of Elijah Madison Burton and Cynthia Jane Meadors. Francis Adams and Elizabeth Burton married in 1886 in Texas, and were trying to move to Arizona in 1903 when they sold the land to Lige. More on this story in the page for Elizabeth, but D. M. Adams was David M. Adams, Uncle of F. W. Adams, Jr.
The Adams and Burton families are tied together tight at this time, inter-marrying and marrying into the same outside families. I can already see I am going to have to do several pages on the Adams family.
Lige and Jane settled into Coleman County by 1894, and spent the rest of their lives here, as did most of their surviving children. In fact, my Dad's brothers and sisters were all born in Coleman County and with the exception of four of them, they all died in Coleman County, and most of their children have stayed around Coleman County.
This is E. M. Burton and Cynthia Jane Meadors
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Below is the family of Elijah Madison Burton and Cynthia Jane Meadors.