1808-1811: John Burrows: parents John and Lois (Hubble) Burrows; born: Rathway, NJ, May 15, 1760; grandfather settled in Massachusetts, 1645, from England – religious persecution. His father moved to Bucks County, Pa., opposite side of Del. River from Trenton; mother had died, dad married Widow Morgan. Volunteered in militia, joining Flying Camp; retreat from Long Island with Washington, Valley Forge, Chad’s Ford, Brandywine, crossed Delaware River with Washington, Christmas morning 1776; Princeton; Monmouth, afterward a volunteer in a Trenton artillery company; battle of Springfiled (NJ), lived in Trenton to about 1881, moved back to Bucks County, Pa. farmer, stiller for two years; blacksmith in Northampton County, two years; moved to Muncy in 1794, within a year became Lycoming county (1795); Pennsborough, Lycoming County; about 1808 moved to West Branch Susquehanna, Loyalsock, on road to Muncy (Williamsport).
Lycoming justice of the peace by Gov. McKean, 1795; county commissioner, 1802; in 1811, Gov. Snyder appt. Major Gen. and served seven years in Pennsylvania Militia; Major General War of 1812; reappointed major Gen. through 1817; prothonotary of Court of Common pleas, 1813-17; register of wills; recorder of deeds; and clerk of the courts; from Montoursville; three unsuccessful bids for congress in state nominating convention; Jeffersonian Republican; Grist Mill, known as the “State Mill” at Montoursville, 1828; Died August, 1837, 78 years old.
Married Jane Torbert and moved to Philadelphia, who died in 1804; married (2) Mary McCormick, 1807.
“Whenever a man becomes destitute of a laudable ambition to pursue some useful business, he becomes a drone, and a dead weight upon the commonwealth; he is neither useful to himself, to society, nor to his country.”
Autobiography, Maj. Gen. John Burrows written several months before his death in 1837; From Genealogical and Personal History of Lycoming County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1906