Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

BURTON, JOHN A (1819-1897)

Watsonville Pajaronian (April 2, 1897? exact date unknown)

Captain J.A. Burton, who has been ill for some time, died at his home on Walker street yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. The Captain had been in bad health for some time, in fact he has been ailing ever since he suffered from a sunstroke a few years ago. Captain Burton was a pioneer of this state having arrived here in 1851. He resided near Stockton up to about twenty years ago, since which time he has been a resident of this valley. He was a man of warm friendships and his opinions on all public questions were always expressed in a most emphatic manner. Through is jovial nature and manly ways he won a large circle of friends in this valley. Mr. and Mrs. Burton celebrated their golden wedding in this city seven years ago. He was a native of Maine and was aged 78 years and 4 months. The funeral will take place this afternoon from Burland Bros. Undertaking Parlors and will be under the auspices of the members of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he had long been an esteemed member.

Unidentified newspaper article (March 31, 1897)

The ranks of that noble organization the Grand Army of the Republic, have been reduced by the death of an honored member, John A. Burton, who died at his home in this city last Wednesday morning. The deceased was a native of the State of Maine, aged 78 years. He fought valiantly for the Union and at the close of the war he resumed the peaceful pursuits of a loyal citizen. He was fond of outdoor sports and his cheerful presence enlivened many a camping party. John A. Burton was a genial gentleman. He leaves a wife to mourn the loss of a faithful companion.

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