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John Henry Burdin

Eldest son of L. E. and H. R. Gaines Burdin, John Henry Burdin, was born in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky on May 22, 1851.  His father, L. E. was born in Bourbon County in January of 1829, son of Thomas Burdin of Virginia.  John learned the blacksmith trade from his father and in 1869 moved to Lexington where he worked at the stage station until 1872.  He moved to Franklin County and secured a government contract to transport mail from Frankfort to Paris.

On June 5, 1872 in Franklin County, John married Sarah Nixon Murphy of Green County, Ohio.  She was the daughter of Francis and Anna Louise Shinkle Murphy, of Philadelphia.  They had nine children, who John named in his will; Warren C., Horace, Earl, Elmer Louis, Harriet Rebecca (wife of John Lockhart Lee), Margaret, John W., Frank M., and Paul.  The 1880 through 1910 Franklin County census, list John and his family living in the Forks of Elkhorn district.  Sallie Murphy Burdin died in 1919.  John Henry Burdin, married second to Margaret Jennings.  In his 1922 will he names her as "my present wife".

At some point in John's life he evidently became interested in the ministry.  His tombstone reads Rev. John Burdin.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and his wife, Sallie, the Christian. John and Sally Burdin are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, section M.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


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