Burtch, Lewis, was born in Newfane, Niagara county, N. Y., October 13, 1816, a son of Martin and Hannah (Wisner) Burtch. The grandfather, David Wisner, came from Seneca county to Newfane about 1810, and made a home in the wilderness, where he lived until his death. Martin Burtch died in 1822, and Mrs. Burtch married Levi Stratton; Mr. Stratton died in 1838 and his widow remained on the farm until her death in 1876, at the age of eighty-eight years. Lewis Burtch was reared on the farm, and took charge of the home farm for eight years, when he came to Cambria in 1851 and purchased 210 acres of land, where he has since carried on general farming and stock raising. In 1840 he married Lovisa Curtis. Mr. and Mrs. Burtch have had no children of their own, but they adopted two children, Lovisa Crandall, who married J. Bryant, and Lucy L., who resides at home. Mrs. Burtch's father, James Curtis, came to Newfane in 1802 and followed farming; he was a miller by trade and ran a mill at Claverack, Columbia county, in conjunction with his farming.
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