Born in Tennessee, Lewis T. Burton was a hunter who arrived in California in 1831 and settled in Santa Barbara. According to George Nidever, Burton joined Isaac Sparks on the 1834 voyage of the schooner Peor es Nada to hunt sea otters on the California coast. Burton may have sailed with Sparks on the Peor es Nada in 1835 when the Nicoleños were taken from San Nicolas Island and brought to San Pedro.
DATE OF BIRTH: February 18, 1809
PLACE OF BIRTH: Tennessee, USA
DATE OF DEATH: May 21, 1879
PLACE OF BURIAL: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Ellison, William H. (ed.) The Life and Adventures of George Nidever [1802–1883]: The Life Story of a Remarkable California Pioneer Told in his Own Words and None Wasted. Santa Barbara: McNally & Loftin, 1984: 36–37, 107.
Hardacre, Emma. “Eighteen Years Alone: A Tale of the Pacific.” Scribner’s Monthly 20 (1880): 658.
Findagrave.com, Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8818900&ref=acom: accessed 8 December 2014), photograph, gravestone for Lewis T. Burton (1809–1879), Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Lewis T. Burton
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