Biography of Manford Burley (1843 - )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 514.
Manford BURLEY, agent and operator for the St. Louis, Keokuk & Northwestern Railroad, and agent for the American Express Company, at Elsberry, Mo., was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1843, and is the sixth of eight children born to Sylvester and Caroline (JENKINS) BURLEY, who were also subjects of Great Britain and spent their lives in Canada. The father was a farmer and was of English descent. He was born in 1800 and died in 1875. After his wifes death, which occurred in 1851 at the age of forty-two years, he married Susan FOX, their nuptials being celebrated in 1857. Both parents were members of the Society of Friends or Quakers. Manford BURLEY was educated in the common schools, and was a graduate of Eastmans Commercial College, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1865. Since that time very nearly all his attention has been given to railroading, and he has spent the most of the time in Illinois and Missouri, working for the Chicago & Alton Railroad in the former State, and for the St. Louis, Keokuk & Northwestern in the latter. He has been the efficient agent at Elsberry since 1881, and is a faithful and obliging employee. He has been quite successful in his business, and is the owner of a good farm of 250 acres near Elsberry. He is conservative in politics, is a Prohibitionist, and a member of the K. of H. and T.B.A. In 1873 he was married at Pleasant Hill, Illinois to Virginia A., daughter of Lawson TURNER, who was a native of Virginia, and died in Illinois about 1877. His wife died in 1868. Mr. BURLEY is the father of three children: Russell Jay, Maud C. and Mabel Virginia. Mr. BURLEY is the only one of his family to locate in the United States.
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