Jesse Benton Burcham

#1036, b. 22 Mar 1893, d. Aug 1946
Last Edited:24 Nov 2012
FatherLouis Preston Burcham b. 13 Mar 1862, d. 15 May 1920
MotherAdelia Robin Coles b. 11 Aug 1874, d. 8 May 1939
RelationshipGrandson of Benjamin Lippincott Coles Sr.

Outline of Life Events:

BirthJesse Benton Burcham was born on 22 Mar 1893 at Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, LA.1,2,3
Census1910, sonJ. B. Burcham (given age 17) was enumerated as the son of L. P. Burcham (given age 48) on the 1910 Census, living at Wilbert, West Baton Rouge Parish, LA.4
DraftRegJ. B. Burcham was required to register for the first draft of World War I, held on 5 Jun 1917. At that time, he was living in Wilbert, West Baton Rouge Parish, LA. [The town of Wilbert no longer exists.] He was single with no dependents, giving his occupation as store keeper for Wilbert & Burcham. Jesse claimed an exemption from the draft on the grounds that he was the Post Master, and was the registrar of his own draft registration card, signing both as registrant and registrar. He was described as short and stout with blue eyes and light hair.1
Census1920, sonBenton Burcham (given age 26) was enumerated as a son of L. P. Burcham (given age 58) on the 1920 Census, living at Port Allen, West Baton Rouge Parish, LA. He worked as a store bookkeeper.5
Census1930, sonBenton Burcham (given age 37) was enumerated as a son of Delia C. Burcham (given age 55) on the 1930 Census. They lived at Port Allen, West Baton Rouge Parish, LA. He was single, and was the manager of a lumber yard.6
MarriageJesse Benton Burcham married Dula Seguin.7
ResidenceIn 1935, Jesse Benton Burcham and his wife, Dula, lived in Long Branch, Monmouth County, NJ.8
Census1940Jessie B. Burcham (given age 47) was enumerated on the 1940 census as the head of a household, living at 29 Beach Street at Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County, NJ. Also living with him was his wife, Dula Burcham (given age 34). Macadam Gillis, a 29-year-old born in Scotland, boarded with them. They rented their home for $20 per month. Jesse had completed 4 years of high school, and Dula 4 years of college. He was employed as a salesman for a lumber supply company, and had worked 32 hours during the week of March 24-30, 1940. He earned $500 for working 26 weeks during the year of 1939.8
DraftRegJesse Benton Burcham registered for the fourth draft for World War II on 26 Apr 1942. This registration was also known as the "old man's draft". At that time, his residence was at 29 Beach Street in Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County, NJ, and he gave the name of his wife, Dula Burcham, as someone who would always know his address. He worked for the U.S. Government Signal Corps Lab at Fort Hancock, Monmouth County, NJ. Jesse was described as 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall, about 214 pounds, with gray eyes, brown hair and light complexion.2
DeathJesse Benton Burcham died at age 53 in Aug 1946.3


  1. [S273] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918."
  2. [S867] U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.
  3. [S163] Social Security Death Index, viewed on
  4. [S871] 1910 U.S. census. LA. West Baton Rouge Parish. population schedule.
  5. [S295] 1920 U.S. Census. LA. West Baton Rouge Parish. population schedule.
  6. [S294] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. West Baton Rouge Parish. population schedule.
  7. [S10] Myrtle Coles Rivette. Notebook with notes about the Coles and Holden families.
  8. [S873] 1940 U.S. Census. NJ. Monmouth County. population schedule.