It is not known where Enoch Burnham was born. It appears he was born in the Paris area sometime around 1770. Paris is a town that is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Portland in Oxford County. It is the county seat. It is a charming village having wonderful views of Mt. Chocorua and Mt. Washington in the White Mountains. Excellent pastures and orchards have thrived in this region. The Little Androscoggin River provided water power for this region. Burnham was well established as a clockmaker in Paris prior to 1800. Jonathan Bemis is listed as one of his apprentices you also worked there. It is recorded that Burnham owned a considerable amount of land in this small farming community. He is recorded as living in Westbrook in the 1820’s until his death sometime before 1850.
Very few clocks by Burnham are known. Examples of signed Burnham clocks are difficult to come by. Most of the tall case clocks reported are signed on the dial. The place location usually listed is Paris. A Westbrook example is known. For a more complete listing of these Makers, please review “Clockmakers & Clockmaking in Maine 1770 – 1900,” written by Joseph R. Katra Jr.
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