Enoch Burnham of Paris and Westbrook, Maine.

It is not currently known where Enoch Burnham was born. It is now assumed that he was born in the Paris area sometime around 1770. The town or village of Paris 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 both Mt. Chocorua and Mt. Washington. Both mountians are located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The town of Paris is known for its excellent pastures and its orchards have thrived for years. The region also benefits from having access to the Little Androscoggin River which provided water power for the industrious minded. Enoch Burnham was well established as a clockmaker and land speculator in Paris prior to 1800. It is recorded that Burnham owned a considerable amount of land in this small farming community. He also trained Jonathan Bemis as one of his apprentices. Burnham is later recorded as living in Westbrook, Maine 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 is almost alway listed as Paris. A single 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.

Enoch Burnham of Paris, Maine. A Maine made tall case clock in its original red wash. UU55.

The style or form of this case is common to New England. This case is constructed in birch and has the… read more