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 area of Paris, Maine 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 of these mountains are in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The town is known for its excellent pastures and its orchards have thrived for years. It also benefits from having the Little Androscoggin River which provided water power for the industrious minded.

Burnham was well established as a clockmaker in Paris prior to 1800 and was the first clockmaker to work there. It is recorded that Burnham owned a considerable amount of land in this small farming community. He taught the trade to Augustus Bemis (q.v.) who in turn taught his brother Jonathan. Jonathan was born in Paris Hill in 1788 and died in Biddeford in 1851. (From the History of Paris, Oxford County, Maine: Wm. B. Lapham & Silas P. Maxim, 1884.) In the 1820s, Burnham is recorded as living in Westbrook, Maine 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 always listed as Paris. Two Westbrook examples are known. For a more complete listing of Maine clockmakers, please review Clockmakers & Clockmaking in Maine 1770 thru 1900, written by Joseph R. Katra Jr.

Enoch Burnham of Paris, Maine. Tall case clock.

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Enoch Burnham of Paris, Maine. A mahogany cased tall clock.

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