Burton, Michigan

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Burton is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 30,308 at the 2000 census, making Burton the second largest city in Genesee County.




Although there were other persons who purchased land earlier, and even some who attempted to settle there, the first permanent white settler in the area is considered to be Levi Gilkey, who purchased land on May 11, 1831, and settled near the mouth of the Gilkey Creek (in what is now part of Flint).[6] In 1833, Burton was part of Grand Blanc Township when the Grand Blanc was initially organized.[7] Many of the original settlers of Burton came from the towns of Adams and Henderson in Jefferson County, New York. For many years the place was known as the Atherton settlement, after brothers Shubael and Perus Atherton (and later joined by another brother, Adonijah), who settled on the Thread Creek in 1835. [6] The North part of Burton was part of Kearsley Township from 1839 until 1843 when the township was merged back into Flint Township.[6][7]

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