Burdick Newsletters

November/December, 2002

Lt. Frank Burdick

by Claudia Houston (Cbhfulmoon@aol.com)
and Connie Johnson (conniej@hrfn.net)

(You may recall that in the July/August Newsletter Connie Johnson was looking for information about Lt. Frank Burdick, who served in the American Civil War. An immediate response came from Claudia Houston, who had researched Lt. Burdick and other family members of the era. Claudia's and Connie's information was so good I just had to share it. Perhaps it will help others with their searches. Many thanks to Claudia and Connie for their generosity. - HB)

Claudia's story:

I live in Dutchess County, New York (about 90 miles north of New York City) and have been researching the Burdicks of Dutchess County who served in the Civil War. One day in the library I came across a book, "Old Gravestones of Putnam County New York Together With Information from Ten Adjacent Dutchess County Burying Grounds", collected, compiled and edited by Barbara Smith Buys, Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1975. Putnam County is a small county just south of Dutchess and many settlers moved back and forth between the two. I looked to see if there were any Burdicks, and sure enough, on page 327, was Frank L. (Lt.), Co. B. 4th N.Y.H.A., b.1844, fell in battle Aug. 25, 1864 at Reams Station, Virginia.

I was very curious since Frank L. was only 20 years old when he died and a Lieutenant. I decided to visit the Milltown Cemetery in the town of Southeast where he was buried. I searched for about an hour but could find no sign of a gravestone. I was ready to give up and try again another day. I got into my car, looked to my right, and there right in front was an obelisk type marker that said BURDICK. I ran out of the car, it was the gravesite I was looking for. (more about that later). A flag and a marker had been placed by the stone, which choked me up. This was shortly after September 11th and had even more meaning to see so many American flags in the cemetery for our Veterans. For some reason, I had to find out more about Lt. Frank Burdick and began searching right away. I don't know that much, but hope that what I have written below will help you.

"The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island", by Nellie Johnson, on page 343 reads: "Lieut. Francis Lodowick, b. Yonkers, N.Y., Mar.25, 1844; d. Aug.25, 1864, killed in battle with the Confederates at Reams Station, Va. He was a theological student when the Civil War broke out, and entering the Union Army, was commissioned 2nd Lieut., 4th Reg't, Art.,, N.Y. Vols., unmar." His parents were:

Francis Burdick, born 13 Mar 1804, Shelter Island, Suffold, New York, died 14 Mar 1886. He was married about 1834/35 to Abigail Davis Havens, born 10 Mar 1803, Shelter Island, Suffolk, New York, died 29 Jan 1871. Francis was a carpenter, but spent most of his life inventing and manufacturing. He invented the process of making hat bodies and at one time manufactured hats using his own process. He also invented, around 1842, the first explosive shell ever used in this country. Shells of this style were used in the Civil War. The rest of the line is:

Jonathan Burdick, born 1778, Shelter Island, NY, who married Elizabeth Van Steiman, born 1782, Shelter Island, Suffolk, New York.

Thomas Burdick and Abigail Allen
Thomas Burdick and Dorothy Maxson
Samuel Burdick and Mary Foster
Robert Burdick and Ruth Hubbard

Siblings of Lt. Frank Burdick were:

Jonathan Havens Burdick, b. Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 21, 1836 and died at Danbury, CT, 1876. On Dec. 23, 1863 he married his cousin, Frances Anna Loomis, born May 13, 1835. Jonathan was an accountant.

Esther Elizabeth Burdick was born 9 Feb 1841 in Southeast, NY. She died 1915 and is buried at Milltown Cemetery, Southeast, NY. She was a librarian in Jersey City.

Abbie Havens Burdick, Esther E. Burdick, Francis Burdick, Frank L. Burdick and Jonathan Havens Burdick are all buried at Milltown Cemetery, Milltown Road, Southeast, NY which borders Danbury, Connecticut. Across from the cemetery is a Burdick Road. There is a mailbox with the name Burdick, and I understand that this gentleman sells corn and other produce in the summer. I believe there was once a farm there.

Following is the Regimental History:

Colonel Thomas Doubleday received authority to recruit a regiment of heavy artillery. This regiment was originally known as Doubleday's Heavy Artillery, but later as the Fourth Regiment of Artillery, February 8, 1862. It was organized at New York City and the companies were mustered for three years.

Frank Burdick enlisted as a Private on August 28, 1862 at the age of 18. He enlisted in Company Battery A, 4th Heavy Artillery Regiment, New York on August 29, 1862. He was wounded on August 25, 1864 at Reams Station, Virginia and died of his wounds on the same day.

This regiment served most notably at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Reams Station. The battle at Reams station was part of the operations around Petersburg during the siege of that town. The Weldon railroad was the chief line of supply for the Confederate Army. General Grant desired to destroy the track at Rowanty Creek, which was 20 miles south of Petersburg. This would force the Confederates to haul their supplies a much greater distance. Major General W.S. Hancock was charged with this work.

By the evening of August 24th the railroad was destroyed at Malone's Crossing, three miles south of Reams Station. Hancock received word late that night that 8,000-10,000 Confederates were headed towards him. On the 25th a battle ensued. The Union army was thrown into disarray by heavy artillery fire and some of the units, composed mainly of new recruits, broke in disorder. Some of the men rallied, but the Confederate cavalry made an attack and the entire Union command was driven from the breastworks. Hancock attributed the conduct of his troops to "their great fatigue, owing to the heavy labor exacted of them and to their enormous losses during the campaign, especially in officers". The Union loss was 140 killed, 529 wounded and 2,073 missing. (Source: "The Union Army", Vol. 6 - printed in Ancestry database)

The father of Frank L. Burdick, Francis Burdick, was the recipient of a Civil War pension on behalf of his son. (Ancestry.com, images on-line) According to the pension records and gravestone, Frank L. was in Company B. The Ancestry.com records have him enlisting in Company A.

Connie's story:

On June 29, 2002, I went to the estate auction of Mary Williams in Hampton, VA. I love old bibles and there was a box of 8 from the 1800's up for auction. I purchased them, mainly for their age. Upon further inspection at home, I noticed several of them belonged to Frank Burdick and one of them said it was carried by Lt. Frank Burdick, Union Army, New York State during the battle at Reams Station with the appropriate dates. The bible was given to "Master Frank Burdick" by his Sunday School. There was another bible with an address in Hartford Connecticut listed in it for Frank Burdick.

Living right around the corner from Ft. Monroe and the Casemate Museum, I made inquiries at the Civil War archives. They located Lt. Burdick for me and provided me with a brief military history of him. Since then, I have been quite interested to learn about the man.

(Connie was kind enough to scan some pages from one of Lt. Burdick's bibles. I have posted them on burdickfamily.org, click on the "Historic photos" button. - HB)

Claudia's follow-up:

I am wondering if perhaps Mary Williams of Hampton Virginia is somehow related to Lt. Frank Burdick. Why else would she have these Bibles? Is there anyway to find out her maiden name?

I stopped by the Milltown Cemetery again to visit the Burdick gravesite. The monument is four sided. On one side is listed Esther E. Burdick 1841-1915. On the back side, Jonathan H. Burdick 1836-1876, on the next side listed together are Francis Burdick 1804-1886 and Abbie D. Havens, his wife, 1803-1871. The front of the monument says Lieut. Frank L. Burdick 1844-1864 Co. B 4, NY Heavy Artillery Fell in Battle Aug. 25, 1864, at Reams Station, Va. On the bottom is the phrase "The trumpets shall sound and the dead shall be raised" There was an American flag and a GAR marker. In front of the monument (which looks fairly new) are four older gravestones, each with the initials of the family: JHB, ADB, FB, and EFB. There is no gravestone for Lt. Frank, I would imagine his body was buried in Virginia. I thought I would write to the cemetery to determine who put up this marker as there might be family still in the area. Connie's desire to learn about Lt. Frances L. Burdick is very similar to my own. I merely read about his gravestone in a book, but I had a real need to find out more about him.

There is actually a database of Civil War photographs. I have sent for a photo of Lt. FB. These are photographs from the Special Collections Branch of the U.S. Army Military History Institute.

This is the second strange coincidence that has occurred while researching Civil War soldiers. I am interested in Burdick genealogy as well as the Civil War, and I have been amazed at how many Burdicks from Dutchess County, NY enlisted. Initially, I became interested in a Riley Burdick who enlisted in Co. B of the 128th NY volunteers. He lived in Amenia, which is in the northeastern section of Dutchess Co. He too, was killed at the age of 20 but in the battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana. I did quite a bit of research about him and his branch of the Burdick family. Several months later, someone posted a query on the Dutchess County Genweb page, asking about a Rosalia Burdick. I did not know who she was, but thought I could probably find out and assist this couple. It turns out that Rosalia was the sister of Riley Burdick and I have been able to provide a lot of information about their Burdick connections.

More on Burdick History

by Claudia Houston (Cbhfulmoon@aol.com)

(Claudia really knows her stuff. Here's some additional information she thought everyone may find useful. Also, Claudia is looking for her own Burdick family connections, so please read her request at the end of this article and see if you can provide her with some leads. Thanks. - HB)

I wanted to give you two bits of info that other readers might find helpful. I discovered a database for the Military History Institute Image Collection. They have Civil War photographs. The last time I looked, they had pictures of some Burdicks:

1st Lt. Daniel W. Burdick, Co. H, 10th Regt. NYS Vol Hvy Arty.
Pvt Henry C. k, Btry. I, 3rd Regt., NYS. Vol. Lt. Arty.
2nd Lt. Francis L. Burdick, Co. B, 4th Regt. NYS Vol Heavy Arty.
Pvt. Laverne Burdick, Co. B, 189th Regt., NYS Vol Inf
Capt. Theodore W. Burdick, Co. D, 6th Regt., Iowa Vol Cav.
Capt. Frank B. Burdick, Co G, 33rd Regt., Wisc. Vol Inf.

You can contact this web site at USAMHI or at http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/PhotoDB.html

There is also a great resource for those researching the first, second and third generation Burdicks. It is a book by Frank Doherty, called "The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, NY". When the set is complete, he will have 12 volumes in all. Six volumes have been completed and there are numerous references to Burdicks. In Volume II there is an entire chapter devoted to Burdicks. Many of the original Burdicks lived at one time in Dutchess County. This is a very scholarly work and won the 1998 Book Award from the New York Genealogical Society. You may obtain more info on Franks website, www.beekmansettlers.com. The really nice part is that Frank lets you order a chapter from the book instead of buying the entire volume. Frank has been researching for years and has great primary resources.

I am still trying to find my Burdick connection. My grandfather was Thomas Burdick Frank and he was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. His mother was Elizabeth Burdick from Newport, Rhode Island who married Jacob Ludwig Frank. He was a musician at Fort Adams and then later a music teacher in the Newport Schools. I have not been able to locate Elizabeth's parents since I do not know their names. So right now I'm stuck. I know one of these days I will find out information that will help me trace back to Robert Burdick, I would appreciate your help. After all, look what happened with Connie's query regarding Lt. Frank Burdick!

Burdick News... Up-To-The-Minute!

In the last Newsletter, I made note that Howard Brickman of Baltimore had come across some old Burdick genealogy papers and placed an ad in the Provenience newspaper. Meredith Sweet (MeredithSweet@aol.com) responded to the ad and received the papers. She then sent them onto the Newport Historical Society (http://www.newporthistorical.org) for safe keeping. If you wish to access the papers (about 40 handwritten and typed pages), contact the NHS at: 82 Turo St., Newport RI 02840, 410-846-0813. Ask for Bertram Lippincott and mention Meredith's name. Many thanks to Meredith and Howard for helping to preserve our heritage. (By the way, Mr. Brickman, a genealogist, received 8 queries from Burdicks and was duly impressed with the response.)

Here's some additional information resulting from Howard Brickman's find of Burdick information in Baltimore. He found the papers in the basement of his mother-in-law's house on Greenspring Ave. in Baltimore and figures that a member of the Burdick family lived in the house at some time in the past. The fragile paper was rolled into scrolls and inserted in a plastic sandwich bag. Howard doesn't know anything about this Baltimore branch of the family, but figures they must have been a branch of some importance. Howard's youngest daughter is a freshman year at Towson University, just north of Baltimore, and there is a Burdick Hall on the campus. Does anyone know more?

Meredith also did some digging into the family. She attended a Dyer family reunion in Rhode Island and had the opportunity to visit with her 88-year-young mother-in-law, Marguerite (Burdick) Sweet, and showed her the material from Howard Brickman. (Marguerite was the one who had seen the notice in the Providence Journal and forwarded it onto Meredith.) Although they are not in Marguerite's direct line, she knew Clarke Burdick, mentioned in the papers, son of Jonathan Truman Burdick and Emily Frances (Sherman) Burdick. Clarke was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1906-1908), State Senate (1915-1916), Mayor of Newport (1917-1918), and U.S. Congressman for Rhode Island (1919). She also knew Clarke's brother Julius. Marguerite also knew George Burdick, son of Edwin Spooner Burdick and Clara (Carr) Burdick, who was the editor of the Daily News in Newport. If anyone has questions regarding these lines, Meredith would be glad to relay questions to Marguerite. Meredith's in-laws were born in Newport and lived there until they were married and moved to Providence. They still have strong ties in the area, sounds like a great resource -- take advantage of it! Personally, I'd like to know more about Rep. Clarke Burdick -- any one know more?

Alan Burdick (aburdick@nasymphony.org), who happens to be the Executive Director of the North Arkansas Symphony, needs some help. He's trying to find out about his grandfather, Ira Burdick, of Perry, Oklahoma. Other than that his wife's name was Faye and he worked for the railroad, Alan is at a dead end. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Remember last month's poem, "I'm My Own Grandpa"? Judy (Allen) Cwiklinski (JudyKCski@aol.com) gets the prize for the most twisted Burdick genealogy. She is descended from three(!) of Robert and Ruth's children: Robert, Samuel and Deborah. On both sides of her family, no less! Judy's father descends from Samuel and her mother from Robert and Deborah. She even doubles back into the family a couple more times through Ruth's sister! But it doesn't end there. Nellie Willard Johnson's mother was the half-sister to Judy's gg-grandfather (Horace Burdick) through Samuel's second marriage to Mary "Polly" Beal, even though Judy descends from Samuel's first wife, Lora Brown. Judy is trying to find information on Lora Brown. Can anyone help? With Judy's luck, she'll probably encounter a few more Burdick paths in her genes! My head hurts...

Bruce Burdick (bruce@burdickandburdick.com) reports that living-legend Byrl H. "Tex" Burdick is doing great after celebrating his birthday on September 25th. He's 102! You can read about Tex's life in "Blades in the Sky" by T. Lindsey Baker (You can read about Tex in the May/June 2001 issue of the Burdick Newsletter).

Chuckie Blaney (chuckieblaney@alumnae.mtholyoke.edu) sent in the following obituary on Julia Burdick that was in the Bangor News:

"BREWER and UTICA, N.Y. Julia R. Burdick, 86, formerly of Brewer, died Sept. 30, 2002, at the Masonic Home of Utica, N.Y. She was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Jamestown, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Marion (Haskin) Rodier. She graduated from Bemus Point High School, received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Alfred University and also graduated from the Strong Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, N.Y. She married Robert LeRoy Burdick on Dec. 24, 1944, in Maple Springs, N.Y. Julia was a registered nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital from 1964 to 1969. She was a member of the New Hartford First United Methodist Church and was formerly a longtime member of the Brewer First United Methodist Church, where she was active as a lay speaker. Julia also served as a volunteer in the Chaplain's office at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marion B. "Fran" and Rev. Robert E. Witt Jr. of New Hartford, N.Y.; three grandsons, Robert E. Witt III and his wife, Ann of Cleveland, Ohio, Andrew J. Witt and his wife, Gretchen of Cleveland, Ohio, and Scott L. Witt and his wife, Margaret of Newtown, N.J.; and four great grandchildren, Rachel, Jared, Michaela, and Collin. She also leaves her stepmother, Esther Rodier; several cousins; two half brothers, and a half sister. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, in 1987. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Friday at Brookings-Smith, Clark-Piper Chapel, 55 South Main St., Brewer. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at First United Methodist Church of Brewer, with the Rev. Dr. George Curtis III, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the church following the interment. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Eastern Maine Charities, Eastern Maine Medical Center, P.O. Box 404, Bangor 04402-0404"

Jeremiah Palmer (jpalmer13@nc.rr.com), whose family is also one of the older pioneer families of New York and New England, has a database on the Revolutionary War Veterans of Delaware Co., NY. There is an Elisha Burdick and a Henry Burdict listed in the 1835 Pension report. Jeremiah is friends with John and Betty Burdict in Delhi, NY. Anyone know how or if the "Burdicts" are related to the "Burdicks"?

Connie Lear Wright (DBBFAN111@aol.com) is finding lots of great information on the Burdick, Maxson, and Hubbard families on HeritageQuest at http://www.heritagequestonline.com

And don't forget, as you've probably heard on the news, the 1880 U.S.Census, as well as the 1881 British and Canadian Census, are on-line at http:// www.familysearch.org

Chris Heath (chris@denebi.fsnet.co.uk), an English historian, has a new book out entitled "Denby and District: From Pre-History to the Present" (ISBN 1-903425-11-5, Warncliffe Books, 2001). The Burdet family has played a central role in the area for centuries and Mr. Heath presents an extensive section on them. In fact, the Forward is written by Sir Saville Burdett Bt. You can order the book by contacting Mr. Heath via email (cost: about $25.00 plus shipping). I think the book would make a nice Christmas present for that hard-to-buy for genealogy buff in the family.

Speaking of books, Lawrence Burdick (owner@bookoasis.biz), owns and operates Book Oasis in Livermore, CA. For nine years he has been a merchant of old and out-of-print books. Check out his website at http://www.bookoasis.biz or, better still, drop by the shop at 2369 First Street.

One more book story. Ellen Scheffler (escheffl@ix.netcom.com) recently purchased a Bible that belonged to E. B. Burdick and would like to return the Bible to one of his descendants. Ellen only wants to be reimbursed what she paid for it, about $40. The Bible is Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible and was published in 1875 and is in very good condition. Ellen will send digital photos via e-mail to anyone who is interested. There are over 30 records of births, deaths, and marriages. If you're interested, contact Ellen right away. Here's the names included:

Births Section: E. B. Burdick - May 15, 1824. M. E. Burdick - March 13, 1838. Ruth Burdick - June 19, 1845. Owen E. Burdick - October 26,1859. Sarah E. Burdick - Sept.10, 1861. Mary E. Burdick - June 28 1864. Wells Burdick - May 13, 1869. Milo Burdick - Aug. 28 1871. Hugh Burdick - Nov 1, 1873. John Burdick - Jan 6 1876. Edith S. Burdick - Dec 31 1878. Gerald D. Burdick - April 20 1884

Marriages Section: E. B. Burdick married M. E. Burdick Jan 31 1856. E. B. Burdick married Ruth Wells (second wife) Dec 10 1887. Owen E. Burdick married Sarah E. Lingfelter July 6 1881. Sarah E. Burdick married George R. Wescott Aug 25 1883. Edith S. Burdick married Walter S. Lyon Jan 19 1898. Mary E. Burdick married William Bevans Jan16 1900. John Burdick married Mertis Coleman June 6 1900. Wells Burdick married Catherine Farrell Dec 30 1900. Gerald D. Burdick married Mable Barlow July 4 1903. Milo Burdick married Ruth Kline Jan 14 1909

Deaths Section: M. E. Burdick died July 13 1864. E. B. Burdick died Dec 24 1892. Mary E. Bevan died Sept 4, 1903. Owen E. Burdick died April 5 1904. Hugh Burdick died April 17 1926. William Bevan died June 13 1926. Walter S. Lyon died Oct 29 1927. Edith S. Lyon died Aug 8 1929. George Wescott died April 4 1930. Ruth Burdick died April 9 1930

Also contains a Western Union telegram:" Received at 830 PM NO 1 20 collect 4 Extra. TDW Ferguson MO 7 PM Apr 6. 1936. John Burdick, Phone Uniondale, Pa. Your Brother William Powers died four ten Pm today. Kindly advise at once. John T. Rives, 19 Wesley Ave, Ferguson MO."

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