Burdick Newsletters

September/October, 2003


by Howard Burdick (howard@burdickfamily.org)

I owe a few of you a big "thank you". It was pointed out that the article in the last Newsletter regarding the fate of many American Revolutionary patriots is completely false! Seems as though this has been circulating through cyberspace for quite some time. Oops! You can read all about it at http://www.snopes.com/glurge/declare.htm . Thanks for keeping the Newsletter accurate!

Burdick Books On CD-ROM, An Update

by Howard Burdick (howard@burdickfamily.org)

Wow! What a great response there's been to Nellie Johnson's book, "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island", on CD ROM. I've heard from several of you who have purchased it, glad it's such a help in family searches.

For those of you who are interested, work is progressing on converting Frank Mueller's book, "The Burdick Family Chronology", to CD. It should be available in a couple months. I'll keep you posted.

The planned Burdick Cookbook, though, is not looking good right now. Some of you have sent in recipes (thank you!) but it looks like there won't be enough to fill a book. So instead, starting with this issue of the Newsletter, I'll include recipes I've received. If you'd like to get your favorites in the queue, send them in! Perhaps some day we will have enough for that book...

The Mysterious Murder of Edwin L. Burdick

by Patricia Regan (PNUTREG@cs.com)

(Great find, Pat, thanks for sharing! I'd love to hear if anyone knows more about this murder. Any family members care to provide an update? - HB)

I received this interesting article from an Internet associate of mine. It originally appeared in the Madison County (New York) Times on March 6, 1902 and was recently reprinted in the Chittenango-Bridgeport Times in their "A Century Ago" section. Although the story is a bit unusual for our normal SDB Burdick families, I am sure there is a Burdick descendant somewhere who may be looking for this link in their family tree.

Canastota is located in Madison County NY and is close to the Verona Area in Oneida County. In fact, Verona is the exit right after Canastota on the NY Thruway. It's a cemetery I have missed in my research even though I have traveled this area many times. I was born and lived in upstate New York most of my life. I have searched most of the Verona area and other sections of Madison County in the past few years for SDB churches and cemeteries. I might have to check this cemetery out on my next trip north from Florida. I am hoping to complete my SDB Research on another cemetery and membership for a former church in Lewis County, NY (Watson) which has always had incomplete records.

It appears that the Edwin L. Burdick in the following article was born about 1841 and married in 1886 to one Alice Hull, born 1862, which makes her about 21 years his junior. He was the son of Henry L Burdick and Harriet Lewis Burdick.

-- Madison County Times - March 6, 1902
-- Murdered in Buffalo, buried here

"The mysterious murder of Edwin L. Burdick at his home in Buffalo Thursday night of last week is attracting much attention in this locality. The murdered man was formerly a resident of the vicinity of Canastota and many people in the northern part of this county remember him. He was a son of the late Henry P. Burdick, who was a prosperous farmer near Canastota. His mother and his sister who, a few years ago married A. J. Willett, a farmer living on Seneca Turnpike, but who recently separated, are still living on the old Burdick homestead and are very much overcome by the mysterious and harsh death of their son and brother.

It had been the custom of Burdick to give much to the wants of his mother. It was about 20 years ago that Burdick, an expert stenographer, left Canastota and went to Buffalo and later became very prosperous. He was president of the Buffalo Envelope Company. He was wealthy, lived on Ashland Avenue with his family, moved in fashionable society with his wife, a member of several clubs.

There was a scandal in the set in which Burdick moved. He was jealous of the attention given his wife by other men and had commenced divorce action. Mrs. Burdick for some time had been living in Atlantic City and had also commenced an action for divorce, naming several prominent women as co-respondents. It was an unpleasant state of affairs existing in the Burdick family. Burdick with his three children, his mother-in-law and maids have recently made up his family.

Thursday night Burdick was seen about his home by the maids, dressed only in his underclothes and later was heard to go from his den or private room to the basement and shake the furnace. This was the last he was seen alive. The next morning his dead body, with his head badly mangled, was found covered with cushions and rugs on the sofa in his den, entirely nude except for his undershirt. There was a small bottle of liquor and a lunch on a table. After the family had retired it was plain that Burdick had a visitor, that the visitor was a woman and that the visitor had murdered him.

The Buffalo detectives are investigating the murder and at this writing expect to make an arrest. His wife arrived from Atlantic City on Saturday.

The remains of the murdered were brought to Canastota on Sunday afternoon and buried in the cemetery there. The family accompanied the remains and were met at the depot by his mother and sister and neighbors. The family returned to Buffalo the same afternoon."

Things to Ponder

submitted by Jane Skwirut (hskwiru1@tampabay.rr.com)

1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?
10. Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?
11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?
12. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
13. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?
15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?
16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?
21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
23. How come "abbreviated" is such a long word?
24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
25. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?
27. Christmas is weird. What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

Burdick Family Recipe... Yupper Pastie

by Milton L. Burdick (milters1@juno.com)

("Uncle Miltie" lives WAY up in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan -- or, the "yupper" as people from the Mitten State call it. This is a recipe that will stick to your ribs, and your arteries, on those soon-to-be cold northern nights. - HB)

One pound lard at room temperature
One cup BOILING water
Two teaspoons salt
Six cups sifted white flour
Diced meat and vegetable filling (steak, pork, onions, carrots, rutabagas, turnips, potatoes, etc.)

Mix lard, water, and salt. Let cool. Add flour, mix well. Refrigerate over night.

Season filling ingredients to taste and mix well (all filling items are used raw).

Roll out crust and place filling mixture on one side. Fold crust over mixture and pinch edges.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1.5 hours. Cool and eat.

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

Judy Welhouse's (jbwelhouse@tds.net) brother's mother-in-law is a genealogist and has come across a possible link to Robert Burdick's family in England. It comes from a copyrighted report of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, dated April 17, 1997. Judy is attempting to contact the original researcher, but perhaps you can comment if you know this data. Here's the basic information, most names have ancestral file numbers (AFN):

Robert Burdick, AFN: 1N9G-SD, b. 1630 in Eng. m. 1655 in Newport, d. Oct. 25, 1692 in RI, spouse: Ruth Hubbard AFN:1N9G-TK, b. 1640 in US, d. 1691 in RI.

Parents of Robert: Samuel Burdett AFN: 1L6K-4LM, b. abt. 1602, Eng., d. abt. 1664 in Ireland, spouse: Frances St. Lawrence AFN 1L6K-4RN, b. abt. 1617 in Ireland.

Parents of Samuel: Thomas Burdett AFN: 1L6K-4N2, b. abt. 1565, Eng. m. abt. 1601 d. Ireland, spouse: Ann Wilson, AFN: 1L6K-659, b. abt. 1570, Eng.

Parents of Thomas: Thomas Burdett, AFN: 18H7-KWL, b. abt. 1535, Eng. d. 15 July 1591, spouse: Bridget Curzon, AFN: 1L6K-4MT, b. abt. 1535, Eng.

Parents of Thomas: Robert Burdett (AFN: 18H7-KT6) b. abt 1507, spouse: Elizabeth C. Cockaine (AFN: 18H7-KVD) b. abt 1515.

Kaye Powell (grannytoad@yahoo.com) has come across a Burdick who just wouldn't die! Sanford Burdick, son of Robert Burdick and Sarah Remington, was born in 1788 in Connecticut. He died August 26, 1835 in Sullivan, Madison Co. according to some folks. According to his tombstone in Lawler Cemetery, Pavilion, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, though, he died on August 22, 1838. Surprizingly, you can find him still farming and keeping house in Michigan on the 1850 census. Kaye wonders how many more tombstones he left around the country. (Apparently, the census enumerator swapped the wife's and daughter's names which has lead to the confusion.)

Anita Bikowitz's (Abikowitz@aol.com) husband is an antique collector. He was recently going through some old postcards and found several addressed to different Burdicks, all dated around 1900-1910. They are photos of Bessie Burdick, William Burdick, and Robert Burdick, to name a few, and appear to be from around Otsego, NY. There are also some photos without names on them from the same collection. Anita would like to find a family member who would be interested in them.

A big salute to George Burdick (George.Burdick@morganstanley.com) He was part of the Presidential Escort Unit, The Old Guard, as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant Adjutant. The unit, known as the 3rd Infantry Regiment, is responsible for guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns, ceremonies at the White House, burial services at Arlington National Cemetery, guarding the Capitol, and various other ceremonies including inaugurals. Thanks for your service, George. George also remembers that there was a detective named Burdick heavily involved in the Manson murders and another Burdick was a brigadier general or major general for the Army National Guard in the late 1980's. Anyone know more?

Barb Durfee (SheldonHistorian@aol.com), the Sheldon Town Historian, is trying to find a connection between Joseph Coon, his wife Elinor Brewer, and their daughter Susanna Coon, who may have married a Mr. Burdick. Can anyone help? Barb's family ties into the Lebaron family who lived in Hoosick, NY area in the 1800`s.

Carol's (cabby53@frontiernet.net) father is Elmer Burdick, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1926. Her grandfather was Harry C. Burdick, probably born in New York in the 1890's. Her grandmother's name was Alice. Harry moved to Detroit and lived there until the 1950's, when he moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Carol's dad remembers, as a boy, visiting an uncle in New York but not much else. Carol's dad had a brother, Harry, and two sisters, Hilda and Wilma. She is having a hard time finding anything else than this, can anyone help?

In the spirit of cross-family unity, let's see if we can help Richard French (rfrench@axiom-systems.com) who found us through the Crandall family and has three(!) lines of descent from Robert and Ruth Burdick, namely through their children Thomas, Deborah, and Tacy. Richard is trying to find out information about the wives in the following line: (1) Robert and Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick, (2) Thomas and Martha (???) Burdick, (3) Robert and Dorcas (Lewis) Burdick, (4) Robert and Jane (Bennett) Burdick, (5) Ephraim and Martha (Evans) Burdick, (6) Ephraim E. and Sarah (Pettys) Burdick, and (7) Amy (Burdick) and William Stewart. In particular, Richard would like to know if anyone knows more about Martha ???, Jane Bennett, and Martha Evans.

What about Cummings-Burdick connections? Sue Ann Mason Ames (ames107@juno.com) is researching the Cummings surname, in particular one Albert H. Cummings. The 1850 Oakfield, Genesee County, NY census lists Albert living with William and Sarah Burdick. There are three other children listed with the last name of Burdick, only Albert has last name of Cummings. Sue Ann's guess is that Albert's father died and his mother remarried William Burdick. In the 1860 Elba, Genesee County, NY census, Albert is listed with the Harry Shedd family. Albert married Pluma, had a daughter, and lived in Elba, NY until circa 1883, when they moved to Wisconsin. Sue Ann is seeking information about William Burdick and, in particular, his wife Sarah: where she was born, her maiden name, parents, when and where she died and is buried, etc. Tracing Albert has been very hard as he seems to just appear out of nowhere. His father's name may have also been Albert and he was born in Scotland. Albert seems to have several places of birth: the census says Ohio, the death certificate says Alabama, and death certificate of a son says Maryland. Some of Sue Ann's family say it's Alabama, Genesee County, NY (Alabama is the town next to Oakfield). Yet another mystery.

Vicki Ford (hvbford@erols.com) is looking for the same Cummings connection. She has information on Sarah Muehler (or Muchler) Cummings Burdick who lived in the area of Genesse County, NY between 1840 and 1890. She was married to William Burdick, probably between 1841 and 1844. Vicki has a lot of other information on this Burdick lie and is looking for more, but especially wants to find out about Sarah and her son, Albert Henry Cummings, by her first husband. I suspect that Vicki and Sue Ann (in the previous entry) know one another, but if not, it sounds like they should compare notes.

Here's another cross-family search. Lois Carlson Willand (jon.and.lois.willand@worldnet.att.net) is working on her Davis genealogy and needs some help. Clara Belle Davis married Benjamin O. Burdick in 1885 in Marion County, Iowa. Benjamin (1856-1908) is buried in Knoxville, Marion, Iowa. Their children were Minnie June Burdick (1888-1932) who married Sidney R. (Ross) Smith, and William Arthur Burdick (b. 1894). Minnie June is buried in Warren County, Iowa. I know there's some Davis-Burdick researchers out there, can you help?

And here's someone looking for a Miller-Burdick connection. Laura George's (yakeerah@yahoo.com) father, Lee Miller, is not well and is unable to provide information. Lee Miller is the son of Sydney (who was one of 7 siblings, Morris (or Maurice) and Minnie were two of them) and Pearl Miller. Pearl had at least two sisters, Belle and Sydelle, all of whose maiden names were Burdick. Their back ground is Orthodox Jew and living in Chicago, Illinois. The only time frame is that of her grandfather, who passed away about 3 years ago, was in his early 90's at the time. Can anyone help make the Burdick connection?

Niccole Lynn (Burdick) Clift (wannabird@msn.com) was raised in foster care and does not know a lot about her family. She knows that her father's name is Ronald David Burdick and her aunt's maiden name was Linda Irene Burdick. Her grandfather's name was Alvin Burdick and her grandmother was Betty. She was told that her grandfather moved east a long time ago when her dad and aunt were very young. Niccole, 31 years old, has 4 boys and would love to offer them something in the way of a family tree. Can you help?

John Gutman (lvillenotes79@yahoo.com), is Class Secretary and is trying to track down a David O. Burdick, a classmate, from the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. David was a member of the class of 1979 and is about 42. Based on some database searches, David may be in Glenmoore, PA or Eden, NY. Does anyone know him?

All of Rita's (FoxyInSLC@aol.com) family has been dead since she was 16 and she only has a family bible for reference. She may have a Burdick connection, but she doesn't know. Here's what Rita does know. Jefferson David (or David Jefferson) Potter married Mary Catherine Brillhart in Grundy County, MO in Dec., 1854. Their children were Frances Susanne, Mary Lucetta, Franklin, Edward, George, Sarah, Ida, and Pearl. Potter was born about 1834 in Indiana and died in Bourbon County, KS. Ring a bell with anyone?

Rspindleside@aol.com is looking for a Ralph Burdick. Ralph was in Michigan around 1940 to 1950 and was married a woman named Shirley. Sketchy info, but that's all there is.

Bill D.Burdick, Sr. (W76BURDICK@aol.com) is trying to find his family. He was born in Huntington Park, California and as a child became deaf on Aug 15, 1956 from an R.H. Factor blood transplant. When Bill was 4 years old his dad was gone. He grew up in the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, CA and graduated in June, 1976. Bill moved from California to West Allis, WI in 1980, where he still lives. Bill's father's name is Delbert Leonard Burdick and his mother's name is Patricia H. Burdick, but she has remarried and her last name is Sargent. Can anyone help him connect to the Burdicks?

Andy Burdick (honda_man@rocketmail.com) reports that not all Burdicks descend from Robert and Ruth, nor even from the Eastern United States. His ancestors were immigrants from Russia, and "Burdick" is the Canadian adoption of the Russian family name "Burdickov". Andy is 3rd or 4th generation. So now all we need to do is connect the Burdickovs in Russia to the Bauerdicks in Germany and to the Burdetts in England -- no wonder genealogy is a never-ending search!

Kay Wilkins (divorced_n_pissed_off@earthlink.net) is trying to locate a Henry Burdick who would be in his mid-40's. He lived in Clayton, OK about 26 years ago in a little rock house across from Clayton Lake. Henry attended Burgess High School in El Paso, TX. Kay and Henry were friends and she wanted to see how he is doing.

Jeff Burdick (burdickj@musc.edu) knows a lot about his family, but would like to know more about his grandfather, Howard Burdick. Howard was married to Katherine (Kate) Page Burdick for a number of years, and they produced 3 sons: Howard, William (Jeff's dad) & Clinton DeWitt Burdick. Howard lived in New York City and Long Island for a number of years; Howard, Kate & the boys "summered" in Westhampton, NY. Howard moved to California (the San Francisco area perhaps) when Jeff's father and his brothers were in their twenties. Anyone know more of this bi-coastal Burdick family?

Elaine Jones (EJones4020@aol.com) is trying to find information about her GG-Grandmother Fanny Burdick's family. Fanny was born about 1821 in Springwater, Livingston County, New York and died July 1, 1903. She is buried in the Hope Cemetery, Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York. Fanny was married to my Charles Wesley Kress and had 4 daughters, Caroline "Carrie" Winfield (Kress), Lowe (Elaine's G-Grandmother), Mary E. (Kress) Robinson, Jeannette K. (Kress) Gregory, Ellen "Ella" Kress. They were all born and raised in Hornellsville, Steuben County, New York. Anyone know more?

Fern Jentges' (fern242002@yahoo.com) GGGG-grandmother is Rebecca Burdick Winters, the somewhat famous pioneer mother. Any other relatives out there? If so, please contact Fern (me too!)

Michael Mainwold (mainwold@yahoo.com) is trying to confirm who Welcome S. Burdick of NY parents were, and when he passed away and where he is buried. Welcome was born around 1833 in NY and married an ancestor of Michael's. Michael has a lot of information on this Civil War veteran, but is looking for more. Please contact him is you can help.

Dawn Fortin (nfargo0@aol.com) is looking for information on her grandfather, Ralph Burdick, who lived in the Schenectady, NY area. Ralph was a boxer who fought under the name "Marty Servo" and was a welterweight champion in 1946. He was married to Jean (maiden name Fargo). They had two children, Teddy and Phyllis, who were approximately 4 and 1 years old, respectively, in 1946. They later had another child named Gary. Dawn started this search to find out about her grandfather's boxing career. The word is that "Marty Servo" was Italian-American, but Dawn's Uncle Ted said Ralph was French-Canadian. Any fight fans know more?

Another Dawn, Dawn Starr (Burdick) Schroeder (rtk1219@hotmail.com) is looking for her Burdick connection. Her estranged father, Keith Vernon Burdick, was born Nov. 28, 1920 (she's not sure about the year). Star's mother, June Idell Ubber Burdick, was born March 21, 1920, place of birth unknown. Both parents are now deceased. Can you help?

Looking for Langworthy family connections? Try Hal Langworthy (hal@rochester.rr.com). He maintains The Langworthy Families in America web site. For those of you who don't know, Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick's sister, Rachel, married Andrew Langworthy, so the Burdick and Langworthy families have been connected since the 1650's.

Does anyone know Irene Lincoln of Hastings, NE? In April, Connie Wright (DBBFAN111@aol.com) attended the DUV (Daughters of Union Veterans on the Civil War 1861-1865) convention. Irene was one of the opening speakers and provided greetings from the Maxson and Burdick families. Irene, if you're out there (or if you know Irene), drop us an email. (By the way, Connie will be having an article published in November in Woman's World magazine, the next Newsletter will have more information.)

Yours truly (howard@burdickfamily.org) came across an old campaign brochure for Jim Burdick running for United States Congress from the 17th District in Detroit, Michigan. Looks like it's circa late-1970's, early-1980's. Anyone know more?

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