"Notes of Interest" by Frank P. Mueller
"The Burdick Family Chronology", 1990.
The "FREE STATE OF WINSTON" as Winston County in Alabama is often called, gained its name during the Civil War days. Most of the early settlers there are fiercely independent country folks. Sadly, they had witnessed the events that drew the North and the South into direct confrontation. On one hand, they did not wish to see their neighbors mistreated, but on the other hand, they could not bring themselves to fire upon their beloved flag. So, early in 1861, riders went out into all directions, telling of a meeting to be held at Looney's Tavern, just north of the present town of Addison in Winston County, Alabama.
On July 4, 1861, over 2500 representatives of the surrounding area met, and overwhelmingly adopted a resolution saying that if a state could secede from the Union, then by the same logic, a county could secede from the State. They requested that they be left alone to work out "their destiny in the hills of Winston County!"
One of the attendees, when the resolution was passed reportedly shouted.... "WINSTON SECEDES: THE FREE STATE OF WINSTON !!!!"
From that turbulent time, a unique area was born, steeped in rich historical tradition and a legacy of independence that continues to this day. Thus, the FREE STATE OF WINSTON was born.
It was during that time when FERNANDO (FRANK) CORTEZ BURDICK came south during the Civil War. He was a Union soldier, a Lieutenant in the 11th Illinois Infantry, and who later became a Captain in Troop A, 1st Alabama Cavalry. Amongst his friends were the Feltman boys from Walker County in Alabama. When Frank obtained his army discharge in 1865, he remained with his friends in Alabama, and married Nancy Margaret Feltman. They made their home in Winston County and had their family there. They are both interred in the Burdick Cemetery near Houston, AL. (This story courtesy of Alton Blaine Burdick, Tuscaloosa, AL)
Information provided by Jerry Feltman (firstname.lastname@example.org):
FERNANDO CORTEZ BURDICK (RUSSELL M.1) was born August 26, 1838 in Spafford, New York, and died April 10, 1884 in Houston, Winston County, Alabama. He married NANCY MARGARET FELTMAN November 4, 1866 in Home of J. W. Roby, M. G. Fayette County, Alabama, daughter of JACOB FELTMAN and ELVIRA TRAYWICK. She was born April 5, 1848 in Walker County, Alabama, and died September 16, 1937 in Double Springs, Winston County, Alabama.
Notes for FERNANDO CORTEZ BURDICK:
The following is quoted from a note written by Frank Cortez Burdick and probably dictated by Nancy Margaret Feltman Burdick. A copy of the note was provided by Mrs. Shelba Feltman Mansfield of Fayette County, Alabama. Shelba is a descendant of William Malone Feltman. "Fernando Cortez Burdick sometime during his boy days became dissatisfied with his name and changed it to Frank Cortez. Safrona Burdick was a older brother of his who fell from a wagon while working on his father's farm and was killed when about 15 years of age."
The following is quoted from Glenda McWhirter Todd's book "First Alabama Cavalry USA Homage To Patriotism", published by Heritage Books, Inc. 1999 ISBN 0-7884-1198-5.
Burdick, Frank Cortez, 1st/Capt., Co. K&A, age 26, EN 6/11/61. Belleville, IL, MI 6/25/61, Caseyville, IL, promoted to Captain 12/18/62, furnished his own horse and equipment, MO 6/16/64, Decatur, AL, Special Order #74 from War Dept. states he was discharged 12/22/63.
NOTE: Frank Burdick was born in 1838 and was the son of Russell Burdick. He was married to Nancy Margaret Feltman. He first enrolled as a Private, Co. C, 22nd Regiment of Illinois Volunteers and was discharged 9/8/62. He re-enlisted 9/8/62 in Co. A, First Alabama Cav. near Bridgeport, AL. He was a clerk, teacher, county clerk and probate judge of Winston Co., AL. He died in 1884.
After Frank Burdick's father, Russell Burdick, died he went to New York City and worked as a clerk in a store. He remained there until he enlisted in the Union Army for service in the Civil War.
He enrolled on June 25, 1861 in Centralia, Illinois as a private in Co. C, 22nd Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, later Sgt., commanded by Col. Daugherty, and discharged September 8, 1862. He re-enlisted September 8, 1862 with a commission as 1st Lt., Company A, First Alabama Volunteer Cavalry near Bridgeport, Alabama (near Chattanooga, TN), and served until his final discharge as Captain on December 22, 1863.
He applied for a pension (#463519) on October 30, 1862, based on a disability. According to his pension papers, "he was greatly disabled and was compelled to resign his position as Captain.'' His widow, Nancy Margaret Feltman Burdick and the older children were away from home when he died. She applied for a widow's pension (#292479) on September 26, 1888 which was denied on the grounds that the soldier's death was not the result of military service. The claim was referred for special examination, and several depositions were taken and affidavits obtained.
In April of 1927 Probate Judge John B. Weaver wrote to the U.S. Pension Department on behalf of his "door neighbor" Nancy M. Burdick to inquire if she was not entitled to more than $30.00 per month in pension benefits. A June 13, 1927 response from Winfield Scott indicated she would be entitled to no such increase as she was not the wife of soldier during his period of service.
Fernando "Frank" Cortez Burdick was left behind in the surgeon's tent after having contracted the disabling condition. He was treated by the post surgeon in his tent for 27 (or 37) days, being unable to leave it. Between his illness and apparent paperwork confusion of mustering out of the Illinois regiment to accept a promotion into the First Alabama Cavalry, he somehow wound up being reported "deserted" August 27, 1862, though another roll reports him being left sick in Tuscumbia, Alabama on August 27, 1862. A War Department communications dated May 11, 1888 reports "The charges of desertion on August 27, 1862, and on Regtl return for December, 1862 against this man are erroneous."
He received his discharge December 23, 1865 and remained in Alabama which began the Burdick family there. He was a clerk, teacher, county clerk and probate judge of Winston County; and he assisted in re-establishing postal service in northwest Alabama. See also, petition to Brig. Gen. Wm. Smith on behalf of Fernando "Frank" Cortez Burdick to be appointed Register of Votes, by loyal and true Union Men formerly of the 1st Alabama Cavalry.
Among his friends were the Feltman brothers from Walker County in Alabama. When he obtained his army discharge in 1865 he remained with his Feltman friends and married Nancy Margaret Feltman and they made their home in Winston County, Alabama. Both are buried at the Burdick Family Cemetery near Houston, Alabama which was named for his family and is maintained by the Houston community.
Children of FERNANDO BURDICK and NANCY FELTMAN are:
i. FRANK OSCAR BURDICK, b. June 22, 1867, Fayette, Fayette County, Alabama; d. August 20, 1940, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
ii. GRANT ULYSSES BURDICK, b. February 25, 1869, Fayette, Fayette County, Alabama; d. March 23, 1931.
iii. CORA ELOISE BURDICK, b. April 26, 1871, Houston, Winston County, Alabama; d. August 1951, Ethridge, Tennessee.
iv. SAMUEL IRA BURDICK, b. April 8, 1873, Houston, Winston County, Alabama; d. July 11, 1949.
v. UNNAMED BURDICK, b. March 4, 1875; d. March 16, 1875, Burdick Family Cemetery, Houston, Winston County, Alabama.
vi. SEARCY EMALINE BURDICK, b. June 26, 1876, Houston, Winston County, Alabama; d. April 25, 1902, Logan, Cullman County, Alabama.
vii. MARGURITE ESTHER BURDICK, b. October 2, 1878, Houston, Winston County, Alabama; d. August 13, 1971.
viii. WILLIAM ELBERT BURDICK, b. March 18, 1881, Houston, Winston County, Alabama; d. August 3, 1970, Lawrenceburg, Tennesse.
ix. UNNAMED BURDICK, b. September 13, 1883; d. October 9, 1883.
"It has ever been a source of peculiar pleasure to me to read biographical writings especially where materials have been found from the subject's own pen. The benefit I have derived in years past from such writings has produced many serious reflections respecting my duty. Not that I feel competent to become an authoress but the Lord has committed souls to my charge and to Him I am accountable how I deal with them. And as I have endeavoured to instruct them according to the ability God has given me and to set life and death before them and persuade them by all that is near and dear in this life and the unfading joys of a better world and the eternal misery of those who forget God to choose life, still they remain the greater part if not all of them insensible to their danger or their remedy.
And as a mother's heart is known only by a mother I was led some years ago to make this undertaking a subject of prayer and much meditation. And by the advice of some whose judgement and piety I esteemed I determined to commence the subject. But still have neglected till fifty years with all their accumulated care and burden have left evident traces of their impairing influence on the bodily and mental faculties teaching me that what I do I must do quickly. And of late my mind has been cited to my broken vows as a neglect of duty and being again solicitated by others I delay no longer.
But as I must write only from memory much which might have been interesting had I commenced in early life must be entirely omitted.
Whether I shall ever see any of my children walking in the truth God only knows. But that they may realize the unremitting solicitude of a mothers anxious care for their eternal welfare when this tongue shall cease to move and these eyes forget to weep I design to leave with them this last testimony of a parents love. And may my heart be warmed with divine love and filled with gratitude to the author of all good while I recount his merciful dealings with me for years that are past and gone is the sincere desire of an effectionate mother."
(Signed) Polly Morgan
Feb. 19th 1829
LIFE EXPERIENCES OF POLLY MORGAN
I was born in Stonington in Conn. on the twenty second of Apr 1778. My fathers name was David Babcock. My mothers name was Mary Hinckley. I had five brothers older than myself and four younger, and one sister.
My father followed the seas twelve years, but not wishing his sons to have a seafaring life, he thought best to remove back from the sea coast to some new country, that they might not be exposed to the dangers from which he had been so mercifully preserved. When he was about to make one voyage, the signal was given for him to go on board, My mothers feelings were so excited she told him she could not assist him if he would go he must put up his things himself. But she sought a place in the orchard to give vent to her grief.
After she was gone out, a little pratting son two or three years old says to him, If you go you never will see me again. Nor you will never see mamma again. Nor you wont see yourself very long. This had such an effect on his mind coming from one so young that he gave up the voyage. The vessel went out that night, and was never heard of afterward not one of the hands on board was ever heard of any more. So by that trifling incident was his life preserved at that time.
At another time he was driven out from a harbour in the West Indies by a violent storm and was shipwrecked. Six hands were on board who had been landing stock all day and had nothing on but frocks and trowsers (sic). They reached a desolate shore whence the banks were high and shelving the waves having washed out the earth for several feet under which they took shelter after taking off their clothes and wringing they put them on and sat down in drying on the ground between each others legs each one clasping his arms around the one before him to warm themselves. But as soon as they began to get warm they were driven from their shelter by an earthquake while the rain fell in torrents. Thus they were employed all night in wringing their clothes and trying to get warm.
Twenty times they were driven from their shelter while the tumbling of the banks on either side warned them of their danger. But when the morning light disclosed the providence of God in their preservation they were astonished to see the little space that sheltered them was the only remaining shelf as far as they could see on either hand. While thousands and thousands of tons was broken off and (mingling?) with the ocean that little space was preserved for their comfort. Some of the sails washed ashore of which my father cut him a pair of trousers with his jackknife and sewed them with twine pulled out of the sails. Many a long evening have I listened to the recital of his perils, hardships and privations. Sometimes on short allowance of provisions. But the most aggravating of all privations was to be borne on the bosom of the great deep surrounded by the watry element and yet suffering under the parching influence of thirst.
Now to provide for a rising family and to place them out of the reach of temptation to such a course he took a journey to Vermont then called the new state. Then he purchased a farm not far from Otter Creek in the town of Tinmouth, built a log house. Got in a piece of wheat and returned home intending to remove his family the ensueing winter. But on his return he found that the disturbance between the Colonies and the Mother country assuming such an alarming aspect that it was deemed by all parties to be a hazardous enterprise. So he sold his farm and the man who bought it was shot dead at his own door by the Tories being enticed out to give directions to a man enquiring the way to some place. The following winter 1778-9 he removed his family to Coventry in Tolland Co., Conn.
April 20, 2000
by Lohr McKinstry, Staff Writer (email@example.com)
"Hague cartoonist Stan Burdick has seen his editorial cartoons appear in newspapers and magazines throughout the region. A show of his selected editorial cartoons is at the Hancock House's Harmon Gallery in Ticonderoga until May 27, 2000."
Surrounded by dozens of his editorial cartoons, Hague cartoonist Stan Burdick takes great pleasure in the consternation some of them have caused.
"I got into trouble over a lot of these," he said.
Any time Wal-Mart announced it was looking at a community, Burdick did a cartoon showing a two-ton elephant lumbering into town. Town officials were either depicted as riding on it or trying to block its path, depending on the community.
"I did a lot of those," Burdick said. "I called it my 'elephant series.'"
He also did quite a few cartoons poking fun at or even praising the Adirondack Park Agency, the controversial land-use authority for the Adirondacks.
"I love to hit the APA. Everybody has feelings pro or con, those that have a gripe and those that think the APA's doing a great job."
Burdick has a public show of his editorial cartoons at the Hancock's House Harmon Gallery in Ticonderoga from now until May 27.
Hancock House Acting Executive Director Steve Blanchard said Burdick's cartoons get people excited.
"He loves to stir the pot," Blanchard said.
"My ideas come from current news stories in the papers, and letters to the editor are full of issues," Burdick said.
"You can get a general idea of what people are talking about that way."
"That's the fun of it -- politics is fair game."
He's done cartoons for the Press-Republican, the Glen Falls Business Journal, the Adirondack Explorer and the Glen Falls Post-Star.
"You get recognized as people see the stuff," he said.
There was a church where the neighbors were complaining they were making too much noise, singing and so on. I did a cartoon that showed the church with the word NIMBY -- Not In My Back Yard -- under it. The church made T-shirts with my cartoon on them. They wear them."
Burdick noted that some people like seeing themselves in the cartoons, while others complain.
"They shouldn't get real uptight when they see themselves in funny garb or with funny faces. It's a cartoon."
The 50 cartoons in his show cover 1997-99. Burdick has a life-long love of comic art and is also the executive director of the Hague Cartoon Museum.
His cartooning career started when he lived in Sandusky, Ohio, 30 years ago.
"I went in and talked with the editor of the newspaper, and he said 'yeah, we'd like to run some.' That kind of gave me a start."
"My wife and I finally retired and moved up here to God's Country in 1992, and I got back into it."
He has some advice for budding cartoonists.
"If you want to get a job in cartooning, it's tough. I tell them to start with greeting cards or on the Internet."
"Otherwise, they'd starve."
These cookies can either be rolled out or used in a cookie press. The dough also can be used as a basic dough for additions, such as melted chocolate or pecans or rolled in balls, baked and then rolled in Confection Sugar.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Cream butter. Add sugar gradually, cream until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients. Blend into creamed mixture. Roll out on floured board. Bake 375 degrees for five minutes. Do not bake until bottoms are brown. The confectioner's sugar make these cookies very smooth. Frost with your favorite icing recipe.
Susan Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org), long-time friend of the Burdick Newsletter, has opened a new on-line art gallery! Check it out at http://www.susanreynolds.com . There you'll find cards, gifts, and much more.
Jim Street (email@example.com), one of our Burdick family members in Ireland, is still trying to find his Wisconsin roots. He has what he believes are photos of his grandfather's (Walter Clarke Burdick) grandparents. These photos were taken in Geneva, Wisconsin. Jim's grandfather (Walter) was born in Eureka, NV. Jim's g-grandfather, Truman A. (Adelbert?) Burdick and his wife Albertine are buried there (Jim also has a photo of their headstone). The photos are posted on http://www.burdickfamily.org , click on "Photos" to see them. If you recognize these people or know of these family members, please contact Jim.
M. Palmer (Justtrubl@aol.com) has a mystery that may involve the Burdick family. William Washington Palmer was born August 2, 1819 in Georgia and moved with his father and family to Washington County, Alabama, where they appear on the census. William's father was probably John Palmer who was married to Nancy UNKNOWN and from either South or North Carolina. Could this Nancy have been a Burdick? Can you help?
Olvera Kisjes (firstname.lastname@example.org) lives in Holland and may have a Burdick connection. Julia Evelyn Burdick's daughter, Marion Albina Hutchins (b. Feb. 10, 1898) was married in Fernwood, NY, June 15,1921, to Lewis Brandsema, who was born in Amsterdam, Holland, on July 8, 1900. Lewis was the son of Peter and Gertrude A. (Kisjes) of Paterson, NJ. Olvera is trying to determine if Gertrude Kisjes is part of her family. Anyone know more?
Any while we're in Europe, I'd like everyone to welcome Laurent Chesneau (email@example.com) of Paris, France to our extended family! Laurent's great-grandfather was George Burdick, who fought in France during World War I. During the war, George fell in love with Rose Marche and did not come back to the U.S. George and Rose's daughter, Lucy, is Laurent's grandmother. George became ill and returned to the States for treatment but died in 1929. It turns out that George's brother, Alfred Burdick, was instrumental in helping William Mansfield Burdick Harcourt research the early Burdick generations. Alfred was also a distant cousin to Nellie Johnson and helped her with her research. Laruent would like to connect with his Burdick relatives. If you are one, or know of this branch of the family, please drop us a note. Thanks. Laurent has also sent some wonderful photos that are available on the Burdick web site.
Shirley (Burdick) Woodruff (firstname.lastname@example.org) is also looking for a broken family connection, specifically her half-sister. Her dad was married twice and traveled from Wisconsin to upstate New York on business where he fathered a daughter. The girl was named Patricia Burdick and would be about 49 years old now. Her mother was Sally Whalen (or Weylin) and they lived in Port Ewing (or Ewen). Shirley would be very grateful for any information about Patricia.
Anyone searching for Saunders and related family roots? Jon Saunders (email@example.com) is the person to talk to. He maintains a database of over 65,000 names, mostly centered around the SDB families of Rhode Island and their migrations westward. Jon has identified over 75 immigrant ancestors back to the 1600's. Milton, Wisconsin is his area of concentration.
Speaking of Milton, WI, Jon found that "The Milton and Milton Junction Courier" on November 4, 1954, reported that Mrs. F. F. Burdick, 82, formerly of Milton, died November 1, 1954 in San Fernando, Calif., where she had been living with her daughter, Mrs. Gibson McDaniel, and family. She was survived by the daughter, several grandchildren and other relatives, including a nephew, Arthur Haughey. Mrs. Burdick's husband, F. F. Burdick, started the Burdick Cabinet Company in 1913 to manufacture the bath cabinet he had designed. Later, the cabinet company became The Burdick Corporation. Does anyone know more about this Burdick family? Does anyone know Mrs. Burdick's name? Has the Burdick Cabinet Company become Burdick, Inc. (www.burdick.com), the company that makes medical equipment and was also founded in 1913?
Maxine Driscoll (Max@sanbrunocable.com) is trying to extend her own Burdick family connection back to Robert. Maxine's mother was the daughter of Nellie Caroline Burdick of Pawnee City, NE. Nellie was the daughter of James Alpheus and Cornelia (Funderbake) Burdick of Rennsselaer Co., NY. James was the son of Daniel L. and Hannah Olive (Bennet) Burdick of Berkshire, MA. Daniel, who was in the Civil War, was the son of Alphen and Mary (Hovey) Burdick. Unfortunately, Daniel's name is misspelled "Burdock" in the Civil War Index, but he was in Company G of the 8 Minnesota Infantry. Supposedly, Daniel spent 5 years at sea and was married and divorced 3 times. Maxine would like to know more about this ancestor line. Can you help?
Grayce Ezarik (firstname.lastname@example.org) is also looking for some elusive Burdicks. Bertha M. Burdick, born 17 Mar 1886, died 3 May 1933, is the daughter of John and Emma Burdick. She was married to William Daniel Moyer. It turns out that William's grandfather was "Mayer", not "Moyer", and came from Germany. Grayce has additional information and would like to find out more about John and Emma Burdick.
In the last Newsletter, Stephani Burdiek (email@example.com) was trying to determine if her family is part of the Burdick clan, but with a different spelling. It turns out, they are! Stephani's grandfather remembered something that his grandfather had said. Apparently, when Stephani's gg-grandfather joined the army or cavalry they changed the spelling of the name from "Burdick" to Burdiek" and it was never changed back. He never looked into it so he doesn't know exactly why it was spelled differently. Mystery solved, but it'll probably cause headaches for genealogists a hundred years from now!
Susan Cline (firstname.lastname@example.org) maintains the Westerly (RI) Historical Society web site (www.westerlyhistoricalsociety.com). The section labeled "Local Historical Societies" contains a list of links to family association web sites. Besides the Burdick family, Susan tracks the following names: Arnold, Hoxsie, Barber, Babcock, Hopkins, Crandall, Hall, Champlin, Clarke, Rathbun, Wilcox, Whitford, Pendleton, Kenyon, Palmer, Bliven, Sisson, Peckham, Woodmancy/Woodmansee. If you know of a definitive web site for these families, or wish to suggest other old Rhode Island family sites, please let her (and me!) know. Thanks.
Chuck Burdick (USDRUMS@aol.com) passes along that his Dad, Stanley Burdick, passed away on October 14th. He was 75 years young and a veteran of WW2. He received the purple heart in Germany near the end of the war. He spent his later years running cruise boats and sport fishers from Texas to Hilton Head South Carolina. He had a 1,000 ton Captain's license and used it. He is survived by his brother Irving (Stanfordville NY), and sisters Marion (Florida) and Lois (North Carolina). Chuck says that his Dad "lived life to the fullest never looking back." He always had a smile and was very well liked by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
Betsy Winters Horton (email@example.com) is trying to find information about Harriet Elmira Burdick. Betsy has a lovely little beaded bag with the name "Harriet Elmira Burdick" on the front, and "aged 10 years" on the back. Does anyone know who Harriet Elmira was and when she was born? The silk to which the beads are sewn is very old and fragile and probably from the 19th century.
Joe Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) spotted a couple interesting Burdick connections. In the book, "Gangs of New York", there is mention of a police officer named Burdick. Joe also noticed that if you watch the movie "Footloose" very carefully, you'll see Kevin Bacon driving in front of the Burdick Hardware store. Anyone know more?
And finally (I always like to end on a happy note!) Justin M. and Tanya (Babcock) Stringer (email@example.com) announce the arrival of Sasha Marie Stringer, born December 4, 2003, weighing 7lbs, 12 oz, 21 inches long. Sasha was born in Watertown, NY where many Babcocks and Burdicks have been born. If you have a moment, drop Tanya an email for inclusion in Sasha's baby book!