Burdick Newsletters

March/April, 2004

New York State Genealogical Information

by Sally Chirlin (chirlin@adelphia.net)

(Sally lives in Norwich, in the heart of New York State, and knows her genealogy. She passes along the following information with the hopes that it will help other researchers find the roots in the area. Thanks for sharing! - HB)

Babcock, Burdick, Maxson, Green, Crandall, Clark (with or without an "e"), the list goes on and on. I tell people that if you live in NY and have any one of these family names, I can find your ancestors!

Regarding this area of NY State, I should add that some of the Burdicks and allied families seemed to have come into eastern NY and no doubt some of them stayed there for a time. When I make my claim for this central area of NY being the source of so many of our ancestors, I do so because it's proven so often true and I correspond and talk with people who find that their ancestry is indeed here in this area. It continues to amaze me how many "cousins" I find whose roots are in the same rural area as are mine and so many of yours out there.

As for the benefit of NY census records for 1855, 65 and 75 as well, I can only reiterate what's been said before. Certainly the 1855 is the best place to go after the 1850. There are microfilms in the major libraries and LDS has them too. But don't overlook the counties of interest such as the County Clerk's office as well as local historical societies and libraries. Here in Chenango Co. we have good indexes for our 1855 records as well as actual books in the County Clerk's office here in Norwich. Other counties may or may not have complete indexes but it wouldn't hurt to investigate before making a trip. Oneida Co., for example, has many of their towns indexed on microfilm and the Utica City Library has some state records on file in hard copy.

And to conclude, I'd like to add that it was the NY State census of 1855 for one of the counties in central NY which gave me my 3xggrandmother Rebecca Burdick's place of birth though not her maiden name. It not only said she was born in Connecticut but in Litchfield, CT. Most exciting as I knew her husband Charles didn't come from there. Years went by before a gentleman from Brookfield, home to so many of our early Burdicks, et.al., saw my name and families of interest in the Central NY Genealogy list. (Perhaps belonging to this organization would be a good thing for those of you who want answers in this area.) He doesn't use a computer but wrote me and when I called him at his home, it turned out that we have much in common. He went back through his papers and found my Rebecca's maiden name and her ancestry! Three Mayflower connections were part of her heritage but the best part was finding that her maiden name was Peabody and her father is supposed to be buried out in the Rochester, NY, area.

Harold Witter is this local historian's name and I'd be glad to pass along queries that you might have going back to Brookfield. A very good deed that he's been working on is to find ALL the maiden names of the women buried in West Edmeston Cemetery which is on State Rte. 8 in the town of Brookfield. The cemetery list is on the genweb site for Madison Co. although Harold's work is not posted there.

Another note in closing -- I've only recently realized what Seventh Day Baptist records are available and found my Charles and Rebecca's Seventh Day Baptist memberships in these records for back in the early days of their arrival here. I had mistakenly thought SDB was much like Seventh Day Adventist but found it to be an extant religion still practiced in some areas. AND I found the reason our ancestors were migrating from one rural area to another, at least in NY, was to spread the faith. There were extant SDB churches even in tiny rural communities not far from where I live until fairly recently and I believe there is still a church open in Alfred, NY, still holding Saturday Sabbath services. Ruth Hubbard, our ancestor, was the mother of this church in this country from what I've read and I find it most amazing that I had been so ignorant of this group of people who were such devout adherents to this church.

I think it would be a worthwhile project for some interested Burdick descendant to trace the migration of these families from RI westward, looking into the Seventh Day Baptist Church records along that route as well as other churches. It has made some of my own research easier since I've discovered that many families stayed together as "clans", for want of a better word. The early to mid-19th century records in particular show this very well. Wills, deeds, etc., also would provide better glimpses into these people's lives.

Chatroom Guardian Angel

by Connie Wright (DBBFAN111@aol.com)

(Connie is a Burdick family member, friend, and contributor to this Newsletter. She had a rather harrowing experience, recounted in the following article that was published in Woman's World magazine in November. - HB)

Four years ago, when I logged into a chat room in the middle of the night, I'd prayed for someone to talk to, someone who'd understand how isolated struggling with fibromyaglia made me feel. Little did I know as I clicked into an online conversation that I'd find a dear friend - and a guardian angel!

Like me, Donald Hartman, a retired police officer, had trouble sleeping. I'd often find him in a chatroom for people with medical problems.

I pray a lot he'd write, describing his battle with a head and neck injury. So do I, I'd write back. Besides our faith, Donald and I had much in common. Like me, he'd stopped working and felt idle. And he understood the challenge of raising teenagers.

Every night, I'd type my worries onto the screen, knowing he'd understand. Every morning, our check-ins made me feel less alone. Especially on the morning of May 3, 1999, when I logged on, hoping our chat would ease my pounding headache. Hey, big Bro, I typed.

How are you feeling? the screen flashed.

Kind of dizzy... I typed.

And as we chatted, things got worse. Cold sweat beaded my forehead. I feel like I'm going to pass out. Help me., I typed.

Donald's reply urged: Give me your phone number.

Swooning, I pressed the keys. Then, everything went black.

Three days later, I awoke in the hospital. Doctors explained that I'd had an allergic reaction to a medication and had slipped into a coma. But Donald's quick thinking had saved my life! From Erie, Pennsylvania, he'd sprung into action, dialing 911, where the local emergency operator had traced my phone number and called my dispatch center for an ambulance.

You saved my life, big Bro! I typed two days later, my heart filled with gratitude. And as I read his reply: I wasn't about to lose my little Sis, my eyes filled with tears.

Fours years later, Donald and I still share the special friendship that started in a chatroom the night our hearts -- and lives -- connected.

Connie Wright,
Lincoln, Nebraska

The Story of My Great Grandfather

by Laurent Chesneau (qwesii@wanadoo.fr)

(In the last Newsletter, I introduced you to Laurent Chesneau, whose great-grandfather, George Rowland Burdick, stayed in France after World War I with his lover, Rose Marche. Laurent is searching for his American relatives and, while these types of family situations are difficult, the actions occurred 80 years ago and all the parties involved have now passed away. Except one: Lucy, George and Rose's child (and Laurent's grandmother) is in poor health. I know it would mean the world to this gentle lady to discover her father's family and any estranged brothers and sisters before it's too late. So, once again, I'm asking the Burdicks to help make the connection. Below is Laurent's story and what he knows. - HB)

George R. Burdick met my great-grandmother, Miss Rose Marche in Paris. They instantaneously fell in love. My grandmother, Lucy, their only child, was born on the August 30, 1921 in Paris. Unfortunately George and Rose never married so my grandmother could not take her father's name. We don't know if George was already engaged or married in the United States before the War.

He stayed in Europe after the War next to his daughter until the moment he started to have health problems. When he was really sick, his family wanted him to go back to the United States to have surgery. He died a few months after his return.

During the last weeks of life, he couldn't use his voice but he wrote to my great-grandmother that he wanted to come back to Paris to live with her and his lovely child. The letters from his brother and sister describe my great-grandfather as a very courageous man who never complained about his situation.

George Burdick died the October 15, 1929 (at 02:20 AM) at the Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He was buried Thursday, October 17th in the cemetery of his native village, next to his parents. He probably died from a throat cancer. When he arrived in the United States from France for treatment, his family hadn't seen him in 13 years.

His brother, Alfred A. Burdick, was a doctor, whose 1929 address was: 2221 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD. His brother sent some personal possessions (pictures, letters…) to my great-grandmother's sister, Mrs. Marguerite Vombanck (1929 address: 3 rue des écluses Saint Martin 10 arr Paris, France).

His sister, L. Alma Star, had the following 1929 address: 8655 Palo Alto Ave., Hollis, Long Island, NY.

I have found one postcard from Jennie E.B. Webster and a postcard from Edmo L. Babcock. I don't know the exact relationship of these people to my great-grandfather, but perhaps it will help someone identify him.

(It turns out that George R. Burdick's brother, Alfred, was a confidant to both Nellie Johnson and William Mansfield Burdick Harcourt. I find it hard to believe that, with these strong connections, someone out there doesn't know this branch of the family. One of George's ancestors, Oliver Burdick, was even a Revolutionary War Patriot! Following is George's line from Robert Burdick and the listings of George and his brothers, Alfred and Charles, from Nellie's book. As you can see, no mention of George's life in France is mentioned. It was, no doubt, a situation that this historically-involved Burdick family did not wish to discuss. But, as I said, that was 80 years ago and it is time to complete this connection. Please help. - HB)

1. Robert and Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick
2. Deacon Robert and Rebecca (Foster) Burdick
3. Jonathan and Judith (Clarke) Burdick
4. Oliver and Lydia (Elderton) Burdick
5. Capt. Rowland and Martha (Chester) Burdick
6. Horatio Nelson and Thankful Lucinda (Kenyon) Burdick
7. Dea. Alfred Bailey and Lydia Lucina (Crandall) Burdick
8. Edwin Nelson, Alfred Arthur, Lucie Alena, Charles Noyes, and George Rowland Burdick.

3335 Alfred Arthur Burdick, son of Alfred 2083 ( Horatio 986, Rowland 340, Oliver 124, Jonathan 34, Robert 10, Robert 1 ) and Lydia L. ( Crandall ) Burdick, b. Ashaway, R. I., May 22, 1871 ; res., 1936, Baltimore, Md. ; m. Providence, R. I., Apr. 29, 1903, by Rev. Bartlett, to Katherine Estella Kenyon, b. May 27, 1872 ; living, 1935 ; dau. of Johnson Wilson and Celia ( Acker ) Kinyon.

Children, b. Baltimore, Md.:
Alfred Wilson, b. Apr. 30, 1904.
Alice Lucille, b. Nov. 4, 1905.
Kenyon, b. July 9, 1908.

Dr. Alfred A. Burdick graduated from Bellevue Hospital Training Schools for Male Students in 1895, and completed his medical education at the Bellevue Medical College and Hospital, New York, and the Baltimore Univ. School of Medicine. Upon graduating from the latter institution in 1900, he began the practice of medicine in Baltimore, where he is still practicing in 1936. He greatly assisted Mr. Harcourt in collecting and compiling the early records for this Genealogy and after the death of Mr. Harcourt he continued collecting records until the press of his professional work forced him to turn the records over to his distant cousin, Nellie W. Johnson.

3336 Charles Noyes Burdick, son of Alfred 2083 ( Horatio 986, Rowland 340, Oliver 124, Jonathan 34, Robert 10, Robert 1 ) and Lydia ( Crandall ) Burdick, b. Ashaway, R. I., Dec. 13, 1876 ; d. Hartford, Conn., June 19, 1933 ; buried in Fog Plains, Waterford, Conn., full military honors ; m. New London, Conn., by Rev. Dr. S. LeRoy Blake, Jan. 1, 1902 ; to Myra Adelle Cottrell, b. Waterford, Conn., Jan. 1, 1878 ; living 1933, Hartford, Conn. ; dau. of James Berry and Ann Alina ( Beebe ) Cottrell of Waterford and New London, Conn.

Children, b. Middletown, Conn.:
Helen Noyes, b. Dec. 30, 1905 ; m. June 18, 1932, Arthur Barnard Poole of Bristol, Conn.
Ruth Hubbard, b. June 9, 1908 ; m. June 28, 1933, Carl David Johnson of Middletown, Conn., son of Charles.
Barbara, b. Mar. 31, 1912 ; m. Mar. 15, 1931, Irving Elmer Rivenburgh of Winsor, Conn. Child ( Rivenburg ): 1. Sue Ann, b. Hartford, Dec. 19, 1932.

Mr. Burdick was 1st Sergeant of the Third Section of the Conn., Signal Corps at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. He then enlisted in Co. C, 1st Conn. Heavy Art., U. S. Vols., and when mustered out, re-enlisted in Co. B, 5th U. S. Art. After services with the battery in Puerto Rico, he was discharged and returned to New London and was agent for firms dealing in grocers' specialties. Mrs. Burdick is a descendant of Robert Burdick through his daughter Naomi, wife of Jonathan Rogers.

3337 George Rowland Burdick, son of Alfred 2083 ( Horatio 986, Rowland 340, Oliver 124, Jonathan 34, Robert 10, Robert 1 ) and Lydia ( Crandall ) Burdick, b. Ashaway, R. I., Nov. 29, 1886 ; d. Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1929 ; buried in Oak Grove Cem., Ashaway ; m. Hartford, Conn., in the Church of the Sacred Heart, by Rev. Charles F. Ridard, pastor of St. Anne Church, Oct. 26, 1908, to Anne LaVoi. They were divorced and she m. (2) New York City, Feb. 7, 1928, Arthur W. Lawrence.

Child, b. Hartford, Conn.:
Claire, b. Aug. 31, 1909 ; m. New York City, in the Little Church Around the Corner, May 3, 1930, Arthur P. Raner, Jr., b. East Orange, N. J., July 6, 1906, son of Arthur P. and Edith ( Johnson ) of East Orange. They live 1934, East Orange, N. J. He is an accountant. She was adopted by her step-father. No chn.

Mr. Burdick entered Alfred Univ. in 1902.

Stephen Burdick of Rockville, Town of Hopkington, RI

by David Kendall Martin, M.A. (martind@westelcom.com)

(The following article was published in 1983 by David and proves, once again, that I could not perform the job of a "real" genealogist. This type of research amazes me! - HB)

For many years I accepted without question the lineage for Stephen Burdick of Hopkington, Washington Co., RI, who married Mary Church, given in The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island by Nellie Johnson (1937), p. 91, #185. As I grew more sensitive genealogically, I noticed that if Stephen Burdick were born 16 March 1748 as Mrs. Johnson wrote, he would have been but 15 years old, perhaps barely 16, when his first child, Joel, was born in 1762/3, and seven years younger than his wife who is buried in the Burdick Cemetery, Clifford Township, Susquehanna Co. PA, where her gravestone is inscribed: died January 4, 1832, aged 90 years, (so born c.1741). While possible, the spectacle of a 15 year old boy marrying a 22 year old woman disturbed my sense of proportion.

I spent a long time investigating the births of the children of Stephen and Mary (Church) Burdick: Joel 1762/3, Billings 1765, Caleb c.1767, Joshua c.1769, Thomas c.1771, Zebediah c.1774, Stephen c.1776, Kendal 4 April 1778, Elias 20 August 1780 and Mary 1783/4, but could not shake the birth of Joel whose gravestone in the Rockville Cemetery reads died May 23, 1828 aged 65 years and who married in Hopkington 27 March 1784 Sarah Crandall (VR). In addition, even if Joel's age at death was a bit off, the 1774 census includes six males under 16 in the family of Stephen, too many births to change his marriage date significantly. Equally certain was the birth date of Stephen, son of Simeon and Isabel (Saunders) Burdick, clearly noted in the Westerly Vital Records as 16 March 1748.

As I dug into the Hopkington records, I found that several young men of that period matured at an early age, leaving home and buying land in their middle teens. That seemed to be the answer, Stephen had followed a local pattern of early male independence. Also, those with more knowledge of the time and place whom I consulted, including David W> Dumas, were comforting in their assurance that such a situation was not at all unlikely. Several also pointed out that Stephen was not the first young man to find himself obligated to marry an older woman.

Still disturbing, though, was the wording of the will of Simeon Burdick of Westerly, which adjoins Hopkington, who on 3 March 1801 wrote "I give and bequeath to my beloved son Stephen Burdick if he should Ever Return to Live here Fifty Dollars to be paid out of my Estate when he shall Return - But in Case he should not Return to be Equally Divided Between my other two sons Simeon & Jonathan". This seems odd phrasing when referring to a son living just a few miles away in the next town. Perhaps Mrs. Johnson had confused "my" Stephen with another. Stephen is not a common name in the Burdick family. The bulk of my search has been combing the records of New England and New York for references to it. None are found born in the 17th century, and I have found only these born in the 18th century:

Stephen 1748-1801+ (Simeon(4), Thomas(3), Thomas(2), Robert(1)) of Westerly

Stephen Rose c.1754-1820+ (Joseph(3), Robert(2), Robert(1)) m. Westerly 1777 Sarah West; Rensselaer and Madison Cos. NY (see Mayflower Families Through Five Generations 3:98 300).

Stephen 1758-c.1812 (Samuel Hubbard(4), Samuel Hubbard(3), Thomas(2), Robert(1)) m. ? Lodema (----); Stonington, CT and Brookfield Co. NY.

Stephen 1789-1823 (Jonathan(5), Simeon(4), Thomas(3), Thomas(2), Robert(1)) m. Merabeth (Elizabeth) Hull, Newport.

Stephen Rose 1795-? (Joseph(4), Joseph(3), Robert(2), Robert(1)) m. Elizabeth E. Wells.

What is significant about this list is that if Stephen who married Mary Church had been confused with another Stephen, it would have been a younger Stephen, making the situation even worse. Mrs. Johnson's placement seemed the most reasonable one after all.

At this point I was able to visit the Rhode Island Archives in Providence, where the very helpful Mrs. Phyllis Silva showed me the volume of early petitions. At once my entire Burdick discomfort relaxed and righted itself as I read through a petition (9-2:185):

"To the Honble General Assembly to sit at South Kingstown in and for the Colony of Rhode Island &c the Last Wednesday in October A.D. 1759 from in habitants of the North part of the Town of Hopkington and others of sd Town requesting that the northern part of the Second Company or Trained Band of Hopkington be set off as a separate company to save the hardship of travel seven or eight miles to trainings."

Among the signers was Stephen Burdick!

At the very least, as an interested party in militia training, he would be 16 years old or born by 1741; at the same time, Stephen of Westerly would only be 11 years old. Here was proof that there was an even older Stephen Burdick so far unrecognized by anyone. What was more, this Stephen apparently lived in the north part of Hopkington where the indefatigable and kind researcher, the late Miss Gladys E. Palmer of Hopeville, had placed the land of "my" Stephen Burdick and probably his grave at Rockville.

Singing with him were other Burdicks: Thomas, Edward, Thomas Jr. and Zebedia (both immediately next to Stephen on either side), Elias, Zacheus, Cary, Jesse, and William.

Another check of the Burdick genealogy showed (pp. 21-2, #29) that Thomas Burdick had married c.1724 Dorothy Maxson born 30 October 1703, a daughter of Rev. John and Judith (Clarke) Maxson, and had: Thomas 24 March 1725, Susannah, Zebediah, Elias, Cary, and Zaccheus 28 February 1738. Mrs. Johnson's account of the family of Thomas and Dorothy (Maxson) Burdick indicates the identities of their children were imperfectly known. As Thomas, Elias, and particularly Zebediah are found among the children of Stephen and Mary (Church) Burdick, Stephen is likely another son of Thomas born c.1736.

The names are right, the place is right, and the chronology is right. It is unfortunate that the ancestries of Mary Church and Hannah Gray (wife of Stephen's son Kendal) are not known, so it may or may not be significant that Kendal Burdick names his first child Dorothy and a son Kendal Mason; the latter went by the name of Mason Burdick, and I have often wondered if the name should be Maxson. To our list above we can add:

Stephen c.1736-c.1808 (Thomas(3), Samuel(2), Robert(1)) m. Mary Church, Hopkington, RI.

Burdick Family Recipe...

(Due to the length of this Newsletter and the fact that I have not received any recipes from you (hint-hint, nudge-nudge), there is no recipe listed. Space (and input from you) willing, I'll resume the recipe section in the next issue. - HB)

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

Betsy Winters Horton (ewhorton@mn.rr.com) has a family heirloom -- 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 might be and when she might have been born? The silk to which the beads are sewn is very old and fragile so Betsy thinks it must be 19th century.

In the last Newsletter, Jon Saunders asked about Mrs. F.F. Burdick and the Burdick Cabinet Company in Milton, WI. Chuckie Blaney (chuckieblaney@alumnae.mtholyoke.edu) and Robin Burdick Bills (precambrian51@yahoo.com) came through with the answer.

Robin discovered that "F. F. Burdick" is probably Fred Frazier Burdick, son of Edwin P. Burdick & Harriet Richardson. His California Death Index reads: "BURDICK FRED FRAZIER 09/09/1869 RICHARDSON BURDICK M NEW YORK LOS ANGELES(19) 01/07/1950 80 yrs". Robin also found this family in the 1920 & 1930 censuses, which seem to confirm that Mary Catherine was his wife & that this is the right family: "1930 Federal Census, Scottsdale, Maricopa Co., Arizona, ED 117, p. 5A rented, Thomas Rd.; 10 Apr 1930. Burdick, Fred F. head 60 M32 NY RI NH rancher. Mary K. wife 57 M29 OH IL OH". Thus, they were married around 1903. "1920 Federal Census, Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin, ED 127, p. 15A 2 Feb 1920, Burdick, Fred head 50 NY NY NH manager, factory. Mary C. wife 47 OH IL OH Ruth E. dau 14 NY NY OH + 2 boarders". Robin figures that Fred & Mary Catherine moved to Wisconsin at some point after 1905, moved to Arizona between 1920 & 1930, and moved to California after 1930.

Chuckie confirms this information and also discovered that 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. Chuckie wonders if the Burdick Cabinet Company become Burdick, Inc. (http://www.burdick.com), the company that makes medical equipment and was also founded in 1913. So do I, does anyone know? Chuckie found that, according to the California death index, the only Burdick female who died in California on 1 November 1954 was Mary Catherine Burdick, born in Ohio on 9 Sept 1872 and died in Los Angeles Co., California. Her father's last name "Huffaker", mother's maiden name "Hussey". Looking in the 1930 census index on www.ancestry.com, the most likely candidate was Mary K. Burdick, 57, born in Ohio. Husband, Fred F. Burdick, 60, born in New York. Then living in Scottsdale, Maricopa Co., Arizona. Going back to the California death index, Chuckie figures that her husband was FRED FRAZIER Burdick, born in New York 09/09/1869, died LOS ANGELES Co., 01/07/1950, aged 80 yrs. Fred's mother's maiden name was Richardson.

I'd say that's a pretty good history of Mr. & Mrs. F.F. Burdick. You guys continue to amaze me! Any direct descendants out there?

Jim Burdick, LTC USA Retired (JBURDICK@adc.state.az.us), wishes to pass along this sad news from the CNN web site: "Staff Sgt. Richard A. Burdick, age 24, 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. From National City, California. Killed when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while in a convoy in Mosul, Iraq, on December 10, 2003." For the entire extended Burdick family, we send our sincere condolences to the family of this American Hero. I have started a new section on the Burdick Family Association web site (http://www.burdickfamily.org) to honor our military; it is long overdue. Please send me your thoughts and suggestions about what should be included on this page.

Susan Reynolds (susan@susanreynolds.com) brings up a book that I have heard about before, but about which I have never gotten the whole story. Perhaps you can help. "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick" by Chris Van Allsburg is a small volume that's been around for a while. I haven't seen the book (shame on me!), and would love to know the whole story, as I'm sure other family members would, too.

Last month, Joe Burdick asked about a Burdick business shown in the movie "Footloose". Carol Burdick Poulson (ccpoulson@surfbest.net) has the answer. Her Burdick ancestors used to live in Payson, Utah, where the film was made. The "Burdick Lumber" sign is on a business in downtown Payson, an area were many Burdicks still live. By the way, for those of you who wish to stay in touch with Joe Burdick, a frequent contributor to this Newsletter, his new email address is jburdick88@sbcglobal.net.

Lois Willand (jon.and.lois.willand@worldnet.att.net) is trying to find a Benjamin O. Burdick who was born in 1856 and died in 1908. Burdick history records LOTS of Benjamins, does anyone know this one?

Following the story in the last Newsletter about cartoonist Stan Burdick, Brian Burdick (burdick@nwlink.com) wants to introduce us all to his son, Brad, who is a budding cartoonist and artist. Brad is 18 years old and has just completed his first term at the Art Institute of California at San Francisco. He is majoring in Media Arts and Animation and has developed his own cartoon strip called “The Fly”. Brad started a web site while attending Gunderson High School in San Jose, CA. You can see his cartoons, artwork, and shop for apparel, household items and other fun and practical gifts with “The Fly” artwork at: http://www.theflycomics.com/. Brain's favorites are his son's oil pastels of Venice and the Mediterranean. Take a look, I think you'll like what you see in this next generation of Burdick artistic flare!

Vince Elster (elstervince@charter.net) is an experienced genealogist who, for the last 20 years, has traced his Burdick, Matteson, Greene, and other family lines, as he says, "back to Adam". He's followed them from Colonial Massachusetts, to Rhode Island, New York and beyond. He is at the stage where he is more interested in helping others more than seeking help, and would be glad to hear from Burdick researchers. Sounds like a pretty good offer, I'd take him up on it if you're searching for family.

Lynn Macey (lynnm@vombo.org), who happens to be my own second cousin once removed (his grandfather and my great-grandfather were brothers), has snagged a wonderful piece of Burdick history: Nellie Johnson's personal copy of "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island". He purchased it through eBay, based on a tip from the Rootsweb Burdick family list. Turns out someone had purchased it at auction in Norwich, NY eight years ago and just wanted to get rid of it. It is now safe and sound with the Burdick family in San Jose, CA. Thanks, Lynn, for rescuing this treasure. He reports that nearly every well-worn page is filled with notes and he will gladly make information available to researchers. You can bet I'll be bugging him for some!

Time for a two-continent geography quiz. George Burdick (gburdick@jobnewsusa.com) was in Edinborough, Scotland several years back and found himself on Burdick Street. And Jacqueline Francis (Burdick) Sparks (jfsx2@hevanet.com), who's cousins live in Victoria, BC, reports that there is a Burdick Street in that beautiful city (on the east side, along Oak Bay). Anyone know more? There must be stories associated with both locations.

Beverly Miller (KAYLAREE@msn.com) has Burdick, Babcock, Maxson, Crandall, and Barber lines in her genealogy. Right now she is searching for Philetus Babcock and his descendants. Philetus was born circa 1828, probably in Scott, Cortland County, NY, resided most of his life in Brookfield, Madison County, NY, and married Clarisa. His brother was Jesse Babcock of Sangerfield, NY. His father was Paul Babcock, Jr. 1791-1836 who died in Scott, NY, and was married to his cousin, Barbara Burdick. Paul Junior was the son of Captain Paul Babcock 1766-1840 who also died in Scott, NY, and was married to Hannah Burdick. Beverly would appreciate any information, particularly about Philetus Babcock's siblings and children.

Kathy Blanchard (kathynb@verizon.net) recently dropped in to see Frank and Lorraine Mueller in Sarasota. Talk about going to the source of information! She is seeking information about Addie Burdick, born November, 1863 in Berlin, Rensselaer Co. NY., and married to Edwin H. Brock. They lived in Petersburg and Raymertown, also in Rens. Co. NY, and Addie died December 6, 1933 in Raymertown. Both her and her husband are buried in Meadowlawn/Pleasant Valley cemetery in Rens. Co. There children were Effie May, Cora, Frank, Myrtle, Elwin, Blanche, Forrest, Bessie, Hazel, Leland and Lela (twins), Edna, Maud, Jay and Clayton. Effie May married Clarence Aaron Hoag, who are Kathy's husband's great-grandparents. Unfortunately, these Burdicks are not listed in the Burdick Book, although there are several Burdick families in Rens. Co. Kathy is also looking for information about Bertha M. Burdick, born 17 Mar 1886, died 3 May 1933, daughter of John and Emma Burdick, who was married to William Daniel Moyer. Anyone know more?

Did you ever play "Dungeons and Dragons"? Did you know that the game was invented by a Burdick? That would be Gary Gygax (ggygax@genevaonline.com), grandson of Hugh Abram Burdick of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Not only is Gary one of our more famous family members, he's also closely related to other famous Burdicks: Uncle Glydewell Burdick was a pioneer in ground heating and cooling pumps and was written up in the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Gary's great-great-uncle Byron Burdick's granddaughter, Lorraine Burdick, is the one who captured Frank Mueller's heart long ago and was the inspiration for Frank's book, "The Burdick Family Chronology". Gary firmly believes that his unique perspectives stem mainly from his Burdick heritage.

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