There are few times when you have a chance to own a little piece of history for next to nothing. This is one of them.
As readers of this Newsletter know, Frank Mueller is one of the most important Burdick family researchers of the last 100 years. His book, "The Burdick Family Chronology", sold thousands of copies and can be found in libraries across the country. In fact, unless you already own a copy or purchase a digital copy from H & L Creations (www.hlcreations.com), libraries are the ONLY place you can read his book. It has been out of print for several years.
Unfortunately, Frank's health is failing. I occasionally speak with him and Lorraine. A couple weeks ago he asked me to make all of you aware of a once-in-a-lifetime offer. He has a small quantity of prints (about 100) of the Burdick coat of arms that were distributed with his book that he is making available to us. The photos measure 6" x 9" and can be trimmed to fit in a 5x7 frame. The following link will show you what the Burdick coat of arms looks like:
Frank likes to point out that this is the only "true" Burdick coat of arms, since the blue and white one that many are familiar with (www.burdickfamily.org/burdettecoa.html) actually belongs to the Burdette family in England and has been "adopted" by the Burdicks.
The Burdick coat of arms was granted to James Burdick in 1900. Mr. Burdick was a popular and influential figure in London. He became a Deputy Alderman and was headed for a glorious political future before heart disease brought his premature death on October 14, 1907. His daughter, Lydie Amy Burdick, married Percy Greenaway. Mr. Greenaway was also well connected in London circles, becoming Lord Mayor of the city in 1932. The Burdick coat of arms is verified by the College of Arms in London and is documented in Fox-Davies Armorial Families.
So here's your chance to own this piece of Burdick history, for only $10 each, including shipping! Christmas is coming up, they make great gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person. They are also something you can purchase for your children and grandchildren to remind them of their Burdick heritage. With only 100 being offered, they will likely go fast, I've already ordered mine. Make your check payable to Frank Mueller and mail to:
The cost is $10 per photo. Frank will autograph the back of the photo, if you ask, making this an even more valuable historical item.
"Copyright 2004, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Larry Crandall-Wood. This article was originally published in the April 2004 issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and is reprinted with the permission of The Society and the author."
"Larry Crandall-Wood is a Mechanical Engineer and an amateur genealogist. He gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following people who added significantly to the research for this article: Mary Maureen Campbell-Wood, his co-editor; and Jean Caldwell Adams, El Paso, Texas; Earl P. Crandall (since deceased), Crandall Family Association of R.I.; Orin Edward Crandall (deceased), Olean, N.Y.; Ron Crandall, Ceres, N.Y.; Susan M Crandall-Hellmann, Bohemia, N.Y.; Isabelle Eidson-Crandall, Bradford, Pa. (since deceased); James William Holmes, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Cora King-Moser, Bradford, Pa.; Anne Mabille, Buffalo, N.Y.; Harry Macy Jr., Editor of THE RECORD; Susan Stalker Mulvey (19 Sept. 2001 email contribution); Marion Springer, Librarian, Bath, N.Y.; David Vickers, Past President of the Montgomery Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society; and Douglas Crandall Wood, Olathe, Kansas. This is only a partial listing, as the author could not possibly include all of the family members, librarians, county clerks, and other hard-working genealogists who have contributed. He thanks them all for their assistance."
The purpose of this article is to describe new research on the ancestry of Parker Burdick Crandall who was previously reported as born about 1790, probably in either Vermont or New York, and died about 1830 in Steuben County, New York. I believe that the Crandall and Burdick ancestry of this person can now be conclusively established, with a firm connection to the Rhode Island Crandall family which was the subject of John Cortland Crandall's Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants [hereafter Crandall Genealogy], published in 1949.
This work is not without a personal interest, as my mother was born Catherine Virginia Crandall in Bradford, Pennsylvania, making me a direct descendant of Parker B. Crandall.
The Crandall family in eastern New York State has been under professional genealogical research for over 75 years and many of the desired primary source documents have still not been found. It can safely be concluded that if they were not destroyed (during the Revolutionary War or later), they are still lying in obscure storage awaiting cataloging and future research, or the people of this region never kept such records in the first place. In the face of this missing evidence I have taken an alternative route and applied the processes of deductive reasoning and elimination to come to what I feel is a reasoned logical conclusion on the relationship(s) of the people involved in this case.
Other than the Federal Census, my next most valuable source, though a secondary one, has been the Crandall Genealogy. Mr. Crandall spent decades researching his book, checking with living descendants as well as reviewing primary source documents. He created a work of high value to those researching Crandalls, especially in New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Even though Mr. Crandall consulted with numerous other genealogists in the course of his work, his book has several shortcomings which have come under criticism. I will just list the ones I know of and let the reader decide what credence should be given to them. First it is said that "the book contains errors." I do not know of a genealogy that does not contain errors, and Mr. Crandall explains in his text that he did not consider his book the final definitive work on the subject and he expected future researchers to continue the research. Secondly, it is pointed out that "the book is unsourced." While each date and fact does not contain a direct citation to a source (as modern genealogical scholarship demands), Mr. Crandall does note wills, deeds, and other sources where appropriate. He also had access to personal accounts and makes specific references to old documents that were not available even in his time. He knew where his information came from and I for one am confident to rely on his judgment. I also note that Mr. Crandall was not hesitant to insert text explaining when a particular item was in dispute, or unverified.
Identifying Parker Burdick Crandall's Parents:
Samuel and Rebecca (Burdick) Crandall of Washington County, New York
The Crandall Genealogy lists the family of Parker "B." Crandall under "Unclassified Crandalls." John Cortland Crandall was assisted in small part by my cousin Orin Edward Crandall, and even though they both agreed that they must be related, they could find no primary source that placed Parker B. in the Rhode Island Crandall family. It was the dying wish of Orin Crandall that this work be completed. We have him to thank for the listing in the Crandall Genealogy, where Parker B. Crandall is shown with "Father unknown." That mystery has since been solved by the manuscript of Mary Soutar Caldwell, which connects Parker Burdick Crandall to his parents Samuel Crandall and Rebecca Burdick. Mary Caldwell and her daughter Jean Adams spent many years verifying this connection and Parker's middle name "Burdick." Although Mrs. Caldwell's proof(s) have not entirely survived, they were sufficient to meet the requirements of the DAR. In her manuscript she lists "Family Records and Letters" which are undoubtedly the source of a large part of her work. Her daughter, Jean Adams, tells me that this is true but she cannot now find these materials. While the DAR record alone is not proof it is a very strong secondary source. The DAR acceptance occurred about 1978, which is important to note because it is well known that that society was less particular about proper source documentation in the past than they are today.
The Crandall Genealogy does not list a Samuel Crandall who married Rebecca Burdick. However, the records of the Bottenkill Baptist Church in Washington County, New York, as reported by Janet Foley, show Rebecca Burdick, Parker Burdick, and other Burdicks on the 1775-1815 membership roll of the church. Foley also lists a Samuel Crandall and wife Rebecca as joining the church in 1790 (about the time Parker Burdick Crandall was born) and both were dismissed (it seems honorably) in 1802.
The name "Parker Burdick" is unique in this period, making Parker Burdick Crandall's name quite significant. The possibility that he was a grandson of Parker Burdick is not only probable but given the naming conventions of the era it is a virtual certainty, as it was common for New England families of this period to name a male child after the maternal grandfather if the opportunity presented itself.
The church records place Samuel and Rebecca in Washington County in 1800, even though the 1800 Federal Census does not appear to enumerate them there. The only Samuel Crandall (spelled Crandel) head of household in the Washington County 1800 census was living in Argyle, age 45+. I now believe that this person is the grandfather of Parker Burdick Crandall. He was listed in the 1790 census of Argyle as Samuel Crandell, with a large family. Also in Argyle in 1790 was a Samuel "Crander," with one male 16 and over, one male under 16 and one female, living next door to Parker Burdick; obviously this could be the Samuel who married Burdick's daughter and had a son Parker Burdick Crandall born about this time. The 1810 census lists two Samuel Crandalls in Washington County, one age 45+ and another age 26-44, almost certainly Parker Burdick Crandall's grandfather and father. I will call these two Samuel Sr. and Samuel Jr.
Apparently the Bottenkill (or Bottskill) Church did not keep or retain birth and marriage records, as all we have from this church are the membership records transcribed by Foley. A history of Washington County describes the church:
"The Bottskill Baptist Church was organized in 1767 in the log home of Nathan and Stanton Tefft which was located close to the present Fourth Tee of the Battenkill Country Club near Middle Falls in the town of Easton. The first church building, of logs, was erected in Easton just south of the present village of Greenwich on a rise of land east of the present home of Wynter Burdick. The remains of the old first burial ground are still there. A new church building was erected about 1797 on Church Street in Greenwich. Elder Nathan Tanner was the only pastor during the time the church worshipped in Easton."
The Burdick genealogy by Nellie Willard Johnson mentions Parker Burdick but does not name his children, and thus was of little help with this research problem. I believe that Rebecca (Burdick) Crandall may be buried in Steuben County, New York, in the Merrill Cemetery on County Road 6 across from Pauling Road in the town of Howard. The tombstone reads "Rebecca wife of Sam'l C. Crandall died May 1848 aged 84 years & 2 Mo. [born 1764]." I have been unable to find any other references to this gravesite, or any reason this Rebecca is buried in the Merrill Cemetery. The dates on the stone fit Rebecca Burdick, but they have not been verified nor has the connection been positively made.
Samuel Crandall Sr. is listed in the 1800 census on the same page as Eber and Joseph, all spelling their names Crandel. As these three were close neighbors they were probably also related. On the 1810 census we find Samuel [Sr.] on page 506, and Samuel [Jr.] on page 513. Also on page 513 are Eber, Simeon, and David, and on page 514 Benjamin, all age 26-44 and most likely the brothers listed by the Crandall Genealogy as #331 Eber4, #330 Simeon4, #333 David4, and #335 Benjamin4, all of the lineage John3, Eber2, John1.
The Eber in the 1800 census was probably the same #331, who according to the Crandall Genealogy was born 1772 in Martha's Vineyard, lived in Greenwich, Washington County, New York, and died 26 February 1844. He was also a member of the Bottenkill Church. The Joseph of 1800 is more difficult to identify but Johnson in his history of Washington County states: "Crandall's Corners is about two and a half miles south of Easton and within a mile of the town and county line. It was named after Holden Crandall, who kept a tavern and store there many years ago." This is probably #1789 Holder7 Crandall, born 16 July 1789, son of #761 Joseph6 (Eber5, Eber4, Samuel3, Samuel2, John1). Joseph6 was born in 1768 and Sarah "wife of Joseph d. in her 75th year in Easton NY 16 Nov 1839." (After I established the lineage of Samuel Sr./Jr. it became clear that Eber and his brothers were first cousins to Samuel Sr. while Joseph was his more distant third cousin once-removed.)
Sorting Out the Samuel Crandalls
Even though I could state with some certainty that Parker B. Crandall was the son of Samuel Jr. and grandson of Samuel Sr., the ancestry of Samuel Sr. presented a difficult problem. The Crandall Genealogy names at least 26 Samuels in the first six generations, many of whom migrated to New York or neighboring Vermont and Connecticut, but it places none of them in Washington County. I decided to consider all of the Samuel Crandalls who might have been Samuel Sr. and by process of elimination narrow down the field to him. As I will show, this exercise led to the conclusion that Samuel Sr. was #201 Samuel5 (John4-3, Joseph2, John1), whose mother was Mary3 Crandall (Eber2, John1). The Genealogy says he was born 1739 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, and lived in Dorset, Vermont. It had to be proved that he was also the Samuel of Washington County. I started by identifying the Samuels found in the 1800 Census of New York. We know that Samuel Sr. was in Washington County in that census, so any Samuels found elsewhere in 1800 were different men, but it was necessary to connect each of them with a Samuel in the Genealogy, to eliminate the possibility that any of them could have been #201.
In reviewing these Samuel Crandalls it is helpful to keep in mind that if Parker B. Crandall was born about 1790, his father Samuel Jr. was probably born in the 1760s and his grandfather Samuel Sr. before about 1740.
(Note: The following sections have been omitted due to space constraints. These sections hold extensive research material on each individual. -- HB)
A. Samuel Crandell of Chatham 1800.
B. Samuel Crandell of Canaan 1800.
C. Samuel Crandell of Hillsdale 1800 (hereafter "Hillsdale Samuel").
D. Samuel Crandell of Kinderhook 1800.
E. Samuel Crandel of North East 1800.
F. Samuel Crandall of Petersburg 1800.
G. Captain Samuel5 Crandall (Eber4, John3, Eber2, John1).
H. Samuel6 Crandall (George5, Samuel4, Peter3, John2, John1).
I. Samuel4 Crandall (Samuel Nelson3, James2, John1).
J. Lt. Samuel5 Crandall (Samuel4, Peter3, John2, John1).
For the reasons set forth above, all of the above New York (and Connecticut) Samuels can be eliminated as candidates for Samuel Jr. of Washington County, husband of Rebecca Burdick, or his father Samuel Sr. Two other candidates remain from the Crandall Genealogy, a father and son, and there are several very important facts in favor of their being Samuel Sr. and Jr.
Samuel5 Crandall (John4-3, Joseph2, John1) is #201 in the Genealogy, which says he was born at Hopkinton, Rhode Island, about 1739, and lived in Dorset, Bennington County, Vermont. His mother was also a Crandall, #39 Mary3 (Eber2, John1). Samuel was not living in Dorset in 1790 or 1800, and author John C. Crandall said he died "probably in Vermont," while adding that researcher Howard S. Crandall of Westerly, Rhode Island, said he "died at sea." I have chosen to discount these statements in favor of the much more probable alternative that Samuel moved to Washington County, New York. According to the Genealogy, this Samuel5 had sons Jonathan6 (born 1764-65) and Samuel6. Nothing was known of Samuel6 except his name, but consider the following:
a. Neither #201 Samuel5 nor his sons Jonathan6 and Samuel6 were living anywhere in Vermont in 1790 or 1800. They therefore must have moved elsewhere.
b. #138 George5 Crandall (a third cousin of #201) in a deposition for his Revolutionary War pension stated that he moved out of Vermont to New York about 1777, when General Burgoyne came through with the British Army. It is logical that #201 Samuel and sons Jonathan and Samuel would also migrate 20 miles west to New York.
c. Asa Fitch reports that a Samuel Crandall died 4 May 1828 age 89, in Greenwich, Washington County, meaning he was born about 1739, the year given in the Genealogy for #201 Samuel5. This would fit our Samuel Sr. exactly, and there is no other Samuel Crandall to whom this could refer.
d. On 25 July 1790 we find Jonathan6 Crandall in Easton, Washington County, marrying Cynthia Waters. Easton is about 20 miles exactly due west and slightly south of Dorset, and quite close to Argyle where Samuel Sr. and Jr. appear on the census. Samuel Jr. and Rebecca Burdick must have married a year or two prior to this, and they were members of the Bottenkill Church originally located in Easton.
e. The only census records that might pertain to Samuel6, brother of Jonathan6, are those from Argyle, and even though I do not have an exact birth date for this Samuel I know from his brother Jonathan's age and their father Samuel5's age that he very nearly must match the age of Rebecca Burdick, who was born in 1764 if the Steuben County gravestone is hers.
f. Two sources indicate that Jonathan6 and wife Cynthia returned to Vermont by between 1800 and 1810, exactly the period when Samuel Jr. and wife Rebecca were dismissed from the Bottenkill Church. If they were brothers and Jonathan6 decided to return to Vermont then perhaps Samuel6 would have found it time to move on too.
g. Jonathan6 Crandal applied for a Revolutionary War pension on 17 April 1818 in Bennington, Vermont. He gave his age as 54 and his marriage as indicated above. Accompanying information gives his death as 4 March 1850. These dates agree with those in the Crandall Genealogy.
h. In addition to Samuel and Rebecca (Burdick) Crandall, members of the Bottenkill Church included Bathsheba, Tacy, Asa, and Ezra Crandall. These four were all children of #199 Nathan5 Crandall, the brother of #201 Samuel5 (Sr.). Nathan married Bathsheba Pierce. If Samuel Jr. were Samuel6, then he would have been first cousin to these other members of his church. Another son of Nathan and Bathsheba was #545 Pardon Crandle, who appears in the 1800 Census at Hebron, Washington Co.
i. As previously noted, neighbors of Samuel Jr. in Argyle in 1810 included four Crandall brothers who would be first cousins of his father if the latter were #201 Samuel (Sr.).
The close family relationships, geographical evidence, migration routes, church memberships, age matches, and absence of any contradictory evidence lead me to conclude with a high degree of certainty that Parker Burdick Crandall was the son of Samuel Crandall, husband of Rebecca Burdick, and that this Samuel Crandall was Samuel6, son of Samuel5 of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, and Dorset, Vermont. Samuel5 was previously thought to have died in Vermont or at sea, but both he and his son Samuel6 actually migrated to Washington County, New York.
Therefore, Parker Burdick Crandall would be Parker Burdick7 (Samuel6, Samuel5, John4-3, Joseph2, John1). As John4 married his cousin Mary3 (Eber2, John1), his descendants all have two Crandall lines. I believe this solves the mystery that John Cortland Crandall and Orin Edward Crandall were wrestling with. This paper also comes close to conclusively identifying each of the seven Samuel Crandalls recorded in the 1800 Federal Census for New York State. Within the inexact science of genealogy there are very few complete proofs and many conclusions are drawn from much less exact evidence than is presented here. Nevertheless, there are still unknowns and areas where I have drawn conclusions which I expect other genealogists to question; this is the natural result of any field of research. I remain convinced that the above conclusions are logical and accurate but remain open to review conclusive proof provided to the contrary.
Lynn Macey (email@example.com) also has the distinction of being the proud new owner of Nellie Johnson's personal copy of "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." He reports that the book was in horrible condition -- a broken binding, taped pages, rips, etc. In short, it was well used by Nellie! Lynn is having it restored, we own him a round of thanks for preserving this important relic of our family history. Lynn also reports that included with the book were some letters, clippings, and, what I find most interesting, cryptic notes from Nellie to herself. Perhaps Lynn will share some of these with us after the restoration is complete.
Once again, a big "thank you!" for helping out a fellow Burdick -- Robert Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) in England. I had received a notice from Caroline Door and Philip Harding, Robert's friends in London. Robert was moving from London to the south of England and as a surprise, Caroline and Philip wanted greetings from his extended American family. Replies arrived from 71 of you, including Robert's sister, Ellen. Reports from Caroline indicate the going away party was a huge success. So if you are in need of a great graphic designer, contact Robert.
Yvonne Burdick Wrightson (Vwstoy@aol.com) sends the following link: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/al/winston/cemeteries/burdick.txt for the Burdick Cemetery in Winston, Alabama. Coincidently, Jeanne Mueller Davis (email@example.com) sends this one: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nychenan/linckctr.htm for the Lincklaen Center Cemetery in Lincklaen, Chenango Co., NY. I never realized there are listings of cemeteries like this (again, it shows why I'm not the genealogist, YOU are!) which seem like a great research tool. So I've started a new page on the Burdick Family Association web site under "Research". If you have listings of cemetery data you'd like listed, please send it to me and I'll post it. By the way, Jeanne has thoroughly researched Benjamin and Wealthy Ann (Burdick) Babcock (1821-1877) in case you are looking for information about that family line.
Dr. Boyce Burdick of Richland, WA (firstname.lastname@example.org) knows the Burdicks of Milton, WI, about whom I asked about. There were two Burdick fanmilies who settled in the area. One family had two brothers who established a medical testing company which survives today as Burdick, a Quinton Company, (http://www.burdick.com). Boyce is descended from the other Burdick family (his great grandfather was Abel C. Burdick) who emigrated from upper New York in the 1800's. Does anyone know more?
Carlyn Gallup Seighman (email@example.com) has written a book that chronicles some of the Burdicks of McKean County, Pa. She begins with Charles Ranson Burdick (1816-1919) and continues through those born in the 1950s. Contact Carlyn if you are interested.
Is Fawn De Puy out there anywhere? Heather Meredith (Merediths3@msn.com) has some information that may help in your family search. Please contact her or me if you read this.
Heather also has some very old photos that she would like to verify. One is who she thinks may be her ggg-grandfather, Marcus Tullus Cicero Burdick, born in 1812, died in 1848. Does anyone have a picture of Marcus or one of his brothers to use for comparison? Marcus' father was Elkanah Burdick (1771-1831), and his older brothers were David (b. 1794), Jonathan (b. 1796), Amos Stanton (b. 1797), Mason (b.1806), and Joseph (b.1809)
The other photo is of a George Burdick and his wife taken in Hartford, CT and his parents taken in Plattsburgh, NY. Heather doesn't know for sure which George Burdick this is. It could be George Harrison Burdick, son of Albert Skinner Burdick, son of David, son of Elkanah, who married Eliza Watrous Schultz in Hartford Conn. Can anyone help?
Jody Pinkston (Racechaser2448@aol.com) is looking for information about her Burdick family. Jody's great-grandfather was Jason Lynn Burdick. Her grandmother was Effie Bertana Burdick who married married Paul Cliffford Pinkston. Her Burdick family lived in central Illinois, then moved to Missuori, where Jody lives. Grandma Effie was a Seventh Day Baptist and had family in Washington state, on a horse farm called something like White Horse or White Stallion Ranch. She was also related to the Kellogg cereal family. Does anyone know more?
Dwayne Crandall (DwayneCrandall@hotmail.com) is the owner of the CRANDALL-L mailing list. He has made his readers aware of the Burdick Family Association. I hope all of you will join me and wish our Crandall friends and family a warm welcome!
Bev DePriest (firstname.lastname@example.org) knows the name Burdick is prominent in her home state of Kansas. There is a Burdick, KS, and Bev has read that the town was named for a Ms. Burdick, the sweetheart of a railroad official of the Santa Fe Railroad, which built a branch through Burdick from Strong City to Superior, Nebraska. In Frank Mueller's book, there is a PEREZ CHESBROUGH BURDICK (1815-1887) listed who was General Manager of the Santa Fe Railroad, but there is no mention of the town in Kansas. Could this be the source of the name? Is there another Burdick line (so to speak)? Any railroad buffs out there know more? By the way, Mueller's book does state Burdette, KS was named after ROBERT JONES BURDETTE (1844-1914) in 1886. He was a newspaper editor, humorist, and lyceum lecturer.
Speaking of Burdicks in Kansas, Connie (Burdick) Crow (email@example.com) is in a Burdick line that moved from the East Coast to Kansas a few generations ago. They had a family reunion last summer, with 67 people attending!
Ray Bergman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is having a tombstone placed on the graves of my great-great-grandparents, Horace Butrick and Adah E. Brown in Liberty Cemetery, Salem Township, Wisconsin. I think this is a wonderful thing to do, and I'll be relaying his full story in the next Newsletter. In the interim, if you are researching this Burdick line, contact Ray. He knows all about them!
Katherine Wilkinson (email@example.com) is searching for information on Herbert Aaron Burdick who was born in Florida, Massachusetts and married Clara Galusha. They had twelve children, eleven of whom survived to adulthood. Katherine guesses that Herbert was born in 1890, give or take ten years. Anyone know more?
Tamara Dunn (Mtdunn@aol.com) is trying to find her birth father, James Joseph Burdick. He was born on April 5, 1938 in Springfield MA and a sister, Barbara W. Burdick, last known living in Pebble Beach, CA (1980's). James was married to Tamara's mother, G. Kathleen Young in 1967. He was registered into the Air Force on April 9, 1958 in Massachusetts. Anything help you can provide would be appreciated.
Someone wrote to me about their grandfather, who a large department store in Paragould, Arkansas that was owned by a pair of Burdick brothers. He ran the business for a number of years until he retired and moved to Memphis, leasing out the building for the next 20+ years until he sold it to a Paragould businessman with the last name of Arnold. Anyone know more?
Donald Burdick Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org), husband of gospel country singer Sandy Burdick, sends word that Sandy is featured on the Internet show "Gospel Doings" on Saturday evenings at 6:00 PM Central time, 7:00 PM Eastern time. It can be found at http://www.kingcountry.org. Please tune in if you have time.
Rosalyn G. Lachapelle (LRjlachapelle@aol.com) is looking for the parents of William Henry Burdick (born 1863 in RI). He is on the 1870 North Stonington, Connecticut census, living with a Joseph Phifer -- William is 6. William is still living with the Joseph Phifer family on the 1880 Waterford, CT census, now age 16, working for the family as a farm laborer. He marries as a second wife, Nettie Louise Young/Youngs, at Waterford, CT, on June 1, 1895. They children are William A.; James; Samuel Franklin (born Sept. 20, 1903); Sarah/Sally; & Nettie. Samuel Franklin Burdick marries Irene Rogers, daughter of Miles Benton & Adelaide Elisa (Congdon) Rogers. Any help with these Burdicks would be much appreciated.
Bill Andrews (email@example.com) is looking for information about Ira Eugene Thorp and his mother, Agnes (Burdick) Thorp. Agnes married Paul Thorp and they lived in Ashaway, RI. Ira died Oct. 11, 1986 and his mother was alive at that time. Ira also had a cousin, William Burdick, who is married to Evelyn (Perry) (a cousin on the Andrews side) and they still live in Ashaway in the summer and winter in Florida. Any information would be appreciated.
In the July/August issue of this Newsletter, Joe Burdick was inquiring if anyone knew of a Matthew Burdick who played football for Wake Forrest. Well, Matthew (firstname.lastname@example.org) has checked in. He played for WFU from 1996-1999. Mystery solved. By the way, Joe's new email address is email@example.com.
While we're on the subject of football, I have a question. Several years ago (probably the late 1980s or early 90s), I remember a Burdick trying out as punter for the Dallas Cowboys during pre-season. He didn't make the team, but I'd love to find him. Does anyone know him?
Pastor Clarence Hoag (firstname.lastname@example.org) is searching for Hoag family members, who married Burdicks along the way. Pastor Clarence is originally from Pennsylvania but his father, George, was born in Sugar Grove (not sure if that is PA or NY). But his father told stories of Buffalo, NY and Erie County, Venango Township. George, Guy, Allen and Ian Hoag were all brothers and lived in the early 1900's somewhere between NY and Pennsylvania. There father's name was Clarence, also. Does anyone know more?
Fred Sawyer (email@example.com) is looking for the ancestry of Esther (Burdick) Irish, wife of John T. Irish. Esther was born 9 Apr 1809 in Lincklaen, Chenango, NY. She married John Irish on 13 May 1833; their children include Sally and Welcome. I believe Esther may be the daughter of George and Vashti (Coon) Burdick. Fred would like to get Esther and George linked into the line of descent from Robert. Can anyone help?
Let's see if we can get David Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) started on his genealogy quest in the proper direction. He is looking for family of his grandfather, Donald Burdick, who lived in Chicago for years, and is now in Iowa. David's dad is David Bruce Burdick, Sr., born in Alaska, raised in Chicago, and now lives in Nevada. I forgot to mention -- David is 20 years old. Thank you for your interest, David, I hope someone can help.
Dawn Buell (email@example.com) is also having trouble tracing her Burdick roots. She has only found one family member, a 4th cousin. This branch of the Burdick family comes from the RI, NY, and settled in Ada, Michigan. I know there are lots of Burdick researchers in Michigan, can anyone help?
Duffy Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) reports that John W. Burdick of Clinton, New York, 92, passed away at the Katherine Luther Home, Clinton, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004. John was born in Clinton, August 6, 1912, the son of Daniel H. and Jennie Blake Burdick. John leaves two daughters, Bonnie and her husband, William J. Waldron, Jr. of Clinton, and Virginia Skinner of Scottsdale, Arizona; and one son, John P. Burdick and his wife, Carol of Clinton.
David Sowd (email@example.com) is trying to get in touch with my long-lost cousin Betsy Messer, who posted a message in the Burdick White Pages way back in 1999. Unfortunately, the e-mail address she is no longer active. Betsy, if you're out there, please contact David!
Paul Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for his Burdick family connection. His branch comes primarily from Wisconsin. Paul's father is Thomas Harold Burdick, born in 1937, his grandfather is Harold Frederick Burdick. Does anyone know this line?
Dale Burdick (email@example.com) is looking for his Burdick roots. His father's name was Harry Burdick, born in 1903 in Sacramento, CA. Dale's aunt is Effie Burdick. Dale knows that his father was married 5 times and fathered many other children but doesn't know their names. Harry Burdick passed away in 1965 when Dale was 9. Can anyone help?
And to wrap things up, Harold Youngberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) is searching for information on the Parker Burdick family of New York. Parker was born in NY state about 1798. No information on first wife. His children were Harrison Burdick, b. NY about 1823 (probably in or near Washington County) and Jane Burdick, b. NY about 1832 (probably in or near Washington County). Parker married widow Amelia (Emily) Skinner early to mid-1840s. The family lived in Elkhart, IN in the 1850s. Parker died in Elkhart between 1850 and 1860. Emily died after 1850 in Elkhart or Delaware Co., IA. Does anyone know more?