Burdick Newsletters

January/February, 2005


by Ray Bergman (raybergman@webtv.net)

(Ray sends the following story of his efforts to honor his ancestors. I think this a wonderful project, my hat's off to him! Ray's story was my inspiration for adding the "Cemeteries" section to the Burdick Family Association web site (you can find it under the "Research" button.) Some of you have graciously provided the initial information for this page, and I'm hoping others will supply more. Thanks. - HB)

I am having a tombstone placed on the graves of my Great-Great-Grandparents, Horace Butrick and Adah E. Brown. She is a descendant of Robert Burdick. Her father, Isaac Brown, married Eliza Burdick in Groton CT on 22 November 1818. Adah and Horace, who were married 3 June 1845 in Racine County, Wisconsin Territory, are buried in Liberty Cemetery, Salem Township, Wisconsin, as are her parents, Isaac and Eliza. Horace died 6 May 1869, Adah 20 December 1877.

For a number of years I tried to locate their graves, including going through Liberty Cemetery on a number of occasions, but was unable to find them. While visiting a "cousin" in Salem, I mentioned my problem, and he produced a plot map of the cemetery. His father was involved with the cemetery many years ago and had put it in a closet in his home. Using this map, I was able to find Horace's grave site. His headstone had broken off at the base and was lying flat on the ground. There was none for Adah.

The reason I had overlooked it was the way the wording was placed on it. The largest lettering was on top and read "Dea. Horace", which was easily read. He obviously was a Deacon in his church and proud of it, so the family had this title placed on his tombstone. The word "Butrick" under it was smaller, and due to age and deterioration, was difficult to read.

The new headstone will have both of their names on it, including her maiden name, and the dates and places where they were born and died. Plus the date and place they were married. Hopefully, people visiting this grave site will have enough information to identify where they fit into the Brown, Butrick, Burdick family line.

I've also asked the memorial company who is preparing and placing this stone, if I could have small lettering at the bottom stating: "Placed here in 2004 by their great2 grandson Raymond Bergman". I haven't heard back from them yet if this is possible.

Liberty Cemetery is a small rural one with no office on the premise, and the only way to get information on the people buried there is through its caretaker. Since he wasn't of any help in finding the grave sites, and might not record anything but who the company was that placed this new stone, please know that I can be contacted if you wish more information on these two people.

I've been involved in other sites where a new stone was needed, or was in need of repair.

My great grandfather, James Bauldry, didn't have a tombstone. He died during the Great Depression, and there wasn't money available to put one on his grave at that time. He had served in the Union Army during the Civil War, so we were able to get the Veteran's Administration to place one on his grave. They will do this, for no cost, for anyone who had served in the military.

I'm also working on having a stone put upright for another great3 grandmother, Sarah Butrick, maiden name Parker. It's in pretty good shape so, hopefully, just standing it upright in a new cement base will be sufficient.

Just trying to fix up a few sites so that these folks will be remembered.

Mrs. Burdick Called Home

submitted by LJ Mattingly

(LJ Mattingly sends this newspaper clipping from the Clay Country, Nebraska newspaper. It is the obituary of Isabell Burdick who passed away in 1916. Any descendants know more? This was sent through the BURDICK-L@rootsweb.com list, I apologize to the list for the duplication. - HB)

On Monday morning, January 3, 1916 at 9:45 o'clock, death claimed as his own another of Clay County's pioneer mothers - Mrs. Isabell Burdick, aged 84 years and 10 months.

She had been in feeble health for several years, but the indomitable courage with which she had struggled through the years of her young womanhood and young motherhood, when while her husband was at the front in defense of the Flag in the '60's, she took care of the large family of small children, and later, during the pioneer days on the Clay County farm bringing them up and giving them proper training, she would not give up, and when not visiting at the homes of her sons and daughters, maintained her own home in this city, until last fall, when her increasing feebleness induced her to take rooms at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. Gaddis, where she could have immediate care in case of need. During the latter part of November or first of December she suffered a severe attack of the grippe while visiting at the home of her son Guy at University Place and a quickly as possible was brought to Harvard.

For a few days after reaching her room here she seemed better and was able to get about the house some; but the insidious disease had obtained such hold upon the feeble constitution that it could not be beaten off and she gave up the unequal struggle. She took to her bed and patiently awaited the end, her three daughters present giving her ever loving care and attention. She retained consciousness until the very last and just before the end asked the time of day and a few questions concerning matters of interest only to those about her; and then folded the hands that had labored so long and faithfully in the vineyard of the Lord, and the mother-heart that had reared a fine family of sons and daughters stopped its beating and entered into eternal rest.

Isabell Jones was born March 3, 1831, in Jackson County, Virginia. In 1835 she moved with her parents to Fountain County, Indiana. In 1848 she moved again with her parents to Sauk County, Wisconsin, locating near Baraboo. In 1849 she was married to Jared Burdick and in the same year they united with the Methodist Episcopal church. She lived in Wisconsin until 1873, when she moved with her family to Clay County, Nebraska, locating on two eighties of Sec. 20 in Lewis precinct. In 1889 Mr. and Mrs. Burdick sold the farm and removed to Harvard, where on December 29, 1897, Mr. Burdick died. She was ever a kind, thoughtful and devoted wife and mother and ever had the welfare of her dear ones in her heart.

She was the mother of eight children - Mrs. C. J. Scott, residing at Columbus, Nebr.; Frank W. Burdick, residing at Seattle, Wash.; George Benjamin Burdick, residing at Redlands, Calif.; Mary E. See, residing at Kearney, Nebr.; Agnes Rilla Gaddis, residing at Harvard; Ida Belle Varnum, residing at Vancouver, Wash., and Elmer J. Burdick at the same place; Guy H. Burdick, residing at University Place, Nebr.

Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. L. Gaddis, on Wednesday afternoon, January 5th, conducted by Rev. B. F. Eberhardt, pastor of the M. E. church, and a goodly number of old friends and acquaintances joined with the family in paying the last sad tribute of love and esteem for the departed one. "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Shall We Gather at the River" were the songs sweetly sung by the Misses Viola Carriker and Hartie Mickel, with Armina Carriker as accompanist. Mr. Eberhardt paid a touching and eloquent tribute to motherhood. He told of the beauty and strength of the mother-heart; of the abiding interest in the welfare of her children, her love for and her influence over them; how no other love forgave and forgot like the mother's; how none other watched so faithfully in sickness or sought so sincerely as she for the happiness and welfare of her children. Her memory should be enshrined forever in the hearts of her children as a tribute.

The floral tributes were many and beautiful.

Those of the children and relatives present were: Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Scott, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Gaddis, Harvard; Mr. and Mrs. George E. See, Kearney; Guy H. Burdick, University Place; Myrtle Wolgamot, grand niece, Bladen.

After the services the mourning relatives and friends went to the Harvard cemetery, where the loved one was laid to final rest by the side of her husband.

The following members of Richardson Post No. 60, G.A.R., served as pall bearers: George Evans, Charles Pembrook, S. H. Richardson, G. J. Thomas, T. E. Turner, Robert J. Wilson."

Measuring Life

(After concentrating on tombstones and obituaries, it seems fitting to end on a lighter note. A friend sent this to me. - HB)

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions: "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're four and a half, going on five! You're never thirty-six and a half.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead: "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You might be 13, but hey, you're GONNA be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life... you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony... You BECOME 21! Yeesss!!!

But then you TURN 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. "He TURNED, we had to throw him out." There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30... then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50... and your dreams are gone. Wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. Didn't you think you would?

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing... you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!" May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!


1.Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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

I've added several new links on the Burdick Family Association web site under the "Military" section. You can now easily find Fallen Heroes Memorial, Salute America's Heroes, America Supports You, Thank You Veterans, My Soldier, The Fisher House(tm), and The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Please visit these sites and participate if you can. There are few things more important than supporting our men and women in uniform, especially at this time of year. Thanks.

Maria Johnson (mjohnson80@adelphia.net) located a reference to the Burdick family in the book, "The Families of Petersburgh, New York 1791-1991", by Hilda M. Allen 1991 Bennington, VT: "Robert Burdick was born in 1630 in England. He was in Newport, Rhode Island in 1655 when he married Ruth Hubbard. They had eleven children among them whose descendants were the several Burdick families who migrated to eastern Rensselaer County." Like Maria says, nothing earth shattering but a Burdick tidbit nonetheless. By the way, check out Maria's Rootsweb site: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~davisfam/Index.htm>. She is researching the DAVIS family of Welsh descent in PA, RI, NJ, NY, WVa, and WI. Allied Seventh Day Baptist (SDB) families: Babcock, Burdick, Cartwright, Clarke, Coon, Crandall, Crumb, Greene, Lanphere, Maxson, Rogers, Stillman. Also Dickinson, Eckstrom, Fletcher, Henry, Hoxie, Kent, Money, Moon, Pettit, Straight, Wex, and Zemple. (Whew! I'm tired already!)

Gail Hagen (GaHag360@aol.com) is seeking information about Ambrose Burdick. The only information she has is from the 1880 census that says Eola, age 11, was living with her grandparents, Ambrose and Charlotte in Maple Valley, Buena Vista, Iowa. Charlotte, 58, (estimated birth year 1822) was born in New York. Ambrose, 72, (estimated birth year 1808) was born in Massachusetts. He was a farmer. His father was born in CT and his mother from New York. Eola was born in 1869 in Illinois. Her father was born in New York and her mother NH. Does anyone know more?

Over the life of this Newsletter, there have been several requests for information about the Burdicks from Milton, WI. It turns out that Jon Saunders (cousin.connecter@cox.net) is the expert in that branch of the family, plus a whole lot more!

While were on the subject of Milton, WI, here's a note from Malcolm Burdick (malcolmburdick@yahoo.com). He cannot find an Abel Burdick in the area, however, there is an Abel BABCOCK, who was born 1800 in Leyden MA. He was married (1821) in Scott, NY to Lucy Ann Huntington. They both died in Milton, though Malcom has no info on when they moved there. Their daughter was Harriet Babcock. She married George Stillman Burdick (the younger). Their son was Justin Herbert Burdick, Malcolm's grandfather. If you would like to know more, contact Malcolm.

Caroline Gilmore (gildent@msn.com) is looking for descendents of REUBEN/RUBIN BURDICK born in 1815 in New York. He moved to Princeton, Kentucky and married MATHA ELIZABETH LEIGH in 1835. Rueben died in 1850 and was buried in Eddyville, KY leaving Martha Elizabeth with several small children to raise on her own. One was Mary Burdick, born in 1849. She grew up and married John Frank Thomas who had the "Broom Corn Factory" on Front Street in Memphis. These were Caroline's g-g-grandparents. Some of the other Burdicks that were probably her siblings were CHARLEY E.BURDICK, JAMES LEE BURDICK, AUSTIN WILLIAM BURDICK, WILLIAM A. BURDICK, MRS. DICIE SULLIVAN BURDICK, MRS.MARGARET ELLEN BURDICK. Does this fit anyone else's Burdick Family?

Zel Murray (davidzel@bellsouth.net) lives in the house build by George Burdick, around 1903, in Sparta, GA. A George Burdick of Macon was married to Miss. Powell in 1862 and the man that built Zel's house was named George Powell Burdick, born in 1863. A local historian told Zel he thought the Burdicks came from Macon GA. Does anyone know more?

Another Burdick artist has emerged! Kevin Burdick (kevin@kevinburdick.com) has his first 11-song CD, "Deep Blue America", for sale. You can read about it and purchase it at http://www.kevinburdick.com/>.

Readers of this Newletter know that I have on several occasions mentioned Rev. Don Sanford (sdbhist@inwave.com), historian for the Seventh Day Baptist Historical Society in Janesville, WI. Please join me in welcoming this distinguished gentleman to our readership. He and his wife, Ilou, have helped preserve so much of the Church's history. If you recall, the Burdicks, Hubbards and Crandalls were some of the founding families of the SDB Church. Don and Ilou have written many important books capturing our family's history, several of which I own. They are great resources and I encourage you to view the offerings at the Seventh Day Baptist web site.

Christina (yunchristina@yahoo.com) sends word that Josephine Burdick Goodermote, 93, of Brimmer Farm Road, Berlin, NY, died on Tuesday morning, November 9, 2004 at her residence surrounded by her loving family under the care of Community Hospice of Rensselaer County. Born in Grafton on November 12, 1910, she was the daughter of the late William and Lena Jones Burdick. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur D. Goodermote who died on August 28, 1992. They were married in Berlin, NY on September 14, 1929. A lifelong resident of the Grafton/Berlin area, Mrs. Goodermote attended Grafton schools and the First Baptist Church of Berlin. Survivors include her children, Arnold L. Goodermote and his wife Donna, Mary Ann Jansen and her husband Robert, all of Berlin; two daughters-in-law, Jane Goodermote of Berlin, Rita Goodermote of Grafton; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She was predeceased by two sons, Arthur Jr. and Donald Goodermote; a grandson, Durand Goodermote; and her siblings, Clarence Burdick, Hazel Crandall, Evelyn Jones, Beulah Burdick and Ethel Feathers.

Judy Allen Cwiklinski (JudyKCski@aol.com), the Steuben Co., NY GenWeb coordinator, sends word of the passing of Bertina E. (Burdick) Knight, 95, on November 16, 2004, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Sept. 11, 1909, in Alfred, the daughter of Elwin and Mildred (Tucker) Burdick. On May 21, 1931, in Belmont, she married George A. Knight, who predeceased her Sept. 11, 1974. Bertina is survived by two sons, George W. (Mary Lou) Knight of Venice, FL, and Richard (Janet) Knight of Wellsville; three grandchildren, Pam (Paul) Pittman, George (Lana) Knight and Kristin Knight; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces, and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Marcella Allen, and two brothers, Donald Burdick, and Randall "Sam" Burdick.

Cathy Burdick (Jbhessman@aol.com) is looking for links to her husband's family. John Burdick was born 8-11-1947. His dad was Eugene Perry Burdick, born 7-14-1911. His grandfather was John Burdick. They were from Grafton, NY. Does anyone know more?

Anne Marie Jones Galvan (amj2273@hotmail.com) needs your help. She was born May 22, 1973 in Fort Worth, Texas, and is searching for her birth mother, Susan Elklen Burdick. Susan was born in 1948 in Ohio, joined the U.S. Army in 1971 and was stationed in Germany until 1973. She possibly married David Lee Brown in Las Vegas in September 1973. Susan was stationed in California and then Germany and was discharged in 1977. Anne's birth grandparents were married in 1947 or 1948. Her birth grandfather was born in 1922 or 1923, her birth grandmother was born in 1926 or 1927. Both had two years of college. He was a civil servant and had flare-ups from malaria and they were involved with a host family program for a university. Anne's birth mom also had an allergy to sulfa and had problems with allergies and chronic bronchitis, all of which Anne has inherited. Anne and her husband are planning on starting a family sometime in the next year and she is trying to connect with her birth family. From her research, Anne is encouraged that everyone in the Burdick family is in some way related. She has located several Susan Burdicks and Susan Browns, but not the right one. If you can help in the search, PLEASE contact Anne. Thank you.

Joyce Pool (robertabdjoycepool@charter.net) is trying to trace her Burdick roots. Her father is Charles Burdick from Albany, NY, Charles' mother lived at 2 Water Street. Joyce is originally from Buffalo, NY but now lives in Tennessee. Can anyone help with this line?

Howard Thomas (HJThomas78@aol.com) has a mystery. My ggg-grandmother was Francis Crandall, born 25 Oct 1833. She had a sister Huldah. She was married to Elias Westgate. They lived in Clifford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. There was a Burdick family in Susquehanna County at this time, and there may have been a Crandall/Burdick connection. And that's where the trail ends. Crandall was not a common name in Northeastern Pennsylvania at this time, so Francis may have come from upstate New York (their home was only minutes from the New York state border). Further research has shown a Henry Crandall living near Francis during this time period, born 1825, he may have been her brother. His birthplace is listed as New York. An older woman is listed as living in the home with him, a Huldah Salsbury, who is listed as being from Connecticut. If you know anything about this family that may help Howard solve this mystery, it would be greatly appreciated.

You may recall that in the last Newsletter, Bill and Sharon Andrews (bandrews5@juno.com) was looking for information about Ira Eugene Thorp and his mother, Agnes (Burdick) Thorp of Ashaway, RI. Jane Maxson (jhm2727@cox.net), our favorite Westerly, RI historian, came through as usual and has made the connections. Sharon wanted all of you to know that she has genealogical information of the Stillmen, Andrews, Partelo and Lamb families. Contact her if interested.

Patricia Wenham's (h.schinkep@verizon.net) great grandmother was Ella Babcock, daughter of Daniel Lee Babcock and Wealthy Burdick, daughter of Jonathan Burdick and Judith Clarke. She has been unable to confirm the link to Jonathan Burdick and Judith Clarke. Can you help?

Lorrayne Mager (momastar36@interbel.net) has quite a find. Her sister's family has the Peleg Burdick family Bible. This is the Peleg Burdick, b. 5 mar 1785 and brother of Abraham Burdick, b. 13 Aug, 1784 of NewYork and Wisconsin. Inside the Bible are records of births, deaths, marriages, some photos and a small notebook with a few Rood family names. There are bits and pieces of memorabilia like ribbon, dried ferns, leaves, black satin cloth (possibly scrap from a mourning dress.) Therer are letters and few other things. Peleg and Ruth (Reynolds) Burdick may have received the Bible as early as 1821 at their wedding. If you are researching of this line, please contact Lorrayne.

Maureen (mola29@webtv.net) is looking for Nathaniel Burdick of Claverack NY, listed in the 1850 NY census with a daughter Catherine. He also has a son Wesley, but Maureen can't find anything more about Nathaniel or his wife. The son later is in Copake, NY. Claverack records were not kept at that time. Catherine leaves NY and marries George CAMP and arrives in South Hadley, MA by 1880.

Danielle Harrison (Pphjch@aol.com) is trying to find information about my great grandfather, Ernest Burdick, born circa 1889 in Nebraska. The 1910 census finds Ernest with his wife, Eva, in Howell's Village, Colfax Co, NE. Eva (or Ava) Olds is the daughter of Frank Eugene Olds and Laura Tuttle, who lived in Oakdale, Antelope Co, NE. Ernest and Eva split up and their two daughters were adopted into different homes in Nebraska. My grandmother said that she met Ernest at some time, he was living in Kansas and owned a trucking company. He had remarried and had at least one daughter named Ernestine. Any help connecting Ernest to the rest of the Burdicks would be greatly appreciated.

Rona Mensah (rona@wafy.com) of Frederick, MD is looking for her friend, Nathan Burdick. He is about 30 years old, lived in the Washington DC Metropolitan area for a while and returned to Massachussets in 2003. He worked at one point for the PGA. Anyone know him? If so, contact Rona.

Tom Kean (tom_kean@hotmail.com) is searching for any information on an Allie B. Reed that married H.G. Burdick in the 1920's or 1930's. She would have had a son from a previous marriage, George R. Reed. Any information or a current family contact would be helpful. Thanks.

Let's all wecome the newest addition to the Burdick family! Joe and Melissa Burdick (jburdick88@sbcglobal.net) are pleased to announce the arrival of Joey, 9lbs 1oz, on December 18. All are well after a difficult pregnancy, and Miranda is looking forward to being a wonderful big sister! Drop Joe and Melissa an email if you have a chance, I know they will appreciate it.

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