2004 was the 175th Anniversary of the organization of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Mormon Church was organized in my 3rd great-grandfather's home in Waterloo, New York. His son, John, was my 2nd great-grandfather.
I am Lorene Elizabeth (Burdick) Pollard. My mother was Connie Johnson and my dad was Guy Francis Burdick. My grandfather was Paschal Early Burdick, his father was Francis Morgan Burdick, his father was Abraham Washington Burdick, and his father was Ashael Burdick. I am an 11th generation descendant from Robert Burdick.
But back to the Whitmer family and the Mormon Church. The Book of Mormon was finalized in my great-great-great-grandfather Whitmer's home (my mother is a Whitmer.) The Church's first Organizational Meeting was also held in their home, 175 years ago.
I have just completed writing a book, entitled "Whitmer Memoirs," that tells the story of the Mormon movement from New York to Missouri. The book has sold out of its second printing, and no copies are available at the moment
My great-grandfather, John Whitmer, moved his family with the Church, first to Kirtland, then to Jackson County, Missouri and finally to Clay County, Missouri. A lot of the time Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, was away and left the Whitmer men and W.W. Phelps in charge. John Whitmer and Mr. Phelps searched out a better place for the Mormons to live, which turned out to be Caldwell County, Missouri at FarWest. The Mormons were forced to leave, but the Whitmers stayed in Ray County and grandfather John went back to FarWest.
My mother was reared in the home John Whitmer built in 1856. I spent many days and hours of my childhood there -- there is so much I could write about!
In the summer of 2005 my sister, Marjorie Burdick, and my cousin, Betty Lewellen, and I made a trip to Utah to present two important items to the Mormon Church Historical Center. One is a Sampler made by Elizabeth Ann Cowdret and the other, a Sampler made in 1793 by Mariam Musselman, the wife of Peter Whitmer, Sr. We were treated like royalty in Salt Lake City!
I also have a quilt made by the Whitmer women that I will present to the Church this summer. I wish I could find some descendants of Robert and Ruth Burdick who could help me to further my Burdick Genealogy!
The following notes relative to a valuable gift recently presented to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, for preservation at the Kimball Bird Sanctuary, may be of interest to readers of The Sun, who enjoy recollections of one hundred years ago.
The gift, which was made by Fred N. Burdick of Westerly, is a picture of his grandparents, Capt. Reuben Cottrell Burdick (1787-1871) and Mary Greene (1787-?), his wife, who was a descendant of Nathanael Greene.
Capt. Reuben was the son of Isaiah 1757-1847 and Abby Cottrell Burdick.
The earliest recollections of Capt. Burdick are from Perry Hoxsie of Westerly, who (when a boy) remembers Capt. Reuben as "an old man of medium stature, very active though stoop-shouldered, who always went bare-headed and invariably walked with his hands behind him." At that time, the captain lived on the Fester farm (now Akers farm) on the Post Road directly south of the Sanctuary. The house stood opposite Foster Cove to the east of the present Akers house.
Mr. Hoxsie thinks that the Sanctuary was at one time part of that farm. Previous to his residence on the Foster farm, Capt. Reuben occupied a house within the Sanctuary limits (where the old-fashioned flower garden is now laid out) and his brother Hazard lived in another house standing on the high ground overlooking Toupoyset Pond, back of the present bungalow erected by Walter Hammond Kimball
In 1862 Mr. Hoxsie, then 10 years old, moved with his father, Perry Hoxsie Sr., to the Capt. Reuben Burdick home, while the captain went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Foster, on the Foster farm, and later moved with her to Flushing, L. I., where he died in 1871 at the age of 84 years.
When the Hoxsies took the old Burdick place "there stood near the orchard a cane mill, the plan of which Capt. Reuben brought from the West Indies. This mill was the outcome of recommendation by the government that people raise sorghum, and thus produce a substitute for sugar and molasses. It proved unsuccessful, but stood for years after the Hoxsie family took over the property and was used as a playhouse by the children."
The captain's home port was Stonington, Conn. Most of his voyages were to the Grand Banks, "with an occasional trip to the West Indies." One of the seafaring tales about him was that he could stand on deck with his hands at his sides and jump into a hogshead and jump out again.
"Once, the fresh bait becoming exhausted while on the fishing grounds, he set out in a small boat for more bait. It was an all-day trip, and while he was gone the crew used salted bait fish. Captain Reuben was so incensed because his day's labor had been for naught that he threatened to throw the crew overboard if all the fish were not cleaned and salted before sundown."
The Audubon Society desires to make public acknowledgement of Mr. Burdick's gift, which is of historic value, and will be kept on exhibition in the headquarters bungalow, for visitors to see.
Burdick and Gleichmann -- those are two names you don't normally hear mentioned in the same sentence. The union of these two families occurred when my grandfather, Howard Elwood Burdick, married Pearl Irene Gleichmann. In the fall of 2005 I became reacquainted with the Gleichmanns and have been working on that line ever since.
In mid-October I received an email from Marcia Macias, the daughter of Fred and Marcella Van Brunt. I remembered that Fred was my Grandmother's nephew. It turns out that Marcia had been tracking her genealogy (and doing a superb job of it) and had come across my grandmother's name mentioned on the Burdick Family web site.
We began corresponding and talking and filling in the holes of our knowledge. What a fun task! (Other than the time it has taken away from my duties with the Burdick family.) I knew a bit of detail about the Gleichmanns, as did Marcia, but she had a key piece of information that provided an ironic twist to this story.
As you can probably guess, Gleichmann is a German name. We don't yet know much about the family in Germany, but we do know that William Frederick Gleichmann and his future wife, Margaretta Hahn, both came to America during the 1850s in that large wave of German immigrants.
Without going into details, William and Margaretta produced 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls) and lived on a farm outside Scranton, PA. Only one child, a girl, died as an infant. Unfortunately, both males died as young adults, unmarried and leaving no children. So at that point, the fate of this branch of the Gleichmann family name was sealed -- the name would die with William. But the remaining 8 girls all grew up, had families, and in the best tradition of the times, "prospered and multiplied."
Collectively, they referred to themselves as "The Gleichmann Girls," and remained close for the rest of their lives. The phrase "extended family" truly fits them, with each family member occasionally helping another with jobs, child rearing, parent care, financial support or whatever else popped up. One by one the clan migrated from Pennsylvania to Detroit during the early industrial boom years of that city. They established themselves in various professions and industries including, of course, the automobile industry.
My grandmother, Pearl, was the youngest. The last of the "Girls," my great-aunt Caroline, passed away in 1986. Their respective families grew and, as families do, grew apart. One branch left for Little Rock, Arkansas, another ended up in Mobile, Alabama, others were off to California, Florida and Texas. And, as we know, distance is not conducive to close family relations. The family that once lived, worked and played together now rarely, if ever, kept in touch.
That's were Marcia comes in. Her email struck a chord with me. I remembered, as a child, all the fun my brother and I had whenever we visited Uncle Everett and Aunt Stella, Uncle George and Aunt Caroline, May and Jake, Lucille and Elton, and a host of others. I remembered the stories of various individuals but could have told you where only a few of them now lived.
So Marcia and I began contacting folks. We started with the few Gleichmanns we knew, who knew others, and so on. We have filled in a lot of blank spaces but still have a few to go. The goal is to distribute contact information for everyone and re-establish a little closeness. Of those I've spoken with, the older generation (the grandchildren of William and Margaretta) have provided wonderful information and materials. Those of my generation (the great-grandchildren) have, like me, vague memories and recollections about the Gleichmanns. The younger generation doesn't even know the name Gleichmann.
And those are the ones we are working for. As we Burdicks know, if someone doesn't write the family history down now it will be lost to the ages. I know that 100 years from now some future descendant of William and Margaretta Gleichmann will be searching their roots and will thank us for this effort.
Which brings me to the ironic twist of this story. Marcia and I would not know all the names, birth dates, death dates and marriages of the first Gleichmann generations if one of the Girls had not written it all down. And who was that someone? My own grandmother, Pearl! Shortly before her death she wrote down everything she remembered about her parents, sisters and brothers. Surprisingly, though, she did not pass this valuable information onto her own sons or her daughter-in-law (my mother) who was, at the time, researching the Burdicks. Instead she gave it to her favorite niece, Marcella Van Brunt, who happens to be Marcia's mother.
Who knows, perhaps Pearl thought that Marcella was the proper person to preserve this history (which she was). Perhaps she thought it would eventually bring the far-flung Gleichmann clan back together (which it is). Whatever her reasons, the family is glad she did it. So now I just need to get back to Burdick genealogy!
Gladys (N7dba@aol.com) has some great information about Andrew Winters, Hiram Winters' brother. As you may recall, Hiram Winters was one of the Mormons who made the trek to Salt Lake and whose wife, Rebecca Burdick Winters, perished along the way. I've never hear anything about Andrew Winters, though. Gladys has discovered he was born in 1804 in the Seneca/Norwich area of New York. He married Francis (Fannie) Britton, born 1806 in Salisbury, Litchfield County, CT. Gladys is a direct descendant of Andrew and has a wealth of information on the family if you are interested. Some of her information is posted on the Burdick Whitepages.
Steve Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) wanted to share the sad news of his Dad's passing. Willard E. Burdick of Jackson, Michigan died peacefully on February 14, 2006, surrounded by his large, loving family at age 82. He was a consummate genealogist and during his 24 years of retirement he meticulously traced his Burdick roots. He was quite proud of that achievement and was tracking down evidence that would have taken his research back even further. Steve promised his Dad that his work would be preserved, and if possible, continued. A few close family members have expressed interest in continuing his research, and Steve will be contacting the genealogical research department at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing about it. Contact Steve is this information might help you in your quest.
You may recall in the last Newsletter that mention was made about two "Burdick Crossings" in New York state. Irwin Baker (IB77@aol.com) and Louanne Barrett (email@example.com) both have connections to the area. Irwin, whose Burdick ancestors are from the Crown Point/Burdick Crossing area, found the following in the Fairview Cemetery records: Burdick, John C. 1830 - 1914; Burdick, Mary E. 1864 - 1948; Burdick, Lucy J. 1868 - 1941; Burdick, John A. 1861 - 1920. Louanne, whose grandfather is from the Greig, NY, has traced down many Burdicks in the area. Contact them for more detailed information.
David Cossaboon (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a wealth of information on his Karseboom/Cossaboon lines, which are predominant in the Digby Island, Nova Scotia. His great-aunt Mary (Ward) Burdick's nickname was Mary "Oh Nuts", because she used the term quite frequently! She and her husband, (David is trying to find his first name) owned the liquor store in Bolivar, NY. If you can help with this line, please contact David.
Steven Yates (email@example.com) informs us of the passing of his mother and cousin. Florence Burdick Yates lived to 98, was born 1907 in Roselle Park, NJ to Abraham Lincoln Burdick and Flora Arthur Burdick. John O. Burdick was 85, Born 1920 in Fall River MA to Arthur Burdick and Elizabeth L. Burdick. He resided for most of his life in Harvid, MA. One of Florence's great-grand children is named Burdick Munson.
Jane Maxson (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of our most favorite contacts with the Maxson family, saw in the Westerly Sun that Gary F. Burdick, 61, of Ashaway Road, Bradford, died Friday March 31, 2006 at the Westerly Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Maureen (Brousseau) Burdick. Gary was born in Westerly on Oct. 11, 1944 he was the son of the late Carroll and Lois (Larkin) Burdick.
Meredith Dyer Sweet (MeredithSweet@aol.com) informs us of the death of her mother-in-law, Marguerite Althea (Burdick) Sweet, 91, of North Providence, RI. She died January 25, 2006 at her home following a four year battle with cancer. She was the wife of Bowen Forrest Sweet, married for 64 years. Born in Newport, RI, March 19, 1914 she was the daughter of the late Archie Wells Burdick and Georginia (Hanna) Burdick and sister of the late Rev. Archie Huntington Burdick and Elizabeth (Burdick) Harvey.
After a "scant" 36 years the Navy has decided it is time to retire the old Chief, Bob Burdick (email@example.com). Bob and Jody will be hitting the road in their RV to spend the next year or two seeing the country. They may try to hit a few Burdick reunions, so if you're having one drop them an email!
Do you know Stan Burdick? If so, Ray Buck (firstname.lastname@example.org) would like to hear from you. Many years before he discovered he was related to the Burdicks, Crandalls, Maxsons, Clarks, Blivens, Babcocks, Hubbards etc., he worked at Camp Fuller by the Sea in Wakefield, RI with Stan Burdick. That was back in the late 1940s. The two were great friends and, after Army days, Stan was Ray's best man at his wedding. Unfortunately, due to many moves and a busy life Ray lost track of Stan, and would love to find him again. Can you help?
Mary Simrell (email@example.com) is very proud of her granddaughter, and rightfully so. Dee is a Junior at Texas Christian University and is a member of the dance team. They recently came in 11th in the National Dance competition, which was on CBS.
Martha Kalnin Diede (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for information about her great-grandmother Kathleen Elizabeth (or Elizabeth Kathleen) Burdick. Everyone called her Kate and her last name was spelled "Berdick" as well. She was born in Texas, in or around Clarendon, perhaps at the Good Night Ranch, around 1888. From there the family traveled to Montana, likely Great Falls, where she married Martha's g-grandfather, William Mathew Jordan. Eventually, in the 1920s, they moved to Seattle. They had 5 girls, Marguerit, Grace, Lillian, Delma, and Joyce. Kate died in 1976. Does anyone know more?
I received an email from a non-Burdick who is in possession of an old photo album, circa 1900, that apparently belonged to Rev. and Mrs. W.D. Burdick of Nile, NY (Allegany Co.) There are photos taken in Algonquin, Illinois where they may have lived for a short period, pictures of Chicago, and a farm house in Albion, Wisconsin owned by George and Nellie. There was also a photo sent to them from Dr. Rosa Palmborg of her mission in Shanghai, China. The people in the photos look to be upper class or upper middle class by way of their dress. Names mentioned include: Edwin, Alice, Allison (a young boy), Mother Burdick, Velle, Dr. Harper, Victor & Kenneth (small boys in photo with Allison taken in Chicago or N.Y. City). If you are related to this family and are interested in this photo album, contact me, Howard Burdick (email@example.com).
Gretchen Gardner's (firstname.lastname@example.org) mother gave her an antique toy cash register that has the name “Burdick & DeBlois Mfg. Co., Hartford, CN” on the front, with a date of April 29, 1902. She has been unable to find any information about this company, and I was wondering if any of you do.
John Burdick Trask (email@example.com) is searching for information about his paternal grandmother, Gertrude May Burdick, b.3 Sep 1880 Hutchison, MN, d. 19 Aug 1954 Eugene, OR. She had a sister Antoinette (sp?). Her father died and her mother remarried to a Lewis(?). Gertrude married Raymond Sturgis Trask b.30 Sep 1881 Elk River, MN. John has Gertrude's personal photo album with family pictures that are probably 150 years old, very few of which are identified. He is trying to put names to the faces. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Lorena Auwarter (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for the ancestors of her great grandmother, Arminda Burdick, b. abt. 1829 in Springville, PA. According to census records, her father was born in Vermont and her mother in New York. Arminda married Daniel Holley or Hawley and they had nine children.
Fred Burdick (FBurdick@comcast.net) is a genealogist and historian of note. He spends most of his time working with local family societies and historical societies. He is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Stonington Historical Society. He is VP & Treasurer of a new museum in Stonington, which is a house built by one of his ancestors, Thomas Stanton, in 1675. Fred is also the treasurer of the Denison Society & Museum, a board member of the Walter Palmer Society, and VP & Preservationist of the Wequetequock Burial Ground, which is the area's founders cemetery. As if that is not enough, Fred was recently appointed as the Town Historian for Stonington. Phew! And I think _I_ don't have time for my activities!!
Scott Bill Hirst (email@example.com), our other renown historian in the Stonington/Westerly area, informs us that a new book of interest is available. Kelly Sullivan Pezza has produced "History Mystery Lore of Rhode Island." To order call 1-888-539-0999, fax: 401:539-0699, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, mailing address: P.O. Box 340, 1167 Main Street, Suite#203, Wyoming, RI 02898. Another book Scott recommends is Craig Anthony's book "Kings Province Samuel Tefft's Narrative Of The Narragansett Country." Other topics are also available.
Kitchel Woods (KWoods812@aol.com) is researching the ancestry of Harriett W. Burdick, born 12 Jan 1866 in Ashaway, Washington co, RI and died 12 Feb 1909 in Berlin, Germany. She married Fredrick Benzinger: born 11 Jun 1851 in Ulm i, Wurttenberg, Germany and died 28 October 1908 in Berlin, Germany. They had two children: Kitchel's grandfather Henry Roland Fredrick Benzinger: born 11 July 1891 in New York City and died 25 Mar 1947 in Salem, Columbiana Co, OH. He had a sister Leonie who was born in Jersey Heights, NY 31 Jan 1888 and died in FL. If you know more about this line, please contact her.
Paula Reese's (email@example.com) father is Robert Burdick (born 1948, Adirondacks, NY) and his father is Lavalla Burdick. Paula and her father have lived in Oregon for a long time, Robert has recently moved to Arizona. Paula is looking for more information about their family. Her grandfather, the last she knew, lived in Rochester, NY and he is the missing link. Her father, Robert, grew up not knowing much about the Burdick family. Paula is searching to find the missing pieces, can you help?
Dennis Burdick (BurdickD2@michigan.gov) is attempting to track down his paternal family information. His father's name is David Mell Burdick, b. 07-02-1942. His uncle is Laurence Burdick, and he has an aunt, but doesn't know her name. David currently lives in Goshen, IN. Dennis' grandfather is Dale Burdick, who passed away in the 70's, worked for Bendix Corporation in South Bend, IN and is buried outside of Niles, MI. His family lineage comes from the Kalamazoo, Michigan Burdick's. If you have any further detail please contact him.
Carol Reppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) has come across a great old photo of the "Alfred Bakery", H.I. Burdick. I suspect it was taken in Alfred, NY. I'll be posting it on the Burdick web site. If you know the story behind this photo, please let us know!
Carol also wants to inform everyone of the recent publication of the book "Images of America: Grafton, Berlin, and Petersburgh" by Warren F Broderick. This lovely book has beautiful B/W pictures of the three towns in New York State and the areas around them taken in the 1870's. As a bonus for those that have Burdick relatives from these towns, there are the following pictures: pg.87 - Jedediah Burdick home, pg.88 - Betsey Ann Burdick (1811-1901) widow of Leonard C. Burdick, and pg.118 - two pictures of H.Elizabeth Burdick. At $19.99 this book is well worth the price. If you have relatives from this area and want to see what it looked like in the 1870's it is great.
Renee Ayres (email@example.com) is trying to find a member of the Burdick family. Sgt. Burdick was in World War II in the Army. His name is Winton Burdick. He was the man who saved Renee's grandfather, Eddie, in Kasserine Pass.