Burdick Newsletters

Spring, 2008


English Burdick Research

by Graham Burdick (g@burdick.co.uk)

(Graham is the author of an excellent book, "Knitting Fog", which I highly recommend to anyone wishing to explore their creative side. Graham is also a genealogist and has traced his Burdick heritage, in England where he lives, to the early 1700s. This is significant, I believe, as we continue our search to determine if we Burdicks are an off-shoot of the English Burdette family or if we are our own strain coming from orther origins. - HB)

Unfortunately my ancestry here is not very conclusive! James Alan Burdick, of Kentucky, spent a lot of time trying to establish a link with the US and UK Burdicks, but as you know that still eludes us.

I am directly descended from Robert Burdick, 1715-1754 of Abbottsham in North Devonshire. Although there are earlier Burdicks listed here I have been unable to establish any further links. There appear to be only three very small groups of Burdicks in this country (we have not been so prolific as our American cousins!), those in Yorkshire (my close relatives) those in Devon (distant relations) and in London (as yet unrelated). The London Burdicks predate the others but neither I nor Peter Burdick of Exeter have been able to establish who went where and when. The earliest Burdick that I have discovered is a Nicholas who was married to Elizabeth Coarse on May 23, 1574 at St Peter's Church, Cornhill in London. They christened a son Julian in 1575 and Roger on March 31, 1577 at St. Botolph, Bishopgate, London.

These earliest London Burdicks could support Josef Bauerdick's view that we may originate from German militia who stayed in England after our Civil War.

I have always felt that the name sounded Germanic and certainly the Bauerdick/Burdick records go back a long way. My ancestors would seem to have the most obvious link with America, as the earliest settlers sailed from Devon, but there were also many Dutch ships at that time carrying folk from Holland/North Rhineland, so it is even possible that Rhode Island Robert came directly from there. Apparently the name Robert was as common on the continent as in the UK. So, we need to know what kind of accent Robert had - Devon, Cockney or possibly German (although his children had more English sounding names, but then, their mother was of English stock.)

However, my genealogy so far is as follows:
Graham James Burdick b. 1946
Hull, Yorkshire, son of - James Burdick b. 1920 Hull, .. ..
John Holman Burdick b. 1873 Newcastle, .. ..
John Holman Burdick b. 1853 Abbotsham, Devon William Burdick b. 1808, Abbotsham, ..
James Burdick b. 1775 Abbotsham, ..
William Burdick b. 1738 Abbotsham, ..
Robert Burdick b. 1715 Abbotsham, ..

Before too long I must organise a trip to the States and also try and visit the Burdick towns and Kalamazoo, not to mention the Burdick chocolate shops!


James Burdick of Oxford County

by Neal Shaw (nshaw@cogeco.ca)

(While Graham searches for Burdicks in England, Neal, with assistance from Tom Krakow (tomkrakow@juno.com) has been researching Burdicks in Canada. In particular, Neal has focused on James Burdick. As you probably know, there were many Colonists who opposed separation from England in the later part of the 1700s and many fled to Canada to escape persecusion. James Burdick was one of those. I have had the pleasure of being an email bystander as Neal, Tom and others have gathered information on this historic Burdick family member. Neal has graciously provided us with an overview of his research. - HB)

James Burdick was born in Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts, on September 18, 1748 to Hubbard Burdick and Avis Lewis. He married Phebe ( Phoebe) Choate Smith, in Lanesborough in 1766. The couple had ten children who survived to adulthood.

On August 16, 1777 , James was taken prisoner by the American forces at Bennington. He was imprisoned for some eight months at Southampton Gaol, until he managed to escape. James made his way to New Brunswick, then to Coeyman’s Patent, (a Loyalist stronghold near Albany, New York), with his wife.

According to author Robert Murtrie:

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In colonial times James lived at Lanesboro, Massachusetts then settled in the Coeyman’s Patent on the Hudson River in Columbia County, New York during the American Revolution. He returned to Lanesboro then was later in South Hero on Lake Champlain in Vermont where he operated a gristmill and ferry. They went to New Brunswick in 1790 then came to Upper Canada about 1795.

A family history written by Enoch H. Brown "Ancestry and Posterity of Elizabeth Hoy Brown" gathered from family bibles and public records, gives the following erroneous account of the Burdick background:

"The first ancestor we have any record of on my mother's side was James Burdick, born March 7, 1744, in Scotland (in the old country). He came to America about the year 1760, and married in 1766 Phoebe Smith (born Sept. 18, 1748). They settled on the boundary line between Massachusetts and Vermont, where he ran a grist mill and ferry boat. They had five sons and five daughters: Abagail, born Dec. 31, 1767; Phoebe, born Aug 26, 1769; Rachel, born June 10, 1772; Enoch, born Sept. 24, 1774; Samuel, born June 25, 1776; Mercy, born May 6, 1779; Grace, born Nov. 29, 1782; Joshua and Caleb (twins), born Aug. 17, 1785; Hulda, born June 6, 1789."

"When the American Revolution broke out in 1775 against England, James Burdick was a loyal British subject and refused to take up arms against England. He was a local preacher and spoke very strongly against the rebellion. After a time he was arrested and put in prison, and for a long time his wife was allowed to visit him at stated times to take him such necessary articles and comforts as he required. She finally managed to smuggle in some little tools which enabled him to dig a hole through the prison wall and make his escape in the night. He went home and secreted himself with his wife's assistance. The next morning the officers were out looking for him. His wife appeared very innocent and much surprised to hear that he had broken out of gaol and made his escape. "Why," she said, "you might have known he would not have come home to be arrested and put back in prison again; he will be out of the country before you find him. He kept secreted for a few days, until his wife could get his things ready for his flight out of the country. He finally started for New Brunswick, and after encountering many hardships and privations he reached this country. He was a United Empire Loyalist."

"I believe he [Caleb] inherited his fortitude from his parents. He was born in 1785 at Lanesboro, Massachusetts. His father, James Burdick, was a native of Scotland. With his wife Phoebe, he [James] settled in Vermont, where he operated a grist mill and ferry until the war of Independence. Then he was arrested and thrown in prison because of his loyalty to the Crown. He was able to free himself with tools his wife smuggled in to him. James Burdick and his family first fled to New Brunswick, then moved to Oxford County in 1790, where they settled near Ingersoll and opened a grist mill."

The James Burdick family settled in West Oxford Twp., Oxford Co. When the settlement grew, James and his sons built a small grist mill on a spring creek that empties into the Thames River about two miles east of Ingersoll, the first grist mill in Oxford County.

On 26 Dec 1807, James' son Enoch Burdick filed for letters of administration over his father's estate, widow Phebe Burdick having declined administration duties in favour of her son. Witnesses included Caleb and Levinah Burdick. There was also a mention of Isaac Burdick.

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We are unsure of which part of the previous history Murtrie notes as erroneous, however it is most likely the statement regarding James being born in Scotland is the offending text.

James’ land in Lanesborough was confiscated: We find this in “Divided Hearts, Massachusetts Loyalists 1765-1790" by David E. Mass: “James Burdwick. Lanesborough, yeoman property legally confiscated by the state, left state 1783, case against individual dismissed 1784”.

Directly from David Mass via email correspondence we have:

"He was from Lanesborough, Berkshire County, Mass. His occupation was yeoman, His Berkshire property was libeled in 1783 as an absenteee but then case dropped in 1784. I do have a note that he left Massachusetts. Also a notice appeared in 3/10/1783 newspaper that his farm in Lansborough would be sold on Monday, March 24, 1783."

It is interesting to note that Caleb and Joshua, born 1785, and Huldah, 1787, were all born in Lanesborough (There is no church record of baptisms or births but Caleb Burdick tells us that the previous is so in his journal). Did James return and live with his wife's Smith family? Did Phoebe return on her own to live with her family while she was giving birth? It should be noted that James’ brother Freedom (Freeman) transferred land in Richmond to James in 1777. This is when James was imprisoned. This deed was not transferred until 1785.

After the war James returned to South Hero, Vermont, however he soon left for a new life at Ferry Crossing, Bertie, Upper Canada, where he settled with his family. In 1796 James applied for and received land located in the London District, specifically in Zorra, Oxford County.

James Burdick died on November 2nd, 1807 in Oxford county. His burial place is unknown.

(As you can probably imagine, Neal has a huge amount of material on James Burdick and related subjects, including information on James' siblings and children, that cannot be reproduced here. If you have any questions about James or would like more information, please contact Neal. - HB)


H.W. and Myra E. Burdick of Cleveland

by Charlotte Pressler (charpressler@earthlink.net)

(Let's see, so far in this Newsletter we have journeyed from England to Canada spanning nearly 400 years of history. But we're not finished! Let's now explore a Burdick connection between Cleveland, OH and Sebring, FL from the early 1900s. From previous Newsletters you may recall that Charlotte Pressler lives in a home in Sebring, Florida that was originally built by a Burdick family from Cleveland, Ohio. Charlotte has extensively researched her home and its original owners. In do so, she has provided the Burdick family with an enormous about of information, which is outlined below. Thank you, Charlotte. Even though you are not a Burdick, I believe we should designate you an "honorary" member of our family. - HB)

I am not related to the Burdick family, but live in a Sebring, Florida bungalow built around 1925, and I would like to know more about the people who built it. The 1926 Sebring City Directory lists a Myra E. Burdick as resident, occupation "music teacher."

Myra Ellsworth Burdick and Herbert Webster Burdick (her brother) are both buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, from which I received the following information:

Myra Ellsworth was born in Alfred, NY on 12/8/1862 and died in Cleveland on 10/29/1931 of myocardial disease. Herbert Webster was born on 3/17/1860 in Alfred, NY, and died in Sebring, FL of a cerebral hemorrhage on 7/27/1938. Their parents were Russell W. Burdick and Malvina Middaugh. The family was originally from Allegany County, NY.

From "The Book of Clevelanders" and the Cleveland City Directory for 1900, I have learned that Herbert's and Myra's brother was Russell Emmet Burdick, born Alfred, NY 5/28/1848 and died 12/22/1916. Both R.E. and H.W. attended Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Russell Emmet was president of the well-known and successful Cleveland jewelers, Bowler & Burdick, while Herbert Webster was vice-president. After R.E. died, H.W. became president.

The other side of "Bowler & Burdick" was William Bowler. His main interests were in the iron industry. He appears to have fronted the money for the jewelry company but allowed the two Burdick brothers to run it. Another Burdick sister married a Bowler, possibly strengthening the business ties between the families. Myra Ellsworth Burdick died at this married sister's home in Cleveland Heights.

The Burdicks appear to have been well-off. According to the Cleveland City Directory for 1900, R.E. Burdick was living at 1681 Euclid Avenue in 1900, when it was still known as "Millionaires' Row." But the steel mills in the Flats were beginning to destroy Euclid Avenue's air quality, so the well-off were moving to the East Side. H.W. had already moved to the then-fashionable East Side area near Wade Park by 1900, and was living at 717 Republic (renamed 101st St. N.E. in 1906). R.E had also moved east by the time he died, though not quite so far east; he was living in the then-fashionable Hough neighborhood.

Russell Emmett Burdick was, I think, the family's "star." He was usually known as "Captain Burdick" and had something of a military career in addition to his work as a wholesale jeweler. He commanded Troop A of the Ohio National Guard's cavalry, was a captain in the 1st Ohio Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish-American War, and served as an aide-de-camp to several generals.

Troop A has quite a distinguished history. They were a crack cavalry unit known as the "Black Horse Troop" from the color of their mounts. They were invited to appear at President McKinley's inauguration, where they made a great impression on the spectators. Some time later Culver Military Academy decided to begin horse cavalry training for the cadets, and purchased most of the horses of Troop A, which thus became the foundation of the well-known Culver Black Horse Troop.

I can easily picture Herbert Webster living in the shadow of his older brother, the Captain. Myra Ellsworth Burdick never married; I wonder if she were not one of those lifelong Victorian women invalids once so common among the upper classes. But that is speculation. I also wonder if she were connected to the Cleveland Music School Settlement; it was "in the neighborhood" and a good charity activity for a woman with a musical bent.

Herbert Webster wrote the a testimonial letter, dated April 8, 1920, that was printed in the promotional brochure, "Sebring, Florida: The City of Health and Happiness":

“I am a real estate owner in Sebring, Florida, and am more than satisfied with my purchase; in fact, Mrs. Burdick and I think we have the most beautiful building site in the whole state of Florida, and we are only awaiting the time when we can let a contract for a home which will shelter us for a considerable portion of each year from this time on, and believe also that we will soon be surrounded by a circle of our own intimate friends from the North.”

I still have to track down the location of the land Herbert Webster Burdick purchased in Sebring. It isn't likely to be the land on which my house was built, but rather on nearby Dinner Lake, which he mentions in his letter. My guess is that the house in which I live was built for H.W.'s maiden sister, Myra, on middle-class Rose Avenue, while H. W. and his wife had a home on the more fashionable lakefront. But that's only a guess for now!

I very much hope that one of the Cleveland Burdicks has a photo of Myra Ellsworth Burdick. I would love to hang it in the entrance area of my home.

Let me know if I can send along any other information, I'll be glad to help out. I am an "unconnected Whitney" who may some day have a scrap of precious information sent my way in return.

(One last note of interest. Charlotte discovered that William Bowler was a Trustee of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio for 28 years. Bowler Hall, built in 1878, is the oldest residence hall at Hiram and was named for him. Hiram is also my alma mater; from 1973-1977 I walked past Bowler Hall nearly every day without ever knowing its history or its relation to our family. - HB)


Gary Gygax, 1938-2008

(The Burdick family has lost one of its most creative and distinguished members. Gary, whose mother was Almina Burdick, was a frequent correspondant and occasional contributor to the Burdick Newsletter. While Gary and I exchanged emails, I regret we never met in person. I especially have regrets because several times I had plans to visit him in Lake Geneva, WI and had to cancel. - HB)

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator dies at 69
By Emly Fredrix, Associated Press Writer
March 4, 2008

Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.

He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.

Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies.

Gygax always enjoyed hearing from the game's legion of devoted fans, many of whom would stop by the family's home in Lake Geneva, about 55 miles southwest of Milwaukee, his wife said. Despite his declining health, he hosted weekly games of Dungeons & Dragons as recently as January, she said.

"It really meant a lot to him to hear from people from over the years about how he helped them become a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, what he gave them," Gail Gygax said. "He really enjoyed that."

Dungeons & Dragons players create fictional characters and carry out their adventures with the help of complicated rules. The quintessential geek pastime, it spawned a wealth of copycat games and later inspired a whole genre of computer games that's still growing in popularity.

Born Ernest Gary Gygax, he grew up in Chicago and moved to Lake Geneva at the age of 8. Gygax's father, a Swiss immigrant who played violin in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, read fantasy books to his only son and hooked him on the genre, Gail Gygax said.

Gygax dropped out of high school but took anthropology classes at the University of Chicago for a while, she said. He was working as an insurance underwriter in the 1960s, when he began playing war-themed board games.

But Gygax wanted to create a game that involved more fantasy. To free up time to work on that, he left the insurance business and became a shoe repairman, she said.

Gygax also was a prolific writer and wrote dozens of fantasy books, including the Greyhawk series of adventure novels.

Gary Sandelin, 32, a Manhattan attorney, said his weekly Dungeons & Dragons game will be a bit sadder on Wednesday night because of Gygax's passing. The beauty of the game is that it's never quite the same, he said.

Besides his wife, Gygax is survived by six children.


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

Jim Brannan (drivingalong@sbcglobal.net) has had good success tracking his great-grandfather, Charles Burdick, but would like more information. Charles was born May 22, 1872 and died in August 5, 1920 from an accidental fall resulting in fracture of the spine and death that same day. He was a Blacksmith and a Cement Finisher in California. His parents were Ed Burdick (born in New York) and Harriet Castlemen (b in Michigan), according to his death certificate. Charles had a brother in Truckee, CA and a brother in San Francisco when he died. Does anyone know more?

Barbara Cagle (barbaracagle@gmail.com) has her own blog. Check it out at http://cagleonline.com.

Bonnie Burdick (nittany1@zitomedia.net) passes along word that Morris Oviatt of Coudersport, PA died On Friday, January 4, 2008 in Bradford Regional Medical Center. His mother was Cecile Burdick of Smethport, PA. (Her brother was Bonnie's grandfather, Howard A Burdick). Morris was 77 and known as the biggest Penn State Fan in his two-county area. He married Dona Daugherty, also of Smethport. He was a PE teacher at Port Allegany Area High School until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by his wife, and 3 daughters, (Pam, Paula, and Marsha).

Kevin Burdick (kevin@kevinburdick.com), one of our very talented family members, has been nominated for an award for Best Singer/Songwriter in the state of Utah. You can find out where Kevin is performing in Utah by pointing your web browser to http://ballots.slweekly.com. Kevin video, "Firefly" can be ween by going tohttp://www.famecast.com and enter "Burdick" in the Search box. Finally, check out Kevin's page at http://www.myspace.com/kevinburdick.

OK, football fans, here's a good one for you. The BoneLady is Fan #1 for the Cleveland Browns. She is a good friend of Joe Burdick (burdick88@yahoo.com), one of our longtime family correspondants in Ohio. HBO followed her around for a weekend during football season, and Joe appeared in the video.

Bryan Jorgenson (semperfidelis1@hotmail.com) is researching his Davenport line. His gggg-grandfather was Benona Davenport of Conneticut but that is all the information I have concerning his birth. He was married to Martha Burdick Born in Grafton, NY ,daughter of John Burdick (1047 in Nellie Johnson's book) and Sarah ( O'Dell) Burdick. John was also from Conneticut. The Davenport line also comes from the Conn/RI/Mass area, but Bryan cannot find a Benona in any of the lineage. Does anyone know this line?

Zelda Tidwell (a2ztidwell@msn.com) needs help finding photos of Leona Loreta Tidwell, Alden Burdick, Viola Elizabeth Tidwell and Don Burdick. Zelda is putting together a picture sheet for Thomas Tidwell and families, and have been unable to locate pictures of these family members. If you have any such photos or know of someone else who might, Zelda would greatly appreciate your help. Her husband was Fred Tidwe of Nephi,ll, son of Frank and Letha Tidwell. Thanks very much for your help.

Wanda DeGidio (wdegidio@cox.net) read a 1999 posting on the web regarding the following: "Dea. Benj. Burdick's family is addressed on page 11 of 'The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island' by Nellie Willard Burdick, pub. 1937. All of the sons you mention are confirmed by Westerly, RI, deeds. All of the children were by his first wife." Jane (Wilcox) Shelley, widow of Benjamin Shelley, was the second wife of Robert Burdick and Wanda descend from her daughter, Susannah Shelley, who married Joseph Hall. Wanda has the following will abstract, but it does not mention the source document: "Benjamin Burdick...his widow Jane, whose will was proven Nov 28, 1748, left children by her first husband (Shelley) and named daughters, Sarah Worden, Jane Tanner, Mary Warren, Susannah Hall, wife of Joseph, and she mentions her deceased sons, Benjamin and Samuel." Does anyone know the source of this will?

Deborah Rogness (sangelstargazer@msn.com) has her family tree tree on-line at Ancestry.com. It currently has 3483 people, 203 photos, 18 stories and 803 historical records. Check it out!

Jen (res0z8kp@verizon.net) is descended from Adeline (Adalene) Burdick Suartz (Swartz) of Licking, OH. She is looking for information about Adaline's father, R.W. Burdick, who was born about 1806 in Connecticutt. She thinks his name was Robert W., however a recent census record discovery lists Richard Burdick living with another Suartz family member in the 1870 census, so R.W. may have been Richard. R.W. was married to Susan (1814 NY), their children were Besty (Elizabeth) 1840, Adeline (Adalene) 1842, Dennis 1844, Almyra 1846, Nancy 1848, Mary 1849, Ada 1851, George 1853, Daniel 1856. Adaline married John Suartz on April 25, 1861 at the home of I.W. German

Katie Comens (katty8@wi.rr.com) is looking for information about Darius Chapens Burdick (page 172 of Nellie Johnson's book).He was born in Ney York state, May 25, 1820 and died April 5, 1891. Katie is trying to find out where he died. There are no records at the historical society in Wisconsin, which is where most of his family was living at the time of the Nellie's book, and two of his children died in Wisconsin in 1905 and 1907. Any help will be greatly appriciated.

Debbie Shattuck (shat5@aol.com) is trying to track down Donna D. Burdick. In 1991, Donna helped Debbie find information about an old illustration of women playing a baseball game in Peterboro, NY in 1869 and was very helpful assisting with other research. Debbie is once again working on her book about the history of women in baseball. Donna used to live in Kirkwood, NY.

Andrea Jones (aljjrj@earthlink.net) is trying to find out about her grandmother, Della Burdick. She was born in South Dakota and married/divorced in Iowa from, Lester Platter. Andrea don't know any more about her and her mother had no contact. Can you help?

Anne Dunitz (annjer987@yahoo.com) lives in an Aladdin kit home (Richmond model) on Prospect Ave. in Middletown, Orange County, NY. Henry Burdick owned the house in 1923, he was the local schools superintendent. It was originally thought that he built the house, but it appears that the home was originally owned by George Shoemaker and built sometime before 1921. When the house sold in 1939 to the Bull family, records indicate that Henry moved to Elmira, NY. Is Henry your relative? If so, Anne would love to have photos of the house while the Burdick family lived there. Nellie Johnson's book shows that Ernest Henry was married to Eliza J. Bawden and had one daughter, Helen Louise, born in 1912 and lived in Binghamton, NY. Any help would be appreciated.

Gary Portsche (gportsche@embarqmail.com) provides word of the passing of Gladys Opal (Burdick) Lear, 82, of Lincoln, NE, on 2/17/08. She was the widow of Jack J. and was born in Lincoln, 7/26/1925, to Leon and Sylvia (Scott) Burdick. Attended Whitter Jr. High and Lincoln High School. Formerly employed with Ken Eddy's Supper Club, drapery seamstress at Miller & Paine, candy maker at House of Bauers, florist at Mr. J's in Havelock, and she retired from the bakery department at Hinky Dinky at 48th & Van Dorn. Gladys enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafting and cooking. She made the best Rhubard Crumb Cake around. She won many awards and ribbons for her crafts and sewing at fairs and the State and National Grange. Over the years she sewed dance costumes, priest vestments, Barbie doll clothes and doll clothes for the orphanages in Texas and Mexico. "Giving to others was her greatest gift in life." She was a former Campfire Girls leader, 4-H leader, Rainbow girls sponsor and lifetime PTA member. Member of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sarah D. Gillespie, Tent #7, Lincoln. She joined the D.U.V. on her great grandfather, Joshua P. Burdick's civil war record. Gladys, her daughter Connie Wright and niece, Debbie walked many cemeteries in SE Nebraska, discovering where their ancestors were laid to rest and was proud of her Burdick and Scott heritage. (Connie Wright (dbbfan111@juno.com)) is a contributor to this Newsletter.

Scott Bill Hirst (scottbillhirst@yahoo.com) passes along word of several New England Family Reunions coming up this summer. The Thomas Stanton Society is holding their reunion at the Stanton/Davis Homestead on Greenhaven Road, Pawcatuck, CT, July 25-27, 2008. The Stanton Reunion is NOT an anually event, so if you are interested you had best be there this summer. Fred Burdick (fburdick@comcast.net) is chairing the 2008 event. To receive information send your name, home address, and e-mails to Louise Hawley (ghawley@gulftel.com). Fred is Municipal Historian of Stonington, CT and President of the Thomas Minor Society (http://www.tmsociety.org). Some of you may know Thomas Stanton and Thomas Minor were two of the four Founders of Southertowne (Stonington), Connecticut.

Scott also informs us that the Crandall reunion (http://www.cfa.net) and the Avery reunion (http://www.averymemorialassociation.com) are both on July 19th. There are activities beyond these dates for the Averys and usually the Crandalls do, too. The Goodenows (http://www.goodenowfamily.org) will be having their reunion the week before the Stanton reunion and will last a few days. If you have a Pendleton in your past you likely also have Goodenow lineage.

Lynn Dixon (L_Dixon1@msn.com) says there are Burdicks buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport, IA. The Anthony Burdick home, located at 833 College Ave., Davenport, is on the National Historic register. Anthony and Mary (Maria) Alvira (Elvira) Willitts were married in 1858 in Mercer County, IL. One was born in Indiana and the other in Pennsylvania.

Barbara DeLong (baba1310@mindspring.com) is the oldest child of Harold Leo and Wilfred Burdick. Their other children are Harry (died about 1936 with lukemia), Robert[Bob] Owen Burdick (died about 1976), Nancy Elaine (Burdick) Fischer and Joan I (Burdick) Howell Sallenger. Harold's parents, Frank and Effie Burdick, died of the flu about 1920 and he was raised by another family. His older brother was Ernest Burdick and his wife Ida. Do you know more about this Burdick family?

Karen Barden's (kbarden4@yahoo.com) gg-grandmother was Eunice Jane Burdick (b. 18 Sep 1835, Almond, NY; d. 31 Oct 1909 Hornell, NY). She married Elijah Abbott Straight (b. 31 Oct 1833 Avoca, NY, d. 19 Jul 1894 Burns, NY). According to two sources, her father's name was Bradford Burdick. Their wedding was celebrated at Almond November 14, 1860, producing five children, two of whom, Bradford and Burdick, died in infancy. Karen has found several early Burdicks in Allegany county, but none of them named Bradford. If you have information about Bradford Burdick and his family, Karen would appreciate hearing from you.

Gwen Wood's (woopga@aol.com) g-grandmother was Jesse Burdick who married Mainheart Brunell. She just discovered another realtive who married into the Burdick family. Gwen's gg-grandmother, Amy Ann Dorrity, and Jarad Webster had a daughter, Celinda Bennett Webster, who married Uriah Burdick. But Gwen cannot find any information on that part of the family. Celinda's birthday was 2/19/1855 and Gwen would like to have Uriah's birthday and death date and their kids, if any. Do you know?

Russell Watson's (rwat@alltel.net) grandmother was Carrie Burdick. She was the daughter of D. Franklin Burdick, who was the son of Daniel Comfort Burdick, who ended up in Wisconsin. Do you know more about this family?

John Langworthy (tvjohn@comcast.net) has been accepted to Order of the Crown of Charlemagne (OCC) via his g-grandmother Susannah Appley in the 1740's. Elizabeth Burdick (1706) is also listed as a Charlemagne connection.

Denise Winter (tapsla6@yahoo.com) wants to inform everyone that her aunt, Evelyn Short Nehl, passed away on March 10th at a nursing home in Mott, ND at the age of 85. Denise says she was an awesome lady and one will be greatly missed. She is buried with Denise's Uncle Mark in Watauga Cemetery in Watuaga, SD.

Paul Santos and Charlene Mullens (creationsbycharm@yahoo.com) have a unique piece of Mormon history and need some help. They have a watercolor painting given to Heber J. Grant (who was President of the LDS Church in the early 1900s and whose wife was of Burdick descent) by Joseph Everett. Joseph performed missionary work in England for Dr. Grant and they became good friends. On the back is a handwritten notation: "from the home of Heber J. Grant this treasure of love" signed Mommie or Momma. There is a sticker on the back from the D.L. Brown art and gift store where it was framed, plus an old sticker with just the word "Grace" on it (Grace was the Grant's daughter.) Do you know anything about this painting? Anything about Mr. Everett and his relation to Dr. Grant? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Vivian Koch's (vmkoch@optonline.net) maternal ancestors were Isabella Harcourt who married Thomas Wickes (Weekes). She has traced the name to England and is wondering if anyone in her direct line are Mayflower descendants. Vivan is already a member of DAR and soon will be in the Colonial Dames. Can you help with this Harcourt family connection?

Laurie Barone (lbbarone@comcast.net) is doing some research into her father's family. A while back, one of his aunts traced the family line back to John Alden of the Mayflower and cited "From Whence We Came" published in 1965 by Carl Cortland Burdick in Richland Ctr., WI as the primary resource. Laurie is trying to locate a copy of this book. Can you help?


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