Burdick Newsletters

Winter, 2009

Colonial Rhode Island, Part 1

(I enjoy history, especially when it relates to the Burdick family. As you may or may not know Robert Burdick, along with a group of other early Rhode Island settlers, were the founding families of the Seventh-day Baptist Church. And what would become the town of Westerly was where they settled. Following is the first of three articles that appeared in the "Sabbath Recorder", the Church's periodical, in 1907, detailing aspects of the early Colony. This first article contains the contract for the purchase of southwestern Rhode Island from the Narragansett tribe. It amazes me how similar these documents are to modern legal documents. I hope you enjoy this. -- HB)

Prepared by Corliss F. Randolph

(The sources from which the material for this article were drawn, for the most part, are the Seventh-day Baptist Memorial, and a paper by the Rev. Lewis A. Platts. D.D., entitled "Seventh-day Baptists in America previous to 1802." obtained from advance sheets of Seventh-day Baptists in Europe and America, now in press.)

(Rev. Thomas Hiscox, whose portrait appears on the front cover of this issue of the SABBATH RECORDER, was the fourth "Leading Elder," or pastor, of the old Westerly, now First Hopkinton, Seventh-day Baptist Church. He was the son of Rev. William Hiscox, the first pastor of the Newport Seventh-day Baptist Church. His wife was Bethiah Clarke, a great-grand-niece of Rev. John Clarke, of Newport, Rhode Island, and a great-granddaughter of Samuel Hubbard, and the daughter of Rev. Joseph Clarke, of Westerly, Rhode Island. The original portrait of Thomas Hiscox was painted by FEKE. The portrait was ordered and paid for by Governor Collins, of Newport, who was a great admirer of him. In 1852, this portrait was supposed to be in the possession of some one of the descendants of Governor Collins. Soon after the death of Mr. Hiscox, an engraving was made on copper, and prints were published October 25, 1773.)

It was not long after the Newport Church was organized, that numbers of converts were made to the principles which distinguished it from other churches of New England. A new settlement had been made in a portion of the Narraganset country, called Misquamicut, or Squamicut, which, from its important results, we deem worthy of a particular account. The Rev. John Callender, in his "Century Sermon", delivered in Newport in 1738, and republished in the Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, says:

"About 1665, a number of the members of the church under Mr. J. Clarke removed to the new settlement at Westerly; among whom Mr. John Crandall was a preacher and an elder. They afterward did generally embrace the seventh-day Sabbath, and their successors are now a very large and flourishing church."

The district of country referred to was included in the charter of Roger Williams, which was signed March 14th, 1644, and consequently belonged to the Colony of Rhode Island. It extended about fifteen miles in length by seven in breadth, bounded on the west by the Pawcatuck River, and south by the Atlantic Ocean. This tract was purchased in 1657 and 1658, but the conflicting claims of the colonies led the purchasers to petition the Legislature in form for protection in their lawful enterprise. We insert, from the Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society, some of the documents relating to the settlement, as matters of curiosity to those who may feel an interest in the Origin of what in the progress of events became a Seventh-day Baptist colony.



To the Honorable Gentlemen of the Court of Commissioners, assembled together in his Majesty's name for the Colony of Providence Plantations at Portsmouth the 27th of August, 1661:

PLEASE YE HONORED GENTLEMEN: — There being an opportunity or presentment of a certain piece or tract of land, lately discovered or made known, which tract of land lyeth in a situation in the furdest or remotest corner of this colony's jurisdiction, called by the name of Ascomicutt; which tract of land is fairly promised to a certain number of adventurers upon the design of purchasing it; which adventurers are members of this colony, and well-wishers thereto, who desire to do nothing that shall prove prejudicial to the interest and honor of the colony's privileges or advancement; but are now confronted by adversaries of the colony, which, by a species of intrusion, are seeking to make inroads upon our privileges of colonies' jurisdiction; these premises considered, your petitioners are bold, under correction, to pray, in case we can make the adversary, which is both to the colony and us, to retreat, which we question not, in point of right and title from the natives;

Therefore, We being willing to proceed in all points of loyalty that may suit with the advance and honor of the colony, we humbly crave your favorable approbation, countenance, and assistance to us in the settling of a plantation or township in or upon the above said tract of land, called by the name of Ascomicutt; which number of persons may probably extend to 30, 40, or 50, or thereabouts; which thence are to inhabit; thereof many are persons constrained to make inquisition and seek out land for a comfortable livelihood.

So, honored gentlemen, if it be your pleasure to grant your petitioners' request, as we are, so we subscribe and remain, your humble petitioners and servants, to our power, for ourselves, and in the behalf of the rest of our company.




This deed or writing, bearing date this present twenty-ninth day of June, one thousand six hundred and sixty, witnesseth, that I, Sosoa, an Indian Captain of Narragansett, being the true and lawful owner of a tract of land called Misquamicutt, for a valuable consideration in hand paid to my content, have bargained and sold unto William Vaughan, Robert Stanton, John Fairfield, Hugh Mosher, James Longbottom, all of Newport, in Rhode Island, and others their associates, which said tract of land being bounded as followeth: Easterly by a place called Weecapaug or Passpatanage, joining to Nianticut land; on the south by the main sea; on the west by Pawcatuck River, and so up the chief river or stream northerly and northeasterly to a place called Quequatuck or Quequachonacke, and from thence on a straight line to the first-named bounds called Wecapoag or Pachatanage; joining upon Nianticut land, as above said; which said tract of land, so butted and bounded as aforesaid, I the said Sosoa do, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, surrender up all right, title, claim or interest whatsoever to the said land. &c, &c.

The mark of SOSOA.

Sealed, signed in presence of Jeremy Clarke, Latham Clarke. Henry Clarke; Awashwash, The mark W of Nucum, Interpreter, George Webb, George Gardiner.

The title was confirmed by Cachaquant, Awashous, Sammecat, Poatock, Pessicus, Unkaguent, Wawaloam, Ne-O-Wam. (Wife of Miantinomy.)


These Articles of Agreement, made in the year one thousand six hundred and sixty or sixty-one, March the two and twentieth, between us whose names are underwritten, about a tract of land bought of an Indian Captain called Sosoa, of Narraganset, the land being called Misquamicutt, as appeareth by deed by us, John Fairfield, Hugh Mosher, Robert Stanton, and James Longbottom:

First, That we whose names are above written, do give, grant, ratify, and confirm the same privileges with ourselves, unto all those whose names are underwritten, according to their pro¬portion of land in the aforesaid purchase.

2ly. That all we whose names are underwritten, or the major part of us, may transact anything that we see cause in or about the aforesaid land.

3ly. That if any of us transact anything about the aforesaid land without the consent of the whole, or the major part, shall be disowned and of none effect.

4ly. That all charges that hath been already out about the aforesaid land, shall be repayed to the disbursers suddenly, without delay, so soon as the disbursers bring us their account to the rest of the company.

5ly. That each of us whose names are here underwritten, or shall be hereafter added, shall bear equal charges to what have been out already, or shall be out hereafter, in any case about the land aforesaid, according to the proportion of land they have.

61y That what charges shall be out from time to time, shall be brought in twenty days after they shall have warning from us or the major part of us.

7ly. In case that any bring not their money as is above said, nor give satisfaction to the company, shall forfeit their land, and what they have been out already.

8ly. That the deed and all other writings about the aforesaid lands, shall be kept in William Vaughan's house, and that each of the purchasers shall have (if they desire it) a copy of the deed or any other writings that thereto belong, paying for the draught thereof.

9ly. The parties that have interest in the aforesaid land are William Vaughan, having a whole share; Robert Stanton, having a whole share; Hugh Mosher, having a whole share: John Fairfield, having a whole share; James Longbottom, having a whole share; Shubal Painter, having a whole share.

10ly. Whosoever that we shall agree with shall have a proportion of the land aforesaid, shall have the same privileges as ourselves, provided that, according to his proportion, he set to his hand to those or the like articles.

11ly. That we shall meet to consult about the aforesaid land, so often as occasion shall present, at William Vaughan's house.

12ly. That to all the aforesaid articles we engage each to other to be faithful and true to perform the aforesaid articles that is here above written, whereunto we set our hands.

Hugh Mosher, William Weeden. William Vaughan, John Maxson. John Fairfield, Joseph Clarke, James Longbottom, Pardon Tillinghast, John Green, John Nixson, Jeremy Willis, Anthony Ravenscroft, John Coggeshall, James Babcock, Sen., Edward Smith, John Room, John Crandall, William Codman, James Rogers, William Dyre, Sen., James Barker, George Bliss, William Slade, John Richmond, Henry Timberlake, James Sands, Ed. Greenman, John Tyler, Ed. Richmond, John Lewis, Edward Larkin, Hugh Parsons, Shubal Painter, Francis Braiton, John Cranstone, William Foster, Caleb Carr, John Havens, Joseph Torry, Jeffry Champlin, Robert Carr, Richard Morris, Tobias Saunders, John Tripp, Henry Basset, Lawrence Turner, William Gingill, Robert Burdick, Obadiah Holmes, Emmanuel Wooley, Jireh Bull, John Macoone, William Holmes, Andrew Langworthy, Richard Dunn, Philip Sherman, John Jones, Thomas ----, Thomas Waterman, William Haven, Mathew Boomer, Thomas Manchester, John Spencer, John Anthony, Nicholas Cotterall, Samuel Samford, Samuel Dyre, Christopher Almy, Thomas Brownell, Mahershallalhazbuz Dyre, Robert Hazard, John Cowdal, Gideon Freebord, John Albro, Henry Perry, Ichabod Potter.

One Name Leads to Another...

by Sally Chirlin(chirlin@roadrunner.com)

(If you have read these Newsletters for a while, you know that Sally Chirlin is a superb genelogist based in Norwich, NY -- the center of the universe for Burdick research. Sally provided the following information and a request. I think this is a excellent example of how a genealogist works and how one name leads to another. If you can help provide her with the information she needs please contact her. Thanks, Sally, for all you do for the Burdick family! -- HB)

Maybe you can help me find Gayle Temple. Her name was passed on to me from Earleen DeRycke who is searching for her Burdick ancestry. Gayle found Earleen somehow and sent her a request for help. I have not helped Earleen much but feel close to what she's looking for. On the other hand, Gayle's Burdick mystery was easy to solve -- I found her entire line in the Burdick Genealogy, no problem.

The problem now is that I cannot find her! I've sent her e-mails with no reply and Earleen had no idea how this Gayle had found her e-mail address. I'm assuming that it's through an Ancestry or GenWeb search forum. Does anyone know a Gayle Temple with Burdicks in the Oswego Co., NY area?

Thanks for any help you can give ... by the way, Earleen's Burdicks went to Michigan and the father of two of the Burdick sisters who each married a Horr brother.

The two Horr brothers married two Burdick sisters, Matilda and Eliza Jane. Matilda married Adam Horr and Eliza Jane married Matthew Horr. The Horrs were born in Herkimer Co., I think, and the Burdicks were born in Madison. A tantalizing but still elusive clue is that in the late 1800s the two Horr sisters, living in Phoenix/Schroeppel area of Oswego Co., each inherited $14,000 from their father who had died in Michigan. Now how hard should it be to find out the name of this father? So far, no luck.

This prompted me to investigate my own Burdicks again. I have been able to find and correspond with one Burdick cousin who lives in Ohio who descends from Amy Burdick Crumb, sister of my Alzina Burdick Barker. The other sisters didn't have children who lived to adulthood. Their names were Aurilla Burdick Coon, Sarah Burdick Fleeno/Fluno and Rebecca Burdick.

There were several brothers beginning with the eldest child Charles Lee Burdick Jr. His first wife and child died and are buried in the West Winfield Cemetery in West Winfield, Herkimer Co., NY. He married again to Sarah and had children Celine/Saline and Charles H. Burdick. They lived in both Utica, NY, and Syracuse, NY but I believe were in Utica in the late 1800s. I've found nothing on either of these children or descendants. Another brother was James Riley Burdick of whom I find nothing other than that he was alive in the 1840 census in Plainfield, Otsego Co., NY. Henry Clark Burdick who married Emeline is the one about whom I've been fortunate to find more just in the past few days.

They were kind enough to move to Augusta, Oneida Co., NY and die there. They are both buried in the Knoxboro Cemetery so I have birth and death dates, although no maiden name for Emeline. They both died before 1900 but I am hopeful of getting some information on Henry with a death record for 1897. I have my fingers crossed!!

They had two children who lived into adulthood. Albert H. is still single in the 1930 census so presumably dies a bachelor. No record of where he's buried as yet. Their daughter Lovisa is another story.

Because of her "funny name," I was able to find her! I found a Lovisa married to a Warren Gridley in another township of Oneida Co., Kirkland. Then I found, on line, some early marriage records and there it was: Lovisa A. Burdick married Warren D. Gridley in Augusta in 1874 and moved to Kirkland. Their children were: May Bell who married a Tamer/Tanner and had a child Edna M. born about 1906. Earl Deloe Gridley married Mary, born in Ireland, and had Francis 1904, Anna 1907, Earl J. 1911, Leonard 1915 and Elizabeth R. 1919. Wayne Gridley married Anna and had one daughter Gertrude L. who never married. She was born in 1911 and died in 1981. Hattie Gridley may have married a Mr. Warren, a much older man, but no children found. Lynn E. Gridley apparently died a bachelor.

I hope you'll include this in your next newsletter just in case someone is out there looking for this branch of Burdicks. I found little or nothing on line to help other than with the original couple Henry Clark Burdick and wife Emeline.

A Different Christmas Poem

Submitted by Marcia Macias(maciasmm@sbcglobal.net)

(Marcia, my cousin, sent me this poem. It has an interesting history that you can read about at
A I have stated many times, we owe so much to our wonderful miltary and this poem supports that. -- HB)

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.
It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.'
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
'I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.

So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.'

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'

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

Kem Hart-Baker (Ptownpest@aol.com) has compiled an extensive line of references for Lyman G. R. Burdick and his wife. They had 8 children; the eldest daughter, Emily Elizabeth Burdick was Kem's gg-grandmother. She married Lorenzo Gardner and their son, Lyman Burdick Gardner, was Kem's g-grandfather, as well as daughters Harriet L. and Ethel M. Kem has a lot of details about Lyman Burdick Gardner. He and first wife, Eva E. Reynolds, had four children: Lynn William Lorenzo, Lyman Alvin, Herbert Albert (Kem's grandfather) and Mabel E.; his second wife was Dorothy M. Waldren. Kem thinks there may have been two Lyman Burdick's living in Berkshire county. She has located several old North Adams newspaper articles from mid 1930s that repeatedly mentions a Lyman Burdick "of Mohawk Trail" and Florida, MA. This can't possibly be "her" Lyman G. R. Burdick, since he passed in 1910, although it could be one of his sons' boys. Kem would love to connect relatives of this line. (See Bill Burdick's entry below, sounds like there may be a connection!)

Barb Hyde (barbgen@cox.net) is the Potter County Coordinator for the Painted Hills Genealogical Society. The Hyde family in Potter Co, PA touches the Burdicks with Charlotte Hyde who married John Burdick in Sharon Twp. John (1828-1900) was the son of Peleg and Matilda (Manley) Burdick of Sharon Center. Barb is missing a piece of information for her Hyde family history that may never be known, but if it is, it will be because a Burdick knew another Burdick who was related to Charlotte and John, etc. Charlotte came to Potter County with her parents Myron and Climena (Warner) Hyde in 1832. They came in a family group with Climena's father, uncle and other male relatives and their families and settled in Bingham Twp. In 1836, Myron and Climena died within days of each other of a fever. The children were raised by relatives and neighbors. By 1840, the Warners (with young Charlotte) had decamped and settled in Sharon Twp. No trace of the burial place of Myron and Climena has ever been mentioned. Has anyone heard anything about a burial place?

Karen Urick (karenurick@charter.net) is trying to find a connection between Lucy Jane Burdick, born about 1856 in Huron County, Ohio, and the main Seventh-Day Baptist Burdick family. Her parents might be James M. Burdick, born about 1818 in Michigan, and Sara Amanda Bailey. Lucy Jane died in Montcalm County, MI and was married to Charles Grimwood and other Burdicks lived in the area. Can you help?

Christine Burdick (dupageflute@aol.com) is putting her branch of Burdick family tree on Ancestry.com. She will be happy to add other information as a tool to help people.

Lewis Raymond Burdick, Sr. (lrisbell@aol.com) is researching his grandmother, Nina Lucy Burdick. She married Lewis John Isbell in December, 1915 and she passed away in the early 1960s. John and Nina lived in South Prairie, Washington. Lewis' father, Elwin Lewis Isbell, was Nina's oldest of 7 children. Elwin attended several Burdick family reunions in the Puget Sound are in the early 1980s. If you know this line please contact Lewis, he would love to hear from his Burdick cousins.

Bill Burdick (burdickwm@gmail.com) would like to exchange information with the descendants of Lyman Gideon Raymond Burdick (born January 1835, Petersburgh, NY). Lyman's son, Albert Noel (born July 1869), is Bill's g-grandfather. Bill would also be interested in learning more about Albert's sisters and brothers and their descendants, and about Lyman's wife, Harriet Madison (born October, 1834, Vermont?) and Albert's wife, Mary Estes (born September, 1872, Williamstown, MA) and their families. (See Kem Hart-Baker's entry above, sounds like Bill and Kem should contact one another!)

Joe Burdick (burdick88@yahoo.com) has completed another Newsletter. You can read it by pointing your web browser to the Burdick Family Association web site (http://www.burdickfamily.org), select "Newsletters", then scroll down to see links to Joe's newsletters. The latest one is September, 2008.

Sally Chirlin (chirlin@roadrunner.com) sends word that Susan L. ‘Sue’ Miers, 65, of Old Stone Road, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at Chenango (NY) Memorial Hospital. Born February 15, 1943 in Montrose, PA, Sue was the daughter of Ralph and Lila (Burdick) Lathrop. Sue taught first and second grades at Gibson School in Norwich, NY from 1965 until her retirement in 1998. Sue is survived by her daughter, Carrie Sue Miers LaCoe of Vestal and a brother, Edward Lathrop and his wife, Mary, of Springville, PA and nieces and nephews, Nancy Dooling, Craig Lathrop, Judith Samsel and Mindy Holbrook. She was predeceased by her parents and her son, Matthew Miers.

You may remember that last year Bethany Burdick (blburd1@yahoo.com) went to Iraq as part of the Rhode Island National Guard. I am so happy to announce that she is now back home, safe and sound. Drop her an email welcoming her back. You may also be able to help her find her place on the Burdick family tree. Her line is from Ashaway/Alton, RI. Her grandparents are Robert and Peggy Burdick, their children are Dave, Rob, John, Donna, Cathy, Linda, and Peggy. Bethany's great-uncle and aunt are Earl and Clara Burdick and there children are Steve, Arthur, Gloria, and Mary.

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