(I am always amazed by the work genealogist such as Larry do. They take small factual details and pasted them together into a cohesive solution. Great job! -- HB)
30 Dec 2008
There were almost certainly TWO different Parker BURDICK men, born within a few years of each other, and living in RI in the early 1700s. These two men were first cousins, both of them being grandsons of Robert BURDICK Jr and Rebecca FOSTER. I will be referring to these two men as:
1. Parker BURDICK “of Westerly” son of Joshua BURDICK and Abigail LANPHERE
2. Parker BURDICK “of Hopkinton” son of Hubbard BURDICK and Tacy WELLS.
Since Westerly and Hopkinton were only about 7 miles apart there is some room for discussion about naming the men, but to keep the two of them straight I needed to assign some definition which I hope will be clear later. This paper is an attempt to sort them out and document the rationale.
Facts about Parker BURDICK “of Westerly”
Parker BURDICK “of Westerly” was born 11 Sep 1735 in Westerly, King Co., Rhode Island. VITAL RECORDS OF RHODE ISLAND 1636-1850, WESTERLY, WASHINGTON CO., RHODE ISLAND, BIRTHS & DEATHS, Arnold Collection by James N. Arnold, Vol. 5, page 84. 2-76 BURDICK, Parker, of Joshua and Abigail, born Sept. 11, 1735.
Joshua BURDICK married Abigail LANPHERE on 25 Dec 1734 in Westerly, King Co., RI.
VITAL RECORDS OF RHODE ISLAND 1636-1850, WESTERLY, WASHINGTON CO., RHODE ISLAND, MARRIAGES, Arnold Collection by James N. Arnold, Vol. 5, page 16. 2-76 BURDICK, Joshua, and Abigail LANPHERE, m. by John Babcock, Justice, Dec. 25, 1734.
A Parker BURDICK marriage record:
VITAL RECORDS OF RHODE ISLAND 1636-1850, WESTERLY, WASHINGTON CO., RHODE ISLAND, MARRIAGES, Arnold Collection by James N. Arnold, Vol. 5, page 16. 3-40 BURDICK, Parker, and Thankful BURDICK, m. by Joseph Crandall, Justice, June 13, 1754. (Note, this Joseph Crandall was most likely son of Eber and Patience Lanphere making him an Uncle to Abigail Lanphere).
Facts about Parker BURDICK “of Hopkinton”
Mary Soutar CALDWELL found a land deed where Hubbard BURDICK sold land to “his son” Parker BURDICK on 26 Dec 1762 and 3 Oct 1763 in Vol. I p. 425 of Hopkinton Land Records.
According to this record by CALDWELL, Parker BURDICK’s wife in 1762/3 was Mary PARKER.
The Nellie Willard JOHNSON 1937 book, page 72, says: 136 Parker4 BURDICK, son of Joshua3 (Robert2, Robert1) and Abigail (Lanphere) Burdick of Westerly, R.I. b. Sept. 11, 1735; m. Westerly, June 13, 1754, Thankful Burdick, dau of Hubbard and Tacy Wells) Burdick, b. Westerly. Sept. 11, 1735.
Note that Thankful and Parker were first cousins because their fathers, Hubbard and Joshua, were brothers.
I do not mean any criticism of Mrs. JOHNSON, but it is very suspicious to me when both husband and wife had exactly the same birthday and in the same town. I suppose this is possible, but there seems to be no exact vital record for Thankful like we have for her husband. If we knew more about Tacy’s parents, Hubbard and Tacy, we might be able to better decide on this. So this will remain a mystery for future research.
1774 RI census Parker BURDICK “of Hopkinton” had 2 males over 16, 1 under 16, 2 females over 16 and 4 under 16 in his family.
1777 RI military census shows Parker BURDICK “between 16 and 50 and able” in Hopkinton, but no Parker is listed in the 1782 or 1790 RI census. Info from Linda Mathew Ctmathew@aol.com
1790 US Census Parker BURDOCK (sic) living in Argyle, Washington Co NY.
1800 US Census Parker BURDICK living in Washington Co NY
1810 US Census Parker BURDICK living in Washington Co NY
1820 US Census there is no Parker BURDICK listed
This section of the BURDICK genealogy is not going to be solved in a conclusive, complete manner. There are too many unknowns and too few source documents, however what we do have shows two different Parker BURDICK men. One is identified in RI Vital Records as son of Joshua and Abigail LANPHERE, the other one is identified in 1762 & 1763 Hopkinton RI land deeds as son of Hubbard BURDICK. The land deed, identified by CALDWELL, apparently also stated Parker’s wife was Mary PARKER, odd that her last name was his first name but this is not an unknown incidence in genealogy. Even more odd is the situation where Thankful BURDICK now seems to have had a brother and a husband each named Parker BURDICK.
It is not impossible for one of the two men to have died young, possibly unmarried, and the other man to have had two wives, first Thankful and then Mary. This is difficult to determine with any certainty, but not very likely under the circumstances, and remember, we clearly do have two wives and two Parker BURDICK men.
There exists a very strong possibility that Parker BURDICK “of Westerly” married Thankful and Parker BURDICK “of Hopkinton” married Mary PARKER. The first marriage is what Nellie Willard JOHNSON reported and does not contradict anything reported elsewhere. The second marriage is not easily refuted after studying the CALDWELL documentation listed. This becomes even more probable with the disappearance of Parker “of Westerly” by 1774. There seems to be no record of Thankful after this time either so she was either dead or remarried. No matter which person Thankful married there is no census record, bible or vital record, showing her having any children by him so it becomes a useless discussion. Also, CALDWELL seemed certain Rebecca BURDICK was the daughter of Mary PARKER and CALDWELL had access to family letters we know do not exist today.
We do not have exact death records for any of these people, but know the only Parker BURDICK in the census records was in Hopkinton RI from at least 1774 to 1777 and then in Washington County NY from 1790 to after 1810. This would place a most probable death date for one of the Parker BURDICK men at somewhere before the 1774 RI census, making him no older than 39 and perhaps much younger.
Now to decide which Parker BURDICK lived and which one died. This is fairly straightforward beginning with the 1762/3 Hopkinton land deeds identifying Parker “of Hopkinton” as son of Hubbard and husband of Mary. Then we move forward to 1774 where there is only one Parker BURDICK listed and he was living in Hopkinton. Unless Parker “of Westerly” was missed by all of the RI and US Census records we only have one alive after 1774 and that was almost certainly the husband of Mary and son of Hubbard, or Parker BURDICK “of Hopkinton”. He was NOT born 11 Sep 1735, but had to be near the same age as Parker BURDICK “of Westerly”, as noted by the various census records.
To establish his birth as closely as possible we start with parents of Parker “of Hopkington”, Hubbard and Tacy were reportedly married in 1734, but we do not know exactly what day or month. Next, since Mrs. JOHNSON places his younger sister, Thankful, at being born 11 Sep 1735, then Parker could not have been born after about December of 1734 (9 months earlier). If the parents were good, moral citizens of the era then they could have easily been married in January of 1734, had Parker by December and then Thankful by September of 1735. Even if Tacy was “slightly” pregnant when they were married, the chronology works out even better. Either way, by placing the Parker “of Hopkinton” birth in 1734 is a good selection. Using this date of 1734 and looking at his only child of record, Rebecca BURDICK b. 1760, places Parker as 26 at her birth, which is also acceptable.
Regarding the wives, I am placing Thankful BURDICK as wife of Parker BURDICK “of Westerly”. Not only does this agree with Mrs. JOHNSON, but they were married in 1754 by Joseph Crandall, who I believe (as reported above) was this Parker BURDICK’s Great Uncle. Since we have 1762/3 land deed records showing Mary PARKER as wife of Parker BURDICK “of Hopkinton” this is also pretty clear.
That is what happened, in my opinion.
In conclusion, we now have the two Parker BURDICK men:
Parker4 BURDICK (Joshua3, Robert2, Robert1) “of Westerly” (born 11 Sep 1735 in Westerly, King Co., RI, died before 1774
Son of Joshua BURDICK and Abigail LANPHERE
Married 13 June 1754 in Westerly RI by Joseph CRANDALL to Thankful BURDICK. b. 11 Sep 1735
Parker4 BURDICK (Hubbard3, Robert2, Robert1) “of Hopkinton” born about 1734 died between 1810-20
Son of Capt. Hubbard BURDICK and Tacy WELLS
Married before 1760 to Mary PARKER
Daughter Rebecca BURDICK born 1760 married Samuel C. CRANDALL
This fits all the facts known today and also meets a test of “reasonableness”. I hope this paper will stimulate some discussion on Parker BURDICK and perhaps eventually lead to identification of some of the other children listed in the 1774 RI Census “2 males over 16, 1 under 16, 2 females over 16 and 4 under 16”. The children under 16 were probably Parker’s and the two other people over 16 could have been anything from hired help to siblings or even grandparents. After all, all we know is they were “over 16”. Subsequent census records even add to this group of children so we eventually have 2 sons and 4 daughters all untraced and unidentified in any way, with the sole exception being his daughter Rebecca.
1. CALDWELL, Mary Soutar “Preston Soutar Families ” NSDAR #323412
2. JOHNSON, Nellie Willard (1937) “Descendants of Robert BURDICK of Rhode Island” Page 72
3. CRANDALL, John Cortland (1949) “Elder John CRANDALL of Rhode Island and His Descendants”
4. VITAL RECORDS OF RHODE ISLAND 1636-1850, WESTERLY, WASHINGTON CO., RHODE ISLAND, MARRIAGES, Arnold Collection by James N. Arnold, Vol. 5, page 16 and BIRTHS & DEATHS, Arnold Collection, Vol. 5, page 84.
This careful transcription of the diaries of J. Irving Maxson opens the door for researchers to a new era -- the early twentieth century -- and a new part of Rhode Island -- Westerly. The diaries are the only survivors of fifty years of diary-keeping, the rest having been lost in the 1938 Hurricane. A descendant of the Maxson family which had lived in Westerly for two hundred years, J. Irving Maxson was deeply involved with the family building company, Maxson & Co. of Westerly which built many of the grand houses, public buildings, and hotels in southern New England. He was deeply rooted in his family, community, and church. A prominent man, he took a leading role in his community, representing Westerly in the General Assembly and serving on innumerable boards. He and his family worshipped and socialized with a large group of friends and relations from the Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church in Westerly. Travel, summers at the beach, yacht racing, vaudeville -- J. Irving really enjoyed life, never imagining how easily his security could slip away.
The shifting economic tides of the early twentieth century and some questionable partners brought down Maxson & Co. by 1910. The company sold J. Irving set out to reinvent himself and did it over and over for the rest of his life. Most diaries are like a play performed with only one set and a very limited cast, but not this one. To find work J. Irving traveled to Cuba, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, moving his family and dwindling possessions with him. He ran a fruit plantation in Cuba, managed shipyards during World War I, skippered a steamer between Connecticut and Rhode Island, and captained a crippled ship in the Caribbean. In each of these places he was meeting new people and writing about them in his diary. Whatever misfortunes he suffered, he never gave up. It is a story of bravery and love.
A thoughtful introduction sets the scene and provides readers with an understanding of the family structure. Much patient research went into identifying many individuals names, and complete name index makes it easy to find references. Genealogists will be particularly interested in the ties that linked Sabbatarians from Westerly with those in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and upstate New York. Best of all, many unique family photographs make the people and times come to life for the reader.
Jane Hoxie Maxson was one of the founders of the Maxson Family Association and has served as its secretary and historian. An inveterate collector of family lore and memorabilia, she has patiently transcribed these remarkable diaries from her family collection, illustrating them with unique photographs. Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, editor of "Rhode Island Roots", enjoyed helping her put it all together.
"Diaries of J. Irving Maxson, 1898-1923", by Jane Hoxie Maxson, ed. by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG. Soft cover, 368 pages, 2009. $19.95. Available fro Jane H. Maxson, 55 Wild Goose Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or RIGenSoc.org.
(If you have read these Newsletters for any length of time, you know that I try to promote our men and women in uniform any time I can. Kathy has given me another chance to do so. I hope her letter will prompt you to take action, or at least to "cut-and-paste" and send to everyone in your contact list. A co-worker of mine had a son stationed in Iraq so our group collected items for him and his fellow soldiers; we received letters and pictures in return, they were very nice. Thank you for your support of our troops. -- HB)
The first thing I would like to say is that I really don't like chain emails. I often read them, but I don't often forward them.
Some are touching and make me cry. Some prompt me to pray, but as soon as I get to the part about "send to ten people in ten minutes to get your miracle..." yada-yada-yada... I'm immediately turned off. No offense intended to anyone, I simply don't have time to forward these emails, nor do I believe I will receive a miracle from my God if I do it in ten minutes, nor do I believe that if I don't I won't be blessed. I have been blessed beyond measure and I know from where my blessings come.
The email chain letters I like the best are the patriotic ones. You know the ones. I have received some of the same ones over the last few years over and over again. They have heartwarming and convicting captions along with pictures of soldiers laying in fox holes, trying to sleep, or shaving in the middle of desert over a bucket... and worse. Yes, I really do like these and I do pray for these young men and women who are faithfully serving our country. Do you?
I want to start a new chain letter. And I hope this chain will make it to as many people as some of these others have. My Contact list is embarrassingly small, so if this grows that will be the miracle! I need you all to send it on!
I have a son in the US Navy, serving on a carrier in the Pacific Fleet. I have another son who served in Iraq for 15 months. I have a friend who feels like a son who will be serving in Afghanistan next year sometime. I have a friend whose son has served in Iraq. I have a nephew who is serving in the Navy on an Aircraft Carrier somewhere off our Atlantic Coast, towards the "sand".
The common thread between all these young men is that they are flat out lonely when they are gone. They have sacrificed their life, away from home, away from family, to work with our military to keep our country safe. Some of them, unfortunately, rarely hear from friends or family. Most have access to email, if not daily then occasionally. All have addresses to which one can write or send packages. Did you know that if you send a package to an APO or FPO Address, the Post Office gives you a discount? They do. And there are flat rate boxes...so for about $12 you can send a boat load of stuff like books, candy, gum, toiletries, or whatever you know your loved one likes or needs to brighten their day.
I write my son daily. He has told me that he hears from me... from me... and from me... and very few others. And then I get chain letters about patriotism from friends and family. Why not take the same time that it takes to forward these email chain letters to me and instead write to that young man or young woman that you know. Just a note. Just a "hello, how are you? I'm thinking of you today and I want you to know that I care and that I love and miss you." Until you have a child who is thousands of miles away, you won't know what your word of encouragement and love will mean to them.
If you don't have a child serving, or a brother, nephew, sister, aunt, I'm sure you have one at your church, or a friend's child. You know SOMEONE who is serving or you know the family of someone who is serving. There are too many for there not to be ONE in your sphere of influence. Find out how to contact them and send a note. Whether by email or snail mail, this child will be blessed. Will you receive a miracle if you do this? The miracle has already been realized in the birth of this child, who is now faithfully serving his/her country.
Please forward this to as many in your contact list as you can. If you want to show patriotism, this will do more than forwarding the pictures we've all seen many times.
Oh! If you can and you wish to, add the picture of your loved one to your email, as I do. We are blessed to be a blessing. God Bless YOU!
Proud Navy Mom of Jeff
Gay Lea (GLea472968@aol.com) sends word that the Woodmansee family book is now out and being distributed. While it centers on the Woddmansees, if contains a lot of good information. Gay's Burdick connection comes through Henry Gardner Burdick's daughter, Clara J. Burdick, who married Bernice L. Woodmansee.
Kenny Goman (email@example.com) lets us know about the death of his uncle, Earl Burdick. He died on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Born on August 13, 1916 in Stony Creek, NY, he was the son of Elmer and Ella (Grimes) Burdick. He was a graduate of Corinth High School and served in the U.S. Army during world War II. Earl was predeceased by his longtime companion Irene Harrington, five sisters (Clara Belle Sweet, Josephine Smith, Verna Fuller, Beatrice Goman, and Margaret Burdick) one brother (Kenneth Burdick). Survivors include one brother (Harry Burdick) and his wife Brenda. Kenny hopes we all become a little closer to our "kin folk" and families. (Me, too.)
John Langworthy, aka. "TV John" (firstname.lastname@example.org), has a couple web sites he wanted to let everyone now about... http://www.tvjohn.info and http://www.AdamAndEveSociety.org.
Tamara Langford (email@example.com) thought she had her Burdick ancestors all nicely arranged until she found a HUGE error. Tamara's gg-grandfather was George OSCAR Burdick but the George she's been tracking is George ALFRED Burdick. George Alfred was the son of James Smith Burdick who descended from James Burdick of RI and Lanesborough, MA. George OSCAR Burdick was in Canada but it turns out he was born in New York, according to Canadian census reports. He may be the son of Samuel Burdick and Dorothy Clarke (Samuel was the son of James Burdick, mentioned above). Others believe that George Oscar Burdick was the son of Caleb Burdick and Martha Clarke of Chatauqua Co., NY. Here are names and dates from primary sources about George Oscar Burdick: born March 1823, New York; immigrated to Canada 1828; married October 11, 1848 in Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada to Lydia Stevens (daughter of Samuel and Ruth Stevens); children Charles Henry (in Iowa 1880 census), Augustus Herkimer (Tamara's great-grandfather), John Oscar Burdick and Samuel Wesley (1866-1916). Lydia died August 20, 1899 in Lambton Co., Ontario, Canada; George died March 3, 1903 in Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada. So in summary, the two most probable lines for George are as follows:
1. Born to Caleb Burdick and Martha Clarke in Chatauqua Co., New York in 1823.
2. Born to Samuel Burdick and Dorothy (or perhaps their son Enoch?) in New York, then went to Canada to live with older sibling Enoch when Samuel & Dorothy took up residence in NY with Daughter Judah and son-in-law L. Knapp.
Can you help sort all this out?
Mary Bond (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for her half-siblings. Mary's mother, Carol Lynn Sleeper, was married to Mitch Burdick before being married to Mary's father. Carol and Mitch had three children -- Mike, Jeremy (or Albert) and Debra Sue (born in 1961). Mary's older brother once found Debbie, whose last name was DeVito, and lived in New York, but they lost contact with her. Mary has a picture of Carol and Mitch, who was probably born around 1940. Both of Mary's parents have passed away and she would like to find her "lost" family. If you can help please contact her.
Reggie Britton (email@example.com) is descended from Andrew Winters, born in 1761 in NY. His son Hiram, born in 1805, married Rebecca Burdick of whose fame you may remember from previous Newsletters. Reggie's problem is trying to determine Hiram's mother. Andrew, his father, married three times: first in Ashburnham, MA to Abigail Lewis, then in Ashburnham, MA to Grace Palmer, and finally to Hannah Wood (Nellie Johnson shows Hannah to be Hiram's mother.) Andrew married Hannah Wood in NY in 1834 so she cannot be Hiram's mother, or the mother of Andrew's other 11 children born between 1805 and 1825. Do you know who Hiram's mother is? Abigail Lewis or Grace Palmer? Any clues will be appreciated.
Loretta Landerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is once again trying to locate Daniel C. Burdick, born 1822-24 at Grafton, Rennselaer City, NY. Loretta has a possible Jonathan Burdick who may be his father, but there are no marriage records or other names. If he married an Eastman, then Loretta knows he is the correct man. Do you recognize this name or area of New York? Loretta thinks many people from this area migrated to Wisconsin. Thanks!
Erica Araujo (Erica.Araujo@Covidien.com) is seeking information about her gggg-grandfather, Robert Burdick Peckham, the son of James Peckham and Charlotte Hyde. She is specifically interested in Robert's second wife, Mary Ann Richmond Saunders, and their children. Erica's ggg-grandfather was John L. Peckham who married Phoebe A. Crandall. There daughter, Sarah E. Peckham born in 1890, was Erica's gg-grandmother. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.
Tim Hall's (email@example.com) wife's ggg-grandfather, Edward (Edwin) Burdick, lived in NY and, apparently, briefly in Canada. He died near Port Jervis, NY. Edward's wife was a Casselman (there are lots of Casselman/Burdick marriages.) They had a son, James, born around 1853, but he is missing from the 1860 census. He may have been adopted by another family or simply missed on the census. Tim found another Burdick household in NY with a father named Edward and a son named James, but the wife's name and birth date did not match the Casselman woman's. Do you know anything to help solve this problem?
Joe Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) live in Puyallup, WA (near Tacoma). His father is Arthur Ray Burdick of Tacoma, WA, who passed away in May of 2004 at the age of 66. His roots are from Dayton, WA. Lloyd Burdick is his father. (He married Ina Fay Lowery). Lloyd's Mother and Father are listed in the Dayton Cemetery listings (Henry and Carrie). Carrie's maiden name was Stark. There is also a Lewis Burdick who may be the father of Henry. This is as far back as Joe can get. He doesn't know if or when Lewis had a wife. Joe's grandfather (Lloyd) may have had six siblings but two sisters names are known, Betsy and Millie (Milly?). Henry Burdick died 1946 at 76 years. Carrie Burdick died 1940 at 71 years. Lewis Burdick died 1912 at 61 years. Joe's g-grandfather and grandmother Lowery (Joseph and Iona) are also in this cemetery as well as an infant sister and 10 year old brother of Joe's grandmother (Ina Fay). Joe has discovered that his grandfather, Lloyd Burdick, had a brother who was given away to another family. He thinks this brother is Alvin Burdick and his adopted parents were Presley and Alice May (Weedon) Rainwater. Alice's Obituary refers to a surviving Alvin Rainwater but, in Presley's obituary he is referred to as Alvin Burdick. Both Presley and Alice are also listed in the Dayton WA cemetery along with Joe's relatives in this small town. Joe wants to provide this information as it may help someone someday trying to find the blood parents of Alvin Rainwater/Burdick. If you know about this family, please contact Joe.
Christine Burdick (email@example.com) has a couple questions. First, she is getting conflicting information on Martha Worden, her gggg-grandmother and wife of Elkanah Burdick, as to whether her maiden name is Soper or if she married before or after Elkanah. Second, she would like to know about Mary A. Clark, her gg-grandfather and wife of Rodney Webster Burdick, about whom she also keeps getting the same information but with 2 separate names. Finally, Christine would like to find out more about her grandfather's brother, Webster Leslie (or Leslie Webster) Burdick. He went by "Leslie" and was the editor and publisher of the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina in the 60s. She has a newspaper clipping from 1965 with a picture of him and heard he was also the editor and publisher of another paper but she does not know the name. Does anyone know more?
Briar Deschler-Auman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is searching for Barbara Sedgwick, daughter of Ruby and Floyd Sedgwick. Ruby's parents were Edgar and Maya (Davidson) Place, her grandparents were George and Martha Nancy (Burdick) Davidson. Barbara Sedgwick was born February 14, 1930 and Briar does not know if she is still living. Briar is also searching for information on her aunt, Stella Place, who was the daughter of Edgar Place and his first wife, Belle Taggart. Briar has not been able to find any living relatives in this line, and finding a descendant of Edgar Place would be amazing. Ruby Sedgwick would have been a half-sister to Briar's ggg-aunt. If you can help, please email her.
Robert C. Amos (email@example.com) is looking for William Elton Burdick, son of Paul W. and Esther Burdick, who lived in York Co, PA. He is a distant cousin and has come across some very nice photos of William's grandmother, Helen Blanche (aka. Nellie) (Custer) Burdick, and a son, possibly Paul. Robert would like to give these picture to William. If you know how to reach him, please let Robert know.
Scott Bill Hirst (firstname.lastname@example.org) sends word that The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database (http://rihc.info/index.php) is up and running. Note that a number of New London County people are buried in nearby Rhode Island, especially the boarder towns. There are a LOT of Burdicks in the database.
And finally, Dwight Burdick (email@example.com) was the person who let us know that his parents, Jesse Gordon and Aural Eloise (Mathiesen) Burdick, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. My thanks to all of you who sent the "newlyweds" notes of congratulation. If you missed it, you can still send a note to them at (firstname.lastname@example.org), I'm sure they would enjoy hearing from you. Here's the announcement that appeared in the Sequim News (courtesy of Roy Isbell (email@example.com) : "Aural and Gordon Burdick celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 30. The Burdicks, who live at the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center in Sequim, will celebrate with family members at a family dinner at Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm. Aural Eloise Mathiesen and Jesse Gordon Burdick were married July 30, 1939, in Loma Linda, Calif. She was a registered nurse working at the hospital there and he was a second-year medical student. Dr. Burdick graduated from Loma Linda Medical School in 1941. After his internship in Tennessee, they moved to Michigan where he was a family physician for eight years. He subsequently was medical director of Ethyl Corporation for 30 years, then a toxicology consultant for 10 years. He retired in 1989. Mrs. Burdick worked as a hospital and private duty nurse sporadically, but her main occupation was as a full-time homemaker and mother. The Burdicks have three children, Dwight Burdick, M.D., of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who works as coordinator of health services for the Al-Said royal family; Bruce Burdick, J.D., of Alton, Ill., a patent attorney; and Penny Burdick of Sequim, a house-call holistic family physician; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The Burdicks moved to Sequim in spring 2006." By the way, many of you have written to inform me that you've recently celebrated your 40th, 50th or 60th anniversaries -- congratulations to you all!