(I have to admit, I had never heard about the "water cure" before receiving this from Jane. While the therapeutic use of water has been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, this healing technique, also known as "hydropathy" (now hydrotherapy), was revived in the 1700s and appears to have had it's zenith in the 1850's. There was even a 1916 movie starring Oliver Hardy entitled "Water Cure". While this article focuses on Dr. John Fosdick Burdick (I583) in the Ithaca, NY area, Elisha Burdick was involved in the water cure industry in Madison, WI about the same time. As always, I love to learn about history, especially when our family is involved. -- HB)
The Forest City Water Cure was more than a spa
By Gretchen Sachse
The Ithaca Journal
When Europeans introduced water cures to America in the mid-1840s, they found fertile ground for their new theories of promoting health and curing disease. Orthodox medical practice still used bleeding, blistering, and purging to restore the body's imbalance, and the cure was often worse than the disease. Many people eagerly adopted these "schools" of medicine that arose during the early 1800s, among them homeopathy, botanis medicine, Thompsonianism, and hydropathy.
As railroads connected the enthusiastically growing cities whose newspapers carried stories of places to visit and beautiful scenery, forward-thinking individuals started new enterprises to attract these potential travelers. Along East Shore Drive in Lansing Dr. John F. Burdick opened a water cure on his farm overlooking Cayuga Lake. He advertised in the popular water cure periodicals, hoping to attract visitors who frequented larger spas like those in Utica and Philadelphia.
In 1844 Burdick's farmhouse and other buildings had been destroyed by fire, so he began with new facilities built specifically as a water cure. He had plenty of good water available both for drinking and for baths. And he had a location with beautiful vistas and walks.
By 1850 he was operating a well-established institution. Each Monday morning gentlemen patients would come to report on their symptoms and progress and to discuss special food requests and a regimen of various baths and water packs. Tuesdays the ladies would do the dame. Dr. Burdick had rules against smoking and against unauthorized food. Lights in the patients' room had to be out by 9:30 p.m., at which time all noise must stop. For healthy air, healing waters and wholesome food, patients paid $5 per week, exclusive of laundry and toweling.
Dr. Burdick, a physician trained in standard medical practices, soon brought in trained male and female hydropathic physicians to help in running the water cure. In 1853, advertised as The Forest City Water Cure and Young Ladies Institute, Dr. Burdick's spa boasted "every facility for the pleasant, safe and effective treatment of the sick." Rooms were well-ventilated and comfortable. There were facilities for rowing, swimming, and other exercises, and a recently completed gymnasium and a bowling saloon. A picture of it appears on the 1853 wall map of Tompkins County, where it is one of the cartouches framing the map.
The Young Ladies Institute made education an integrated whole, combining intellectual, moral, and physical components. The three teachers taught various subjects: Mathematics, history, languages, botany, geography, drawing, anatomy, physiology and calisthenics. Two 13-week terms were offered at a cost of $50 each.
Dr. William Stephens, Mrs. I.P. Stephens (his wife), and Miss C.E. Young also served as the physicians for the water cure. The two women were educated as hydropathic physicians, Dr. Stephens more likely as a traditional doctor with some lectures or reading on treatment and water.
The Forest City Water Cure only operated about six years in all. The buildings eventually burned in 1867 and were replaced by an elegant rural residence for Dr. and Mrs. Burdick.
Gretchen Sachse is the Tompkins County historian.
(As you know, I love the thought of family reunions. It doesn't matter if they are big or small, they are all important. This record of the Burdick family reunion that took place in Upstate New York in 1935 is very interesting. Be sure to read through to the end, as Nellie Johnson is mentioned. -- HB)
Thursday, July 4, 1935
The Burdick Reunion
The annual reunion of the Burdicks whose ancestors were pioneers in the town of Lincklaen and Burdick Settlement was held on Wednesday, June 26, at the beautiful farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Saunders in Lincklaen. The day was ideal, which made it possible for Burdicks to assemble from near and far.
Tables in the large garage which had been receiving their load as each car arrived were relieved of the weight as the guests to the number of about 70 attended to that part of the program in true Burdick style.
Following dinner, at the business session, E. Phineas Burdick was elected president for the ensuing year; Curtis Burdick, vice-president, and Miss Millicent Saunders, secretary.
The program committee, consisting of Mesdames Marilla Saunders and Ruby Porter, then introduced the first number, a three-act play, "That Awful Letter," by four young ladies. Then followed a speech by Arthur L. Smith of DeRuyter, in which he made vivid some of the pioneering conditions which confronted our fore-fathers, mentioning the sterling, rugged characteristics of those who survived such conditions. Mrs. Beatrice Cooley of Cortland entertained with readings; Mrs. Herbert P. Polan and daughter, Frances, of Brookfield sang a duet; little Miss Shirley Jean Cooley of Cortland sang several musical selections.
Piano solos were rendered by Gerald Craft of Cortland; cornet solos by Dighton Polan and a closing prayer by Rev. Herbert L. Polan of Brookfield.
One of the happy surprises of the day was the arrival of a car bringing Editor Frank Crumb of the Alfred Sun, with his son, Prof. Ralph Crumb of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dr. j. Nelson Norwood, president of Alfred University. Many were the hearty greeting as Dr. Norwood passed from group to group trying to call his acquaintances of 1903 and 1904 by their correct names, he not having been in this locality since his college student days when he supplied as pastor at the Lincklean Center and Otselic Seventh Day Baptist churches, making his home with Mrs. Clarinda Coon at Lincklaen Center. With his keen humor he had many reminiscences to relate, even to a good fish story.
From Norwich came Mr. and Mrs. Fred Johnson. Mrs. Johnson is descended from a branch of the Burdick tree and is preparing a very comprehensive genealogy of Burdick families in America, dating back to the early part of the 17th century when they landed in Rhode Island. This book is nearing completion and the author and compiler is planning to turn the copy over to the publishers this coming autumn. This should be a valuable volume for every Burdick descendant.
Many were the expressions of appreciation for the Saunders hospitality as the Burdick caravan rolled out onto the highway.
(Hugo sadly reports the death of his father, Peter Burdick. Peter was decorated with the highest peace time award for a United Kingdom soldier and led a very full and accomplished life. He was also the author of the highly regarded booklet "The Devon Burdicks". He was a great friend of America, having visited many times. He enjoyed working with members of the American Armed Forces in his extended NATO work. Hugo thinks it all started when, as a young boy, Peter witnessed the U.S. troop build up before D-Day. After 4 years without candy, the sugar-deprived children enjoyed that American soldiers were very generous with chocolate and gum! Rest in Peace, Peter, you have earned it. -- HB)
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Burdick OBE CStJ
Peter Burdick was born in Exeter on 25th July 1930.
He attended the Beacon School in Teignmouth then Exeter School from 1944 to 1948. In Buller House from 1944 to 1945 and School House from 1945 to 1948. Head of House and School Prefect in 1948. Army Training Corps from 1944 to 1948 becoming a sergeant and platoon commander in 1948. In 2nd 15 for rugger and hockey. Passed entry exams for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
His final activity at Exeter School was to crawl along the roof of the main building at 22.00 hours and leave 2 boaters on the cross. Nobody owned up to this activity as by the time it was seen on the last morning of term, he had already left to go on a Corps camp.
After leaving Exeter School Peter joined the Royal Horse Guards as a Trooper and the following year went to the Royal Military College where he became a Senior Under Office and was awarded the Sword of Honour. The Headmaster, Mr F. Paul, attended the Passing Out Parade with the school having a day off and a photograph of Peter receiving the sword from the Duke of Gloucester was on the walls of the dining hall for many years.
He was commissioned into the Devonshire Regiment and served with 1st Battalion as a platoon commander and Intelligence Officer in the UK, Libya and on operations in Kenya. Two years instructing at the Depot in Exeter was followed by a spell as a Regimental Signals Office in BAOR during which the Battalion was amalgamated to form the Devon and Dorsets. Shortly after amalgamation Peter became and instructor at the Signal Wing at the School of Infantry before attending Staff College. Thereafter he was GS02 Ops in GHQ Far East Land Forces as well as acting as ADC to the Commissioner General for South East Asia in Singapore. He then spent two years as a company commander in 1 Malawi Rifles before being posted to HQ19 Infantry Brigade in Colchester as DAA&QMG.
Two years as Second in Command of 1 D and D in Osnabruck and Malta from 1968-70 was followed by attendance at the Joint Services Staff College at Latimer and a year as the Prince of Wales’s Division Recruiting Officer for Wessex, after which he was appointed commanding Office of 1 D and D. He commanded the Battalion, based in Gillingham, during two operational tours in Northern Ireland, first in South Armagh and later in West Belfast as a result of which he was awarded the OBE. He also commanded the Battalion on their 6 month tour of Belize and received the Wilkinson Sword of Peace for the Battalion’s considerable community relations effort during the tour.
Three years as GS01 (Exercise Planning) in HQ NORTHAG in Germany from 1975-78 was followed by a move to Norway and HQ AFNORTH as Executive.
Ty Cool (email@example.com) is the gg-grandson of Russell Wells Burdick (I548) (10/1/1818-3/18/1880) and has a mystery that he hopes you can help solve. There was some sort of association between this line of Burdicks and Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth (4/11/1837–5/24/1861). Do you know what it is? Elmer's life and the events leading up to his death are well documented. He is considered the first Union Officer to have been killed in the Civil War. He was a good friend of the Lincolns and had worked as a law clerk in Lincoln's law office in 1860 and traveled to Washington with the First Family in 1861. He grew up in Mechanicville, NY. When war broke out he was instrumental in raising the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment from New York City volunteer firefighters. This is where Ty suspects the Burdick connection might have taken place since his Burdick line had migrated to New York by this time. There is definitely a connection because Ty's father spoke of it when he was a child and Russell Burdick named one of his daughters, Myra Ellsworth Burdick (I510548) (1862-1931), in his honor. Anything you can do to shed light on this relationship will be greatly appreciated.
Carol Reppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent the following obituary Eleanor Jean Burdick that recently appeared in The Syracuse Post-Standard: March 30, 2012 Eleanor Jean Burdick, 85, of Pennellville, passed away on Friday. Eleanor retired from General Electric in Syracuse. She was predeceased by her husband, Claude, in 2008. Survivors include a brother, Paul Ladisair of Syracuse; two sisters, Lois Commida of Rochester and Mary Lambert of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Carol also wanted everyone to know about a great web site: The New York State Military Museums and Veterans Research Center (http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/mil-hist.htm). They have all kinds of searchable military records of New York State personnel. According to Carol, it is really great as she was able to find her great-grandfather's brother who was in the Civil War. He went into service at 17 years old and was dead at 18. She always figured he was killed but through this web site found out he died in New Orleans in a hospital of dysentery - very sad.
Several months ago Hedy Carra (email@example.com) found the name of her g-grandfather, Azariah (Ezra) Davidson. His first marriage produced Hedy's grandmother, Eva, while his second marriage to Lillian Dippy produced Marjorie Dorcas who married Luther Phillips Burdick (I3807). Luther and Marjorie had 3 children: Madeline (b. 1921, Davenport, NY), Dorothy (b. 1923, Oneonta, NY) and Luther (b. 1931, Stamford, CT). Hedy would love to hear from anyone in this line to see if they know more about Eva.
Rebecca Fields (firstname.lastname@example.org) is stuck. She is trying to find the parents of Lewis Burdick who was born 1811 in Connecticut. She has also seen his birth listed as being in New York. Rebecca found him in the 1850 census in Ohio and he later moved to Missouri where all of Rebecca's family lives today. There was a Lewis born to Daniel and Nancy (Lewis) Burdick in New York in 1809. This Lewis went west and all trace of him was lost. Rebecca thinks they may be the same person, though the birth year is a little off. Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Timothy Fish (email@example.com) is a descendant of Horace and Francis (Wright) Dumond (Francis is the daughter of Aaron and Julie Ann (Burdick) Wright). Timothy is trying to find proof that Horace Dumond's parents are Jacobus Dumond and either Jane Ann Yaple or Margaret Becker, his second wife. Jane Yaple may have died about four months after the birth of Horace, possibly from complications of his birth, but that is just conjecture. Horace appears on the 1850 census with James Dumond, Margaret Becker and Melissa Dumond in Middletown, Deleware, NY. He is listed as Horace Austin, as if Austin is his last name. This appears to be a mistake by the census taker and that his middle name is Austin. He has not yet been found in the 1860 census. If you have any information about this, please contact Timothy.
I am always happy when this Newsletter helps people make a connection. Jeff Schemm (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote to me a few years back and we placed a note in the Fall 2008 Newsletter seeking information about his grandfather who had not married Jeff's grandmother resulting in his father being born out of wedlock. No one ever contacted Jeff. But recently, Jeff was reviewing the on-line collection of newsletters and noticed an entry in the Summer 2008 edition by Bob Burdick who was also seeking information about his grandfather. Jeff noticed that the names, dates and places were similar, so he contacted Bob and -- you guessed it -- they have the same grandfather! They met and compared photos of their fathers (who were half-brothers) and looked very much alike. The moral of this story: don't give up! New information is always becoming available and, as in this case, old information can be rediscovered. I wish I had more time to help in your research, but I don't. That why I depend on you to help yourself to the information I try to make available. Thanks, Jeff, I appreciate you letting us know of your success.
Dee (email@example.com) is happy to report the arrival of their first grandchild. Kaidan Patrick Doyal Kormanik, the gggg-grandson of Phebe Burdick (I1361), arrived on April 10, 2012. Congrats!
Bonnie (Burdick) Gould (firstname.lastname@example.org) lives in Brewster, NY. Her g-grandfather is Levi Burdick, her grandfather is Ernest Burdick and her father is John Burdick. There are only a few Levis in the Burdick genealogy and none of them match Bonnie's ancestor. Does anyone know this line of Burdick who have been in the Brewster area for a long time?
Cliff Burdick (email@example.com) is trying to find his Burdick roots. He recently found out that his family tree dates back to the Pennsylvania Dutch. His grandparents where Earl and Edythe Burdick. His g-grandmother was Willamina, but he is not sure of his g-grandfather's name. If you have any information about this line please contact Cliff. Thanks.
John Delomba (firstname.lastname@example.org) is trying to find his Burdick connection. His grandfather was Charles W. Burdick who was 2nd born in Newport, RI in 1921. He married Minnie May McClean who was also born in Newport in 1922. John is looking for any information about them or other ancestors who live in Rhode Island or any other state.
Did you know there are 15 Benjamin Franklin Burdicks in our genealogy? Robert Wolff (email@example.com) is trying to uncover information about the one born in 1840 who is his g-grandfather. This Benjamin married Mary Tolbert (b. 1845) and had six children, one of whom was James Otis Burdick (1872-1941), Robert's grandfather. The problem is Benjamin's father, William E. Burdick (I700) (1813-1850) who married Maria (or Mariah) Blackman in 1834. There is some question, through different sources, as to who William's children were. A comprehensive list is Electa, Delos, Sarah, Emaline (or Emeline), Charles P., Esther L., Caroline and, of course, Benjamin. Can you help verify this information?
We have another author in the family! Pegi Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) has just had her book published. It is titled: "It's NEVER about the money...even when it is. How to untangle your emotions from your money." There’s a plethora of financial information available to women these days but almost no one is talking about the controlling factors underneath women’s financial issues. Thankfully for many women, my friend and our cousin, Pegi is. Pegi is on a mission to help women learn to recognize and understand how and why they confuse love and money, why they have difficulty demanding what they deserve, and how all their relationships will benefit as they gain self-awareness. Pegi’s new book asks two basic questions: “Where are you now?” and “What’s really holding you back?" and was just launched on Amazon and Kindle. You can read more about Pegi's book under the "Store" section of the Burdick Family Association web site.
Judy Fisher (email@example.com) is trying to preserve a piece of our family heritage, and needs your help. Her gg-grandparents are Joshua Phillip (I1383) and Deborah (Gray) Burdick. Their tombstone is leaning very badly and will fall over soon. When it falls it will take out three other tombstones. Judy can't let that happen, but needs help to figure out what to do. She has an estimate of $1000 to $1200 to take the tombstone apart, move it a little, put it on a new foundation and put it together again. I know that some of you out there have been involved in these types of preservation projects, and I would appreciate it if you could contact Judy with advice, guidance or other assistance. I also know there are organizations that help with funding to preserve cemeteries and gravesites, but I know nothing about them. Any help, including financial assistance, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Jay Armstrong's (JArmstrong@jobbernews.com) grandfather is Frederick Baldwin of North Andover, MA. Frederick's sister, Helene married Julian Burdick (I3417) and they had four children, according to Nellie Johnson's book: Frances, Julian, Joel and Martha, all born in the early 1900s. Jay is trying to flesh out his family tree and would like to contact any of Julian and Helene's descendants. I would like to, also, as the information on this line is sparse.
Carol Saldivar (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been doing research into the life of Anthony Burdick (I2100) (1837-1911). He was a very active citizen in Davenport, IA (banks, churches, etc.) and had 3 children: Stella, Edna and Norman. Surprisingly, given their prominent role in society, not much is known about this line. The "Burdick House" built in 1880 at 833 College Avenue in Davenport is on the National Register. Daughter Edna married Harry Ryan but they divorced in 1910 and she remarried a Mr. Prost and ended up in Pasadena, CA where she died in 1969. Son Norman was married but died in Davenport in 1901. If you have any information, or are a descendant, please contact Carol.
Dorothy and Albert Burdick (email@example.com) wanted to let everyone know that their fourth son, David, has been bestowed a great honor. David has retired from being Director of Libraries in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a position he held for twenty years. They named a library after him: the “Dave Burdick Library” is in Watson Chapel, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He and wife Marcia are now traveling the country in their RV. Congrats!
In addition to reporting on the Burdick Reunion of 1935 (see above), Leta Card (firstname.lastname@example.org) is continuing the tradition. This year's event will be at the Beaver Valley Rod and Gun Club in North Brookfield, NY, on Saturday, August 18. Leta revived the old reunions three years ago, and had 103 people at their first event, including family from Canada, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Tennessee, Michigan, and other places. Leta knows that this year there will again be long-distance cousins, and they are always finding new ones. So if you are in the area, drop Leta an email for more information.
And everyone knows that two reunions are better than one. Christopher Chance (email@example.com) is holding a Burdick family reunion on July 14, at the Moffit Beach Campground in Speculator, NY. Contact Christopher for marking hotel/campsite reservations. Send me pictures!
Add one more creative Burdick family member to the list. Glenna Chernoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) is launching her new greeting/note card design based on her love of roses. But she is having a difficult time coming up with a suitable name for this line of cards, and that's where you come in. Glenna is asking for help naming this line of cards. So put your marketing hats on and submit your suggested name to her by July 4th. Glenna will choose a winner by July 7, 2012. If you are the winner you will receive the very first issue of a package of 14 cards! If you are not the winner you can contact Glenna for purchasing information.
In the last Newsletter I mentioned I had received a Bible that belonged to Josiah Burdick (1810-1882). While no direct ancestor responded, two researchers, Dale Bryan (email@example.com) and Robin Bills (firstname.lastname@example.org) supplied some great information. Josiah Burdick was the son of Josiah Burdick (b. 1781). Josiah Sr. was probably the brother of David (b. 1784) and Peleg (b. 1788). Josiah Sr. was born in Connecticut and his brothers were born in Pawling, NY. Josiah Sr. and his brothers all had children and at sometime before 1850 many of this family group moved to Wisconsin. It appears that Josiah Jr. was in this group, as he appears in Wisconsin in the 1850 census. The 1850 census also gives the approximate birth years for two of Josiah Jr.’s children, Frances (b. 1840) and Austin (b. 1848). Both Frances and Austin are listed in the Bible, but without accurate birthdates, although this census information matches their sibling order that appears in the Bible. It also appears that Josiah had a second marriage, to Belinda Waite, and they had several children together: Ida (1857), Charles (1859), Rose (1862), Florence (1865), Herbert (1867) and Ellen (1871?). I'm still looking for a descendant, so if you are one please contact me.
Carol Anne Buckley (email@example.com) is seeking information about Charles Burdick (I1108001) who married Caroline Matilda Mumford in 1866 in Newport, NY. They divorced and Charles married Jean ???. Caroline, or 'Carrie', married Willliam Weinreich who are Carol Anne's g-grandparents. The Burdick genealogy does not record the parents of Charles and information on his descendants is sparse. It sounds like the parting of Charles and Caroline was not friendly. As an interesting side note, Caroline's second husband sounds like an interesting person. He started life in Germany as Wilhelm Weinreich. He was touring America with his tutor at around age 12, ran away, got disowned, fought in the Civil War, and became a scout riding with Bill Cody. Out West he used the moniker 'Bill Frank'. He and Carrie had three children: Bill, Frank, and Annie (Annie was likely named after Annie Oakley.) and Bill Cody and William Weinreich (who moved back east) always stayed in touch. So if you have a connection to this family, or have any other information about them, please contact Carol Anne.
Do you have a Mary Chatsey (or Chadsey) in your past? There is one in the Burdick genealogy whose mother is Anne Burdick (I111189) and she may or may not be the one Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for. Jeff's Mary (b. 1759) was married to Caleb Ingalls (b. 1756) who served in the Revolutionary War. Jeff has traced her ancestry back to England in the 1500s, but cannot locate her descendants. The Burdick genealogy does not give Mary's father (other than being a Chatsey) and does not list any marriage information for her. Do you know more?
Since Independence Day is upon us, have you thanked a veteran lately? If not, here's one you can start with: Michelle Kelley is the daughter of Dr. Mary Himmler (email@example.com) and she just returned from Iraq after her second tour of duty and is a warrant officer (CWO2) who flies Blackhawk helicopters. Thank you, Michelle, for your service to our country! And Mary, who is the gg-granddaughter of Caroline Burdick (I2470), is also doing her part. She is a rehabilitation physician who provides care for severely injured soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She had been the Chief of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Walter Reed prior to the merger of National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Carol Reppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Robin Moore (email@example.com) both spotted the obituary of Arnold (Arnie) Burdick, longtime information director of the Heritage Golf Tournament, the annual PGA Tour event on Hilton Head Island, who passed away peacefully on June 5, 2012. He was 92. He was born June 20, 1919 to Joseph and Bessie Burdick in Syracuse, New York, and was the youngest of six children. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After the War he was hired by Syracuse University as sports information director, and served in that capacity until 1956, when he was hired by the Syracuse Herald-Journal as sports editor and columnist. He retired in 1984 and moved to Hilton Head Island with his wife, Mimi, where he was involved in local events. He is survived by four sons: Stephen Sherry of Hilton Head Island, Peter Sherry of Denver, Colorado, Thomas Sherry of Buffalo, New York, and Richard Burdick of Liverpool, New York, and five grandchildren. If you know this family please contact me as this line does not appear in the Burdick genealogy.
Robin Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of our favorite researchers in Upstate New York, is working on another Burdick family mystery: Jonathan Burdick. Jonathan (I58), born in the 1720s in Westerly, RI, married Patience Bliven (b. June 3, 1725, Westerly) on August 2, 1762 in Newport, RI. He was lost at sea in August, 1764. Jonathan was a "privateer"; basically a legal pirate. He was the master and/or owner of two sloops: the Molly and the Sarah. There are many intrigues clues into his life, but nothing about his demise. Was he killed by other pirates? Did his ship go down in a storm? Robin has discovered that Patience remarried after Jonathan's death, to Job Bennett in Newport in June 1768; she had no children with either husband. If you know more about Jonathan or Patience please let Robin know.
Robin is also trying to uncover information about Eugene F. Burdick who was born in Montana. He was killed in World War II and is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margarten with 8,300 other American soldiers. His parents are John Eugene and Freda M. (Bergmann) Burdick. Eugene's grandfather, Frank, appears in the Burdick genealogy (and a direct line from there back to Robert Burdick) but it ends with Frank. Robin has been able to uncover some information but would like more. If you are a relative or know this line, please contact us. Thanks.
Mark Robeson (mrobeson@VIPdesk.com) sends word that his mother, Diane Robeson, passed away on June 17 from a massive brain hemorrhage. Diane was the g-granddaughter of Julia Adelaide Burdick (I2635) and provided information on this family line. She will be missed.
Cyndi H. (email@example.com) found a problem with Nellie Johnson's book that perhaps you can help with. Nellie lists two Billings Burdicks (I292 and I498) as having the same birth year (1765) and same death date (Sept 4, 1819). Obviously, one of these is incorrect, as each Billings has different parents, wives and children. I know there are some of you who have investigated one or more of the several Billings Burdick and we're hoping you'll be able to resolve this problem.