Burdick Newsletters

Fall, 2012


Billings Burdick

by David Martin (martind@westelcom.com)

(David is becoming an expert in the lives and families of all the Billings Burdicks that appear in the Burdick genealogy (there are 11 of them). David was kind enough to provide us with his research notes which, I believe, provides a in-depth insight into how research is performed. As I have said many times become, I am not a genealogist - the work if too hard for me! Hope you enjoy it, as I did. -- HB)

Howard Burdick, who conducts the Burdick website (http://www.burdickfamily.org), writes me that there are 11 Billings Burdicks, none of whom died in 1814. Four of them were born in the 18th century: Billings(5) Burdick (#1292 in the website) (James(4), Edward(3), Samuel(2), Robert(1)) of Newport, Rhode Island (1765-1819), who married Catherine Vars and had a son Billings(6) born in 1795 who died in 1822; and Billings(5) Burdick of Hopkinton, Rhode Island (#1498 in the website, #498 in The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island (1937) by Nellie Willard Johnson) (Stephen(4), Thomas(3), Samuel(2), Robert(1)) (born 176- died 183-) who married Hannah Babcock and had a son Billings(6) (1788-1873). In addition, there seems to be a fifth Billings Burdick born in the 18th century.

Among the United States Sailors on the Lake [Lake Champlain] - Battle of Plattsburgh [New York]: Billings Burdick – M. Mate – d. Nov. 19, 1814 Whitehall – drowned – appoints Wm. Hunter to receive prize #843 - $1163l62 – settled Dec. 14, 1815.[1]

As the four other known Billings Burdicks born in the 1700’s are otherwise accounted for, I suspect this is an unrecorded son one of Billings of Hopkinton’s brothers, three of whom settled in Washington County, New York, where Whitehall is and whose children are not known: Caleb Burdick born c. 1767 was in the town of Easton, Washington County, in the 1800 census with three possible sons born in the 1790’s, and Thomas Burdick born c.1771 was in the census at Easton in 1800 and again in 1810 and 1820, however, he had no male in his household born before 1800. A third brother, Zebediah born c.1773, was in Easton in the 1800 census and again in 1810, 1820, 1825, 1830, and 1840; he has a male in his family born 1794-99. As the above Billings was a Masters Mate, he is likely older than a son of Zachariah, so – if in this family at all – he is likely a son of Caleb and named after Caleb’s brother Billings.

Nellie Willard Johnson gives Billings Burdick of Newport the dates: born 7 April 1765, died 4 September 1819 and Billings Burdick of Hopkinton the dates born 1765, died 4 September 1819. The similarity of these two sets of dates has led some to believe they are the same person. There is no question, however, that they are two distinct men. For example, both are listed separately in the censuses for 1800 and 1810 in their respective towns. There are other records, such as the births of their children, to show they were living in two different places at the same time and are two different men.

The dates for Billings of Newport are full and seem correct. We do not have a record of a precise date of birth for Billings of Hopkinton. He is apparently the second son of Stephen Burdick and had an older brother Joel born – according to his gravestone – 1762/3. The censuses for 1800, 1810, 1820, and 1830 indicate Billings was born between 1760 and 1765. He had a next brother Caleb and then a next brother Joshua whose gravestone indicates he was born 1769/70. Thus a birth date for Billings of c.1764/5 is reasonable giving a sequence of children: 1762/3, 1764/5, 1766/7/8, 1769/70. Billings of Hopkinton’s wife was born 28 April 1762, compatible with 1764/5. She died 14 September 1840.

We also do not know the death date for Billings of Hopkinton. The Burdick genealogy gives it as 4 September 1819, but as Billings appears in the censuses for 1820 and 1830, that is an error. It is also the same death date assigned to Billings of Newport. Apparently, on this point Nellie Willard Johnson has confused the two men. As Billings of Newport is not listed in the 1820 census, 4 September 1819 is likely correct for him. All we can say is that Billings of Hopkinton died between 1830 and 1840. There is no probate record for him, but more study would likely refine his death date.

An item from the Newport Mercury 20 February 1794:[2]

Ten Dollars Reward

ON Tuesday Morning, the 18th Inst. A Person by the Name of BENJAMIN STOCKBRIDGE, hired a Horse, Saddle and Bridle, of the Subscriber, to go to Bristol, in this State, and was to return with him the same Day; but as he was seen from the same Afternoon beyond Providence, on the Road to Norwich, there is every Reason to suppose he means to run away with said Horse. – He is about 5 Feet 7 Inches high, with black Eyes and Hair; is about 30 Years of Age, and pretends to some Knowledge in the Practice of Physic. – Had on a light coloured Surtout with Thickset Breeches much worn, and a round Hat, with Boots on. The Horse is a light Bay, about 14 ½ Hands high, about Ten Years old, with black Mane and Tail, and the Mane cut, and has a Bunch round the Joint of the fetter Lock on one of his hind Feet. – Whoever will apprehend said Thief, so that he may be brought to Justice, and the Horse, Saddle and Bridle recovered, shall have the above Reward, and necessary Charges, paid by

BILLINGS BURDICK.
Newport, Feb. 20, 1794

Newport Mercury 25 February 1794:
N.B. From information received since, it appears that the above Person has lately been guilty of the same Crime, in the State of Massachusetts.

MARY “CHURCH”

The name of the wife of Stephen Burdick is Mary. Her gravestone is inscribed: MARY/ WIFE OF/ Stephen Burdick/ DIED/ Jan. 4, 1832./ Age 90 years. Thus, because her date of death is only four days into 1832, she was born c.1741.

Her maiden name in the Burdick genealogy and in “mug book” accounts as given by the family in 1887 and 1900 is given as Church. The source of this identification is probably Philip Burdick (1814-1891), son of Kendal Burdick and grandson of Stephen and Mary Burdick, who married his cousin Mary Burdick (1816-1898), a daughter of Elias and granddaughter of Stephen and Mary Burdick. As Philip knew his grandmother who died when he was about 17, he may well have known who she was, as would his wife who was 16 when their grandmother died. In addition, Stephen and Mary Burdick had their own daughter, Mary (Burdick) Cardner (1783/4-187-) in the same Pennsylvania neighborhood where Stephen’s wife Mary died and Philip and Mary (Burdick) Burdick and others in this family lived. There is every reason for the family to have noted in 1887 that Stephen’s wife Mary was a Church. However, a long and diligent search in Rhode Island and Connecticut has so far failed to identify her in any Church family.

The names of her children may give a clue to her identity. She had nine sons and one daughter. Stephen and Mary were prone to use family names. The daughter Mary and the son Stephen were obviously named for their parents. Other sons were Thomas – the name of Stephen’s father and brother, Zebediah, and Elias – also names of Stephen’s brothers. Joel, Caleb,[3] and Joshua are not from Stephen’s immediate family, but are not uncommon names in 18th century New England. The two remaining sons: Billings and Kendal have surnames. Could they be clues to Mary’s family? They are not previously found in Stephen’s family. Kendall is not a Rhode Island family. None are found in the early Rhode Island censuses 1774-1800. It is rare in Connecticut; the 1790 census for Connecticut lists only four in Hartford County and one in Tolland County. Kendall remains an open possible clue.[4] The reason for considering Connecticut is that Hopkinton, Rhode Island, is on the border of Stonington, New London County, Connecticut. Kendall Burdick’s wife was from New London County.

Billings is more promising.[5] Capt. Ebenezer(4) (Ebenezer(3), Ebenezer(2), William(1)) and Mary(4) (Noyes) Billings (Thomas(3), James(2), James(1)) of Stonington, Connecticut, had twins born in Stonington in February 1739/40: Ebenezer and Mary. When Capt. Ebenezer wrote his will 3 July 1759 (proved 21 July 1759) he mentions his daughters Elizabeth Stanton, Phebe Prentice, and Mary Billings, as well as his second wife Sarah, his sons Sanford, Gilbert, and Elisha; and his daughter-in-law Lucy Geer. The account[6] of this family mentions the birth of Mary and comments “probably died young” even though she was living in 1759 at the age of 19.

Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, is an adjoining town to Hopkinton, Rhode Island, where Stephen Burdick lived. Despite the powerful closeness of the Burdick memory by the families of Mary’s daughter and grandchildren that she was a Church, could it be that this Mary Billings married c.1760 Stephen Burdick of Hopkinton, Mary Burdick who died 4 January 1832 aged 90, so born c.1741 – just one year from the birth of the above Mary? And this would account for Stephen and Mary’s second son being named Billings? The place is right, the birth date is right, and there is the name Billings. A serious investigation of this possibility is called for.

NOTES:

[1] Jack Bilow: A War of 1812 Death Register “Whispers in the Dark”(Plattsburgh, New York, 2011) p.64. – source probably American State Papers prize list in the National Archives.

[2] Maureen Alice Taylor and John Wood Sweet: Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains (Picton Press) vol. 2 (2001) p.114.

[3] A promising lead was a Mary Church who was over 14 in 1757, a child of Caleb and Rebecca (Brand) Church of Westerly, Rhode Island: the right age, the right place, with the name Caleb. However, the will of Rebecca (Brand) Church of Charlestown, Rhode Island, 13 December 1762, mentions her daughter Mary Kinyon and 1 May 1777 Joshua and Mary Kinyon of Charlestown release her dower to Caleb Church in Hopkinton.

[4] Stonington, Connecticut, Land Records 8:93 note that 15 March 1764 Mary Burdick, daughter and heir of Daniel Palmeter of Stonington participated in a transaction witnessed by John Burdick, J.P., and Sibbel Burdick. This Daniel Palmeter of Stonington seems to be Daniel I (1667- October 1751) who married Johanna Daynes. Their children were born 1699-1713, so a daughter would be too old to be our Mary. Their son Daniel Palmeter II born 1699 was living in 1765, so would not have a daughter and heir living in 1764. Norwich, Connecticut, vital records have: Daniel Palmeter [II?] married 29 – (month not given) 1725 Mary Ems. Mary daughter of Daniel and Mary born 16 April 1726 and, among other children, daughter Amma daughter of Daniel and Mary born 23 February 1741/2. Mary wife of Daniel Palmeter (Patinetor) died 5 September 1761. John Burdick, the witness, was a son of Samuel Hubbard and Avis (Maxson) Burdick; he married in 1752 Sibbel Cheseborough. He had no daughter or sister named Mary, nor do the names Mary or Daniel Palmeter appear in the Burdick website.

[5] There are two early Billings families: Roger1 Billings of Massachusetts. Accounts of both families were published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in the 1920’s and 1930’s. No Burdick connection is shown in either family.

[6] New England Historical and Genealogical Register vol. 81 (1927) p.171.


Bible Translation: Why, What, and How?

Submitted by Laurie Burdick (lburd3380@aol.com)

(You may remember that in a recent Newsletter my uncle, Bill Burdick, asked about Donald Burdick, one of the editors of the NIV Bible. He didn't have to wait long for an answer. His daughter and my cousin, Laurie, had the answer. Donald wrote an extensive article on his involvement with the NIV Bible in 1975. Here's some excerpts of that article, I think it is very interesting. -- HB)

by Donald W. Burdick
March, 1975
Copyright 1975, All Rights Reserved, The Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary
Complete article: http://www.dabar.org/semreview/bibtrans.htm

In 1520 when William Tyndale determined to translate the Scriptures into English, practically no one had access to an English Bible. One hundred and forty years before that time John Wycliffe had translated the Latin Vulgate into our language; but, since printing had not yet been invented, the Wycliffe Bible was only available in manuscript form. Moreover, by Tyndale's time it was illegal to sell, buy or possess a copy of the Bible in English. Consequently, only a few copies of the Wycliffe translation were in circulation and that, secretly. In reality, the Bible was not available to any except the few who could read Latin. It was this tragic situation that moved Tyndale on one occasion to announce to a learned churchman, "If God spare my lyfe ere many years, I wyl cause a boye that dryveth ye plough, shall knowe more of the scripture than thou doest."

We can understand the need for a translation of the Bible in that day, but why in our day? After all, we have had the Bible in English for centuries - in fact, ever since Tyndale's New Testament appeared in 1525. And the King James Version, which has been in use since 1611, is not a translation of a translation as Wycliffe's version was. Instead it was translated directly from the Hebrew and Greek texts. So our first question is, Why do we need new translations of the Bible today?

I. REASONS FOR NEW TRANSLATIONS
Basically the reason why new translations other than the King James Version are needed is that things have changed. That is not to say that the Bible or its message has changed. God's Word is the same across the centuries. But there have been changes in the English language, and there have been new manuscript discoveries, and there have been numerous advances in biblical scholarship. We will look briefly at each of these areas of change.

A. Changes in the English Language
No living language is static. Languages in use are always changing. For example, the old distinction between "shall" and "will" is becoming a thing of the past. "It is I" is giving way to "It is me." Split infinitives and sentences ending in prepositions are becoming acceptable. And words themselves have changed. A number of words have grown obsolete; others have changed their meanings.

B. New Manuscript Discoveries
Since 1611 a wealth of new manuscripts has come to light. Many of these more recently discovered manuscripts have proved to be among the most valuable of all that we possess.

C. Advances in Biblical Scholarship
A third justification for the translation of the newer versions is the significant advance in many areas of biblical scholarship. This is important because the translation process draws on practically every aspect of biblical study. Translation is not merely a matter of language. The translator must rely upon the archaeologist, the historian, the exegete, and the theologian in order to come to a thorough understanding of the text he is translating.

II. A CLASSIFICATION OF THE MODERN VERSIONS
We move now to an attempt to characterize and classify a number of the newer translations. There are various methods of classification that may be used in an attempt to clarify the differences existing among the various versions. We will employ four types of classification.

A. Number of Translators Involved
Under this heading our main concern is whether a translation was done by one person or by a committee. It is assumed that, other things being equal, a committee translation will be superior to a one-man translation, both in accuracy and in English style. A one-man translation will reveal the idiosyncrasies of interpretation and style that are characteristic of the person doing the translating. A committee tends to purge a translation of any such peculiarities, with the result that the final product is more generally acceptable.

An examination of the history of the English Bible shows that the earliest versions were one-man translations. This was true of the works of Wycliffe, Tyndale, Coverdale and Taverner. The first genuine committee translation was the Bishops' Bible in 1568. This was followed by the King James Version in 1611, the product of six groups totalling some 54 translators.

Our main purpose at this point, however, is to classify the better known modern versions as to the number of translators employed.

B. Method of Translation Employed
The most meaningful classification of translations, however, is that which is based on the methods employed by the translators. In general there are three principal methods: (1) the concordant method, (2) the free paraphrase, and (3) the method of closest equivalence.

C. Chronology of Language Employed
A third method of classification is based on the time period to which the language of a translation belongs. Following the divisions suggested by Wonderly, we may classify various versions as archaic, semi-archaic, or contemporary.

D. Theological Orientation of Translators
Classification by the theological orientation of the translators is somewhat difficult in some cases. Translation committees have often been composed of men with a wide variety of theological views. Our classification will be a simple one, merely dividing the translations into two groups: liberal and conservative. In the case of committee efforts, we have placed a translation in the liberal category if a number of its translators were of a liberal persuasion.

III. AN EXAMPLE OF TRANSLATION PROCEDURE
We come now to the question of how Bible translation is done. To be sure, there have been various patterns of procedure followed by different translators and different committees. It is our purpose here to give a brief description of the method used on one project, the New International Version.

Since 1967 when work on the translation began, over one hundred scholars have worked on the Old and New Testaments. They have served in various capacities as translators, consultants, editorial committee members, stylists, and reviewers. The project is governed by a committee of fifteen known as the Committee on Bible Translation. Dr. Edwin H. Palmer, the full-time Executive Secretary, coordinates the work of translating and editing.

The translation of a given book of the New Testament began with a team of two scholars, who worked together to produce a tentative rendering of the book. This was sent to one or two consultants who made suggestions to the team for improvement of their translation. These suggestions were weighed and either accepted or rejected by the team.

The team translation was then thoroughly reworked by an Intermediate Editorial Committee (IEC), usually made up of translators from other teams. In this step the team's translation was carefully reviewed and reworked verse by verse. Each suggested change was voted on by the IEC.

The IEC translation was then reviewed by a General Editorial Committee (GEC). Again it was studied and revised verse-by-verse. The GEC included an English stylist who was a voting member of the group.

During the second and third phases of editorial work, copies of the IEC and GEC translations were sent to numerous pastors, scholars, English stylists, and lay people for criticisms and suggestions.

Finally, the twice-edited translation was thoroughly reviewed and edited for a third time by the governing Committee on Bible Translation. At long last it was ready for inclusion in the New International Version of the New Testament.

The advantage of the repeated review and editing of the translation is obvious. The work is not the product of one or two men revealing their personal biases or idiosyncrasies. Nor is it the work of one denominational group reflecting one particular theological viewpoint. It is a representative translation that is truly ecumenical within a conservative framework. If two minds are better than one, then many minds working in an organized, concerted effort are many times better than one. This is one of the significant strengths of the New International Version.

In summary, the NIV is distinctive among the many modern versions now flooding the market, and this distinctiveness lies in a combination of features.


The Charles B. Burdick Military History Collection

Submitted by James Sternitzky (jwsterni@hotmail.com)

(Jim found this information and thought it would be of interest to everyone. Unfortunately, I can't locate this Charles Burdick in the genealogy. So if you are a relative or know this family line, please let me know. -- HB)

San Jose State University, Special Collections and Archives, San Jose State University
San Jose, California
http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt1p30365j/

Guide to the Charles B. Burdick Military History Collection

Description

The Charles B. Burdick Military History Collection, 1914-1984 (bulk 1939-1966), represents the research files and collections amassed by military historian and SJSU history professor, Charles B. Burdick. The collection documents the history of World War I and World War II. World War I subjects covered include the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended World War I and military operations. World War II materials include publications originating from the German High Command, as well as reports and statistics from countries such as Italy, Germany, Japan, and the United States. The collection also includes print copies of the legal proceedings from the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and maps of important World War II locations. The formats represented include correspondence, ephemera, maps, newspaper clippings, reports, and scrapbooks. This collection is arranged into three series: Series I: World War I & World War II Materials, 1914-1984 (bulk 1939-1958); Series II. International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) Materials, 1946-1948; and Series III. Military Maps, 1919-1966 (bulk 1950-1966).

Background

Charles B. Burdick (1927-1998) grew up in San José, California where he attended Lincoln High School before enlisting in the United States Army during World War II. After serving in the Army, Burdick enrolled at San José State College in 1946. He graduated with a B.A. in History in 1949, and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1954. He joined SJSU's History Department in 1957, and became department chair in 1976. Throughout his teaching career, Professor Burdick worked diligently to create a program dedicated to military history. In addition, he donated several large private book collections on military history to the University Library, significantly adding to the monographic holdings in this area. Professor Burdick also taught for many years at the Sixth United Army Intelligence School located at the Presidio in Monterey, California. Over the course of his distinguished career, Burdick published dozens of articles and book chapters, and wrote and edited over twenty books. His research and writing on the history of the German High Command in World War II remains an important part of the historiography of World War II. After an association with San Jose State University that spanned forty-five years, Professor Burdick retired in 1988. He died in 1998.

Obituary
Charles B. Burdick (May 12 1927 - June 6 1998)
http://www.fpp.co.uk/ActionReport/AR14/Tailpieces.html

ACTION REPORT and David Irving are sorry to report the death of Professor Charles B Burdick, one of the doyens of American historians, who taught history for thirty-five years at San Jose State University; he was fluent in German and English, and was one of the first to till the acres of captured Nazi archives held in Washington. Mr Irving reports, "Many was the time -- the first occasion was in July 1976 -- that I drove up through the winding roads of the Los Gatos mountains, south of San Francisco, chat with Burdick at the isolated log cabin which he and a Swiss carpenter had built at Stetson Road, a mile or two off Summit Road. The Redwood setting was idyllic. But it could be brutally cold up there as well. "We spent many hours comparing notes about sources on WW2, his speciality. Burdick too believed in Real History, the kind only to be found in the unedited original documents. He specialised in the Iberian peninsula, and wrote a standard work on Hitler's projected operation FELIX, for the capture of the British fortress at Gibraltar."

Born on May 12, 1927, Burdick died of cancer on Jun. 6, the anniversary of the historic D-Day, survived by a large family of children and grandchildren.


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

Steve Shook (woodisgood@clearwire.net) is an amateur historian of Northwest Indiana, and Porter County in particular. He has wondered why the village of Burdick, in Jackson Township, was named after Ambrose Cortland (commonly known as A.C) Burdick since he can find no record of A.C. ever living in Porter County. The 1882 history of Porter County, Indiana, mentions A. C. Burdick of Coldwater, Michigan, as being the source of the name of the village. Steve has been unable to find any information placing his children in the county, either. It's a mystery that perhaps you can solve.

Tamara Langford (nalmat59@yahoo.co.uk) lives in the United Kingdom (specifically, County Durham) but is researching her Burdick ancestors in Canada. She wanted to let everyone know about a great on-line resource of Canadian Archives at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. There are many Burdicks listed and two in particular caught her attention on land petitions for Lower Canada (Quebec): Shubel Burdick (petition for 1792) and Elijah Burdick (petition for 1793). Shubel's name appears on a letter that is "referred to the land committee by order of his Excellency Governor of Quebec, 1st September 1792". On another item Shubel is listed as coming from Massachusetts. Elijah Burdick's name appears between Nathan Coon and John Lampere. The Coon and Lamphere families have been associated with the Burdick name in early American records. You can see these records in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site. Neither Shubel nor Elijah are not obvious in the Burdick genealogy, so if you can shed light on them please do.

Tamara also wanted to let everyone know that Ancestry.com has acquired early vital records for Massachusetts, as reported in a Dick Eastman newsletter. This means that Burdick descendants can now see Ruth Hubbard's birth record for Agawam (now Springfield).

In the last Newsletter I posted a request for information from Robert Wolff (r-wolff@sbcglobal.net) but got it a bit wrong. So let me see if I can get it right this time... Robert is looking for information on Benjamin F. Burdick who was the son of Spaulding Burdick and Ann Hadsell and the father of his grandfather, James Otis Burdick. Any information on any of Spaulding's children would be most helpful. Robert knows that Annie May married William F. Stroder and they had a son, Benjamin F. Stroder, who lived and died in Fort Worth, TX. They were married in Arlington, TX.

Gillian (gbf94001@yahoo.com) came across the obituary of Kathleen Margaret Burdick and thought some may want to know about her passing. Kathleen was born in New London, CT in 1928, moving to Noank in 1936, and in 1938, meeting the love of her life, Victor Burdick. Marrying Vic in 1948, they started their family and moved to west cove, Noank in 1951. The Burdick family Christmas parties were held annually at her Davis Court home until the one bathroom could no longer accommodate the extended family as it grew to exceed sixty-five attendees. Family Fourth of July picnics at the house and the Christmas party (now held at the Noank firehouse) brought the best of her skills and caring to the task. Clean kids, in clean clothes, leaving a clean house with the best lunches is a fond family remembrance. Kathleen was pre-deceased by the love of her life, husband Victor. She is survived by a brother Richard Robertson and wife, Judy, of Noank; and sister, Cynthia McGill and husband, John, of Maryland. She leaves behind sons Bryan with wife, Therese, of Noank, Wayne with wife, Joyce, of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and daughter, Rev. Victoria with partner, Verne Ray of Groton. Also surviving are granddaughter, Sarah Caron with husband, Jeff; and great-grandchildren, Richard and Rebecca of Plymouth, NH; grandson, Joshua with wife, Jolynn; and great-granddaughters, Madeline and Samantha of Nashua, NH; granddaughter, Amanda Simas with husband, David; and great-grandson, Connor of Warwick, RI; and granddaughter, Morgan Morrone with partner, Jon Lavigne, of Berkeley, CA. The list of loved and loving extended-family and friends spans the country from Noank to Hawaii, Florida to Maine. There are several possible Victor Burdicks who could be Kathleen's husband, so if you are a member of this family, or know of them, please let me know.

Kathie Johnson (drhbj@prodigy.net) is seeking information about an Avis Burdick. There is a sworn historical statement stating she was born in 1754, probably in the Westerly/Hopkinton area of Rhode Island. She married William Bassett in 1775 (again, in Hopkinton where, according a later town Clerk, many births, marriages and deaths were not recorded). In 1845 Perry Burdick swore to having known William Bassett when they both lived in Hopkinton. The only likely Avis in the Burdick genealogy has ID 210063, but the given birth date of 1764 does agree with Kathie's info (but there could, obviously, be a typo). Kathie has provided a document, written by Avis, to collect a pension based on her husband's Revolutionary War service. You can view this document, and the text, in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site. Does anyone have any idea who Avis’ parents were or where exactly she was born, or have any ideas where to start looking? As Kathie says, "the poor little old lady has to fit in somewhere!" Thanks.

Cindy Knight-Palazzo (cgkpt@yahoo.com) is looking for information on the children of Rozzell Lewis (I10150044) and Esther Chapman. According to the Lewis Family Genealogy, their children include Esther, Ruhamah, Roswell, John C., Mary, Oliver, Ira, Lucy Ann and Susannah. Cindy thinks she descends from John C. Her information comes from the Pioneer Lewis Families by Michel Cook, supplemental volume III, published in 1981. If you know more about this line please contact us. Thanks.

Did you know there are only a few Horatio Nelson Burdicks in the entire family tree of over 63,000 individuals? Diane Huck (diaph153@yahoo.com) does and she is hoping you can help her. In the "Photos" section of Burdick Family Association web site there is a Civil Ward certificate stating that Horatio N. Burdick was promoted to Captain. It was supplied by Richard Audette, but unfortunately his email is no longer operational. This Horatio may be the same one who died of disease during the war, but the Burdick genealogy lists them as having different parents. Did two Horatio Burdicks serve in the Civil War? Does anyone know more?

How about Avis Burdicks? There are only 8 of them in the family tree and Kathie Johnson (drhbj@prodigy.net) is looking for the one who married William Bassett in 1775 in Hopkinton, RI where, according a later town Clerk, many births, marriages and deaths were not recorded. They had a child, Lewis Bassett, born about 1776. According to a sworn statement Avis was born in 1754, probably in the Westerly/Hopkinton area. The closest Avis Burdick (I210063) listed in the genealogy was born in 1764 which would make her too young to have married in 1775 (unless, of course, there is an error in her birth year and the "5" was replaced with a "6"), but this Avis' parents were married in 1759 which pretty much rules her out. Kathie also found a document from 1845 in which Perry Burdick swore to have known William Bassett when they lived in Hopkinton. Kathie thought Perry may have been Avis’ brother, but that wasn't the case. You can read a letter from Avis, dated September 13, 1847, in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site. So there appears to be an unrecorded Avis Burdick in our past. Can you find her?

Chris Frink (hris.frink@yahoo.com) is seeking information about Amos Frink (I1000230), a Revolutionary War veteran. Specifically, Chris would appreciate information on his parents, Amos and Mary (Fitch) Frink.

Nicholas Zumbulyadis (nickz@frontiernet.net) and his wife have lived in the historic William J. Robinson House for the last 15 years. The house is located at 2 Seneca Parkway in Rochester, NY and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places about ten years ago. They are slowly restoring it. William's daughter, Catherine M. Robinson, lived there from age 11 until marriage to Robert A. Burdick (I312700) in 1927. Nickolas is searching for any descendants of Robert and Catherine in the hopes that interior photographs or other documentation about the house may exist. Nickolas has traced their son, John Robinson Burdick, to either Chester or Rock Hill, South Carolina. But there the trail ends. If you are a descendant, or know this line, please contact him.

Joan McConnon (mcconnon2@sbcglobal.net) reports that the Burdick Family Reunion was held in Manton, MI was at the home of Bobbi Pratt Taylor on July 14th. It was attended by about 80 people, the oldest being Keitha Burdick McDaniel, age 92. This branch descends from George Washington Burdick (I210752) and Mary Jane Abbott. They have a group on Facebook, "The Burdick Family of Michigan", which has many pictures taken at the reunion plus several deceased members including George and his son Fink. The group welcomes new members so please contact Joan if you are interested.

Jane Kellogg (jane6512@fltg.net) wanted to pass on this obituary. Althea (Jo Ann VanEtten) Burdick (1948-2012) passed away on June 12, 2012 at her home in Lumberton, NC. Born on October 15, 1948, she graduated from Dryden High School and attended Sullivan Community College. Althea's adventurous spirit took her across the country, working as an artist and in photography. She enjoyed volunteering time to help others. She is survived by her husband, Clint Burdick, of Lumberton, NC; Sister, Marsha (VanEtten) Nelson of Gable, SC; and brother, Larry VanEtten of Freeville. A graveside service was held on Monday, July 30 at Ludlowville Pine Grove Cemetery, State Rt. 34B. Published in Ithaca Journal on July 28, 2012

John Bradley Arthaud (jbarthaud@juno.com) is tying to document the children and grandchildren of John (I192) and Hannah (Carpenter) Burdick who married at Hopkinton, RI, in 1775. Hannah was a descendant of John Billington, a passenger on The Mayflower. If you are a descendant or know this line please contact John. I'd like to know, too.

John is also sad to report the death Allan Burdick (I212631). Allan was John's neighbor from 1980, until John and his wife retired to San Antonio, TX in 2001. His obituary from The Columbia Daily Tribune: Allan Burdick, 1920-2012, 91, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Columbia. He was born in Cincinnati and was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and New York City. After a four-year interruption in his studies to serve in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa State College. He went on to the University of California-Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. in genetics. He married Sally Cummins, who preceded him in death in 1983, and was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Revington Burdick at his death. After holding research and teaching positions at several other universities, Allan retired as professor emeritus of the University of Missouri, where he served for more than 20 years as professor of genetics and professor of medical genetics. Allan was a founding member of Woodrail Country Club and loved to golf and dine there. He had a lifelong interest in early Christian history and the Apostle Paul in particular. He and Elizabeth traveled extensively doing research. In retirement, he published a book on Paul's travels. His interest in writing revealed his more sensitive side when he recently published a romantic novel. He will be remembered for his academic achievements, intellectual curiosity, love of family and the friends he cultivated. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his four children, Michael Burdick, Nancy Burdick (Peter Haigh), Steve Burdick (Susan) and Lindy Steinmann (Weldon); three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

You may remember that in the last Newsletter, Judy Fisher (ffisher7@windstream.net) was undertaking a project to restore the tombstone of her gg-grandparents, Joshua Phillip (I1383) and Deborah (Gray) Burdick. I am happy to announce that the mission was accomplished! You can view the results of Judy's work in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site. We all owe Judy a debt of gratitude for her efforts and the expense she incurred.

Leta Card (letac@frontiernet.nett) has just released her book, "Letters from Home". It begin with letters from Ruth Hubbard Burdick and a Civil War-era letter from Hiram Deloss Cross to his wife, Martha Rosalie (Burdick). The latter was coincidentally written hours before Lincoln was assassinated. It is family-specific, but has names and photos that others may enjoy or even recognize. I have a copy, it is very well done. It is 107 pages and available for $25.00, including shipping. Email Leta if you are interested.

You may also recall that in the last Newsletter Leta was planning for the 2012 Cross/Burdick reunion. About 130 people attended on August 18 in North Brookfield, NY. Sounds like everyone had a great time and they are beginning to plan for next year's get-together!

I (howard@burdickfamily.org) won't go into details, but let's say that sometimes you start investigating one person and find something completely different. It turns out that Daniel C. Burdick (I210672) was married to Laura Sanford in 1861 and had a son, Adelbert. But something happened. Through some turn of events, Daniel ran away to Chicago with Maude Maxson and were married there on August 3, 1895. In 1900 Laura applied as Daniel's widow for his Civil War pension. He is buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery be he is not listed on the cemetery's web site. And there is no trace of Maude. Do you know more? If you do please contact me. Thanks.

David Richardson (dm_richard6301@yahoo.com) is seeking information on George Burdick and Patience Briggs. He was born about 1750 and they married in 1785 in Dartmouth, MA. They had a daughter Mahitable Burdick who was born in 1787 and who married Humphrey Hart in 1808 in Schenectady, NY. Unfortunately, George cannot be located in the Burdick genealogy. David is a descendant. If you know this line, please contact him.

In the Spring 2012 Newsletter I (howard@burdickfamily.org) reported that Walter Warren Burdick of Wichita, KS was deceased. Luckily, that is not the case -- I've heard from Walter himself! Please accept my apologies for any stress this may have caused anyone.

Joan Long (wlong@kc.rr.com) is the g-granddaughter of Sarah Louise Burdick (I1008124) (b. 4/23/1859 in Wisconsin) and Benjamin Tibbets Ripley, He died August 27, 1914 in Illinois and is buried in the Rockton, Illinois Cemetery. Sarah died 12-31-1928 in Rockton, Illinois and is buried there. Joan has found Benjamin on the census in Michigan and he appears to me from Minnesota, but nothing more. Does anyone have more information?

Joan Ward (joan@ms-ward.org) is an elementary school teacher in Maine. Her class is working on a web project that started the school year by having students give "show and tell" presentations to the class. Part of the project is for the presenter to provide extra resources on the topic of their presentation for their classmates to peruse. One student did a presentation on his family tree, as his family is quite active in genealogy. He knew of my web site and my "Links" page and used that as an example for extra resources. But he took it one step further: he recommended another link for my website! And it's a good one: Trace Your Family Roots From Immigration to US Citizenship: A Genealogy Guide. I've already added the link and I hope you will visit it. With students and teachers like Ms. Ward and her class, I think our country's future is in good hands.

Carol Ann (Burdick) Smith (cangel4500@gmail.com), who goes by the name Angel, lives in Knoxville, TN and is looking for her Burdick connection. Her father is Ramon Leroy Burdick and her grandfather, R. Burdick, came from Upstate New York. Some in her family may be related to Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Her father's family still lives in New Haven, CT and the VT/NH area. If you can help, pleased contact Angel.

Jim Street (aranman1@gmail.com) was perusing eBay and came across something interesting. There are five letters available that were sent to Enos Peckham Burdick (I509) during the Civil War. Enos was born August 7, 1797, died on November 5, 1875 and lived in Alfred, NY. These are real treasure if you are a descendant.

Denise Winter (tapsla6@yahoo.com) passes along word that her brother, Douglas Philip Winter, passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 3, 2011. He is buried at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis. Denise and Douglas are grandchildren of Floyd Cyrus and Ella Sarah Louise (Burdick) (I3939) Short.

In the last Newsletter, I noted that Glenna Chernoff (glennachernoff@yahoo.com) was launching her new greeting/note card design. Now, just in time for the holidays, she has produced a line Christmas cards. They are very nice. Besides her email, Glenna can be reached via Facebook (Glenna J Chernoff Crafts & Designs), Blogspot (www.lifewithme-craftsrme.blogspot.com) or her web site (craftsrme.com).


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