Burdick Newsletters

Spring, 2013

The Benjamin Irish Burdick Family

Submitted by MK (pilgrimkin@yahoo.com)

(MK is continuing to research the Jay P. Burdick family -- if you can help her in her quest, please contact her. She has uncovered some interesting newspaper clippings that I though would be worthwhile to share. It revolves around the family of Benjamin Irish Burdick (I728), Jay's grandfather. The first is a notice of a legal battle for Benjamin's estate. The second is the divorce decree of Jay and Bessie. The third is the obituary of Benjamin's wife, Permelia. -- HB)

Source: Fulton, New York History (http://www.fultonhistory.com) (This is wonderful web site!)

DERUYTER GLEANER, Thursday, February 10, 1910, Page 6

Supreme Court - Trial desired in Madison County.

Allie Burdick, plaintiff vs. Sidney Burdick and George S. Mason, as executors of the Last Will and Testament of Benjamin I. Burdick, deceased: Alice Brown and Thomas Brown, her husband, Jay P. Burdick and Gertrude R. Burdick, his wife, Grace Angell and Erwin B. Angell, her husband, Georgia Bush and James Bush, her husband, Bertha Soule and Harry Soule, her husband, Lillian M. Burdick, Raymond A. Burdick, Gail R. Burdick, L. Maria Clark and Jennie L. Clark, John Bewsher, Mary J. Bewsher and Edna Burdick, Wife of the plaintiff herein, defendants.

To the above name defendants: You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer on the plaintiff's attorney within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive to the days of service, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the release demanded in the complaint.

Dated Nov. 4, 1909
W.E. Burdick, Plff's Atty.
Office and P.O. Address, DeRuyter, Madison Co., N.Y.

To Bertha Soule, Harry Soule, Lillian M. Burdick, Raymond A. Burdick and Gail R. Burdick, defendants in the within section:

The foregoing summons is served upon you without the State of New York, pursuant to the order of Hon. H.H. Coman, Justice of the Supreme Court, dated the 10th day of December, 1909, and filed with the complaint, in the office of the clerk of the County of Madison, at Morrisville, N.Y.

W.E. Burdick, Plff's Atty.
Office and P.O. Address, DeRuyter, Madison Co., N.Y


DERUYTER GLEANER, Thursday, June 27, 1912.

Mrs. Bessie Burdick was awarded $5 week alimony by Justice Andrews, pending trial of the divorce suit brought by Jay P. Burdick of Manlius. Her answer denies the charge that she left home with an insurance man, and sets up the names of four co-respondents to offset her husband's claims.

SYRACUSE JOURNAL, Thursday, June 5, 1913.

Husband Starts Suit, But Wife Gets Decree

Plaintiff Disappeared After Filing His Suit - So Wife Started One

Jay P. Burdick brought suit for divorce against his wife, but when the case was tried before Justice Emerson this morning the plaintiff was not in court, and Mrs. G. Bessie Burdick was awarded a divorce.

It was explained that after beginning his suit Mr. Burdick disappeared. His wife retorted in her answer with charges of infidelity, mentioning two women known as Ethelyn and Ada.

Upon the stand Mrs. Burdick denied the charges of infidelity set up in her husband's complaint and her witnesses proved that Mr. Burdick had been altogether too familiar with one of the women named.

The couple was married in November, 1902, and lived together until August, 1911. The Mrs. Burdick left after she said her husband had confessed that another woman had taken her place in his heart. Mrs. Burdick was awarded $12 a month as alimony. Hitchcock & Murphy were her attorneys.


DERUYTER GLEANER, Thursday, June 25, 1908, page 7

In Memoriam

Mrs. Permelia Burdick.

Permelia Potter Burdick was born in the town of Lincklaen, Oct. 3, 1816, and died Thursday, June 16, 1908, aged 91 years, 8 months and 13 days.

She was from a family of four daughters and one son of Elery P. Potter and Marriah Plumb Potter, all of whom have departed this life but one sister, Cordelia Potter of Pompey Hollow.

December 27, 1841, she was united in marriage to Benj. I. Burdick and went as a bride to the old home where she has always lived.

To Mr. and Mrs. burdick were given six children, four sons, Delos P. who enlisted in the service of his country and died in New Orleans in 1863, Sidney S. of Cuyler Hill, who was with his mother the last days of her life tenderly caring for her, Benj. E. of Lincklaen and Frank H. of Nebraska, and two daughters, Mrs. Maria Horton of Cazenovia and Harriet A. Rose, deceased. Mrs. burdick had seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Since the death of her husband she has been most tenderly cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Bewsher, who lived on her farm, and the testimony of one of her sons was that no one could have done more for mother.

The funeral was help from her late home Friday p.m., June 18, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Howland. Burial was made in hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. burdick had been a hard working, industrious lady, and was loved by all who knew her.

Getting Through the Brick Wall

by Bea Crandall (iamtoday2@aol.com),
Member of PCGS and Board of Directors

(Bea descends from a Connecticut/New York Burdick line, from David to Henry to Levi to Lelia. She has graciously provided us with an accounting of her quest for information about her great grandmother, Lelia. It is very inspirational. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. -- HB)

Have You Hit a Brick Wall? Read onÖÖ

I have been blessed with a tremendous genealogical breakthrough recently and canít wait to share it with you. I have been trying for many years to find out who my great grandmother really was. I had heard many stories, but the family remained quite mum about where she came from and who her mother was.

She didnít show up on any of the censuses and I was becoming frustrated, to say the least. Then, after attending a seminar with fellow society members Virginia Britten and Janet Avery, I decided to follow the advice I learned there: Trace your history through the collaterals.

I started wondering if there might be any living relatives who might have more information. Uncle Harrison Burdick was the only relative of my grandmotherís that I had ever met, so I started my research with him. I remembered him well as he always wanted to adopt me and whenever he came to visit he brought candy (which was very scarce, actually non-existent in our household).

I turned to www.familysearch.org and www.ancestry.com. I knew he had lived in New York but that was all. I found through the census that he lived in Brewster, in Putnam County. I learned that his wife was Georgianna and they had a daughter named Sapphire. I remembered a cousin Sapphire and she is mentioned in my grandmotherís diary, so I knew I was on the right track. I traced Sapphire and found she married Byron Brewster and they had a daughter named Janet.

Then I turned to www.newspaperarchive.com and did a search for Sapphire and the first article I found was Janetís wedding picture with her husbandís name and their address, stating that they were building a house just down the street from her parentsí home. I was very excited and prayed that she was still living. I went to www.whitepages.com and typed in Janetís married name, got her address and phone number, and sent her a letter by snail mail. She called me the day she received the letter and she was ecstatic!

We talked for a long time and she was able to break down my brick wall, which amazed me. She knew the whole story and she had even known my grandmother, to whom I was very close, quite well. It turns out that the reason my family was so hush-hush about my great grandmother was because she was one-half Seneca Indian.

Her father was Levi Burdick who was a missionary to the Seneca Indians in Cattaraugus County, New York. He fell in love with a Seneca female and they got married and lived on the reservation. My great grandmother Lelia was born on the reservation. Her mother died (and we arenít sure whether in childbirth or a year or two later- that part I still have to track down). She was not allowed to leave the reservation because she had been born on it. Levi ended up getting remarried to Caroline (Carrie) Kelly Penley who had been widowed in 1880. They married around 1881 or 1882 and had my Uncle Harrison and 6 other children. (So I have a lot more people to check out now!)

My great-grandmother ran away from the reservation to find her father and lived with him until she and my Grandpa married. I heard whispered stories of how my family hated the Indians and had to shoot at them to get them off their porch. Now I understand why. Since Lelia wasnít allowed to leave the reservation, they wanted her back.

My cousin Janet has been a Godsend. She has written me a few times (she doesnít own a computer) and has sent me many pictures. We have spoken frequently over the phone and I plan on visiting her in Brewster in June. She said she may have more information up in her attic and we can go through it when I come up, if she doesnít get to it before then.

I have sent a request to the Seneca Tribal Clerkís office to have research done to see if they can provide me with my great-great-grandmotherís name and some information about her. The cost is $50.00, but it will be so well worth it.

So the moral of this story is: Donít give up! The answer to your brick wall is out there in places you might not have thought of. Look at your distant relatives, check them out, see if anyone is living today that might know the answer to solving your problem.

I have found a whole new family. Many books have been written about the Burdick family. There are 12 family trees on ancestry.com alone and I am related to 9 of the people who submitted the trees. I have contacted each of them, but the best luck I had was Janet, through snail mail. There are two different Burdick Newsletters, which I subscribed to. You never know.

I do believe a whole new world has just opened up for me. I know that I also have begun a lasting relationship with a new cousin. What a great world we live in!

Benjamin Burdick Testifies

Submitted by Ronald Starr Burdick (StarrZahn@aol.com)

(Over the years people have sent me lots of interesting facts and stories about our family. I keep them for the time when I can include them in a Newsletter. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I receive so much wonderful family research from readers like you there is very little space to present items like the one Ronald Burdick sent to me back in 2009. He is a history teacher and uses the testimony of Benjamin Burdick against the British soldiers in their trial for the Boston Massacre as a teaching tool. The kids are impressed when he puts "Boston Massacre" and "Benjamin Burdick" into a search engine and the trial transcript appears. I'm impressed, too. It is yet another indication of how the Burdick family is woven into the fabric of the United States. I believe this is Benjamin Burdick (I74) in our genealogy, perhaps someone can verify that for me. -- HB)


The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British regulars on March 5, 1770. It was the culmination of tensions in the American colonies that had been growing since Royal troops first appeared in Massachusetts in October 1768 to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts.

Summary of the Boston Massacre Trial
Written by Stephen C. O'Neill, Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society

March 5, 1770. British Private Hugh White stands sentry duty in the snowy, moonlit street before the Custom House. Moments before, he had sent a local boy running off, bruised and crying, after an exchange of words. Now, facing an angry crowd of civilians, White calls for help. Captain Thomas Preston and seven soldiers respond. Bells ring out nearby from the Old Brick Church, normally the town's fire alarm. On the dark street, people are shouting "Where's the fire?" adding to the confusion and tension. At the Custom House the crowd presses in, began to throw ice and rocks, taunting the soldiers, damning them to fire their muskets, knowing that soldiers are forbidden to shoot without orders from a civil magistrate. Private Hugh Montgomery is knocked down, and someone yells "Fire!" The soldiers shoot into the crowd, killing five and wounding six.

Thomas Hutchinson, the acting governor, rushes from his North End home, past blood-stained snow, into the chambers of the Old State House. Civilian leaders of Boston pressure him to remove the soldiers from the city to prevent further violence. Hutchinson steps onto a balcony to address the large crowd still in the street. "The law shall have its course. I will live and die by the law."

The Boston Massacre resulted from British soldiers of the Fourteenth and the Twenty-ninth Regiments occupying Boston as a police force for two years. They were quartered in private homes and public buildings. Soldiers were even taking extra jobs around the town. Tension and hostilities grew between civilians and soldiers until it finally erupted on the night of the Massacre.

The trials for Captain Preston and eight enlisted men, two of the longest trials in Colonial history, are a landmark in American legal history. It was the first time a judge used the phrase "reasonable doubt." The hearsay testimony of Massacre victim Patrick Carr was allowed in court because it was given on his deathbed. And a Medieval relic, the Benefit of Clergy, was used by two soldiers found guilty of manslaughter to escape the death penalty.

The British soldiers were tried before the Superior Court of Judicature, the highest court in Massachusetts. As English subjects, they had a right to a fair trial by jury and competent defense counsel. Loyalists wanted the soldiers pardoned, but were prosecuting in the King's name. Patriots wanted the soldiers found guilty, but also wanted to show Boston as fair.

Chief Justice Benjamin Lynde, Jr. was described as a "nervous" man. He was a political moderate who served less than three years as chief justice. Justice Edmund Trowbridge, a meticulous and learned judge, was responsible for suggesting the use of the Benefit of Clergy during the trials. He became a reluctant Patriot during the Revolution. Justice John Cushing, another political moderate, retired the following year after serving twenty-four years on the bench. Justice Peter Oliver, was a fierce and outspoken loyalist; he became chief justice after Lynde, only to be impeached by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was exiled with other Loyalists in 1776.

Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Hutchinson was chief justice of the Superior Court, but declined to preside at the trials. Benjamin Lynde, Jr. of Salem became the acting chief justice. Lynde tried to resign his position twice before the trials began. He and the remaining three justices of the court presided at the trials in full bottomed wigs and scarlet robes for the capital crime of murder.

Indictments were drawn up in the weeks following the Massacre by Attorney General Jonathan Sewall. Hutchinson pressured Lynde to delay the date for the trials as long as possible, hoping the agitation in Boston would die down. In the meantime, Attorney General Sewall stepped away from his responsibility and refused to prosecute the soldiers.

John Adams, a Patriot, was the foremost Boston attorney of the time and helped defend Captain Preston and the soldiers. Adams became instrumental in the cause for independence as a representative to the Continental Congress. He signed the Declaration of Independence, became a commissioner to France, the first Vice-President, and second President of the United States.

British Captain Thomas Preston came to trial on October 24, 1770. He had been held in jail for seven months since the Massacre. His attorneys needed to prove that he had not issued the command to fire. The prosecution had to prove that he did, and was therefore responsible for the five deaths.

The trial lasted five days. Captain Preston by law was not allowed to take the stand. The defense carefully stressed the hostility between the citizens and soldiers, and the confusion on the dark street that night. The jury returned a verdict when court opened at 8 a.m. on October 30, 1770. Preston was found not guilty.

The soldiers were tried separately a month after Preston. White, Hartigan, and Kilroy petitioned to be tried with the Captain, but were turned down. The eight soldiers faced five charges of murder for the Massacre, "the most melancholy event that has yet taken place on the continent of America," according to Crown attorney Samuel Quincy.

The jury, impaneled without a single Bostonian, faced the task of deciding whether the soldiers had fired in self-defense or with malice, and which ones actually killed the victims. A verdict of guilty for murder meant the death penalty, while a conviction of manslaughter held the possibility of Benefit of Clergy.

The prosecutors built their case upon the soldiers' hatred of the townspeople. Witnesses testified to the soldiers' behavior before and during the Massacre, characterizing them as brawling fighters and agitators little better than criminals, resting with a strong case against them. Josiah Quincy opened for the defense by reminding the jury that the soldiers must be judged based on "the evidence here in Court produced against them, and by nothing else." Like Captain Preston, none of the soldiers could take the stand in their own behalf.

On December 5, six of the soldiers were acquitted; Kilroy was found guilty of manslaughter for killing Samuel Gray; and Montgomery was found guilty of manslaughter for killing Crispus Attucks. Kilroy and Montgomery faced the death penalty at the sentencing on December 14, 1770. To escape execution they "prayed the benefit of clergy," a Medieval remnant of the time when clergymen were excepted from the secular courts. To receive the benefit they had only to prove they could read Psalm 51, verse 1, the "neck verse," at a time when most people were illiterate. Although illiterate himself, Kilroy was able to obtain the benefit because the reading requirement was abolished in 1705.

Suffolk County Sheriff Stephen Greenleaf branded Kilroy and Montgomery on the right thumb with an "M" for murder. The brand was to prevent them from ever being able to invoke the benefit of clergy again.

After his acquittal, Captain Preston removed himself from Boston to Castle William in Boston Harbor, and eventually returned to England. The soldiers returned to the Twenty-ninth Regiment, which had left Boston following the Massacre.

Trail Deposition of Benjamin Burdick:

When I came into King Street about 9 o'clock I saw the Soldiers round the Centinel. I asked one if he was loaded and he said yes. I asked him if he would fire, he said yes by the Eternal God and pushd his Bayonet at me. After the firing the Captain came before the Soldiers and put up their Guns with his arm and said stop firing, dont fire no more or dont fire again.

I heard the word fire and took it and am certain that it came from behind the Soldiers. I saw a man passing busily behind who I took to be an Officer. The firing was a little time after. I saw some persons fall. Before the firing I saw a stick thrown at the Soldiers. The word fire I took to be a word of Command. I had in my hand a highland broad Sword which I brought from home. Upon my coming out I was told it was a wrangle between the Soldiers and people, upon that I went back and got my Sword.

I never used to go out with a weapon. I had not my Sword drawn till after the Soldier pushed his Bayonet at me. I should have cut his head off if he had stepd out of his Rank to attack me again. At the first firing the People were chiefly in Royal Exchange lane, there being about 50 in the Street. After the firing I went up to the Soldiers and told them I wanted to see some faces that I might swear to them another day. The Centinel in a melancholy tone said perhaps Sir you may.

Diary entry of John Adams, March 5, 1773:

I have reason to remember that fatal Night. The Part I took in Defense of Captn. Preston and the Soldiers, procured me Anxiety, and Obloquy enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly, and disinterested Actions of my whole Life, and one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country. Judgment of Death against those Soldiers would have been as foul a Stain upon this Country as the Execution of the Quakers or Witches, anciently. As the Evidence was, the Verdict of the Jury was exactly right.

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

For a change, I (howard@burdickfamily.org) need your help with an ancestor. David Richardson (dtr_richardson@yahoo.com) has done a superb job recording the descendants of George Burdick (I460). Nellie Johnson had minimal information, confirmed by David, about him listing his wife, children, and a few other details. Nellie does not record any birth date for George, but David gives it as 1732. And that is where the problem begins. Nellie lists Georgeís father as Robert (I176), born in the 1740s, and his grandfather as Robert (I47), born in 1724. Obviously, something is wrong. I suspect that Nellie may have George assigned to the wrong family, since the 1790 census lists Robert (I176) as having 3 in his family: 1 male over 16 and 2 females. But Nellie lists him as having 3 sons: Nathan, George and Robert. David has not independently found the parents of George. Can you help straighten this out? Thanks.

Here is what David believes: "I know George Burdick (b. about 1754) is the son of George Burdick (b. about 1732) and Meribah ??. I suspect that his father was Robert Burdick (b. 1698 in Westerly, RI) and his mother was Dorcas Lewis. I have no proof of this and will continue to try and crack the wall. There are one too many Robert Burdicks in there which make the dates not line. Robert Burdick, son of Robert Sr. and supposed father of George has very little information."

Here's a reminder that you should never give up hope of finding a lost ancestor. In the Summer 2012 Newsletter, Bonnie (Burdick) Gould (slgouldy@aol.com) had a request for information about Levi Burdick of Brewster, NY. She recently received this email from Bea Crandall (iamtoday2@aol.com): "We are related through Levi Burdick! Levi's wife is Caroline (Carrie) Penley (spelled many different ways in various records.) She was his second wife. His first wife was a Seneca Indian who dies a year or two after giving birth to my great grandmother. How awesome is that! Your Grandpa Ernest was the brother of my Uncle Harrison and 1/2 brother of my great-grandmother Lelia. I just recently connected with a cousin who gave me all sorts of information. What would you like to know? Levi descends from Henry Burdick and Mary Hill. Henry descends from David Burdick and Polly Wyant." So hang in there, you never know where (or when) you will receive what you are seeking. (By the way, be sure to read Bea's article in this Newsletter entitled "Getting Through the Brick Wall".)

In the last Newsletter I asked for information about applying to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Kem Hart-Baker (Ptownpest@aol.com), who is a member of the Newark Valley, NY Beulah Patterson Brown Chapter, National Society of DAR, provides information that should help anyone seeking to join those organizations. First, the SAR organization is for male descendants while the DAR is for female descendants. Their web site for the DAR is http://www.dar.org, and for the SAR is http://www.sar.org. On each web site there is a tab or button entitled "Membership". Click on those to obtain information regarding membership requirements, forms and also state level web sites for each organization (most state organizations have their own sites which lists their chapters, officers names, phone numbers and email addresses. I've also posted this information on the Burdick Family Association web site. Thanks, Kem!

Ken Hedden, Sr. (kenheddensr@gmail.com) found something great and wanted to share it with everyone. Point your browser to http://archive.org/details/historyofrenssel00sylv to see the book "History of Rensselaer Co., New York." This book was written in 1880 by Nathaniel Barlett Sylvester and contains a tremendous amount of information about the founding and early history of this county where many of our Burdick ancestors lived. The book is in PDF format and can be downloaded for free. Best of all, it is searchable text. Thanks for he lead, Ken!

Mary Rains also found something of interest. She came across the "Caleb Burdick Register" on the Elgin Co. Genweb site: http://www.elginogs.ca/Home/ancestor-indexes/vital-records/caleb-burdock-register-1.

Sandra Regnell (regnells@sbcglobal.net) is researching her husband's family in addition to her own Burdick family line. Sandra's husband is Native American and she would appreciate guidance on how to trace these family members. I know that several of you are in a similar situation, so any help would be appreciated.

Dianne Carroll Burdick (diannecb@iserv.net) was the guest of honor at a reception January 1 at The Forest Hills Fine Art Center. Her Photography show ran January 10-31, 2013.

Carolyn Burke (cburke@localnet.com) has a wonderful old family photo album and has provided some excellent images of Burdick family members from the 1800s. You can see them in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site. They include Sarah Jane (Burdick) Doolittle (I1538), her brother Dr. Daniel Webster Burdick (I1539), her uncle Joseph Lawton Burdick (I642) and others. There are also a lot of images of unknown family members. Please take a look and see if you recognize anyone contact Carolyn.

Stephen Burdick (horracetrout@verizon.net) has some questions about early Westerly, RI history (by the way, Stephen is well versed in the subject!) "Find-a-grave" lists "Burdick Ground" and gives its location in Westerly, but the graveyard no longer exists. It gives 6 names of burials there: 1) Burdick, Benjamin, b. unknown, d. 1683; 2) Burdick, Robert, b. 1630, d. 1692; 3) Burdick, Roger, b. unknown, d. unknown; 4) Burdick, Ruth Hubbard, b. 1640, d. 1691; 5) Phillips, John, b. unknown, d. 1683; 6) Phillips, Ruth, b. unknown, d. 1683. Nellie Johnson gives the death date for Benjamin as April 23, 1741 (not 1683) and gives Roger's death as "Monday before Sept. 25, 1683" from notes of Samuel Hubbard. But Nellie Johnson lists John Phillips dying before 1730 and Ruth Phillips dying after 1730. So one of these sources is incorrect. Can you lend an opinion? Also, does anyone know if these graves were moved?

Christopher Chance (images2icons@gmail.com) passes along word on the passing of his aunt, Betty J. Burdick, 82, of Prindle Apartments in Ilion, NY. She died on January 23, 2013 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse. Mrs. Burdick was born on September 14, 1930 in Mandon, a daughter of late Orria and Lillian (Bush) Foster. She was united in marriage to Willys C. Burdick (pronounced "Willis", or to Christopher, "Uncle Sonny") on August 21, 1948. Survivors besides her husband of 64 years include her six children, Steven (Sandy) Burdick of Little Falls, Darrell (Gloria) Burdick of Mohawk, Douglas (Debbie) Burdick of West Edmeston, Colleen Burdick of Mohawk, Suzann McKay of Mohawk and Geraldine (Dominick) DeSiato of the Town of Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, John Foster; and one sister, Jane Foster. Betty was predeceased by her grandson, Dominick S. DeSiato II. She is buried in Poland Cemetery.

Terence Kelly (eugenebacon1850@yahoo.com) is not a direct Burdick family member, but thought you may know something about Penuel Bacon and Dorothy Wright who were married in Woodstock, CT around 1745. Penuel's father was Joseph (b. 1700 in Woodstock) and his son, Phineas, was born in 1747. Terence is trying to prove that Phineas Bacon moved from Connecticut to Dutchess County, New York where he married Anna Chapman in 1768. Their first son, Leonard, was baptized there in April, 1770. Phineas and Leonard were near Albany in 1790 and Leonard was in Oneida County from 1800 until his death in 1859. The descendants of Leonard Bacon (in Minnesota) say he was born in Litchfield in February, 1770 which makes sense. Phineas and Anna probably went to a relative's home, possibly Ebenezer Bacon, to have Leonard and returned to Amenia where Leonard was baptized when the weather was nicer. Terence is certain that Leonard's brother was Colby (b. 1771), but he has no proof. Colby was living near Leonard in Oneida in 1800. Leonard had a lot of children, two of whom were named Colby and Leonard. Can you help verify any of this?

Dorothy and Albert Burdick (dot-n-al@hotmail.com) had a big Christmas celebration this year -- 93 people! And except for a few extras, they all descend from two brothers, Al and Leroy. Dot and Al have their 65th wedding anniversary coming up, I know they would appreciate an email from you. Congrats!

Dominique Gibson Aycock's (dgaaug31@aol.com) grandfather Thomas Alvin Gibson and her great-grandmother is Mary Mason Burdick who married Thomas Gibson on Nov 26, 1890 in Macon, GA. Mary died young, probably in 1893. Shortly after the birth of her second child Eugene B. Gibson. Dominique has found a number of Burdicks in the Macon area about the right time, but none related to Mary. Can you help? If you have any information, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jane Maxson (jhm2727@cox.net) passes along the following obituary for William H. Burdick that appeared in The Westerly Sun on March 2: William H. Burdick Jr., 91, of Ashaway, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Westerly Nursing Home on Beach Street in Westerly. He was born in White Rock to William H. and Grace (Brown) Burdick. William was predeceased by Evelyn Perry Burdick, his wife of 65 years. William was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the Army Air Corps. He retired from Cottrell's /Harris Graphics after 45 years of service. He was a longtime member of the Westerly Masonic Lodge and a member of the Central Baptist Church. William and Evelyn were avid square dancers and past presidents of the Westerly Surfside 8 Square Dance Club for many years. They enjoyed their later years traveling between West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ashaway. He is survived by his only son, Nelson D. Burdick, and his wife, Mary (Hollingshead) Burdick of Ashaway; one grandson, Neil M. Burdick; and one great-grandson, Daniel B. Burdick, also of Ashaway.

And Carol Reppard (loracar60@gmail.com) wanted to let us know about Myrtle Burdick's passing. From the Syracuse Post Standard, March 5: Myrtle I. Burdick, 89, of Hastings, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013 at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse after a brief illness. She was born January 11, 1924 in the town of Schroppell a daughter of Eddie and Lavilla Gates Walts. Myrtle was married to Willys Burdick on June 17, 1941. He passed away on March 1, 1970. Surviving Myrtle are her seven children: Adrian Burdick, Al, Arnold Burdick, Hastings, Randy and Karen Burdick, Old Forge, Willys Burdick, Mexico, Joyce and Butch VanBuskirk, Hastings, Jean and Ernest Ladd, Central Square and Debra Ostrander, OH; three sisters, Marion Burchill, Betty Goessl and Shirley Stone; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Burdick, Hastings; 25 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, as well as, great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Burdick; two sisters and seven brothers.

Melissa Nelle (melissanelle@gmail.com) lives in a house in Hopkinton, RI whose former owner was George A. Burdick (I1908), who was born in 1847. The house was supposedly built in 1880, but Melissa has found it on maps from 1855 and 1870 with land deeds back to 1850. Of all the people who lived there, George and his family owned it the longest, approximately 50 years. The owner after George was his daughter and her family. While it's nice to read information in land deeds, census reports and marriage records, Melissa would really like to find some old pictures or personal information about what the Burdicks did and how they lived. Are you a descendant of George's? Do you know anything more about this house? If so, please contact Melissa.

Glenna Chernoff (glennachernoff@yahoo.com), one of our more creative family members, has a new web site through which to display her artwork: http://www.craftsrme.com. It's very nice... take a look. You can also "like" her on Facebook at Glenna J Chernoff Crafts & Design. Her blog is wwwlifewithme-craftsrme.blogspot.com.

Leah Murphy (leah@morning-chicago.org) wanted to let everyone know about a useful web site she came across: http://www.justmilitaryloans.com/military-genealogy. The site contains an extensive list of resources that can help you trace your ancestors through military records.

Diana Ede (DianaEde64@aol.com) is trying to find her Burdick connection. Her father, William Frederick Burdick, was born in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT on April 2, 1913. William's birth certificate lists Arthur Burdick, born around 1888, as his father and Hattie (Harriet?) Wells, born around 1887, as his mother. William had a brother named either Harold or Howard. William married Diana's mother, Eleanor Frances Stowe, and they had four children: Delmar, Harriet, Diana Rebecca, and William Frederick Jr. Unfortunately, Diana is not having much luck beyond this, and what she has found may not be correct. Is there anyone out there who can help? Diana would really appreciate it (so would I). Thanks.

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