(As has been said many times, our children are our future. If that is true, the future looks bright for the Burdick family. Over the years I have highlighted many family members in this Newsletter, and this issue highlights Cassidie 'Cierra' Brittny Burdick. You may remember that I told you about Cierra in March when she and her fellow Tennessee Lady Vol teammates were involved in the Womens NCAA Basketball Tournament. She was a basketball phenomenon in high school, as the following article shows. -- HB)
Posted by CW Editor on February 18, 2011 in Sports
There’s much more to Bulldogs star than remarkable basketball abilities
By Aaron Garcia
It seems that every few months bring the accomplishment of another one of Cierra Burdick’s lifetime goals. Back in November, the Butler girls basketball’s superstar signed with the University of Tennessee and its legendary coach, Pat Summitt. Before that were international trips with Team USA and a Class 4A state championship. This month, she was named to the ultra-prestigious McDonald’s All-American team and was invited to play in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American game during the women’s Final Four.
Any of these achievements would mean the successful culmination of a lifetime’s worth of sweat equity and sacrifice, and it would be perfectly understandable if Burdick’s impressive resume was the product of a steely-eyed focus on basketball. She is, after all, one of the highest-rated Mecklenburg County players ever – No. 3 overall in the country, according to ESPN – and the best since South Mecklenburg’s Joy Cheek, who also made the McDonald’s game in 2006.
But when Burdick leaves campus and is a Bulldog no more, she’ll be remembered as so much more than Cierra the Basketball Player.
“She’s almost a once-in-a-lifetime kid that you get a chance to work with,” said Butler principal Will Leach.
And, almost ironically, Burdick has basketball to thank for that.
Somehow, Burdick hasn’t let the success go to her head, and her mother, Lisa, has a theory on that. To Lisa, her daughter is still the klutzy teenager who trips over the family dog on a regular basis. But she also pointed out that Burdick’s the first one in her family to achieve such a high level of success, so there hasn’t been a template to follow.
She’s always been an impressive player, so Burdick learned early on what it was like to be wanted. Lisa said her daughter started getting recruited to various AAU programs when she was just 9. By seventh grade, she received her first recruiting letter. The school? UCLA.
“I don’t know much about basketball, and I never have,” said Lisa, “but I’ve really tried to keep some common sense going with this whole thing and not let her just get obsessed and get consumed by it because balance, to me, is the key to everything. I’ve been worried, but I’ve tried to take steps to not let it happen.”
Simply put, basketball has helped create Burdick’s humility. It’s a tricky game, especially in today’s landscape of recruiting rankings and phenom showcases. One showing can lift a player onto a pedestal or kick it out from under them. It’s not that Burdick shunned the system. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite, said Bulldogs coach Mark Sanders, who remembers Burdick’s sophomore year, when she was mentioned as one of the top two sophomores in the state, along with Winston-Salem Reynolds’s Whitney Knight.
“She didn’t want to be compared to Whitney Knight as one of the best two,” Sanders recalled. “She wanted to be the best one.”
Since then, said Sanders, Burdick has been a “gym rat,” putting in the time to make sure her ability matched the expectations of others, which has kept her grounded.
“You can’t expect others to do things for you,” said Burdick. “If I always had to have a coach call me to tell me to get into the gym, I wouldn’t be half as good as I am right now. I was always the one to call my coach early on Saturday and Sunday mornings (and say), ‘Hey, let’s hit the gym and get (a practice) in.”
Now, as a senior, Burdick’s game has evolved, as she’s blended skill with her 6-foot-2 height. Yes, she’s the team’s main interior player, but she’s also one of the best passers around.
This season, she’s averaging 21.6 points, 15.6 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 5.8 assists per game.
“I love to hear the ‘ooh’s’ and the ‘aah’s,’ honestly,” said Burdick. “I’d definitely rather make a nice assist to one of my teammates than take a 3-(pointer). That’s just the type of person I am. I love the no-look pass.”
So much so that she’s heard her game compared to NBA legend Magic Johnson.
But perhaps the biggest impact she’s had on the 26-0 Bulldogs, who appear to be racing toward back-to-back state championships, is as her role as the team’s leader. To say the past year has been tumultuous for the entire athletics department would be a gross understatement. Last year, after winning the program’s first state title, then-coach Stephanie Butler was fired after it was ruled that she had inappropriate recruiting contact with players on another team. That set off a whirlwind year for Butler, which saw the departure of Principal Theresa Hopkins and several other well-publicized problems for the school. Most recently, teammate and longtime friend Aliyah Kilpatrick, the team’s second-leading scorer, was kicked off the team after she and her parents got into a physical altercation with a police officer after the team’s Jan. 28 win over East Mecklenburg.
But even as the smiling face of a program that has its share of detractors, Burdick hasn’t distanced herself from the fray. Instead, she makes sure her support for her embattled former teammate, principal and coach is unabashedly displayed in full sight. She writes the number 12, Kilpatrick’s number, on her right hand before games and practices. She has the initials of Hopkins and Stephanie Butler, along with former assistant coach Jennifer McVicker, who transferred to Ardrey Kell, written on her game shoes, along with the words “For them.”
It’s allowed Burdick and her teammates to stay sharp, she said, despite the fact that the team’s average margin of victory is a staggering 76-30.
“We obviously want to go out there and do it for them, so it gives us some motivation,” she said. “Obviously these conference games aren’t our toughest competition, so it’s harder for us to get ready and find the energy to come out and play when we know starters are only going to play half the game and the score is still going to end up 70-16. It gives us something to work for and it gives us something to do for somebody other than ourselves, so its kind of motivation, in a sense.”
Lisa said she’s talked to her daughter about some of the issues, especially after the Kilpatrick episode. She admires the way Burdick hasn’t turned her back on a friend, employing a high level of compassion, which hasn’t received the same amount of attention as her jump shot.
The goal of winning another state championship has allowed Burdick to transcend all the ancillary things going on around her. The strife, the loss of friends and teammates, the accolades and, of course, her promising future – Burdick said it’s a matter of taking things one at a time.
It hasn’t always been smooth, which she recognized over the New Year’s holiday, when she resolved to be a more compassionate leader for her team.
“I told myself that I needed to handle my leadership better and really encourage my teammates,” she said.
Right now, the next goal is winning another state championship ring, which she even admits to daydreaming about during school hours.
“I probably shouldn’t say that, but it happens,” said Burdick. “I wake up thinking about it, and I go to sleep thinking about it. That’s just the type of person I am.”
And the fact that she still has something to work for allows her to remain grounded. After all, her second state championship is still an unachieved goal.
“If we get there and we win it, after I have that ring on my finger, that’s when I can stop thinking about it,” she said. “Until then, it’s constantly going to be on my mind. Maybe after the game I’ll start thinking about the all-star games.”
(Not only has Cierra represented her high school, and now her university, she has also represented our country. While there is much information about Cierra available on the Internet, I like this article because if provides a glimpse of her as a person. -- HB)
Cierra Burdick is Striving for Gold
July 16, 2011 • Colorado Springs, Colo.
A 6-2 forward out of Matthews, N.C., Cierra Burdick has had quite a lot of success in her young life. After surviving open-heart surgery when she was just two, Burdick has aided her Butler High School basketball team to the 2010 North Carolina Class 4A state championship, picked up a couple individual state titles in track & field – both indoor and outdoor – and excels in the classroom as well. She graduated from Butler this year with a weighted 4.28 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Burdick is heading to the University of Tennessee in the fall. But, before she dons the orange Lady Vol uniform, she’s striving for her third medal playing for her country. She was on the 2009 USA U16 National Team that went 5-0 and claimed gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and in 2010, Burdick aided the U.S. to gold at the FIBA U17 World Championship. One of five finalists for the 2011 Naismith High School Player of the Year honor, Burdick is used to playing a starting role on her teams. However, she has happily adjusted to coming off the bench for her first two USA Basketball squads. Burdick only wants to do whatever she can to help the team.
“My role is just to do whatever coach asks me to do,” she stated following the USA’s final practice in Colorado Springs. “If it’s rebounding, going after 10 rebounds a game, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get that board. If it’s just locking down their best player, I’m willing to have the heart to step up, take a charge. Anything they ask me to do.”
The U.S. squad will need Burdick’s energy and unselfishness, as it looks to defend the gold medal for the three-time defending FIBA U19 World Champions. The tournament starts on July 21 in Puerto Montt, Chile, with the USA opening up against Japan.
Before the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team headed to Chile, USABasketball.com sat down with Burdick to find out what she thinks about playing for her country, how it feels coming off the bench, and what she’d like to do with her future after basketball.
What is the best thing about playing for your country?
It’s always an honor to come out and wear USA on your chest. People dream about it and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Coming out here and competing with the best players in the country, it makes you a better player every time you step into the gym. The fact that you’re getting better while having the opportunity to represent your country is the best part.
Playing for your country with USA across your chest, do you feel that you’re part of a bigger team along with all the other athletes who are representing this country in various sports?
I do. When you were cheering during the soccer game (the USA’s semifinal victory over France was on during one of the U19 team’s practices), every single time you clapped, I just got happy. When you have USA across your chest, you’re representing so much more than yourself, so much more than your family and friends at home, you’re representing your entire country. Not many people have the opportunity to come out and do that. I am rooting on our U.S. Soccer Team. I want them to get the gold, for sure.
After a week in Florida and four days of two-a-days in Colorado, how is the team looking?
We’re gradually starting to put stuff together. When you bring 12 girls together, it takes time to really get that chemistry and that bond on the floor. We’re just coming in and working hard. Hopefully, by the time the tournament comes around, we’re ready to step out on the floor prepared and get a win.
What do you think your role will be on the team?
My role is just to do whatever coach asks me to do. If it’s rebounding, going after 10 rebounds a game, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get that board. If it’s just locking down their best player, I’m willing to have the heart to step up, take a charge. Anything they ask me to do.
You’ve been a starter on your high school and AAU team. What kind of an adjustment was it for you to come off the bench on the USA U16 and U17 teams?
It’s a learning experience, actually. I just wanted the best for the team and I knew that 6’10” (Breanna Stewart) and E (Elizabeth Williams) were dominant post players and I’m not a dominant post player. I’m kind of an in-betweener. So, the fact that they went out and got buckets, that’s what I wanted. I wanted to be in the best place for an opportunity to get a win.
What will the key to this team’s success be?
We need to execute. I think sometimes we get so scatterbrained and try to go a million miles an hour. If we just lock up on defense then execute on the offensive end and take our time, we could be really great.
How much will it help you next season to be playing for three college coaches with this team?
It’s preparing us. These aren’t high school practices. Like Coach Rizzotti always says, these are college-based practices. We’re going full paced, running up and down the floor. It’s an eye-opener for what I’m going to see at Tennessee.
Have the coaches talked about how tough the competition will be at the U19 World Championship?
Every world championship, there’s going to be competition and we can’t take anybody lightly. We just have to come out ready to play every game and not take anything for granted.
You’re successful in so many areas – basketball, track & field, the classroom – is there any area where you’ve ever struggled?
I feel like I’m successful because of my trials and tribulations. For you to succeed, you have to fail and I’ve failed plenty of times. But, I’ve learned from my failures and turned it into success. I feel like that’s part of the reason why I’ve been able to be successful on the track and on the court and in the classroom. My family and friends around me, they’re really, they push me to do what I do.
So you credit your success to them?
Of course. My mom’s always there supporting me. She’s my No. 1 fan and I wouldn’t be able to do anything or be anywhere without her.
You have younger siblings. Do you feel you have to do even better at things in order to be a good role model for your siblings?
I do. I pray every night that my little brother is successful and keeps his head on straight. He’s only six, but he’ll be turning seven two days after we get back and I’m looking forward to that. My little sisters, I just try to be the best role model I can for them.
Who is your role model?
My mom, she is my role model. She’s been through pretty much anything you could go through. She’s struggled with alcohol and drugs and everything. Now, she’s 26 years sober, in AA, and I just look up to her, because of what she went through, I’ve learned from it. It’s taught me not to do some of the things that she has done.
You’ve done a lot of volunteer work in your community. What was the impetus for that?
I’m really big in supporting youth. After basketball and everything’s said and done, I really want to open a mentor program and just be a role model for those who maybe aren’t as fortunate, and who have gone through the trials and tribulations that I have gone through and that I know that others have been going through. I want to set up a role model program that they can come to and learn from, be around others who are like them, and not let the trials and tribulations hinder them so that they can be successful.
Your great-grandfather played for the Chicago Bears?
Yes, he did. It’s my poppa’s dad. I never had the opportunity to meet him, I wish I did. I just know that he played for the Bears. So, when I went to the McDonald’s All-American Game that was in Chicago, I just tried to represent for him.
(Here's a short compilation of Cierra's accomplishments at the University of Tennessee. Even though she is making her mark in the sport of basketball, I hope by now you have seen that there is quite a person behind that Lady Vol uniform. I know that she will be successful in whatever direction her life takes her. -- HB)
- SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2011-12)
- SEC Freshman of the Week (2/20/12)
- SEC Player of the Week (3/4/13)
2012-13 AT TENNESSEE
- Named the Regions Bank Player of the Game after finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Florida in UT's 82-73 win in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
- Earned her first SEC Player of the Week honor after recording her third double-double in four games as she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Kentucky.
- Scored 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in UT's 82-72 victory over Texas A&M, notching her fourth double-double on the year.
- Recorded her third double-double of the season racking up 15 points and 13 rebounds against Auburn.
- Brought down a team-leading nine boards in only 17 minutes of action in UT's 83-64 win over Vanderbilt.
- Grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and contributed nine points in a career-best 33 minutes at LSU.
- In her return after missing a month of games, she put up four points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes against Mississippi State.
- Missed eight games after fracturing her fourth metacarpal in her shooting hand Dec. 31.
- Tied her career-high in steals with three in UT's 66-47 victory over Rutgers.
- Notched her second double-double this season against Davidson with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
- Recorded her third double-digit scoring game as she put up 14 points and grabbed five boards at Texas.
- Notched her second career double-double against North Carolina as she posted 15 points and grabbed 10 boards.
- Tied her career-high in rebounds as she grabbed a team-best 10 boards at Miami, while also playing a career-best 32 minutes.
- Started her third-straight game, scoring eight points, grabbing six boards and dishing out four assists in 23 minutes of action.
- Named the Auto Zone Player of the Game in the 71-54 victory over Georgia Tech as she recorded new career highs in points (16), field goals made (6) and 3-pointers made (3).
- Contributed four points while snagging seven rebounds in 23 minutes of play in UT's season opener at Chattanooga.
(Lloyd Sumner Burdick (I312664), who is Cierra's great-grandfather, was born August 6, 1908. Luckily for us, he was also interested in genealogy and provided Nellie Johnson with many records of his father, grandfather and great uncles who were early western pioneers. Lloyd was a standout football player who was a member of the Chicago Bears in the early 1930s. After retiring from football he became an executive at the Caterpillar Tractor Company. One business trip was taking him from to Montana, one day after his 37th birthday... he would never finish that trip. -- HB)
Michigan 1945 Train Wreck
The worst rail disaster in North Dakota history happened at 7:20 p.m. on August 9th in 1945 at Michigan. The first section of a Great Northern passenger train had to make an emergency stop, and the engine of section-two plowed into it from behind.
The two Empire Builders were traveling to the West Coast as a pair. The first section contained the Pullman sleeper cars, with 237 aboard, and the second section carried between 600 and 700 in coach cars. A new crew came on at Fargo that afternoon, with section-one leaving at 3:25 and section two pulling out about 10 minutes later. Passengers were almost all military men and women – World War II was winding down and would, in fact, officially end within the week.
The only eyewitness that evening was Annette Desautels, who had just gotten off work at the Red Owl. “...when I got to the Great Northern tracks,” she said, “I...wondered why the train had stopped there, since the Empire Builder never makes a stop at Michigan... I could hear the shrill whistle of a second train coming...then I saw a railroad man with a red flag drop off the rear platform... run back down the track a ways, then frantically attempt to flag the oncoming train.”
There was no time for the second train to stop. The second engine plunged into the rear car of section-one, sending it skyward and splitting it down the middle. The fated Pullman, named Peoria, was a “bobtail” – part observation car and part sleeping berths. One serviceman saw the second train coming and jumped out a window. The remaining 34 were either killed instantly or overcome by steam escaping from the engine below. Roughly two-thirds were military; the rest were primarily women, with several small children. Only one person was found alive. Mrs. George Bannan, 45, was trapped at the waist with her head caught outside a window. Sadly, she was on her way to Velva to attend her father’s funeral.
Within minutes, the people of Michigan (population 500) began rescue efforts. Three welders, one from Tolna and two from Michigan, went for their equipment, ladders were brought, and the job of cutting through the steel and rubble began. As dark came on, people lined up their cars and aimed their headlights on the train until alternative lighting could be rigged. People provided coffee and food, and others provided space and typewriters to reporters.
Military personnel on board did a great deal to help the train crew and rescue workers, as well as caring for the injured. Over the ensuing hours and days, one sailor helped the local telegraph company send messages to Fargo, St. Paul and to hundreds of relatives around the nation.
A 20 year-old black porter from St. Paul was named several times for his heroic attempts to save Mrs. Bannon. He was supporting her head while a priest performed last rites. After more than six hours, she was finally freed, but she died in the ambulance 15 minutes later.
The first engine had developed a “hot box” – a wheel bearing that was burning out. With smoke billowing from the tender, there was no choice; the train had to be stopped. In fact, it stopped three times – twice in and near Petersburg, where signals were left to warn the second train. The following engineer slowed for a number of miles but then resumed to 55. When he came upon the stalled train in Michigan, the engineer hit the emergency brakes and turned off all power, but he was only able to slow to 30 MPH before impact. Amazingly, the crew survived.
1945 Train Crash Memorial Service
1945 Train Crash Memorial Service was held Saturday, July 21st, 2012, at the Michigan Veteran's Park to dedicate this monument remembering those who lost their lives in a tragic train crash here on August 9, 1945. A rear end collision occurred at 7:20 pm resulting in 34 people being killed and many more were injured, in one of the worst rail accidents that ever happened.
Guest speakers were Robert Bye of Custer, SD and Dr. James H. Larson of Detroit Lakes, MN. These two men wrote the official report of the crash for the Great Northern Historical Society. There were 225 people in attendance at the dedication. 14 states and 1 foreign country were represented.
Other speakers were: Lt. Colonel Robert Fugere, Fargo and Pastor Peter Horn, Lakota. Mary Ralston and Lori Ternquist from Dahlen, ND sang three songs from the 1940's.
Mayor Bernie Linstad read the names of the crash victims. Family members in the audience were asked to stand as their loved ones name was called.
The WL Cowper Post #238 of Michigan presented and retired the colors and taps were played.
Please stop by Michigan to see this monument. The back side of the stone tells the story of what happened that evening in 1945.
(In 2012, Lloyd's two surviving children, Charlie (Cierra's grandfather) and Carolyn, journeyed to Michigan, ND for the dedication of a memorial to those who perished in 1945. Charlie says that the trip, while difficult, brought closure to the loss of their father. It sounds like it was also healing for Michigan. I think it is great that a small town used its limited resources to remember the tragedy that occurred over half a century ago. Pictures of the monument can be found in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site. I now have a reason to visit North Dakota. -- HB)
Jeff Tenwinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org) wanted to be sure that everyone knows about two wonderful resources in Westerly, RI for those seeking their Burdick roots. First, the Westerly Library has finished their renovation and their genealogy materials are again accessible. And don't forget, family-friend Jane Maxson (email@example.com) is stationed there. Second, Jeff found the Town Clerk's office in Westerly to be extremely helpful, user-friendly and the staff terrific. Most of the early records have been reproduced and bound as books and are available to the public. Jeff scanned many pages from the of records of the Town Clerk and, after an entire day, never even touched the land records or other records available.
Jane Kellogg (firstname.lastname@example.org) wanted to pass along a great hint when searching for ancestors: alternative names. Sometimes people didn't like their first names, so they dropped them and used only their middle names. When they were children, they were listed on the census by their first names, which almost no one in later years knew. Jane has an aunt named Lide or Lida but only her immediate family knew she was really named Maryette Eliza after her two grandmothers, Maryette Burdick and Eliza Whiting. On the census she is listed as Mary and is buried under the name of Mary Ett.
Jane also wanted to pass along some personal success she had by following her own advice. She knew that "Aunt DeEtte" (pronounced DeEtte but nobody seemed to know how to spell her name) married a Mr. Maryott and moved "out west somewhere" several generations ago. Jane also has two autograph albums that belonged to Flora Whiting, another ancestor, who had made an extended trip "out west" many years ago to visit relatives. The albums were signed in North Loup, NB and included signatures by cousins and a "Mrs. S. D. Maryott" -- Jane never knew who she was. But after searching through the on-line Burdick database, Jane discovered DeEtte was her middle name and, you guessed it, Sarah was her first name! Aunt DeEtte never went by Sarah, but signed as "S. D." If you are a part of this Burdick line, please contact Jane.
Irwin Baker (IB77@aol.com) has been searching for information about his gg-grandmother, Hannah Burdick, for a long time. He placed a note in the Fall, 2011 Burdick Newsletter, but to no avail. He now has some additional information which will, perhaps, ring a bell with someone. Irwin found a William W. Burdick who he believes is a relative. William was in the 96th NY Infantry during the Civil War and was captured in October, 1864 at the second battle of Fair Oaks. He died at Salisbury Prison in North Carolina and is listed on a memorial at Independence Cemetery, Saranac, Clinton County, New York. If you know about William (or Hannah), please contact Irwin.
Joan Larson McConnon (email@example.com) sends word that the local Burdick Reunion was held July 13th in Manton, MI. It was hosted by Bobby Taylor and was attended by about 50 people. The oldest person there was Keitha Belle Burdick McDaniel, age 92, the daughter of Harry LaVille Burdick (I10380005). A great time was had by all, the pot-luck dinner was very enjoyable, and information on families was traded. Next year the reunion will be held the second Saturday of July, so if you are in the area drop by. All are welcome!
Sally Chirlin (firstname.lastname@example.org), our favorite librarian in Norwich, NY, is looking for descendants of Charles and Rebecca (Peabody) Burdick. While their ancestry is fairly well documented their descendants are not. Their children are: Charles Lee Burdick (b. ~1804), married twice, nothing known of his children; Aurilla Burdick (b. 1808) married John Stillman Coon, their children, Adelbert, Almeron and Myra, all died young; James Riley Burdick (b. ~1810), nothing known about him; Amy Burdick (b. 1810) married Archibald Crumb, they have descendants since Sally once corresponded with one of them; Alzina Burdick (b. 1811) married Macomber Barker, these are Sally's gg-grandparents; Henry Clark Burdick (b. ~1812), they have descendants; Sarah Ann Burdick (b. ~1812), died young, may have been married; Rebecca Matilda Burdick (b. 1822) died without issue as far Sally knows. If you are a member of this line, please contact Sally.
Joanne Schul (email@example.com) has been researching Harry Millet Burdick. He was born in 1885 in Scranton, PA. He seems to have gotten into some serious trouble in the early 1900s while working for the US Express Railroad as a station agent. He was part of a plot to steal money from them. It was big news, and he was held on $1000 bail. He and a man with the surname "Komfort" implicated 18 or so others. Joanne cannot find any additional information on Harry until she discovered he was part of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1919. After the World War I ended Harry went back to work in steel mill, but ends up in a Danville, IL home for disabled soldiers and dies there in 1940. Joanne's uncle remembers, as a boy, going with his mother to visit this bed-ridden relative and was told that Uncle Harry was "all shot up." Joanne relays that Harry earned a Purple Heart, which he never received. She would like to get his medal and donate it to the Scranton Historical Society along with his military picture in order to clear his name in his hometown. Can you help Joanne fill in the gaps about Harry Millet Burdick? If so please contact her.
Paul Griffith's (firstname.lastname@example.org) wife, Diane, is applying for DAR membership under Lucas Burdick’s service. Lucas enlisted in Capt. Allen's Company on Oct. 11, 1781. Paul and Diane have the Military census records, but haven’t found Lucas' enlistment record. Can you help him find that information? Any assistance would be very much appreciated.
Tamara Langford (email@example.com) sends word that Thomas Roderick passed away. A long-time family historian and genealogist, Thomas was one of Tamara's earliest contacts in her long distance search, from England, for her Burdick connection. Thomas Huston Roderick, PhD died peacefully at home in Bar Harbor, on Wednesday the 4th of September 2013. He was born the 10th of May 1930, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to George Holmes and Louise Almira (Huston) Roderick. Dr. Roderick is survived by Hilda Margareta (Karlsson) Roderick, his wife of 55 years; daughter, Margarethe and husband, Ira Dorfman, of Portland and sons, Daniel and Zachary; and son, George and wife, Rosemary Gillespie, of Berkeley, Calif., and sons, William and Melrose. Tamara relays that Thomas descends from the same Burdick line as her, namely James Burdick. Unfortunately, it is not known which James this is, so if you can help identify this line please do.
Donna Nardo (firstname.lastname@example.org) has done a wonderful job tracing her Burdick ancestry back to Robert Burdick (b. ~1810), but can't make a connection to the family tree. Robert married Jane Winehall (b.~1807) and had a son, Charles Burdick (b. 1847) who married Augusta Kellerhouse (b. 1855, New York City). Charles is Donna's gg- grandfather (her g-grandfather is George Stillman Burdick who married Emma Mawbey). Can you help Donna make her connection? If so, please contact her. Thanks.
Judy Fisher (email@example.com) sends word that her brother, Ray Smith (I1144032), passed away on August 29, 2013 at his home at Lake McConaughy, NE surrounded by his family. He was born on May 16, 1942, in North Platte, NE to Phillip and Marie (Miller) Smith. He grew up in North Platte and graduated from NPHS in 1960. He married Sharon McKnight and to this union Tory, Trina and Tami were born. On Jan. 26, 1985, he married Tressie Brake, and Marcola and Kjay were joined into the family. His family was the center of his life and he believed in everybody and was always forgiving and understanding.
Lin Burzell (firstname.lastname@example.org) is researching Eli Burdick (I1804) and his wife, Huldah. Eli was in the Civil War. Lin is looking for pictures of Eli, Huldah, or their children. Do you have any? If so, please contact Lin.