(We have many American heroes in the Burdick family, and Tyler Thaynes Burdick is one of the latest. Please visit his web site and provide all the support you can for his upcoming endeavors. -- HB)
Our son, Tyler Thaynes Burdick (I10660017), is the grandson of Jesse Gordon Burdick (I10660004), and great-grandson of Jesse Gordon Burdick, Sr (I10660001).
Tyler sustained limb threatening injuries to both lower extremities on July 22, 2010 when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated directly under the right front seat of the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) in which he was a passenger. He was six days short of completing his third deployment (one in Fallujah, Iraq, and two in Helmand, Afghanistan) as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class supporting combat operations of the Third Battalion Sixth Marines of Teufel Hunden (“Devil Dog”) fame.
He was evacuated for field treatment at Bagram AFB in Afghanistan, then on for further stabilization at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and ultimately to the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, for definitive treatment. After repeated surgery and prolonged convalescence in a concerted effort of limb salvage to avoid bilateral amputation, he was released, 90% disabled, with a Purple Heart, and with terribly mangled feet, ankles, and legs.
Tyler had been a high level athlete in swimming, sailing, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding (Professional Instructor at Snowbird Resort in Utah) prior to his enlistment, and then during his enlistment was intensively active in a self directed program of physical fitness training. As he convalesced, he continued his athletic endeavors through the competitive training and events of the Warrior Games, active in shooting, cycling, swimming, basketball, and volleyball throughout 2011 and 2012.
During this time, he began working with Ryan Blanck at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Ryan is an upper extremity prosthetist, with a special interest in “dynamic” lower extremity bracing, and is the primary developer of the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO). This bracing system shares some parallels with the “blade runner” prostheses of Oscar Pistorius (in)fame, in which carbon fiber rods behind the calves provide a substitute for the “launch” usually provided by the calf, ankle, and foot when walking, running, jumping, climbing, and more.
With the December onset of the 2012-2013 winter sport season, Tyler modified his braces, boots, bindings, and snowboards in an effort to resume his passion for snowboarding. His success was remarkable. He was able to quickly regain many of his prior skills, and in January of this year, he caught the eye of Paralympics elements of the US Ski Team training at Park City, UT.
An invitation for national level “adaptive snowboarding/boardercross” competition at Sierra Tahoe followed and he placed 9th, after only a month of preparation in total. He joined Team Utah, and next entered in competition at Copper Mountain, CO, where he crashed without placing. He was extended an invitation for the Snowboard World Cup in March at Big White, Kelowna, BC, Canada, where he finished 8th on the first day, and 6th on the second day. Tyler really stepped up to the plate at the US National Championships at Copper Mountain, CO, in April with a striking Silver Medal second place finish, only four months after his return to snowboarding. Of interest these successes were in no significant way hampered by a fracture of the carpal navicular bone (requiring surgical repair), fractures of 1st and 3rd ribs, multiple toe fractures, and more, during training and competition.
Since the end of the 2012-2013 season, Tyler has been training with the US Paralympics Team at Park City, UT, and at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. In October he will travel to Hintertux, Austria, for glacier training with the US Ski Team, followed by extensive training in the US. He is anticipating the upcoming 2013-2014 winter sports competition season.
Most remarkably, Tyler needs only modest success in the coming season for a very likely invitation to the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
What a long and successful recovery from his devastating combat injuries!
Tyler presently has sponsorship from Semper Fi Fund, Team Utah, Team Semper Fi, National Ability Center, Wounded Warrior Project, US Paralympics, and his number one supporter and younger brother’s Texas business, Tim Burdick Photography & Gallery.
Tyler would appreciate any and all support and encouragement from the “extended Burdick Family”. He has a website, http://www.tburdick.com. Please visit his site, and if you are so inclined, add your support by joining the site and/or leaving a rousing message of Burdick Family support in the “comments” area of his “Guestbook”.
Posted by his loving and proud parents,
Dwight Eugene Burdick
Susan Kay Philpot Burdick
Update: November 8, 2013
Here's a little more of the continuing story of Tyler Burdick. He has recently returned from glacier training with the US Ski Team in Hintertux, Austria, and now settling in to a training routine in and around Frisco, Colorado (Breckenridge and Copper Mountain resorts primarily). In a week, he will be heading off to Landsgraaf, Netherlands, for further US Ski Team training on the world's largest indoor ski slope. To help defray his considerable personal expenses in his quest for a likely invitation to the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Tyler is engaged in a new effort to drum up financial and motivational support on a fund raising site: http://www.gofundme.com/517aek. This site has more background information from Tyler himself. Any support from the extended Burdick family would mean a lot to him.
(As you know, Jane is one of the foremost Maxson historians, and a good friend of the Burdick family. Last year she received a box full of correspondence from J. Irving Maxson, who was the Maxson historian in the last years of the 19th century. Jane kindly provided three letters from this treasure trove of material that relate to the Burdick family. The first is a letter sent by Samuel Hubbard Coon Maxson who was married to, then deserted, Cornelia Burdick, daughter of Stanton Burdick and Eliza Ann Hoxie. The letter relays his travels back and forth across the country. The second letter is from Hannah Hoxie, Cornelia's sister, telling of Cornelia's sad mental state. The last is a heart-wrenching note from Cornelia herself which summarizes the sad state of her life. As Jane says, we don't want to claim any of them for our lines! -- HB)
North Loup, Nebraska
March 29, 1893
On the rest of your letter and blank records carried me back to the past when I was in Westerly more than 40 years ago and was boarding with your father while working for Horatio Berry making (?) files. Since then my life has been one of changes, many of which has been very unpleasant to contemplate.
In 1850 I went to Cuba by Steamer to Cuba New Orleans and Galveston. Thence overland through Texas to Elpasso Del Verde across Mexico to Ginamas(?) on the Gulf of California. Then by sea to San Francisco, went to the mines north of Sacramento and wintered with Capt. Jasper Nash, Ezra Stillman and Jonathan Larkin as kin.
Next season worked a mine on the American river with the above named (except Nash) and Capt. B. Pendleton of Stonington, Perry Peckham and others from the east.
In the fall of 1852 I sailed for Panama bound home on Steamer Carosina(?) and encountered a storm off Cape St. Lucas and when the sea calmed down wound us north of 8 feet of water in the hold. Engines stopped we were on the southwest coast of Mexico near Casafulco. Beached the ship, got ashore, in a few miles found ourselves in that Test. I there with a small party hasten to Mexico City 300 miles, then to Vera Cruz another 300 miles, then across the Gulf to N. Orleans, and up the rivers to Cincinnati, across home to Leonardsville by rail and stage from Utica.
I consumed 7 months going out and 3 months returning and suffered untold hardships both going and coming.
Ten years later found me on the way to California overland across the northern (?) in charge of an ox train of 9 wagon and 30 men. After a fine western trip I found myself in the Sacramento Valley. Had lost all my early Cal earnings before going this time. Work carpentry as best I could and came home via Panama in 1862.
Lived in Alfred 2 years and then my domestic troubles terminated and I went to Ill and in proper(?) time married my second wife and we lived in St. Louis 20 years.
Since that I have been to the Pacific Coast twice and back by rail. We lived in Tacoma, Wash. for one year and we are now in North Loup, Neb. living very humbly hardly knowing what tomorrow will bring forth in the way of living.
I am unable to work. My wife is doing as best she can in dressmaking and now she is the only true friend I have. I have and a Christian woman. My children have all deserted me on account of her and don't lift a finger to help us. I have got some help from an old Leonardsville friend.
Now you have an outline of my past and present contition(sic). Charley Potter can tell much of my former troubles. Please tell your father to write me a friendly letter and write yourself again.
Truly your old friend,
May 18, 1893
Your favor of the 30th of March was duly received by my husband C.R. Hoxie, and he wished me to answer it. I hope you will pardon the delay as we have just got return from Cornelia (my sister).
She lives at Brooksfield, Madison Co., N. Y. Should you want to communicate with her I carried your letter over to her and thought perhaps I might be able to help her some, but she said her head felt so badly she could not do it that day. She wanted to be alone some bright morning.
I presume her dates are correct as she said she could take them from her family Bible.
You undoubtedly know she has been insane for more than thirty years, by spells, and is so at this time. She is but a wreck of her former self. She was once called as smart a woman as there was in Leonardville. She worked at the millenary business for a number of years. She learned the trade while boarding at your father's. She speaks very highly of him.
Her lot in life has been a sad one. If her first marriage was an unfortunate one her second was doubly so and she says the less said the better. I think she was married in March, 1891. They lived together less than a year when he left her. He said it was easier to visit her than it was to support a family. She has rooms in a house with two other women and her friends support her.
Hoping we have aided you a little in your efforts.
Mrs. Cyrus R. Hoxie
A comment by J. Irving Maxson: A few facts regarding Cornelia are in a letter from her sister, Mrs. Cyrus R. Hoxie.
Instructions from J. Irving Maxson to Cornelia (Burdick) Maxson: Please give particulars of your second marriage on this blank space.
Cornelia's response: My second marriage. The less said the better.
The happiest time of my married life was when we boarded with your Father & Mother. Sam did not dare abuse me, he only wished they would have drowned me where I was baptized. That was rather trying to a young woman.
I left a good home for an uncertain one, all for love. Was it Deviltry or love. I think it was the latter. I dislike to dwell on it: it disheartens me.
(If you have visited the gravesite of Rebecca (Burdick) Winters (I811) in Scottsbluff, Nebraska within the last several years, as I have, you likely noticed the park-like nature of the memorial. Following is the story of how the lovely fence around the area came about. The fence replacement project was initiated, designed and supervised by the Alden and Gerry Winters family and accomplished by them and other surviving great-grandchildren. BTW, Tricia is writing a book entitled "It Happened on The Oregon Trail" that will include a chapter on Rebecca; I'll let you know when it's available. -- HB)
May 22, 2006
It seemed unlikely that there would ever be an addition to the story of Rebecca Burdick Winters’ life, death, and burial site. However, another event took place that deserves recording.
For many years, and especially at the time relocation of the grave was deliberated, reports from Scottsbluff proclaimed that Rebecca was considered a part of their heritage. It was stated that many local people had love, respect, and interest in her personally, as well as in the gravesite and memorial to her. Family members were reminded that Rebecca held such prominence in local history as to have a road, canal, Daughters of Pioneers chapter, and other things named in her honor.
Upon visiting the gravesite of Rebecca for the sixth time in September of 2001, we were very disappointed at what we saw. Matters that were objectionable to us were the unsuitable fence which was installed by the railroad, the scattered trash, the unkempt look of the grave, and the neglected appearance of the entire park.
Other members of our family, Alden and Gerry Winters, visited Rebecca’s grave in 2004. They reported that conditions had continued to deteriorate; it appeared that regular maintenance was not being done. Family members were disappointed to find that with the passing of each generation, the interest and respect for Rebecca had declined and the site was being desecrated in offensive ways.
In 2005 Hugh Burdick, a relative of Rebecca, visited the grave and was appalled at the condition of the site. He sent letters to the Scottsbluff Genealogical Society and to the Nebraska Historical Society telling of his disapproval. He questioned if more effort could be made in maintaining the gravesite and park. He also mentioned the unattractive fence, which was not what had been promised by the railroad.
Mr. Burdick received a very curt letter from the Nebraska Historical Society informing him that, in the opinion of the writer, the site looked as it should and there was no need to improve it.
It became evident to family members that if we felt changes should be made, we needed to become actively involved in making them. Alden & Gerry and their family took the initiative to get the project going. The plan of action was to do the following:
Decide on an appropriate fence and procure it.
Arrange for removal of the existing fence.
Find volunteer labor, travel to Scottsbluff and install the new fence.
Communicate with Scottsbluff city officials or members of the LDS church about ongoing cleanup and maintenance of the gravesite and the surrounding park.
Careful thought and planning went into choosing the right fence; considering appropriate design, appearance, and durability. Thanks to Mark Winters’ inspiration for the design and his supervision of construction, the finished product could not have turned out better.
On a beautiful spring morning in May, Alden & Gerry Winters, their sons Mark and Jon, Gaylon & Merma Winters, and Dee & Norma Freeman caravanned to Scottsbluff to get the job done. The new fence was constructed in one complete piece, and was then transported to the site on a large flatbed trailer.
With equipment & operator provided by the railroad, considerable manual labor and muscle power, a good deal being provided by Mark and Jon, and appreciated by all; expert family supervision; a very supportive cheering section, complete with amateur photography; and in a spirit of cooperation, the project was completed and highly approved by everyone involved.
Previously, each time I had visited Rebecca’s gravesite, I felt a sweet spirit, accompanied by love and respect; I knew I was walking on hallowed ground. When we arrived at the grave in May 2006, the forlorn, neglected looking sight saddened me. Then, just one day later, what a transformation! Our goal for this trip had been accomplished! Once again, our dear Rebecca’s gravesite was renewed with the loving care and respect that it merits. With pictures for remembrance and the issues of concern handled the best we could at the time, we departed feeling that the trip had been very productive and satisfying; yet, not knowing if or when we would be able to return. As we left, I had feelings of love and joy, accompanied with the usual sweet spirit of Rebecca and I knew that this truly is a revered place.
Norma Winters Freeman
Great-Granddaughter of Rebecca Burdick Winters
(1) Upon communicating with Scottsbluff City parks supervisor, we received assurance that cleanup and improvements to the site would soon be done. We were promised pictures showing the results. As promised, pictures were received from the city employee by email, however, we saw only that the work had been started and we do not know if the requested work was completed or how the site has been maintained since that time.
(2) Alden Winters, Gaylon Winters and Norma Winters Freeman are great grandchildren of Rebecca, descending from her son Oscar.
(3) Dee Freeman is a great-great grandson of Rebecca, descending from her son Alonzo.
I wanted to start out with a very special request. The young son of one of our family members has been diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) or Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS). He is also autistic, making treatment more difficult. If a family link to this inherited disease can be found then several tests, including a spinal tap, can be eliminated. So if you have this condition in your family, or know of anyone who does, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will be sure it gets passed along. Thank you.
There may be an important German Burdick connection with which you can help. Vicky Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) has traced her husband's family back to Henry Burdick, of Oldenburg, Germany, who came to America as a stowaway at the age of 10 in about 1840. He came to be with his aunt and uncle whose names are unknown (this story was verified as true by several family members.) Henry married Mary Rulfos (Rolfes or Rohlfes) (b. Indiana) in Ohio in 1854. They had 11 children, 3 of whom died prior to age 5. Their known children are: Josephine, Henry Ben (Vicky's line), Frank Joseph, John Henry, Mary Elizabeth, William, George Joseph, Anna Christina and Bernard. Some of these children were born in Cincinnati, OH, Salt Creek Twp., Franklin, IN, and Kansas. Mary was widowed by about 1893 and had a homestead near Lamont, OK. Vicky recently found Ben Burdick who born about 1855 in Oldenburg, Germany. He appeared on the 1920 Census for Cincinnati, OH when he was 65. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1879 and was naturalized in 1884. His wife (unnamed) died prior to the census as Ben is listed as a widower. Ben had 2 children living with him: Edward (b. about 1888) and Bernard (b. about 1897), both born in OH. Another Ben Burdick (b. about 1872) and his wife, Ida (b. about 1868), appear on the 1930 Census for Green Twp., Hamilton, OH; both of their parents were born in Germany and both were born in OH. Can you provide additional information? This could be an important link to show the Burdicks originated in Germany, not England.
Albert Gray (email@example.com) is a volunteer docent for the Battleship Texas (BB-35) which is docked in Houston. On March 12, 2014 the Texas will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her commissioning. The Texas is the only surviving ship that severed in both World War I and World War II. Albert also works with the ship's archive and they are trying to locate crew members and/or their families. Edward J. Burdick, service number 400 95 87, served on the Texas. He enlisted on January 27, 1941 from Springfield, MA. Edward is probably Edward James Burdick (I313817), born January 15, 1924, the son of Arthur Eyatt and Elise Elizabeth (House) Burdick. If you know Edward or his family please contact Albert. One more thing... Albert can give you a personal tour of the Texas if you are in the area. The tour is free but there is an admission charge to the ship.
Linden Burzell (firstname.lastname@example.org) has some real treasures: a group of letters written my Eli Burdick (I1804) to his wife, Hulldah, and children during the Civil War. Lin has provided scans of those letters to us and I will let you know when they are available on-line. But Lin is looking for photos of Eli, Huldah and their fmaily. Do you have any?
Jon Saunders (email@example.com) wanted to let everyone know that if you have relatives buried in the Alfred Rural Cemetery, New York, he may have recently documented them on the excellent Find A Grave web site: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=115828632&CRid=63831&. Jon has added memorials for 900 individuals and photos for many existing memorials, based on a full day of photographing gravestones in July, 2013. There are 166 Burdicks documented here.
Mary Coleman's (firstname.lastname@example.org) ggg-aunt, Mary White, married Moses Burdick of Forest City, PA between 1870 and 1880. She died in 1924 in Carbondale PA. Mary has received her death certificate that shows her mother was Bridget Brophy of Ireland and John White of County Kerry, Ireland. Mary is now trying to figure out exactly where in Ireland she and her brother (Mary's gg-grandfather) came from and anything about this family line.
Mike White (email@example.com) is also looking for Moses Burdick and supplied some additional information. He was born around 1840 in either Washington County, RI or in Susquehanna County, PA. Mike can find considerable information on his father, Luther Burdick (b. 9 May 1812 Hopkinton, RI - d. 5 Apr 1878 Clifford, PA) and his earlier ancestors, but little on Moses.
Susan Frazier (RFraz34007@aol.com) came across this web site, http://www.deadfred.com/, which is a genealogy photo archive. If you search for the surname Burdick you will see numerous family member pictures. Take a look and see if any of your ancestors are there.
Rita Boyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues to search for her Burdick connection, unfortunately, still with no success. She is related to the Burdicks in southeast Kansas in Bourbon, Linn, and Allen Counties. Her g-grandmother was Effie Sarah Reeder. Surnames in her family are McGinnis, Reeder, Potter, Brillhart, Doremire, and Johnson. Some ancestors she has found are Effie Reeder (1873-1968) whose parents where George W. Reeder (?-1905) and Frances Susann Potter (1856-1930). Frances' parents were David Jefferson Potter (1834-1900) and Catherine Doremire Brillhart (1840-1917). Catherine's parents were Valentine F. Brillhart (1820-1885) and Susannah B. Doremire (1822-1905). Most of them were from Bourbon Co., around Ft. Scott, KS. If you have any ideas that would help Rita in her search please contact her.
Leta Card (email@example.com) passes along word that her husband, Reggie, passed away on July 16, 2013. He was a true historian, having served as a town historian for several years, and a genuine, caring human being. He will be missed by a great many people, but most of all by Leta.
Charlie Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org) is doing something very special to preserve his Burdick heritage. He is turning the house he grew up in and now resides in DeRuyter, NY (which is the original Burdick Homestead) into a small family museum. He feels it is a waste to have all the photos, letters, and various other documents he has stashed away in a box and not be shared. The house was build by Charlie's direct ancestors, either Thompson Burdick (I239) or his son, Albert (I641), in the early 1800s. As you can imagine, an antique house such as this requires constant repair and upkeep, but before Charlie "fades away", as he puts it, he wants to remember and honor his family. Good work, Charlie!
Naomi Pless (NaomiPless@Rochester.rr.com) passes along word that her mother-in-law, Cora "Kit" Carson Burdick, passed away on October 30. Kit was married to Robert Burdick (I212575) who passed almost two years ago. Two of her sons, Robert and Paul preceded her in death. She is survived by her other two sons, Arthur and James Tracy Burdick (Naomi's husband), six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Trudy Krause (email@example.com) is a Millard family member. As you would expect, she has connections to the Burdick, Babcock, Crandall, Lewis, and other Colonial families. Her ancestors lived near the Burdicks in Rhode Island and also New York. Like the Burdicks, they were members of the Seventh Day Baptist Church. Trudy is trying to uncover information on this branch of the Millards, so if you can help please contact her. By the way, if you have visited the Millard burial ground in Charlestown, RI you have Trudy to thank. Several years ago she found the site and had it cleared, then she had it marked as an historical cemetery.
For all of you who have encountered brick walls and other obstacles in finding your family roots, here's an example of why you should never give up. In 2006 I was contacted by someone who had acquired a small antique Burdick family photo album and wanted to place it with a close descendant. He sent it to me for safe keeping. I put a notice in the Burdick Newsletter but never received any takers. A few weeks ago, after 7 years of having it sit on my shelf, I heard from Vicki Turetsky (firstname.lastname@example.org). The photo album was that of her g-grandfather, Rev. Willard DeWitt Burdick. Vicki has also filled in her family line of the last 80+ years. So keep digging, you never know what (or when) will turn up.
Sherry and Rod Burdick (email@example.com) are researching Rod's family history. His father is Ralph Everett Burdick, his grandfather was Henry Hamlin Burdick (I3875), and his g-grandfather was Ralph Everett (I113875) Burdick. Unfortunately, Rod's family history was never shared with him but they have been able to gather insight about his ancestors. Henry Hamlin and Ralph Everett were born in Smethport, PA. Ralph worked his way up to VP of Hamlin Bank, was a Mason and seemed to be a man of good character. They don't know much about Henry other than that he was born in Smethport, attended Military Academy and Carnegie, and moved to the Detroit area. He was probably an engineer. His wife's name was Florence but they do not know her maiden name. Sherry and Rod are hoping to connect with their Burdick relatives, so if you know of or are a part of this line please contact them.
Carol Reppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) sends sad news that Jennifer A. Burdick, 20, of Fulton, CA, died Thursday, December 12 as a result of an automobile accident in the town of Palermo. A native of Alameda County, CA, she lived in Xenia, OH before moving to Fulton in 2010. Jennifer was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton where she was a member of the chorus. She previously was a member of the Xenia Soccer Club and played clarinet and sang with chorus in the Xenia Middle School and Xenia High School. Surviving are her daughter, Ella Porter of Fulton; parents, Richard Burdick (Carrie Crofoot) of Fulton and Diana Burdick of Xenia, OH; sister, Brittany Burdick of Springfield, OH; half-brothers, Jason Sixberry (Jessica) of Richland and Tyler Burdick of Hannibal; paternal grandparents, Sharon and Charles Irwin of Martville and Richard Burdick of Hannibal; maternal grandparents, Gary and Christine Allen of Beavercreek, OH; aunt and uncle, Cheryl and Bruce Horning of Fulton; uncle and aunt, Corey and Jessica Allen of Oviedo, FL and several cousins.
The descendants of Ensign Kendall (Kendal) (I502) and Hannah (Gray) (I10502) Burdick are farily well traced. Quite a bit is known about Kendal (b. 1778, d. 1871) of Rockville, RI, but Jane Maxson (email@example.com), Cherry Bamberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Kendall Martin (email@example.com) are trying to find out more about Hannah, specifically who her parents were. It appears that she was from Connecticut, where the Seventh Day Baptist Church was banned. Kendal was a Seventh Day Baptist and it seems reasonable that he would have wanted to find a wife who was also a Sabbatarian. David, after extensive research, has concluded that Hannah is the daughter of Elijah and Candace (Perkins) Gray. There was a considerable amount of inter-family marriages between cousins in the Rhode Island/Connecticut area in those days so tracing becomes difficult (to say the least!) But if it can be established that Hannah was an SDB member it would strengthen David's conclusion. Can you provide additional information?
Francesca Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) runs a Genealogy Club in Seattle. The kids in her group have been doing an excellent job at discovering their family roots and wanted to share a site they found to be very useful: Genealogy Resources by Veritas Prep (http://www.veritasprep.com/genealogy-resources-by-veritas-prep/). I agree, it contains a lot of good information. So I have added it to the list of resources on the Burdick Family web site. Take a look and let Francesca know that genealogy help can come from anywhere, even our youngest researchers!
Wendy Burdick (email@example.com) is researching her family tree but is not having much luck. Her father was David J. Burdick (10/2/1945-7/10/2007), her grandfather was Jack W. Burdick (01/09/1921-10/01/1987) who married Lucinda Baines, and her great-grandfather was William Burdick. William lost a leg, probably from a military accident. Wendy does not have birth/death dates for William but he was married twice; his first wife, who left him, was the mother of Wendy's grandfather and his second wife was called "Jake". After William's first wife left him she remarried a man named Youngk and had two children: Ralph and Steven/Stephen (Ralph Youngk's last known address was in Florida). Does anyone know this line? If so, please contact Wendy.
Finally, I would like to send a special 'thank you' to Carol Reppard (firstname.lastname@example.org). As you may remember, I continue to procrastinate and do battle with Nellie Johnson's 1952 Supplement. Carol graciously offered her help, and meticulously went through it to identify many of the letters and dates that to me were illegible. Thanks, Carol! (unfortunately, that leaves me with one less excuse to postpone working on integrating the Supplement into the genealogy!)