Burdick Newsletters

Fall, 2014


Burdicks without the 'k'

Submitted by Jeff Burdic (coffee_papa@yahoo.com)

(Readers of this Newsletter, and several researchers, know about the line of Burdicks who spell there name without the 'k'. Over the years, several k-less family members have contacted me. Some knew where the Burdic name started, but none knew the whole story of why. Well, Jeff Burdic did. He has several letters written by Doug Burdic of Florence, Oregon in 1994 that describes the story in full. Jeff has kindly shared these letters with us. I hope you enjoy the story, it contains intrigue, deceit, and lots of strained relationships. It also leaves open questions, so if you are a Burdic and know more please share! Also, if Doug or any of his relatives are out there, please contact me! -- HB)

August 29th, 1994

Cousin Doug
1620 W. 18th.
St. Florence, Oregon (97439)

Dear Dort & Darlow:
(Dort and Darlow are some of Doug's Burdic relatives and longtime genealogy confidants who helped him solve the mystery. - HB)

Hello. Got your letter and Thanks for the information on the Earl Burdic line; Fills in some big gaps for me. Nobody seems to know how, or where he died and it would sure be nice to obtain an obituary from 1966 which might tell more about his life and survivors. Anyway, appreciate the information along with the rest of your letter.

I'm enclosing a copy of a letter I received from a second cousin who I have never met, but have tried to get a response from for 20 years now. She was a genealogical professor in Oregon for years and did the Burdick (Burdic) line over 40 years ago while many of our ancestors/relatives were still alive to tell their tales. She has been more or less a recluse and never returned my phone calls or letters until know. I always asked the central question about why don't we have a (k) on our name and she finally had a change of heart and responded with the enclosed letter. It leaves alot of unanswered questions and ambiguities, but is basically the factual account of why the family had this big dispute. I will interpret some of the points here, since following family lines is difficult as you know and I forgot just how much I sent you in the form of family group sheets/descendantcy charts, etc.

(This woman, Mary Jane Anderson, who wrote this letter to me, is related to us as follows:)

She is the daughter of my grandfather's (Ruric L. Burdic [I311180]) sister, Hope Burdic Wick. It goes like this, Ruric L. Burdic (my great grandfather) married Mae Samson in Aug 1988 (I suspect this is an error and should be 1888 – HB) in Herman, NE. He was there with his father and mother: Frederick F. Burdick [I1180] and Nancy Ann Pratt Burdick. Anyway, Ruric Sr. and Mae Samson Burdic had a child in Herman named Cleo who died at age 2 years of age. Their next child was Hope Burdic (the mother of the author of this letter) and their last child was Ruric L. Burdic Jr., my grandfather. To put it into perspective, my great-grandfather Ruric L. Burdic Sr., husband of Mae Samson, was the brother of Eugene W. Burdic who was Darlow's grandfather. (I even confuse myself, so hope I am not confusing you too.)

So, back to the letter by Mary Jane (Wick) Anderson, great granddaughter of Frederick and Ann Pratt:

Major Benjamin Pratt (Darlow's great,great grandfather) married 3 times as you can see by her writings. He already had over 6 children collectively from his first two wives (Chlor Mead and Mary (Polly) Blanchard) when he moved to Licking County, Ohio. His second wife Mary Blanchard Pratt died there in Licking County, OH. Benjamin then married the widow Catherine Jackson Chadwick and this marriage produced one child in Delaware County, Ohio, which was right next to Licking county. This one child was our ancestor Nancy Ann Pratt [I11180] who married Frederick Franklin Burdick in 1857 in Jamestown, Indiana near Angola in Steuben County. Apparently one of the children that Catherine (Jackson) (Chadwick) Pratt brought into the marriage from her previous marriage was a favorite half-brother of Nancy Ann's and was named Samuel Chadwick.

(The reason I am being so redundant by repeating what she has already written, is to elaborate on what she is leaving out and to hopefully inspire you to go along with me and do some checking out on the facts and find out some more about this story that just doesn't make sense to me.)

Samuel Chadwick, half-brother (favorite) to Darlow's great-grandmother Nancy Ann (Pratt) Burdick(my great-great-grandmother), joined the Civil War and left his wife who was named Minutia (?) Chadwick (wish I knew her maiden name... they could have gotten married in Steuben County, Indiana, or in Licking Co, or Delaware Co., Ohio, or who knows?) and their two children, Thomas and Adelle Chadwick at home, which at that time was in Steuben County, Indiana where Frederick F. Burdick and Nancy Ann Pratt Burdick were living. (Don't know if he joined up in Ohio, or in Indiana though.)

As the letter states, Samuel Chadwick (Nancy Ann (Pratt) Burdick's favorite half-brother) had been gone in the war (where at and on what side??) for 2 years, when it became apparent to all in the family that Minutia was pregnant. This didn't go over very well since obviously it was not Samuel Chadwick's child. Minutia was totally abandoned and shunned( sp?) by all of the family, (at least the Burdicks for sure and undoubtedly Samuel's Chadwick clan) EXCEPT for Frederick Franklin Burdick and wife Nancy Ann Burdick. (This event occurred around 1863 probably.)

Here's where the confusion and red flags start popping up in my head over the account I have received from 2nd cousin Mary Jane: You can imagine how these things happen and they have happened since man was created... for all we know, she could have been raped by some relative, or friend?? Nevertheless, Minutia was devastated and miserable. For some reason, Charles Hall Burdick [I1177] (Frederick F. Burdick's brother) who lived and operated huge holdings in the Herman area, came up and took it upon himself to take away Minutia Chadwick's 2 children, Thomas and Adelle Chadwick and do something with them?????

He may have taken them down to the Herman area, or to the Florence, NE. area since he had holdings there, or God knows what happened to them. (Just looked at my data and appears from the birth dates of Charles Hall Burdick's children, that he was living in Florence, NE. in 1860, Rockport, NE. in 1859 and from this point to 1864, he was living in Herman at the time of his son Edison's birth in 64. So there is something to go on at least.)

I have to voice my dismay at this event here and a lot of confusion about the parties involved: First, what gave Charles Hall Burdick the right to step in and take away his brother's wife's half-brother's children? Was he the patriarch of the Burdick-Chadwick clan, or some divine overseer of family matters?

I can only see one possible connection between his power in this seizure and the Chadwick connection from my data and that is this: A sister of Frederick and Charles H. Burdick's, named Harriet A. Burdick (born Mar. 11, 1838-D.1925) married a Charles D. Chadwick (B. 1831 in ? and died 1902 at ?). Charles H. Burdick might have known this Charles Chadwick very well and judging from the years they were born, this Charles D. Chadwick might have been a brother to Samuel Chadwick who was away in the war when his wife got pregnant?? Charles Hall Burdick was born in 1822... Charles D. Chadwick born in 1831 and Samuel, Minutia's husband was probably born in the early 1830's or so, making them all likely friends. Just my speculation. There was some vested personal/economic interest that allowed Chas Burdick to get away with this anyway.

I would have assumed that Samuel's own Chadwick parent(s) would have had first dibs on the kids, or some Chadwick surnamed relative.

All through the years, I had always assumed that it was a problem between Frederick's father, Jared Burdick [I432], that caused the name changing and was really surprised to hear this story. I had figured that some sister of Frederick's had gotten pregnant and Jared was going to disown her and Frederick took her side over his (& her) father. Not so apparently. Oh well.

Anyway, Minutia was forced away in disgrace and for some unknown reason as of yet, moved to Washington state to have her baby. (Where in Washington State? Did she have relatives there? Once again, what was her maiden name, which would give a lot of help in answering these questions? Etc. Etc.) Don't know what ever happened to her, but there are records somewhere if we can just ever get some more dope on this Chadwick-Burdick scandal.)

So, to continue with more question raising answers... Frederick Franklin Burdick was so outraged at the treatment of Minutia Chadwick that his anger at the family (Burdick and Chadwick I guess) that he dropped the K from our name in grand protest. This was around 1863 I suppose. It seems as though since his name was Frederick F. Burdick on his marriage license as it had been since his birth until this name change, that the first two kids of Frederick and Nancy Ann Pratt would have been born on their certificates as the spelling Burdick of course. Their first child was Elvie Mae Burdick, Born on Oct. 12th, 1858, a year after their marriage - location Steuben Co., IN and their second child, Darlow's grandfather Eugene W. Burdick who was born in Steuben County, Indiana on Nov. 16, 1861. Their 3rd child who was my great grandfather Ruric L. Burdick was probably also written down as having the (K) spelling since it would have taken Frederick a little time to decide how he was going to protest the severe treatment of Minutia which must have occurred around 1863-64.

The second part of the enclosed letter that confuses me, is where Mary Jane says that, "Fred Burdick was so angry at the family that he dropped the K in his name and Moved Away." ?????? Red Flag again. This goes against all the court data/census reports/interviews/county history etc. that I have collected over the years. In 1857, when he was only 22, he moved temporarily to Washington County, NE. to work on a large farm to gain more experience in the cattle business and business in general. This was probably a farm owned by his brother Charles Hall Burdick, the one who he later apparently got mad at. He moved back to Steuben Co., Indiana after only one year and got married to Nancy Ann Pratt in 1857 (Actually Dec. 1858). He stayed in Steuben County, IN for the next 14 years at least and probably more like 20 years before he "Moved Away" ... this doesn't make sense to me and to further confound the story, when he did move, guess where he moved to? Right in with his brother Charles Hall Burdick who made him so mad in the first place by treating Minutia Chadwick so badly. Does this make sense to you Dort???

Hope this isn't too boring, but if you ever find out any answers to this family scandal, please let me know. It's intriguing.

Another point I have to make since it doesn't make sense: If Samuel Chadwick was Nancy Ann Pratt's Favorite Half-Brother, then why did she take the side of his "unfaithful" wife Minutia over him along with her husband Frederick by sticking up for her and changing the name out of anger against those who took pity over her favorite brother????? Doesn't make too much sense.

Well that is about it for now. I have given you enough questions to ponder and I hope you found this interesting about our name being changed. This 2nd cousin source is accurate at least as far as the names and reasons for the K-dropping since she made it a life's work and taught genealogy for a living at a University, but I think that the questions I pointed out do raise some gaps of information (or explanation) that aren't covered by the basic data. Living on a disability income doesn't allow me to pursue this like I would extremely love to, so like I say, if you can do anything with this info. I would love to hear what you learn!

For 35 years I have been searching for the answer to the (K) dropping and when I finally got this in the mail, I couldn't believe that after all the inquiries I had made to this cousin, I finally got the answer. Now I am plagued by even more desire to learn more and fill in the gaps that don't make sense. I have written her 3 more times since I got this original letter and mentioned the same questions I brought up to you, but no answer to any of them. Guess I was lucky to even receive what I did.

Take Care and Thanks. Keep in Touch!!!

Cousin Doug

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Letter from Doug Burdic's 2nd cousin, Mary Jane Anderson, explaining name change.

14 June 1994

Here it is Doug -

Major Benjamin Pratt (War 1812) married in Rutland, Vt. to Chlor Mead (died in childbirth). Benjamin married second Mary (Polly) Blanchard and had 6 children by her. She died in Licking Co., Ohio having moved there with Benjamin Pratt and all her children.

After her death, Benjamin Pratt married a widow, Catherine (Jackson) Chadwick. (Doug Buric note: She made a mistake here since Jemima was Catherine's mother.) This union produced one child in Delaware Co., Ohio (right next to Licking where Benjamin had land), Nancy Ann Pratt (our great-grandmother who married Frederick Franklin Burdick.)

Nancy Ann Pratt had a favorite half-brother names Samuel Chadwick. He signed up in the Civil War leaving his wife, Minutia, and 2 children, Thomas and Adele, at home. (Steuben Co., Indiana, where Benjamin Pratt and family had moved from Licking Co., Ohio.)

Samuel had been gone two years when all the family knew Minutia was pregnant. Charles Burdick took the children away from her and Minnutia, miserable and alone, moved to Washington State to have her baby.

Fred Burdick was so angry at the family for doing this he dropped the K in his name and moved away. The only thing my own mother could tell me was that there was an "Old Major Pratt" somewhere in the family.

I'm going to add a little to your pages but I'm busy in my garden now.

Love,
MJ and Nipper


Nellie Johnson’s Supplement

by Howard Burdick (howard@burdickfamily.org)

(Sometimes we underestimate the effort required to perform a task. In my case “sometimes” is more like “usually”. And underestimate I did when it came to transcribing Nellie’s Supplement. But I am happy to announce that the task is now complete. I thought you might enjoy some of the trials and tribulations I experienced during the process. -- HB)

I knew converting Nellie Johnson’s 1937 book, “The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island”, into an interactive relational database would be a large task. After all, 1300 small-print pages is rather imposing. So the Supplement coming in at only 180 pages in large typewriter print should be easy, right? Wrong!

It took a couple years to enter Nellie’s original book into my database. The input process became somewhat smooth and eventually the task was complete. After 44,000 names it was now time to turn my attention to the supplement. In the end, it took longer to deal with the supplement than the original book!

The first task was to digitize it. Don Burdick had already been through the arduous job of digitizing Nellie’s original book, but I had to tackle the supplement. If you have experience with OCR (Optical Character Recognition, the process of converting printed text into computer-readable files) you know it is not an exact science. Nellie’s original book is a professionally produced library masterpiece that is very conducive to OCR. Conversely, the supplement was created on typewriters (remember those?) by, from what I understand, a bunch of high school girls in Norwich, NY. For historical purposes I’ve posted a few scanned pages of the Supplement in the “Photos” section of the Burdick Family Association web site (http://www.burdickfamily.org) so that you can see what I was up against. I quickly abandoned the OCR strategy.

The only way to convert the supplement into a machine-readable format (i.e., a Word file) was brute force. Each page was scanned and transposed by me and my wife, Lois. The supplement is a copy of a copy of a copy (I have no idea how many copy generations were involved before the one appearing in the book I have.) And since 1950’s reproduction technology was magnitudes of order inferior to what is available today sections of pages (or entire pages) are of rather poor quality. Heck, I’d might as well say it… the whole thing is a piece of crap!

After several months the transposition was complete and I could get down to the real work at hand. I thought that the hardest part of the project was behind me. Wrong again!

Beside the poor quality of the source information, I realized the “Supplement” was actually Nellie’s notes on corrections and updated family information. I have to admit, even though working with the supplement was a pain in the you-know-what, I feel a bit closer to Nellie and understand more clearly how she worked.

Processing the original book only involved adding new information to the database. Processing the supplement meant mostly updating existing records (although it does contain about 2500 new people.) It turns out that modifying existing records is a lot trickier than adding new ones.

As an example, consider the following entry:

"P. 88, No. 175. A) David Main, b. No. Stonington, son of Peter & Patience (Eggleston) Main. He m. (2) July 16, 1843, Sally Newton. B) Stephen Palmer, m. Prudence Main had a son, Peter Albert Palmer who m. Fanny Aschsah Potter. Peters dau. Mary Frances Palmer, m. Walter Ray Johnson & their son Ray Franklin Johnson, m. Gertrude Jane Ross. These recs. came from Helen M. Johnson, 211 N. Locust St., Assumption, Ill. 1940.) G) See No 681. for Mary Burdick, See No. 954 for Sarah Palmer."

This entry looks innocuous enough but you would soon discover it covers 5 generations! It obviously refers to Dorcas Burdick (I175), right? Well, indirectly. You would have to figure out that David Main is the husband of Dorcas Palmer, first child of Stephen and Dorcas (Burdick) Palmer. Then you'd need to realize that Stephen Palmer is their son (i.e., junior). For the reference to Mary Frances you need to figure out if Nellie is talking about Stephen Sr. or Stephen Jr. (it's the latter.) You would also find out that Mary Frances, Walter Ray, Ray Franklin and Gertrude Jane are all new additions to the genealogy. As a final "reminder", Nellie wanted to be sure that everyone knew that Mary Burdick, the wife of Sands Palmer, Stephen and Dorcas' son, is a registered Burdick (I681).

It probably took me 20-30 minutes to decipher this. Now imagine a couple thousand entries like this. Generally I could only spend about 1 or 2 hours at a stretch before I was blurry-eyed and ready for several glasses of wine. This is also why what I thought would be a 6-to-8 month task turned into two-and-a-half years!

I’ll admit it. Early on in the struggle my dedication waned at times. Sometimes it would be weeks before I could force myself to open the file and get into the proper mindset to work on the supplement. My progress was negligible. I saw my completion meter inch to 5% done, then 10%. Would I ever finish? This went on for the better part of a year. Finally, early in 2014, I made the decision that I was going to get this thing over and done with for good!

I put most of my other family tasks aside (except, of source, production of the Newsletter and answering emails) and entered the “zone.” My daily routine: 1) come home from work, 2) have dinner, 3) work on the supplement, 4) slap myself back to reality after 90 minutes, 5) vegetate in front of the TV for an hour, 6) fall asleep.

On weekends it was worse. I would generally get up at 4AM and work for a couple hours while Lois was still asleep. After the day’s chores were complete (yard work, shopping, etc.) I would be back on the computer until I couldn’t see straight then collapse in bed with visions of dead ancestors running through my head. It’s a wonder Lois didn’t kick me out of the house for the neglect I showed her.

But this dedication did the trick. After about 8 months I could see the end in sight. Five hundred entries to go. Then 400. 300. 200. When I got down to the last 100 I felt a sort of runner’s high – the rush of endorphins filled my brain. And then it was over. I had solved the last puzzle. Vanquished the final beast.

I suspect no one has ever interrogated the supplement as I have. There would be no reason to do so unless you were analyzing the entire book as I was (or unless you have a masochistic streak in you.) But having done so I feel that Nellie’s final work has been preserved and given the attention it deserves.

Now the question is – what next? First, I’m taking a little time to decompress. Then I can get back to more “normal” operations. I have a lot of plans. But that will be a story for another Newsletter.


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

Liz Burdick (lizb2550@comcast.net) helps run and maintain the Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado, Inc. (http://www.foothillsgenealogy.org/). The organization was formed in 1980 and to actively promote the genealogy of Colorado families. They have provided classes and trips for over 30 years. There are currently over 200 society members. So if you have an interest in learning more about Front Range genealogy, please contact them.

Steve Lubman (kornsnake@cox.net) passes along word that Richard H. Burdick passed away. It was a couple of years ago. Richard was born March 28, 1947 and died June 29, 2011. He graduated from Benson High School in Omaha, Nebraska in 1965 and enlisted in the Navy, serving his country during the Vietnam War, 1965-1969, on the USS Wainwright. After his discharge, he graduated from UNO with a degree in journalism, and in 1989 he received his law degree from Creighton University. Richard was an avid genealogist, historian, political scientist, and active member of the Democrat Party. He is preceded in death by parents, Harry and Nancy; siblings, Stephan and Carolyn. He is survived by sister, Virginia; niece and nephews, Carolyn and Keith Kulus, and Eric A. Glass; and great nieces and nephews.

You may recall can in the last Newsletter, Sallie Cox (scox3876@bellsouth.net) had several copies of Frank Mueller's book, "The Burdick Family Chronology", for which she was seeking new homes. Well, those books are now reside in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Thank you, Sallie! It was very kind of you to help preserve our family history. I am sure the new owners are thrilled to have their new family treasures.

Paula Lukow (p_lukow@beyondbb.com) has traced her family line back to Daniel Burdick who was born 1778 in Vermont. But there the trail goes cold. Paula has been searching for many years. If you have any information on who Daniel's parents may be, please contact her. Thanks!

Lorena Auwarter (lorenaangie@yahoo.com) has finally found a clue about the mysterious Burdick line of her great-grandmother, Arminda (Laurie) Burdick. She has been looking for the parents of Daniel Hart and Arminda (Laurie) (Burdick) Holley who lived in Springville, PA. In the 1870 census, Daniel and Arminda live two houses from Amos and Susan S. (Bailey) Burdick. Amos was born 1819 and, according to the Nellie Johnson genealogy, Amos was the child of Amos Burdick, born 29 May 1786, in Rensselaer Co., NY. He and his wife moved to Pennsylvania about 1830. Armida's census records state that her father was born in New York State. Amos' wife was Susannah(?), born 19 June 1789. Susan S. (Baily) Burdick was born 2 June 1826 and died 2 Jan 1911. Amos and Susan had two sons, Abram and William H. If anyone knows how these two families are related, if at all, please let Lorena know.

Victoria Marrin (lillyvalleygal@aol.com), who is a Burdick, wanted to pass along an interesting web site: https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/. It is the State of New York's Office of Unclaimed Funds. Victoria is a New York State employee and has used the site to find lost money for family members. As you likely know, there are a lot of Burdicks in New York, so you may want to check it out. You never know...

Mary Stewart (marys@carolina.rr.com) is still trying to fit Peter and Dana Burdick into the family tree. Peter Swick Burdick (b. 4 Apr 1857, Springwater, NY) married Mary Elizabeth Sanford (b. 8 Jan 1857) on 5 Jan 1882. Their son Dana Sanford Burdick (b. 27 Jul 1885 Sparta, NY; d. Oct 1933 Hornell, NY) married Christina 'Tina' Edith Campbell (b. 20 Nov or Jan 1890; d. 21 Jun 1926 Hornell, NY) on 24 Dec 1907. Dana and Tina had Hazel Iva (1911), Helen E. (1914) and Carson/Anson (1917). Hazel married James D. McChesney (1910) in 1928 and they had Bruce (1929), Henry (1931), Clifford 'Kip' (1933), Paul Edward (1940 or 1941), Roger E. (1943), and Beverly Ann (1946). But Mary cannot find Peter's parents. Can you help?

Do you know Sarah Ruth Burdick? The Burdick genealogy shows she was born in 1931 and died in 1999. Her parents were Alvin Eugene and Catherine (McDonald) Burdick. She had three children with Robert Anderson: David, Susan and Jeanne. But she also had another child whom she put up for adoption. That person is trying to locate their family. If you know this family please contact me (howard@burdickfamily.org). Thanks!

Tricia Wagner (tricia@authortalk.org) just had the 2nd addition of her book "It Happened on the Oregon Trail" published in June by The Globe Pequot Press. And guess what? There is an entire chapter on our ancestor, Rebecca Burdick Winters! The chapter on Rebecca is entitled “Right of Way.” Tricia interviewed many of Rebecca’s descendants in the writing of this chapter. It contains a lot of information about which I was not aware. Congratulations, Tricia, and thanks for helping to keep our family history alive!

Bill Wright (wmewrght@hal-pc.org) spotted this article about Ken Burdick of Skaneateles, NY who is the winner of the June 2014 eBird Challenge. The eBird.org web site is the home for all things bird watching and Ken beat out 4665 other eBirders to win the award. Great job, Ken!

Steve Burdick (horracetrout@verizon.net) is looking for help with a Burdicks. Matthew Burdick (I310309). Steve has identified his wife, Caroline A., who died May 25, 1855, and his daughter, Edwina A., who died Oct 23, 1855. The information came from gravestones, but Steve can't find the stones nor Caroline's maiden name. Can you help?

Homer (Bud) Burdick (hburdick14626@yahoo.com) is looking for his Burdick connection. Bud's gg-grandfather, Nathaniel Burdick, died about 1849 or 1850. He had at least 3 children, Joshua (b. about 1827), Nathan (Bud's g-grandfather) and Susan (b. about 1840 in Frewsburg, NY). Nathaniel's wife was Philena and may have been Native American. Bud has found them in the 1850 census. Do you know more?

Carol A Reppard (reppardc@gmail.com) is keeping track of several family deaths in update New York for us and has the following to report. Dorothy M. Burdick, 80, of Fulton, passed away peacefully with family by her side after an extended battle with cancer. She was born April 1, 1934 in Syracuse and lived most of her life in Fulton. Dorothy graduated from Hannibal High School in 1951. Her proudest joy and love in life were her children and grandchildren as well as her work with the elderly. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband in 2011 after 50 years of marriage. She is survived by her children and stepdaughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Carol also passes along word of her friend, Willard Burdick, a life resident of DeRuyter, who passed away on August 15, 2014 at the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Syracuse at the age of 87. He was born in Lincklaen, NY to Carroll R. and Isabel Smith Burdick. Willard was a World War II US Army veteran and a 1945 graduate of DeRuyter Central High School and was very active in the community. Willard is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Glenice Cook Burdick, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

And finally, Carol heard of the death of Robert E. Burdick, Jr., 66, who died Friday, August 15, 2014. Services were held privately and burial is in the Saratoga National Cemetery. Thanks, Carol, for keep us posted.

Bob Berkley (r.berkley@outlook.com) sends word that his wife, Jacquelyn Jane "Jackie" Berkley, 84, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, WA, following a sudden illness. She was born on January 25, 1930, at Missouri Valley, IA to the late Drexel and Verona (Ruberg) Lewis. Jackie is the ggg-grandaughter of Isabel Burdick (I187). On January 14, 1966 she was married to Robert "Bob" Berkley at Claremont, CA, where they continued to make their home. She was a member of the PEO and Order of Eastern star of Claremont for over 50 years; National Society of Magna Charta Dames, Daughters of American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Daughters of Patriots and Founders of America, National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) and the local quilting club in Wenatchee. Among her many talents and pastimes was shopping, quilting, genealogy, reading and cooking. Jackie is survived by her husband of 48 years, her daughter and step-children. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Sandra (Burdick) Murray (tsmurray21@gmail.com) is trying to find out more about her family's link to the Burdick tree. Her branch is from upstate New York, although her grandfather, Richard Edward Burdick, may have been born in Pennsylvania. Sandra's father, also Richard Edward Burdick, was from Corning, NY and served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban missile crisis. Many members of Sandra's family, including her, have served or are currently serving in the military - Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. She thinks there must be something to the Burdick name that inspires service to others and country, and her family took it very much to heart. I know I speak for the entire Burdick family in thanking Sandra and her branch for their service to our country. Sandra's parents and grandparents have passed away, so perhaps we can help properly place this family in the Burdick genealogy. Any assistance or guidance is appreciated.

Jack L. (jaxjackaroo@hotmail.com) came across an excellent database for performing Canadian family research: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/search/Pages/ancestors-search.aspx. He thought it may be of help to those looking for family in Canada. Thanks, Jack!


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