Searching for Hannah Burdick

Researcher: Irwin Baker (
Posted: October, 2018

(Irwin has been searching for his gg-grandmother, Hannah Burdick, for a long time. We placed notes in the Burdick Newsletters in 2005 and 2011, but to no avail. He has continued searching and has slowly turned up more bits of information. Perhaps someone out there can provide the key that brings Irwin's search to a successful end - I know there are a lots of very talented researchers out there. Please help if you can. -- HB)

My grandfather, William Kingman, was born in Lewis, NY in 1873. my Great-Grandfather was Nelson Kingman born in Lewis, NY about 1840 and fought in the Civil War for the 96th NY. A census listing show his parents were William Kingman, born in Scotland about 1784, and Hannah Burdick, born about 1794. An obituary of Stephen Kingman, who died in 1915 at 90 years, appears to be Nelson's brother. The obituary goes on to say that he was the son of William Kingman and Hannah Burdick who were married in Peru, NY. The obituary also states that William fought for the British in the war of 1812.

On the Burdick side I have only a William W. Burdick who lived with William Kingman and Hannah Burdick Kingman in Lewis, Essex County NY prior to the Civil War and is listed as a nephew in the 1855 NY Census. William W. Burdick is also listed on a Civil War monument in the Independence Cemetery in Saranac, NY as having died in a Confederate prison.

This is the 96th Infantry NY information about him: BURDICK , WILLIAM W.. Age, 34 years. Enlisted, February 28, 1864, at Plattsburg, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. I, April 9, 1864; captured in action, October 27, 1864, at Fair Oaks, Va.; no further record; prior service, Co. K , Sixteenth New York Infantry.

My g-grandfather, Nelson Kingman, was a First Sergeant also in Company I in the 96th and survived. My grand uncle, Franklin Cole, of the 69th NY (Irish Brigade), was also captured about the same time as William W. Burdick and died at the Salisbury, NC Confederate prison. He was the brother of Rachel Cole Kingman and not a Burdick descendent.

William Kingman and Hannah Burdick Kingman had children born in Clinton County and Essex County, NY. As previously mentioned, my g-grandfather was Nelson Kingman and his youngest brother, Stephen Kingman's obituary mentioned William Kingman and Hannah Burdick Kingman. Hannah Burdick is mentioned as being from Peru, NY where they married.

In addition to the two sons, and possibly others, as Stephen's obituary said, he was one of 9. The daughters, Martha, Almira, Sarah and Betsy are mentioned in the 1850 Census.

My g-grandfather, Nelson Kingman, was married to Rachel Cole and her parents were Enoch Cole and Betsy Cole. All, except for Enoch Cole, were born in Essex County, NY. Betsy Cole's maiden name was Van Ornum from the town of Essex, NY and she was most likely also married to Burns and possibly Palmer.

All these names are common to Essex, NY. Another common name from Lewis, NY which was mentioned frequently as a friend and relative by marriage was Crowningshield. James Crowingshield and Nelson Kingman served together in the above mentioned 96th NY and both are buried in Lewis, NY in the Deerhead (Crowningshield) Cemetery on Hale Hill Road.

I hope this information will yield something. Thank you for any assistance.

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