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Solomon Burk

Solomon Burk[1]

Male 1828 - 1916  (88 years)

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  • Name Solomon Burk  [2, 3
    Birth 23 Jul 1828  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    FamilySearch ID L89V-JYV 
    FamilySearch URL 
    Death 9 Aug 1916  [3
    Burial Burk Cemetery, Hrwich Twp, Kent Co., ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4120  Main
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2020 

    Father James Burk,   b. 17 Jun 1806, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 15 Dec 1892 (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Hartford,   b. 25 Dec 1811   d. 2 Aug 1883 (Age 71 years) 
    Family ID F1626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Patterson,   b. Abt 1836   d. 17 Jun 1872 (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Marriage 22 Sep 1852  Darlington, Durham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Elizabeth Burk,   b. Abt 1853, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown
     2. Pirmilla Burk   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Aida Jane Burk   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Silas Burk,   b. 1855   d. Yes, date unknown
    +5. Solomon Burk, Jr.,   b. 11 Aug 1857, Darlington, Durham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1931 (Age 73 years)
     6. Euphenia Burk,   b. Abt 1860   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. William Burk,   b. May 1862   d. 16 Mar 1934 (Age ~ 71 years)
     8. Mary Burk,   b. 1865   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F1627  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2004 

    Family 2 Sarah Jane Dennis,   b. 1 Jul 1850, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 May 1929 (Age 78 years) 
    Marriage 1874  Blenheim, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Sarah Burk,   b. 1876   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Montevile Burk   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Lydia Grace Burk,   b. Abt 1878   d. 13 Jul 1914 (Age ~ 36 years)
     4. Archibald Burk   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Teresia Burk   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F3798  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2018 

  • Photos
    Solomon Burk
    Solomon Burk
    'Burk Old Timers' (large)
    "Burk Old Timers" (large)
    The note that came with the photo read: The photo was taken in Blenheim Ontario. It has "5 sons + one daughter of James Burk" written across the bottom. The people in this photo are old, and named as: Solomon Burk, Zebina (?) Burk, Silas B. John B. Dolly (Mrs. Hartford) and Elijah Burk Born Jan. 8 1838 Married Feb 2, 1862. On the reverse are some family dates that were "narrated June 17 1961 Ada Burk Wife of Owen Burk". The dates on the reverse look to be the children of Elijah Burk.
    Solomon Burk
    Solomon Burk
    'Burk Old Timers'
    "Burk Old Timers"
    back (top half)
    'Burk Old Timers'
    "Burk Old Timers"
    back (bottom half)

    Solomon Burk
    Solomon Burk
    Headstone of Solomon Burk, his wife Sara Jane, and daughter Lydia. (Graham Stewart collection)

  • Notes 
    • "Solomon born 1828 to Mary Patterson born 1836, his first wife with 8 children note he had second wife with 6 children"

      From: Commemorative Biographical Record 1904


      Solomon Burk is one of the wealthy retired farmers of Harwich Township,
      County of Kent where he was among the earliest pioneers and settlers.
      When he located on his present farm, over forty years ago, the country was
      nothing but a wilderness, and his first home consisted of a rude log shelter,
      erected by his own hands. His present comfortable home and well appointed
      farm speak for his thrift, energy and perseverance, in the struggle of
      civilization with the wilderness.

      The paternal grandparents of Solomon Burk, James and Jane
      (McCann) Burk, were natives of Pennsylvania, and were among the early
      settlers in Darlington Township, County of Durham, Ont., where James
      Burk was given a grant of 1,000 acres of land. His maternal grandparents
      were John Sophiar (Davis) Hartford, natives of Vermont, and also early
      settlers in the County of Durham. In the Revolutionary troubles, John
      Hartford retained his allegience to the British Crown, siding with the

      The parents of Solomon Burk were James and Dorothy (Hartford)
      Burk, natives respectively of Darlington, County of Durham, and Vermont.
      James Burk was born June 17, 1806. He came to Harwich Township in the
      spring of 1860, and located on a farm described as Lot No. 4 Concession 4,
      taking up 300 acres of wild land which he divided among his sons. He spent
      the remainder of his life in Harwich Township. He Died Dec. 15, 1892 at the
      age of 86. His wife who was born Dec. 25, 1811, died in August 1883.
      Both were members of the Universalist Church, and both were buried in the
      family burying-ground on the old homestead. The children were as follows:
      Solomon who is mentioned below; Silas who lives on the farm adjoining his
      brother's; Benoni deceased; Dorothy, the widow of Samuel Hartford, of
      Harwich; James deceased; Thomas deceased; Elijah, who is a farmer in
      Harwich; Jane, deceased, who married Hiram Huff; Marianna, deceased,
      who married William Faulkner; Delight, deceased, who married Henry
      Bracket; Naomi, deceased, who was the second wife of Henry Brackett;
      John, who is a farmer in Harwich; and Zebina, who is also a farmer in

      Solomon Burk was born in Darlington, County of Durham, July 3,
      1828. He remained at home with his parents until his marriage, when he
      rented a farm in Darlington on which he lived for five years. Then, he
      bought a small farm in the same neighbourhood, and after a few years on
      that came, February, 1860, to his present location. He owns 100 acres, Lots
      4 and 5, in the 3rd Concession which he has reclaimed from virgin forest. To
      make his first shelter here, he rolled some logs to the clearing, and roughly
      covered the rude structure with boards, making this serve til a better house
      could be erected. When felling the trees, he often found it necessary to call
      upon all the family to stand near the foot of the tree for fear it might fall on
      and crush someone.

      Mr. Burk married (first) in Darlington, Sept. 22, 1852, Mary
      Patterson, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Patterson. The Pattersons were
      natives of Scotland, and were among the early settlers in the County of
      Durham, where Mr. Patterson was a farmer. Mrs. Mary (Patterson) Burk
      was born in Clark Township, County of Durham, and died in 1872, at the
      age of 37. She is buried in the Burk family burying-ground in Harwich. She
      was the mother of the following children: 1. Elizabeth, deceased; 2. Silas, a
      carpenter at South Lorain, Ohio, married Jessie Bailey, and their children are
      Elsie, Myrtle, Hattie, Ray, Della, and Selena; 3. Solomon, a farmer in Orford
      Township, married Harriet Dennis and has had 12 children, Carrie, William,
      (deceased) Christian, Sherman, Roy, Merton, Euyene, Bernice, Phyllis,
      Evelyn, Stephen, and Martha. 4. Euphemia, married Neil Rose of Howard
      Township and has 10 children, Mary, who married William Sheller, and has
      two sons, Neil and George; Florence; Maggie, who married Frank
      Gailbraith, and has a son, Gordon; Frank; Alvin; Clifford; Jennie; Nina;
      Claud; and James. 5. William, a farmer in Midland County, Michigan,
      married (first) Millie Sullivan, who bore him two children, Nellie, and
      Hazel; he married (second) May Worts. 6. Mary married Robert Misner, a
      farmer of Harwich Township, and their children were Maud, Courtland, and
      Whitney, of whom the last two were deceased. 7. Alda J. is the wife of
      George Wellington McKee, a tobacconist of Windsor, Ont.. 8. Permilla, is

      In 1874, Mr. Burk married (second) in Blenheim, Mrs. Sarah J.
      (Dennis) Pardo, a native of New York State, daughter of Stephen and Harriet
      (Palmer) Dennis, a widow of Abner Pardo, of Raleigh Township. Mr. Pardo
      died in 1870, at the age of 32, and is buried in Raleigh Township. Stephen
      Dennis was born in England, and his wife was a native of New York State.
      They came to Canada in 1853, locating first in Chatham Township, but after
      15 years, they came to Harwich, where they passed the remainder of their
      lives, Mr. Dennis being engaged in farming. He died in 1868, at the age of
      42, and his wife died in 1884, at the age of 57. They were members of the
      Baptist Church, and both were buried in the Blenheim Cemetery. They had
      the following children: Thomas, a farmer in Isabella, Michigan; Sarah J.
      wife of Solomon Burk of this sketch; Cynthia, unmarried, living in Tara,
      Ont.; Harriet, wife of Solomon Burk Jr. a farmer at Highgate, Ont.; and
      Lucy, wife of Robert Nichol, who carried on a saw mill at Tara. Mrs. Sarah
      J. (Dennis) Burk had one son by her first marriage, William Pardo, who
      conducts a barber shop in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

      Mr. Burk's children by his second marriage are: Sarah, who lives in
      Cleveland, Ohio, Married Edward Coolidge; Montville, who lives at home,
      is unmarried; Lydia is the wife of Warren McNutt, a machinist in Blenheim,
      and has one child, Alda Grace; Miss Grace, Archie and Teresa are at home.
      The family are members of the Universalist Church. In politics, Mr. Burk is
      a Reformer, and he was for three years, one of the school trustees of his
      town. He is a genial old gentleman, enjoying in comfort his well earned
      retirement after a life of unusual activity, and the esteem of his neighbours
      and fellow citizens.

      From: Blenheim News Tribune, Wednesday August 16, 1916 page 8

      The passing of Solomon Burk on Wednesday last week removed another of South Harwich's links with the past. Though Mr. Burk had resided in town for some time past the greater part of his life was spent in South Harwich. The funeral service was conducted Friday at the residence by Rev. L. P. Jones, a former Universalist pastor, and burial took place in the Burk Cemetery. The pallbearers were six grandsons, three sons of Solomon Burk, Jr., and three sons of Mrs. Nell Rose. The late
      Mr. Burk is survived by a widow and following children:-Silas and Solomon, Harwich; William, of Mt. pleasant, Mich.; Mrs. Neil Rose, Morpeth; Mont., of Simcoe; Archie, of Chauvin, Sask.; Mrs. Coolidge, of Chicago; Mrs. Les. Conlin, of Bay City, and Mrs. John Rigby, of Harwich; also a
      stepson, Wm. Pardo, of Detroit. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S965] Maurice Dean Lincoln, Jr., email to JSH 14 Jun 2004.

    3. [S965] Maurice Dean Lincoln, Jr., email to JSHJr 13 Oct 2004.
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: []
      > Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 8:37 AM
      > To:
      > Cc:
      > Subject: Line Data verified Burk and Lincoln updates for Jhowell Burk
      > section
      > Burk men:
      > James Burk The first
      > Born : --- --1760 Penn. USA
      > Died : Feb. 16, 1842
      > Burial place : Burk Cemetery Plot Durham, Ontario
      > James Burk the Second
      > Born: June 17, 1806
      > Died: Dec. 15,1892
      > Burial Place: Burk cemetery Harwich Twp., Ontario
      > Solomon Burk The First
      > Born: July 23,1828
      > Died : Aug. 09,1916
      > Burial Place: Burk Cemetery Harrwich Twp., Ontario
      > William Burk The first
      > Born: May -- 1862
      > Died: March 16, 1934
      > Burial Place : Coe Twp., Michigan ,SAlt River Cemetery
      > Connecting family member:
      > Mary Ellen Burk
      > Born: Nov. 09 1886
      > Died : Aug 24, 1957
      > Burial Place : Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
      > Burk Women:
      > Jane McCann
      > Born: --- -- 1783 Penn. USA
      > Died : Aug 01, 1866
      > Burial Place : Burk Cemetery Plot in Durham county, Ontario
      > Dorothy Hartford
      > Born: Dec 25, 1811
      > Died: Aug 02,1883
      > Burial Place : Burk cemetery Harwich Twp., Ontario
      > Mary Patterson
      > Born: --- -- 1836
      > Died: Aug 02,1883
      > Burial Place: Burk Cemetry Harwich Twp., Ontario
      > 2nd wife of Solomon:
      > Harriet Dennis
      > Born: July 01, 1850
      > Died: May 05,1929
      > Burial Place: Burk Cemetery Harwich Twp., Ontario
      > Millie Sullivan
      > Born: --- -- 1869
      > Died: --- -- ----
      > Burial Location: Unknown
      > 2nd Wife of William Burk
      > Eva Mae Wertz
      > Born: --- -- ----
      > Died: July 04,1943
      > Burial Place: Salt River Cemetery, Coe Twp., Michigan
      > Now for the Lincoln's
      > Augustus H. Lincoln
      > Born: July -- 1843
      > Died: July 09,1931
      > Burial Place: Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California
      > John D. Lincoln
      > Born: Jan 20, 1870
      > Died: Nov.15, 1925
      > Burial Place: Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California
      > Rollin A. Lincoln
      > Born: Oct 26,1893
      > Died: Feb 14, 1972
      > Burial Place: Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beech, California
      > Maurice Dean Lincoln Sr.
      > Born: Oct 11,1927
      > Died: Aug 07, 1962
      > Burial Place: Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
      > Maurice Dean Lincoln Jr.
      > Born: March 23,1952
      > Died:     not yet, Thats Me!

    4. [S1701] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch Family Tree (, ((, accessed 24 Sep 2018), entry for Solomon Burk, person ID L89V-JYV.
      ;Contributor: ElizabethMisner1,

    5. [S965] Maurice Dean Lincoln, Jr., 15 Jun 2004 email to JSHJr.