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Erastus J. Burk

Erastus J. Burk[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1816 - 1897  (81 years)

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  • Name Erastus J. Burk  [2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Born 29 Feb 1816  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1858  Blenheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17
    General Store Owner 
    Alt. Death Bef 1872 
    Lived in Coloma, CA 
    Occupation Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Farmer with his mother 
    Occupation California Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    successful Fruit Grower 
    FamilySearch ID KHYL-LNC 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KHYL-LNC 
    Died 25 May 1897  Coloma, El Dorado County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Person ID I575  Main
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 

    Father John Burk,   b. 25 Jan 1785, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1832  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Jane Brisbin,   b. Nov 1790,   d. 1866  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1807  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda Turner,   b. 1 Jul 1822, Tavistock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1905, Mountain View, Santa Clara Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 13 Jun 1842  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 19, 20, 21
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Possibly married in Leeds, ON abt 1842 [22]
    Children 
    +1. Ada Jane Burk,   b. 14 Mar 1844, Bowmanville, Clarington, Durham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1929, Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +2. Mirrette Eunice Burk,   b. 27 Aug 1845, Canda West, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1924, Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +3. Mary Julia Burk,   b. 20 Apr 1850, Darlington, Durham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1922, Mountain View, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +4. Isabel M. Burk, "Belle",   b. 10 Sep 1853, Harwich, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1915, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +5. Frederic Lister Burk,   b. 1 Sep 1862, Blenheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1924, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 
    Family ID F111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - General Store Owner - 1858 - Blenheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - successful Fruit Grower - - California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 May 1897 - Coloma, El Dorado County, CA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Erastus Burk and Family
    Erastus Burk and Family
    (Judi Wallbridge McCrae collection) Notation on back: Fred Burk married Miss Freer, Bell Burk Foster, Julia Burk Gates, Mirrette Burk Campbell, Ada Burk Stevens, Grandma Burk (Mathilda Turner), Grandpa Burk. (from left to right but it doesn't say)
    Erastus Burk
    Erastus Burk

    Documents
    Mirrette Eunice Burk Campbell - death record
    Mirrette Eunice Burk Campbell - death record
    Ada Jane Burk - Death record
    Ada Jane Burk - Death record
    1870 Census - Erastus Burk Family
    1870 Census - Erastus Burk Family

  • Notes 
    • From Evening Sentinel, Santa Cruz, CA 27 May 1897

      "Erastus Burk, aged 81 years, died at Mountain View as a result of injuries received while riding a bicycle."

      From History of Bowmanville, Part 3:

      "In this country families do not remain long in one place. Among all the numerous descendants of the Burk connection on the mail side of the family, there are only three remaining among us. Mr. Marvin Burk , our energetic townsman, the venerable Harvey W. Burk, ex M. P., and Mr. Erastus J. Burk who owns and cultivates a large acreage of the paternal land."

      From Jan McEachran:

      "The Erastus in "Notes of Farm Life", he was son of John Burk II and grandson of John Burk the Pioneer. Erastus farmed in Darlington Township, Durham County, and moved to Blenheim sometime before 1858 as he is mentioned in the Blenheim Business Directory at this time as owning a General Store. He married Mathilda Turner. In 1869, he sold or turned over this store to his son-in-law, Nathan Stevens, and his daughter, Ada(Burk). Erastus and Mathilda moved to California wher he became a successful fruit grower. Erastus was born in Darlington, Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada in 1816."

      From ivclb1 (Ancestry.com)

      Erastus Burk - was born Feb. 29, 1816 in Canada near Lake Ontario. He managed his mother's farm after his fathe's death in 1832. He married Matilda Turner in 1842. In 1852, he started store keeping in Morpeth, Ontario. Just after leaving the farm, he decided to go to the States, sold out everything. While in St. Louis Mo., he took sick and decided to return to Canada. Again in 1869 he left Canada. This time he located in California at Loomis, Placer Co., later moving to Leong Garden, then respectively to Sacramento, Berkeley and finally Mountain View where he died in May 25, 1897. Erastus and Matilda Burk celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1893 - all children being present. Matilda Burk nee Turner died Sept. 1905 at Mountain View. Their children were Ada Jane, Eunice Mirrette, Mary Julia, Isabella Maude, Frederic Lister.

      Ada Jane Burk - was born Mar. 14, 1843 (1844) near Bowmanville, Canada. She married Nathan H. Stevens in 1867. They lived in Chatham with the exception of one year in California.They had nine children; Rollin; Harry; Fred; Joaquin, Lloyd; Douglas; William; Grace; Starr.

      Eunice Mirette, - was born August 1844 in Canada. She married Archibald Campbell and lived in Chatham, later in West Toronto, where she died in 1924. They had seven children; Maude, Helen, Mabel, Neil, Archibald, Douglas, Norman.

      Mary Julia, - was born in Canada, April 20, 1850. In 1871, she moved to California, married Benjamin Franklin Gates in 1876. She lived in Mountain View, died April 23, 1922. They had one daughter Mabel.

      Isabella Maude, - was born in Canada, Sept. 10, 1852. She moved to California with her mother in 1870, married Lawrence Henry- Coster, an Englishman, in an alabaster cave near her father's ranch in El Dorado Co.. They later resided in Sacramento and Mountain View, She died in 1915. They had one son Lawrence. Two daughters died in infancy.

      Frederic Lister - Was born Sept. 1 1860 in Canada. He moved to California in 1870 with his mother making his home in California thereafter. He married Caroline Frear in 1898, died in 1924. They had four sons Frear, Dean, Norval and Du Bois. [23, 24]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S656] Ted Lollis, Edward Wesley (Ted) Lollis II, (9218 George Williams Road, Knoxville, TN 37922, USA Voice-mail: 865-690-8742 E-mail: GeoVis@erols.com).

    3. [S656] Ted Lollis, Edward Wesley (Ted) Lollis II, (9218 George Williams Road, Knoxville, TN 37922, USA Voice-mail: 865-690-8742 E-mail: GeoVis@erols.com), http://geovisualbusinessmaps.com/9130105c.htm.

    4. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    5. [S1735] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 18 May 2020), entry for Erastus J. Burk, person ID KHYL-LNC.

    6. [S1735] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 22 Aug 2018), entry for Erastus J. Burk, person ID KHYL-LNC.

    7. [S1735] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 22 Sep 2018), entry for Erastus J. Burk, person ID KHYL-LNC.

    8. [S625] Josia Burk 1867 letter to David F. Burk, Josia Burk, (4 Mar 1867).

    9. [S1291] Erastus Burk Family Photo, Judy Wallbridge McRae collection, (The notation on the back is: Fred Burk married Miss Freer, Bell Burk Foster, Julia Burk Gates Mirrette Burk Campbell, Ada Burk Stevens, Grandma Burk (Mathilda Turner), Grandpa Burk. (probably from left to right but it doesn't say.)), Notation on back: "Grandpa Burk".

    10. [S672] IGI Index v5.0, (http://www.familysearch.org), "Erastus J. Burk".

    11. [S1241] 1861 Canadian Census, Year: 1861; Census Place: Harwich, Kent, Canada West; Roll: C-1039-1040; Page: 41 "Erastus Burk, Merchant, b. Canada West, age 45, married".

    12. [S671] 1880 U.S. Census, California, Alameda, Oakland, District 20 "Burke E., White, Male, age 63, Head of household, married, b. Canada, parents both b. Canada.

    13. [S690] 1870 U.S. Census, Year: 1870; Census Place: Township 9, Placer, California; Roll: M593_76; Page: 471B; Family History Library Film: 545575 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com.

    14. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran, 6 Nov 2003.

    15. [S672] IGI Index v5.0, (http://www.familysearch.org), "Erastus J. Burk, b 29 Feb 1816 Darlington, Durham, Ontario".

    16. [S861] Blenheim Business Directory.

    17. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran.

    18. [S672] IGI Index v5.0, (http://www.familysearch.org), "Erastus J. Burk, d. 25 May 1897".

    19. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran, email 19 Nov 2004.

      -----Original Message----- From: shawjan@sympatico.ca [mailto:shawjan@sympatico.ca] Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 11:59 AM To: jhowell@jhowell.com Subject: Re: Children of Fred J. Thatcher and Mabel Irene McKinlay

      John I have a marriage date of about 1842 for Erastus and Mathilda. They possibly were married in Leeds Ontario. but no proof as of yet.  Now there is also an Erasuts Burk son of Jessiah (Josiah)Jessie Burk who married Mary Brady.  Jessie and Mary  were married about 1839 probably in the Darlington area.  This Erastus is buried in the Bowmanville cemetery.  This Erastus was born betwwen 1849-1855 and died on the 24 August 1921 or 1927. Below is what was sent to me from Graham Stewart: I hope some of this info helps out.

      ERASTUS AND MAGGIE BURK
      by Harry Douglas Stewart

      Hardly could I close this little account of our Burk forebears without some reference to a delightful old couple with whom, I think, all of "them kids of Harry" were familiar. Maggie Metcalf, who lived brightly for 88 years, was, I suspect, a daughter of another pioneer family whose farm was adjacent to the Burk holdings (see Tremain's Map with the spelling Medcalf). Erastus Burk was the older brother to our grandmother Sarah Burk. Maggie Metcalf (or Medcalf) was 13 years younger than Erastus but she was just about the same age as grandmother. Could it be that she was a close friend of Sarah Burk when Erastus began to take note of her?

      Erastus and Maggie inherited what came to be known as the east farm. On this farm there was an extended frame house on which there was a long verandah. During the War of 1812, this house was a resting place for the troops of the Upper Canada Militia that patrolled the shore of the lake as a vigilante lest an invasion by the Americans should be attempted. During the tenure of Maggie and Erastus, this house became the lounge and dining centre of a successful tourist operation that they managed with the renowned cuisine that was provided by their daughters Florence (Flo) and Mary Anne (Birdie). I have met people from disparate parts of Ontario who have spoken of wonderful vacations they had experienced frequently at the Lakeside Summer Resort.

      The James Burk homestead has been farmed by the descendants of James for 193 years now. Erastus, son of Jesse and grandson of James died in 1921, leaving no living son. His two daughters, Mrs. Blake Short earlier and Mrs. Garnet Symons later, occupied the farm until it was sold to the St. Maryts Cement Company in 1969. An agreement with this firm was drawn up to grant permission to the present occupant, Mr. Frank Symons, to remain on the farm with his family so long as he may live. Last fall I visited this west farm under the guidance of Mr. Leroy Short (a grandson of "Maggie and Ras") from which we looked off toward the old east farm where all of the old buildings have been razed.

      The tombstones of our forebears that could be found and were decipherable were carefully removed from the old farms by the St. Maryts Cement people to the Bowmanville-Newcastle Cemetery. Ontario Hydro has fenced a small burial plot on the Darlington Site and visitors to the site can obtain permission to visit these few historic graves if they wish to see them. John Burk, his wife Jane, and all their 13 children are buried in this plot.

    20. [S1788] Stevens Burk Family Tree on Ancestry, ivclb1, https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/69410486/person/42196964770/media/02845b31-736a-43dc-af7b-71ec32c1b910?destTreeId=153900399&destPersonId=212034089928&_phsrc=sLZ186&_destTreeId=153900399&destPersonId=212034089928&_phsrc=sLZ184&_phstart=default.

    21. [S1600] Ellen Smart, Ellen Smart, (ellensmart@mac.com), 11 Oct 2018 email to JSH.

    22. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran, "marriage date of about 1842 for Erastus and Mathilda. They possibly were married in Leeds Ontario. but no proof as of yet."  email to JSH 19 Nov 2004.

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: shawjan@sympatico.ca [mailto:shawjan@sympatico.ca]
      > Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 11:59 AM
      > To: jhowell@jhowell.com
      > Subject: Re: Children of Fred J. Thatcher and Mabel Irene McKinlay
      >
      > John I have a marriage date of about 1842 for Erastus and Mathilda. They
      > possibly were married in Leeds Ontario. but no proof as of yet.  Now there
      > is also an Erasuts Burk son of Jessiah (Josiah)Jessie Burk who married Mary
      > Brady.  Jessie and Mary  were married about 1839 probably in the Darlington
      > area.  This Erastus is buried in the Bowmanville cemetery.  This Erastus was
      > born betwwen 1849-1855 and died on the 24 August 1921 or 1927. Below is what
      > was sent to me from Graham Stewart: I hope some of this info helps out.
      > ERASWS AND MAGGIE BURK

    23. [S1058] History of Bowmanville, Mr. Jas. B. Fairbairn, Post Master, (1905), Part 3 - Dec 20,1905.

    24. [S1555] Ewing Family History, (sandcastles.net).