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Family: Erastus J. Burk / Mathilda Turner (F111)

m. Abt 1840


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  • Erastus J. BurkFather | Male
    Erastus J. Burk

    Born  29 Feb 1816  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 May 1897  Coloma, El Dorado County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married  Abt 1840  [1, 2]  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  John Burk | F1336 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Jane Brisbin | F1336 Group Sheet 

    Mathilda TurnerMother | Female
    Mathilda Turner

    Born  Abt 1824  Tavistock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 Sep 1905  Mountain View, Santa Clara Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Father   
    Mother   

    Child 1 | Female
    Clarissa Ann Burk

    Born  1841  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  10 Jun 1878  Oshawa, Durham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Ada Jane BurkChild 2 | Female
    + Ada Jane Burk

    Born  14 Mar 1843   
    Died  Abt Mar 1929   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Nathan H. Stevens | F873 
    Married  23 Jan 1867  Bowmanville, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location

    Mirrette Eunice BurkChild 3 | Female
    + Mirrette Eunice Burk

    Born  27 Aug 1845  Canda West, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  20 Jun 1924  Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  23 Jun 1924  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Middlesex, London, ON Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Hon. Archibald Campbell | F53 
    Married  8 Feb 1871  Winchester, Clark, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location

    Julia BurkChild 4 | Female
    + Julia Burk

    Born  Abt 1850   
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Benjamin Franklin Gates | F2629 
    Married     

    Isabella Burk, "Bell"Child 5 | Female
    Isabella Burk, "Bell"

    Born  Abt 1853   
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Foster | F2630 
    Married     

    Frederic Lister BurkChild 6 | Male
    Frederic Lister Burk

    Born  1 Sep 1862  Blenheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  12 Jun 1924   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Freer | F2628 
    Married     

  • Notes  Married:
    • Possibly married in Leeds, ON abt 1842 [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran, 6 Nov 2003 (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran, email 19 Nov 2004 (Reliability: 0).

      -----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

      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.

    3. [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 (Reliability: 0).

      > -----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