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John Burk

John Burk[1]

Male 1785 - 1832  (46 years)

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  • Name John Burk  [2
    Born 25 Jan 1785  Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Lived in 2 Oct 1794  Port Darlington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Arrives from New York state with his father at age 9 
    Lived in 1807  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Starts a farm with his wife Jane 
    Occupation Schoolteacher, farmer, and justice of the peace.  [3
    FamilySearch K41C-CQC 
    Died 1832  [3
    Buried Burk Pioneer Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1781  Main
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father John Burk,   b. Abt 1754, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Brooke, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Sara Williams,   b. Abt 1763, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1778 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • "He married my mother in her 16th year" [2]
    Family ID F748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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  [4
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Twenty-eighth December, 1807 married, John Burk, Junior, of Darlington, to Jane Brisbin, of Whitby, with the consent of her sister and brother-in-law. Present John Burk, Senr., David Stevens, and David Burk. [4]
    Children 
     1. Margaret Burk,   b. 1807,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Eliza Burk,   b. Abt 1809,   d. 24 Apr 1842, Durham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     3. Ezra Burk,   b. 1812,   d. 1839  (Age 27 years)
     4. Clarissa Burk,   b. 1813,   d. 1836  (Age 23 years)
    +5. Erastus J. Burk,   b. 29 Feb 1816, Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1897, Coloma, El Dorado County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +6. Ira Brisbin Burk,   b. 1810-1819, Darlington Township, Durham, Ontario, CAN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Sarah Burk,   b. 1822,   d. 1845  (Age 23 years)
     8. Almira Burk,   b. 1825,   d. 1887  (Age 62 years)
     9. Eunice Burk,   b. 1826,   d. 1891  (Age 65 years)
    +10. Abigail Burk,   b. 1830, Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905, Grey, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     11. Phoebe Burk,   b. 1830,   d. 1869  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1336  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Jan 1785 - Orange County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - Arrives from New York state with his father at age 9 - 2 Oct 1794 - Port Darlington, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Burk Pioneer Cemetery Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Burk Pioneers
    Burk Pioneers

    Documents
    Burk Pioneer's Cemetery Inscriptions
    Burk Pioneer's Cemetery Inscriptions
    Picture and inscription of the tomstones at the Burk Pioneer Cenetery, Darlington Ontario. Requires Adobe Reader to view. Posted by Graham Stewart - Nov 17, 2004 on the Burk family web - myfamily.com

  • Notes 
    • From the Web pages of Graham Stewart:

      THE BURKS OF DARLINGTON TOWNSHIP
      A SHORT HISTORY
      OF THE FAMILY BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY

      The John Burk buried in Lot 24, Broken Front Concession, Former Township of Darlington was nine years old when he landed with his father at Port Darlington on October 2, 1794.

      With the Burks were Roger Conant and John Trull, all United Empire Loyalists, eager to live under British rule and share in land grants offered by Governor Simcoe.

      John Burk, the son, was born in Kitereen Creek (can't find this - JSH), Orange County, New York State on January 25, 1785. He was 46 years-old when he died of typhoid fever. On the gravestone John Burk Esq. it is hard to detect the line on the 4, however, he really was 46 not 16 years old.

      John Burk helped his father bring the family's belongings by ox-cart and boat from New York State to Port Darlington. His mother, brothers and sisters travelled overland to reunite the family and all immediately began the difficult task of clearing the land to build a homestead. The first houses were log shanties along Barber's Creek, surrounded by uninhabited forest.

      The father John Burk worked very hard at providing the necessities of life for his family and other settlers. He built the first grist and saw mill (where Vanstone's Mill now stands in Bowmanville) and established the first general store and the first inn. Land in Darlington Township also attracted John Burk and he acquired over 1,000 acres.

      On December 28, 1807 the young John Burk married Jane Brisbin of Whitby. That year John Burk the father, deeded the west half of lot 23 and lot 24 to his son John. The farm had been purchased from John Small in 1798 for L125. The newlyweds began clearing the land in 1807 and establishing their farm and family.

      John and Jane had thirteen children including Ezra, a bachelor preacher, Clarissa Shurtleff, Sara Huffman and Eliza Williams - all buried in this cemetery. Darius Williams, Eliza*s husband, and son Ezra, are also buried here as is Marsana Shurtleff, Clarissa*s daughter. Manda Cowles and her daughter Nellie are also buried here and the relationship to the Burks is unclear.

      John Burk was well-educated and like his father he was a schoolteacher, a farmer and a justice-of-the-peace. A religious man who sometimes preached and taught Sunday School, John Burk also disliked war and refused to fight in 1812, for which action he was imprisoned for a few weeks.

      John died in 1832 of typhoid fever, while building a large frame house on his farm.

      Jane, who was buried beside her hasband, lived on to 1866. She and her son Erastus farmed this land until 1852 when the property was sold and Erastus moved away.


      Preserving the memory
      by Harry Douglas Stewart

      When Hydro purchased this farm in 1971 the cemetery was neglected. A fence was placed around the graves to protect them and the cemetery remained untouched while the huge hill of earth was built behind it to the east.

      The long term plan for the use of this land area is for recreational purposes. Hydro had proposed to the Town of Newcastle to level and landscape the land and preserve the brick house in a municipal

      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 "History of Bowmanville", pub. 1905, by Mr. Jas. B. Fairbairn, Post Master

      "I now refer to the Burkes one of the first families who came into the wilderness, hewed out a home for themselves on the shore of Ontario, and were closely identified with and had a good deal to do in the succeeding expansion and growth of the business both of town and townships. One of the sons of John Burke the pioneer, remained on the homestead, owning the 400 acres of land, they having built a fine large frame house there at a very early period. The Burke family were noted through all this section for their kindness and hospitality. From the very earliest period after they were surrounded with the ordinary comforts of a farm house, the result of their own skill and toll, the door was ever open and help bestowed upon every poor struggling settler who came to them for assistance and though through lapse of time and changing conditions it is seldom thought of, still there are some even yet of the descendants of those who were helped, who speak o them with gratitude." [5, 6]

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

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

    3. [S969] Graham Stewart, (gstewart8@cogeco.ca), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=harrydouglas&id=I362 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S974] Ontariogenealogy.com, M. Stephenson, http://www.ontariogenealogy.com/Durham/darlingt.html (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S860] Janice McEachran, Janice McEachran, 6 Nov 2003 email (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S1058] History of Bowmanville, Mr. Jas. B. Fairbairn, Post Master, (1905).