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Laura Minerva Burk[1]

Female 1862 - 1945  (83 years)


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  • Name Laura Minerva Burk  [2, 3
    Born 7 Feb 1862  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    FamilySearch LJR3-2S1 
    Died 4 Nov 1945  Blenheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim, Kent, ONT, CAN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I9352  Main
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 

    Father John Morgan Burk,   b. 8 Jan 1838, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1912, Bleheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Sarah Jane Hall,   b. 14 Feb 1842,   d. 14 Sep 1869, Harwich Township, Kent, Ontario, CAN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Family ID F1403  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Rutherford,   b. 1853, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1941  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 2 Dec 1885  Blenheim, Kent, Ontario, CAN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Married in the home of the bride's father John M. Burk on George Street, Blenheim, Ontario.
      Couple had two daughters and five sons. [4]
    Children 
     1. Jessie Rutherford
     2. John Rutherford
     3. James Douglas Rutherford,   b. 4 Oct 1889, Blenheim, Harwich, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Wilfrid Burke Rutherford, MD,   b. 18 Apr 1892, Bleheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Glen Cameron Rutherford,   b. 21 Jul 1894, Blenheim, Harwich, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Rutherford,   b. 6 Oct 1896, Blenheim, Kent, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906  (Age 9 years)
    +7. Gordon Hall Rutherford, MD,   b. 1 Sep 1900, Blenheim, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1932, Chatham, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F1657  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Dec 1885 - Blenheim, Kent, Ontario, CAN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Nov 1945 - Blenheim, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim, Kent, ONT, CAN Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Notes from Blenheim News Tribune November 7, 1945 - page 1
      Mrs. Jas. Rutherford Called To Reward

      Elderly Blenheim Lady Took Prominent Part In Life Of Community For Many Years

      Blenheim lost one of her oldest and best loved residents in the passing last Sunday evening of Mrs. James Rutherford, at her home on Ellen Street. She had been seriously ill during the past several weeks.

      The former Laura Minerva Burk, the deceased was born in Darlington township, Ont., Feb. 7, 1862, daughter of the late John M. Burk and Sarah Jane Hall, and came as a child, with her parents, to reside in Harwich township, removing to Blenheim a few years later where she spent the remainder of her long lifetime.

      On Dec. 2nd, 1885, she was married to James Rutherford, one of this town's leading business men and perhaps best remembered throughout the district as owner and operator of "The Big Mill" and head of the Rutherford Milling Company. With seven children blessing their union, the Rutherford home became the centre of a very happy family life and extended warm hospitality to a host of friends. Holding membership since early girlhood with the Disciple Baptists, Mrs. Rutherford had been interested and active in the various departments of the Blenheim Baptist Church for well over a half century. Active also in social and patriotic work, she was a capable Regent of Marlbourough Chapter, I.O.D.E. for a time during the war of 1914-18 and gave two sons to the service. She was sweet and motherly in disposition, a fine Christian character whose influence will live in the lives of all who have been blessed with her friendship.

      Mr. Rutherford passed away four years ago. Surviving their mother are four sons and a daughter. Miss Jessie, who has been lovingly devoted in the care of her parents, James D., Glenn C., and John, also of Blenheim, and Dr. Wilfred B. Rutherford, Lt-Col in command of the R.C. A.M.C., Military District No. 1 London, whose home is in Sarnia. Another son, Dr. Gordon H. Rutherford passed away in Chatham in 1931, and a daughter, Bessie, died in 1906. There are also eight grand children. Mr. Ernest Burk, of Cleveland, is a brother. Another brother, Ira Lester Burk, died at his home in Cleveland a few years ago.

      The funeral service is being held this Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Needham Funeral Home. Pastor Roy A. Pitts, of the Baptist Church in charge. Interment will be in the family plot, Evergreen Cemetery, pallbearers being W.J. Gordon, Everton Todd, Phil Pickering, W.R. Fellows, H.M. Fleming and Mac McGregor.

      Notes from R.P.Bisbee:
      1) While her family used the Burk spelling, Laura used Burke
      2) The name of her son is spelled Wilfrid not Wilfred
      3) Gordon Hall died in January 04, 1932, not 1931 [5]

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

    2. [S1660] Bisbee Family, William F. Bisbee, (bisbeefamily.com), http://bisbeefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I31012&tree=BISB (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S1661] Chatham Kent Physician Tribute, http://ckphysiciantribute.ca/doctors/gordon-hall-rutherford/ (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1660] Bisbee Family, William F. Bisbee, (bisbeefamily.com), http://bisbeefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I31013&tree=BISB (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S1660] Bisbee Family, William F. Bisbee, (bisbeefamily.com), http://bisbeefamily.com/obituaries/burk/laura_minerva_31012/index.php (Reliability: 0).