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Matilda Turner

Matilda Turner[1, 2]

Female 1822 - 1905  (83 years)

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  • Name Matilda Turner  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Alt. Birth 1820  Tavistock, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Born 1 Jul 1822  Tavistock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Christened 14 Aug 1822  Brook Street-Independent, Tavistock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Gender Female 
    Alt. Birth Abt 1825  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moved California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    to 
    FamilySearch ID 9QXC-Z5Z 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/9QXC-Z5Z 
    _HASHTAG Immigrants 
    Died 21 Sep 1905  Mountain View, Santa Clara Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Person ID I549  Main
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father John Turner,   b. Abt 1784, Petherwin, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Gubbins,   b. 1779, Bayton, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1861, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • There are two boys named John (John #3 and John #4 below) whose parents are listed on original documents as John and Mary Turner, baptised by W. Rooker, in the same church register, in Tavistock, Devon.

      John #1 Turner - possible father of John #2
      John #2 Turner - husband of Mary, listed as father of John #3 and
      John #3 Gubbins - b.5 Nov c 18 Nov 1817 (the "s" is clearly visible in the record)
      John #4 Turner - b. 20 Jan 1819 c.4 Feb 1819

      Soome possibilities:

      John (#3) Gubbins Turner died young - His parents (John #2 and Mary) re-used his name for John #4 as was common in that era. Following the British Isles naming convention, John #2 Turner's first son should be named after his father - John #1.  One problem with this theory is that a John Gubbins Turner with the same birth date as John #3 Gubbins was transported to Australlia and died there in 1888.  One problem with this theory is that John #4 Turner was not listed as John Gubbins in the christening book.  Perhaps an omission, or by design to differentiate, but an anomaly either way since the parents and the minister were the same.

      John (#3) Gubbins Turner was adopted - His biological mother possibly died when he was born, and perhaps his father (a Gubbins), was dead or unable to provide care.  Mary and John #2 would have reason to adopt him if John #3 Gubbins was Mary's nephew, possibly the son of her brother and his deceased wife. One additional point  supporting the adoption theory is Elizabeth "Eliza" Turner was b. 20 Nov 1816 slightly less than one year before John #3 Gubbins was born. It's somewhat unusual for births to be this close even at that time.  Subsequent children were more spaced out.  This theory is compatible with John #3 Gubbins dying in Australia in 1888.

      John (#4) - was John #2 and Mary's first biological son.  In this case "John #4 Turner" was not re-used, it was required by convention that he be named after John #1. [18]
    Family ID F2627  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Married 13 Jun 1842  Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 20, 21, 22
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Possibly married in Leeds, ON abt 1842 [23]
    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 MapsBorn - 1 Jul 1822 - Tavistock, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Abt 1825 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMoved - to - - California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Sep 1905 - Mountain View, Santa Clara Co., CA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Matilda Turner Burk
    Matilda Turner Burk
    Photo cir 1897, so her age perhaps 77. Grandmother of Flora Maude Campbell, mother of Eunice Mirette Burk.
    Burk, Campbell, Stone group photo
    Burk, Campbell, Stone group photo
    Adults L to R: Mrs. Matilda TURNER Burk (b. circa 1825) , her daughter Mrs. Eunice Mirette BURK Campbell (b. 1845), and her daughter Mrs. Flora Maude CAMPBELL Stone (1861-1969). The children are Flora Maude Campbell Stone's children, (we believe) the eldest two boys, John and Robert Stone.
    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)
    Mathilda Turner Burk
    Mathilda Turner Burk
    Matilda Turner Burk, Ada Jane Burk Stevens, Henry (Harry) Stevens, Howard Stevens
    Matilda Turner Burk, Ada Jane Burk Stevens, Henry (Harry) Stevens, Howard Stevens
    Matilda Turner Burk, Ada Jane Burk Stevens, Henry (Harry) Stevens, Howard Stevens circa 1897
    Four Generations of Stevens/Burk
    Four Generations of Stevens/Burk
    From Left to Right: Matilda Burk nee Turner, Ada Steven nee Burk, Henry (Harry) Stevens Baby is Howard Clayton Stevens, son of Harry Stevens

    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
    Matilda Turner - Baptism record
    Matilda Turner - Baptism record
    Name: Matilda Turner
    Birth Date: 1 Jul 1822
    Event Type: Baptism
    Father: John Turner
    Mother: Mary
    Baptism Date: 14 Aug 1822
    Baptism Place: Tavistock, Devon, England
    Denomination: Independent
    Piece Title: Piece 0451: Tavistock (Independent), 1796-1837

    Source Citation
    The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 451

    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

  • Notes 
    • Ellen Smart email to JSH 13 May 2020 notes:

      "We found it fascinating that Matilda was 19 when she left Tavistock for Darlington.  She married Erastus Burk less than a year later.  We wonder what her connection to Darlington was before she left Tavistock, why she went to Darlington, and how she and he met." [24]

    _HASHTAG:
    • Immigrant

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

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

    3. [S1566] Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869 - 1932, Her name spelled Matilda on her daughter Mirrette's death record.

    4. [S1735] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 18 May 2020), entry for Matilda Turner, person ID 9QXC-Z5Z.

    5. [S1735] FamilySearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 13 May 2020), entry for Matilda Turner, person ID 9QXC-Z5Z.

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

    7. [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.

    8. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 3 Aug 2017), entry for Mathilda Turner, person ID 9QXC-Z5Z.

    9. [S672] IGI Index v5.0, (http://www.familysearch.org), "b. About 1820, Tavistock, Devon, England".

    10. [S1241] 1861 Canadian Census, Year: 1861; Census Place: Harwich, Kent, Canada West; Roll: C-1039-1040; Page: 41 "Matilda Burk, age 37".

    11. [S1593] 1841 England Census, FreeCEN - Search, (Online database http://www.devonlink.co.uk/devon-directory/devonlink-director.php?url=www.ancestor-search.info&st=4), NO PROOF - Only 4 Turners listed in 1841 Census, Tavistock, Devon, England. Matilda Turner, F, age 15, b. Devon; Mary Turner, F, age 60, b. outside census county; John Turner,m, age 55, Farmer, b. Devon; Jane Turner, F, age 15, female servant, b.  Devon.

    12. [S1714] Laura Smart.

    13. [S1600] Ellen Smart, Ellen Smart, (ellensmart@mac.com), 11 Oct 2018 email to JSH "1 Jul 1822".

    14. [S1815] England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970, National Archives of the UK, Name: Matilda Turner
      Birth Date: 1 Jul 1822
      Event Type: Baptism
      Father: John Turner
      Mother: Mary
      Baptism Date: 14 Aug 1822
      Baptism Place: Tavistock, Devon, England
      Denomination: Independent
      Piece Title: Piece 0451: Tavistock (Independent), 1796-18.

    15. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 22 Aug 2018), entry for Mathilda Turner, person ID 9QXC-Z5Z.
      England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQ61-L5G : 11 December 2014), Matilda Turner, 14 Aug 1822, Baptism; citing p. 37, Tavistock, Devon, record group RG4, Public Record Office, London.
      ;Contributor: John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com

    16. [S1815] England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970, National Archives of the UK, Name: Matilda Turner
      Birth Date: 1 Jul 1822
      Event Type: Baptism
      Father: John Turner
      Mother: Mary
      Baptism Date: 14 Aug 1822
      Baptism Place: Tavistock, Devon, England
      Denomination: Independent
      Piece Title: Piece 0451: Tavistock (Independent).

    17. [S672] IGI Index v5.0, (http://www.familysearch.org), "21 Sep 1905".

    18. [S518] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com), research notes.

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

    20. [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.

    21. [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.

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

    23. [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

    24. [S1600] Ellen Smart, Ellen Smart, (ellensmart@mac.com), email to JSH 13 May 2020.