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Frances Burk[1]

Male 1725 - 1768  (43 years)

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  • Name Frances Burk  [2, 3
    Born 1725  Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Lived in Abt 1740  [6
    William Penn Settlement 
    Alt. Death 1768  New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Lived in (After marriage)  Pughton, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    FamilySearch ID LWFF-R56 
    FamilySearch URL 
    Died 1768  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Person ID I747  Main
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2020 

    Family Eunice Merck,   b. Abt 1720,   d. 1769  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    +1. 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)
     2. Michael (Mical) Burk,   b. Abt 1756,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Joseph Burk,   b. Abt 1758,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. James Burk,   b. 6 Feb 1773, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1842, Bowmanville, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Luke Burk,   b. Abt 1762, Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +6. Mary Burk,   b. Abt 1758, Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1813, Whitby, Durham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     7. Katy (Caturah) Burk,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F749  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Posted on the web site of Graham Stewart:

      (1725'97 178 ?)
      'Father of the Burks of America"
      by Harry Douglas Stewart

      Francis Burk was born in Limerick Ireland in 1725, the fourth son of a family of twenty-one Sons. It is significant for the understanding of his emigration to point out that he was born only thirty years after the Battle of Boyne and the infamous Treaty of Limerick. Like thousands of other people in that terrible era, the only place of hope and future promise was across the Atlantic in the new colonies of America. In 1740 at age 15, the mere boy, though much matured by hard experience, sailed for America and settled first in the state of New Jersey. At this time the Irish were producing the finest wool in the world and the Irish immigrants brought their weaving skills with them to the new world. It is altogether likely that the young Francis was immediately involved in the wool industry. An old Chester Record, referring to these fine Irish immigrants, says "they are welcomed as an accession of virtue and intelligence to our little community".

      Francis married Eunice Marsh, the young daughter of a German immigrant physician and moved thereafter to the small community of Pughton, West Virginia, just over the Pennsylvania border. Francis and Eunice had a family of six children, Of these, our concern, genealogically, is with James. Outliving her husband by many years, Eunice, having left the United States, journeyed north to join her Empire Loyalist sons in Upper Canada and died on the homestead farm of James and was buried there.

      At the age of thirty, Francis is caught up in the back-lash of the Seven Years War as it expressed itself in the English--Indian/French-Indian struggles for the British Colonies in America. The Quakers of Pennsylvania were pacifists who refused to fight. Thus, the whole burden of the protection of the British Colonies was left to the other settlers. This vicious struggle (1756-1763) was barely settled when the American Revolution broke out. This found Francis caught up again in battle on the side of the Royalists.

      When the American Revolution was over, the hostility of the rebels toward the Royalists was furious. We can find no further information on Francis beyond this point in history. Because of his loyalties he doubtless lived out the rest of his days keeping a low profile. Francis* family, meanwhile, raised in a community where they were harassed and taunted for their Royalist loyalities, quietly resolved that when and as soon as they were able to do so they would remove themselves from the country.

      The day of opportunity came for the Burks when John Graves Simcoe, Governor of Upper Canada, offered to Americans who remained loyal to the Crown free grants of land in the newly surveyed township of Darlington. The first of the Burk family to respond to the offer was the oldest son John, followed one year later by our great-great grandfather James. I now quote from the "History of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Site and its Original Settlers".

      "The first actual settlement of the Darlington site took place in 1794. This settlement was induced by a land bounty by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, proclaiming free land to those who wanted to settle in the area. Among the first families to settle in this area was that of John Burk, who with his wife and three sons, David, John and Samuel, moved to lot 13 concession I and lot 13 broken front. John*s younger brother James followed and moved into lot 16 concession I and broken front. Both brothers received their deeds for their property in 1798. This first settlement'97 by the Rurk brothers had a great deal to do with the succeeding expansion and growth of business in the area."
      "James Burk, brother of the pioneer John Burk, after receiving lot 16 broken front, held onto this 'and until his death in 1841, whereupon he wij led portions of the land to his family: Jane his wife, James Jr. and Theron, two of his Sons and Assa his daughter. Also, before his death in 1841, james Burk bought lot 17 in two steps Upon his death James willed the land of lot 17 to three of his sons: William Burk who received the north 100 acres, Jessie Burk who received the west portion of the south 90 acres and Theron Burk who received an east ten acres of the south portion."

      The record of the journey of the Burks to the site of their land grants is an amazing tale of human fortitude and endurance. On this subject I have much fascinating material which, if I had but the financial resources, I would enjoy sharing with our family and especially our children*s children. The journey of the Burks together with all their possessions to the area was by barge up the Susquehanna River through New York state to Lake Ontario. Following along the lake, they stopped at Fort York for some supplies and pushed on. Between Fort York and their settlement there was only wilderness, cross-marked by a few Indian trails. To avoid losing their direction they followed the lake, cold and windswept, to Barber*s Creek where they built for shelter their first rude log cabins.

      I can recall clearly the day when our dear old great aunt Maggie Burk told me tales of the attacks of the Indians on the homestead of her ancestors. Her accounts have been fully vindicated by my research. James Burk settled at the mouth of Barber*s Creek where there was a sand bar that created a sweeping stretch of sheltered deep water abounding in huge lake salmon. This harvest of fish the Indians considered to be their private preserve. The resentment of the Indians over the intrusion of the Burks was strong and, in revenge, they raided the homestead frequently and pilfered all the stored food supplies of the family. For safety, the Burks hid, just as Maggie had recounted, in the tall corn stalks and in the woods. [4, 11, 12]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S862] Peggy Doyle, (,

    3. [S965] Maurice Dean Lincoln, Jr., email to JSH 14 Jun 2004.

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

    5. [S863] Erin Worsham, Erin Worsham, (,

    6. [S969] Graham Stewart, (,

    7. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((, accessed 16 Jul 2017), entry for Frances Burk, person ID LWFF-R56.

    8. [S969] Graham Stewart, (,

    9. [S1651] Roderick L Commons, Rod Commons, (, Burk Family Tree by Rod Commons.

    10. [S1652] Burk Family Tree, Roderick Commons, (Sent to JSH Dec 2013).

    11. [S966] Harry Douglas Stewart, Harry Douglas Stewart, (

    12. [S969] Graham Stewart, (