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George Washington Burk

Male 1859 - 1939  (80 years)


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  • Name George Washington Burk  [1, 2
    Born 9 Jun 1859  Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Dec 1939  Alamo, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 24 Dec 1939  Masonic Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7110  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2014 

    Father *John Franklin Burk,   b. 1831, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1864, Kingston, Georgia In The Civil War; Four Months After Joining His Union Regiment. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Mother Martha Rebecca Reath,   b. 14 Mar 1836, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1909, Near Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 3 May 1854  Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Article in the Montgomery County History Book 929.2; 1823 -1988; pages 109 - 110
      Crawfordsville Library, Montgomery county, Indiana

      "JOHN FRANKLIN AND MARTHA REBECCA (REATH) BURK" In the spring of1854, John Franklin Burk and Martha Rebecca Reath, daughter of Williamand Catherine (McKee) Reath, eloped. It is said that she tied severalbedsheets together to steal away into the night with John. They madetheir way to Chester Co., PA where they were married on May 3, 1854." [Transcribed, 27 Oct 2005, SLJuhl]
    Family ID F8706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family *Mary Hannah Douglass,   b. 12 May 1864, Whitesville, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1953, Wingate, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1884  Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alice Sylvia Burk,   b. 16 Mar 1894, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1985, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Amanda Jane Burk,   b. 19 Oct 1888, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1950, Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     3. Bertha Susan Burk,   b. 9 Mar 1903, Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1972, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. Cora Viona Burk,   b. Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. George Washington Burk, Jr.,   b. 29 Dec 1898, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1973, Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. John Franklin Burk,   b. 7 Mar 1887, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1959, Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. Jesse Pearl Burk,   b. 16 Aug 1892, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1986, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     8. Clara Emily Burk,   b. 3 Jul 1885, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1968, Wingate, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     9. Martha Nora Rebecca Burk,   b. 13 Oct 1890, Brown Twp; Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1906, Russellville, Putnam County, Indiana; 16 Years Old Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     10. *Jerry Jeremiah Caleb Burk,   b. 19 Aug 1896, Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1984, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     11. Bill William James Lewis Burk,   b. 9 Oct 1906, Russellville, Putnam County, Indiana Close To South Montgomery County Border. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1965, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F8704  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1). Source: Article in the Montgomery County History Book 929.2;1823 - 1988; pages 109 - 110
      Crawfordsville Library, Montgomery County, Indiana

      "GEORGE WASHINGTON AND MARY HANNA (DOUGLAS) BURK
      George Washington Burk was born in Montgomery County on June 9, 1859.He was the son of John Franklin and Martha Rebecca (Reath) Burk. Hisfather was killed in the Civil War near Kingston, GA in May of 1864,leaving him and his three surviving siblings in the care of theirmother and the support of their father's Civil War pension.
      "Wash," as his friends called him, grew up without the benefit offormal education, making his mark on the world through a strongHoosier work ethic. He was a quiet man who was what was known as atenant farmer, working different land around the area."
      He married Mary Hanna Douglas, daughter of Jeremiah and Martha Jane(Mitchell) Douglas, in Montgomery County on Sept. 3, 1884. From 1885to 1906, "Wash" and Mary Hanna brought 11 children into the world.They were Clara, John, Amanda, Martha, Pearl, Alice, Jerry, George,Cora, Bertha, and Bill. All were born in Brown Township, with theexception of Bill Burk, who came along during the family's brief stayin Russellville in Putnam County. His arrival, on Oct. 9, 1906,happened at a difficult time. Shortly before that day, his father,and sister, Martha, both came down with typhoid fever. "Wash"survived, but 16-year-old Martha did not. She died on Oct. 1, 1906,just eight days before the family welcomed the new baby.
      Mary Hanna (Douglas) Burk was born on the dirt floor of her parents'log cabin in the area of Whitesville on May 12, 1864. Stories passeddown paint a classic picture of an uneducated, hard working, andwarm-hearted product of the 19th century.
      Following the death of her husband "Wash" in Alamo on Dec. 21, 1939,she could often be found tending her garden at home, barefooted and inlong sleeves and bonnet to prevent sunburn. She had a knack forchildren. A crying baby would stop fussing almost immediately in MaryHanna's caring arms. Her home was loaded with antiques, including apump organ and an old Victrola crank-type record player.
      In her old age, she wore false teeth, which she abhorred, and took outwhenever she ate! She was fond of sweet potatoes and enjoyed makingblackberry and raspberry jam. She loved bacon, too, and was sure todrain the grease from every batch, then soak it up with a big piece ofbread and eat it.
      Despite her lack of education, she loved reading...mostly newspapersand the Bible. Grandchildren often saw her stooped over thescriptures, magnifying glass in hand, sounding out the larger words inher high-pitched voice. She stayed close to her beloved descendantsby often staying in the homes of her children for up to six weeks at atime.
      When she died on Feb. 12, 1953, the first grandsons through each ofher children acted as pallbearers at her funeral in Wingate. MaryHanna's life had spanned the administrations of 18 Presidents, fromLincoln to Eisenhower. [Transcribed by, SLJuhl, 27 Oct 2005]

      2). Source: BURK - Family, Internet web site: www.RootsWeb.com
      RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: BURK
      Family Trees
      E-mail: fishfamman@aol.com
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      Updated: 2005 - 02 - 23.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1072] George Washington and Mary Hanna (Douglas) Burk.

    2. [S1073] BURK - Family.