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*John Franklin Burk

Male 1831 - 1864  (33 years)


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  • Name *John Franklin Burk  [1
    Born 1831  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1863  He Never Returned Home So He Probably Was Buried By His Comrades In Or Near Kingston, Georgia. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 24 May 1864  Kingston, Georgia In The Civil War; Four Months After Joining His Union Regiment. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7111  My Genealogy

    Father *Jesse Burk,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F64359  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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]
    Children 
     1. William C. Burk,   b. Abt 1855, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1855, As An Infant. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. John Albert Burk,   b. Abt 1856, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1856, As An Infant. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     3. Joseph Nathaniel Burk,   b. Abt 1858, Oldest Living Son And Remained Single. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. George Washington Burk,   b. 9 Jun 1859, Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1939, Alamo, Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Samuel Smith Burk,   b. Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mary Elizabeth Burk,   b. Montgomery County, Indiana; Youngest And Remained Single. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Montgomery County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F8706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 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
      John Franklin Burk, who came to Montgomery County in the late 1850's,was born in 1831 in Philadelphia, PA. He was one of the oldest in thelarge family of Jesse Burk, a stone mason, and his wife Elizabeth.
      They left for New Jersey between 1836 and 1837, and then on to RedLion, DE. between 1837 and 1840. In 1842 they hopped over the borderinto Port Deposit, Cecil Co., MD, where they remained for a time.
      In the spring of 1854, John Franklin Burk and Martha Rebecca Reath,daughter of William and Catherine (McKee) Reath, eloped. It is saidthat she tied several bedsheets together to steal away into the nightwith John. They made their way to Chester Co., PA where they weremarried on May 3, 1854."
      Martha was born on Mar. 14, 1836, in Maryland. John and she had sixchildren, the first two dying as infants. They were William C. Burk,John Albert Burk, Joseph Nathaniel Burk, George Washington Burk,Samuel Smith Burk, and Mary Elizabeth Burk.
      Sometime in the late 1850's, the Burk's located in Montgomery County,where John worked the land. Their home was about four amd a halfmiles from Crawfordsville (Indiana). It was a "staked homestead,"consisting of a three room house of simple construction, on one or twoacres of land. They had beds in the kitchen, living room, and "frontroom," as they called it.
      On Dec. 28, 1863, at the height of the Civil War, John signed up withCompany "B" of the 120th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers inCrawfordsville. He mustered into the service in Lafayette on Jan. 30,1864.
      Less than four months later, John Franklin Burk was dead. Accordingto his company captain, Charles W. Elmore, on Sunday, May 24, 1864,Private Burk "was driving a team in the supply train which was in therear of Sherman's Army when the train was attacked by rebels and hewas killed." The action took place at or near Kingston, GA. Hisfailure to return from the war created much confusion, as a neighbornamed Galey claimed that John Burk had been in the Confederates' LibbyPrison with him. It was four years before Captain Elmore's swornstatement, and a similar one signed by five of John's comrades,cleared up the matter. The testimonies were necessary so that Marthacould claim her husband's pension for her family.
      Martha raised the four Burk children on her own following John'sdisappearance. She never remarried. The oldest child, JosephNathaniel Burk, and the youngest, Mary Elizabeth Burk, remainedsingle. George Washington Burk wed Mary Hanna Douglas, while SamuelSmith Burk exchanged vows with Martha "Mattie" Etta." Martha (Reath)Burk died on Aug. 23, 1909, at age 73." [Transcribed by, SLJuhl, 27Oct 2005]

      Internet Source: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm
      John Franklin Burk
      28 December 1863
      Served In The Civil War
      Union Army
      Indiana 120th Regiment, Co. B, Infantry
      Died four months into enlistment while driving a supply train at therear of Sherman?s Army. They were attacked by the Rebel Army from therear at Kingston, Georgia.
      Rank In: Pvt
      Rank Out: Pvt
      File # m540; National Archives in Washington, D.C.
      Roll #: 10
      UNION INDIANA VOLUNTEERS

      120th Regiment, Indiana Infantry
      Organized at Columbus, Ind., December, 1863, to March, 1864. LeftState for Louisville, Ky., March 20,1864; thence moved to Nashville,Tenn. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army ofthe Ohio, to June, 1864. 4th Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rdArmy Corps, toAugust, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, to December,1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, toFebruary, 1865, and Dept. of North Carolina to August, 1865. Dept. ofNorth Carolina to February, 1866.

      SERVICE.-March to Charleston, Tenn., April 7-24,1864. Atlanta (Ga.)Campaign May 1 to September 8, 1864. Demonstrations on Dalton May8-13. Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15.Movements on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin VineCreek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona HillsMay 25-June 5. Cassville May 27. Operations about Marietta and againstKenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Muddy CreekJune 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. NickajackCreek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Siege of Atlanta July22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on JonesboroAugust 25-30. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations in NorthGeorgia and North Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3.Nashville Campaign November-December. In front of Columbia November24-27. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. AtClifton, Tenn., till January 15, 1865. Movement to Washington, D. C.,thence to Morehead City, N. C., January 15-February 24. Campaign ofthe Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Kinston and Goldsboro March1-21. Battle of Wise┐s Forks March 8-10. Kinston March 11. Occupationof Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation ofRaleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston andhis army. Duty at Raleigh till May 10. At Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., till August 21, and at Raleigh till January, 1866. Mustered outJanuary 8, 1866.

      Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 26 Enlisted men killed andmortally wounded and 1 Officerand 140 Enlisted men by disease. Total168.

      Predecessor unit:

      INDIANA VOLUNTEERS

      l22nd REGIMENT INFANTRY.

      Failed to complete organization. Enlisted men merged into 120thRegiment Indiana Infantry.
      Sandra lee Elkins Juhl
      02 April 2005

  • Sources 
    1. [S1074] Citation Text: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm John FranklinBurk 28 December 1863 Served In The Civil War Union Army Indiana120th Regiment, Co. B, Infantry.