The Burdick family settled early in Rhode Island. Thence a few generations later several of them moved to New York. In Pawling, Dutchess county, in 1790, Robert, Lewis, Samuel, Mathew and Amos were heads of families. In Albany in 1790, according to the first federal census, Samuel A., Robert and Mathew were heads of families. Jonathan Burdick, born 1774, came from Rhode Island to Albany a little later.
(I) Calvin Burdick, of this Rhode Island family, was born in March, 1805, in Columbia county, New York, a son of Matthew and Hannah (Caswell) Burdick. He married Katherine, daughter of John and Margarette (Rowe) Silvernail. She was born Jan. 12, 1807 in Minden, N.Y., died March 13, 1882. Conradt Silvernail, father of John, had nine children, all of whom lived to be over eighty years of age, furnishing one of the most remarkable cases of longevity in a large family.
Calvin Burdick was educated in the common schools and took up farming for his occupation at Tauconic, Columbia county. He was enterprising and progressive, taking advantage of new methods and appliances and always keepting abreast of the times. He came to Lewis county in early life and purchased a farm in the town of Greig, where he spent the remainder of his life and where he died, surrounded by his children, after a long and useful career, Oct. 15, 1875.
1. Hannah Margaret, born Nov. 27, 1826; married Nathan Burdick; died Jan. 18, 1856.
2. Stephen, mentioned below.
3. James, July 19, 1830.
4. Catherine, Dec. 26, 1832; married Frederick Hess; died April 15, 1899.
5. Calvin, Jan. 15, 1835, died April 25, 1890; married Almira Lonas.
6. Mary Elida, Feb. 28, 1838; married Henry L. Beals.
7. Alonzo, Feb. 20, 1840, died March 11, 1892; married Martha Hills.
8. Russell, Nov. 20, 1841; married Ann Dominick.
9. Caswell, July 24, 1843; married Lavina Cole.
10. Delilah, March 25, 1845, died March 25, 1851.
11. Charles Nelson, Sept. 1, 1848.
12. Lafayette, July 28, 1853; married Abby Wormwood.
One other child died young.
(II) Stephen, son of Calvin and Katherine (Silvernail) Burdick, was born Sept 25, 1828, at Tauconic, Columbia county, N.Y. He attended the public schools and during his boyhood worked with his father at farming on the homestead. After he came of age he took up a tract of land in Greig and cleared it. In the course of his work he was associated with a carpenter, from whom he acquired the trade and eventually adopted the trade of millwright. He had charge of the repair work in Pratt's tannery at Greig, and occasionally his duties called for courage and nerve as well as skill. Once, a fellow-workman, Fayette Harris, was accidentally drawn into the great water wheel and literally torn to pieces. Unassisted by his fellow-workmen, who were made sick and helpless by the sight, Mr. Burdick took the remains from the wheel and remained at his post until they were removed. After the tannery changed hands, Mr. Burdick resigned and returned to his farm, which he has conducted since then with notable success. In politics he is a Republican and he has held various offices of trust and honor in the town.
He married (first) Oct. 27, 1849, Margaret Lonas, of Greig, born Aug. 18, 1827, died March 27, 1890, daughter of Adam Lonas. He married (second) April 29, 1891, Mrs. Charlotte (Ostrander) Burdick, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Smith) Ostrander, and widow of James Forbes Burdick. Philip and Elizabeth Ostrander had eleven children, four of whom are living in 1910, namely: Senate J. Ostrander, born Oct. 22, 1836; married Maria Foland and resides at Clemons, N.Y.; Cynthia Ostrander, born Aug. 3, 1838, married Solon C. Stocking and lives at Jordan, New York; Charlotte Ostrander, mentioned above; Francis Burdette Ostrander, father of Philip, was married to Elizabeth Foland, June 1, 1804. Philip Ostrander was born June 10, 1806, in Columbia county, N.Y., was a contractor on public works, and among other large contracts had that for building the aqueduct across the Seneca river at Montezuma, also short sections of the Black River and Erie canals. Mr. Ostrander lost his life by the explosion of a steam boiler while engaged in hauling earth for the banks of a canal he was building.
Elizabeth Smith was the daughter of Isaac and Audra (Condon) Smith, pioneers in Madison county, N.Y., coming from Vermont in an ox-cart, after the fashion of the early settlers, and locating on the banks of Oneida creek at a time when the Indians were still infesting the country and jeopardizing the lives and property of the settlers.
Children of Stephen and Margaret (Lonas) Burdick:
1. Sarah Jane, born Sept. 5, 1850; married, Nov. 11, 1869, Frank Wormwood; resides at Greig.
2. Emma A., April 27, 1853; married, Sept. 15, 1874, Cyrus Peebles.
3. Lyman, Oct. 25, 1855; married May Wilder; resides at Watson, N.Y.
4. Franklin, Oct. 17, 1857, died Feb. 2, 1862.
5. Kate May, Sept. 16, 1865; married, Jan. 26, 1887, Frank A. Miller.
6. Arthur S., May 11, 1867; married, June 16, 1907, Pearl Stiles.
The first Burdick record in America appears to be Robert Burdick, of Westerly, Rhode Island, who died in 1692. He was a freeman of Newport in 1655, and of Westerly, Nov. 1, 1661. He and Tobias Sanders were arrested and brought before Sir John Endicott charged with "forcible entry and intrusion" into the bounds of Southertown in the Pequot country. He admitted he was upon the same lands and built a small house there. They were committed to prison, both refusing to find security for appearance at general court. May 18, 1669, he was in a list of inhabitants of Westerly. May 17, 1671, he took the oath of allegiance. July, 1675, he and his family went to Newport on account of Indian troubles, but returned subsequently to Westerly. Sept. 17, 1679, he again took the oath of allegiance. In 1680-83-85 he was deputy to the general court from Westerly.
May 17, 1691, he and wife Ruth sold one hundred acres of land for ten pounds. March 8, 1692, he made an agreement with his son-in-law, Joseph Crandall, by which the latter was to take care of his father-in-law and find him with suitable "meat, drink, washing, lodging and apparel, etc." for life in consideration of which Joseph Crandall was to have the dwelling house and land adjoining forever.
He died Oct. 25, 1692.
He married, Nov. 2, 1655, Ruth, born Jan. 11, 1640, died 1691, daughter of Samuel and Tacy (Cooper) Hubbard.
1. Robert, married Dorcas Lewis.
2. A son, died in 1683.
3. Hubbard, died in 1758; married Hannah Maxson, died 1752; children: Hubbard, John, John and Ezekiel.
4. Thomas, married (first) Martha _____; (second) Penelope Rhodes.
5. Naomi, married Jonathan Rogers, and had a daughter, Content.
6. Ruth, married, in 1682, John Phillips.
7. Benjamin, died 1741; married (first) Mary _____; (second) Jane Shelley, a widow; by first wife he had Mary, Rachel, Peter, Benjamin, John, David, William and Elisha; Benjamin was a deacon of the Seventh Day Baptist Chuch.
8. Samuel, married Mary _____.
9. Tacy, see forward.
10. Deborah, married Joseph Crandall; died 1735; had John and Joseph Crandall.
Tacy, third daughter and ninth child of Robert and Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick, died 1747. She married Joseph Maxson, born 1672, died Sept., 1750, son of John and Mary (Moshier) Maxson.
Joseph, John, Tacy, Mary, Judith, Ruth and Elizabeth.
____ _____, daughter of Joseph and Tacy (Burdick) Maxson, married a Burdick. This missing generation cannot be named. The same generation intermarried with the Greene family of Rensselaer county and northern New York. The names of Tacy and Maxson appear frequently, and in church relation they were the same, Seventh Day Baptists.
(I) Matthew T., son of Matthew Burdick, and great-grandson of Robert and Ruth (Hubbard) Burdick, of Westerly, Rhode Island, was born in Rhode Island about 1780. He had brothers: Nathan, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Edward and Calvin; also one sister, Syble. When a young man he removed to Hudson, N.Y., where he settled on a farm. He remained several years in Columbia county, then in 1828 with wife and three children removed to Lewis county, N.Y., where he took up a farm in the then wilderness. With the air of his sons as they grew to a helpful age he cleared his farm of timber, adding field by field until he had two hundred acres under cultivation, lying in the town of Turin.
He became a prominent figure in the town; served as justice of the peace for several years, and as "Squire Burdick" was known far and near. He was also overseer of the poor of the town. He was reared in the faith of the Seventh Day Baptists, but in later years was an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was a lifelong Democrat.
He married Beersheba Post, born in Hudson, N.Y., who bore him twelve children, the first three born in Columbia county, the remainder in Lewis county.
Albert, see forward.
Thomas, Abel, Maria, Daniel, Warren, Henrietta, Alvin, Nathan M., Henry, John and Susan.
Ten of these children married and reared families.
(II) Albert, eldest son of Matthew T. and Beersheba (Post) Burdick, was born in Columbia county, N.Y. about 1820. He was reared on the homestead farm in Lewis county. He remained on the farm with his father until attaining his majority, then purchased land in the same town (Turin) and founded a home for himself and family.
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically he was a Whig, and later a Republican.
He married, May 16, 1844, Emily Berrus, born in Richmond, New Hampshire Aug. 9, 1814, daughter of Calvin and Orpha (Wooley) Berrus, who came to Leyden, Lewis county, N.Y.
A child who died in infancy.
Luther Calvin, see forward.
Elhanan Dwight, see forward.
Jefferson M., died in infancy.
Franklin G., see forward.
(III) Luther Calvin, second child of Albert and Emily (Berrus) Burdick, was born April 7, 1846. He received his early education in the common schools and this was supplemented by a course at Lowville Academy.
In 1863 he received from Professor Henry Clay Northam his first license or authority to teach in the public schools of New York state. He taught for eight consecutive winters in the schools of Lewis county. In 1872 he removed to Greig in the same county, where for the following ten years he was engaged in mercantile business. In 1882 he removed to Lowville, purchased the business block on State street, near Dayan, and established a grocery, restaurant and bakery. He remained in that location two years. On Oct. 13, 1883, he removed to a more favorable location and founded his present general merchandising establishment. He is now (1910) one of the oldest merchants in Lowville and has had a business career of uninterrupted success.
His life has been a busy one, and the prospertiy he now enjoys has been well earned and richly deserved. While in Greig he was supervisor of the town, town clerk for several years and postmaster for nine years. For three years he was coroner of Lewis county, and a term superintendent of the poor of the county. He has always been a Democrat and these offices have been received from that party.
He is a member of the Presbyterian church. He affiliates fraternally with the Masonic order, belonging to Lowillve Lodge, No. 134, and Lowville Chapter, No. 223.
Luther C. Burdick married June 3, 1867, Sarah M. Stephens, born in West Turin, Feb. 7, 1853, daughter of Charles (2), born in West Turin, and Magdaline (Wise) Stephens, born in Alsace, France, granddaughter of Charles (1) Stephens, who was born in Germany.
Children of Luther C. and Sarah M. (Stephens) Burdick:
1. Albert C., born Aug. 11, 1871; a merchant of Lowville.
2. Charles M., Aug. 25, 1873; graduated from Williams College; studied medicine at the Buffalo Medical College; now assistant superintendent of the New York State Hospital at Islip, Long Island.
(III) Elhanan Dwight, fourth son of Albert and Emily (Berrus) Burdick, was born in Turin, Lewis county, N.Y., April 14, 1851, died Dec. 24, 1907, and was buried with full Masonic honors. He was reared on the farm and educated in the public schools. When a young man he left the farm for a business life. He located in Glenfield, Lewis county, established a general store, and for thirty years continued his successful mercantile career in that town. During four of these years he was also the proprietor of the "Higby House," of Glenfield.
He was actively engaged in business until one year prior to his death, when he retired and was succeeded by his son Spencer and son-in-law, Edwin E. Gray.
He was a Republican in politics; served eight years as justice of the peace, and was postmaster of Glenfield for seven years. He was a member of Turin Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and Lowville Chapter, Royal Arch Masons.
He was a successful business man and an honorable and highly respected citizen.
He married, Nov. 16, 1869, Delaphine A., born in Greig, N.Y. May 7, 1851, daughter of Wellington C. and Jane J. (Harris) Brown.
1. Carrie E., born in Greig, May 3, 1871; married Charles A. O'Hara; children: Bernard D., born Sept. 17, 1897, and Alton C., born Nov. 9, 1905.
2. Ella J., born in Turin, Jan. 2, 1873; married George M. Lawton, now of Scriba, Oswego county, N.Y.; children: Mahlon E., born Sept. 25, 1899; Muriel S., Dec. 29, 1901, and Harriett Delaphine, Aug., 1907.
3. Spencer E., see forward.
4. Harry D., see forward.
5. Bertha, born in Glenfield, April 25, 1886; married, June 7, 1905, Edwin E. Gray, now of the firm of Burdick & Gray, general merchants, Glenfield, N.Y.
6. Wallace, see forward.
Wellington C. Brown was born in New York, Dec. 5, 1824, a son of John C. and Zada (Mead) Brown. He was reared on a farm and when a young man came to Lewis county and settled in the town of Greig, where he followed farming; also engaged for a time in the mercantile business.
He married (first) Jane Harris, by whom he had seven children:
Edna A., Charles P., Harriet, Delaphine A., Antoinette M., Florence I., Wellington. Mrs. Brown died Jan. 12, 1863. He married (second) Annie Wardwell; no issue. He married (third) Naomi Utley; one child, Carrie. He married (fourth) Amy Simmons.
During the civil war he enlisted in Company F., One Hundred and Eighty-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, of which he was orderly sergeant. His son, Charles P., served in the same company and regiment. He was a prosperous man.
A member of the Baptist church, and politically a Republican. He died April 7, 1883.
(III) Franklin G., youngest son of Albert and Emily (Berrus) Burdick, was born in Turin, Lewis county, N.Y. April 19, 1858. He was educated in the common schools and at Lowville Academy. Until he was nineteen he worked on his father's farm.
In 1876 he entered mercantile life with his brother, E.D. Burdick. He conducted a butcher business for three years, 1877-78-79, in company with his borhter, Jefferson M., under the firm name of F. G. Burdick and Company. The firm dissolved in 1879, when he went in company with his brother, L.C. Burdick, in general merchandising. In 1881 he purchased his brother's interest.
In 1884 he purchased the hotel at Greig, conducting both stores and hotel until Dec. 1884, when he sold out his interest in both. During the years 1885-87 he was in charge of the Lewis County Asylum.
In 1889, in company with H. B. Alguire, he was engaged in the butcher business, and in 1890 with Charles N. Burdick. In 1891 he built the "Otten Lake" Hotel at Herkimer, N.Y., a summer resort, that he successfully conducted for nine years. In April, 1900, he purchased the "Burdick House" at Glenfield, which he conducted until May, 1909, and then selling out he retired from active business life.
He is a lifelong Democrat, and while in Greig held the office of postmaster for several years. He was supervisor of the town, justice of the peace and notary public.
He is a member of Lowville Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Turin Lodge, No. 184, Free and Accepted Masons.
He married, June 12, 1883, Katherine, born in New Bremen, Aug. 15, 1863, daughter of Balthasar and Barbara (Duffer) Kirschner. Her father was a native of Alsace (the France, now Germany).
1. Frances Grace, born in Greig, N.Y., Dec. 28, 1884; educated at Lowville Academy and Massachusetts Normal College at Lowell; now a teacher in the public schools of Springfield, Mass.
2. Bernice E., born in Martinsburg, N.Y. March 26, 1899.
(IV) Spencer E., eldest son of Elhanan Dwight and Delaphine A. (Brown) Burdick, was born in Turin, N.Y. Nov. 26, 1874. He was educated in the public schools and at Lowville Academy. His entire business life has been in merchandising. On leaving school he entered his father's store in Glenfield as clark, continuing until 1906, when his father retired. He then, in company with Edwin Gray, purchased the business, and under the firm name of Burdick & Gray are conducting a most successful general store business, second to none in Lewis county.
He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of Turin Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Lowville Chapter No. 223, Royal Arch Masons; Watertown Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar; Media Temple, Mystic Shrine; and Lowville Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married, March 25, 1901, Mary E., daughter of S. H. and Ada (Chapman) Oliver, of Glenfield.
Ada Dorothea, born March 21, 1903.
Matlilda Oliver, Sept. 19, 1904.
Elhanan De Forrest, Dec. 6, 1905.
Sarah Elizabeth, Aug. 20, 1907.
(IV) Harry D., second son of Elhanan Dwight and Delaphine A. (Brown) Burdick, was born Dec. 21, 1877, in Glenfield, Lewis county, N.Y. He was educated in the common schools, and, after leaving school, entered the employ of his father as clerk of the "Higby House," then one of his father's enterprises. Later he established on his won account a livery business in Glenfield. He subsequently purchased the hotel at Dallsville, Lewis county, which he conducted for two years. Returning to Glenfield, he repurchased his old livery business, remaining three years, adding a sale department.
In May, 1909, he purchased the "Burdick House" in Glenfield, and is now (1910) the proprietor of that hostelry, also retaining his livery and sales stables.
In politics he is an Independent and is now serving as deputy sheriff of Lewis county. He is a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 759, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married July 19, 1900, Sara, born March 17, 1881, daughter of Edward and Ida (Leland) Burdick of Greig.
Ida, born Sept. 22, 1901.
Florence Cornelia, Oct. 1, 1902.
Madeline Sara, Dec. 2, 1903.
Elhanan Dou, Oct. 7, 1905.
Marjorie Ella, Dec. 14, 1907.
Helen Dorothy, Jan. 15, 1910.
(IV) Wallace, youngest son of Elhanan Dwight and Delaphine A. (Brown) Burdick, was born in Glenfield, N.Y. Sept. 8, 1883. He was educated in the public schools and at the Utica School of Commerce. After completing his education he entered his father's store, where he was employed as bookkeeper for nine years. In May, 1909, he purchased the "Windsor Hotel" at Lowville, and is now conducting that most popular hostelry, probably the best known place of entertainment in northern New York.
He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 759, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married, Nov. 16, 1907, Grace K., born in Carthage, Jefferson county, N.Y. Sept. 9, 1887, daughter of Peter and Josephine (Munroe) Delmore.
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