NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The surname Burke was of Norman origin and spelled De Bergo or De Bergen. From Normandy the remote ancestors of the family came to Ireland.
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(I) David C. Burke was born in county Cork, Ireland, in 1810, and died in Middlebury, Vermont, in 1879. He received but slight schooling in his native land, but throughout his life ws a constant student and reader of books, and thus acquired the equivalent of a liberal education. He came to this country in 1837 and located in Vermont. For about a year he lived at New Haven, in that state, and then located at Middlebury, where he spent the rest of his life and where he died. He was a well-to-do farmer, a Democrat in politics, and a Catholic in religion. He was a useful citizen. He served the county on the grand jury, and held a commission as justice of the peace.
He married, in the spring of 1838, Mary Flynn, who ws born in 1818, and died in 1898, daughter of David and Catharine Flynn, all of county Cork.
1. Catherine C., entered a convent and became a nun under the name of Sister M. Dorothy; is manager of St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon.
2. Patrick F., graduate of Middlebury College, Vermont, class of 1868; now principal of Port Henry high school; married Carrie Tredway; children: i. David A., married Clara Bakeman, and has son David Edmund. ii. Annie M.
3. Rev. Daniel N., graduate of Middlebury College, class of 1867; was for twelve years in the diplomatic service, consul-general at Tangier, Morocco, Africa; now a Catholic priest at Lake Placid, New York.
4. Annie C., died in 1884, aged twenty-eight years; was a nun in the House of Providence, Montreal, under the name of Sister M. Loretta.
5. John Benedict; graduate of Middlebury College, class of 1872; was principal of Yates School, Orleans county, N.Y.; died in 1874, aged twenty-three years.
6. Bridget E., a nun in the Convent of Mercy at Manchester, New Hampshire, under the name of Sister M. Boromeo.
7. Mary A., died in 1902, aged forty years; was a graduate of Middlebury high school, and for several years was preceptress of the Cobleskill and Port Henry high schools.
8. Edmund Walter, mentioned below.
9. Joseph N., town clerk of Middlebury, Vermont; was postmaster during both Cleveland administrations; has a fine insurance agency; married Lottie Langworthy.
(II) Edmund Walter, son of David C. Burke, was born in Middlebury, Vermont, Nov. 16, 1860. He attended the public schools of his native town. From 1882 to 1887 he was a merchant at Cobleskill, N.Y. Then he began the study of law in the office of Patrick McRory, of Port Henry, N.Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1894. He went to Tangier, Morocco, with his brother, David N., being vice-counsul, and remained at this post from 1896 to 1898, and since then he has practiced his profession at Chateaugay, N.Y.
In politics he is a Democrat. He is a justice of the peace of the town, and police justice. He is a memer of the Knights of Columbus and holds the office of advocate in that order.
He is unmarried.
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