Divorced Part 2

Do you remember the days of snail mail? Thanks to a comment made by a reader of my previous post, Divorced, I used snail mail to seek out copies of the marriage and application for divorce. Thanks to the kindly service of the employees in the Coffey County Clerk’s office and the office of the Clerk of the District Court Office located in Coffey County, I received copies of the records in the mail!

Alexander Briles married Elizabeth M. E[ltz]worth were married in Coffey County Kansas on May 30, 1875.

Coffey County Kansas
Fourth Judicial District of Kansas
Clerk of District Court

Marriage License
Probate Judge’s Office
Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas

May 28 A.D. 1875
To any person authorized by law to perform the Marriage Ceremony, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized to join in marriage Alexander
Briles of Neosho twp County of Coffey
State of Kansas aged 57 years, and Elizabeth
El[zsw]orth of Neosho Twp County of Coffey
State of Kansas aged 51 years; and of this License
you will make due return to my office within thirty days.
Wm. A. Allison Probate Judge

Return
State of Kansas
Coffey County
I certify that on the 30th day of May 1875, I did join in marriage the
within named Alexander Briles and Elizabeth El[t]zworth
D. T. McAuly
Minister of the Gospel
I hereby certify the above to be a true copy of Marriage License and return recorded this
31 day of May 1875
Wm A Allison Probate Judge

Coffey County Courthouse, Marriage License, , Briles – Elsworth, 30 May 1875; Fourth Judicial District of Kansas, Burlington, Kansas.

Then in 1879, Alexander Briles files for divorce in Coffey County Court. Even though these old court records were difficult to transcribe, it is obvious this was not a happy marriage.

Fourth Judicial District of Kansas
Clerk of the District Court
Coffey County Courthouse
Burlington, KS

No. 1042
Alexander Briles
Vs Elizabeth M. Briles

page 2
Alex Briles
vs
Elizabeth M Briles
1042
Filed Dec. 2
1879
R Hadam
Clerk

page 3
State of Kansas
Coffey County
In District Court
in & for said county
Alexander Briles [pltf]
vs
Elizabeth M. Briles [Deft]
The Plaintiff says
That he has been a resident in good
faith of the State of Kansas for more
than one year [las] past, and that he is
now a resident in good faith of the said
County of Coffey
That on the 30th day of May 1875
the said plaintiff and defendant
were married to each other [?]
County of Coffey
The plaintiff further [assess] that since
[?] said Marriage this plaintiff has in
all [?] [committed] himself toward said
defendant as a faithful and loving
husband
The plaintiff further says that the said defendant
has been guilty of [?] neglect of [?] neglect of [duly] [?] the place of [housekeeper]
that defendant disregar[ding] her marital duties
to this plaintiff her husband has failed
neglected and refused to cohabit with the
plaintiff her husband for the space of
more than one year last [past] and still
so neglects fails and refuses to cohabit with
this plaintiff without any just cause or
[provocation] [has as] wife no part of this plaintiff
[?] [Therefore] plaintiff prays the court that

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the parties hereto named be divorced
the marriage relation [hereafter] existing
between them be annulled & set
[aside] [or] [deed] for [other] proper] sale of
R. [?] & Jenkins
Pltf attys

Alexander Briles being first duly sworn
on oath says that the [several] matters
and things set forth and aversed in the
the foregoing [?] are true
Alexander Briles

Subscribed & Sworn to before me this
2d day of December 1879
R Hadam
Clerk Dist Court

Page 5
State of Kansas
Coffey County
In District Court
[in previous] term
Alexander Briles
vs
Elizabeth M. Briles [Missouri?]
[?]
Came [here] the said defendant
and [names] the issuing and [?] of
[?] in the {cal?] [each] the [?]
and [interest] her [appearance] therein [?]
rose [cr] for to said plaintiffs position
This defendant denies each and
every allegation in said petition
[contained]
The said defendant further says
that said defendant has been a
resident in good faith of the state of
Kansas for more than one year
last past & is [lives] now at the [date] of the
filing of the petition & of the [?]
herein a resident in good faith of said
county of Coffey
Deft further says that the said plaintif
& defendant were married to each other
[in] said Coffey County on the May 30
1875 and that [?]
said marriage She has in all things
conducted herself married to

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plaintiff as a faithful loving and
obedient wife
[J?] the said plaintiff [disregarding]
his duties toward [her] [f?]
his wife, has been guilty of extreme
cruelty toward this defendant
[persuance] any just cause [for his reaction]
The said defendant further says
that said plaintiff has been guilty of
gross neglect of duty towards this
defendanty his wife without any
just cause or provocation on her
part.
Whereupon this defendant prays
that she may be severed from said
plaintiff and for [this] proper relief
Elizabeth M. Briles

Elizabeth M. Briles being first
duly sworn says that the several
matters and things set forth in her
[?] are true
Elizabeth M Briles
Subscribed to & sworn before me
2d day of December 1879
E B Peyton
Judges

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Filed Dec 2
1879
R Hadam
Clerk
Docket I

Fourth Judicial District of Kansas, Coffey County, Kansas, No. 1042: Alexander Briles vs. Elizabeth M. Briles, Clerk of the District Court Office, Burlington, Kansas.

While the court documents do not contain a final divorce decry, I was able to locate a newspaper article which indicates the divorce was granted.

The Burlington Patriot (Burlington, KS)
25 Dec 1879
page 2

The following is an abstract of the balance of the cases disposed of at the December term of the District Court:

Alexander Briles vs. Elizabeth W. Briles; divorce granted

“Court News,” The Burlington Patriot (Burlington, KS), 25 December 1879, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 18 September 2022).

From this experience, I’ve learned several things:

  • To keep digging for those records.
  • That snail mail still works.
  • that going back thru my research and carefully analyzing the research reveals research questions and leads to more records.

Land Dispute

Have you ever requested land papers from the National Archives? Although I have quite a few potential requests that I could make, I’ve only requested a couple of them. One request was for the papers associated with the claim of Hiram M. Curry in Peoria County, Illinois.

While Hiram M. Curry filed for and paid for 35.36 acres in the south west quarter of section five of township number 10 north of the base line in range number nine East of the 4th principal meridian, the claim was contested by Isaac Underhill.

While several of the affidavits claim bribery of witnesses by Isaac Underhill, Hiram Curry’s claim #8250 was eventually cancelled. These land entry papers are an interesting read and well worth whatever I spent to obtain the copy.

National Archives
Land Entry File

Curry, Hiram M.
Certificate #8250
Land Office: Quincy, Illinois

page 1

I do solemnly swear that I was in actual occupancy
of and raised a crop on the South west fractional
qr of Sec 5 town 10 North of Range 9 East of the
4th principal Meridian in the year 1833 and
that I was in actual possession and occupancy
of the same at the passage of the law on the 19th
of June 1834 and am still in possession and I
hereby apply to enter the same by preemption
agreeably to the Act of Congress n that care
made and provided
Hiram M Currey

Sworn to and subscribed before me n this
19th day of March 1836
Linus Scovill JP

We do solemnly swear that Hiram M Currey was
in actual occupancy of and raised a crop n the south
west fractional qr of Sec 5 in Town 10 North of Range
9 East of the 4th principal Meridian n the year
1833 and that he was in actual occupancy of the same
on the 19th of June 1834 and still is in possession
and that we are not interested or directly or indirectly
in his obtaining a preemption
Silas Allen
James Cannon
Harris (his mark) Whitaker

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shall be entitled to receive a patent for the lot above described
Pre Act 1834
Saml Alexander Register

Charles [Ballance] of Peoria of lawful age agrees
and says in addition to his foregoing that he
has been acquainted with Hiram M Curry
since early in 1832 that in the latter part
said year this deponent and said Curry were
two of the commissioners appointed by the County
of Peoria to locate a road towards Knoxville to
pass on the North line of the above described
tract that his deponent was then in the house
of said Curry and has frequently been on
the premises same and states of his own knowl-
edge that said Curry has ever since resided on
said land with his family Neither has
he ever heard of his having had any other home
during said time nor has he heard of any
other person having a claim to said land
until the last week
C Ballance
Subscribed & Sworn to
before me on this 30th
day of May 1836
J. H. [Raentor] J. P.

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Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 19th day
of March 1836
Linus Scovill JP

We do swear that the subscribing witnesses to the
within preemption proof are persons of
respectability and their oath entitled to credit
William Fletcher Thompson
Linus Scovill [Jun]
Sworn to and subscribed before me on this
26th day of March 1836
Linus Scoville J. P

I do hereby certify that the above named witnesses
are persons of respectability and their oath entitled
to credit
Linus Scovill JP

State of Illinois
Peoria County
To Wit – I William Mitchell clerk of the County
Commissioners Court for said County do certify that Linus
Scovill Esqr whose names appears to the foregoing certificates
was on the day of the date thereof an acting Justice of the Peace
in and for said County, duly commissioned and qualified
[seal] to [?] record in my office; and that as such
— [rest missing]

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It is hereby certified, that in pursuance to law
Hiram M. Curry
of the County of Peoria and state of Illinois
on this day purchased of the Register of this Office, the lot or
South West fractional quarter
of section Five in Township No Ten North
of the base line Range nine West of the 4th principal meridian
containing 35 35/100
acres at the rate of one dollars and twenty five cents per acre amounting
to forty four dollars and
twenty cents for which the said
Hiram M Curry
has made payment in full as required by law,
No therefore e it known, that on presentation of this certificate the Commissioner of the
[?] [Hiram M Curry]
shall be entitled to receive a patent for the lot above described
Pre Act 1834
Saml Alexander Register
NOTE: CANCELLED written over top of document

Charles Ballance statement below above document

page 5 — same as page 4

page 6
State of Illinois
Peoria County
Clerks Office County Commission [?]
William Mitchell clerk of said court
do hereby certify that Linus Scovill Esqr whose
name appears to the within certificate was at
this time the same was made an acting Justice
of the Peace in and for said County duly
commissioned and qualified as appears of
record in my office and that as such full
faith and credit an act of right ought
to be given to be his official acts given
under my hand and seal
of said Court at Peoria this
25th day of May AD 1836
William Mitchell
Clk Co Comm PC

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We James Cannon and Harris Wittaker
do solemnly swear that Hiram M Curry
is not entitled to a preemption to the South
west fractional qr of sec no 5 10N 9 East
for which he has our evidence to his
preemption papers bearing date 19th March
aD 1836 We were altogether unacquainted
with the boundarys of said fractional qr
until a recent survey of the same
and hereby swear that said Curry
never cultivated any part thereof to
our knowledge as set fort in said
preemption papers
James Cannon
Harris (his mark) Wittaker

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 24th day of May 1836
Linus Scovill
Justice of the Peace

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I William M C Bogardus hereby make
oath that Hiram M Curry is not entitled
to a preemption to the SW factional qr
of Sec No 5 10 North 9 East for which
he has my affidavit concerning I do
not want the Register to receive said
affidavit as there is a mistake in the
same and further that I swear
that the section lines do not
come within three or four rods of the
fence whee he states that he cultivated
the same, and further one of the witnesses
is Curry’s own son; and the other is
under age
W M C Bogardus

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Lewis Bigelow, an acting
Justice of the peace within and for
the county of Peoria, hereby certify that on the 23 day
of May AD 1836 the above named William M C Bogar
dus personally appeared before me and made oath to
the truth of the foregoing affidavit by him sub
scribed
Lewis Bigelow, J. Peace

Page 9
State of Illinois
Peoria County
Clerks Office County Commissioners Court
William Mitchell clerk of said court
do hereby certify that Lewis Bigelow Esqr whose
name appears to the foregoing certificate was at
the time the same was made an acting Justice
of the Peace in and for said county regularly
commissioned and qualified as appears of
record in my office and as such [full]
[faith] and credit are and [of rights] ought to
be given to all his official acts In tes-
timony whereof I have hereunto
[subcribed] my hand and seal of said
Court at Peoria this twenty fifth
day of may AD 1836
William Mitchell
Clk

page 10
I Alexander Fo[r]sh being of lawful age and first duly
sworn testify that sometime in the summer of the
year 1836 in the town of Peoria I heard a conver-
sation between Isaac Underhill and another indi-
vidual respecting his [operations] at Rome on the
Illinois River in which said Underhill boasted of
having defeated the pre-emption of a settler in that
neighborhood by procuring his witnesses to swear that
their affidavits by which they established the pre-emp
tion were not true. In that part of the conversation
which was in my hearing he stated distinctly that he had
paid one of said witnesses to wit William M. C. Bogar-
dus the sum of two hundred dollars or four hundred
dollars (I am not certain which) to procure him to go
before a justice of the peace and recant upon oath
his former affidavit My impression is that he
did not give the name of the person whose pre-emp
tion he had endeavored to destroy but he described it
as being a fraction and otherwise so spoke of it as
to leave no doubt that it was the pre-emption of
Hiram M Curry to which he alluded and further this
affiant saith not
Alex H Fa[sh]
State of Illinois
Peoria County
I William Martin a justice of the peace
in and for said county do hereby certify that
on the ninth day of November AD 183[7] person
ally appeared before me Alexander H Fa[sh] and
was by me sworn to the truth of the foregoing
affidavit given under my hand the date
aforesaid
Wm Martin JP

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I, William Mitchell, Clerk of the County
Commissioners’ Court for said county, do hereby certify that William
Martin Esquire, whose name appears to the foregoing certificate, was on
the day of the date thereof, an acting Justice of the Peace, in and for the county
aforesaid, duly commissioned and qualified, as it appears to me of record in my
office; and that, as such, full faith and credit are due to all his official acts.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand, and affixed the seal of said court, at Peoria,
this Seventh day of December 1839
William Mitchell Clerk

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I Charles Ballance do solemnly swear that shortly
after Isaac Underhill had filed the affidavits of
William M C Bogardus, and others in the land office
to defeat H. M. Curry’s right of pre-emption to a tract of
land adjoining Peoria in the county of Peoria Ill that
said Curry stated tome that said Bogardus had ackn
owledged to him that said Underhill had bulied him
for the sum of four hundred dollars to swear to an affi
davit contradicting his former affidavit which he
had made to establish said Curry’s pre-emption
that supposing if said statement was
true it was not [susceptible] of proof [Issued] to the
attention to it Until about two months ago said Curry in-
formed me he could prove said [?] by Alexander H
Fash [first] not having an opportunity to take his
affidavit then and his residence being several
miles from here I had not a convenient opportunity
to take it until November 9th last past and it was not
then forwarded to the general land office because I
wanted to procure further testimony especially
the testimony of Luther Sears who was an associate
of said Underhill and who I understood from Fash
knew all about it On this day I called on said Search who stated
that he heard said Bogardus and Underhill bargain
ing about said affidavit. Underhill offered a price
to Bogardus if he would upon oath recant his former affidavit
Bogardus refused to do it for the price offered but agreed
to do it for a large price After or [number] offers were
made and refused a sum was agreed upon and

page 12
the affidavit was made out and sworn to by said Bogardus,
and the price paid by said Underhill, as he understood from
them both, but what was the amount paid said Sears
could not recollect. After said matter was arranged said
Sears stated that said Underhill explained the transaction
to him and told him that it was Hiram M Curry’s pre-
emption claim near Rome that said affidavit was
taken to defeat. Said Underhill explained his having to give
so high a price for this affidavit to be that in addition
to the reluctance of the witness to contradict himself, he was
interested in Curry’s claim, and it was necessary to give
him more then his interest [amounted] to to get him
to swear against Curry Said Sears who seemed to know all about
the said transaction stated that he had “no doubt there was
perjury n the business.” I then asked him I he would
give and affidavit stating these fact, to which he answer
ed that being a friend of Mr. Underhills he would not
give any statement on oath as the subject unless required
in a court of justice and in this case he would swear
to the facts as detailed to me and related above and further this affi
ant saith not
Charles Ballance
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day
of December AD 1839. In Testimony whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and
seal of the county Commissioners Court
of Peoria County, State of Illinois this
day last above said
William Mitchell Clk

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State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Linus Scovill of lawful age being
fist duly sworn depose and say that I am the
Justice of the peace of said county before whom
the witness so were sworn who established Hiram
M. Curry’s right of Pre-emption to the South West
fractional quarter o Section No 5 in township
10 North of the base line and range No 9 East of the
4th principal meridian and when James Cannon and Har
ris Whitaker were afterwards bought before me by
Isaac Underhill to recant upon oath the statements
they had formerly made I at first refused to
swear them to said last mentioned affidavits on ac
count of its apparently involving them in perjury
and I enquired of them their motive for so great in
consistency. They informed me that Isaac Underhill
and Jefferson Taliaferro (who had floated on said
Curry’s claim) informed them that they (said Under-
hill & Taliaferro) had had said land surveyed and
had ascertained that no part of the field which said
Curry had cultivated in 1833 was on said tract
of land and therefore as said Curry had during said
year cultivated nowhere else they were quilty of perjury
in swearing he had cultivated a part of said
tract during said year and that said Underhill
and Taliaferro had threatened to present them for
perjury unless they would recant upon oath
the statements aforesaid respecting said Curry’s
pre-emption. I further state that I am well
acquainted with all the parties and the premises in
dispute that said Curry is a poor man who to
my certain knowledge has lived upon the land
in dispute ever since some time in the year
1832 until a few months past his family has

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been absent (as is said) upon a visit to distant
relatives That I called to see said Curry some
time the fall of of 1833 and found him sowing
a crop of what and had at the time a crop of corn
and pumpkins grown The field he was cultivating
was always understood to be the fraction of section
5 township 10 north of range 9 east partly on the
NW qr and partly on the SW qr but having nev
er surveyed it have not say possibly where our east
& west line would run but have no doubt that
the house and part of the field are on the SW frac
tional quarter Said witnesses are very young
and could I presume be easily frightened or per
suaded to make such recantation without any criminal
intention I was at the time said Curry settled on
said land living said neighborhood and have
ever since lived there Given from under my
hand this 28th day of January 1837
Linus Scovill (seal)
State of Illinois
Peoria County
This day personally appeared
before me William Mitchell
a notary public of said county Linus Scovill
personally known to me to be the identical
person who subscribed and sworn to the foregoing
instrument of writing and deposed that the
statements therein made are just and true
according tot he best of his knowledge & beliefs
I also certify that the said Linus Scovill is
a man of integrity & credibility and that his
statements on oath may be relied on Given
under my hand and seal notarial
at Peoria this 28th January AD 1837
William Mitchell
Not Pub PC

page 15
State of Illinois
Peoria County
I William Mitchell Clerk of the County Commissioners
Court with & for said county do hereby certify that
Thomas Phillips Esqr is the County Surveyor within and for the county
of Peoria aforesaid (duly commissioned & qualified) that his commission
was dated on the 12th day of August A.D. 1835 and will expire in
August 1839 as it appears to me of record in my office and
that his signature to the foregoing certificate is genuine
In testimony whereof I have herein set
my hand and seal of said Court at
Peoria this 15 day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell Clerk

I Charles Ballance upon oath do state that the above certificate of
Thomas Phillips as signed by him in my presence
C Ballance
Subscribed & sworn to before me
this 15 day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clk County Commissioners
Court Peoria County
Ill

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Surveyor’s Office
Peoria County
State of Illinois
I Thomas Phillips sur-
veyor of said county do
hereby certify that I have
surveyed section No five in township ten
North of the base line and range nine East of the
fourth principal meridian according to
the original field notes or copy of which I
have procured from the surveyor General
office at St. Louis and find by accurate
measurement that the East and West line run
ning through the middle of said section
runs through the field said to have been
cultivated by Hiram M. Curry in the year
1833 dividing it in such a manner as to throw
a part of said cultivation on the South
West fractional quarter and the residue which
is much the larger portion on the North
West fraction quarter of said section Given
from under my hand at my office this 26
day of November 1836
Thomas Phillips [SC]

page 17
survey map

State of Illinois
Peoria County
I Thomas Phillips County Surveyor within & for the aforesaid county; do
hereby state on oath that I surveyed in the year 1837 fractional section
5 10 North, Range 9 East of the 4 principal meridian; and that no part of
the south west fractional quarter, of the fractional section aforesaid [bore no]
appearance of ever having been enclosed or cultivated. The cultivation by which
it appears Hiram M Curry proved a right of preemption to the said fractional
quarter was on the adjoining [contested] quarter. The nearest part of the said cultivation
doe not come within fourteen chains of the fractional quarter claimed by Curry..
Deponent further states that a certificate signed by himself and forwarded to the
Commissioners of the general land office, certifying that Curry’s improvements
were on said fraction aforesaid; was an [imposition] practised on said deponent
by one Charles Ballance of Peoria, Ills; and that said deponent signed the same
without fully understanding the contents of said certificate; said deponent
further states from the best of his knowledge & belief the above plat of said
fractional qr claimed by Curry is a correct one: Given under my
hand this twenty fourth day of May in the year

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One Thousand Eight Hundred & thirty Eight
[SL} Phillips CJPC
Subscribed and sworn t before me William Mitchell
clerk of the county Commissioners Court within and
for the County of Peoria and State of Illinois this
26 day of May AD 1838 Given under my hand
and seal of said Court at Peoria
this 26th day of May AD 1838
William Mitchell
Clerk

Sideways text
Survey& affidavit of
Thos Phililps County Surveyor
Peoria Cy Ill relative to
SW qr 5 10th 9E

In relation to Hiram M
Curry’s Claim to Sd qr section
G.S.O.
Filed by King & Wilson 9th
June 1838
C.S. P.
recd 9 Jun 1838

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State Bank of Illinois 4 [? 4,20]
Receiver’s Office, Quincy, Illinois
No. 8250
May 30, 1836
Received from Hiram M Curry
Peoria County, Illinois the sum of
Forty four
dollars and twenty cents, being in full payment for the
South wet fractional
quarter of section No. five
Township No. Ten north of the base line of Range NO. nine
East of the 4th principal meridian, containing thirty five
acres, and 36/100 of an acre, at the rate of one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre
$44.20
Thos Carlin Receiver
Pre act 1834
Con[flictng] with entry 7392

page 20
Canceled
Certificate
8250
and proof belonging thereto
Certificate Canceled
[Ss] letter to R&R 3d Oct
1838 also letter
from the Hon John T Stuart
dated 30 Dec 1839 X Comm &
reply of 2d Jany 1840 & letter
of same date to R & R

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No. 8250
30 day of May 183[4]
I Hiram M Curry
of Peoria
County of Illinois do hereby apply for the purchase of the South
West fractional qr of section numbered five
in township numbered ten north of range numbered
nine east of the fourth principal meridian,
containing thirty five 36/100 acres,
according to the returns of the Surveyor General, for which I have agreed with the Register to
give at the rate of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre.

I, Samuel Alexander, Register of teh land Office at quincy, Illinois, do hereby
certify that the quarter section above descried contains 35 36
acres, as mentioned; and that the price agreed upon is $1 25 per acre
Pre Act 1834
Conflicting 7392
Saml Alexander Register

Commissioner

When you come across a database that is actually an index to other records, do you try and locate those original records? As I’m creating research notes for Hiram M. Currey of Peoria County, Illinois, I’m finding a need to do just that.

At some time in the past, I used the record, “Index to Early Illinois Records. The only other information I wrote down about the source was “Z125-0054”, which I think may have been the microfilm number used by the now defunct American Genealogical Lending Library. If so, then this source may source, “Name Index to Early Illinois Record” on FamilySearch.

One set of notes that I recorded from this source indicated that Hiram M. Curry was a commissioner on the conduct of the Pottawatomie. This information was found in the 1832-1833 Senate Journal. Thus, I started trying to find this Senate Journal. Once I figured out that this was the Eighth General Assembly for the State of Illinois, I was able to find the journal on Google Books,

In that journal there is a Commissioner’s Report that begins on page 89, concludes on page 92 and is signed by the four commissioners, including Hiram M. Curry. Thus, I was able to locate the original document referenced in the index!

Journal of the Senate
of the Eighth General Assembly of the
State of Illinois
at their first session, begun and held in the town
of Vandalia
December 3, 1832
Vandalia: Printed by Greiner & Sherman, 1833

Available on Google Books

page 89-92

COMMISSIONER’s REPORT.
VANDALIA DEC, 13TH, 1832.

page 89
To the Governor of the State of Illinois

Sm-The undersigned appointed by your Excellency, and by Brigadier General Atkinson of the United States Army,- and instructed to repair to the frontier of the state, to enquire into the alleged depredations of the Pottawata­mie Indians, upon the persons and· property, of the citizens of that section, and to take certain measures in the event, that sufficient cause should appear, for the alarm of the in• habitants-
Beg leave to report the following statement of their proceedings, under their appointment.
Pursuant to the instructions of your Excellency. and of Brigadier General Atkinson, the undersigned repaired to the settlements on and in the vicinity of Bureau Creek, in Putnam county, the theatre, as was reported, of the Indian outrages. They immediately instituted inquiries among the inhabitants, the results of which, verified by certificates, letters and affidavits of respectable· persons, were, that the Pottawatamies had come down from their own lands upon the ceded lands in the possession of the whites, with the alleged purpose of hunting for the winter support of themselves and families. A large body, composed of about two hundred and fifty, including men, women and children, formed this party, They were in expectation of an additional force of one hundred, or thereabouts, of warriors and hunters.
This purpose of hunting, the undersigned are compelled to state, if originally entertained as the sole object of the expedition, seems to have yielded to more unfriendly and mischievous notions.
The Indians have taken two horses from the white inhabitants; have shot another; they have killed the hogs of

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the inhabitants; have wantonly destroyed the hay, house and other property of the· people, by firing the prairies, regardless of consequences, and in contempt of the frequent solicitations of the owners of property, necessarily exposed, to desist.
A highly valuable bridge, across the inlet of the Winnebago Swamp, has been burnt, under circumstances tending strongly to implicate the Indians in a deliberate and incendiary act of mischief and destruction. Menacing attitudes, and threat repeatedly assumed and made by the Indians, have excited the fears of the citizens, and the undersigned deem, upon an acquaintance with, and close observation of the Indian character, these fears well grounded.
It is the opinion of reflecting men whom we consulted, and in whose opinion we entirely concur, that unless suitable measures be taken to drive the Indians to their own country, or to awe them into peaceable behavior, some seriously hostile steps. towards the whites, in the course of the present winter, may be foreboded. Already, indeed, they, the Indians, have attempted to surround, in a body, to the number of thirty or forty, some travelers, and actually, it is feared, fired with too much an intention to kill, two guns upon them.
Although not literally instructed to hold any intercourse with the Indians themselves, for any other purpose than to notify them of the necessity of their prompt withdrawal to their own country, the undersigned deem it within the scope of their duties, to demand an explanation from the chiefs, of the offensive conduct of their people. They accordingly caused an assemblage of some of the principal chiefs and warriors of the Pottawatamies for the double purpose of hearing their excuses or justification, and warning them of the evil consequences of their longer remaining in the country of the whites. In the “talk” which was had upon that occasion, the Indians denied the committal of the aggressions laid to their charge, and justified their inroad into the country by a permit, they said they had received from their agent at Chicago. The charges made against them, the undersigned deemed sufficiently proven, to justify the entire belief in their truth, this denial not ­withstanding; and we accordingly advised them to fall back upon their own country, answering them that no offi-

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cer had authority to grant them any .such permission as they justified under. That they really had any written permit the undersigned had the assurance of the Indians, corroborated by the statements of some of the whites, who alleged they had seen the written permit of the agent. — ­The documents themselves were not produced to us.
On the part of the general government, the undersigned H. M. Curry, acting under the direction of General Atkinson, gave the Indians to understand that they must evacuate the country in eight days, or incur the displeasure of the United States. In this notification the remainder of the undersigned concurred: and all. now unite in the wish that it may have the effect to prevent the effusion of blood. Such was the state of alarm along the frontier, and in so daring a height had the insolence of the Indians arisen; that the undersigned believed, resort would have, ere this, been had to arms, had not the measures taken by yourself and Gen. Atkinson been adopted. The militia of the different parts of the country was in a state of readiness, and only awaited the orders of their respective · commanders to proceed against the Indians.
lt had become unsafe in the opinion of some of the inhabitants, for females to be without the protection of their· husbands, fathers or brothers; and loaded guns were considered essential to the security of sleeping families.
ln the course of the talk held with the Indians they expressed unequivocally their willingness to exchange “their territory and move across the river Mississippi; and if it be not entirely unappropriate in this Report, the undersigned would express their sincere wish that the government of the ­United States should as speedily as circumstances would permit, conclude this exchange, and effect the removal of these troublesome neighbors of our frontier citizens.
Nothing short of their removal will secure the tranquility and forward the improvement of that part of the state.
The undersigned were desired officially to communicate to you the grateful feelings entertained by the citizens o Putnam county, for the prompt interposition of your authority, from which, in conjunction with the similar exercise of his power on the part of General Atkinson, they anticipate some future peace and security.

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The undersigned found it necessary to procure the services of John C. Owings, who understood the Pottawatomie language, as interpreter.. They have given him a certificate of his services, which occupied ten days.
Accompanying this Report, are submitted numerous
letters, certificates and affidavits, together with a report of
the talk held by us with the Indians to which we refer your Excellency for the details of our operations, and for the evidence we have been able to collect, touching the facts adverted to in this Report.

(Signed)
SAMUEL WHITESIDES,
HIRAM M. CURRY,
WM. MOORE,
THOS: REYNOLDS,
Commissioners

Journal of the Senate of teh Eighth General Assembly of the State of Illinois: at their first session, begun and held in the town of Vandalia December 3, 1832 (Vandalia, Illinois: Greiner & Sherman, 1833), p. 89-92; digital image, Google Books, google.com/books viewed online 13 September 2022.

Not only did I locate the transcription, but I found the images!

Dec 1832 Letter from Gen. Atkinson to Maj Hiram Curry; Chicago Agency, 1824-1847 Chicago Agency 1824-1834 (NARA microfilm publications M234, roll 132); Letters received, 1824-1881; registers of letters received, 1824-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1660862 DGS 8275279; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, image 243.
Dec 1832 Letter from Gen. Atkinson to Maj Hiram Curry; Chicago Agency, 1824-1847 Chicago Agency 1824-1834 (NARA microfilm publications M234, roll 132); Letters received, 1824-1881; registers of letters received, 1824-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1660862 DGS 8275279; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, image 244.
Dec 1832 Letter from Gen. Atkinson to Maj Hiram Curry; Chicago Agency, 1824-1847 Chicago Agency 1824-1834 (NARA microfilm publications M234, roll 132); Letters received, 1824-1881; registers of letters received, 1824-1880; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. consulted as FHL microfilm 1660862 DGS 8275279; available on FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org, image 245.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  What is the most interesting record you have found for an ancestor?

This is HARD! Over time, I’ve found a lot of interesting records. Thus, remembering them all and then picking a ‘winner’ is difficult.

However, I have come up with an answer. While the record I selected is very interesting, I’m also picking it because of how I learned about it.

Do you use Ancestry hints? If so, do you follow the hints to ‘stories’? While I do check out the leafy hints, I rarely add a ‘story’ as a source on my tree.

However, one of the hints for John Burke led to a story that by itself is very interesting. The story, 1884 Complaint Burke vs Brooks, identifies my great great grandmother, Angelina Burke as a granddaughter of John Burke.

Transcription of the Original Complaint dated July 28, 1884 in the suit John G.  Burke et al. vs. R. V. Brooks et al.

Chancery Court of Jackson County, Tennessee 

Prepared by Robin Rankin Willis

12 March 2009

Transcribed from original document preserved on TSLA Microfilm, Jackson Co., TN Roll No. 53, folder titled “Burke John G. & others vs Brooks R. V. & others, Chancery 1884.”  

Xerox copy made from FHL Film # 985,278.

“To William G. Crowley, Chancellor, holding the chancery Court at Gainsboro, Tennessee:

The Bill of Complaint of John G. Burke, Leonidas Darwin, William H. Darwin, Hiram C. Darwin, George C. Darwin, Mary A. Suite, Elizabeth Kelly & her husband Miles Kelly, Mary Carter & her husband William Carter, Milton E. Burke, John M. Burke, Sarah E. Hornbuckle & her husband [first name struck through] Hornbuckle, Angelina McCarry & her husband _______ McCarry, Elizabeth Padgett & her husband James Padgett, Ella Buhler & her husband Alexander Buhler, Adda Bettis & her husband William Bettis, Lucy Moore, Parazidia Lipscomb & her husband ______ Lipscomb, Permelia Lipscomb & her husband ______ Lipscomb, William L. Burke, John P. Burke, Franklin P. Burke, James P. Burke, Uhley Woollard & her husband Henry Woollard, Sally B. Burke, Francis M. Burke, Franklin P. Burke Sr., Elizabeth Simpson & her husband Thomas D. Simpson, W______ P. Hopkins, M_____ B. Hopkins, John O. Hopkins, M______ E. Hopkins & her husband Sydney Hopkins [additional interlining unreadable], Andrew L. Hopkins, Mary Ann Hopkins, Nannie B.  Hopkins, John Anderson, Juda Anderson & her husband ____ Gibson?, Henry Burke, Jno R. Burke, Thomas Burke, Elizabeth Parker & Marion Burke, complainants

Against R. V. Brooks, personally, and as Executor of the last will of Richard P. Brooks, deceased, Caleb Roberts, Josiah Roberts, Meredith Brown, & Asa Denson, of Jackson County, Tennessee, and Matilda Long & her husband Lane (?) Long of the State of Kentucky, Defts. [sic, Defendants]

Your complainants, aforesaid, complaining, state that they are heirs at law of John Burke who died intestate in Jackson County, Tennessee where he resided about the year 1842, leaving surviving him a widow named Jane Burke and the children whose names follow to wit: Henry F., John G., Polly, Permelia, William C., James W., Esom L., Francis M., Parazidia, Franklin P., Elisabeth, Elvira, America, Matilda, Jonas & Jane Burke, his only heirs at law.

Richard P. Brooks was appointed and acted as administrator of his personal estate and he has lately died and deft R. V. Brooks is his Executor appointed less than two years & six months ago. There are no debts against the estate of said John Burke.

Said John Burke the common ancestor of complainants, at his death owned several valuable tracts of land lying in Jackson County, Tennessee, on one of which he resided at the time of his death, and about 200 acres of it, the homestead, was duly allotted and assigned by the Circuit Court of said County to his said widow as her dower, and a decree of said court duly entered to that effect, and she took possession of it as such and resided on it for a considerable time and until she conveyed it or transferred it in some way as such dower and estate for her life to said Richard P. Brooks who went into possession of and held it as such during her natural life, which terminated on the ____ of _______, 1881, less than seven years before the filing of this bill; and it has been less than seven years since the right of action of the heirs of John Burke dec’d accrued for said dower land.

Said dower tract lies on the Cumberland River on the south side of it and is bounded North by Cumberland River, East by the lands of Joshua Haile Jr., South by the lands of R. A. Cox & Hoover and West by __________________ and lies in White’s Bend of said river. The lines cannot now be given by complts but reference is to be had to the lines of said dower as laid off by the Court, the records of which were destroyed & burned up some years ago without the intention or knowledge of complts.

It is believed and so charged from belief that deft Brooks or if not he some of the other claimants under his testator the defts have a copy of the decree allotting the said dower. If so let them answer as to it & produce it & file it with their answer.

Complts further allege that some time after the death of John Burke their ancestor said Richard P. Brooks the admr procured some of the heirs to join him in filing a bill or petition in the Circuit Court of Jackson County against others of the heirs to procure a sale or partition of the lands of said John Burke not covered by the dower and under it they were sold in or about the year 1843, as now remembered, by the clerk & commissioners of said Court and they were purchased in by said Richard P. Brooks or at least part of them were bought by him, including that part of the home tract not covered by the dower. There was a large quantity of the lands & quite valuable.

At the same time of the sale of the other lands outside of the dower said Richard P. Brooks fraudulently procured a pretended sale of the remainder in the land covered by said dower allotted to the widow, and pretended to purchase it in himself at the grossly inadequate price of three hundred dollars, or thereabout, although there was no application in the bill or petition to the court for a sale of it and under the law the court had no jurisdiction to sell it – the widow being then living.

The Heirs were all then young and most of them, including several of complts & their ancestors, under 21 years of age, and all ignorant in matters of law and conveyancing etc, and all relied on and confided in said Brooks, the admr., who was a shrewd person, versed in such matters, and, afterward, if not then, a lawyer.

They objected at the time of the sale, in the presence & hearing of said Brooks & others there to the sale of the dower land, and contended that there was no application to sell it; but, Brooks fraudulently & wrongfully went on and had it sold & bought it in, over their objections, and, as they now believe, & so charge, for the purpose of cheating the heirs out of it; for, among other badges of fraud, he afterward admitted to friends, at times, that he had no title to it, and that it was really the rightful property of the said heirs.

He, soon after this sale, purchased of the widow her life estate in dower and took possession of it as such, and held it up to her death, & to his own death about two years past, acknowledging the rights of the heirs to the remainder.

Complts charge that during the time said R. P. Brooks so held and occupied said land, he committed and permitted great waste and injury to it, and to the injury & damage of the heirs, by permitting it to dilapidate, by bad cultivation and husbandry of himself & tenants, by taking down & removing the fences & houses, etc., from it to his other lands; by cutting down & removing & deadining (?) & destroying the valuable timbers of which there was much; by destroying and permitting to be destroyed & injured the valuable orchards, to the damage of the heirs to large amounts. He also took the rents & profits of said land to large amounts, after the death of the widow, to which the heirs were entitled. And the other defts R. V. Brooks, Caleb Roberts, Josiah Roberts, Meredith Brown & Asa Denson have continued all these wrongs since, to the damage of the heirs. But the amounts of the rents & damages for which each or any of them is liable cannot be stated or ascertained without an accounti[ng] thereof; it being a matter of complicated account, fit, & fit only, to be ascertained by a court of chancery, and not fit or considerable in a court [remainder of this page is missing. The complainants are just asserting that the case must be tried in the chancery court, that the county court of law doesn’t have jurisdiction.]

They all claim under the title of John Burke the common ancestor of complts whose title papers are supposed to be in possession of deft Brooks, or if they are not they are so unintentionally lost or mislaid or destroyed that complts cannot find them & that the registration of them is also so unintentionally destroyed.

Said R. V. Brooks, Caleb Roberts, Nathan Roberts, Josiah Roberts, Meredith Brown & Asa Denson are the present occupants of said land, and claim it wrongfully, and refuse to give it up or, surrender the possession of it to the heirs of said John Burke, dec’d, or pay the rents & damages; though the heirs have duly demanded the same of them, and said rents and damages, with the interest thereon, are due and unpaid to the heirs.

Your complainants are informed & believe, and, so, charge, that Richard P. Brooks did not pay any thing for the said remainder interest in the land covered by said dower; and, therefore, he is not entitled in any event to any reimbursement. Yet, if it turn out that any of the heirs did in fact get any part of its proceeds, they are, respectively, willing to refund it & do justice, upon the land being surrendered or decreed to be given up to them; and they have offered this to the present occupants. But they refuse, as aforesaid, to surrender & pay. So, complts must sue for their rights.

At the death of said John Burke the common ancestor of complts his said lands descended to his aforesaid children, then living, equally. After his death some of them died and some of them died leaving issue who inherit through them their portions of said lands, and they are as follows: Polly, a daughter of said John the common ancestor, married William Darwin, and died leaving children to wit: Leonidas Darwin of Texas, William H. Darwin of Arkansas, Hiram C. Darwin of Texas, George C. Darwin of Jackson County, Tennessee, Mary A. [might be Ann] a daughter who married a man by name of Suite, but he is dead and she is a widow & resides in Texas; Elizabeth, who married Miles Kelly, and they reside in Kansas; Granville Darwin who died leaving one daughter Mary who has married ___________________ Carter & they reside in Jackson County Tennessee; Parasidia, a daughter, who married Alexander Taylor, & they reside in Arkansas; and Polley, a daughter, who died without issue after her mother died and her share descended to her brothers and sisters the children of Polly Darwin, aforesaid, equally.

Henry F. Burke, a son of the common ancestor, died about Nov., 1845, leaving four children, to wit: Milton E. Burke, John M. Burke, Sarah E. a daughter who has married _____________ Hornbuckle, all of the state of Missouri, and Angelina a daughter who has married _____ McCary who resides in Kansas.

Parasidia, a daughter of the common ancestor, married W. W. More [sic, Moore] and afterward died intestate, leaving the following children, to wit: Elisabeth a daughter who has married James Padgett of Wilson County, Tennessee; Ella, a daughter who has married Alexander Buhler of Wilson County, Tennessee; Adda(?), a daughter, who has married William Bettis of Wilson County, Tennessee; & Lucy Moore, a daughter, of Wilson County Tennessee;

Permelia, a daughter of the common ancestor, married Alva Graves, and they are both dead, leaving two children, daughters, to wit, Parasidia, who married _____ Lipscomb, and Permelia, who married ____________ Lipscomb, all of the state of Missouri.

Esom L., a son of the common ancestor, died, leaving the following children, all of whom reside in Wilson County, Tennessee, to wit: William L., John P., Franklin P. & James R. Burke, sons, and two daughters, to wit Uhley, now wife of Henry Woolard and Sallie B. Burke, the said F. P., Sallie B., & Jas R. are minors without guardians and sue by their brother & next friend William L. Burke.

The following children of the common ancestor are living to wit John G. of Wilson County, Tenn., Francis M. of Texas, Franklin P. of Missouri, sons, & Elizabeth the wife of Thomas D. Simpson of Texas, and Matilda, the wife of Lone(?) Long, of Kentucky.

Elvira, a daughter of the common ancestor, married Otey Hopkins, and died, leaving the following children, her only heirs, to wit: W.____P., M_____ D., John O., M_______ E., Sydney, Andrew L., Nannie B. & Mary Ann Hopkins. Sidney Hopkins Andrew Hopkins Naney B. Hopkins & Mary Jane Hopkins (John Anderson & Frances) Anderson minors who sue by their next friend George C. Darwin.

[Note: I have transcribed the prior paragraph exactly as it appears in the original, so far as I can tell. The draftsman was clearly getting tired.]

America, a daughter of the common ancestor, married _______________ Anderson, and died, leaving the following children surviving her, to wit: Judey & John Anderson, who reside in Jackson County, Tennessee.

James B. Burke [sic, should be James W. Burke], son of the common ancestor, who died, leaving the following children & heirs to wit: Jno R. Burke, Thos. Burke, Elizabeth Parker, widow of ___________ Parker, and Marion Burke, citizens of the state of Kentucky.

Wm. C. Burke, son of the common ancestor, who died, leaving one child & heir Henry Burke, a citizen of the state of Kentucky.

The common ancestor had one son named Jonas at his death and a daughter born in lawful time a few months after his death whose name was Jane, as now remembered, who both died intestate & without marriage or issue many years ago, before the death of the widow and their shares descended to the other surviving heirs of the common ancestor to wit those herein stated in the same proportions as the other parts of the estate descended to them from said common ancestor.

Your complts further state that the said land sued for is not susceptible of partition among the owners of it owing to the number of owners being so great, for want of timber & water and being bounded and hemmed by adjacent owners’ lands and by the natural obstructions so that roads & ways for ingress & egress could not be had to & from it by reason of all which & perhaps other good reasons the value would be much diminished so that it is not susceptible of such partition in kind without manifest injury to the owners and it would be manifestly to the interest & advantage of the owners that the land be sold and the proceeds partitioned among them. Prayer. The premises being considered, your complts pray that this bill be filed in said court, on behalf of Complts and of said Matilda Long & her husband, if they shall choose to avail themselves of its benefits under the rules of law & practice; that the persons named in the caption as defendants be made such by proper process & orders of publication etc; that they be compelled to answer fully, not on oath; that they answer as to the said copy of the decree & other title papers aforesaid and file with their answers if they have them; that upon hearing decrees be entered declaring the rights & title of complts & Long & wife and setting up their title to be complete in & to said land and vesting the same in them according to their several rights and that they be put in possession thereof; that the defts in possession & claiming the lands be held liable for the rents, waste & damages of the lands with interest thereon; that deft R. V. Brooks as Executor of the will of said Richard P. Brooks, deceased, and the estate of said Richard P. Brooks be held liable also for the same; that all proper & necessary accounts thereof be taken and reports made and all proper & necessary decrees entered to declare & enforce the rights of said heirs or if complts have mistaken their relief that such other and further relief be granted them as may seem right & lawful.

As the rental is quite valuable and some of the defendants not solvent complts pray that a Receiver be appointed to rent out the lands and secure the rents pending the litigation and such orders made & proceedings had as may be necessary & proper.

Complts also pray that defts be injoined from committing further waste or damage to the lands.

This is the first application for an injunction in this matter.

A. A. Swope?

D. A. Witt? or Mott? Solicitors for complts State of Tennessee

Personally appeared before Jackson County

me H. W. Winn? Clerk & Master of the

Court of said county G. C. Darwin Jr.? one of the complainants in the foregoing bill and made oath that the facts stated in said bill are true as stated according to his information & belief. And those allegations made from information he believes to be true & subscribed this affidavit? before me on the 28th day of July 1884. Sworn to

G. C. Darwin [signature]Test M. W. Winns? Clerk

“1884 Complaint Burke vs Brooks,” transcription of court documents, Barbara_Parker1510, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Henry F. Burke; transcribed from FHL Film #985,278.

Since this transcription contains the statement, “Xerox copy made from FHL Film,” I was able to locate the original record.

Tennessee, Jackson County. Court Transcripts of the county, chancery and circuit courts, 1839-1915. Film #985278 DGS 7642359. John Burke, 28 July 1884; image 851; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 1 October 2022.

Saturday Tidbits

1940 Military Draft

Courier Tribune
January 20, 1941

To Call 14 in February
For Army Service

Quota for Nemaha
County is Part of State
Total of 2,884 Men

Nemaha county’s quota of
one many for the January
draft is being filled today
and a new quota has been
announced for February.
The February call is much
larger. It is for 14 men. The
exact date they will go is
not certain.
Reception center for Nemaha
county men is Fort Leavenworth.
Leavenworth will receive men
from a large number of draft
areas, on the period beginning
February 10 and ending Feb.
28.
Leavenworth will receive a total
of 1,817 men, 884 will report
to Wichita and 183 will go from
Kansas to Omaha, to make up the
state’s February total of 2,884
men.
Arthur B. Harrter of Sabetha,
who fills the county’s January
quota, was given opportunity to
go to Leavenworth by train,
starting from Seneca tonight, but
is planning to go today by car.
Harrter works for Cook-Jones
Motor Co., at Sabetha and will
be taken to Leavenworth from
there.
Half Pass Physical Exams
How far down the draft order
list will Nemaha county’s quota
of 14 for February reach? Your
guess is as good as that of any
one else. The answer is likely
to No. 140 or 150.
Of the first 340 men classified
by the Nemaha county draft
board 69 were placed in Class
1-A as being subject to immed-
iate call, if found medically fit.
This is a proportion of approxi-
mately one out of five. However,
about half of the men placed in
1-A are being rejected in the
medical examination, making the
proportion of those who are
ready to go and fit as-well, ap-
proximaately one man to every
10 registered. Selection of 14
men for February call may
thus sift the lest as far as Order
No. 140 or farther.

Friday Finds

Do you have any documents in your files that you do not remember how you learned of their existence? That’s the case with today’s Friday Find.

This document is photocopies of pages from the Illinois Executive Record. According to my handwritten notations on the copies, this was from Volume 1 for the years 1818-1832. I have not been able to locate this source online.

Buried in the photocopies from the 1827 and 1829 pages are two little pieces of information about Hiram M Curry of Peoria County, Illinois

page 149
Vandalia January 5, 1827
Peoria
Issued Commissions to Hiram M Curry & Isaac
Waters as justices of the Peace for Peoria County

page 211
Vandalia September 2 1829
10
Issued commission to Hiram M Curry Justice of the peace for
the County of Peoria

Below are images from that document.

Executive Record Illinois, 1818-1832, Volume 1: page 149, 211, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.
Executive Record Illinois, 1818-1832, Volume 1: page 149, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.
Executive Record Illinois, 1818-1832, Volume 1: page 211, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

RootsMagic to WikiTree

Do you have any of your tree on WikiTree? Although I had heard “Dear Myrtle,” “Cousin Russ” and others talk about “cousin bait” and the use of WikiTree, I don’t have a lot of my data on WikiTree.

That all may change thanks to the recent meeting of Topeka Genealogical Society‘s Computer Special Interest Group (via zoom) last Thursday. During the meeting, Rich shared a lot of information about WikiTree including a GenealogyTV video.

After participating in the group, I decided to give WikiTree another try.

Since I have been updating my 3rd great-grandparents, I decided to see whether I could use a RootsMagic narrative report to create a profile for one of those great grandparents. I started with Henry Burke, whom I had to add. Since I had his daughter, Angelina Burke in my tree, I clicked on her father to add him. Then I

  • entered his birth and death dates
  • verified he wasn’t already in the tree
  • added his place of death
  • added the Find a Grave record as the source

This created a ‘basic profile.’ Then I clicked to EDIT the profile. I copied the RootsMagic narrative report that I had created for Henry Burke into the biography section. This replaced the “generic” birth/death information with the narrative for his life. This process changes the superscript endnotes numbers to regular numbers at the end of each fact sentence.

I had previously tried this with Nelson G. Crawford‘s profile and decided to put parenthesis around the numbers so that readers might realize they were embedded endnote numbers.

When working with Henry Burke’s profile, I explored the help resources and discovered that I could “embed” the sources by using the <ref> tag.

Further down on the help page was information on how to reuse a citation.

Since I’ve used the Find a Grave citation for multiple facts, I wanted to use this technique for that source. So, I assigned the name “find grave”

Then I just referred to that name when I wanted to reuse the citation.

When finished embedding the sources, I saved the profile. This published my narrative report with superscript endnote numbers.

At the bottom of the biography is the numbered list of sources with links back to the biography.

To summarize, I

  • Used RootsMagic to generate a narrative report for my ancestor and open that report in Word.
  • Copied the biographical portion of the narrative report into the WikiTree profile for my ancestor
  • Used the <ref> </ref> tags to create an embedded citation
  • Copied the source information from the word copy of the narrative report (or from RootsMagic) and pasted it after the <ref> tag and before the </ref> tag
  • Used the name= function to assign a name to a citation so that I could reuse it
  • Saved the updated profile when finished embedding the sources (See Henry Burke)

Now that I’ve not only figured out how I can use the narrative report to create the WikiTree biography but also how it fairly quickly and easily embed the citations, I will likely build out more of my tree.

Henry F. Burke

Henry F. Burke was born on 30 Apr 1811.12

He was listed on the tax rolls as Henry F. Burk in 1839 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.3

He lived in Platte City, Platte County, Missouri on 1 Jul 1840.4

Henry owned the NE 1/4 of S27 T54N R36W on 21 Aug 1843 in Platte City, Platte County, Missouri.56

He sold land beng NE 1/4 Section 27 Township 54 Range 36 on 5 Mar 1845 in Platte County, Missouri.7

He died on 30 Oct 1845 at the age of 34 in Weston, Platte County, Missouri.2,89

Henry was buried after 30 Oct 1845 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, Platte County, Missouri.2,910

His estate was ordered to pay D. P. Wallingford $56.75 and John G Burk $85 on 2 Mar 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.11

Land entry papers were filed for the NE 1/4 of Section 27 in township 54 of Range 36 on 1 Apr 1846 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri, United States.1213

A claim for $122 against the estate of Henry F Burke was granted to William C. Moore on 4 Apr 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.14

His estate was authorized to sell a negro girl named Clovia on 4 May 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.15

Henry’s estate was ordered to pay Robert Shaw $5.33 and James Kuykendall $12 on 1 Jun 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.16

His estate was ordered to pay J. Woods $9 on 5 Aug 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.17

His estate was ordered to pay Joseph Dinon $104.73 and A. M. Bell $24.50 on 7 Sep 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

Henry’s estate was ordered to pay Benjamin Holliday $7.40 on 2 Feb 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.19

Henry F. Burke and Elizabeth Ann Bland8 were married on 22 Oct 1835 in Monroe, Kentucky, United States.2022

Elizabeth Ann Bland, daughter of Eli Bland and Sarah Susan Anderson, was born on 25 Dec 1813.2324

She was  appointed administrator of the estate of Henry Burke on 3 Nov 1845 in Platte, Missouri, United States.25

She presented an invetory and bill of sale of the effects for Henry Burke’s estate on 5 Jan 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.26

Elizabeth was listed on the tax rolls with 1 slave valued at $400, 3 horses, 8 cows and 1 C&W in 1847 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.27

She made her first annual statement as administratrix for the estate of Henry Burke on 8 Feb 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.28

She purchased the S 1/2 SW 1/4 Section 34 T54 R36 for $260 from Elihu H. Randolph and his wife Marthy on 25 Mar 1847 in Platte City, Platte County, Missouri.29

Elizabeth filed a petition for the sale of real estate in Henry Burke’s estate to pay debts on 6 May 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.30

On 8 May 1847, she sold land being lot number 11 in block number 42 in Weston, Platte County, Missouri.31

On 4 Aug 1847, she was authorized as administratrix of the estate of Henry Burke to sell lots 11 and 12 in Block 42 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.32

Elizabeth was  ordered by the court as administratrix of the estate of Henry Burke that she be authorized to sell lot in block 42 on 1 Nov 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.33

On 6 Dec 1847, she was ordered by the court to continue the sale of town lot in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.34

She submitted the second annual report for the estate of Henry Burke on 7 Feb 1848 in Platte, Missouri, United States.35

Elizabeth was  made a report to the court about the insufficient personal property to pay the debts of Henry Burke’s estate on 10 Nov 1848 in Platte, Missouri, United States.36

She sold land being lot 11 in block 42 in the estate of Henry Burke on 10 Nov 1848 in Platte County, Missouri.37

She was listed on the tax rolls with 1 slave valued at $250 and $55 in other property in 1849 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.38

In 1850, Elizabeth was listed on the slave schedule owning one 19 year old black female in Marshall Township, Platte, Missouri, United States.39

She lived in Weston, Platte County, Missouri on 13 Aug 1850.40

She purchased land being the northwest forty of the SW 1/4 Section 34 T54 R36 from Elisah H. Randolph for $300 on 21 May 1851 in Platte City, Platte County, Missouri.4142

Elizabeth was appointed executor of the estate of Sarah G. Maynard and Martin T. Maynard, heirs at law of Eli Bland, deceased on 1 Mar 1852 in Platte, Missouri, United States. 43

She sold land being the 10 acres of land lying on the East side of Bear creek and adjoining the land of John Groff all part of West 1/2 SW 1/4 S34 T54 R36 to John Groff for $100 on 7 Sep 1852 in Platte City, Platte County, Missouri.44

She sold land being the E 1/2 SW 1/4 Section 34 T54 R365 containing 80 acres for $3200 to Matthew Martin Bland on 21 Apr 1860 in Platte County, Missouri.45

Elizabeth lived in Marshall Township, Platte, Missouri, United States on 29 Jun 1860.46

She died before Feb 1865 at the age of 51 in Platte County, Missouri.47

Her administrator of her estate presented proof of motion of grant of letters to the court on 4 Feb 1865 in Platte, Missouri, United States.47

The court ordered the sale of Elizabeth’s land due to a petition for partition filed by her daughters, Sarah Hornbuckle and Angelina Curry. The land was sold to son, Milton E. Burk.48

In the case of Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah Hornbuckle, his wife & Hiram Curry and Angelina Curry, his wife, versus Milton E Burke, the court found for the plaintiffs’ and assessed damages on 5 Apr 1877 in Platte, Missouri, United States.49

The Court of Common Pleas case of Guilford Hornbuckle & Sarah Hornbuckle, his wife & Hiram Curry and Angelina Curry, his wife, vs. John M. Burke and Milton E. Burke was affirmed on 10 Apr 1877 in Platte, Missouri, United States.50

Elizabeth may have been buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, Platte County, Missouri.24

ENDNOTES:

1. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record —

2. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Henry F Burke (1811-1845), Find a Grave Memorial no. #24041218, created by Laura Tasset Koehn, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Weston, Platte County, Missouri; accompanying photograph by Marcia Philbrick, Henry F Burke.

3. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849; 1840 Federal Census Sale of Sixteenth Section 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847 and 1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 3 (Burke.MO.052).

4. 1840 U.S. Census, Platte County Missouri, Platte County, Missouri, Henry S. Burke; digital images,  (: viewed online July 2017).

5. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849; 1840 Federal Census Sale of Sixteenth Section 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847 and 1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 133 (Doc. #: Burke.MO.052).

6. Montegue W. E., County Surveyor, The Official Copy of the Land Record – Platte County, Missouri (N.p.: Reprinted by Platte County Historical Society, 1972), page 17 (image 19); digital image, FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org viewed online 1 September 2022.

7. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895. digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online September 2017.

8. “1884 Complaint Burke vs Brooks,” transcription of court documents, Barbara_Parker1510, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Henry F. Burke; transcribed from FHL Film #985,278.

9. Platte County Historical Society, Compiler, Cemetery Records of Platte County, Missouri, digital edition (Platte City, Missouri: Platte County Historical Society, 1960), page 11; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org viewed online 1 September 2022.

10. , (Doc. #: Burke.MO.005), Laurel Hill Cemetery, , .

11. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 246; Estate of H. F. Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

12. United States, U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907, Henry Burke, 1 April 1846; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016).

13. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 2 September 2022), Henry F Burke.

14. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

15. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

16. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

17. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

18. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

19. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

20. The History of Monroe County Kentucky 1820-1988 (Tompkinsville, KY: Birdwell, 1996)

21. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 2 September 2022.

22. Early Monroe County, Kentucky Marriages, Henry Burke, 1835; database, Monroe County Marriages (www.public.asu.edu/~moore : printout March 2003).

23. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births, Children of H. F. & E. A. Burk “Elizabeth Ann Blond wife of Henry F. Burke and mother of Angelina J. Burk was borned December 25th 1813”

24. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 3 September 2020), memorial for Elizabeth Ann Bland Burke (1813-1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. #2451082, created by Laura Tasset Koehn, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Weston, Platte County, Missouri; accompanying photograph by Mike and Shellie Bailey, Elizabeth Ann Bland Burke.

25. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

26. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

27. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849; 1840 Federal Census Sale of Sixteenth Section 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847 and 1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 147 (Doc. #: Burke.MO.052).

28. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

29. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #988435 DGS 008197429. Elizabeth Burke, 25 Mar 1847; Vik, E: page 499; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 September 2022.

30. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

31. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #Film 988436 DGS 008197428. Elizabeth Burke, 6 Dec 1847; Vol. F: page 114 (Image 63); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : Viewed online April 2018.

32. Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

33. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Elizabeth Burke, 1 Nov 1847; Vol. 1: page 170 (image 97); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

34. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Estate of Henry Burke, Dec 1847; vol. 1: page 194; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

35. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Henry Burke Estate, 7 Feb 1848; Vol. 1: page 235 (image 131); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

36. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Henry Burke Estate, 10 Nov 1848; vol. 1: page 459-460; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

37. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #988436 DGS 8197428. Eliz Burke, 8 May 1847; Vol. F: page 114-115 (image 63); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online September 2017.

38. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849; 1840 Federal Census Sale of Sixteenth Section 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847 and 1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 195 (Burke.MO.052).

39. 1850 U.S. Census, Platte County, Missouri, Slave Schedule, Marshall Township, Platte County, Missouri Image 2 of 5, line 19, Elizh Burke; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestory.com : viewed online 3 September 2022)

40. 1850 U.S. Census, Platte County, Missouri, population schedule, Marshall Township, Platte County, MIssouri, page 328 Image 11 of 43, household 82, Elizabeth Burk; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA Microfilm Publication M432

41. Platte County, Missouri. Book H, page 548 (Doc. #: Burke.MO.023).

42. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #988438 DGS 8197427. Elizabeth Burke, 21 May 1851; Vol. H: page 548 (Image 283); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

43. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988947 DGS 007631730. Elizabeth A Burke, 1 March 1852; Vol. B: page 288 (image 192); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 9 September 2022.

44. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #988439 DGS 8197426. Elizabeth Burke, 7 July 1852; Vol. I: page 519 – 520 (images 274-275); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 9 September 2022.

45. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #988446 DGS 8486857. Elizabeth Burke, 21 Apr 1860; Vol. P: Page 323 (Image 170); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 9 September 2022.

46. 1860 U.S. Census, Platte County, Missouri, population schedule, , Marshall Township, Platte County, Missouri, page 212 Image 45 and 46 of 49, Elizabeth Burk; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653

47. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988954 DGS 7631756. Elizabeth Burke, 4 Feb 1865; Vol. I: page 112 (image 90); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

48. Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895.  Film #988239 DGS 8486504. Hornbuckel, Curry petition, Nov 1876; Vol. 7: page 584-586 (image 298-299); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

49. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988428 DGS 8486528. Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah Hornbuckle, his wife & Hiram Curry and Angelina Curry, his wife, v. Milton E. Burke, 5 Apr 1877; Vol. N: page 388 (image 231; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 6 September 2022.

50. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887.  Film #988428 DGS 8486528. Guilford Hornbuckle & Sarah Hornbuckle, his wife & Hiram Curry and Angelina Curry, his wife vs. John  M. Burke & Milton E. Burke, 10 Apr 1877; Vol. N: page 407 (image 240); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 6 September 2022.

Henry Burke Probate

Have you ever tracked the probate of an estate thru multiple years in court records? Such a task was necessary with the estate of Henry Burke of Platte County, Missouri. In the process, court records had to be searched for both Henry Burke and his wife, Elizabeth Burke

1845 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth Burke was appointed administrator of the estate of Henry Burke on 3 Nov 1845 in Platte County, Missouri.

And now at this day comes Elizabeth Burke
and files here affidavit and on her application
this ordered by the court that she be and hereby
is appointed administration of the estate of Henry
Burke deceased and requires her to execute
bond as such administration in the sum of six-
teen hundred dollars with approved security
and there upon the said Elizabeth Burke one
enter her bond as aforesaid in the sum afore
sad with Matthew M. Bland and Alfred Kirk
patric securities which is received and ap
proved by the court.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 215; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1846 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth Burke presented an inventory and bill of sale of the effects for Henry Burke’s estate on 5 Jan 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Now at this day comes Elizabeth Burke admini
stration of the estate of Henry Burke deceased and
presents her inventory and sale bill of the effects of
said estate which were received by the court and
ordered to be preserved on file.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 229; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

1846 – PROBATE – Platte County, Missouri

Henry Burke’s estate was ordered to pay D. P. Wallingford $56.75 and John G. Burk $85 on 2 Mar 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.[1]

Monday March 2nd 1846
D. P. Wallingford
vs
Estate of H F Burke
Legal notice being duly
served upon the administration of said estate
and the demand of plaintiff being proven
the allows the said plaintiff fifty six dollars
75 cts assigns his demand to the 5th days
John G Burk
Vs
Estate of H F Burke dec’d
Legal notice being
served on the administration of said estate, ordered
by the plaintiffs demand for eighty five dollars be
allowed and assigned to the 5 days.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 255; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

1846 – COURT– Platte County, Missouri

A claim for $122 against the estate of Henry F Burke was granted to William C. Moore on 4 Apr 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.[1]

Wednesday April 4th AD 1846
William C Moore
Vs
Henry F Burke Deceased
Notice having been pro
ven, the Court allows the plaintiffs claim of $122
unto and assigned to the 5th days

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 246; Estate of H. F. Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

1846 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

His estate was authorized to sell a negro girl named Clovia on 4 May 1846 in Platte County, MIssouri.

The court authorizes the administration of
Henry F Burk deceased to sell a negro girl named
Clovia, belonging to said estate to the highest bid
der on the first day of the June county court
on a audit of twelve months.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 256; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

1846 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

His estate was ordered to pay Robert Shaw $5.333 and James Kuykendall $12 on 1 Jun 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Robert Shaw
vs
Estate of H. F. Burke deceased legal notice being
received the court allows plaintiff five dollars and
33 cents for his debt and assign it to the 5th day.

James Kuykendall
vs
Estate of H. F. Burke deceased legal notice being
received the court allows plaintiff twelve dollars
for his debt and assigns to the 5th day.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 261; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1846 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Henry Burke’s estate was ordered to pay J. Woods $9 on 5 Aug 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

J Woods
vs
Estate of H F Burke deceased legal notice being
waived the court allows plaintiff nine dollars
for his debt and assigns it to the 1st day.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 267; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1847 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

His estate was ordered to pay Benjamin Holliday $7.40 on 2 Feb 1847 in Platte County, Missouri.

Benjamin Holliday
vs
The Estate of Henry F Burk dec’d
acct 7.40 dollars
legal motion
being waived in open court
and the court being satisfied with proof the amt of
seven dollars and forty cents is aclaimed by this court and
assigned to the 5th class

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 309; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1847- COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth Burke made her first annual statement as administratrix for the estate of Henry Burke on 8 Feb 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Now here comes Elizabeth A Burk administratrix of estate of Henry F Burk makes her first annual settlement which is in the words and figures following to wit:

For amount of sale bill of personal estate Filed July 5, 1845 $483.93
for amount of proceeds of sale of negro girl $299.28

Total Indebtness $783.18

By payment to Dr. W I Westerfield voucher No 1 $7.00
By payment to Peter Bishler voucher no 2 $5.00
by payment to John W Taylor voucher no 3 $2.50
by payment to A. M. Bett voucher no 4 $10.00
by payment to G P Past voucher no 5 $2.19
by payment to G W Goodlander voucher no 6 $3.50
by balance being indebtedness Feb 8 1846 $750.99

Now here comes Elizabeth Burk administratrix of the
estate of Henry F Burk deceased and files in
open court here her petition in writing stating that the
personal estate of said deceased is insufficient to pay
the debts of said estate, and prays for the sale of the
real estate of said deceased to wit: lots no. 11 and 12 in
block no 42 in the town of Weston in Platte County
or so much thereof as will pay the debts of said
estate. Accompanied by a true account of her admin
istration. A list of the debts due and by the said de
ceased and remaining unpaid and accounting
of the real estate and the remaining personal
and all the assets in her hands. The whole verified
by the affidavit of the said administratrix
It is therefore ordered by the court that all per
sons interested in said estate be notified thereof
and that unless the contrary be shown on the first
day of the next May session of this court AD 1847
An order will be made for the sale of the
whole of said real estate as will pay the debts of
estate and expenses of administration such notice
may be given by ten hand bills put up in the pub
lic places in Platte County in which said real estate
is situate. Court adjourns till 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 313; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1847 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth filed a petition for the sale of real estate in Henry Burke’s estate to pay debts on 6 May 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Thursday May 6 AD 1847
In Matter of Estate of
Henry F Burke deceased
Order to sell real estate
And now here comes Elizabeth Burke
administratrix of said decedents estate and proves to the
satisfaction of the court that she has notified according
to law all persons interested in said estate that she has
filed her petition in this court praying the sale of the
real estate of said decedent or so much thereof as will be
sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and the expenses of
administration, said petition being accompanied by a true
account of her administration, a list of debts due to and
by the deceased and remaining unpaid, and an inventory of
the real estate and remaining personal estate with its appraised
value and of all the assets in her hands. The [whoh] verefied
by the affidavit of said administratrix. and the court
being satisfied that the prayer of said petition ought to be
granted doth order that the said Elizabeth Burke as such
administratrix sell the following described real estate or so
much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and the
expenses of administration, that is to say
lots number eleven and twelve in block number forty two
with their appurtenances, situated in the county of Platte in
the state of Missouri, said real estate to be sold at public
or private sale in the discretion of said administratrix. If at
public sale, to be at the court house door in Platt City
on the first Monday in August next between the hours
of ten o’clock in the forenoon and five o’clock in the afternoon
of said day at public outcry and openly by auction to
the highest bidder, first giving 4 weeks notice in a newspaper
or twenty days previous notice by ten written notices
posted up at different public places in said County of
Platt of the true place and terms of sale.
And that said administratrix report her proceedings
herein to the next August term of this Court
Ordered that court adjourn until
Nine o’clock tomorrow morning.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 339; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1847 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth Burke was authorized as administratrix of the estate of Henry Burke to sell lots 11 and 12 in block 42 on 4 Aug 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States

In the matter of the Estate of
Henry F Burk dec’d
Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burk
administratrix of said estate by and she is hereby authorized
and required to sell the following real estate belonging to said estate
to wit: lots no. 11 and 12 in block no 42 in the Town of Weston
either at public or private sale on the first week of the next
Sept. circuit court she first giving public notice of said
sail by posting up hand bills to that effect.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 358; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

1847 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth was ordered by the court as administratrix of the estate of Henry Burke that she be authorized to sell lot in block 42 on 1 Nov 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burke, administratrix of the
Estate of Henry F. Burke deceased be the authorized to sell lot no
in block no 42 in the town of Weston at private or public sale
by giving four weeks notice by 10 written hand bills in ten pub
lic places in this county to be sold if at public sale on the
first day of the next session of this court on a cr of six months
the purchase giving bond with approved security.

Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Elizabeth Burke, 1 Nov 1847; Vol. 1: page 170 (image 97); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

1847 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

On 6 Dec 1847, she was ordered by the court to continue the sale of town lot in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States

Ordered by the court that Elizabeth Burke administratrix
of the estate Henry F Burke deceased continue the sale of town lot
in Westin until the first Monday in January 1847.

Platte County, Missouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 339; Elizabeth Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728

1848 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth Burke submitted the second annual report for the estate of Henry Burke on 7 Feb 1848 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Now here came Elizabeth Burk administratrix of the
Estate of Henry F Burk dec and makes her 2 annual
settlement of said estate, which stands thus

amt at last settlement $750.90
Cash rec’d since that time $259.02
total $1000.00

Contra Cr
1 Clks fees for recording $ .75
2 Lewis Clerks fee $6.10
3 Amt pd Martin Bland $15.00
4 Amt Dr. A. M. Bett $ 8.00
5 Amt D. P. Mallingford $15.00
6 Amt Nathan Newby $ 3.00
7 Amt paid J Woods $ 9.00
8 Amt paid Saml Dowery $ 2.00
9 P. C. Poacity $ 6.92 $1000.00 debts
10 W H Bell $ 40.00
11 B Holladay $ 3.00
12 W H Bell $140.00
13 Jas Kuykendall $ 5.00
14 J. G. Coksill $ 6.00 259.77 credits

Bal on hand Feb 7 1848 $740.24

Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Henry Burke Estate, 7 Feb 1848; Vol. 1: page 235 (image 131); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022

1848 – COURT – Platte County, Missouri

Elizabeth made a report to the court about the insufficient personal property to pay the debts of Henry Burke’s estate on 10 Nov 1848 in Platte, Missouri, United States.

Now at this time of the court comes Elizabeth Burke administratrix
of the estate of Henry F Burk deceased and files her report of all the
proceedings in relation to the sale of real estate made under the order of this
court which is as follows
Whereas at the February term of the County Court of Platte County
Missouri, the said administratrix filed her petition in the court as
the law requires showing the amount of indebtedness of said estate
and also of the amount of money on hand and due said estate, and
sharing to the said satisfaction of the court that the personal property is wholly
insufficient to pay the debts of said estate and praying for a sale order for
the sale lots no. 11 & 12 in block no. 42 situate in the town of Weston
Platte County aforesaid which petition references may be had to said petition
now on file in this office, whereupon the said court proceed to make an
order requiring said administratrix to notify all person interested in said
estate to be [?] appear at the May term of said county court AD 1847 to
show cause why said order of sale should not be made by posting up
ten hand bills in ten public places in said county, where upon at the August
Term AD 1847 of said county court the said administratrix proved
to the satisfaction of the court that she has notified according to law
all persons interested in said estate and the court being satisfied
that the prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted did then and
there order and require that the said Elizabeth as adminstratrix
aforesaid, sell the above described real estate, or so much thereof
as will be sufficient to pay the debts of said estate and ex
penses of administration at public auction at the courthouse
door in Plate City on the 1st Monday in August AD 1847 first
giving 4 weeks notice in same newspaper or twenty days notice
previous to the day of sale, by ten written notices posted up
at different public places in said county of Platte, of time, places
and manner of said sale, whereupon at the August session of
said court AD 1847 said court made an order requiring
the said real estate above described to be sold at the said November
term 1847 of the first week of the circuit court within and
of said county also requiring the said administratrix to give pub
lic notice — whereupon the said administratrix proceeded to sell
said real estate on the 6th day of September 1847, and William
Bell, then and then became the purchaser of lot no. 12 in block
no 42, for the sum of twenty dollars and James Johnson
was the highest and best bidder for not no 11 in block no 42
for the sum of thirty five dollars said Johnson refusing to pay
the purchase money on said lot no 11 in block no 42 where
upon at the November term of said court said administratrix
was ordered to resell said lot no 11 in block no 42 on the
first day of the next December term 1847 of said court by giving
four weeks notice by posting up 10 hand bills in 10 of the
court, a copy of which notice is herewith filed as part of this
report — whereupon, whereupon the said administratrix on the
first Monday in December and whilst the county court
of said county was in session, the same being the 6th day of
December AD 1847, proceeded at the court house door to sell
said lot no 11 in block no 42 to the highest bidder and with
our Mr. Suggett being the highest & best bidder, said lot was cried off
to him at the price of twenty one dollars and twenty five cents
whereupon said Suggett executed his bond with approved
surety for the payment of said money as required by the
order of this court, whereupon the said Elizabeth Burke as
administratrix aforesaid mad and executed her deed as
aforesaid to the aforesaid purchaser on the 9th day of Nov
ember AD 1848, all of which is respectfully submitted

Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Film #988945 DGS 7631728. Henry Burke Estate, 10 Nov 1848; vol. 1: page 459-460; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022

Death Date

Do you have an ancestor in your tree whose death date and place is unknown? That’s been my struggle with my 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Bland Burke.

Elizabeth’s husband, Henry Burke died in 1845. He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, Missouri. Elizabeth Burke is found on the 1850 and 1860 census living in Platte County, Missouri. However, she is not there in 1870. Nor, have I been able to find an Elizabeth Burke living across the Missouri River in Kansas.

Since Mrs. Jane Burke married Joseph Moore in 1866, I’ve wondered whether Mrs. Jane Burke was my missing Elizabeth Ann Burke. However, I’ve never found anything connecting Mrs. Jane Moore to the children of Henry and Elizabeth Burke.

At some point, I located a HORNBUCKEL deed to partition land that Elizabeth Burke had purchased in 1851.

Platte County Missouri
Deed records 1839-1895

Deed Index v. 7-8 1876-1879
Film 988239 DGS 8486504

Vol. 7 p. 584
Image 298

To all to whome these presents shall come
know ye that whereas at the November term 1876 of the
Weston court of Common Pleas of the said county of
Platte in a certain quit then pending in said court
wherein Gilford Hornbuckel and Sarah Hornbuckel
his wife and Hiram Curry and Anglina Curry his wife
were petitioners against John M. Burk and Milton E. Burk.
defendants for the petition of the following described real
estate situate lying and being in the county of Platte
and state of Missouri to wit.
All of the east half of the south west quarter of section (34)
thirty four in township (54) fifty four and range (36) thirty six
lying and being situated in Weston township Platte County
Missouri save and except (1) one acre beginning at the north east
corner of said east half and running thence west (20) twenty poles
thence south (6) six poles thence to the eastern line of said quarter
section then to the beginning and also except all that part
of said east half of said quarter section lying east of Bear
Creek on the southeast corner of said East half.
The said court then and these decried that partition of
said land be made among the parties according to their
respective interest and it appearing to said court that
said land could not be divided in kind amongst the
parties therein the undersigned Marshall of the Weston
court of common pleas was ordered by said court to
sell said real estate and it was thence ordered and de
=creed by said court that the said marshall proceed to
advertise and sell the same according to law all of
which facts and orders of court fully appear from the
records of said court and whereas a certified copy
of said order of sale was duly made out by the clerk
of said court and to him the said marshall delivered dated
March 12th 1877 and where as in obedience to said order
of sale I the said Marshal did cause the said real
estate to be advertised for sale for a period of not
less than twenty days next preceding the day of the sale here
inafter mentioned by advertisement in the Weston
Commercial a newspaper printed in Weston Platte county
state aforesaid containing a particular description of the
real estate to be sold and stating the time and place
and terms of sale and whereas in obedience and
conformity to said order of sale and advertisement

page 585
aforesaid I the said marshall did on the 9th day of July
1877 at the July Term of the said court of said last named
county for the year 1877 and while said last named
court was in session between the hours of nine o’clock
in the forenoon and five o’clock in the afternoon of
that day proceed to offer and expose to sale at public
auction to the highest bidder on the following terms
viz for cash in hand at the courthouse door
in Weston of said county of Platte the real estate
above described and having so offered and expo
sed the same for sale for a long space of time as
aforesaid and Milton E. Burk being the best highest
and last bidder for the following described part of
said real estate became the purchaser thereof for
the price and purse of thirteen hundred and fifty
dollars and — cents to wit.
All of the east half of the south west quarter section (34)
thirty four in township (54) fifty four of range (36) thirty
six lying and being situated in Weston township Platte
County Missouri save and except (1) one acre beginning
at the northeast corner of said east half and running thence
west (20) poles thence south (6) poles thence to the eastern line
of the said quarter section thence to the beginning and
also except all that part of said east half of said quarter
section lying east of Bear creek on the southeast corner
of said east half
And whereas the said Milton Burk has fully paid
and satisfied to me the full amount of money by him
bid as aforesaid for said last described real estate
now therefore know all men by these presents that I
Joseph B. Evans marshall as aforesaid for and in
consideration of the promises and of said sum of
thirteen hundred and fifty —/100 dollars to him in hand paid do
assign transfer and convey and set over unto
the said Milton E Burk heirs and assignees forever as
fully and effectually as I the said marshall by the powers
and authority in me vested in the premises as such
can sell and convey the same
In testimony whereof I the said Marshal have

page 586
her unto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this
12th day of July 1877
Joseph B Evans (seal)
Marshall of the Weston court of Common Pleas

State of Missouri
County of Platte
In the Weston Court of Common Please
July Term AD 1877
Be it remembered that on this fourteenth day of July in the
year of our Lord 1877 before W H Roney Judge of the
Weston Court of Common Pleas within and for the county
aforesaid came into open court Joseph B Evans
Marshal of said Court personally known to said
Judge to be the same person whose name is subscribed
to the foregoing instrument of writing as having execu
ted the same and also know to be the marshall as in
said deed described and then and there in open
court before the said Judge acknowledged the said
instrument to be his act and deed for th purposes therein
mentioned. This certificate of said acknowledgment
being ordered by the said court to be endorsed by
the clerk on this deed.
In testimony whereof I William F Yocum clerk of our
said court have hereunto set my hand and affixed
the seal of said court done at office in Weston
in the county aforesaid
(LS) W F Yocum clerk
Filed for record at 9:30 am October 1st 1877
R L Waller
Recorder of Deeds

Missouri, Platte County. Deed records, 1839-1895. Film #988239 DGS 8486504. HOrnbuckel, Curry petition, Nov 1876; Vol. 7: page 584-586 (image 298-299); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

Based on the above deed, I concluded that Elizabeth Bland Burke had died prior to November 1876. Since the deed refers to a case in the Court of Common Pleas, I decided to see if I could locate any court records.

Unfortunately, the Court of Common Pleas records are not available for Platte County, Missouri on FamilySearch. However, two other sets of Platte County court records are available. In Volume N of the Platte County, Missouri Court Records 1839-1887, I found additional information about the argument between the children: Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah his wife; Hiram Curry and Angelina, his wife; John M. Burke and Milton E. Burke.

Missouri Circuit Court (Platte County)
Court Records, 1839-1887

Court Records, v. N-O 1875-1881
Film 988428 DGS 8486528

Index image 15
Hornbuckle G et al vs M E Burke 388 407 409
Hornbuckle G et al vs J. M. Burke et al 407 409

Volume N page 388 (Image 231)
Thursday April 5th 1877

Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah, his wife & Hiram Curry
& Angelina Curry his wife
vs
Milton E. Burke
Now came the parties by their attornies and

Volume N page 389
Thursday, April 5th 1877
announcing themselve ready, waive a jury and submit the tract thereof to
the Court; the Court hears the evidence and being fully advised in the premises
finds for the plaintiffs and assesses their damages in the sum of six hun
dred and seventy nine & 92/100 dollars ($679 92/100) It is therefore consider
ed by the Court that the plaintiffs receive of the defendant the sum of
six hundred and seventy nine and 92/100 dollars ($679 92/100) so assessed as
aforesaid and their costs and charges herein ex[pended] and have thereof execu
tion

Volume N page 407 (image 240)
Tuesday April 10th 1877
Guilford Hornbuckle & Sarah Hornbuckle his wife
& Hiram Curry & Angelina Curry, his wife
vs
John M. Burke & Milton E. Burke
Now at this day comes
the parties herein
by their attorneys &
this cause coming on
for a hearing, the same is submitten to the Court by agreement; the Court
having duly considered the papers and exhibits therein together with the
arguments of counsel, order, adjudges and decrees that the judgment
rendered herein by the Weston Court of Common Pleas, be affirmed
and that a copy hereof be certified to said Common Pleas Court
(Furnished by J. W. Coburn)

Volume N page 409 (image 241)
Tuesday April 10th 1877
Guilford Hornbuckle & Sarah Hornbuckle his wife
& Hiram Curry and his wife Angelina Curry
vs John M. Burke & Milton E. Burke
Now came the parties by
their attornies and the de
fendants present their mo
tion for a new trial herein
which by agreement is taken up by the Court and overruled & ordered to be balance
on file; also their motion [vs] arrest of the judgment herein which by a
greement is taken up & by the Court overruled & ordered to be placed on file
and thereupon their affidavit for an appeal hereof to the Supreme Court
of this State
, on consideration of which the Court order that an appeal
be allowed. and the court grants to defendants ten days to file a
bond for said appeal in the sum of $500 and twenty days
to prepare and file herein their bill of exceptions.

Since the April 1877 court entry indicates that the court “allowed” an appeal to the Supreme Court, I need to expand my search for additional court records.

However, a search of the set of Platte County, Missouri records group titled “Court Record, 1839-1887; probate docket 1894-1901” found a court record that helps narrow down Elizabeth Burke’s death date.

Platte County, Missouri
Court Record, 1839-1887; probate docket 1894-1901

Court Record, v. I 1864-1867
Film 988954 DGS 7631756

Image 7 – Index
Burke Elizabeth 112

page 112 (Image 90)
Vacation February 4th AD 1865
In the matter of estate
of Elizabeth Burke decd
Adm presents proof of motion of Grant of
letters which is ordered to be filed.

Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Film #988954 DGS 7631756. Elizabeth Burke, 4 Feb 1865; Vol. I: page 112 (image 90); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.
Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Film #988954 DGS 7631756. Elizabeth Burke, 4 Feb 1865; Vol. I: page 112 (image 90); digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 5 September 2022.

Since Elizabeth Burke is listed as ‘decd’ in the above record, I have concluded that she died prior to 4 February 1865.

This 1865 court record not only explains why I couldn’t find Elizabeth in the 1870 census records but also verifies that she is NOT the Mrs. Jane Burke that married Joseph Moor.