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.

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) Think of any number of genealogy events or moments that make you have a genealogy happy dance, an ah-ha moment.

As I’ve been working on my genealogy for over 40 years, there have been many ‘ah-ha’ moments over the years.

Trips

  • Trips to Salt Lake City to research at the Family History Library – I was able to take two bus trips to Salt Lake to spend a week at the library. Later, a family trip to the Tetons had a ‘detour’ thru Salt Lake City where we spent a few days researching.
  • Trip to Kentucky and Ohio to research at The Filson Library, the Kentucky Historical Society, the University of Kentucky library, the Preble County (OH) courthouse and the Eaton Public library.
  • Trip to Oregon following the Oregon Trail and researching at Baker, LaGrande, and the Oregon Historical society.
  • Trip to Des Moines to research at the Iowa Archives and the Iowa Genealogical Society library.
  • Trip to Indiana to research in Warren, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.
  • Trip to Independence Missouri to read Oregon Trail diaries (even though I didn’t find my relative.)

Research Finds

  • Receiving copies of family Bible records in the mail — CRAWFORD and WELLS

DNA

  • Testing my own DNA
  • Testing my brothers’ and my mother’s DNA
  • Connecting with a DNA match who is a grand-daughter of a 1st cousin
  • Testing my brothers’ yDNA
  • yDNA results that show a potential connection with descendants of two other men named James Crawford from the area of Garrard County, Kentucky
  • DNA results that support my CURREY line of research

Favorite ‘Moments’

  • Digitization of Newspapers
  • Digitization of FamilySearch microfilm
  • Seneca Public Library agreeing to become an Affiliate Library
  • Any time I can connect with another researcher and exchange information!

Saturday Tidbits

Draft Order
(Official List Continued)

The Courier Tribune
16 Jan 1941
page 2

1451 Charles Casper Bauer
1452 Leo John Heideman
1453 Loren Henry Carpenter
1454 Bernard James Heideman
1455 Judd Allen Austin
1456 Donald Eugene Little
1457 LeRoy August Ritchie
1458 Joy Lee Meyer
1459 Wm Wesley Ralston
1460 Freeman Johnathan Davis
1461 Marvin Mefford Brammer
1462 Karl Peter Werner
1463 Leo Anthony Mueting
1464 Edwin Frank Brucken
1465 Walter Lee Hess
1466 Elmer Bernard Brinker
1457 Elmer Woodrow Lindeen
1468 Albert Louis W Rogers
1469 Bernard A. Niehues, Jr
1470 Lawrence Dale Freel
1471 Emil C. Strahm
1472 Walter Plattner
1473 Vern Bernard Melcher
1474 Floyd Wessel Clarkson
1475 Andrew Wm Broxterman
1476 John Peter Waller
1477 Callistus Jacob Kramer
1478 Paul Fangman
1479 Edwin L. Roggenkamp
1480 Ross Edgar George
1481 Zeno Merlin Miller
1482 Leonard Sylvester Becker
1483 Thomas Bernard Wichman
1484 Elmer Taft Keck
1485 Leo Henry Buessing
1486 Leslie Charles Little
1487 Archie Edward Armstrong
1488 Tim Brunner
1489 Asa Robert Campbell
1490 Wm. Audry Srite
1491 Frank Roscoe Fidler
1492 Mathias Christian Rochel
1493 Arthur Randolph Barrett
14949 Peter Wm. Schmits
1495 Roy Welcome Moore
1496 Glen Wesely Norrie
1497 Clarence Warren Feek
1498 Lawrence August Weyer
1499 Kenneth Neidert Carpenter
1500 Wm. James Hopper
1501 Henry Armond Rachand
1502 Vincent Peter Koch
1503 Carl Fred Schmelzle
1504 Edwin Levicent kill
1505 Otix Kenneth Kooser
1506 Lyle Eugene Bennett
1507 Nathan Leonard Allison
1508 Charles Francis Koch
1509 Rolin Baldwin Barrett
1510 Klenn Oran Alexander
1511 Donald Jefferson Kehler
1512 George Irving Althouse Jr
1513 Leo Bernard Tangeman
1514 Charles Wilbur Nichols
1515 Harold Ambrose Davis
1516 Donald Joseph Winkler
1517 Ivan Reuben Strahm
1518 Wm. Raymond Karnowski
1519 Donald Lebert Godbout
1520 Dale Franklin Barrett
1521 Loren Dale Cook
1522 Clyde Clinton Rucker
1523 Raymond Monroe Chandler
1524 Roy Bunce Palmer
1525 Arthur Merle Usher
1526 Richard Harold Potter
1527 Rolland Frank Clarkson
1528 Rx Arthur Campfield
1529 Lawrence A. Mueting
1530 Albert Charles Lafond
1531 Harold Earl Leedy
1532 Walter Francis Clelland
1533 Melvin Albert Johnson
1534 Paul Joseph Stallbaumer
1535 Virgil Evan Brown
1536 Clark Merritt Reece
1537 Butler Burnard Hedrick
1538 Mell D. Kennedy
1539 Andrew Julius Haverkamp
1540 Dale LeRoy Mishler
1541 Melvin Wm. Brunner
1542 Raphael Howard Sneed
1543 Lawrence Jacob Schurman
1544 Philip Henry Huerter
1545 Charley Madison Frey Jr
1546 Andrew Jackson Crane
154 Orville Edwin Bell
1548 Vilas Darl Smith
1549 John Samuel Graney
1550 Russell Vaughn Collins

Elkanah Bland

#Friday Find

Instead of posting about some record I have buried in my files, this post is about a recent find. While trying to locate court records for the estate of Elizabeth Bland Burke in the Platte County, Missouri records, I was also following leads to BLAND records since some of her siblings migrated from Tennessee to Missouri at the same time Elizabeth and her husband Henry Burke did.

In volume G of those court records is a testimony by Alfred Kirkpatrick, whom I believe to be the husband of Mahala Bland [K87B-G3M] and thus the brother-in-law to Elizabeth Burke. In this testimony, Alfred Kirkpatrick discusses the death of Elkanah Bland, son of William Bland and his wife Polly M. Bland. Not only does this testimony identify the parents of Elkanah but also the mother and grandfather of Polly M. Bland!

At this time, I can’t find this particular family on the FamilySearch tree. It is possible the Cynthia Anderson mentioned in the record is Cynthia Sims Anderson [KNBR-RY3] and daughter of William Sims [LDYT-2FY]. Hopefully, other researchers of Cynthia Sims Anderson can use this find to place Elkanah Bland in the tree.

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

Court record, v. G 1859-1861
film 988952 DGS 631735

image 7
Bland Elkanoh 17
Image 41 – page 17
Tuesday March 8, 1859

In the matter of the death of
Elkanah Bland Infant of
William B & Polly M Bland

Now at this day comes into open court
Alfred Kirkpatrick who being duly sworn
deposes and says he knew Elkanah Bland
who was the son of Polly M. Bland who died
in Jackson County, Tennessee and that he knew said Polly M. Bland in the
said state of Tennessee and he knows she was the daughter of Cynthia
Anderson and Grand daughter of William Simms of Monroe County
Kentucky. That he knew the said parties in the state of Kentucky &
Tennessee and that Polly Martin Bland died in Tennessee & that after
wards that William B P Bland the father of Elkanah Bland & the husband
of Polly M Bland (formerly Anderson) removed to the state of Missouri
about the year 8141, bringing with him Elkanah Bland his infant
son. and that he resided near the said Bland in the state of Miss-
ouri until August 1852 at which time he saw the said infant child
Elkanah Bland then aged about thirteen years and that when he
last saw him that he was quit [low] & not expected to live but a few
days. That his disease was the [scrofula] of which he died in a few days
afterwards as witness was informed and believes that he heard of the
death of said Elkanah Bland frequently at that time and was at the
house of William B P Bland a few days after the reported death of said
child in August 1852 and that he was then informed by all the family
of the death of said Elkanah from and of the sickness aforesaid and
was shown his grave was at the house of W B P Bland frequently after
such time and never say said child or heard of his being alive at
any time and is positive of his death at the time aforesaid and
that he is the identical boy that was the child & heir and the only
living child that survived Polly M. Bland formerly Polly M.
Anderson and further he says he is not interested in the estate of
said infant. Which said proof is ordered to be recorded

Clovia

Have you ever come across something in your genealogy files that challenges you to develop new skills? That’s my situation as I’m reviewing the records I have for Henry Burke of Platte County, Missouri.

Henry Burke’s estate had several entries in the 1846 court records after his death in 1845. One of those entries is for the approval to sell a slave named Clovia.

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.

Although I was vaguely aware that the BURKE family likely owned slaves while living in Platte County, I had never done any research in slave records. Now, that I’m aware of Clovia, I’ve gone back to see what other information I can find for the BURKE family and their slave holdings.

I started this search with the 1850 slave schedules for Platte County. In those records, I found Henry Burke’s widow, Elizabeth listed with one 19 year old female slave. Since this record is 4 years after the order to sell Clovia, it appears that the BURKE family had owned at least 2 female slaves.

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)

Going back to the 1840 census, the Henry Burke household is shown on the census in Platte County, Missouri with 2 total slaves.

The book, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849, 1840 Federal Census, Sale of Sixteenth section 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847 and 1849 contains a transcription of the 1847 tax list is on page 147. This shows Elizabeth Burk with 1 slave valued at $400.

Platte County Missouri Records 1839-1849: 1840 Federal Census, Sale of Sixteenth Secion, 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847, and 1849 (Platte City, Missouri: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 147 (Burke.MO.055)

ON page 195 of the same book, a transcribed list of 1849 tax payers includes Elizabeth Burk. This entry shows Elizabeth Burk with 1 slave valued at $250.

Platte County Missouri Records 1839-1849: 1840 Federal Census, Sale of Sixteenth Secion, 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847, and 1849 (Platte City, Missouri: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 195 (Burke.MO.055)

Going forward to the 1860 slave schedule, a listing for Elizabeth Burke is not found. Thus, it appears that Elizabeth Burke may have sold her second slave between 1850 and 1860.

Even though I have no previous experience with slave research, I had heard of the Slave Name Roll Project. Thus, I searched for more information about the project, including how to submit a name.

Thus, I located an entry for Missouri and added a comment to get Clovia added to the list.

Ricketts Partition

Obtained from Frankfort Community Public Library
Frankfort, Indiana
Aug. 2022

State of Indiana
County of Clinton
Clinton Circuit Court
January Term AD 1889

Petition for Partition

Orilda Ricketts
Joseph H Ricketts
John E Ricketts
Clem Ricketts
Priscilla I Louks
Mary A. Bond
Ada M. Ricketts
William [L] Ricketts
James M Ricketts
Sarah Kinnan
Joseph H Ricketts guardian of Charles Ricketts

The petitioners above
named would respectfully represent to
the court that John Ricketts died
on the __ day of December 1889 the
described real estate situate in
Clinton County and State of Ind
iana to wit The North East quarter of
Section Fourteen (14) and the South East
quarter of the North West quarter of
Section fourteen (14) and the North west
Quarter of the South East quarter of
Section fourteen (14) the East half of the
South west quarter of Section Fourteen
(14) and the East half of the North West
fractional quarter of section twenty three

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(23) except twenty acres off the South end
of the last described tract all in
Township Twenty one (21) North of
Range two (2) East
That Orilda Ricketts is the widow
of said John Ricketts deceased and is
the owner of the undivided one
third of the above described real
estate. and that Joseph H. Ricketts
John E. Ricketts Clem Ricketts Priscilla
[I] Louks Mary A Bond Ada M Rickets
William S Ricketts James M Ricketts
Sarah E. Kinnan and Charles Ricketts
are the children of John Ricketts deceased
and that the above named parties and
petitioner, are the only heirs at law
of said decedent. and that Charles
Ricketts is a minor and has for his
guardian Joseph H. Ricketts who joins
for him in this petition that the
above named children and petitioner
are each the owner of one fifteenth
of said real estate. That they all
join in this petition and ask that
the above described real estate be
partition and that one third in value
thereof be set off to Orilda Ricketts, and
that one fifteen in value thereof be set
of to each of the other petitioners and
they respectfully ask that commissioners be
appointed to make partition of said
lands among said petitioners

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according to their respective
intent as herein set out and
report the same at this term of court
Doyal & Gard
Atty for Petitioners

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No. 1
No 10549
Clinton Circuit Court
Janry Term A.D. 1889

Orilda Ricketts
Joseph H. Ricketts
John E. Ricketts
Clem Ricketts
Perscilla I Louks
Mary A Bond
Ada M Ricketts
William S Ricketts
James M Ricketts
Sarah E Kinnan
Charles Ricketts by
his guardian Joseph
H. Ricketts
Petitioner for Partition
Ex. Parte
Donal & Gard
Atty for Petitioners

Back of Document
Ricketts John (Probate) Box 778AA , file 4 (#10549)

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State of Indiana
Clinton County
Clinton Circuit Court
Janry Term AD 1889

Orildee Ricketts
Joseph H Ricketts
John E Ricketts
et al

Ex Parte No 10549
To the Hon Allen E.
Paige Judge of the Clinton Circuit Court
In pursuance of and in obedi
ence to the certified copy of the decree ren
dered in the above entitled cause issued
under the seal of said court and delivered
to us Lincoln Cox Thomas [Tuder] and
Henry Nelson Commissioners therein
named tested Feb 1 1889, which was
and is our commission and which
is hereto annexed we hereby respect
fully report that having first been
duly sworn and caused the oath
to be endorsed upon said com
mission we have examined the
premises described in said commiss
ion and we have set off to James M.
Ricketts the East half of the North west fractional quarter
of section twenty three (23) in township
twenty one (21) North of range two (2) East
except eight (8) acres off the north end and
twenty acres of the South end of said
tract containing thirty (30) acres
To Sarah E. Kinnan we have set off
eight acres off the north end of the Est half of the North

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west fractional quarter of section twenty
three (23) and twenty two (22) acres off the
South end of the East half of the south
west quarter of section fourteen (14)
all in township twenty one (21) north
of range two (2) East containing thirty acres

To William S Ricketts we have set off
eighteen (18) acres off the North end
of the South East quarter of the South
west quarter of Section fourteen (14)
and twelve (12) acres off the west end
of the South half of the North East
quarter of th South Wes quarter of
Section Fourteen (14) all in township
twenty one (21) North of range two 2 East
containing thirty acres

To Joseph H. Ricketts we have set off
the North half of the North East quarter
of the South West quarter of Section
fourteen (14) and ten (10) acres off the
South end of the South East quarter
of the North West quarter of Section
fourteen (14) all in township twenty
one (21) North of Range two (2) East
containing thirty acres

To Mary A. Bond we have set off the
South East quarter of the North West quar
ter of section fourteen (14) in town-

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ship twenty one north of range two
(2) east except ten acres off the South
end thereof

To Ada M Ricketts we have set off the
South West quarter of the North East
quarter of section fourteen (14) in
township twenty one (21) north of
Range two (2) Est except ten (10) acres
off the south end thereof

Tor Perscilla I Louks we have set off
the North West quarter of the North
East quarter of section fourteen (14)
in township Twenty one (21) North
of Range two (2) Est except ten (10)
acres off the east side thereof

To Clem Ricketts we have set off
Ten (10) acres off the Est side of the [north]
west quarter of the North east quarter of
Section fourteen (14) and ten acres off
the west side of the North east
quarter of the North east quarter
of section fourteen (14) and ten acres
off the North side of the South East
quarter of the North East quarter of
section fourteen (14) all in township
twenty one (21) north of range two 2
Est containing thirty acres

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To John E. Ricketts we have set off the
North east quarter of the North East quarter
of section fourteen (14) in township
twenty one (21) [north] of range two (2) East
except ten (10) acres off the west side thereof

To Charles Ricketts we have set off the
South East quarter of the North East
quarter of section fourteen (14) in township
twenty one (21) north of Range two (2) Est
Except ten (10) acres off the North end
thereof

To Orilda M. Ricketts we have set off the
North West quarter of the South East
quarter of section fourteen (14) and
ten (10) acres off the south side of the
South West quarter of the North East
quarter of section fourteen (14) and
eight acres off the East end of the
South half of the North East quarter
of the South West quarter of section
fourteen (14) all in township twenty
one North of Range two (2) East contai
ning fifty eight (58) acres
All of which is respectfully
submitted
Lincoln Cox
Henry Nelson
Thomas [Tudor]

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which is by the court
4 and [approved] the
com allow $3 paid of
Signed Feb 11th 1889
Fnd og feb 8th 29th day

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And did then appoint you the said Lincoln Cox, Thomas
Tudor and Henry Nelson
Commissioners, to make partition of said tract or lot of land, and said Commissioners
are hereby ordered after taking the oath required by law, to proceed to set apart
the same to the said parties in the following proportion to wit: to the said
To Orilda Ricketts one third (1/3) and
to Joseph Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
to John E Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Clem Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Percilla I Louks one fifteenth (1/15)
Mary A Bond one fifteenth (1/15)
Ada M. Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Wm S Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
James M Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Sarah Kinnan one fifteenth (1/15)
Joseph H Ricketts, guardian of
Charles Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
and that you make report of your proceedings in the premises during the
January Term, 1889 of said Court
Witness, the Clerk and Seal of said Court, at Frankfort
this 1st day of February A.D. 1889
Olive Gard Clerk
Clinton Circuit Court

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State of Indiana, Clinton County, ss:
Clinton Circuit Court, January Term 1889
The State of Indiana to Lincoln Cox, Thomas
Tudor and Henry Nelson
Whereas, in a certain proceeding for the Partition of real estate, now Pending in
the Clinton circuit Court of said State, wherein Orilda Ricketts
Joseph Ricketts John E Ricketts Clem Ricketts
Percilla Louks Mary A Bond Ida M Ricketts
William S Ricketts James M Ricketts Sarah Kinnan
and Joseph H Ricketts guardian of Charles Ricketts

the Court did then and there on the 30th day of January
A.D. 1889, award judgment of partition of the following tract or lot of land, situ
ate in said County, to wit:
The North East quarter of section fourteen (14)
and the South East quarter of the Northwest quarter
of section fourteen (14) and the north west quarter
of the South East quarter of section fourteen (14) the
east half of the South west quarter of section
fourteen (14) and the East half of the North west
fractional quarter of section twenty three (23)
except twenty (20) acres off the South End of
the last described tract all in Township twenty one
(21) North of Range two 2) East

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Oath
State of Indiana, Clinton County, ss:
We, Lincoln Cox, Henry Nelson and
Thomas Tuder
do each and severally solemnly swear that we will discharge the duties of Commis
sioners, in accordance with the within order, to the best of our ability; so help us God
Lincoln ox
Henry Nelson
Thomas Tudor
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 8th day of February A.D. 1889
Samuel H Doyal
Notary Public

No 10549
Clinton Circuit Court
January Term 1889
Orilda Ricketts Et al
E Parte
filed
Feb 8 1889
Oliver [Gard]
Order to
Lincoln Cox
Thomas Tudor
Henry Nelson
Commissioners to Make Partition
Doyal & Gard
Attorney

Box 778 File 4
No.. 10549
Orilda Ricketts
Joseph H. Ricketts
John E Ricketts
Clem Ricketts Etal
Exparte
Clinton Circuit Court
January Term 1889
Filed January 30 1889
Oliver Gard
By
Court Room, Box No. 29
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