Burke Findings

Do you ever struggle trying to verify the death of a female ancestor? I’ve struggled for years with Elizabeth Ann Bland Burke.

Elizabeth and her husband Henry F. Burke were living in Platte County, Missouri in 1840 with three young children. Henry Burke died in 1845 leaving behind his wife Elizabeth and 5 children: Angelina Jane, Milton E., Sarah E., Pamilla A. and John Martin Burke.

Five years later, Elizabeth Burke is listed as the head of household on the 1850 census with the five children living in Weston, Missouri (Platte County). The 1860 census also shows Elizabeth as the head of household living in Marshall Township, Platte County, Missouri.

Elizabeth seems to disappear after that. Until recently, the only possible record I’ve found for her was a marriage record of a Mrs. Jane Burke to Joseph Moor. Since I have not found any record tying a Mrs. Moor to any of the five children, I am doubtful that the Mrs. Jane Burke is Elizabeth Jane Bland Burke.

Since the daughters, Angelina Jane Currey and Sarah Hornbuckle file a petition against John Burke and Milton Burke seeking partition of Burke land in 1876, I believe this indicates that Elizabeth Burke had passed away prior to 1876.

Then a few years ago, a site for Elizabeth Burke appeared on Find a Grave in the same cemetery where her husband is buried (Laurel Hill Cemetery). This site is using the date of the court case as the death date. It is possible that Elizabeth is buried beside her husband, but I have yet to find a tombstone for Elizabeth. The tombstone pictured is up the hill from Henry Burke’s stone. It is for Eleazor Wilhite.

Thinking that Elizabeth and Eleazor may have married, I started investigating that possibility only to find that Eleazor did not marry Elizabeth. In the process of researching this possibility, I stumbled across a reference to a probate record for Elizabeth in The Border Times (Weston, Missouri).

Public Administrator Notice
By virtue of Orders of the Probate Court of Platte County, made June 6th, 1864, I have taken charge of the following estates:
Elizabeth Burke

All persons having claims against any of said Estates are requested to exhibit them for allowanct, to me, within one year from said respective dates, or they will be precluded from any benefit in such estate, and if such claims are not exhibited within three years from the date of said orders, respectively, they will be forever barred.
W. M. Paxton
Public Administrator, Platte Co.

“Public Administrator’s Notice,” The Border Times (Weston, Missouri), 30 December 1864, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspaper.som : viewed online 29 May 2021).
“Public Administrator’s Notice,” The Border Times (Weston, Missouri), 30 December 1864, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspaper.som : viewed online 29 May 2021).

Since this ad provides a court date for the probate proceedings, I turned to FamilySearch to see if the court records had been microfilmed — and found them available online.

Since I had the exact date from the ad, I was able to quickly locate the actual court proceeding on page 777 of volume H.

In the matter of estate
of Elizabeth Burke decd

Now at this day William M Paxton Public Administrator is ordered to take charge of said estate and administer the same according to law.

Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Platte County, Missouri, Courthouse, Platte City, Missouri. Film #988953 DGS 7631736. Elizabeth Burke, 6 June 1864 Vol. H: p. 777; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 29 May 2021.988953 DGS 7631736
Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Platte County, Missouri, Courthouse, Platte City, Missouri. Film #988953 DGS 7631736. Elizabeth Burke, 6 June 1864 Vol. H: p. 777; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 29 May 2021.988953 DGS 7631736

This simple advertisement in the newspaper led me to the court document that confirms two things:

  • Elizabeth did not remarry
  • Elizabeth died before June 1864

Now, I just need to read more of the court documents to try and pinpoint a death date and continue searching for more information about her death.

Number Forty-Two

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It’s Saturday Night again – 
Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):
1)  Have you identified #42 on your ahnentafel list?  If not, how about #21 the mother of #42?  If not, how about #10 on your ahnentafel list?  Do you even have an ahnentafel list?  
2)  Anyway, tell us about your #42 ancestor (or #21, or #10, etc.) – full name, parents, spouse, children, birth, baptism, death, marriage, burial, etc.  

So, who is #42 on my Ahnentafel? It is Henry F. Burke, father of Angelina Jane Burke Currey.

A search of this blog reveals three posts related to Henry F. Burke.

  • Shaky Leaf Bonanza
  • Will the Estate Ever Be Settled?
  • A Random Clue

Ahnentafel #42

Henry F. Burke was born on 30 Apr 1811.13

He was the child of John Burke and Elizabeth Graves.

He married Elizabeth Ann Bland on 22 Oct 1835 in Monroe, Kentucky, United States.46

On 30 Oct 1836, Angelina Jane Burke was born in Kentucky, United States.

On 2 Feb 1838, Milton E. Burke was born in Tennessee, United States.

He was listed on the tax rolls in 1839 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.78

On 25 Jul 1839, Sarah E. Burke was born in Missouri, United States.

Henry S Burke was listed on the 1840 census. Included in his household were 1 white male under 5, 1 white male 20-29, 2 white females under 5, 1 white female 20-20, 1 male slave under 10, 1 female slave under 10,910

On 15 Jul 1841, Pamilla A. Burke was born in Missouri, United States.

Henry  purchased land being the NE 1/4 of section 27 Township 54 North of Range 36 West on 21 Aug 1843 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.11

On 30 Apr 1844, John Martin Burke was born in Missouri, United States.

He sold land being the North East 1/4 of Section 27 in Township 54 of Range 36 on 5 Mar 1845 in Platte, Missouri, United States.12

He died on 30 Oct 1845 at the age of 34 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.3,1314

Henry was buried after 30 Oct 1845 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.23,13

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 2 Mar 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.15

He received a preemption certificate having made full payment for the NE 1/4 of secton 27 township 54 of range 36 on 1 Apr 1846 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri, United States.1617

Henry had his estate on the probate court docket on 4 Apr 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 4 May 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 1 Jun 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

Henry had his estate on the probate court docket on 5 Aug 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 7 Sep 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 2 Feb 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18


ENDNOTES:

        1. 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 “Henry F. Burke The Father of Angelina Jane Burke was borned April the 30th 1811”

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

        3. 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.

        4. Interview with Birdwell, Dayton (moore@asu.edu). (), (Bland.KY.014).

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

        6. 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 : [AccessType] [AccessDate]; [Page].

        7. 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. 34 (Burke.MO.055)

        8. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 3 (Burke.MO.052).

        9. 1840 U.S. Census, Platte County Missouri, Platte County, Missouri, Henry S. Burke; digital images,  (: viewed online July 2017).

        10. History of Clay and Platte Counties Missouri (: , 1885)

        11. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 133 (Doc. #: Burke.MO.052).

        12. Missouri, Platte County, “Deed Records, 1839-1895,”  digital image, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.com : viewed online September 2017), Image 246.

        13. Platte County Historical Society, Cemetery Record of Platte County, Missouri (Platte Co., MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1968), Appendix p. 11 “Weston Cemetery” (Doc. #: Burke.MO.002).

        14. “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.

        15. 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.

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

        17. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 29 May 2021), Henry F Burke.

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

        19. Platte County, Missouri. (Burke.MO.041).

        20. Platte County Missouri Abstracts of Wills and Administrations 1841-1861 (Kansas City, MO: Hodges, Woodruff, 1969), p. 8 (Burke.MO.007)

        21. Platte County Missouri Marriage Records, Platte County Courthouse, p. 104 (Burke.MO.037).

Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

Angelina Jane Burke

Angelina Jane Burke12 was born on 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States.28

Angelina Burk was listed on the 1850 census in the household of Elizabeth Burk. According to the census, Angelina was 13 years old and born in Tenn.911

Angelina Curry was listed on the 1860 Kansas Territorial census in the household of Hiram Curry. According to the census, Angelina was 23 years old and born in Kentucky.12

Mrs. Curry was listed as a 28 year old female in the household of 29 year old HIram Curry on the 1865 census living in Steuben Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.13

Angelina Curry was listed on the 1870 census in the household of Hiram M Curry. According to the census, Angelina was 31 years old and born in Kentucky.

She and Hiram Currey sold land being the NW 1/4 Section 26 Township 7 Range 21 at a sheriff’s sale to Moses J. Patterson on 15 Dec 1871 in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.15

A J Curry was listed on the 1875 Kansas census in the household of H M Curry. According to the census, A J Curry was 33 years old and born in Kentucky.2

On 5 May 1876, she and her husband, Hiram Currey, along with Guilford Hornbuckle and his wife, Sarah, filed petition against John M. Burke and Milton E. Burke seeking partition of the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 34, Township 54 of Range 36 on 5 May 1876 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.16

In Nov 1876, Angelina with her husband, Hiram M. Currey, and Gilford Hornbuckel and his wife Sarah petitioned John M. Burke and Milton E. Burk for partition of land being the E1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 34 in Township 54 of Range 36 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.17

On 5 Apr 1877, she and her husband, Hiram Currey, along with Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah Hornbuckle, his wife, were plaintiffs in a case against Milton E. Burke where the court found for the plaintiffs and assessed $679.92 against the defendant in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.18

On 10 Apr 1877, she and her husband, Hiram Currey, as plaintiffs along with Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah Hornbuckle, his wife, appealed an earlier decision against John M. Burke and Milton E. Burke upheld in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.19

Angelina  purchased by deed of sale from Owen Duffy and Catherine Duffy the S 1/2 SW 1/4 SE 1/4 S25 T9 R22 20 acres on 19 Aug 1879 in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.20

Angelina Currey was listed on the 1880 census in the household of Hiram M Currey. According to the census, Angelina was 43 years old and born in Kentucky.

Angeline Curry was listed as a 47 year old female in the household of H. M. Curry on the 1885 Kansas census living in Delaware Township, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.7

 On 11 Jan 1887, she and her husband, Hiram Currey, sold land by deed of sale to Leavenworth Northern and Southern Railway Co. being an 100 feet wide easement with 50 feet each side of railroad across the West 20 acres of South 40 acres of SE 1/4 S25 T9 R22E from station 808-42 to station 814-40 for a total of 1 37/100 acres; in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.22

On 12 Jun 1889, Angelina and her husband, Hiram Currey, sold by deed of sale to W. H. Bond coal and other mineral rights on the East side of SE 1/4 S25 T9 R22 containing 1 acre; and S. side SE 1/4 S25 T9 R23 containing 20 acres in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.23

On 10 Jul 1893,  she and her husband, Hiram Currey, sold by Sheriff’s deed to Samuel J. Sull 20 acres of  S1/2 SE 1/4 S25 T9 R22 as judgement in suit filed by Samuel J. Sull against Angelinia J. Curry, Hiram M. Curry, George W. Mickle, The Moline Plan Company and the Bastope Coal and Mining Coin Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.2426

A. J. Correy was listed as a 59 year old female in the household of H. M. Correy on the 1895 Kansas census living in Delaware, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.8

Angelina Currey was listed on the 1900 census as the wife of Hiram Currey. According to the census, Angelina was born Oct 1836 in Kentucky. In 1900, Angelina and Hiram had been married 44 years. Angelina was the mother of 9 children, 7 of whom were living in 1900.27

She died on 26 Mar 1901 at the age of 64 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.5,2831

Angelina was buried on 27 Mar 1901 at Mt. Muncie Cemetery in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.5,28,3133

ENDNOTES:

        1. 1860 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory, population schedule, Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 253 Image 27 of 39, family 2094, Hiram Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 11 January 2021); NARA microfilm publication M653

        2. 1875 Kansas Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 31 Image 16 of 32, family1, H. M Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 11 January 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        3. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births “Angelina Jane Burke was borned in Kentucky AD Oct 30th 1836”

        4. 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 “Angeline J. Burke borned October 30th 1836”

        5. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).

        6. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 82.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        7. 1885 Kansas State Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, state census, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 61 Image 31 of 133, family 129, H. M. Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 11 January 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        8. 1895 Kansas Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kentucky, page 16 Image 24 of 107, family 96, H. M. Correy; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 11 January 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        9. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Complete 1850 Federal Census (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1991), p. 50 (Doc. #: Burke.MO.051).

        10. Platte County, Missouri Federal Census of 1850 (Kansas City, MO: Nadine Hodges, 1993), p. 47 (Bland.MO.026). Hereinafter cited as Platte County Missouri Census of 1850.

        11. 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

        12. 1860 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory, population schedule, Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 253, household 2401, Hiram Currey.

        13. 1865, Kansas. Leavenworth County, Kansas state census, Steuben Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas,p. 32, dwelling 231, family 232, Hiram Curry; digital image, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : 21 Nov 2015;Microfilm reel K-1. Kanss State Historical Society.

        14. 1870 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, page 16 Image 16 of 47, household 125, Hiram M Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        15. Leavenworth County Kansas. Book 34, page 111 dated 15 Dec 1871.

        16. Missouri, Platte County. Deed Records v. 6 1875-1878. Register of Deeds, Platte City, Missouri.  Film #Film # 988238 DGS #8486503. Angelina Currey, 5 May 1876 Vol. 6: page 598; digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 18 January 2020.Film # 988238 DGS #8486503

        17. Missouri, Platte County. Deed Records v. 6 1875-1878, Hiram Currey, 1876; .

        18. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887. Platte County, Missouri, Courthouse, Platte City, Missouri.  Film ##988428 DGS 8486528. Hiram Currey, April 1877 Vol. N: page 388-389; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 20 January 2021.#988428 DGS 8486528

        19. Missouri, Platte County. Court Records, 1839-1887, Hiram Currey, 1877; .

        20. Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, p. 375-376, Angelina J. Currey, 19 August 1879; Register of Deeds, Leavenworth County Courthouse.

        21. 1880 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, ED 147, page 78 Image 15 of 34, household 141, Currey HIram M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        22. Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, 1879-1893 page 224.

        23. Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, 1879-1893.

        24. “State of Kansas Leavenworth County, In District Court for said County Samuel J. Sully, plaintiff vs Angelina J. Currey et. al. defenants,” Publication Notice, The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 12 January 1893, personal judgement against Angelina Currey and foreclosure on property; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online September 2016).

        25. Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, 1879-1893 p. 181.

        26. “Local News,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 12 January 1893, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 January 2021).

        27. 1900 U.S. Census, Leavenworth County, Kansas, population schedule, Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas, ED 83, Sheet 20A Image 39 of 48, household 360, Hiram Currey; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        28. Letter from V. L. Young, Manager of Mount Muncie Cemetery Association dated 13 June 1982 (Curry. Notebook), Mt. Muncie Cemetery, , .

        29. “Old Resident Dead,” The Labor Chronicle (Leavenworth, Kansas), 28 March 1901, page 7; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 8 March 2020).

        30. “Old Resident Dead,” The Chronicle-Tribune (Leavenworth, Kansas), 27 March 1901, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 2 September 2020).

        31. “Death of Mrs. Curry,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 27 March 1901, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 19 October 2020).

        32. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Angelina Jane Burke Currey (1836-1901), Find a Grave Memorial no. #23796387, created by Laura Tasset Koehn, citing Mount Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Marcia Philbrick, Angelina Jane Burke Currey.

        33. “Local News,” The Chronicle-Tribune (Leavenworth, Kansas), 27 March 1901, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 2 September 2020).

Her Land

It’s not often that one finds a female spouse purchasing land in the late 1880s, but that is exactly what Angelina Jane Burke Currey did in 1879. Since there are several court documents in 1876 and 1877 where Angelina, her sister, Sarah Burke Hornbuckle and their husbands, Hiram Currey and Gilbert Hornbuckle sued two Burke brothers, Milton and John, for the partitioning of some land in Platte County, Missouri.

Further documentation needs to be found regarding this case and the associated land, but it appears that the court ordered that the land be sold with proceeds being split by the four siblings. Based on a deed between the two brothers, it appears that at least some of the disputed land was sold in 1877. The proceeds Angelina Burke Currey would have received from the sale of this land may have been the cash that allowed Angelina Currey to purchase land in 1879.

In August 1879, Angelina Jane Currey purchased by deed of sale from Owen Duffy and Catherine Duffy 20 acres of land being the South 1/2 of the Southwest quarter of the Southeast quarter of section 25 of township 9 of range 22 in Leavenworth County.

This deed, made the nineteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and Seventy Nine between Owen Duffy and Catherine Duffy his wife of Leavenworth City in Leavenworth County and State of Kansas parties of the first part and Angelina J. Currey of the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas party of the second part witnesseth that the said parties of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of Six hundred dollars to them in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged, do by these presents, grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, alien, convey and confirm unto the said part of the second part and to her heirs and assigns forever, all of the following described piece and parcel of land lying and situate in the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas, to wit: The South one half of the south west quarter of the south east quarter of section twenty-five (25) in Township nine (9) of Range twenty-two (22) containing twenty (20) acres. Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining: To have and to hold the said premises, with the hereditaments and appurtenances unto the said party of the second part her heirs and assigns forever, and the said Owen Duffy and Catherine Duffy for themselves and their heirs and legal representatives do hereby covenant to and with the said

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part of the second part her heirs and assigns that they are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid and [ha] full power to convey the same that the said premises are free and clear of and from all encumbrance except taxes for 1877, 1878 and 1879 and that they will forever warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part her heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever In, testimony whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals this day and year first above written
Owen Duffy (seal)
Catherine Duffy (seal)
executed in the presence of

State of Kansas
Leavenworth County
Be it remembered that on this 19th day of August AD Eighteen hundred and Seventy Nine before me the undersigned a notary public in and for the County and State aforesaid came Owen Duffy and Catherine Duffy his wife who are personally known to me to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument of writing and such persons duly acknowledged the execution of the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my notarial seal the day and year last above written.
Aam’l Atwood, Notary Public.

The State of Kansas
Leavenworth County
I the undersigned county clerk, in and for said county, hereby certify that the property described in the within instrument of writing was entered in the Transfer Record in my office on this 20th day of August AD 1879 (seal county clerk) J W Wilkans, Clerk
Recorded August 20th AD 1879 at 11 1/2 o’clock AM
Wiliam Crowder Register of Deeds

Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, p. 375-376, Angelina J. Currey, 19 August 1879; Register of Deeds, Leavenworth County Courthouse.

In 1887, Angelina and her husband, Hiram Currey, sold a portion of this land to the Leavenworth Northern and Southern Railway Company.

Know all men by these presents that Angeline J Curry and H. M. Curry her husband of the County of Leavenworth in the State of Kansas in consideration of the sum of one hundred and seventy five 35/100 Dollars in hand paid by the Leavenworth Northern and Southern Railway Company a corporation duly organized, under the Company a corporation duly organized, under the Laws of the State of Kansas have bargained and sold and do hereby grant and convey unto the said Leavenworth Northern and Southern Railway Company its successors and assigns forever the following premises situated in the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas and described as follows a strip of land one hundred (100) feet wide the same being fifty (50) feet in width on each side of the center line of the Railroad of said Railway Company as now located through and across the West Twenty (20) acres of the South forth (40) acres of the southeast quarter of section twenty five (25) township nine (9) south of range twenty two (22) East and from Station 808 +42 to Station 814 +40 said strip containing one and 37/100 acres
To have and to hold siad premises with the appurtenances

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unto the said Leavenworth Northern and Southern railway Company its successors and assigns forever and the said Angelina J Curry for herself and heirs doth hereby covenant with said Railway Company its successors and assigns that she is lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid: that the premises are free and clear from all incumbrances whatsoever and that he will forever Warrant and Defend the same with the appurtenances unto the said Leavenworth Northern and Southern Railway Co. its successors and assigns against the lawful Claims of all persons whomsoever. In Testimony whereof the said Angelina J Curry and H. M. Curry her husband have hereunto set their hands this eleventh day of January AD 1887
Angelina J Currey
H. M. Currey
The State of Kansas
Leavenworth County
On this Eleventh day of January AD 1887 before me Clerk of the District Court in and for said County personally came Angelina J Curry and H. M. Curry to me personally known to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument as grantors and they duly acknowledged the execution of the same. On witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal on the day and year last above written.
C W Curan
Clerk of the District Court (seal of court)
Entered in Transfer Record Book B page 134
J W Niehuas
Clerk of Leavenworth County
Seal of Co Clerk
Recorded February 28th AD 1887 at 8 o’clock AM
John J Roche
Register of Deeds

Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, 1879-1893 page 224, Angelina J Curry and H. M. Curry, 11 January 1887; Register of Deeds, Leavenworth County Courthouse.

In 1889, Angelina and her husband Hiram Currey sold coal and mineral rights on one acre of their land to W. H. Bond.

Hiram M. Curry and Angeline J. Curry his wife do hereby sell, and warrant to W. H. Bond of Leavenworth Kansas or his assigns all strata and deposits of coal and other minerals underlying the following described land in E Side SE 1/4 Sec 25 Town (9) Range (22) 1 acre and S side SE 1/4 Sec 25 Town 9 Range (22) (20) acres in the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas for the sum of twenty dollars per acre payable in the stock of The Boston Mining Company of Kansas city Kansas to in hand paid dated Leavenworth Kansas June 12th 1889
Angelina J. Currey
Hiram M. Currey
State of Kansas Leavenworth County ss. Be it remembered that on this 12th day of June A.D. 1889 before me the undersigned a notary public in and for the county aforesaid came Hiram M. Curry and Angeline J. Currey who are personally known to me to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument of writing and such persons duly acknowledged the same witness my hand and official seal the day and year last above written
Jno H. Atwood (notarial seal)
Notary Public
My commission expires Apr 15th 1892
State of Kansas Leavenworth County SS I the undersigned County Clerk of the County of Leavenworth in the State of Kansas hereby certify that I have properly entered the transfer made by the within deed on the transfer record in my office as such clerk on page 276 of Book B thereof this 31 day of July 1.D. 1889
J. N. Niehaus
Co Clerk (seal)
Recorded July 31st A.D. 1889 at 8.20 oclock A.M.
Peter C. Becker
Register of Deeds

Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, 1879-1893, Hiram M Curry and Angelina J Curry, 12 June 1889; Register of Deeds, Leavenworth County Courthouse.

In 1893, Angelina and Hiram Currey lost their land after being sued by Samuel J. Sully. Samuel Sully sued for recovery of $578 on note of mortgage on the land

Samuel Sully filed a suit against Angelina J. Currey et al to recover $578 on note and mortgage on twenty acres in Section 25, township 9 range 22

“Local News,” The Leavenworth Times (Leavenworth, Kansas), 12 January 1893, page 6; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 January 2021).

In July 1893, the land was sold by Sheriff’s Deed.

Sheriff’s Deed
Know all men by these presents, that whereas, at the April Term A.D. 1893, of the District Court of the County of Leavenworth, in the State of Kansas, and on the 10th day of July A.D. 1893 during said term of said Court, in a certain action then pending in said court wherein Samuel J Sully was plaintiff and Angelina J Curry Hiram M Curry, George W Mickle, the Moline Plan Company and the Bas[lou] Coal and Mining Company were defendants, the said plaintiff Samuel J Sully did, in and by the consideration of the said District Court, obtain and recover a judgment against the said Angelina J Curry and Hiram M. Curry for the sum of six hundred and sixty eight 11/100 dollars with interest thereon at the rate of ten per cent, per annum from the date, said the 10th day of July A.D. 1893, until paid, and also for all his (said plaintiff’s) costs in the action expended, in that judgement then taxed at $32/20 and that execution issue therefore:
And Whereas, it was then and there in said action, in and by said Court, further Considered, ordered and adjudged that unless the defendants in that action, or some of them, or some person or persons should and did, within six (6) months from that time, pay to said Samuel J. Sully said sum of Six hundred and sixty eight 11/100 dollars with interest thereon at the rate of ten er cent, per annum from that time, said 10th day of July A.D. 1893, until paid, and [his] said Samuel J Sully costs in this action expended
that the following described tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Leavenworth, in the state of Kansas, namely: The South half of the Southwest quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section twenty five (25) township nine (9) range Twenty Two (22) containing twenty acres excepting that from one and thirty seven hundredths (1 37/) acre taken for right of way by The Leavenworth Northern & Southern Railway Company
be sold without redemption therefrom, and without appraisement thereof, and that execution issue for the sale thereof, and that the same be sold in the same manner as in cases of sale of real estate on Execution:
and that the officer making such sale appropriate and dispose of the proceeds arising therefrom by paying, First: The costs in said action incurred including the costs of such sale. Next and Second: by paying the taxes if any on and against said land.
Next and Third: by paying plaintiffs judgment and interest theron
and that he, such officer, bring the remainder such proceeds, if any there should be, into said Court for distribution and application thereof:
And Whereas, it was also then by said Court, in said action, on said 10th day of July A.D. 1893, further considered, ordered and adjudged that the defendants therein and each of them, and all persons claiming by, from, through or under them, or any or either of them, be, and they were thereby that is, then in and by said Court, in said action by its judgment then rendered in said action, forever barred and forecloased of and from all and any right and equity of redemption and other right whatever of, on, or in or to the tract of land aforesaid from and after such sale thereof, and they, said defendants and each of them, and all persons claiming by, from, through or under them or any or either of them, were thereby, that is, in and by said Court in said action by its judgment then rendered in said action, ordered and required to yield, surrender and deliver possession of the tract of land aforesaid, to the purchaser or purchasers thereof at said sale, so soon as demand therefore should be made, and that in case they or any of them make default in so doing, that a Writ of Assistance issue to enforce such delivery of possession.

Leavenworth County, Kansas, Deed Records, 1879-1893 p. 181, Sheriff’s Deed – ANgelina J Curry, 10 July 1893; Register of Deeds, Leavenworth County Courthouse.

Angelina’s land was gone.

Establishing Death

As I’m working on a narrative report for Angelina Jane Burke Currey, one of my 2nd great grandmothers, I’ve discovered several data clean-up issues. I’ve already tackled the shared fact issue by converting the shared land and court facts to individual facts. Today, I was working on improving the citations for some of those land and court facts.

One of those facts is the court case that originated on 5 May 1876 in Platte County, Missouri. This case is recorded in the Register of Deeds office in Deed Record Vol. 6 on page 598.

Weston Mo. May 5th 1876

We have this day instituted suit in the Weston Court of Common Pleas for Platte County Mo in the name of Guilford Hornbuckle and Sarah E. Hornbuckle, his wife & Hiram Currey & Angelina Currey, his wife, plaintiffs against John M. Burke & Milton E. Burke, Defendants for the July term 1876, thereof, for the purpose of compelling the execution of a trust & fees partion of the east half of the south west quarter of section thirty four (34) township fifty four (54) range thirty six (36) in Platte Co., Mo.
Guilford Hornbuckle
Sarah E. Hornbuckle
Hiram Currey
Angelina Currey
By Doniphan & [Cohem] Attys
Filed for record, at 6 P.M. May 5, 1876
R L Wallen
Recorder of deeds

Because the sisters, Angelina Currey and Sarah Hornbuckle, are suing their brothers, John Burke and Milton Burke, I’ve always assumed this suit was over their mother’s property. Thus, I’ve also assumed that this was an indication that their mother, Elizabeth Burke, had died prior to May 1876.

Curious as to where this portion of section 34, township 54 of range 36 was on a map, I used the First Land Owner’s Project ($) to locate the section on a map.

When I scrolled in to view section 34, I discovered that the first land owner of this section was Alfred Kirkpatrick. Alfred Kirkpatrick was the husband of Mahala Bland. Mahala was the sister to Elizabeth Bland Burke, mother of Angelina, Sarah, John and Milton. Thus, Alfred Kirkpatrick was their uncle.

If I scroll out just a bit, I find that Elizabeth’s husband, Henry Burke, was a first land owner in section 27.

These maps along with the original deed record raise some questions:

  • What happened to the land Henry Burke owned in section 27?
  • Why are Henry and Elizabeth’s children fighting over a portion of the land originally owned by Alfred Kirkpatrick?
  • What is the ‘trust’ mentioned in the deed record?

Perhaps finding the answers to these questions will help fill in Elizabeth’s life after 1860 and help establish a death date.

My Ahnentafel

It’s almost the new year and time again for resolutions. Perhaps you’ve attempted Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over or Amy Johnson Crowe’s ’52 Ancestors’ blog prompts or for the super ambitious, the Genealogy Photo a Day challenge? In the past 5 years, I believe I have started all of these — but finished none.

Randy Seaver’s recent blog post, Dear Randy, How Do You Make that Descendant List in Your ’52 Ancestors’ Posts?, prompted me to review my blogging to see how far I got with blogging about my ancestors.

To start, I used RootsMagic to create an Ahnentafel chart showing my ancestors. Then I searched my blog to see what I have written about those ancestors.

I’m happy to admit that I have successfully blogged about my 3rd and 4th generation ancestors. However, this review also shows that I wasn’t successful with my 5th generation, all of whom I have already researched.

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford: born 6 Feb 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 Dec 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 Oct 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs:

5. Winnie Letha Currey: born 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 Feb 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

6. Edward Osmond Briles: born 21 Jun 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 Oct 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford: born 15 Apr 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

9. Josie Winifred Hammond: born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

10. Hiram Miles Currey: born 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

12. Edward Grant Briles: born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 Jul 1951 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts: born 7 Apr 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Apr 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer: born 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 Aug 1955 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

15. Nettie Adell Wells: born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

                Blogs

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford: born 21 Apr 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 Aug 1889 in Ford, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

17. Mary Foster: born 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 Jan 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond: born 20 Nov 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 Jan 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 Apr 1928 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Blogs

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 Oct 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey: born 13 Aug 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 Aug 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

21. Angelina Jane Burke: born 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson: born abt 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 Jul 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

23. Julia Harding: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 Jan 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles: born 1840 in Randolph County, North Carolina; married 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

25. Sarah Jane Thompson: born 7 Aug 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 Aug 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts: born 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Nov 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy: born 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 Jan 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer: born 12 Jun 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 Jan 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

29. Emeline Minnick: born 6 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 Sep 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells: born 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 Jun 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall: born 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, United States; died 30 Aug 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

In my defense, I have a LOT of blog posts about my research of the various Crawford families in early Lincoln, Madison and Garrard counties, Kentucky. However, I haven’t done as well with my own ancestors. I guess one of my goals for 2021 should be to create blog posts for each of these 5th generation ancestors. Hopefully, that is one goal that I can accomplish!

A Random Clue

Yesterday, I had the privilege of driving a friend to the airport in Kansas City. Since she had an early flight, I decided to take the advantage of being in the Platte City area and do some research on my BURKE line. I was looking for information on the siblings of Henry F Burke (RootsMagic version) who might have been in the area at the time. Unfortunately, court was in session and there wasn’t a parking space to be found around the courthouse.

PlatteLibraryThus, I decided to start at the Platte City Library. I knew they had the ‘old’ cemetery books but was surprised to find a large collection of microfilm of probate records — and an index. With this microfilm, I was able to find the probate file for Alva Graves mentioned in the Annals of Platte County.

Since I’ve yet to transcribe the probate record, it was the cemetery books that contained a gem of a clue. On the same page as the entry for Henry Burke in the Weston City Cemetery was an entry for Sarah I Vance Parrott.

Parrott-Sarah

I’ve yet to verify that Henry F. Burke’s grandmother was Judith Parrott Graves. However, one of Henry’s brother was named Franklin Parrott Burke, so the relationship is possible. Since Parrott is an unusual name, I decided to see if there was any mention in the Annals of Platte County. There, I found an entry for Henry M. Parrott followed by brief information on his brothers, David and Joseph.

Parrott-Henry

This Parrott family may not be related to Judith Parrott Graves, but they are living in the same town. Thus, it is possible that they followed the same migration paths from Virginia to Missouri. If so, these short biographies provide clues on where to look – especially in Virginia – for more records on the BURKE family.