Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Ezra D. Burke, Durham, CT

  Ezra D. Burke was the father of the Burke family I traced in last week's Tombstone Tuesday. His information has already been indexed on Find A Grave (this photo is mine) but the description tells you little about his life. The 1880 census reveals much more. Ezra is indexed with his wife Augusta, 12 year old Edmund, and a 28 year old woman named Ella Bourson, a boarder. Ezra was a cattle dealer at the time. Tracing him back to 1870 reveals more details. In 1870, he lived in Chatham (modern Portland and East Hampton). There, he worked as a farmer. Back ten years further, he was in Middle Haddam (modern East Hampton). Ezra and Augusta were enumerated with two older couples. One, Edward and Mary Burke, may have been Ezra's parents.

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