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Unknown User Patrick Burke immigrated/or became a citizen in 1866. He was married to Bridget (McGuire) (sp?) and living in Pennsylvania by 1875 when his son John was born. He later moved to California where his second son Henry Joseph was born in 1879. I acquired this information from local census records, and I have more questions than answers at this point. I am related to his 4th child, a daughter named Mary L. Burke who married a Wesley Orth Kimberling in Stockton CA in 1903.
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Unknown User Am looking for any information on a Patrick or John Burke who emigrated to America.....the information I have so far is as follows -

According to the 1881 census their father's name was Patrick.....born 1833 in Galway Ireland....their mother Elizabeth was born 1834 in Henley on Thames England....the children born to Elizabeth and Patrick were -

PATRICK born 1964 in Wordsley Staffordshire
JOHN born 1865 in Wordsley Staffordshire
Elizabeth born 1870 in Wordsley Staffordshire
Thomas born 1874 in Warrington Cheshire
James born 1876 in Warrington Cheshire (this is my great grandfather)

The dates of birth are calculated by their ages shown on the 1881 census....Patrick and John worked their passage to America in their early teens circs 1882......both were forge labourers and we believe one or maybe even both became iron bridge builders. I know that both married and had around ten children each. The only names we have are of three of John's children.....Elizabeth Ellen/ Ethel and Francis. I know that Elizabeth Ellen married and Edward J Fetherston as she kept in contact with my mum Winifred during WW2. The last known addresses I have of ELIZABETH ELLEN FETHERSTON (NEE BURKE) are as follows :-

1315 Atlantic Ave Atlantic City NJ around 1947
122N Brighton Ave Atlantic City NJ around 1950

Edward Fetherston died on the 3rd May 1950...further investigation has shown an SSDI entry for Elizabeth showing date of birth as 1914...social security number and place of issue as NJ and death in 1974 in VA but this is not confirmed. There is also an unconfirmed naturalisation entry for John Burke in Greene County MO in 1882.....one of the above photos of Elizabeth was taken in a photo studio in St Louis MO which fits in with the naturalisation entry for John Burke.

I am having no luck tracing anyone connected to these people so far.

If anyone has any information regarding these people or their descendants please email me below.
Dec 01, 2002 · Reply
Unknown User Finally after over 2 years of searching I have found some descendants of John Francis Burke....though am still looking for other members including descendants of his brother Patrick Burke and also of Elizabeth Ellen Fetherston (Burke)
Dec 01, 2002 · Reply
Stacey Ashford I am searching for any information out there on a Bessie Burke. I know that she was born about 1874..during a census, her son's entry they listed parents place of birth and hers said Wi or England. She married James Patrick Sullivan 1/1899 It was her 2nd marriage. Bessie and James Patrick had a son James Fitz born 3/24/1901. After James Patrick died in 1906, a flood swept through their town of Ontario Wisconsin and Bessie took the children to Fort Dodge Iowa.
Feb 08, 2004 · Reply
Kim Howard I am looking for info a John Washington Burke b.c1809 who married Margaret Crowson in Ashe Co. NC. Their children were Wm. E., Charles Henry, Laura (Peppers?), Alex, Tom, Francis (Litz).
Would be very interested in any info on his parentage but would also like to connect with any descendants.
Apr 21, 2006 · Reply

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  • John 6.4%
  • William 4.2%
  • Mary 4.2%
  • James 3.9%
  • Thomas 3.4%
  • Edward 1.9%
  • Joseph 1.7%
  • Robert 1.7%
  • Margaret 1.6%
  • Michael 1.6%
  • Patrick 1.4%
  • Charles 1.2%
  • Richard 1.0%
  • George 1.0%
  • Catherine 1.0%
  • Helen 0.9%
  • Elizabeth 0.8%
  • Francis 0.8%
  • Anna 0.7%
  • Walter 0.7%
  • Frank 0.6%
  • Dorothy 0.6%
  • Edmund 0.6%
  • Burke 0.6%
  • Ellen 0.6%
  • Henry 0.5%
  • Martin 0.5%
  • David 0.5%
  • Alice 0.5%
  • Daniel 0.4%
  • Bridget 0.4%
  • Donald 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Marie 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Arthur 0.4%
  • Paul 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Peter 0.4%
  • Frances 0.4%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Harry 0.3%
  • Sarah 0.3%
  • Agnes 0.3%
  • Ann 0.3%
  • Lawrence 0.3%
  • Lillian 0.3%
  • J 0.3%
  • Julia 0.3%

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