Posted By:Linda Wilbur
Subject:Julia Emily Burdick Vandercook and daughter Harriet
Post Date:December 15, 2008 at 07:25:33
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Forum:Douglas County, NE Genealogy Forum
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I am trying to gather data on Julia Emily VanDerCook, wife of James Forsyth VanDerCook and her daughter Harriet
"Hattie" Vandercook. All three appear in the 1880 US Census as follows:

1880 US Census for West Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
Family History Library Film: 1254748
NA Film Number: T9-0748
Page Number: 354A

J. E. VANDERCOOK Self M Male W 45 OH Farmer OH OH
Julia E. VANDERCOOK Wife M Female W 40 OH Physician CT CT
Hattie B. VANDERCOOK Dau S Female W 15 NE Keeping House OH OH
Emily BURDICK Mother W Female W 75 CT Boarding CT CT
Eliza M. HERD Aunt W Female W 69 NY Visitor CT CT
Boyd LEACH Other S Male W 19 IL Laborer CAN CAN
Geo. MAYFIELD Other S Male W 28 TX Laborer TX TX
John LAMPHERE Other S Male W 21 WI Laborer NY NY
Jacob SEARCH Other S Male W 18 IL Workman PA PA

Julia had previously married Elias CLOSE on 29 June, 1854 in Sandusky Co., OH. Unfortunately, Mr. Close died about four months after the marriage. Julia then married James Forsyth VanDerCook 5 December, 1863 at Clyde, Sandusky Co., OH. Harriet, born circa 1865 in Nebraska, appears to have been their only child.

I have solid information on James F. VanDerCook. He died 20 January, 1904 in Florence and lies buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha. However, I have been unable to trace either Julia or Harriet. Did Julia take a third husband? Did Harriet ever marry? I have been a VanDerCook family reasearcher for well over 20 years and am trying to clear up a few details in this line. Based on what I have found so far, it seems likely that Julia was one of the first women physicians practicing in Nebraska.