My gggrandfather William Burk b abt 1789 Virginia m Mary _________ b abt 1799 Kentucky. They were probably married abt 1824.
In 1826, he's probably in Boone or Cooper County, Missouri--central Mo. on the Missouri River. Family lore: he was a professional prizefighter/wrestler/gambler who fought Mike Fink on riverboats and in river towns on the
Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Later (also lore), he and his brother? cousin? Sam Burk had a freight business, hauling from around Boonville, Mo., on the Missouri River, via Pineville, Mo. (extreme southwest corner), into Texas. After 1835 and by the 1850 Feberal Census, the entire family is in Titus
County, Texas. In the 1860 Census, Mary's gone and he's living with a son, still in Titus County. In 1870 Census, they're all gone from Titus County.
There were three or four children:
(1) John Script Burk, my ggrandfather, b. abt 1825 in Mo., d. (lore) in early 1870s in Lawrence or Greene Co., Mo. Also per
lore--was a school teacher, farmer, and UNION soldier from Texas in Civil War. Was in Hopkins Co., Texas, in 1860 Federal Census. Married Sarah Faires (who had previously been married to his freight-hauling cousin?
uncle? Sam Burk? who was killed in a knife fight somewhere along the trail between Mo. and Texas?) in Hopkins Co., Texas in 1866 (I have marriage ctf.). Owned land in Hopkins Co. My grandmother, Mary Margaret Burk, was b at Black Jack (now Cumby) in Hopkins Co. in 1867. Lore: they were run out of Texas around 1870 by some Hopkins County folks who didn't take kindly to having a Union man in their midst and were going to tar and feather John S.--if he was lucky.
(2) William D. Burk b. abt 1828 in Mo. m Nancy C. ______ b abt 1839. In Titus Co. as of 1860 Federal Census. Their children as of 1860 Census: Mary E. b abt 1858 and William P. b
abt 1860, both in Titus Co.
(3) Daniel Burk b abt 1835 in Mo. m Eliza I. ______ b abt 1838. In Titus Co. as of 1860 Feberal Census. Their child as of 1860 Census: William b abt 1858 Titus Co. Family lore: either he or his uncle of the same name was a seaman? ship captain? working out of Galveston.
And maybe (4) James Burk, about whom I know nothing.
Is anyone out there who relates to this?
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