Descendants of William Burke

William Burke (see his life in Boston Public Library) born in Galway, Ireland, in 1752. Arrived in Boston soon after the Battle of Bunker Hill. Died in Millington, Conn., in 1836, where a stone marks his grave. Married Lucetta Maynard April 15, 1780, at New London, Conn., by Rev. Mr. Jewett Lucell, Lucetta died Oct. 10, 1818. He married a second wife, Olive Arnold, May 27, 1821, who is mentioned in his will June 14, 1836.

William and Lucetta (Maynard) Burke had children as follows:

  1. William, b. Aug. 23, 1782; d. June 19, 1862.
  2. Mary, b. July 5, 1784; d. Gleasonbury.
  3. Sarah; b. July 8, 1787; d. in infancy.
  4. Thomas, b. Jan. 28, 1790; d. ‘May 25, 1842.
  5. Joseph C., b. Nov. 11, 1791; d. Jan. 12, 1869; m. Jane E. Whiting, New Haven, Conn., 1818. Their only child was John Whiting Burke, born in New Haven, June 27, 1821. In 1842 he received degree of M. A. and in 1843 degree of M. D. from Yale University. In 1844 he married Ann Parish Benjamin, who died in 1863.
  6. (2) Lydia, b. Aug. 19, 1794; d. Nov. 16, 1874; m. Hiram Woodruff, Oct. 31, 1821. (See Woodruff Genealogy).
  7. Lyman, b. April 5, 1796; d. Sept. 28, 1858.
  8. Edward G., b. July 31, 1798; d. 1880. Buried Rock Landing, Haddam, Conn. Married Miss Holmes of Glastonbury, Conn.
  9. Lucinthia, b. March 26, 1800; d. April 10, 1887; m. Eliphalet Smith, Sept. 25, 1828, at Haddam, Conn. Eliphalet died 1836, aged 37 years. Lucinthia then married Daniel Smith, Dec. 27, 1837.
  10. Samuel, b. Dec. 30,1803; d. Oct.6, 1886;m. Mattie B. Edwards. Their children were:
    1. Emeline, d. June 19, 1855; age 23 years.
    2. Horace E., b. 1836; d. April 25, 1867.
    3. Ralph, d. Dec. 26, 1899; age 64 years.
    4. Charles F., b. May 27, 1838; Norwich, Conn.
    5. Robert W., b. Jan. 17, 1841; lived in Middletown, Conn.


Mackenzie, George N. Woodruff Genealogy: Matthew Woodruff of Farmington, Conn. 1640-1, and ten generations of his descendants, together with genealogies of families connected through marriage : Abbe genealogy, Sturtevant genealogy, Stevens genealogy, Burke genealogy, briefs from Kelly, Franklin and Folger genealogies. Boston, MA: Everett Print. 1925.

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  1. I am a descendant of William Burke through his daughter, Sarah. Sarah married John Crane (1786-1868) of Wilbraham, MA on Jan 1, 1805. They moved to the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY (Addison, NY) and both are buried there on a hill behind my uncle’s farm. Sarah died in Addison on July 6, 1863. (Also, please note, Mary Burke died in Glastonbury, CT).

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