Biography of Daniel Burke
Winona County, MN Biographies

DANIEL BURKE was born in Ireland June 4, 1839. His father, Thomas Burke, was a very thrifty farmer, but suffered considerable loss from the famine of 1849, he having become surety for several families who were unable to pay their rent. His mother, Margaret Burke, died in 1852, and in 1855 his father emigrated to New York with the rest of his family, and he and the subject of our sketch went to work upon the Erie canal and worked there until it was completed. Then our subject hired out with a farmer and worked for him three years. When done work for this farmer he came to Minnesota, in company with his brother, in search of his father and the rest of the family that had moved to Sugar Loaf. After finding his family he looked over the greater part of Winona county, and finally, in 1862, bought the S. of the N.E. of Sec. 6 in Pleasant Hill township, and in 1863 he bought the E. of N.W. 1/4 of Sec. 6. He was married to Bridget Moran January 18, 1863. He and his wife went to work with that energy which is always crowned with success, and at this time (1882) they have 320 acres of land, fenced into six fields and well stocked with horses, hogs, sheep and cattle. They have a very comfortable frame house, with modern conveniences, and good barns and granary. Their union has been blessed with seven children: Thomas, born November 20, 1863; William, born January 20, 1865; Daniel, born September 20, 1866; John, born March 2, 1868, and died March 2, 1869; Mary A., born December 2, 1869; Margaret E., born June 4, 1871, and Hugh James. born March 15, 1874. The children are all living at home, and, with their parents, form a cheerful and contented family.


FROM:
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.

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