Biography of Willis A. Burke


Burke, Willis A., Hamburg, p. o. Lakeview, was born in Westminster, Vt., March 3, 1838. He was educated in the schools there, and came to the town of Collins, Erie county, N. Y., at the age of eighteen, where he has been a farmer and produce dealer until he retired in 1892. In 1891 he was elected justice of the peace, which position he still holds. February 14, 1859, he married Cornelia Pierce of the town of Collins, and they had four children, Ellis W. (who died in infancy), Adah M., Cortlaud O. and Emma E. Adab M. married Theron A. Pierce of Greenfield, Pa.; Cortland O. married Rose Ibeck of the town of Evans. Mr. Burke's father, Cortland, was born on the old homestead in Vermont, January 10, 1810. He died June 2, 1887, and his widow March 8, 1889. The family trace their ancestry back to the eighth century, as De Burgh, Bourke, Bourck and Burke, and were represented in the Revolutionary, Mexican and Civil wars.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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