5. WESLEY DEWITT4 GRIFFIN (ROY DEWITT3, EARL V.2, DEWITT CLINTON1) was born June 29, 1913 in Greenbay, Brown Co., WI, and died July 24, 1993 in Showlow, Navajo Co., AZ. He married EILEEN MARION MCFARLAND October 15, 1938 in Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA, daughter of THOMAS MCFARLAND and SARAH BURDICK. She was born March 16, 1911 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI.
Notes for EILEEN MARION MCFARLAND: I have always know my grandmother as Sharon Parker. So have her children, Bobbe and Toni. When Bobbe and Toni asked questions, grandma never answered them.
In another box, were a few pictures, the Last Will and Testament of Nell Burdick, and a letter from Alberta Horan, her younger sister. The postmark on the envelope is April 25, 1989. The letter is dated 4-24 and says:
Tom's son Brian just called me that Tom passed away from complications of his heart attack. They are having a small memorial service, so I'd not plan on making the trip. His son Tom is in Africa so won't be home, (can't read the word) their daughter Patricia (can't read the word) coming home from Colorado.
I talked to Tom after he came home, but his voice didn't sound the same. Gene has had two heart attacks, altho he looks good. He also has problems with his unirary tract or bladder. Anyway, sometimes passes a lot of blood, so I hope I don't hear any more bad news for a while. It's just hard for me to realize one of our family is gone.
No news up here except crazy weather. I am going to Walla Walla the 5th of May, so don't need a storm. I'm leaving the 15th of May for Germany via Calgary Canada. There was a $600 difference in the rate going from Canada instead of U.S.A. & it's a direct flight.
Alberta's address is:
Ms. Alberta Horan
410 8th St. S.
Grt Falls, MT 59405
More About CLARENCE EDWARD JOHNSON: Fact 1: May 18, 1992, Suffered stroke and aortic aneurysm
ii. TONI GRIFFIN, b. August 08, 1941, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA; m. BRUCE MORTON WEBSTER, June 18, 1961, Studio City, Los Angeles Co., CA.
|COMPANIONS IN DEATH * DOUBLE FUNERAL AT OAKLAND|
Man and Wife Die of Influenza only a Few Hours Apart.
On February 28th, 1891, a little son named Roy De Witt came to the home of Eva and Roy Griffin. After five short years the mother was called away, and in less than two years the father was called to join the mother. Little Roy made his home with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Askwig, and spent the early years of his life at Oakland. He attended Brown's Business College in Lincoln, later accepting a position in the Union Pacific offices in Omaha. In August, 1912, he was united in marriage with Lillian May Wells of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. To this union was born a son, Wesley De Witt, Jr., who is left to mourn the untimely departure of a living father and mother.
At the time of his death Mr. Griffin was cashier of the Butler County State Bank at David City, Nebraska. He daparted this life early Monday morning, Dec. 9th and left to mourn his death his wife, one son, one brother, Wesley A. Griffin of Minneapolis, and Ed J. Askwig of Oakland. He was a member of the Masonic Order, a young man of splendid character and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Lillian May Wells was born at Oshkosh Wisc., Sept. 10, 1892. She spent the early years of her life at her Wisconsin home. In August, 1912, she was united in marriage with Roy De Witt Griffin, the couple making their home in Minneapolis and later at David City. She departed this life early Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, at her David City home. She leaves to mourn her departure one son, Wesley De Witt Griffin, an aged father and mother, two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Francis and Esther Wells, both of Omaha. She was a member of the Eastern Star Order, a young woman who loved her home and family and was loved by those who were acquainted with her.
A double funeral took place on Friday, the services being held in the open at the cemetery at Oakland, at 1:30, and were very brief. Rev. W. N. Wallis, formerly of Oakland, had charge of the services and spoke briefly on the test "If a man die, shall he live again?" The singing was by a quartet composed of Mrs. W. W. Roberts, Miss Rachel Carlson, E. W. Harding and C. O. Stauffer, and consisted of two numbers. There was an abundance of floral tributes from friends and relatives, and Mr. Askwig directed that the flowers were to be distributed among the sick folks of the community. This was a very thoughtful act and will be appreciated. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved ones in their great sorrow.
More About LILLIAN MAY WELLS:
Cause of Death: Influenza Pneumonia
Child of ROY GRIFFIN and LILLIAN WELLS is:
As promised, here is what I have so far on the family. This will include information that I've received from you or Alberta. I'll start with Robert Burdick and move forward to me. If you'll give me your mailing address, I'll send you family group sheets for this family.
Since you know probably more than me about the McFarland line, I didn't go back from Thomas Alexander.
Also, could you tell me what sources you have for this family? Most of what I've gotten for the Burdicks, comes from Nellie Johnson's Burdick book. I do have death certificates for Sarah and Thomas, and Ellen Marion (Nellie) Burdick. I also have a birth certificate for my grandmother, Eileen.
I didn't go back from my dad, and I didn't go back on my maternal grandfather's side. If you like having collateral information, I'd be happy to send you this information as well. Just let me know.
Robert Burdick, b abt 1620 in Devonshire, England, d 25 Oct 1692 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI, m 2 Nov 1655 in Newport, Newport Co., RI to Ruth Hubbard who was b 11 Jan 1639/40, Agawam, Hampden Co., MA, d 1691 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI.
1) Thomas Burdick, Sr., b abt 1656
2) Naomi Burdick, b abt 1658
3) Ruth Burdick, b abt 1660
4) Deborah Burdick, b abt 1662
5) Roger Burdick, b abt 1664
6) Benjamin Burdick, b abt 1666
7) Samuel Burdick, b abt 1668
8) Tracy Burdick, b abt 1670
9) Robert Burdick, Jr., b abt 1674
10) Hubbard Burdick, Sr., b abt 1676
Hubbard Burdick, Sr., b abt 1676 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI, d 17 Apr 1758 in Hopkinton, Washington Co., RI, m 1714 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI to Hannah Maxson who was b abt 1682 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI, d 1752 in Washington Co., RI.
1) Hubbard Burdick, Jr., b 24 Nov 1716
2) Nathan Burdick, b 19 Feb 1717/18 (17 Feb 1718)
3) John Burdick, b 19 May 1721
4) Ezekiel Burdick, b abt 1723
5) Richard Burdick, b abt 1724
John Burdick, b 19 May 1721 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI, d March 1780 in
Westerly, Washington Co., RI, m 1 Dec 1750 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI to Elizabeth Babcock who was b 6 May 1729 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI.
1) Maxson Burdick, b 22 Jan 1750/51
2) Thompson Burdick (Sr), b 1 Sep 1753
3) Anne Burdick, b 2 Feb 1755
4) John Burdick, b 20 Sep 1756
5) Paul Burdick, b 24 Oct 1759
6) Abigail Burdick, b 22 Nov 1761
7) Sarah Burdick, b 7 Sep 1763
8) Frances Burdick, b 29 Mar 1765
9) Joshua Burdick, b 7 May 1768
10) Elkanah Burdick, b 6 Aug 1771
11) Hannah Burdick, b abt 1773
Thompson Burdick, Sr., b 1 Sep 1753 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI, d 5 Oct 1830 in Spafford, NY, m bef 1779 in Stonington, CT to Tabitha Wilcox who was b 23 Mar 1756 in Unknown, d 4 Dec 1827 in Spafford, NH.
1) Ethel Burdick, b
2) James Burdick, b
3) Nancy Burdick, b
4) Polina Burdick, b
5) Thompson Burdick, Jr. b
6) William Burdick, b
7) Lucy Burdick, b 1 Dec 1779
8) Tabitha Burdick, b 1782
9) Paul Burdick, b 1788
10) Betsey Burdick, b 30 Nov 1793
11) Sophia Burdick, b 1802
Paul Burdick, b 1788 in CT, d aft 1855, m Rebecca who was b 1794 in NY
1) James Burdick, b
2) William Burdick, b
3) Morgan Lewis Burdick, b 12 May 1813
4) Hiram W Burdick, b 1815
5) Susan Burdick, b 1817
6) Samuel Burdick, b 1820
7) Martha Burdick, b 1825
8) Elizabeth Burdick, b 5 Jul 1827
9) Thomas Jefferson Burdick, b 8 Sep 1833
Morgan Lewis Burdick, b 12 May 1813 in NY, d 31 Aug 1886 in Town Lake, WI, m 14 Sep 1837 in Town Lake, WI, Olive Simons Patterson who was b 1 Dec 1817 in Pottsdam,NY, d 7 Mar 1911 in Town Lake, WI.
George Bradford Burdick, b 27 Sep 1838 in WI, died about 20 December 1920 at Soldiers Home in Clarissa (Todd County), Minnesota. Married on 4 Jul 1865 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI to Jemima Jane Risdon who was b 30 Nov 1838 in Romsey, Hampshire, England, d abt 1935 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI.
Sarah Frances Burdick, b 25 Jul 1880 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI, d 17 Feb 1957 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, m 30 Nov 1905 to Thomas Alexander McFarland who was b 29 Dec 1873 in Bally Gawley, County Tyrone, Ireland, d 23 Jun 1956 in Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT.
1) Thomas Frederick McFarland,=C2=A0 b 16 Sep 1907
2) Eugene Russell McFarland, b 6 Aug 1909
3) Eileen Marion McFarland, b 16 Mar 1911
4) Alberta Lucille McFarland, b 17 May 1918
Eileen Marion McFarland, b 16 Mar 1911 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI, m 15 Oct 1938 in Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA to Wesley DeWitt Griffin who was b 29 Jun 1913 in Green Bay, Brown Co., WI, d 24 Jul 1993 in Showlow, Navajo Co., AZ.
1) Toni Griffin, b 8 Aug 1941 in Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA, m 18 Jun
1961 in Studio City, Los Angeles Co., CA, to
(1) Bruce Morton Webster,
m (2) John Lawrence.
a) Robert Bruce Webster, b 21 Aug 1970 in Burbank, Los Angeles Co., CA, m 21 Dec 1990 in Seoul Korea to Melanie Patterson.
2) Bobbe Griffin, b 8 Aug 1944
Bobbe Griffin, b 8 Aug 1944 in Burbank, Los Angeles Co., CA, m 16 Mar 1963 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV to Clarence Edward Johnson who was b 19 Nov 1937 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.
1) Barbara Ann Johnson, b 9 Jul 1964 in Encino, Los Angeles Co., CA.
2) SharonChristine Johnson, b 31 Dec 1965 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, m 27 Jun 1992 in Ventura, Ventura Co., CA to John Thomas Knotek, Jr. who was b 8 Apr1961 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.
a) Garret Austin Knotek, b 23 Oct 1993 in Klamath Falls, Klamath
b) Jessica Danielle Knotek, b 25 May 1995 in Medford, Jackson Co., OR
I recently got back in contact with one of our cousins. His name is Bud Burdick and he's done a lot of research on this line. We're connected through (if memory serves) through Paul Burdick. He's been trying to find the last name of Paul's wife, Rebecca. He thinks he may have found something. This is what he wrote to me:
"Last summer I corresponded with a cousin who relates through Paul's daughter Martha. She was looking for info about Martha and her parents (Paul and Rebaca). She also knew that Martha had married twice but not a third time. With the third marriage name I gave her she was able to locate Martha's marriage in WI. On this certificate it listed her parent's as Paul BURDICK and Rebaca SHAFT. This is the only record found so far with the Shaft name.
"I knew that Paul's son Morgan L. was born in Hounsfield, NY (Jefferson County) in 1813, so have been searching records there. There is a Henry Shaft family there which lived close to a Ball Burdick family in 1820. I believe that Ball is our Paul. There is also a Thomas Shaft family who lived there and later shows up in Town Lake, WI where Morgan lived.
"I have also corresponded and met with a cousin who lives near Tacoma, WA and is persueing this Thomas Shaft, but can not link Thomas to Henry Shaft. We think that both Thomas and Rebaca are children of Henry Shaft. He has additional info on Henry Shaft but nothing on Rebaca, but knows this family had daughters which fit the age of Rebaca. It is also possible that Henry Shaft was married a second time. This name can also be Shaff, Schaff, Schaft, etc. Gencom does have some queries on Schaff. There is also a Peter Shaft web page. I think that Paul Burdick met Rebaca Shaft around 1810 in either Saratoga or Washington County, NY and followed Henry Shaft west to Hounsfield. Neither family stayed there long as Paul was enumerated in Quatauqua, Co, NY in 1825/1830 and Henry Shaft in Oswego County, NY about the same time."
I gave him your web address so he could take a look at what you've got so far and I also gave him your e-mail address. I encouraged him to contact you and I encourage you to contact him. Bud's also interested in learning more about the McFarland line.
LETTER DATED 29 MARCH 2004 ( also see Risdons in England )
I found the some of the Risdons in the censuses. Hope you find it useful.
10 Jun 1870
28 Jun 1870
10 Jun 1870
16 Jun 1870
15 Jun 1880
15 Jun 1900
6 Jun 1900
15 Jun 1900
15 Jun 1900
I'll continue looking for more information.
Have a good evening,