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Nov 09

George W. Burdick, Another Look

This entry is part 6 of 99 in the series Deeds in the Family

OK, I admit it. I have been holding out information on George. I probably would have continued to hold off on some information, but one of Papa’s cousins reminded me, and I am coming clean! The Michigan Histories and Atlases have given me quite a few clues about our families, and here is a crumb:

In January, 1877 a resident of Manton described the village as follows: “We have three good hotels, The Wexford House is the largest, and is a credit to any town. Its proprietor is William Martin, The Burdick House is kept by G. W. Burdick….”1

In addition, in December of 1876, George’s oldest daughter was married.

27 Apr 1827 Birth: Berlin, Rensselaer Co., NY
1850 Census: Andover, Allegany Co., NY
1855 Marriage: Mary Jane Abbott
1850 Census: Andover, Allegany Co., NY
29 Mar 1856 Daughter: Susie Melissa born, Andover, Allegany Co., NY
1860 Census: Andover Allegany County, New York
24 Oct 1860 Son: Fink Clement born Andover, Allegany Co., NY
24 Oct 1860 – 23 Jn 1868 Migration: New York to Pennsylvania
23 June 1868 Daughter: Mable Genevieve born, Eleven Mile, Potter Co., PA
23 June -May 1870 Migration: Pennsylvania to Michigan.
27 Aug 1870 Census: Colfax, Wexford County, Michigan.
11 Jan 1871 Daughter: Gertie W. born Colfax, Wexford Co., MI
12 Mar 1874 News item: The Grand Traverse Herald; Boardman, Grand Traverse County, Michigan Listed as arrivals at the Boardman River House for the week ending March 9th: (lengthy list) Geo. W Burdick, Manton.
20 May 1874 Purchased Interest: E 1/2 of the NE1 /4 Sec. 4 T23N R10W Wexford Co., MI.
26 May 1876 Sold Interest: E 1/2 of the NE 1 /4 Sec. 4 T23N R10W Wexford Co., MI
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8 Nov 1876 Purchased 1/2 interest: Seaman & Maqueston Addition to the village of Cedar Creek Block B 1/2 interest lots 3 & 4.
13 Dec 1876 Daughter, Susie M. marries John P. Fenton.
28 Dec 1876 Purchased Interest: Seaman & Maqueston Addition to the village of Cedar Creek Block B lots 8, 9, 10 and 1/2 interest lots 3 & 4.
1877 Mentioned as a hotel keeper in an old county history.
1880 Census: Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan
8 Jan 1885 News item: the Grand Traverse Herald, “Geo. W. Burdick will log quite extensively in Colfax this winter.”
1910 Census: Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan
24 Oct 1914 Death: Irons, Lake County, Michigan
26 Oct 1914 Burial: Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan

Now I am wondering, where was the hotel located? At the same time, I remember descriptions I have read of hotels on the frontier, with people sleeping every which way on the floors, using all available space. I am not sure when I may be able to further assess the location of the hotel.  Once again, I checked in the Michigan County History site, and found three atlases.  The 1889 atlas2 is 12 years later than 1876-78, the time period I am interested in, but worth a look.

Block B

Lot 3 is empty, but lot 4 has a building of unknown size.  Lot 10 is the home of the “Friends Meeting Ho.”, with 8 and 9 appearing to be empty.

It is possible that buildings may have existed on these lots earlier, and burnt down or otherwise been destroyed.  Without further review of early plat maps at the courthouse, I probably will not know if one of these lots contained a hotel that Burdick may have operated.

  1. Alexander Winchell, The Grand Traverse region : a report on the geological and industrial resources of the counties of Antrim, Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelenaw in the lower peninsula of Michigan (Ann Arbor: Dr. Chase’s steam printing house 1866), page 348; digital images, University of Michigan Library, Michigan County Histories and Atlases (http://name.umdl.umich.edu/BAD0780.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009)
  2. E.L. Hayes, Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan / compiled by Eli L. Hayes from government surveys, county and township records, and personal investigations and observations (Chicago, Illinois: E.L. Hayes & Co. 1889), page 21, digital images, University of Michigan Library, Michigan County Histories and Atlases (http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009)
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