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Colonel George Thew BURKE

Male Abt 1776 - 1854  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name George Thew BURKE 
    Title Colonel 
    Born Abt 1776  Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1842  Goulbourn, Carleton, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census2 1851  Bytown, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 02 Feb 1854  Richmond, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I324  Mewburn
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 

    Family Lydia Ann GRANT,   b. Abt 1788, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1825, Richmond, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1817  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Henry BURKE,   b. 05 Mar 1820, St Andrew, Lower Canada, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1858, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F97  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MI at St Phillip's RC church cemetery, Richmond.

      Obituary from The Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, February 4, 1854

      "Burke : At the residence of his Son-in-law, Colin McDonell, Esqr., in this Town, on
      Thursday last, the 2nd instant, COLONEL GEORGE THEW BURKE, aged 78 years, a
      native of Ballyartella, County Tipperary, Ireland. Colonel Burke entered the
      army in 1798 in the ancient Irish Fencibles, and served under Abercrombie in
      Egypt. On the return of the Army to Ireland, he was employed on the
      Recruiting Service, and was mainly instrumental in raising the 99th (Old
      100th Regiment), and for which he obtained his Company in that distinguished
      Corps, and in which on the Staff, Colonel Burke served throughout the
      whole American War of 1812, and was present at the hard fought battles of
      Sackett's Harbour and Chateauguay --- for which, and for his services in
      Egypt, he obtained two medals. He was then appointed, for his distinguished
      services, to the Posts of Deputy - Assistant Quarter Master General and
      Brigade Major at Quebec. On his retiring on half-pay, shortly afterwards,
      he was nominated by Sir John Sherbrooke (Governor and Commander - in -
      Cheif) in Canada, as Superintendent of the Rideau Military Settlement, and
      stationed in Richmond, where his appointment was subsequently confirmed by
      His Grace, the Duke of Richmond, from whose side during his Grace's short
      and melancholy illness, Colonel Burke (and in taking wine with whom at the
      house of Colonel Powell at Perth, the first symptoms of His Grace's
      frightful malady were noticed) was never absent, and called forth
      expressions of the deepest gratitude for his kindness and attention from his
      illustrious friend. Colonel Burke was elected to represent (then first
      formed) County of Carleton in the Provincial Legislature, and was appointed
      Registrar for the County of Lanark, which post was subsequently exchanged
      for that of the County of Carleton, the duties of which he always performed
      with credit to himself and satisfaction to the public until within a short
      period of his death, and during which, his son, Mr. James Burke, has
      officiated.
      Although brought up in such stirring times, Colonel Burke was always
      characterized by his mild and unassuming manners, and during his military
      career was beloved by his Brother Officers for his distinquished bravery and
      coolness on the field of battle.
      In him, his Family have lost a kind Father, the Public, a faithful
      servant, and the writer of this imperfect and humble tribute to the memory
      of a brave and good man, an old, staunch and unflinching friend."

  • Sources 
    1. [S414] Census returns. Canada. Collection: Canada, Upper Canada Census, 1842, (Name: FamilySearch;), 1842. Goulborn, Bathurst, Carleton, Upper Canada. Ref ID MG 31 C1; Film C-1344.

      "George T Burke Gentleman
      James Burke Gentleman"

    2. [S2] Census returns. 1852. Canada, (Name: Automated Genealogy.com;), 1851, Bytown, Ontario. Canada West, schedule A; roll C11771; page 89.

      "George T Burke, county registrar, born Ireland, C of E, age 76, wid
      Milo Burke, gentleman, born Ireland, Roman Catholic, age 65
      Thos Jones, yeoman, born Ireland, Roman Catholic, age 65, not member of family
      Jas H Burke, gentleman, born Canada, Roman Catholic, age 32
      Norah Burke, spinster, born Ireland, Roman Catholic, age 56, not member of family
      Mary V Burke, spinster, born Canada, Roman Catholic, age 28
      Catherine Fogarty, spinster, born Canada, Roman Catholic, age 20
      Lydia Fogarty, spinster, born Canada, Roman Catholic, age 17
      Emily Fogarty, spinster, born Canada, Roman Catholic, age 9
      Milo M Burke, gentleman, born Canada, Roman Catholic, age 30, attending school
      a 28-year old female member of the family died of consumption that year"