William Burdick

28 October 1825–28 May 1907 (Age 81)
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States

The Life Summary of William

When William Burdick was born on 28 October 1825, in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, his father, John H. Burdick, was 46 and his mother, Judith Burdick, was 43. He married Sarah Sherman Potter on 13 December 1852, in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Rhode Island, United States in 1870 and Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island, United States in 1900. He died on 28 May 1907, in Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island, United States.

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William Burdick
Sarah Sherman Potter
Marriage: 13 December 1852
Daniel Herbert Burdick
Edgar William Burdick
Everett Burnside Burdick
Alice Carrie Burdick
Alva Lincoln Burdick
Laverne Ellsworth Burdick

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  • Marriage
    13 December 1852Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 5
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    1841 · Dorr Rebellion
    Age 16
    The Dorr Rebellion, led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, took place from 1841 until 1842. During the Rebellion, the middle-class residents of Rhode Island attempted to force broader democracy to the state legislation.
    1862 · US Naval Academy
    Age 37
    The US Naval Academy was moved to Newport, Rhode Island from its original in Annapolis, Maryland on May 9, 1862.

    Name Meaning

    English (Middlesex): nickname from an unrecorded Middle English burre-dokke ‘burdock’, the name of a prickly plant with burrs and dock-like leaves (usually Arctium lappa), common on waste ground. It may have been given to someone of a prickly temperament or perhaps to someone with a hoarse voice.Possibly also an Americanized form of Dutch Boerdijk: habitational name from a settlement named Boerdijk, composed of boer ‘peasant, farmer, countryman’ and dijk ‘dike’.History: Robert Burdick was a freeman of Newport, RI, in 1655.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (20)

    • William Burdick in entry for Burdick, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
    • William Burdick, "United States Census, 1870"
    • William in entry for Edgar W. Burdick and Sarah Mcewen, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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