Thomas Burdick (1796 - 1877)

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Birthplace: Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angels, California
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Biographical Summary #1:

"...Thomas Burdick (17 Nov. 1795/1797–6 Nov. 1877) Farmer, teacher, judge, postmaster, clerk, civil servant. Born at Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., New York. Son of Gideon Burdick and Catherine Robertson. Married Anna Higley, 1828, at Jamestown, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by Aug. 1834. Ordained an elder, by Aug. 1834. Appointed church clerk to record membership licenses, 24 Feb. 1836. Appointed elders quorum treasurer, 9 Nov. 1836. Appointed member of Kirtland high council, 7 Nov. 1837. Appointed bishop of Kirtland, 22 May 1841. Moved to Burlington, Des Moines Co., Iowa Territory, 1845. Moved to what became Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa Territory, 1846. Located at San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California, 1853. Settled at San Gabriel Township, Los Angeles Co., California, winter 1853–1854. Died at Los Angeles Co..."


Biographical Summary #2:

"...Mon 8th [June 1857, in San Bernardino, CA] Old bro. Thomas Burdick called and ate breakfast with us, said he had always been doubtfull with regard to the truth of Mormonism. Said when he was in the church the bretheren used to call him doubting Thomas. Added that he liked the people, and thought them the best people on the earth. But could not subscribe to all thier principles..."

SOURCE: From Caroline Barnes Crosby [diaries], Chronicler of the Outlying Mormon Communities(2005), edited Edward Leo Lyman, Susan Ward Payne, and S. George Ellsworth..."


"...DIED: In this city, November 6, Thomas Burdick age 80 years. The funeral will take place from the family residence corner of Fort and First Street today, November 7, at 2:00P.M

Mr. Thomas Burdick, an old and highly respected citizen, father of Mr. Horace Burdick, died very suddenly yesterday morning, in the eightieth year of his age, from apoplexy. Mr. Burdick was born in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co ., New York. His father was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and he served in the War of 1812, Thomas was entitled to a pension but never applied for it. He crossed the plains in 1853, and after a hard trip, consuming six months, settled in Los Angeles County in December of that year. He was elected Supervisor of this county in 1854, and since the expiration of his term of office has lived a retired life. He was the father of five boys and two girls--three of them are still living and counted among the most esteemed residents of this county --Horace and Lucretia, who reside in Los Angeles City, and Cyrus, a well-to-do farmer near Spadra. The funeral will take place from the family residence, corner of First and Fort Streets, this afternoon. The following gentlemen, will officiate as pall bearers: John Schumacher, Stephen C. Foster, Judge W. H. Grey, Frank J. Carpenter, Capt. Geo. J.Clark, Judge J. G. Nichols, Don David Alexander, N. Hoover...."

SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily Star- November 7, 1877]

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Thomas Burdick's Timeline

September 17, 1796
Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York, USA
October 16, 1796
St.Paul's Luth., Minden, Montgomery, New York
March 18, 1823
Age 26
Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York, USA
April 4, 1829
Age 32
November 7, 1830
Age 34
June, 1833
Age 36
October 22, 1834
Age 38
Kirtland, Lake, OH, USA
November 20, 1837
Age 41
December 11, 1845
Age 49
February 2, 1846
Age 49