Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Surname: Burch (or Bouck?)

The Burch surname comes to me through the lineage of my grandfather Rosmer Pettis Kerr. His maternal great-grandmother was:
  • Salina Burch, who was the first wife of Ezekiel T. Efner. Ezekiel was born in 1801, so I would estimate Salina's birthdate to be about the same. I don't know her parentage. I believe she died at a fairly young age while Ezekiel was still living in Schoharie County, New York. I expect she's buried there, but have found no record. Salina was my third great-grandmother.
My knowledge of Salina (or Selina?) comes from secondary sources, and I've not yet found any official record pertaining to her. I admit I haven't looked very hard. I suspect others have looked but not found anything. To date, I haven't had occasion to visit Schoharie County to do any onsite research. Maybe I'll be able to plan a trip while I'm living here in Michigan.

Somewhere, years ago, I got the impression that Salina's last name may have been Bouck rather than Burch. Surname distribution in Schoharie County certainly supports that possibility.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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