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  • ID: I44737
  • Title: Hon.
  • Name: Zebulon Palmer BURDICK
  • Given Name: Zebulon Palmer
  • Surname: Burdick 1
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 27 MAY 2010
  • Occupation: Lawyer, farmer, politician
  • Birth: 10 JUN 1806 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
  • Residence: 1849 Rock Co., Wisconsin
  • Residence: 1860 Janesville, Rock Co., Wisconsin
  • Census: 1880 Janesville Township, Rock Co., Wisconsin
  • Note: age 73
  • Note:
    "Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wisconsin", 1889, p 970-971.
    HON. ZEBULON PALMER BURDICK, a prominent citizen and farmer of Rock County, residing on section 20, Janesville Township, was born in Rensselaer County, N.Y., in 1806. He was the fourth in the family of twelve children born to Joseph and Betsey (SCRIVE) BURDICK, the former a native of Rhode Island and the latter of Connecticut. They removed to New York shortly after the close of the Revolutionary War, and in the Empire State Mr. BURCICK engaged in farming until 1849, when, accompanied by his family, he emigrated to Wisconsin and purchased land in Rock County. Making that his home until 1852, he then sold out and removed to Janesville Township, where his death occurred in 1860, at the age of eighty-four years. His excellent wife died in 1838, at Grafton, Rensselaer Co., N.Y. The paternal grandfather of our subject served in the Revolutionary War, while his father was a captain of the militia. Politically, the latter was an active supporter of the Democratic party. His children who came West were: Zebulon P.; Deacon Moses BURDICK, who was numbered among the early settlers of Rock Township, and whose death occurred in Janesville; Mrs. Hannah VAN NAME, who died in 1873; Ziporah married Dr. Israel SMITH. Both are now deceased.
    The subject of this sketch was reared to farm life, and in his early years also engaged in lumbering. His education was received in the schools of his native State, after which he studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Troy, N.Y., in 1832. He then practiced in the surrounding country for several years. In 1828, while residing in New York, he led to the marriage altar Miss Amanda M. DEMORAY, who as born near Troy, N.Y. Two children graced their union: Sullivan R., who was clerking and studying law, died in Wisconsin in 1850; Rachel Ann is now the widow of G. L. KNOX; she has one son, Linn E., a druggist in Chicago.
    In 1834 the death of the mother occurred, and Mr. BURDICK was again married in 1838, in Grafton, N.Y., his second union being with Philena BROCK. She was born in that State, and is a daughter of Jonathan and Anna (SMITH) BROCK, the former a native of New York and the latter of Rhode Island. Her father learned the trade of a carpenter, which he followed in connection with farming. His death occurred in his native State in 1850, and his wife was called to her final home in 1848.
    Accompanied by his family, Mr. BURDICK emigrated to the West in 1849, locating in Rock County, where he purchased a farm on section 20, Janesville Township. He is now the owner of 180 acres of fine arable land, which he manages himself, and which is under a fair state of cultivation. The two succeeding years after his arrival in this county he made his home in a little log cabin, which was then replaced by a more commodious residence. Many improvements he has added to the farm, which in every department denotes the thrift and enterprise of the owner. In connection with general farming, Mr. BURDICK gives some attention to the raising of tobacco and also handles a good grade of stock. He has been honored by his fellow-citizens with various official positions. For fifteen years he has been Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and in 1858 was elected a member of the Wisconsin General Assembly. The following year he held the position of State Senator, to which he had been elected the previous fall, and again in 1860 held the same office. Ten years later he was again elected to the State Legislature, this time occupying a seat in the House, and serving as Representative until 1875. In the various official positions which he has filled, his course has always been such as to win the respect of even his political enemies, and his duties have been discharged with the same promptness and fidelity which characterized all his undertakings. In 1854 he was elected the third President of the Agricultural Society, which position he held for three years. During his early life he supported the political party known as the Barn Burners, but since 1856 has been a stanch and earnest advocate of the Republican party and a warm defender of its principles. He is numbered among the early settlers of the county, has witness almost its entire growth and development, and ranks as one of the leading citizens.
    Mr. and Mrs. BURDICK are members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church at Janesville, and are the parents of three children, two of whom are living: Edson A., who is in the employ of the pension department of the government, is married and resides at Washington; Emma Ophelia died in 1848, at the age of five years; Emmett E., who resides in Janesville, is an artist of considerable note. In early life he displayed much ability in that direction, and his parents provided him with the best instructions which could be obtained from noted artists in Chicago. While receiving from his parents such assistance as they could give, much of his success in life has been obtained by hard labor and constant application to the work in hand. He is now engaged in teaching both painting and etching at Janesville, and does considerable decorative work.
  • Note: no Rock Co. death cert found
  • Death: 03 APR 1892 in Janesville, Rock Co., Wisconsin
  • Burial: 04 APR 1892 Janesville, Rock Co., Wisconsin
  • Note: Oak Hill Cemetery 2
  • Event: Obituary 04 APR 1892
  • Note:
    "The Janesville Gazette", Janesville, Wisconsin, Monday, Apr. 4, 1892, p 4.
    The remains of Colonel Z. P. Burdick were buried in Oak Hill this afternoon. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Matthew Evans, of the First M. E. church, were held at the family home in the town of Janesville at 2 o'clock. There was a very large attendance both from the neighborhood in which he had lived and from the city, many old residents of the county being among the throng that followed the funeral party to the grave. The pall bearers were J. K. Bear, George R. Barker, Abram Phelps, M. M. Phelps, H. F. Bliss, J. G. Hayner.

    Father: Joseph BURDICK b: ABT 1776 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
    Mother: Elizabeth "Betsey" SCRIVEN b: ABT 1770 in Connecticut

    Marriage 1 Amanda M. DEMARY b: 13 OCT 1807 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., New York
    • Married: 1828 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
    1. Has No Children Sullivan R. BURDICK
    2. Has Children Rachel Ann BURDICK

    Marriage 2 Philena BROCK b: ABT 1816 in New York
    • Married: 29 SEP 1838 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
    1. Has Children Edson A. BURDICK b: 03 JUL 1839 in Grafton, Rensselaer Co., New York
    2. Has No Children Emma Ophelia BURDICK b: 1843 in New York
    3. Has No Children Emmet E. BURDICK b: 08 AUG 1848 in New York

    1. Title: The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island
      Author: Nellie W. Johnson
      Publication: The Syracuse Typesetting Co., Syracuse, NY, 1937
      Page: 164, 448
    2. Title: Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Wisconsin, Volume I
      Author: Bernie Farmer
      Publication: Rock County Genealogical Society, Janesville, WI, 1996
      Page: 51
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