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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ISAAC BURKE, deceased. The subject of this sketch was born in Tennessee Nov. 25, 1823; his parents removed to Preble Co., Ohio, in 1827, when he was but 4 years old, he continued to reside with his parents and assisted in the labors of the farm till 1846. He was then united in marriage with Sarah Wright, Oct. 27 of the same year; he then began life for himself, with no means except his own willing hands and resolute will, and, being nobly assisted by his amiable and energetic wife, they overcame the difficulties so common to early pioneer life and succeeded in making a comfortable home, where his widowed wife still remains, assisted by her children in carrying on the farm. Mr. Burke’s death occurred Oct. 7, 1867, in his 44th year, leaving many friends and a memory that will long be cherished by his lonely wife and fatherless children. Mr. Burke was an active member of the Methodist Church, and died trusting in the promises of his Savior. Ten children were given to this union, viz.: William A., born March 31, 1848; Mary E., born June 28, 1849; John M., born April 15, 1851; Ruth A., born March 24, 1853; Richard H., born June 3, 1855; Irene, born June 16, 1857, Manervia A., born May 11, 1858; Calvin J., born July 18, 1859; Jesse D., born Nov. 21, 1861; Amanda A., born Feb. 12, 1863. Manervia died June 27, 1857; Irene died June 27, 1877; Jesse died Feb. 23, 1862. Mrs. Burke has been sorely afflicted by the loss of her husband and children, but seems resigned to the loss, and lives in the hopes of being again united.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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