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I am taking the initiative to open a group for the name Burke. I am open to any variations of the name and its origins. It is a general name that seems to have come from many variations and countries.

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Parents of Daniel Burke

Started by Michelle McGee. Last reply by Michelle McGee Jul 28, 2011. 2 Replies

Wanting to know if my Daniel Burke is the stepson of John Obrien Mother is Julia Obrien form the same area of Pottsville/Mahanoy City, PAContinue

Burke Surname for Schuykill/Mahanoy City PA area

Started by Michelle McGee Jun 22, 2011. 0 Replies

I have minimal information on my Burke side. "Sonny" Burke married Isabelle Lukshides. They had my grandfather Francis J Burke. There was a child previously who accidentally was smothered to death…Continue

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Comment by Christine Broad on November 30, 2014 at 5:24pm


From: Thomas []
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:55 AM
To: 'Haidee Thomas'
Subject: RE: RE: Family History - Burke


Dear Haidee:  Percy Cawse Burke was my grand-uncle, the elder and only brother of my paternal grandmother Ethel Mary Burke.  He had three other sisters: Esther, Sarah/Sade, and Rose.  He was born in England in 1882. This would appear to be his birth registration in the GRO Index:


England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915 




I have attached hereto an ancestry report for him which I generated from my data-base.  Not all the events have been checked against original sources; so I cannot guarantee complete accuracy.    I am happy to share more family info, pictures, &c.  Just curious to know where/how you found me.  Cheers, Thom Fowler, Port Hope, Ontario.


Comment by Keith Burke on October 3, 2013 at 6:35am

Patrick Burke1835 in Ireland died in 1900 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was married in 1860 to Margaret McFadden (1936-1891).  I have no information about Patrick's father James Burke 1795 and died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1888, he is my 2nd great grandfather

Comment by Michelle McGee on September 24, 2012 at 7:33am

Love the contributions to this page. I hope one day we can find our lost ones. Burke was definitely a prolific surname.

Comment by Karen West on July 20, 2012 at 10:19am

My Burke family began in the US with Jonathan Burke (Bourke, Burk) who was said to have been born in Ireland about  1765 and came to the US as a young man. He married Hannah Williams and they traveled from North Carolina to Kentucky where they had children William, Benjamin, James, Rebecca, Freelove, Amelia, Mahalla, Cynthia, Samuel, Levinia. 

The family then traveled to Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

Comment by Christine Broad on May 21, 2012 at 7:26am
My ancestor is Esther Geiss Burke, who was born on 24 July 1880, in Paddington, Middlesex, UK.  Her parents were William Burke and Esther Cawse.  She married Percy Herbert Munton.
Comment by John on April 3, 2012 at 6:43pm

My 2nd great grandmother Catherine Burke, daughter of Edward Burke was born on 30 Nov 1845 in Dublin, Ireland and died 18 Jul 1918 in Chakrata, Uttaranchal, India, a British military base. Edward was born about 1820 in Donegal, Ireland.

I have very little information about them except for mention in the Cole family bible that I hold. They are included in my `Mayes' family tree on

There appears to have been an interest in perpetuating the name Burke as my Grandfather was named Christopher Burke Mayes and my younger brother who died recently was named Graham Burke Mayes.

I look forward to finding out more here.

Comment by Kim Kevin Callahan on March 1, 2012 at 11:30am

In a city you would call them sections.  In the northern plains or Rocky Mountain region they were referred to as settlements.  A settlement usually revolved around the local Catholic Church, no matter how rural the setting.  Case in point, there was a church in southeastern South Dakota that was called "Garryowen" Catholic Church.  It was pretty much all Irish that settled and farmed this region around the church.  Irish also settled around a "French" Catholic Church if it was the only one in the region.  That is what our family did in 1863.  The church was the focal point of their lives.  Weddings, baptisms, reunions, church picnics, etc...During the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s', the priest from the French Church led a procession of French & Irish members where they erected wooden crosses in certain fields and prayed for the grasshoppers to leave.   



Comment by Michelle McGee on March 1, 2012 at 11:07am

Yes but I don't have it off hand. I will have to get back with you on that one. What exactly do you mean my Irish settlements? In Mahoney City they had Irish sections, Lithuanian sections with their respective churches (usually Catholic) and they sometimes were right across the street from each other.

Comment by Kim Kevin Callahan on March 1, 2012 at 10:58am

Thanks for the response.  I agree, its quite odd that the Burke Family does not seem to leave any type of trail.  Most of our other Irish ancestors were pretty good about keeping records.  At present, I've been combing western military posts rolls of all Burke names that were assigned to forts in the Northern Plains between 1856-1900.  Came up with 56 names.  I will begin checking out each one of them in the hopes there is a connection.  It would have been unusal (not impossible) for him to have been an only child being Irish and all.  Did the Pennshylavani Burke Family work for particular mining company?  Also, did they happen to live in any Irish settlements?  




Comment by Michelle McGee on March 1, 2012 at 9:04am

Wow, what a story. Mine came to Pennsylvania and stayed there for the most part. They worked in the coal regions of Mahoney, Schuykill Cty, Pa and then to Allentown and Phlidelphia. Like you the earlier folks don't have much information other than "Ireland". That is why I put this out here. Good luck with your search. If I come across anything, I will put it out here. Evasive ones those Burkes.


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