|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1797|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1877|
Los Angeles County
Thomas Burdick was the son of Gideon Burdick & Catherine Robertson (possibly Smith). [Their graves, likely in Quincy, IL, have not been found.]
Thomas and his wife, Anna Higley, were buried in the City Cemetery on Fort Moore Hill, which was removed. In 1913 their graves were moved to Rosedale in the Board of Education section. The BoE wanted the land for a parking lot and paid for the removals.
[Los Angeles Daily Star- November 7, 1877]
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 c1t1zen, 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.
"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."
From Caroline Barnes Crosby [diaries], Chronicler of the Outlying Mormon Communities(2005), edited Edward Leo Lyman, Susan Ward Payne, and S. George Ellsworth.
17 Nov. 1795–6 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 Oct. 1834. Ordained an elder, by Jan. 1836. 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. ... Settled at San Gabriel Township, Los Angeles Co., California, winter 1853–1854. Died at Los Angeles Co."
From Joseph Smith Papers project josephsmithpapers.org
Jamestown Journal. Vol. 50. Jamestown, N. Y., Friday, December 3, 1875. No. 31.
An Old Relic.
Mr. Stearns, who occupies the farm of John A. Hall, in pulling to pieces a part of the old residence of the late Sam Hall, found a Burdick's Arithmetic. It was printed in 1831, at Fredonia, by Hanry C. Frisbie... Soon after this work was issued, Burdick joined the Mormons who sent a missionary here who was quite successful in making Mormon converts. About 1833 or 4, Burdick with some others from this vicinity left Jamestown and joined the Mormons, first at Kirtland, O., and then at Nauvoo....
Sidney Rigdon was the Mormon preacher who came to Jamestown about 1834 or 5. He was one of the earliest Mormon proselytes and a very eloquent man. Burdick and his wife (who was a sister of Dan Higley) became Mormons under Rigdon's preaching at Jamestown, as did Mrs. Sanford Holman, two young Winsors and numerous others.
About 1837 Burdick removed to Kirtland, O., and afterwards to Nauvoo, where he was a school teacher instead of a preacher.... After Joe Smith's murder Sidney Rigdon refused to follow the new dispensation under Brigham Young, and with a portion of the church seceded, and settled in Pennsylvania, where they were starved out and broke up. Rigdon settled near Friendship, Allegany county, where he died but a few years ago [sic]. Burdick followed the Mormons to Salt Lake, but some years ago left Salt Lake and settled with his family in southern California, near Los Angeles, where he was living two years ago....
Anna Higley Burdick (1806 - 1887)*
Lucretia Burns (1829 - 1920)*
Horace Burdick (1831 - 1887)*
Cyrus Burdick (1837 - 1905)*
Thomas Henry Burdick (1837 - 1876)*
Ephraim Burdick (1846 - 1847)*
Angelus Rosedale Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: Section N-5
Maintained by: Hal Eaton
Originally Created by: TLS
Record added: Dec 31, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23656760