|Birth: ||Nov. 20, 1852, France|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1949|
Mrs. Rosa A. Burd, 96, one of the very earliest settlers in Nebraska and Nuckolls county (sic), died at two o'clock today in a Superior hospital where she was taken on January 2 suffering from pneumonia.
Her death marked the passing of one of this sections most colorful residents. Born Adalaide Ducoty in the little village of Lorrane (sic), France, on November 20, 1852, she came to American when 3 years old and had been a resident of Nebraska for nearly 92 years.
The tiniest of twin girls, the story goes that she was so small at birth that she could be placed in a quart measure. Friends of her parents said, "The little one, she cannot live." But she outlived many, many times the rest of a family of nine children, most of whom died in infancy or young childhood.
She came with her family to what is now Cass county (sic), near Plattsmouth, in March, 1857. It was while living in that part of the state that she met and married Daniel W. Burd in 1871.
The Burds came to Nuckolls county (sic) in a covered wagon in August 1874, where they resided on a farm east of Nelson until 1900, when they moved to town. Mr. Burd died on December 4, 1916.
Surviving in the immediate family are two sons, Noah of Lincoln, and Otis of Nelson. Five other children, Ira, Albert, Howard, Hattie and an infant daughter, preceded their mother in death.
Funeral services are to be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30, at the home here, with interment in the Nelson cemetery (sic).
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, January 13, 1949
Rosa A. Ducoty was born in Lorraine, France, November 20, 1852. At the age of three she with her mother and two sisters set sail for America to join the father who had come over some time before. One of the children died and was buried at sea. They settled for a while in New Jersey, coming on west to Cass county (sic), Nebraska, settling near Plattsmouth later. There the mother passed away when Rosa was about 7. She was taken into the Wm. Sheffer home, living there until her marriage to Daniel W. Burd, February 22, 1872.
To this union 7 children were born, only two of whom survive, Noah of Lincoln, and Otis of Nelson. Two died in infancy, Albert in the Phillippines (sic), Howard in Wyoming, and Hattie in California.
Mr. Burd passed away December 4, 1916.
They came to Nuckolls county (sic) in 1874, settling on a homestead east of Nelson. Here most of the children were born and raised. In 1900 they moved in Nelson where she has continued to reside. She has been a faithful member of the Christian church (sic) since girlhood, living her Christianity in word and deed through the years, always ready with a helping hand in time of need. One of her greatest joys was to visit and carry flowers to the ill and shut-ins.
She was a member of the Relief Corps, the Degree of Honor and the Rebekah lodge, having received the "Decoration of Chivalry" from that organization in 1922.
She has been in declining health for some years although retaining her clear mind until the last. She was taken to the hospital in Superior January 2, passing on at 2 o'clock June (NOTE: Handwritten note that she died on Jan.) 13th at the age of 96 years, 1 month, 24 days. Her memory will linger long in the hearts of her sons, her neighbors and her friends.
She will be laid to rest in the family plot beside her loved ones in the Nelson cemetery (sic).
Mr. C.M. Foust of Chester, a former pastor of hers, officiated at the services at the home here Sunday, assisted by the resident pastor, Mr. James W. Kennedy.
The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, January 20, 1949
Daniel W. Burd (1848 - 1916)
Ira Burd (1873 - 1873)*
Albert H Burd (1874 - 1898)*
Howard Burd (1879 - 1901)*
Hattie Elizabeth Burd Greenwood (1881 - 1934)*
Daniel Otis Burd (1883 - 1956)*
Plot: Block 13, Lot 1
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: May 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27008964