|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1822|
Lee (Oneida County)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1886|
Emily Jane Smith.
Born: 19 Jan 1822 in Lee, Oneida, New York.
Died: 15 Dec 1886 at Springerville, Apache, Arizona.
Father: William Orville Smith.
Mother: Rhoda Hough.
Spouse: Allen Burk.
Married: 09 Sep 1842 at Montrose, Lee, Iowa.
I have the following on Emily Jane Smith Burk that might be good to include on this 'Find a Grave' site. I am still looking for more information on her. I am a g g granddaughter.
While crossing the plains, a rather thrilling incident occurred at the end of the trek when Allen Burk and his wife, Emily Jane were coming down the side of the Little Mountain (located between Emigration Canyon and Parley's Canyon.) One of the oxen stumbled and fell, and Allen Burk jumped and grabbed his horns, pulling him to his feet. Just then, the baby, Spencer Burk, fell over the side of the wagon; in an instant the father grabbed him and tossed him back into the wagon. Allen said afterward that he was so weak from the stain and fright that he could hardly stand and said it was a higher power than he possessed that helped him.
Along the trail, when Allen would kill the meat, Emily and her sister would cut the best parts of the meat for jerking and hang it on the wagon bars in the day and on the bushes at night and worked hard to save it. They would then boil the bones to use while they camped and save the jerky to use at other times. When they reached the valley, they had several sacks of jerky and also sacks of wild berries that they had dried that the men had gathered while the women had stopped to wash their clothes.
Emily and her sister had three cows between them and they made a number of cheeses on the way across the plains. For a cheese press they would put it under the wagon tongue and weight it down with an ox yoke at night and in the day time they would put the cheese back into the back of the wagon with a weight on top.
When they left Winter Quarters, Emily had an old hen setting on duck eggs and hated to leave her so she fixed her in a box and put her in the back of the wagon. She hatched the eggs and when the saints stopped to camp at night Emily would fill either a tub or a large basin with water and the whole camp would be amused watching the little ducklings swim.
Emily Burk was lovingly called ĎAunt Em' by the community in which she lived, and after moving to Arizona the Mexicans called her Grandma Burk and the poor and needy would always come to her for help which she gave willingly and cheerfully.
Allen Burk had a second wife who died, leaving two small children, the youngest eight days old. Emily took them as her own and anyone coming into the home would never know that they were not hers. Emily Burk was the mother of ten children. She was president of the Relief Society of the Union Ward, Springerville, Apache Co., Arizona for five years. She was a faithful Latter-day Saint and always a true and loving mother and wife. She passed away as peacefully as one going to sleep (from lung fever) on 15 Dec. 1886 at Springerville, Apache Co., Arizona.
Source: Information from Cora Hill
William Orville Smith (1800 - 1849)
Rhoda Hough Smith (1802 - 1845)
Allen Burk (1809 - 1885)
Hubert Roselle Burk (1845 - 1933)*
Allen Spencer Burk (1847 - 1902)*
Esther Cecelia Burk Hamblin (1849 - 1936)*
Milton Alfauren Burk (1852 - 1920)*
Ella Emily Burk Brown (1855 - 1945)*
Ada Arvilla Burk Earl (1857 - 1953)*
Eva Rhoda Burk Jensen (1860 - 1952)*
Gladys Alcesta Burk Hall (1865 - 1941)*
Emily Jane Smith Burk (1822 - 1886)
Joel Hough Smith (1824 - 1888)*
Jesse Wells Smith (1826 - 1896)*
Abiah Ann Smith McBride (1828 - 1854)*
Lot Smith (1830 - 1892)*
William James Smith (1832 - 1899)*
Hyrum Smith (1835 - 1855)*
Horace Orval Smith (1837 - ____)*
Olive Emily Smith Rice (1845 - 1886)**
John Smith (1845 - 1845)*
Nathaniel Smith (1847 - 1918)**
Abel Smith (1849 - 1919)**
Maintained by: Roy Bloomfield Rencher
Originally Created by: Delbert Bauer
Record added: May 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37677062