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Burlin Crowder "Burt" Bridges
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Birth: Jan., 1881
Cherokee County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1923
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA

Burlin Crowder Bridges was born the seventh of eight children for Martin Crowder Bridges and Charily Emaline Kilpatrick Bridges (see links below). Although born in Cherokee County, North Carolina, his parents relocated to the Ozarks of Arkansas in the mid-1880s when he was quite young. He is found under many variations on his first name, sometimes as Burl, Berlin, Beryl, Birt, or B. C., but he is believed to have preferred the name "Burt."

Burt's headstone does not list a date of birth, and family tree records do not have an exact date, either. In the 1900 U.S. census, his birth is listed as January 1881, which seems to match the age in his World War I documents. Burt was married and divorced, but this is only known from 1910 census information (see below); the marriage occurred and dissolved between the 1900 and 1910 U.S. censuses, but no other info is known.

It was also in 1910 that Burt can first be found in Oklahoma, not Arkansas. This is also where he lived at the time of his Army enlistment during World War I in 1918. By the time of the 1920 census, Burt's father and stepmother were now residents of Oklahoma as well.

Before he died, Burt lived near his younger half-sister, Vina C. Forrester in Haskell County, OK, and it was Vina's husband, Claude ("C.L.") Forrester, who actually applied for the military headstone now on display at Star Cemetery.

His date of death is recorded in the Sebastian County, Arkansas Births and Deaths, 1877-1963 as December 5, 1923 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Considering the birth date found in census, he would have been age 42. The circumstances of his death are not known.

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U.S. Census listings (spellings kept intact):

1900 - Wheeler twnshp, Van Buren Co., AR
   Martin C. Bridges, Head, M, 55, b. NC
   Elizabeth J. Bridges, Wife, 45, b. AR
 * Beryl C. Bridges, Son, 19, b. NC
   Isaac P. Bridges, Son, 16, b. NC
   Landis Mowbs, Stepson, 16, b. AR
   Kilburn Mowbs, Stepson, 14, b. AR
   John E. Hill, Stepson, 6, b. AR

1910 - Vann twnshp, Muskogee Co., Oklahoma
   Jesse C. Clark, Head, M, 34, b. MO
   Josie C. Clark, Wife, 24, b. TX
   Willie L. Clark, Daughter, 4, b. OK
   Earl J. Clark, Son, 3, b. OK
   Jessie F. Clark, Daughter, 1, b. OK
 * Birt C. Bridges, Servant, M, 29, b. NC

(Marital status on 1910 census is divorced.)

1920 - San Bois twnshp, Haskell County, OK
   M. C. Bridges, Head, M, 74, b. NC
   E. J. Bridges, Wife, 65, b. AR
   Vinie Bridges, Daughter, 17, b. AR
 * B. C. Bridges, Son, 25, b. NC

(Note the wild difference in age in the 1920 census; he should have been listed as age 39, not 25, based on the other information.)

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Military Records:

Enlistment: April 27, 1918
Army Rank: Private
Marital Status: Single
Honorable Discharge: June 6, 1919
Where: Camp Pike, Arkansas
Reason: (Completely illegible)
When enlisted was age: 37
Occupation at enlistment: Farmer
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Complexion: Ruddy
Height: 5' 6"

On his Application for Headstone, dated June 10, 1935, Burt's Regiment is listed as Engineers.

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Family links: 
  Martin Crowder Bridges (1846 - 1931)
  Charity Emaline Kilpatrick Bridges (1840 - 1896)
  John Milton Bridges (1868 - 1936)*
  Josephine Narcissus Bridges Bruce (1869 - 1958)*
  Martha Jane Bridges Walker (1871 - 1949)*
  Lydia Ann Bridges Walker (1874 - 1973)*
  Polly Emaline Bridges Cossey (1878 - 1966)*
  Burlin Crowder Bridges (1881 - 1923)
  Isaac Napoleon Bridges (1883 - 1977)*
  Vina Catherine Bridges Forrester (1902 - 1976)**
*Calculated relationship
Note: Thanks to Frances Allen Titsworth for creating the memorial and taking the photo of the cemetery marker.
Star Cemetery
Haskell County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: T. Edens
Originally Created by: Frances Allen Titsworth
Record added: Jun 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38867003
Burlin Crowder Burt Bridges
Added by: T. Edens
Burlin Crowder Burt Bridges
Added by: Frances Allen Titsworth
Burlin Crowder Burt Bridges
Added by: T. Edens
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From a great-great-nephew, with my respect. Our family is taking good care of your WWI dog tags as a reminder of your service to your country. Rest in peace.
- T. Edens
 Added: Aug. 15, 2014

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