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William Burkhart
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1828
Thüringen, Germany
Death: Jan. 26, 1892
Cook County
Illinois, USA

William was born Johann Friedrich Wilhem Burkhart. His parents were Georg Friedrich Burckhardt and Susanna Katharina Helbing. He had two brothers and four sisters. He married Anna Eberhardina Landgraf and they had 10 children; George; Henry W.; William Carl; Charles; Edward; Minnie; Louise; Margaret; Augusta; and Emma.

From the Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1892
William Burkhart, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Austin died Tuesday night after a long and painful illness.
Mr. Burkhart was born at Marolterode, near Langensalza, in Prussia, on the first day of November, 1828, and was therefore sixty-three years and two months old at the time of his death.
He came to America in the spring of 1847, stayed one year in Buffalo, NY and came to Chicago in the spring of 1848.
He moved to Austin in 1873 and was engaged as a market gardener on an extensive scale until 1890, when he retired from active business all together.
Mr. Burkhart was well known in musical and army circles. As far back as 1851, he organized the Chicago Light Huzzar Band, the first military band started in Chicago. In 1853 he organized the Chicago Light Guard Band and in 1854, the Garden City Band. Afterward he connected himself with the Great Western Band as leader, an organization which will be remembered with pride by the old settlers in Chicago.
He enlisted for the war with the band in Col. Fred Hecker's 24th Illinois Regiment in July 1861, and on their return was elected president of the Chicago Musicians Union which position he held for many terms, and was always prominently identified with musical circles until his removal to Austin.
Mr. Burkhart was a gentleman of genial and dignified characteristics, a good neighbor and an indulgent husband and father. Unostentatious, kind - a man whom the world was a better place for knowing.
The funeral will be held today (Friday) at 1:30 p.m., from the residence on superior Street. Rev. A.C. Chute of the Baptist Church officiating. Interment at Forest Home Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Anna Eberhardina Landgraf Burkhart (1832 - 1912)*
  George Burkhart (1850 - 1929)*
  Charles Burkhart (1857 - 1912)*
  Margaret Burkhart Robinson Wilbur (1858 - 1934)*
  Minnie E Burkhart Blundin (1863 - 1906)*
  Emma Burkhart Grimm (1864 - 1958)*
  William Carl Burkhart (1868 - 1961)*
  Edward F Burkhart (1873 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Home Cemetery
Forest Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Lot 17, Section 6
Created by: Denise T
Record added: Mar 31, 2005
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William Burkhart
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William Burkhart
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William Burkhart
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Thank you so much for this fantastic information. William Burkhart was my Grandpa's (Charles Burkhart) grandfather. He was born in 1895 and thus, never knew his Grandpa. But the photo and info is so much appreciated.
- Ulysses61
 Added: Jul. 2, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful information. His brother, Henry Burkhard, was my 2nd Great Grandfather. According to family history he was also a musician. Lived in Lemont, Cook, IL
- Julie
 Added: Apr. 20, 2013

- Steinfelt
 Added: Oct. 29, 2012
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