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Rev James Dowen Burke
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1847
Death: May 23, 1917

Company D 11th Missouri Cavalry
Confederate States Army

Rev. James Dowen Burke, born in Saint Clair Co., MO - Son of Joseph Reyburn Burke and Juliette E Gertrude Robinson.

Brother of Lucinda Frances and Joseph Rayburn Burke.

Half-Brother of Mary E, John Cockrell and Abigail E Sproull.

James married, 3 Jan 1869 in Saline Co., MO, Emma Louise Smith, a daughter of Gervas Storrs Smith and Mary Booth Sibley.

Father of Edmund D, Rev Dowen Sibley, Rev Stonewall "Lacy", Arthur Lee, Ewell Buckner and Bascom Burke.

Grandson of James Burke & Frances B Sappington and Cyrus VanLear Robinson & Lucinda Charlton.

James died in Burke, Angelina Co., TX.

♥ Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather ♥

In Memoriam

Rev. James D. Burke was born January 1, 1847, in St. Clair County, Mo.; died at the home of his son, A. L. Burke, in the town of Burke, May 23, 1917; was married to Miss Emma Louise Smith at Smith's Chapel, Saline County, MO., on January 3, 1869, by Rev. A. M. Rayder. Licensed to preach in 1882; joined the East Texas Conference in 1887, and preached as a member of that conference up to 1908, when, his health failing, he was put on the superannuated list of preachers, and has since made his home at Burke, frequently preaching, as his health permitted. Brother Burke joined the Confederate forces at the early age of fifteen, and continued with the army of General Price to the surrender. There was no man in the Burke community more highly respected nor more universally beloved than was Bro. Burke. Quiet and unassuming in his deportment, he was always on hand to assist in any good work, and was noted for the earnestness of his prayers. His wife, who is a very dearly loved cousin of the writer, has been confined to her bed the past four years; but never a word of complaint fell from the lips of her devoted husband, who was always at her side. At his bedside at the hour of his death were his three sons, the wives and children of two of them, and friends of long standing; and when the hour came, his pure spirit took its upward flight, borne by angel wings to the bosom of his Lord and Master, whom he had so faithfully loved and served. His remains were laid to rest at Ryan's Chapel on Thursday evening, a large concourse of friends and relatives being present at the last sad rites. Presiding Elder Elrod, Rev. B. C. Anderson of Livingston, and Rev. H. M. Timmons of Lufkin, each made short and appropriate words of tribute to their deceased ministerial brother, after which the casket was lowered in the grave, and its mound literally covered with floral tributes from the ladies of Burke and other communities. A beautiful cross of flowers was placed at the head of the grave, and all that was mortal of this truly good Christian man was consigned to the earth while his pure spirit went up higher. Peace and comfort to his dear widow, sons and friends left still in this world of sin and sorrow. ~ R. L. R. ~ 
Family links: 
  Emma Louise Smith Burke (1843 - 1919)*
  Dowen Sibley Burke (1871 - 1940)*
  Stonewall "Lacy" Burke (1872 - 1908)*
  Arthur Lee Burke (1875 - 1931)*
  Ewell Buckner Burke (1881 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Military Marker:
JAN 1 1847 MAY 23 1917

Personal Marker:
JAN. 1, 1847
MAY 23, 1917
Asleep in Jesus,
blessed sleep,
From which none
can wake to weep.


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Ryan Chapel Cemetery
Angelina County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Feb 12, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13333169
Rev James Dowen Burke
Added by: Jay D. Jackson
Rev James Dowen Burke
Added by: Jay D. Jackson
Rev James Dowen Burke
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