Born in Donaghpatrick, Galway, Ireland, to William Burke and Sabina Fallon Burke, John Joseph Burke was married to Mary Tully in 1897 in New York City. His children included Gertrude Burke, Lauretta Burke, and William Joseph Burke. His siblings were many, including Annie Burke Maloney and Patrick Burke of the Bronx. His birth year is sometimes given as 1866 and sometimes 1868. John Joseph's name is not on the Sheehan headstone, but he is buried there nonetheless.
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