James Harvey Burkholder

James Harvey Burkholder

Birth
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Death 21 Dec 1906 (aged 50)
Georgetown, Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA
Burial Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Plot Lot No. 45, Block No. 2
Memorial ID 61033793 · View Source
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James Harvey Burkholder was once one of the most successful businessmen in Georgetown, Colorado and had the most complete line of hardware in Clear Creek County. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Daughters of Rebekah, and the Improved Order of Red Men.

His parents were Joseph Burkholder and Roxanna Emrick. His father was a Pennsylvania cabinetmaker who settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana about 1853, and later went to Ohio, but returned to Fort Wayne, where he ran a furniture factory. Roxanna died at an early age, leaving son James, a second son (who sought his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush), and two daughters. Joseph re-married and had four more children, two sons and two daughters.

Until about fifteen years old, James lived near Shreve, Ohio and received his educational training in public schools. He then went to Fort Wayne and entered his father's furniture factory, learning the different departments of that industry. James spent one winter in Florida, and then returned once more to Fort Wayne to rebuild his father's factory after it burned. He conducted this business until 1880, when he came to Denver, Colorado and accepted employment with lumber dealers Halleck & Howard for one year.

He then went to Gunnison, Colorado and engaged in prospecting until that autumn, when he returned to Denver. In the spring of 1882 he went to Georgetown, Colorado to take charge of G. W. Hall's ore sampling and lumber mill. He was in the ore sampling business until 1891, when he left for health reasons (the dust in the mill was injurious to him). Later he prospected and mined, and helped build a mill at Empire, Colorado. He also spent a short time in Blackhawk, Colorado experimenting on tailings with a table he invented. His next position was as a mill man with Dewey Concentrator and Sampling Works, where he remained until April 1896.

Eventually, James bought out Colonel Henry Seifried and opened Burkholder Hardware in Georgetown. He greatly increased the stock and occupied a building one story high with an area of 25x96 feet, and a warehouse for heavy irons, ore cars, wheelbarrows, etc. He handled stoves, a complete line of miners' supplies, glass, paints and oils, and also offered pipe laying, plumbing and heating, and the installation of tin and iron roofing.

In 1887, James married Miss Sarah Harrison, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. They had two children, James Edward and Hazel Mary Helen. In 1903, the Burkholders purchased Hotel de Paris from the estate of Marie Sophie (Bladier) Gally, former housekeeper and proprietor. Daughter Hazel inherited the hotel in 1932 and ran the property until 1954, the year it was acquired by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado as a museum.

www.hoteldeparismuseum.orgJames Harvey Burkholder was born on 5 Jun 1856 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, to Joseph Burkholder and the former Roxanna Emerick. He was at least the fourth child born to Joseph and Roxanna Burkholder and he may have been the fifth child. There were two children born before 1850 in Holmes County, OH, and one, named Mary E. Burkholder, died before 1850 and the other, named Calvin E. Burkholder, died at some point between 1850 and 1860. The third child born to Roxanna was Ada and she was born on 1 Aug 1851. There were almost five years between the births of Ada and James. Therefore, it is likely that Roxanna delivered another child in or about 1853 that did not survive. It is not known where the child may have been buried. It is also likely that Calvin E. Burkholder died in the first half of the 1850’s. His death or the death of the unknown child in or about 1853 may have prompted the Burkholder family to move from Holmes County, OH, to Fort Wayne, IN, to escape the tragedies that had occurred in Holmes County.

After the birth of James Harvey Burkholder, the family moved back to Holmes County, OH, where Emma Sarah Burkholder was born in or about 1857 and where Matilda M. Burkholder was born in or about 1859.

The family was living in the Ripley Township of Holmes County, OH, at the time of the 1860 federal census. The nearest post office was at Shreve, which was in Wayne County and Wayne County was directly north of Holmes County. Joseph Burkholder was the head of the household. He was listed as being 39 years old. His state of birth was mistakenly listed as Virginia instead of Pennsylvania. He was a farmer with land valued at $4,600 and personal property valued at $1,100. His wife was listed as “Roxanah” Berkholder. She was 35 years old and a native of OH. The four children in the home were Ada S., 8; Harvey J., 5; Sarah E., 3; and, unnamed child, 1. The unnamed child was Matilda Z. Burkholder. All the children were born in OH, except Harvey J., who was born in Indiana.

As mentioned earlier, Joseph Burkholder’s first wife was the former Roxanna (or Rox Anna) Emerick. Joseph and Roxanna were married on 30 Nov 1843 in Holmes County, Ohio. However, she died on 8 Sept 1865 in Holmes County. It is believed that she died giving birth to her last child, William A. Burkholder. James was only nine years old when his mother died.

After the death of Roxanna, Joseph Burkholder married Susan Mary Finney aka Bell. They were married on 4 Jul 1866. She had previously been married to Ebenezer Bigham Bell. They married on 7 Aug 1862, but the marriage lasted less than three years, as he died on 8 Jan 1865. Ebenezer and Susan had one child. He was Horace Rankin Bell, who was born on 30 Oct 1863 in Holmes County, Ohio.

The Burkholder family is the 1870 federal census. Joseph and his family were then living in the Clinton Township of Wayne County, Ohio. The nearest post office was in Plain. As mentioned earlier, Wayne County was located just north of where the family lived at the time of the 1860 federal census. They were enumerated on 29 Jun 1870. The parents were listed as Joseph and S. M. Burkholder. Joseph’s age is hard to read, but it appears to be 50 years. Since Joseph was born in 1819, 50 years is correct. He was a native of Pennsylvania. His was a farmer and his real estate was valued at $16,600 or $10,600 (second number of the five is faded). His personal property was valued at $560. Susan Mary Burkholder was listed as being 27 years old and she was a native of Ohio. The other children in the home were all natives of Ohio. They were Ada, 18; Harvey, 16; Emma, 13; Lillie, 11; H. B. (male), 7; W. B. (William A.), 6; Edward, 3; and F. S. (male), 8 months. It appears that Ada, Harvey, Emma, Lillie, and William were born to Joseph and Roxanna. H. B. is Horace Rankin Bell and he was the child of Susan Mary and Ebenezer Bell. The last two children were Edward (Edwin) and Philo Sample. They were the children of Susan Mary and Joseph.

The family moved to Indiana between 1870 and 1873. While in Indiana, Emma died on 16 Jul 1878 at the age of 20 years. James was then 22 years old.

Joseph Burkholder and his son James Harvey are in the 1874 Fort Wayne, IN, city directory. Joseph was listed as a furniture manufacturer, with a business address of 80 Pearl and a home address of 114 West Main. “Harvey Burkholder” was listed as a bookkeeper for Joseph Burkholder. He had a home address of 114 West Main Street.

Joseph Burkholder and James Harvey Burkholder are in the 1875 Fort Wayne, IN, city directory. Joseph was again listed as a furniture manufacturer, with a business address of 80 Pearl and a home address of 261 West Wayne Street. “Harvey Burkholder” was listed as a machine hand for Joseph Burkholder. He had a home address of 261 West Wayne Street.

Joseph Burkholder and James Harvey Burkholder are in the 1877 Fort Wayne, IN, city directory. Joseph was again listed as a furniture manufacturer, with a business address of 80 Pearl and a home address of 261 West Wayne Street. “Harvey Burkholder” was listed as a machine hand for Joseph Burkholder. He had a home address of 261 West Wayne Street.

The Burkholder family is in the 1880 federal census as “Berkholder.” Joseph and his family were then living in the Washington Township of Allen County, Indiana. Fort Wayne was the county seat. They were enumerated on 1 Jun 1880. The children supposedly could not read or write. Marking those boxes might have meant something if the enumerator had not marked the same boxes for just about everyone on the page over the age of five years. It appears that the enumerator is the one who could not read or write. The parents were Joseph and Susan M Burkholder. Joseph was listed as being 61 years old and a native of Pennsylvania. His occupation appears to be “Living Retirese,” but, likely the word should be read as “retiree.” Susan was listed as being 37 years old, a native of Ohio, and employed in “keeping house.” The children were James H., 25, traveling agent; Matilda M., 21, teacher; “Horrace,” 16; William A., 15; Edwin F., 13; Philo S., 10; Laura, 7; and, Lotty, 3. All the children but James, Laura, and Lotty were born in Ohio. They were born in Indiana. James H. was the Harvey of the 1870 federal census. Edwin is the Edward of the 1870 federal census. Horrace is the H. B. of the 1870 federal census. Philo S. is the F. S. of the 1870 federal census. It appears that the family moved from Ohio to Indiana after the birth of Philo in 1869 and the born of Laura in or about 1873.

The family is not in the 1883 Fort Wayne, IN, city directory. At some point after the 1880 federal census, the family moved to Illinois, where the last child, Joseph L. Burkholder was born in 1884. Thereafter, Joseph moved with some of his family to the town of Harper, Harper County, Kansas.

Meanwhile, James went to Colorado. While there, he married Sarah Harrison on 25 Dec 1887, in Clear Creek County, CO.

James and his family were living in Precinct B of the community of Georgetown in Clear Creek County, Colorado, at the time of the 1900 federal census. James was 43 years old, having been born in Jun 1856 in Indiana. He was employed as “Merchant Hardware.” Sarah was 40 years old and a native of Canada. She was born in Feb 1860. She immigrated to the United States in 1880. She was employed as “Hotel Proprietor.” She and James had been married for 13 years. She had given birth to two children and both were still living. They were James E. and Hazel M. James was 11 years old and a native of Colorado. He was born in Aug 1888. Hazel was 10 years old, having been born in Colorado in Nov 1889.

James was buried on 24 Dec 1906 in Denver County, CO, at the age of 50 years, per the records of the Denver Public Library, Fairmont Sexton Records Index 1891-1953.


Gravesite Details Buried with his wife and children in unmarked graves

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  • Created by: Kevin Kuharic
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 61033793
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Harvey Burkholder (5 Jun 1856–21 Dec 1906), Find a Grave Memorial no. 61033793, citing Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Kevin Kuharic (contributor 47372636) .