- The Quincy Daily Whig, Wednesday, March 13, 1889; page 3. (Quincy Illinois.)
On last Monday occurred the death of William Burke, a resident of North East township, from pneumonia and general debility. He was buried yesterday at Horeb cemetery, Reverend Mr. Middleton of La Prairie conducting the funeral ceremonies.
Mr. Burke, born October 18 1813, was in his 76th year; emigrated from Russell county Virginia in 1830, to Schuyler county near Rushville Illinois, and in 1834, removed to Adams county [Illinois] and located on the lot of land upon which he continuously lived and died.
He was married to Miss Margaret Balfour, May 16 1837, who preceded his death almost seventeen years.
Eight children were born in the family, four having died in infancy and childhood, and four yet living: two sons and two daughters -- Andrew B., living in Nickerson Kansas; and Cyrus H., on the old homestead; Mrs. Amanda E. Lummis of Kansas City Missouri; and Mrs. Sarah Pickens, of Augusta [Illinois], all of whom were present at the funeral, and all present at the hour of death, except Mrs. Lummis.
Deceased maintained a consistent membership with the Methodist Episcopal church for more than a half century, and was a liberal contributor to its educational and other institutions; was called to hold positions in his township of Justice of the Peace, Assessor, and Supervisor. He will be remembered by many old citizens of Adams county as agent for the sale of the McCormick reaper, in the interest of which he made a thorough and successful canvass.
A prudent and successful businessman, he accumulated considerable means, which brought him into close business relations as a creditor with many of his neighbors. While being economical in his personal expenditures, and prudent in his investments, his dealings with others were characterized with a liberality not always found in creditors and investors. A sound advisor, his counsel and advice were often sought, and no one is known to have regretted having followed his advice.
"Uncle Billy Burke," as he was familiarly called, will be missed in his community as a man of business, a neighbor, and friend, as well as by his immediate family and relatives; but his long, active, and useful life will leave an influence, a reputation and character as endurable as the marble column that is raised over his grave.
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Margaret Balfour Burke
1819–1871 (m. 1839)
Nancy Burke Alexander
Jesse Vermillion Burke
Elizabeth Burke Manlove
Martha Burke Ward
Rachel Burke Smart
Eliza Ann Burke Cain