Submitted by Debbie Jacobsen-McManus
Clarence P. Burke (b. abt 1853) in Sweden as was his wife, Matilda C. The Burkes were Protestant, Swedish. Maybe a "J" was dropped at immigration and that the original name was Bjerke or Bjørke or Bjork?
Matilda C. Burke, 47, b. June 1856, Sweden Sweden Sweden (this is then Elmer's mother)
August V. Burke, son, 15, b. January 1884, Illinois Sweden Sweden (Elmer's older brother, born in Illinios)
Elmer C. Burke, son, 9, b. May 1891, Nebraska Sweden Sweden (Elmer himself - the birth year matches, born in Nebraska)
Maude Burke, dau., 5, b. July 1894, Nebraska Sweden Sweden (Elmer's younger sister, also born in Nebraska
Note: Clarence Elmer Burke (b. May 1891), aka Elmer C., C. Elmer, C. E. Burke.
They do not appear on the 1880 US census, so Pete and Matilda may have married in Sweden, then immigrated to America.
The family does not appear in the Nebraska state 1885 census, though there are other Swedish Burkes, none in Greeley county.
1880-1884: ?? ship manifests from this period
1900 NE Census:
Burke, Pete, 48, b. June 1857, Sweden Sweden Sweden, farmer (I'm thinking this was his father, Pete Burke or C.P. Burke)
Matilda C., 47, b. June 1856, Sweden Sweden Sweden (this is then Elmer's mother)
August V., son, 15, b. January 1884, Illinois Sweden Sweden (Elmer's older brother, born in Illinios)
Elmer C., son, 9, b. May 1891, Nebraska Sweden Sweden (Elmer himself - the birth year matches, born in Nebraska)
Maude, dau., 5, b. July 1894, Nebraska Sweden Sweden (Elmer's younger sister, also born in Nebraska
Ref: 1900 NE census, Clay Twp, Lynn County, Nebraska, District 38, page 121A: ln. 29, HH 134, Fam. 135.
1910 NE Census:
Clarence Elmer Burke (b. May 1891)
Elaine E. Burke (b. abt 1916)
Lemoine E. Burke (b. abt 1918) aka "Bud"
Lillian T. Burke (b. abt 1920) (m.) Don Wheeler lived in Council Bluffs)
Martina E. Burke (b. abt 1921) (m.) Robert Rover lived in California)
Doris M. Burke (b. abt 1923) (m.) Jim Wood of Greeley, lived in AZ & CA
Lucette G. Burke (b. abt 1928) (m.)Gene Jensen of St. Ed)(must be Lucille deceased)Cattle brands is CE (the E is sideways) is registered to Lemoine (Bud) or his wife Maybelle Burke (who live in Greeley).I found in the 1930 Federal Census these Greeley residents Elaine E. Burke born abt. 1916 (Steve's grandmother, deceased, married at 15 or 16 to Patrick McManus, 3 children Ann, James E. & Jerry) Lemoine E. Burke born abt 1918 (that's Uncle "Bud") Lillian T. Burke born abt 1920 ( married Don Wheeler lived in Council Bluffs) Martina E. Burke born abt 1921(married to Robert Rover lives in California) Doris M. Burke born abt 1923 (married Jim Wood from Greeley, lived in Arizona now lives in California) Lucette G. Burke born abt 1928 (that must have been Lucille?deceased, married to Gene Jensen from St. Ed) These are the siblings, Steve's grandmother and her younger brother and younger sisters.Next on the list must be the parents ??? Elmer C. Burke born abt. 1891 (so, unlike the brand, this says Elmer C not C. Elmer) Esther T. Burke born abt 1981 (where did she come from? maiden name?) and then is the next name Elmer's father? Clarence P. Burke born abt 1853 There are 3 more Burkes in Greeley County in the 1930 Federal Census, but I'm thinking they're not related. The Burke's above were Protestant Swedish and the names below are typically Catholic. Do you know if there is any family connection? For that matter Burke is not a typical Swedish name, I can't help but think a J was dropped at immigration and that the original name was Bjerke or Bjørke or Bjork.Eileen C. Burke born abt. 1916 Catherine E. Burke born abt 1880 Mary Frances Burke born abt 1870 I don't have access to The Pioneer History of Greeley County, but it is referenced on a web site I found yesterday. There I found the following Burkes. C.P. Burke page 127 (I assume that's Clarence P. Burke born 1854 Steve's great great grandfather. Can you confirm? Where was he born, there weren't many people in Nebraska in 1854?) John Burke page 58 Mary Burke pages 35, 58, 173 (since she and John Burke are both mentioned on pg. 58 I assume they're related to each other. But, are either of them related to us? Mary is not a typical Swedish first name) T.G. Burke page 123, 126 (page 126 is the page before 127, is there any connections?) Thomas Burke page 35, 61 (related to Mary? - on page 35? Thomas Burke page 166 From an 1884 list I found Charles P.W. Burke Freeman Valley, Greeley County James J. Burke, Freeman Valley, Greeley County First question, where was Freeman Valley? I can find Leo Valley on an old map, but I can't find Freeman Valley. And then the obvious question, Charles PW cant be the same person as Clarence P can it? M. Burke, O'Connor Thomas G. Burke, O'Connor Is this the same T.G. Burke found in The Pioneering History of Greeley County? If it is then I assume it's another Burke family.
James E. McManus Family
? McManus (m.) ? wife deceased
? McManus (m.) ?
James E. McManus (b. 1934) in Fish Creek township
James E. McManus (m.)
Patrick McManus (m.) Elaine E. Burke (b. abt 1916)
James E. McManus
Jerry McManusAccording to James E. McManus, the story goes that his grandfather McManus lost his wife and three children all in the same night, after that "the man was never worth a damn." Did they die of "consumption" - tuberculosis? What year was this?From the name index to "The Pioneer History of Greeley County," I found Anna McManus page 174 James McManus page 169 Are these the parents? Was Anna the wife who died? Was James Sarah's twin brother? Were they once in the newspaper as Nebraska's oldest living twins? Is this Patrick's father, James E.'s grandfather and Seve's great grandfather? Maggie McManus page 174 Is she one of the children who died? Neither Steve or his father have ever heard of Maggie. Mary McManus page 174 (Is this Aunt Mary Wood who married Orin? ) Miss Sarah page 133 (Is this another one of the children who died that night?) Patrick page 62, 133 (I assume this is Steve's grandfather and James E.'s father, married to Elaine Burke - he would have been born about 1910 and he died when Steve & I were in 11th grade, I think-1972 or 1973) Sarah page 169 (Is this the third child who died that night?) And Aunt kate is missing from this list. She is the youngest of Grandpa patrick McManus' siblings. When she was a girl, during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl days, the story is that her parents couldn't afford to keep Kate with them in Nebraska, so they sent Aunt Kate to a relative in California. Kate had a son named Dan. No one seems to know the scoop there. Kate did end up marrying Karl Edwards who was a hunting guide and worked the oil fields in Wyoming. My father-in-law, Jim, his father Patrick and Steve used to go up to Wyoming to hunt with Dan in the 1960s and early 1970s. Karl & Kate had 2 adopted boys of Indian decent, Shando & Wando (spelling?) - one of those boys died. Kate is still alive today, she lives in Lafayette, Colorado. Dan Edwards died about 10 years ago, he was only in his 50s.) In the 1884 List I found Hugh McManus, Fish Creek Hugh McManus, Center J. McManus, Center Steve's dad James E. was born in Fish Creek. Is there any connection between Hugh and Patrick McManus? Steve's grandparents Patrick & Elaine moved to Denver during the late 30s. They both milked at a local dairy and Patrick worked for Gates Rubber Co. When he was about 5 or 6 years old, Jim went back to Nebraska and lived with relatives. According to Steve it was because of a combination of the polio epidemic in Denver and the fact that the rural school was going to be closed down because there weren't enough students. Steve isn't sure whether his father went back to Fish Creek or if he lived with Uncle Bud & Maybelle. Thanks for being involved with this project. As families move away, valuable history and great stories are lost. Debbie Jacobsen-McManus 7007 E. Bayou Gulch Rd. Parker, CO 80134 303.387.4083
Last revised: 05 Jul 2005