John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939)

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John Joseph Burke I
Burke-John 1895a
Sex: Male
Birth: December 19, 1868 (1868-12-19) (148 years ago)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Baptism: Roman Catholic
Death: January 18, 1939 (age 70)
77 years ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery
North Arlington, New Jersey
Father: William Burke (1845-1919)
Mother: Margaret Kane (1846-1912)
Spouse/Partner: Nora M. Finn (1866-1898)
Marriage: October 8, 1889
127 years ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
Children: Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949)
Bertha Marie Burke (1902-1971)
William Joseph Burke I (1905-1996)
Josephine Veronica Burke (1907-1995)
John Joseph Burke II (1909-1986)
Margaret Burke (1913-?)
Owen John Burke (1915-1984)
2nd Spouse: Josephine Smith (1874-1962)
2nd Marriage: 1899
117 years ago
Jersey City, New Jersey

John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939) was a laborer who worked at various jobs for short periods of time. He had gout in later life. (b. December 19, 1868; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, 07307, USA - d. January 18, 1939; Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, 07307, USA)


  • John J. Burke
  • John Joseph Burke I, based on he birth certificates of his children



Jersey City, New JerseyEdit

John's father, William Burke, operated a milk dealership from his home at 26 Atlantic Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

First marriageEdit

On October 8, 1889 he married Nora M. Finn (1866-1898) in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Together they had a daughter: Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) aka May Burke, who married Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968).

Death of wifeEdit

In 1898 John's wife, Nora died of pneumonia and their daughter, Mary, was then raised by Nora's sister, Catherine Finn. This was a normal occurrence at the turn of the century.

Second marriageEdit

John then married Josephine Smith (1874-1962) aka Josephine Schmidt, in 1899.


Children raised by their auntEdit

The oral family story was that John's sister, Mary Ellen Burke, was given money in her father's will to be used to educate John's children. The children eventually lived with Mary, and when their father fell on hard times. The boys never felt welcome in her home, and eventually left, and moved back with their dad. The girls stayed in Pennsylvania with their aunt, and were raised there.

Later yearsEdit

John held a series of odd jobs including being a salesman, florist and a chef. He suffered from gout and asthma. His ailments forced him to sleep sitting up in a chair.


He died of "arteriosclerosis and nephritis" on January 18, 1939.


He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey with his wife Josephine. As of 2012 the tombstone was on its side.

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