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Simon Burke
and Martha Tackett

Simon Burke WWI Draft Registration
Simon Peter Burke b 28 Jun 1898/1900 Pike Co KY d 17 Mar 1987 Wheelwright, Floyd Co KY; s/o William Burke and Victoria Tory Johnson. Simon Burke m. Martha Tackett b 28 Apr 1903 Pike Co KY d 30 Dec 1951; d/o Eli Little Yi Tackett and Margaret Jane Hampton. On Simon P Burke's WWI registration card, his dob is listed as 28 Jun 1900. He is listed as having a stiff crooked arm that was broken some time ago. His age is listed as 18 years. He signed his WWI registration card on 12 Sept 1918. Children of Simon Burke and Martha Tackett;

1. Ernest Burke b 15 Jun 1919 Speight Pike Co KY d 17 Jan 1996 McRoberts, KY; buried McRoberts Cemetery, McRoberts, Letcher Co KY; m. about 1937 to Ardella Johnson b Feb 1919; d/o Andrew Andy Johnson and Charlotta Lottie Johnson.

2. Boonie Burke b 14 Dec 1922 d 28 Dec 2006 McRoberts, Letcher Co KY; m. Pina Bentley b abt 1925 d 4 Jul 2003; d/o George Bentley and Montana Mont Potter.

3. Loretta Burke b abt 1924 KY

4. Oscar Burke b abt 1927 KY

5. Willie Burke b abt 1930 KY

6. Morine Burke b 24 Mar 1930 KY; m. Gilbert Hardin. Children of Gilbert Hardin and Morine Burke; i. Finest D Hardin b 8 May 1950 d 26 May 2013 Stanville KY; buried McRoberts Community Cemetery, McRoberts KY; m. Wanda Sue Amburgey. ii. Randy Hardin iii. David Hardin iv. James Gilbert Hardin v. Janice Hardin; m. Male Lovern vi. Kathy Hardin; m. Male Hughes vii. Linda Hardin; m. Male Hempfling viii. Lillian Hardin ix. Anna Hardin; m. Male Smith x. Christine Hardin; m. Male Hamilton xi. Elaine Hardin; m. Male Mullins. Morine Burke m. 16 Aug 1978 Clintwood, Dickenson Co VA to Elijah Campbell b 2 Apr 1919; s/o Buddie Campbell and Lethan Combs.

7. Mary Ellen Burke b 19 Feb 1933 Letcher Co KY d 7 May 2003 Pike Co KY; buried Speight, Pike Co KY; m. Humphrey Junior Johnson. Children of Humphrey Junior Johnson and Mary Ellen Burke;

i. Danny Wayne Johnson

ii. Lynville Johnson

iii. Lonnie Johnson

iv. Infant Daughter Johnson

8. Sarah Ann Burke b abt 1935 KY

8. Myra Burke b 17 Apr 1939 Pike Co KY d 5 May 2004; buried Amil Little Cemetery, Pike Co KY; m. Carl Caudill b 7 Mar 1930 d 13 Dec 1991 F:loyd Co KY; buried Amil Little Cemetery, Pike Co KY


Simon Burke and
Gertrude Bryant

Simon Peter Burke b 28 Jun 1898/1900 Pike Co KY d 17 Mar 1987 Wheelwright, Floyd Co KY; s/o William Burke and Victoria Tory Johnson. Simon Burke m. (2) Gertrude Bryant b 15 Sept 1922 Price, Floyd Co KY d 29 Oct 2000 Wheelwright, Floyd Co KY; d/o King Pharoah Buddy Bryant and Viola Vina Everage. On Simon P Burke's WWI registration card, his dob is listed as 28 Jun 1900. He is listed as having a stiff crooked arm that was broken some time ago. His age is listed as 18 years. He signed his WWI registration card on 12 Sept 1918. Children of Simon Peter Burke and Gertrude Bryant;

1. Willie F Buddy Boy Burke b 13 Apr 1954 Floyd Co KY d 26 Jun 2004 Floyd Co KY; buried Burke Cemetery, Stoker Branch, Floyd Co KY; m. Debbie Unknown. Children of Willie Burke and Debbie Unknown;

i. Joey Burke. Child; I. Amber Burke.

ii. Melissa Burke; m. Jason Meyers.

2. Morris Burke b Floyd Co KY.

3. Elvis Burke


1910 Pike Co KY Census District 2 ED 164
All family members are unable to read or write and don't attend school
33 33 Burke William Head M W 36 M1 15 KY KY KY Farmer Gen Farm
33 33 Burke Rebecca Wife F W 36 M1 15 9 9 KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Rosabelle Daughter F W 13 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke John M Son M W 12 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Simon P Son M W 10 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Louise Daughter F W 9 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Nancy Daughter F W 8 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Garfield Son M W 7 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Leona Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Nora E Daughter F W 3 S KY KY KY
33 33 Burke Elvira Daughter F W 11/12 S KY KY KY


1920 Long Fork, Pike Co KY Census ED 110
395 412 Burke William Head M W 43 M KY KY KY Operates Gen Farm
395 412 Burke Tory Wife M (should bd F) W 45 M KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Milton Son M W 23 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Louisa Daughter F W 19 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Nancy Daughter F W 17 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Garfield Son M W 15 S KY KY KY Laborer Farm
395 412 Burke Ona Daughter F W 14 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Elvira Daughter F W 10 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Cornie Son M W 8 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Sherman Son M W 6 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Howard Son M W 4 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Lottie Daughter F W 1 2/12 S KY KY KY
395 412 Burke Simon Son M W 21 M KY KY KY Laborer Farm
395 412 Burke Martha Daughter-in-law F W 17 M KY KY KY


1930 Letcher Co KY Census Haymond and Millston ED 26
287 290 Burks Simon Head R M W 26 M 16 Can't read or write KY KY KY Farmer Truck Farm
287 290 Burks Martha Wife F W 26 M 16 Reads and Writes KY KY KY
287 290 Burks Earnest Son M W 8 S Attends School KY KY KY
287 290 Burks Loretta Daughter F W 6 S KY KY KY
287 290 Burks Boonie Son M W 4 11/12 S KY KY KY
287 290 Burks Oscar Son M W 3 3/12 S KY KY KY
287 290 Burks Willie Son M W 9/12 S KY KY KY


1940 Pike Co KY Census District 2 Virgie
87 Burke Harvey head M W 74 M KY
87 Burke Angeline Wife F W 65 M KY

88 Burke Simon head M W 40 M KY Farmer
88 Burke Martha Wife F W 38 M KY
88 Burke Ernest Son M W 18 M KY
88 Burke Bonnie Son M W 15 S KY
88 Burke Oscar Son M W 12 S KY
88 Burke Willie Son M W 9 S KY
88 Burke Morine Daughter F W 8 S KY
88 Burke Mary Ellen Daughter F W 7 S KY
88 Burke Sara A Daughter F W 5 S KY
88 Burke Myra Daughter F W 1 S KY


Obituary: Mary Ellen Burke
19 Feb 1933 - 7 May 2003
Appalachian News Express, May 9, 2003

Mary Ellen Johnson, 70, of Rockhouse Fork, Virgie, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at her home. She was born in Letcher County, Feb. 19, 1933, a daughter of the late Simon and Martha Tackett Burke. She was a homemaker and a member of the Speight Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by one infant daughter; two brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Humphrey Junior Johnson of Speight; three sons, Danny Wayne Johnson of Robinson Creek, Lynville Johnson of Long Fork of Virgie, Lonnie Johnson of Speight; three brothers, Willie Burke of Fort Pierce, Fla., Boonie Burke of McRoberts, Bobby Burke of Louisville; two sisters, Sarah Bentley of Louisville and Myra Caudill of Melvin; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 11, in the Speight Church of  Christ with Brad Taylor, Edley Newsome, Deane Lyons, Greg Johnson and others officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Ellen Johnson Cemetery, Speight. Arrangements are under direction of Hall and Jones Funeral Home of Virgie.


Obituary: Ernest Burke
15 Jun 1919 - 17 Jan 1996
Letcher Co Community News-Press
Cromona, Kentucky, 26 Jan 1996, Area Deaths

Ernest Burke, son of the late Simon and Martha Tackett Burke, was born at Speight, Kentucky on June 15, 1919. He died at his residence in McRoberts on Wednesday, January 17, 1996, making him 76 years, seven months and two days of age at the time of his death. Ernest was preceded in death by one son, Ben Denton Burke, a sister, Morine Hardin and brother Oscar Burke. Survivors include his wife, Ardela, of McRoberts; stepmother, Gertrude Burke of Wheelwright; grandson, Joe Burke, Jr. of Ermine, whom he raised as a son; sons: James D Burke of Heidelberg, Kentucky; sisters; Delores Betterton of Ft. Pierce, Florida; Mary Johnson of Speight; Maury Caudill of Wheelwright; Sara Bentley of Louisville; brothers: Bonie Burke of McRoberts; Willie Burke of Ft. Pierce; George Burke of Louisville; Frank, Elvis Buddy and Morris Burke, all of Wheelwright; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Ernest has been a member of the McRoberts Old Regular Baptist Church for over sixteen years. He worked tirelessly at the church as a maintenance man and custodian. He was a retired coal miner, having worked in and around mining for forty-three years. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America for over sixty years. He and his wife Ardela celebrated 58 years of marriage last year. Funeral services for Ernest Burke were conducted from the McRoberts Old Regular baptist Church at McRoberts, Kentucky on Saturday, January 20, 1996 at 11 a.m. The officiating ministers were Adrian Hall and Gerald Hopkins, while family members and friends served as pallbearers. Burial took place in the McRoberts Cemetery at McRoberts, Kentucky. Banks Funeral Home of Fleming-Neon, Kentucky was in charge of the arrangements.


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