Re: Henry Burk, b. Aug 8, 1758 and died May, 1840 -- a picture of his gravestone was in "Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Decatur County, Indiana."At the bottom of the picture is the following: "Henry Burk was 16 years old when the news of Lexington and Concord swept the colonies.One wonders how the young man reacted when the news reached his family in Virginia.He later volunteered and served as a private in the Virginia Militia. (the first portrait of George Washington, painted in 1772, showed him as a colonel wearing the uniform of the Virginia Militia.)The Virginia Militia played an important part in the colonies' fight for Independence.After the war, Henry Burk came to Decatur County [sic} and settled in what if now marion Township near Burk's Chapel (Methodist).He is buried in the Burk plot at Vandebur Cemetery.On his headstone is a delicately carved rose.The stone give us this information:Henry Burk, son of Thomas Burk, was born in Virginia, August 8, 1758 and died in May, 1840."
It is believed by the census records that Henry Burk did not come to Indiana until after the 1830 census.A Henry Burk is listed in Pulaski Co. KY, page 31, on 1830 census as being 70-80, with (not sure if this is a mark or smudge) one male age 20-30, one female 50-60, one female 20-30, and one female 15-20;(Henry Burk, Jr. is on page 42 of Pulaski Co. KY); and a Henry Burk is in Rush County, Indiana, page 149, in the 1840 Census, listed as 70-80, with one male 20-30, one female 15-20, and one female 20 to 30.No other females.