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Gordon G. Burr, mother Penelope Burr,  Joes

In 1880 Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, Gordon "Burn" is 15, working on a farm for Lorinza Reimel.

Gordon cash-claimed a quarter in 21, 4S 46W in 1891, Penelope next to him in 1902.


Penelope (Hadley) (Blackman) Burr is buried in Burlington -   FindAGrave has

Birth:  Apr. 1, 1832  Pennsylvania
Death:  Jan. 23, 1917  Stratton (Kit Carson County)
John A. Blackman was her 1st husband. They were married about 1855 and he died July 3, 1862. Clark Burr was her 2nd husband. They were married July 16, 1863 and he died November 17, 1870.
 Census   October 3, 1860   Meshoppen, Wyoming Co., PA
BLACKMAN  John A., age 30, b1830 PA
Penelope age 26, b1834 PA
son James E., age 4, b1856 PA
dau Margaret age 2, b1858 PA
Miles Ellis age 15, b1845 PA, laborer
Jackson Cortright age 21, b1839, PA, carpenter
Mary Cook age 18, b1842 PA, domestic
 Census  June 14, 1900 Tuttle, Kit Carson Co., CO
Gordon G., age 34, b Jun 1865, PA, farmer
mother Penelope age 68, b Apr 1832 PA, widowed
step-bro John F. Blackman age 39, bMar 1861 PA, mar. 1884, ranchman
Kate Wiley age 27, b Nov 1872 MO, boarder 


Posted  by: William Clark Burr Jr

Ethel Belle Boyles was born 9-27-1879 in Phillips, Kansas to William Boyels and Cynthia Emeline Pierce (Boyles). She married Gordon Burr 3-20-1901, and settled near Burlington, Colorado. Does my grandmother tie into anyone's research?

Ethel Boyles (b.1879 Phillipsburg, KA) married Gordon Burr in 1901 in Tuttle, CO. Ethel had at least 10 brothers and sisters, plus some adopted siblings using the Boyles name. Several settled in the Kit Carson co Colorado area near present Burlington, CO. Roy Boyles (a brother to Ethel) was convicted of murder in the 1920's. There was also a "Judge" Boyles in Burlington prior to 1910. Several in the clan were simple, working cowboys. Does anyone tie into this part of the Boyles family? I sure could use some help sorting out the history. Ethel was my grandmother.Thanks.WilliamCBurr@Aol.com

In April, 1929, Orval Lindburg was engaged in the business of selling sand obtained from the McVane farm in Kit Carson county, under an arrangement with Joe Boyles, who 'operated' the farm, and the defendant was helping him. About Monday, the 29th, Lindburg disappeared. The day Before that he was seen wearing overalls, a blue shirt, and tan shoes. In the latter part of May a witness found one of Lindburg's tan shoes in the field, in a direct line between the farm house and an old sand pit located in a dry creek. This led  to a search of the premises. Lindburg's body was found buried in the old sand pit. A foot or two above his body and parallel with it was the body of a dead hog. The hog's body was covered with several feet of dirt and sand. The only clothing on Lindburg's body consisted of underclothes, socks, and a blue work shirt. There were marks on the body that might have been caused by dragging the body over the ground. A medical witness testified that the cause of death was a blow with a blunt instrument on the back of the head at the base of the skull. Concealed in patches of weeds and among ashes near the farm house were found overall buttons, square shoe-eyelets, coat buttons, shirt buttons, suspender buttons, boot nails, hat-eyelets, a Gem safety razor, a ring, a radiator petcock, and a pipe ferule, some of which were identified as the property of Lindburg.

In 1900 Kit Carson County, Ethel B. is with William N. Boyles, 56 and Cynthia 44.  She was born September 1879 in Kansas, and has five younger siblings.

1902 "Miss Cecil Boyles who went to Tuttle on a visit to her sister, Mrs. G.G. Burr, on Thursday of last week returned home Tuesday."

In 1910 Kit Carson County Gordon is married nine years to Ethel B., 29 born in Kansas.  They have Opal E., 8, Nellie Pnelopie, 7, and Gordon G. Jr. 4, the kids born in Colorado.

1910 "G.G. Burr has purchased the Lone Star livery barn from L.H. Bevier.  Mr. Burr is an experienced horseman, and his many friends are glad to see him engage in this line of work."

In 1911 the Intermediate room in Kit Carson County had Opal Burr and Nellie Burr.

"For bargains in work horses and mares see G.G. Burr.  He has just what you want."

Opal gave a recitation to the Daughters of Rebekah in 1911, and Mrs. Ethel Burr gave a reading, then Opal Burr gave an instrumental solo.

May 1912 Burlington newspaper

Gordon was a candidate for Kit Carson County commissioner in 1912.

1912 "the beginners class is composed of Roy Hess, Charlie Arny, Gordie Burr and Darline Ruddell."

In 1920 Kit Carson County they have Opal, 18, Nellie 16, Gordon 14, Billie 7, and Elsie 6.

In 1930 Kit Carson Gordon and Ethel have Nellie, William C. , Elsie G. 15, and Eldon C. 10.  Gordon is a contractor for concrete buildings, Ethel is the deputy county clerk, and Nellie is the county clerk.

In 1940 Larimer County Gordon and Ethel are in Loveland, with no occupations.  Charles E. 20 is a laborer in the sugar process.

One tree says Gordon Gay Burr died 1951 in Loveland, Colorado, and Ethel Belle (Boyles) born 1879 in Philips County, Kansas, died 1964 in Englewood, Colorado.


Another tree said Opal E. Burr married William Guy Prottsman from Iowa, and they had Helen Prottsman in 1923 in Colorado, dying in Chicago.

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