William Newton Burke []came from a pioneering family that were early settlers in the rugged Eastern part of Tennessee. The family had settled near Newport in Cocke County Tennessee. His brothers, father and several cousins chose to fight for the confederacy during the Civil War. Shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War he led his family with first wife Louisa (Eliza) Allen by raft down the Mississippi river to settle in Arkansas Post. In the 1870 Census the family with 4 children live in Prairie Township, Arkansas Post. The two oldest daughters Harriet and Helen were born in TN before the trip. The next two sons Barringer and Charles were born in Arkansas. Eliza passed sometime after the birth of their seventh child. Newton tried married a second time but it only lasted a year before he married Sarah Mantooth. With his new wife the family migrated to Franklin County Arkansas he and Sarah had four more children. He resided there until his death in 1906 Burke-1008 09:55, 7 October 2012 (EDT)
Privates W. N. BURKE and Pleasant Joseph (P.J.) BURKE were POWs at Fort Delaware. Francis Marion BURKE was not. All three were enlisted in Company I, 60th Tennessee Mounted Infantry[].
W. N., P. J. (age 25) and Francis(age 19) were enrolled as Tennessee volunteers for Confederate service on 1 OCT 1862 at Newport, Tennessee in compliance with the Confederate Conscription Act.
Organized in October 1862, the regiment was transferred into Confederate service on 7 NOV 1862. The three brothers had traveled 85 miles to the rendezvous at Newport, Tennessee and were due travel pay. All three were enrolled in Company I, 60th Tennessee Mounted Infantry and were present for duty until captured at Big Black Bridge on 17 MAY 1863. They were placed aboard four river steamers among some 4,200 Confederate officers and men captured at Champion Hill (aka Baker’s Creek) on 16 MAY 1863 and Big Black Bridge on 17 MAY 1863 east of Vicksburg and sent north to Memphis, Tennessee on 25 MAY 1863. The boats stopped at Memphis to change the guards.
W.N. and P.J were sent to Fort Delaware where they found that only those who were willing to enroll in Union army service were allowed to take the Oath and be released. Those unwilling to join the army had to remain in prison housed separately from the other Confederates in the “citizens barracks”. W. N. BURKE and P. Joseph BURKE were carried north from Memphis to Cairo, Illinois where they were loaded onto trains of the Illinois Central Railroad and moved to Camp Morton, Indiana. From Camp Morton, they were shipped east by rail through Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, placed aboard river steamers and delivered down the Delaware River to Fort Delaware.
The BURKE brothers and other Fort Delaware prisoners were added to a shipment of prisoners from Fort Columbus in New York Harbor on 26 SEP 1863 and the combined group delivered to the newly opened POW camp at Point Lookout in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Both of the BURKE brothers were selected for a “humanitarian” exchange at Point Lookout in the spring of 1865.
W. N. BURKE was examined in the Wayside & Receiving Hospital (General Hospital No. 9) at Richmond on 14 FEB 1865, deemed to be in need of further care and sent to Chimborazo General Hospital No. 1 at Richmond the next day. On 18 FEB 1865, he was furloughed home from Chimborazo No. 1 for 60 days to recover his health.
1839 Born in Cocke County TN to John Burke and Elizabeth Lloyd
1850 Residence Cocke County District 11, living just a few doors down from his future wife Louisa Allen
1857 Estimated marriage date to Louisa Allen he would be 18, she would be 16
1860 Residence Cocke County, Taylorsburg Post Office. First child Helen Francis is only 1 year old. Nephew Silas N. is living in the house as well. Harriet Alice Burke is born.
1 Oct 1862 23yr old W.N. along with his brothers and cousins joins the confederacy
16 May 1863 Captured outside of Vicksburg MS in the battle of Big Black
18 Feb 1865 Furloughed by the Union after spending time in Fort Delaware he begins the long trip back to Newport, TN
1869 Moves family to ArkansasPost, Arkansas via Raft
1870 Residence Prairie, Arkansas County, AR. Barringer (4) and Charles (2) have joined the family
1877 Son Harvey Victor is born. Louisa passes shortly after
1878 W.N. Marries Betty Gillmer in Arkansas County
1880 W.N. Divorces Betty Gillmer. His family is living with the grandparents and William isn't listed on any known census record. We assume he was off to find another wife.
23 Dec 1883 W.N. marries Sarah Elizabeth Mantooth
1895 Franklin County, AR Approved 160 acre homestead
1900 Federal Census, Grover AR with new family Sally E Burk-50, Mary A Burk-18, Nina G Burk-14, Cora E Burk-11, Joseph S Burk-8
18 Nov 1906 Age-67 Newton passes away, resting place Price Springs Cemetery Cecil, Franklin County, Arkansas, USA
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