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Born:May 27, 1753 in Grafton, Mass


Burial: Memorial marking his place of burial in South Park Cemetery, has an urn.
Urns were usedd often by Colonial craftsmen and symbolize sorrow. It was placed as though in a window with silken cords tying it back.. In the rounded corners are rosettes, symboliizng the Lord, Hope, Promise and Love. At the bottom are the words, spelled aas they appear on the memorial"

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord henceforth
Yea said the Spirit that they may rest from their lobours: and their works do follow them. He is buried in the Burk Plot at Vanderbur Cemetery. On his stone is a delicate carved rose. The stone gives us the information Henry Burj son of Thomas Burk, was born in Virginia Aug 8, 1758 and died May 1840 Decatur County, Indiana.

Service: He served with the Northen Army and was aas the surrender of General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York, Oct 17, 1777, Byrgoyne was said to have been sipping chanpagne at the time of his surrender. Burgoynes defeat waas a bitter blow to the English and it was after the surrender that France openly negoiated to enter the war on the sides of the colonies..

Levi was age 24 at that time and continued to fight the war for another year.


Married: Olive LOCKE

Children: had 11 children

Information courtesy of John and Marty Green of Indiana.
This information came from "Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County".

The Decautr Bicenteennial Committee takes great pride in helping with the piblishing of this pertinent series of articles. The committe feels these fatcs concerning Decatur County's Revolutionary War Soldiers are a very important part our our county's history. Every effort should be made to preserve our heritage, and this record will certainly be of great help.

Signed by Mr and Mrs Van P. Patterson,
co-chairmen, Decatur County
Bicentennial Committe.

This series of headstones and records of the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County was started in July 1975, by Smith Monument Works as their project for the bicentennial.

The series would have been impossible without the records kept by the Lone Tree Chapter, D.A.R.

We at Smith Monunment Works would like, once again, to express appreciation to the Lone Tree Chapter D.A.R. for their dedication to the presevation of the history of Decatur County.

We would also like to thank the Bicentennial Commission for preserving this series in booklet form.

Patricia Smith, James F Smith


Hnery 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.

After the war Henry Burk came to Decatur County and settled in what is now known as Marion Township, near Burk's Chapel (Methoddist). Directions:

Indiana War Graves Index - Clarence Cook Chapter SAR, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Indiana State Society SAR Homepage