Descendants of Thomas Burke

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Descendants of Thomas Burke
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Thomas was possibly the son of Thomas and Bridget. He was clearly well connected in his time in Jersey because the Bailiff, John de Veulle was godfather to his son William, and the Constable of St Helier, Philippe de Veulle to Edmund Francis.

We had noted a suggestion online that William Ellison Burke emigrated to New Zealand in the 1850s, but he married in London in 1863. His first son, William Edmund, was born in Christchurch in September of that year. We have now had it confirmed that he had been living and working in NZ up until at least 1861. His last occupation was postmaster in Waitahuna, Otago. In 1859 he was appointed bailiff to the Resident Magistrate's Court in Christchurch, NZ. It is believed that he returned to England to visit his mother, who announced in an Australian newspaper in 1862 that she had not heard from him for four years. He must have married during this visit and then returned to New Zealand

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  • 1 Thomas Burke (1789- ) (Dublin to Jersey) m (1824, St H) Jane Messervy (1792-1869) d of Francois and Anne Gavey
    • 2 Harriet Jane Burke (1824-1824)
    • 2 Edmund Francis Burke(1827- )
    • 2 William Ellison Burke (1830-1898) m (1863, Lambeth, London) Laura Caggett (1844-1929)
      • 3 William Edmund Burke (1863-1932) m (1888, Auckland) Beatrice Maria Thorburn (1864-1946)
        • 4 Kathleen May Burke (1889- )
        • 4 William Edmund Burke (1890-1890)
        • 4 Beatrice Laura Burke (1891- )
        • 4 Thomas Walter Burke (1893- ) m Florence Elizabeth King
        • 4 William Malcolm Burke (1895-1917) Killed in action at Paschendale
        • 4 Margaret Wilson Burke (1897- )
        • 4 Francis Lionel John Burke (1901-1945)
        • 4 Lawrence Andrew Burke (1903-2003)
        • 4 Rupert Edmund Burke (1904-1995)
        • 4 Colin Hubert Burke (1908- )
      • 3 Walter Ernest Burke (1866-1954) m (1825, Sydney) (1894, Canterbury, NZ) Amy Eliza Mary Thompson (1871-1945)
        • 4 Eric Keast Burke (1896-1974) m Iris Lily Daniell (1902-1999)
      • 3 Rupert Egerton Burke (1871-1948) m Nora Nohelty
      • 3 Lionel Charles Burke (1872-1957) m (1904, NZ) Alice Maud Howey (1881-1935), d of James Duffis Howey (1852-1913) and Mary Jane Binskin (1861-1937)
        • 4 Lionel Messervy Burke (1905-1974) m Blanche Manildra Morton (1908-1984)
          • 5 John Morton Burke (1938- )
        • 4 Leslie Charles Burke (1907-2000)
        • 4 Irene Ellen Burke (1909-1994)
        • 4 Molly Messervy Burke (1910-2004)
        • 4 William Dennis Howey Burke (1914-1986)
        • 4 Rupert Edmund Burke (1919-1954)
        • 4 John Irving Burke (1920-2007)
      • 3 Francis Claude Burke (1880-1934) m Hannah Gertrude Denny (1878- )
      • 3 Cecil Clement Burke (1993-1947) m Ethel Gordon
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