My Ancestors (41 and 42) – William Wilde and Anna (Joanna) Burke (Lawrence?)

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them.

(1) Joanna Burke; (2) Margaret Anne Wilde; (3) Edith May Lewis; (4) Marian Edith Rider; (5) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (6)Judith Anne Guion.

‘Excerpt from a letter from Ruth Shattuck, written July 14, 1975.

William Wilde was born in New York City, New York, in 1815 and married Anna (possibly Joanna, know as Anna)  Burke (one source says “Lawrence” but all others list her as Anna Burke) born in England.  She left England at age 14, after her parents died of the plague.  She went to New York to live with an older sister who was married and living in New York City.

William Wilde was a close friend of the sister and her husband.  When Anne was 16 she married William Wilde.  They lived in New York City for a number of years.  They had 3 or 4 children before they joined the 1st wagon train leaving New York City going west.  They settled in what later became Blue Earth clap County, Minnesota.  Anne and William had 10 children, 6 girls and 4 boys.  I do not recall in what sequence the boys came.  I do know Eleanor and Bill were the eldest.

  1. Eleanor Wilde Lewis
  2. Bill Wilde Junior
  3. Janette Wilde – married Herb Cornell
  4. boy – left home when grown – lost at sea
  5. Margaret Ann Wilde (b. Aug 22, 1844). – Married John Jackson Lewis,  Aug. 26, 1862* in Mapleton, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.
  6. Anne Wilde – married Charles Shattuck of Watsonville, California
  7. boy
  8. Harriet Wilde – marriage a Bancroft
  9. Melvina Wilde – married Campwell Ellis
  10. boy – died about 7 or 8 years old
  • – The date, if accurate, points out another error in Ruth Shattuck’s information. Margaret Ann Wilde was 18 when she married John Jackson Lewis.

Another source lists the children as follows:

  1. Jeanette
  2. Margaret – Married John Jackson Lewis
  3. George
  4. Eleanor
  5. Bill Jr.
  6. Anne
  7. Herb
  8. Harriet
  9. Lavina
  10. Henry

I had always been told that I had a great grandmother who walked across the country. For some reason I thought it was Carrie Dunlap Snamen. This information seems to claim that it was my great-grandmother, Margaret Ann Wilde who traveled with her parents from New York City to Blue Earth County, Minnesota.  She married John Jackson Lewis on August 26, 1862, in Mapleton, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

From Family online, I have more detailed and probably more accurate info. It shows the following info:

William L Wilde (1820 – 1918) (his mother was Eleanor Lawrence, so perhaps this is where Ruth Shattuck was confused) married Anna Burke (1826 – 1899).  Their children were:

  1.  Mary Jeanette Wilde (1842 – 1928)
  2. Margaret Ann Wilde (1844 – 1876)
  3. George W Wilde (1848 – 1902)
  4. Eleanor L Wilde (1850 – 1923)
  5. William E Wilde (1853 – 1938)
  6. Anna E Wilde (1858 – 1950
  7. Herbert Wilde (1860 – deceased)
  8. Harriet E Wilde (1863 – 1958)
  9. Henry Wilde (1865 – deceased)
  10. Malvina Wilde (1867 – 1912)

The lesson learned with this post is that information recorded by family members, who sometimes are relying on memory, are not always accurate.  The information passed down as family lore is always quite interesting, but may not always be correct.  It does make family history more exciting. 

Tomorrow I’ll start a week of letters written in 1944 when all 5 of Grandpa’s sons are in the service of Uncle Sam. 

Judy Guion



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