Lee County Illinois Biography


John Howard Burket is carrying on general farming on section 11, South Dixon Township, having become the proprietor of this tract in 1884. His estate, which comprises one hundred and eighty acres, is well stocked and bears all the improvements in the way of buildings and machinery which stamp its owner as both progressive and industrious. He has twenty-five milch cows for dairy purposes, which branch of farming he finds to be very profitable,

Mr. Burket is a native of this county, having been born on the old homestead in Dixon Township, March 28,1855. He was reared and educated in the above named township and has always followed the occupation of a farmer. His father, John N. Burket, was a native of Pennsylvania and the son of Peter Burket, also a native of that State, who passed his last days in Blair County. The father of our subject grew to mature years on the home farm in the above-named county, and was there married to Mary Fleck. After the birth of four children, he came to Illinois in the '40s, and located on new land in Dixon Township. There they resided until their decease, Mr. Burket dying in 1864, when in his forty-sixth year. His wife survived him about two years, departing this life at about the same age as did her husband. They were well-known and respected in their community and were members of the Lutheran Church in the county, which was organized in Mr. Burket's barn on the old homestead. The father was a strong Union man and, on the organization of the Republican party, voted that ticket.

The parental family of our subject included eleven children, eight sons and three daughters, two of the former being deceased. Our subject, his brother Luther, and sister, Mrs. Catherine Cartright, are the only members of the family residing in this county. He was married to Miss Anna P. Cartright, who was born July 15, 1857, in Dixon Township, and was the daughter of Erastus and Mary (Seitz) Cartright, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Ohio. They came to Illinois in an early day, and uniting their fortunes in Lee County, began life on a farm in Dixon Township, where they resided until 1876, at which time he removed to Dixon, where they now make their home. Mr. Cartright is a breeder of good horses. He is now upwards of three-score years of age, and is a sound Republican in politics; although prominent in the community, he has never been an office seeker. His wife is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Burket's only brother, Andrew Cartright, was accidentally killed, when twenty-one years old, while acting as brakeman on the Illinois Central Railroad in the winter of 1878. Our subject and his wife have three children: Mary O., Anna N., and Andrew L. They are members in good standing of the Lutheran Church, and in politics, Mr. Burket votes with the Republican party.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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