Alden Burdick was born 12 September 1803 in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, United States to Gideon Burdick (1762-1846) and Catharina Schmidt (1770-1806) and died 20 August 1845 La Harpe, Hancock County, Illinois, United States of unspecified causes. He married Jerusha Parks (1809-1883) 12 January 1826 in Athens, Athens County, Ohio, United States.
Conversion to Mormonism
Gideon Burdick and his family lived in the Chautauqua, New York area. From references in the Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine: "At the outlet of Lake Chautauqua, near Buffalo...the gospel message was brought,,, Gideon Burdick and family were baptized in June 1833. In November they joined the body of the Church in Kirtland, Ohio.
It seems that the religious fervor shown by Alden, his father, and earlier ancestors was a family affair, for his older brother Thomas was called as a clerk and later as a bishop. His brother Elias died in Pleasant Grove, Utah and thus also may be assumed to have been a member.
Zions Camp Participant
One of the most interesting episodes in the early history of LDS Church was the march of Zion's Camp (1834). The members of the Church in Missouri were being persecuted, and the Prophet Joseph made it a matter of prayer and received a revelation on February 24, 1834. The Lord instructed the Prophet to assemble at least one hundred young and middle-aged men and to go to the land of Zion, or Missouri. (See D&C 130:19–34.)
Zion’s Camp, a group of approximately one hundred and fifty men, gathered at Kirtland, Ohio, in the spring of 1834 and marched to Jackson County, Missouri. By the time they reached Missouri, the camp had increased to approximately two hundred men.
LDS Quorum of Seventy
Created by the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith (1805-1844) in early 1835, the Quorum of Seventy was to act as traveling and presiding ministers for the newly created The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of these men performed notable works for the early church, living near then church headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. The Quorum of Seventy itself did not meet as a governing body of the church and was not renewed until reorganized by the church in 1976.
A year later in February of 1835 he was called to become a Seventy and a member of the the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was ordained under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith and was the first Seventy to walk this earth since the days of the Savior! His brother-in-law, Hiram Winters was the second. The Lord had specifically designated the First Quorum as a quorum having equal authority with the First Presidency and the Twelve, thus, Elder Alden Burdick cemented his position as a General Authority. There is no evidence, however, that the First Quorum ever functioned as a governing quorum in the Kirtland-Missouri-Nauvoo era.
Alden Burdick proved staunch to the Church of the Latter Day Saints throughout all those days of trial and was devout in his manner of life. On his deathbed, he counseled his wife to follow the leaders of the church wherever they went.
Marriage and Family
Alden and Jerusha had been married about 1825, as their first-born, Columbus Burdick, was born in 1826, presumably in New York state.
With her family of 11 children, Jerusha Parks (1809-1883) emigrated to Utah about 1852. She lived for a time in Salt Lake City and supported her family by tailoring... (then) keeping a boarding place...(and later) gained a knowledge of medicine which she practiced as her profession in Carson City, Nev. and in California. Later...she returned to Farmington, Utah where she died (in 1883)."
Alden Burdick was born September 12, 1803 in Jamestown, Chataugua, New York, and that he was the son of Gideon Burdick and his wife Catherine Robertson. Gideon Burdick was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. There has always been a great tradition of patriotism in this family. The Burdick family has been in America since about 1650. There is also a history of Burdick ancestors searching for religious truth in earlier generations. Alden's ancestors were founding members of the Seventh-day Baptist Church (or Sabbatarians) in Newport Rhode Island and Westerly, Rhode Island, approximately between 1665 and 1671.
- Alden Burdick Grandpa Bill's GA Pages