Martha Washington


Personal and Family Information

Martha was born on 5 NOV 1886 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas, the daughter of James Washington and Harriet Jane Wilkinson.

She died on 22 JAN 1968 in Rest Home, Osage City, Osage County, Kansas.

Her husband was Samuel Walter Burkett, who she married on 2 JAN 1907 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. Their six known children were Walter Ray (1908-1908), Leora (1909-1978), Edwin Elwood (1911-1989), Arlene Louise (1915-2015), Josephine (c1920-1920) and Richard Earl (1922-2000).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Martha Washington


James Washington


John Washington


Thomas Washington




Mary Hersfield


Thomas Hersfield




Harriet Jane Wilkinson


William Harry Wilkinson


Hanah Barber



Birth5 NOV 1886
Place: Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas
Death22 JAN 1968
Place: Rest Home, Osage City, Osage County, Kansas
Burial25 JAN 1968
Place: Burlingame Cmtry, Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas




Note 1

!Notes: [From James A Hotchkiss] Martha Washington was the seventh child of a family of twelve born to James and Harriet Washington, and the first born in Kansas. Named in honour of the wife of the first president of the United States, she spent her early years at the family's fourty acre farm south-west of Burlingame. She attended school in Burlingame, graduating from eighth grade there in the spring of 1900. - Martha worked at various jobs until, as a young lady, she met Walter Burkett. Walter, although he was possesed of several other skills, was also associated with the coalmines. They were married on June 5, 1906, in Burlingame, and had four children. - Both Martha and Walter Burkett took part in the community activity of Burlingame all of their lives. Martha was a member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge of Burlingame. They were good parents, proud and protective concerning their children's welfare. As neighbors, they were kind, and considerate, and enjoyed the esteem of all who knew them. Concerning relatives, they were cooperative, with an attitude of good will towards all, which earned them the good graces of all family members. Indeed they looked after the welfare of Martha's parents Harriet and James Washington during their declining years, as much as they were capable. - Martha and Walter both lived to see their children well established, with several grand children and great-grand children. Walter died February 20, 1962 at 83. Martha lived for six more years, following Walter's death. She died January 22, 1968, at 81 years of age, at an Osage City nursing home. They were buried next to eachother in Burlingame Cemetery.

!Obituary: [Burlingame newspaper, 25 Jan 1968]: --- Burkett Services at 2 p.m. Today --- - The funeral of Mrs. Martha Burkett, 81, will be held at the Carey chapel in Burlingame at 2 p.m. today [Thursday] and burial will be in the Burlingame cemetery. She died Jan. 22 in an Osage City rest home. - Mrs. Burkett was born Nov. 5, 1886, at Burlingame and had spent most of her life in this community. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters lodge of Burlingame. - Survivors include two sons, Edwin of Burlingame and Richard of Topeka; two daughters, Mrs. Leora Kirby of Cooksville, Tenn., and MRs. Arlene Ramskill of Attica, O.; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Griffin of Burlingame and Mrs. Arti Gimm of Pleasant Valley, Ia.; a brother, Arthur Washington of Los Angeles, Calif.; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren. ---

!Funeral: Officiating: Rev. William Young, Organist: Miss Pearl White, Bearers: Roy Vandevord, Fred Mills, Howard Cole, Fred Coursen, Ralph Vandevord, Dean Prescott.

!Source: Additional copies of Marriage License, funeral tract, the burial record, a picture of the gravestone and two obituaries were provided by Connie Gibbar.

!Source: Kansas, County Marriages, 1811-1911

Name: Martha Washington

Gender: Female

Age: 20

Birth Date: abt 1887

Marriage Date: 2 Jan 1907

Marriage Place: [Burlingame], Osage County, Kansas, USA

Spouse: Walter Burkett

Film Number: 002315541

License dated: 19 dec 1906