Joshua Samuel Burkhead (1813-1876) and Rachel Gray (1817-1893)

Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents, on the Perkins side.

Joshua Samuel Burkhead was born February 17, 1813. He was the son of Thomas Burkhead and Rachel Gorsuch. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Rachel Gray was born March 28, 1817. She was the daughter of John Gray and Sarah Vertis. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Joshua and Rachel married on November 20, 1834 in Guernsey County, Ohio.

On the 1850 US Census, Joshua was 36 and Rachel was 33. They lived in Salem, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 5 children: Sarah, age 14; Mary, age 12; John, age 7; Benjamin, age 4; Thomas, age 2.

On September 6, 1850 the Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule recorded Joshua as having: 30 improved acres of land; 30 unimproved acres of land; $500 cash value of farm; $20 value of farm implements and machinery; 2 horses; 4 milk cows; 7 other cattle; 15 sheep; 10 swine; $207 value of live stock; 150 bushels of wheat; 300 bushels of indian corn.

The family moved to Iowa after their youngest child, Rosa, was born in 1862.

On the 1870 US Census, Joshua was 56 and Rachel was 52. They lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. They had 7 children at home: Wesley, age 26; Benjamin, age 23; Thomas, age 21; Frances, age 19; Jane, age 13; Lenora, age 11; Rosa, age 8. Also living in the home was Thomas Davis, age 23, a farm laborer.

On August 18, 1870 the Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule recorded Joshua as having: 200 improved acres; 20 woodland acres; $7000 value of farm; $150 value of farm implements and machinery; 8 horses; 7 milk cows; 2 other cattle; 75 sheep; 15 swine; $1650 value of live stock; 350 bushels of spring wheat; 1200 bushels of Indian corn; 200 bushels of oats; 252 pounds of wool; 100 bushels Irish potatoes; 350 pounds of butter; 10 tons of hay; 25 gallons of molasses; $200 value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter; $1310 estimated value of all farm production including betterments and additions to stock.

Joshua died on February 28, 1876 in Indianola, Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here. All of his children listed below, except for son William Harrison Burkhead, who was deceased, were listed in his will.

On the 1880 US Census, Rachel was widowed and 63. She lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa with daughter Rosa, age 18.

On the 1885 Iowa State Census, Rachel was 66 and lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa with married daughter Rosa, age 23 and her husband Thomas Keller and their child. In the slot for Rachel’s occupation, it says “works some.”

Rachel died on December 9, 1893 in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray:

Sarah Laura Burkhead – Sarah was Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Mary Burkhead – Mary was born April 22, 1838 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She married Leonard D. Hamilton January 1, 1861 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 6 children. She died September 13, 1922 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Harrison Burkhead – William was born July 2, 1841 in Guernsey County, Ohio. He died August 22, 1842 in Guernsey County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Wesley Burkhead – John was born in 1843. He fought in the Civil War. He married Viola Wiley on March 5, 1871 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 6 children. He died April 23, 1930. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Smith Burkhead – Benjamin was born November 22, 1845 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Jane Weidner on November 30, 1871 in Page County, Iowa. They had at least 3 children. He died February 3, 1911. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas C. Burkhead – Thomas was born August 24, 1848. He married Caroline M. Lotts in 1875. They had 7 children. He died June 14, 1908. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Frances Malena Burkhead – Frances was born March 7, 1851. She married Francis M. Hutchins on September 19, 1871 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 8 children and farmed in Nebraska. She died April 13, 1906. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sophia Jane Burkhead – Sophia was born August 16, 1856 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She married Thomas J. Perkins on December 31, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 9 children. She died on May 12, 1937 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rachel Lenora Burkhead – Rachel was born January 31, 1859 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Samuel Higgins on August 13, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 8 children. She died sometime after the 1930 US Census when she lived in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa with son Joshua. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rosa Belle Burkhead – Rosa was born November 4, 1861 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Thomas Tipton Keller on November 14, 1883 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 6 children. She died July 8, 1957 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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