Burk Children: L to R: unknown, Amanda Elizabeth, unknown,
Taken ca. 1870. It is likely that the unknown women are
their mother, Elmira.
Amanda Elizabeth Burk Shackelford, ca. 1920s
Joseph Burk Family: L-R: Lela, Abby, Joseph, Mary,
Betsy, Ella (Cathe?)
and James. It is believed that the framed portrait is Annie.
Information and photos submitted By: Jennefer and Ray Burk
Anderson and Elmira Nunn Burk of Va. settled near
Breeding, KY around
1860. The area in which they lived became known as "Burk's
is now known as "Greenbrier Rd". They were the parents
children: Margaret, William, Wesley, James, Amanda, Joseph and Micajah.
While most of their children married and moved away, their daughter,
Amanda Elizabeth, remained on Burk's Ridge for several years. She
married Thomas Allen Shackelford in 1874. Because her husband
left her and their children to fend for themselves, "Bettie",
preferred to be called, managed, with the help of her parents until
their deaths, to raise her family. Anderson and Elmira died after
and are buried in a field at the top of a hill on what used to be their
property. They have no headstones and their graves are marked by
rocks. Bettie eventually divorced her husband and moved to
Indianapolis, IN to be closer to some of her children. She was hit by a
car and killed in1930 at the age of 74 and is buried at Crown Hill
Cemetery in Indianapolis. She has no headstone. Her youngest
Micajah "Cager" Burk, remained on the ridge until his wife
and then went to live with a niece in Louisville, where he died and is
buried. He and his wife had no children.