JOHN T. BURKS
|GOODSPEEDS HISTORY OF S.E. MISSOURI, Goodspeed
Publishing Co., 1888, Page 625.
John T. Burks, furniture dealer of Farmington, was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1857, and is the son of Francis M. and Mary (Hunt) Burks, and the grandson of Charles Burks, who was a native of Kentucky and who came to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., at a very early date. He was killed in this county during the war. Francis M. was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1836, and is of Irish descent. He grew to manhood in this county and there he has ever since resided. He is the owner of 440 acres of land in Union Township. The mother of the subject of this sketch was born in North Carolina in 1838, and came with her father to Ste. Genevieve County in 1840. She is the mother of four children living: Maggie, wife of John H. Ball; Richard, farmer; Jerry, law student, and John Thomas. The latter received a fair education in the common schools and grew to manhood on the farm. He then came to Farmington and clerked for Morris Rosenthal seven years. April 28, 1886, he married Miss Ella B., daughter of Thomas Lang, and a native of Farmington, Mo., born in 1862. In 1887 Mr. Burks and his father made a business of dealing in stock, and in December, 1887, he purchased a furniture store in Farmington and is now engaged in the business with an excellent trade. He is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the K. of P. and his wife is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
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