Geo. W. Burke was born in Virginia in 1815, and came to this township in 1832, which was before the Indians left the reservation. At this date there were no laid-out roads in the township. The land where he now lives, in section 9, was so wet and swampy that he would not have given a dollar for the whole section. At this period he could only find twelve families in the township. He married Margaret, daughter of John Morris, Esq., in 1841, and has reared a family of twelve children, of whom eight are still living.
From "History of Auglaize County, Ohio, with the Indian History of Wapakoneta, and the First Settlement of the County", Robert Sutton, Publishers, Wapakoneta, 1880