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Dear Keith Burke:
Thank you for posting on History Hub!
I located a James Burk in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a copy of the census is below. James Burk was married to Susan Burk. He did have a son Patrick Burk who was age 13 at the time and born in Ireland. The last name and date of birth is not exact, but do you believe this is the same James Burke you are seeking?
Marriages were not recorded by the Irish government until 1864. A local church in Ireland may have recorded marriages before 1864 and you would need to know where James Burke was living before he arrived in the United States.
Source: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Thanks for your keen eye finding the James Burk(e). Appreciated.