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Notes for Joseph Burson, Jr

by 1750, Joseph has married Mary Shaw and moved with his father to Fairfax, Virginia.

Three grandchildren were also in this household: Polly, Sally, and Nancy

Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Vol VI, Fairfax Monthly Meeting, Page 478: "Joseph Sr. roef Buckingham MM, Pa. for self & 3 ch, Rachel, Benjamin & Deborah, August 25, 1753; Joseph Jr., adult s, also roef same mtg, same dte."

The following is from "The Bursons Who Came South" by Montez Jones, page 12-13
"On a list of Freeholder voters polled to determine the Colonel of Fairfax County Militia, December 11, 1755, we find the name of Joseph Burson. Also on the Militia of Fairfax County Roster we find the name of Joseph Burson, a trooper in the Virginia Colonial Militia, March 1756. Ref. "Hening's Statutes at Large", Vol. 17, p. 59 by Crozier

Union County, SC Deed Abstracts, K, 53-54: originally recorded in Book CCC, page 178, in Auditor's office in Book H, page 450. Joseph Burson received a land grant from the Governor of South Carolina and moved to the Old 96th District or what was then Berkley County, South Carolina. A tract of land containing one hundred and fifty acres in the fork between Broad and Suluda rivers and on a small branch of Fair Forest Creek called Buffalo Creek, bordered on all sides by vacant land was awarded in April 29, 1768. (Plats, X, 189) This Berkley County was discontinued in 1769 to old 96th District thence to Union County, South Carolina in 1798.

South Carolina Archives Series: S213184, Volume: 0010, Page: 00189, Item: 01, Date: 11/17/1767
John Troup laid out for Joseph Burson a plantation or tract of vacant land in Berkley County, containing 150 acres, in the fork between Broad and Saluda rivers, and on a small branch of Fairforest Creek, called Buffaloe Creek, not four feet broad nor one deep

South Carolina Archives Series: S213019, Volume: 0016, Page: 00385, Item: 000, Date: 4/29/1768
Names indexed: BURSON, JOSEPH
Document type: LAND GRANT

South Carolina Archives Series: S111001, Volume: 0002, Page: 00493, Item: 001, Date: 7/1/1768
Names indexed: BURSON, JOSEPH
Document type: MEMORIAL

Early on in SC, obtaining a deed to land was a multiple step process. One of the steps was called a Memorial, a document which traced the
past owners of the land and how you were obtaining the land, a little like a title search of today. Over time, it was abbreviated with all
the great history of the land being dropped. And then, over time, the term came to mean the recording of the deed.

B, 248-250: Moses Winters sells his land grant December 29, 1778, which adjoints Joseph Burson on Buffalow Creek, "not 5 feet Broad nor one Deep" Witnessed by Jonathan Burson, recorded September 8 1789

Became a Baptist minister in South Carolina. Joseph was converted to Baptist belief during the big religious awakening under the leadership of Rev. Philip Mulkey. Fairforest is of peculiar interest as the oldest Baptist Church in the back country and as a separate Baptist group from North Carolina. The Lawsons Fork branch of Fairforest is described as having a little meeting house in 1772 thirty-five miles northwest of Fairforest where Rev. Philip Mulkey preached for a time, assisted by Joseph Burson. Rev. Joseph Burson and Rev. John Webb ordained John Cole March 9, 1783.

The Fairforest Story, History of the Fairforest Baptist Church and Community by Vera Smith Spears 1974: "Reverend Mulkey had two licentiates serving with him at Fairforest: Joseph Burson and Thacker Vivion" She goes on to say about Joseph, "From available information, it appears that the Reverend Joseph Burson was a man who had passed the prime of life. He had a home on Buffalo Creek, now Union County, South Carolina. The land was granted to him by patent, April 28, 1768 (Deed Book A pp 117-118)"

The Revolution took its toll apparently scattering the congregation because reconstitution took place in 1792 and the Burson men had already taken advantage of the Congressional Act for the opening of a Land Office in the State of Georgia whereby soldiers of the Revolution could receive bounty land for service in the war. Joseph received a bounty grant for service in the Colonial Militia, and Jonathan and Isaac received Privateer grants for their service in the Revolution of two hundred acres in Wilkes County, Georgia. Joseph Burson's grant was dated September 29, 1784. Sons, Jonathan and Isaac, were dated July 29, 1785.

Union County SC Deed Abstracts A-F 1785-1800, Brent H. Holcomb, 1998, SCMAR, p 9, A 117-121: Joseph and wife, Mary, sold their original South Carolina land grant of 150 acres to Even Thomas, planter of the 96th District, South Carolina for 400 pounds on December 18, 1783. Isaac Burson was one of the witnesses. Recorded March 28, 1786.

After moving to Georgia he pastored Brier Creek Baptist Church in Wilkes County, with Isaac and Jonathan serving as associate pastors.

1790 Tax Records of Burke County list Joseph. By 1790, Georgia had grown to include ten counties, all on the eastern boundary, with the rest of the state being Indian territory. Burke and Warren counties, although not adjacent, were close to each other. Burke was created from St. George Parish in 1777, with parts of Burke County being set off to Jefferson County (1796), Scriven (1798), and Jenkins (1909). "The Families of Burke County, 1755-1855 - a census, located in Alabama Archives shows Joseph as having received a grant of 400 acres in Burke County.

Wilkes County, Georgia, Tax Records 1785-1805, compiled Frank Hudson, 1996, p 239-2401: 1790 Capt Neil's and Abbott's District, entry #97 Joseph Burson, 350 ac 3rd

Early tax records show Joseph residing in Wilkes County and after 1793 Warren County. The1794 tax lists of Warren County show Joseph, Joseph, Jr., Issac and Jonathan.

Early American Series, Early Georgia 1733-1819, Ronald Vern Jackson, Accelerated Indexing Systems, Salt Lake City, 1981, p 72, Burson, Joseph, Warren Co, Terrys District, Tax list 1794

South Carolina Baptists 1670-1805, Leah Townsend, 1935, p 269: from table entitled "Relations of Bethel Association with other Associations 1789-1803", Letters 1800 received from Philadelphia, messengers received from Joseph Burson sent to John Rooker

An Index to Georgia Tax Digests, The Reprint Company, 1986, Vol 2, 1800-1802, p 12, Joseph Burson listed in Jackson County Wood District in 1801



KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE present that I, Joseph Burson, now being weak and low in health but in perfect mind and memory expecting shortly to depart this life and resolved to make this my Will and Testament. First, I recommend my soul into the hands of the Almighty, who gave it and my body to be buried in a Decent and Christian Burial.

WHEREAS, I make this my last Will and Testament that at my decease that my Executors first may pay my lawful debts.

SECONDLY, I give and bequeath to my well-beloved Companion, Mary Burson, all my lands, horse, creatures, cattle, sheep, hogs and household furniture with my reasonable debts to be given up by my Executors to her own benefit and disposal at my decease; that she may enjoy and possess during her life.

THIRDLY, that my Executors, at her decease, shall pay themselves out of my estate for the care and managing and keeping together the estate.

FOURTHLY, that, at her decease, my Executors shall give out of my estate to my eldest son, Jonathan, or his heirs fifty cents also to my son, Isaac, fifty cents, to daughter, Lydia, fifty cents, to daughter, Phoebe, fifty cents, to my daughter Rachel, fifty cents, to my daughter, Peggy, fifty cents, to my daughter, Polly, fifty cents, and the remainder part of my estate to be equally divided between my sons, Joseph and Jesse, and my daughter, Alse (spelling ?), and my grandaughters, Polly, Sally, and Nancy, who now reside with me in my present dwelling house.

NOW, WHEREAS, acknowledging this to be my last Will and Testament, that every Will and Testament heretofore made is null and void and of no effect and as this written in my own house and in the presence of God I assign and acknowledge this to be my last Will and Testament this 28th day of October, 1801.

Witnesses: Charles Tharp, William Bloodworth, Matthew Basler

Joseph Burson {seal}

Executors: Mary Burson and Joseph Burson

Note: February 9, 1802 - Mary Burson and Joseph Burson, Jr offered this Will of Joseph Burson for Probate and was duly proved and qualified as Executors.
March 28, 1802 property appraised at goods and chattles $477 with notes $542

Warren Co, GA, 1793-1900, Genealogy II, Daniel Nathan Crumpton, p 324: Record of Inventories Appraisements and Amounts of Sales 1794-1808, April 5, 1802, Joseph Burson (deceased), p 131
July 3, 1809 dues to casualities from 1804 to 1809, death of 2 mares, a cow and a yearling, the whole of the property going to Mary Burson was the sum of $30.



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