Name: Richard Burton
Birth: ABT 1720 in VA
Death: ABT JUN 1779 in Wilkes Co., NC
I have decided to attach this William Burton as a POSSIBLE son of this Richard Burton who died in 1779 in Wilkes Co., NC. At present, this is merely speculation, unconfirmed, and based on proximity and continuing research. This family connection should NOT be looked upon as fact, until proven.
The children of this Richard Burton have not all been identified as he died intestate. Research continues.
1738: Augusta County, Virginia formed from Orange County.
Goochland Co., Deed Bk 3, p. 260, Deed 26 Nov 1739 Nowel Burton and Judith his wife of St. James Parish, Goochland Co., planter, to Robert Bernard of Kingston Parish, Gloucester Co., Gent., for 80 lbs, 265 acres on south side of Willis River, bounded by the river, Reedy Branch, Soakarse Run; being part of a grant of 400 acres to said Burton 28 January 1733; with all houses, etc. Wit: Step'n Bedford, James Daniel, Rich'd Burton, Robert Burton. Signed: Nowel Burton, Judith (JB.) Burton. Recorded 19 Feb 1739.
p. 542, Deed 16 March 1741, John Scruggs of Goochland Co., son of Richard Scruggs of New Kent Co., to Robert Burton, the younger, son of Nowel Burton of Goochland Co., for 20 lbs, 200 acres on west side of Willis River, bounded by Robert Bernard, William Mayo, William Meginnis, Joseph Dabbs. Said land is upper 200 acres of 400 acres conveyed to Scruggs by Wm Mayo by deed 12 January last past; with all houses, etc. Wit: Rich'd Burton, William Hunt Allen, Fra. (X) Hill, Jos. Dabbs. Signed: John (X) Scruggs. Recorded 18 May 1742.
Goochland OB 6, p.86, At a Court held for Goochland County the Third Tuesday in July being the Sixteenth day of the month Anno domini 1745. Present. George Carrington, Thomas Turpin, Arthur Hopkins, John Smith, John Harris Gent. Justices.
1746: Johnston Co., NC was formed from Craven Co. Orange Co. was formed in 1752 from Johnston, Bladen, and Granville.
Burtons Deed to Burton. Nowel Burton acknowledges a Deed with the Livery of Seizin & Receit endors'd from himself to Richd. Burton to be his Acts and Deeds which are ordered to be recorded.
Cumberland Co., VA, Deed Bk I, p. 11, June 26, 1749 from Nowel Burton and Richard Burton of C, to William Bernard of C, for 110 lbs, a certain tract of land about 140 acres, being part of a tract of land patented to said Nowel Burton on Jan. 13, 1733, and conveyed to Richard Burton by the said Nowel. Signed-Nowel Burton, Richard Burton. Wit: John Flemming Jr., John Bowden, Francis (his X mark) Meguier. Recorded June 26, 1749.
This record is possibly this Richard, based on his probable age, although the Marrs eventually settled in Rockingham Co., NC, near Guilford Co. Richard Burton (first cousin of this Richard):
Cumberland Co. OB, 1749-52, p. 76, Gideon Marr vs Richard Burton, 25 June 1750, trespass, assault and Battery, William Johnson bail.
1753: Bedford County, Virginia formed from Albemarle and Lunenburg Counties.
1753: Rowan Co., NC was formed from Anson.
It is possible that it was this Richard Burton who allegedly married a Mary [or Mary Ann] Pleasants. There is no proof of any marriages for this Richard. Richard and Ann Burton sold land in 1751 in Augusta Co., VA, and dower was relinquished in 1762 and 1763 Johnston Co., NC, deeds also by a wife named Ann. Richard's son John was not known to have a middle name when he lived in North Carolina and it is unclear why or when he picked one up. Research continues.
Augusta Co., VA, Deed Bk 10, p. 209, April 17, 1761, Sampson Matthews from Richard BURTON and Ann, of Cumberland County, North Carolina, 47#, 400 acres on James River. [Matthews sold this land a month later]
From a letter written by Dr. Philip Burton to Hansel Haycox in 1998:
"Based on my own former efforts and what I seemed to have learned from them, I am convinced (until some new evidence requires changing conviction) Richard Burton of Wilkes County, NC was the oldest son of my progenitor, Noel (I) and wife Judith Allen. That Richard was by 1732 collecting bounty in Goochland Co., VA. Since this was by "gun," I assume his age may be as low as 12 years. In calls for "road work" during the latter half of the 1730s he is associated with Noel. In early 1740s Noel Burton and Judith deeded land Noel had patented in 1735 to Richard and to his brother Josiah. In 1750, Richard sold this land. This is recorded in the brand new Cumberland County cut from Goochland in 1749. Thereafter, Richard became an almost full time litigant in Cumberland Courts (I should have noted Noel's and Richard's signatures were on the land transaction but the wife's signature was mutilated to point it could not be read). Mr. Garten some years ago got a copy of this record and sent me a copy of his. Richard in these court matters was sometimes there with some of his brothers. The Court shows, minutes that is, he is finally reported as not in the County but in "the Province of Carolina."
From Marj Barron:
"26 Aug 1760 JOSIAH BURTON, plt. against William Johns, def. In case the def. saith the plt. ought not maintain his action because at the time of the contract aforesaid the plt. did take an order & judgment upon RICHARD BURTON RESIDING IN THE GOVERNMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA for a greater sum of money that was then due to this def. from RICHARD BURTON and they agreed to pay if RICHARD BURTON should owe the debt and pay the plt. it......Cumberland Co, VA OB 1756-62, 244
(Nov 1759 Hutchins Burton had sued this same William Johns.)"
Johnston Co., NC, Deed Bk Tr-1:92. 17 Dec 1762. George River? [Rives?] Jo Co, Planter to Robert Grady (cng) 11 # 17 s 3 pence Va. money, 150 A in Jo Co on S?S Nuse riv beg on the SS of Nuse Riv at Wm. Humpyrs cor pine then W along sd line of marked trees to another pin [sic]. N along marked trees to the Riv then down the riv to 1st sta...& is part of land granted by Granville deed to John Bedso? the 5 Feb 1760 & by him sd John Bedso conveyed to sd George Reaves & by him sd Reaves to sd Gardey...houses, yards, orchards, etc. Wit: Richard Burton, Thos. Harrel? July Ct 1763 Ackd. Test: Robt Rowan CC.
The following case further proves existence of a son named Richard, who is not included in Nowel's will three years later:
Lunenburg Co., VA, Ct order book 9, p. 89-90, July 14, 1763 Court:
At a Court held on Jul 14, 1763 for the examination of Noel Burton on suspicion of his feloniously counterfeiting sundry Treasury Notes of Virginia, knowing the same to be bad.
Present, Matthew Marable, Edmund Taylor, Daniel Cargill, Henry Delony, and John Camp, Gent. Justicies.
The Prisoner being set to the bar and being asked if he was guilty, said he was not guilty, whereupon David Garland, John Speed Jr, and Samuel Young, being examined as witnesses for the King against sd Noel Burton, is guilty of passing bad money, but that he did not know the same to be bad, and ordered that the sd Burton, of the charges afd, be acquitted, upon the deposition of his son, Richard Burton. Memo. that the sd Noel Burton made oath that he had the money aft of his son, Benjamin Burton. Signed-Matthew Marable.
Johnston Co., NC, Deed Bk D-1:30, 15 Oct 1763 Richard Burton, Jo Co to Samuel Peek, Buckingham Co., VA, 213 # proc of NC, 314 A in Jo Co, the plantation whereon said Burton now lives beg at Wm. Reeves cor red oak on the bank of Neuse riv, running thence on his line S 23 1/2 deg. W crossing Ellobies cr several times 98 p to his corner pine; S 23 1/2 W160p to a corner pine; S 65 E210p to a pine; N24 E184p crossing Gut several times to a blazed white oak on Neuse Riv, just about the mouth of sd Gut; up sd Riv by several meanders to 1st sta...houses, orchard, etc. Ann Burton wife to Richard Burton examined privately by Lod. Tanner Esq. Wit: John Alston, Thomas Webb, Wm. Bradford.
D-1:173, 1 May 1764 George Keith, Granville Planter to George Reeves, Jo Co planter, 33 # ster. money of England, 150 A in Jo Co on Newlight Cr & runs as follows....Wit: Richard Burton, Thos Ray, James Mathus.
1769: Botetourt County, Virginia formed from Augusta and Rockbridge Counties.
1770: Surry Co., NC formed from Rowan.
1772: Fincastle County, Virginia formed from Botetourt County. Extinguished in 1777 when it was divided into Kentucky, Montgomery, and Washington Counties.
"5, Early adventurers on the Western waters," p. 23, (Kegley):
Fincastle & Montgomery Co. surveys from Plat Bk A, Dec. 22, 1774, Richard Burton, 260 acres on the east side of the New River, beginning at the mouth of a gully on the river bank where the Carolina line intersects with the river.
1776: Montgomery County, Virginia formed from Fincastle (extinguished), Botetourt, and Pulaski Counties.
1776: Washington County, Virginia formed from Fincastle (extinguished) and Montgomery Counties.
1777: Wilkes Co., NC was formed from Surry and the District of Washington.
1778: Rockingham County, Virginia formed from Augusta County.
Wilkes Co., NC, Will Bk 1, p. 26, 8 June 1779. Administration Bond--John Burton, admr Richard Burton, dec'd 10,000 pounds; Andrew Baker & John Baker, bondsmen. [Richard Burton dyed without making a Will...John Burton, oldest son of Richard Burton...admr.]
Wilkes Co. WB 1, p. 39, March Term 1780
Inventory of Richard Burton
4 hed of cattle
2 Pots, Some pewter
1 Plow, 2 axes & 3 hoes
By me, John Burton Administrator
Returned to Wilkes Court
March Session 1780
1789: Wythe County, Virginia formed from Montgomery and Grayson Counties.
1799: Ashe Co., NC formed from Wilkes. Watauga was formed from Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell & Yancey in 1849. Alleghany was formed from Ashe in 1859.
The estate sale of Jonathan Stamper implies that there were at least 2 other sons or grandsons (Robert and Jonathan):
Wilkes Co., NC, Will bk 1 (1778-1799), p. 519, July term 1799, Acct Sale Estate Jonathan Stamper, Sr, decd held 4th & 5th June 1799; Purchasers Jesse Stamper (1 negro woman), Jacob Stamper (1 negro woman), John Burton, Jesse Toliver, Moses Tolliver, William Reavis, Reuben Parks, Joel Stamper, Robert BURTON, George Reeves, David Hickerson, Jacob Lyon, Jesse Alexander, Jonathan BURTON, Jonathan Stamper, James Stamper, Hezekiah Barker, George Lewis, Henry Johnson, Jos. Hammon, Willis Alexander, John Townzen, Owen Hall, Thomas Baker, William Reynolds. Amt 354:2:5 s/ Jonathan Stamper, Jesse Stamper, adms.
Father: Nowell Burton b: ABT 1690
Mother: Judith Allen
- John Pleasant Burton b: 8 JUL 1758 in VA
- Jane Burton b: in VA
- Robert Burton
- Jonathan Burton
- William Burton b: ABT 1760