Ezekiel Samson, John Grant, and James Burton

Ezekiel Samson
John Grant
James Burton

Family History and Genealogy

Complied by Fred B. Samson
Member, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Ezekiel Samson (1744-1811)
Member, Sons of the American Revolution, John Grant (-1836)
(FB.Samson@gmail.com) (last updated May 19 2011)

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Brief History of Ezekiel Samson/Sampson (1744-1811)

Middleborough, Massachusetts
Plympton, Massachusetts
Captain Joseph Hooker's Company
Captain Power's Company
Massachusetts Minutemen
Cambridge, New York

with brief information on
Barzillia Samson
Willard Samson, and
James Watson Samson

The following describes Ezekiel Samson (1744-1811) and his descendants through 1900. K. R. Samson has developed a wealth of information on the Ezekiel Samson family line to include his antecedents. K. R. Samson’s effort relies in part on information in George Soule of the Mayflower and his Descendents in the Fifth and Sixth Generations (2002) and the Mayflower Ancestral Index, Volume 1 (1981: 535, 536, 584) published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendents.

Ezekiel Samson was born August 11, 1744 in Plympton Massachusetts (The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Copy of Birth Record and Copy of Wedding Certificate). On April 4, 1765, Ezekiel Samson married Sarah Fance (Faunce) (abt 1841 – 1807) in Plympton Massachusetts. The Plymouth, Massachusetts, Vital Records, transcribed by George Ernest Bowman (1992), and The Faunce Family, History and Genealogy (1967) by James Freer Faunce provide a description of the Faunce family and family history, respectively.

The children of Ezekiel Samson and Sarah Faunce are: Israel, Ezekiel Jr., Barzillia (abt 1771 – 1854), Seth, Mary, Sarah, Thirey, and Hannah.

The DAR Patriot Index published by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (1967) lists two Ezekiel Sampsons as serving in the Revolutionary War. Considerable confusion often exists as to what rank and military unit for each Ezekiel Samson.

Fred B. Samson and Lucina Verish published the following summary in The Samson Kindred Spirit (2007. Vol 2. No. 2, 3)

"On the Ezekiel Samsons in the Revolutionary War

Two, and perhaps three, Ezekiel Samsons (to include Sampson) served in the American Revolutionary War. All three are associated with New York State, which has led to misinterpretation of their respective military service and genealogy. One, however, was born in the state of Massachusetts, the second in either New Jersey or New York, and little is known of the third Ezekiel Samson.

An improved understanding of the two or three Ezekiel Samsons in the late 18th and early 19th century associated with the Revolutionary War is important. This will provide adequate and accurate documentation for membership in organizations such as the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Society of Mayflower Descendents, as well as to be of assistance to Samson or Sampson families interested in their respective histories.

Ezekiel Samson – Born 1744, Massachusetts

The Laporte (1922) Graves of Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in New York lists a gravesite for an Ezekiel Samson in Cambridge, Washington County. The gravestone inscriptions for the first Ezekiel Samson in the Old White Presbyterian Church Graveyard, Cambridge, and his wife Sarah state:

 

Revolutionary Soldier

In Memory of
Ezekiel Samson
who departed this life
May the 5th 1811
in the 68th year
of his age

In Memory of
Sarah Samson
wife of
Ezekiel Samson
who departed this life
July the 24th 1807
in the 66th year
of her age

 

The life span for this Ezekiel Samson matches rather well the birth date of 11 August, 1744 (Volume 1, Page 243, Town of Middleborough, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts), with the parents, as stated on the Certificate of Birth, to be Obadiah Sampson and Mary Soule. Ezekiel Samson (Obadiah4, Samuel II3, Samuel2, Abraham1) and Sarah Faunce were married April 4, 1765, in Plympton, Massachusetts (Vital Records of the Town of Plympton to the Year 1850, page 382).

The first Ezekiel Samson’s service in the Revolutionary War is described in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War(1905, Volume 13: 739) where he served as a private in Captain Joseph Hooker's Company (1775) and with Captain Power's Company (1777) (Massachusetts) in the Revolutionary War. John Adams Vinton’s book, Genealogical Memoirs of the Samson Family in America (1864: 24), further notes that Ezekiel settled in Greenwich or vicinity; for he was a private in company of militia, commanded by Capt. Isaac Powers of Greenwich.

The connection of the first Ezekiel Samson of Greenwich, Massachusetts to Cambridge, New York, is documented in 1772 in a grantor-grantee exchange of property. Specifically, one of two deeds for the first Ezekiel Samson in the Hampden County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Registry of Deeds (Book 16: 679) states, Know all Men by these presents that I Mathew McMorter of White Creek so called in the County of Albany and Province of New York Husbandman for in the Consideration of the Sum of Sixty pounds lawful money to one in hand paid by Ezekiel Sampson Greenwich in the County of Hampden Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Two-thirds of the Village of Cambridge is within the boundaries of White Creek.

The History of Washington County, New York (1878) provides little information on Ezekiel Samson, other than on his son Ezekiel Jr. A copy of the Last Will and Testament of Ezekiel Sampson (Sr.) of Cambridge, recorded on March 3, 1812, lists his children—Israel, Ezekiel Jr., Barzillia, Seth, Mary, and three younger daughters. In Ezekiel Jr’s last testament, dated 12 June 1837, the names of his other sisters are noted as Sarah, wife of Daruis Fuller (Revolutionary War Patriot), Thirey, and Hannah. Ezekiel Samson Jr., his wife Elizabeth, as well as Sarah (Samson) and Darius Fuller are buried in the White Church Cemetery, Cambridge, New York.

The Society of Mayflower Descendents has approved the lineage for descendents of Ezekiel Samson through his mother, Mary Soule (John, George), who was the wife of Obadiah Sampson.

The Daughters of the American Revolution has previously accepted the lineage for a descendent of Ezekiel Samson, husband of Sarah Fance, who was, according to family records, born in Wales. There has been some confusion about whether this is the same Ezekiel Samson who was buried in Cambridge, New York, however the authors of this article have not found any additional documentation to support this claim.

A supplemental application is pending with the DAR for a descendent of Ezekiel Samson (born 1744 in Middleborough, MA).

Ezekiel Samson – Born Around 1740, New Jersey/New York

The first well-documented record for the second Ezekiel Samson is provided by Janet Wethy Foley in The Early Church Records for the Old School Baptist Church in Early Settlers of New York (1934, Volume II, page 762). These records show Ezekiel and Susanna Samson to be members of the Old Baptist Church in Warick, Orange County, New York in 1766. In addition, a transcription of the records of the Corporation of the Old School Baptist Church at Warick New York November 1790- November 1822 A record book of appointments to the Church trustee board and pew assignments from the Collection of the Historical Society of the Town of Warick by Sue Simonich (2003) lists Susanna Samson (1766), Rachel Samson (1771), and Ezekiel Samson (1766).

The second Ezekiel Samson line appears to have descended through Samuel Sampson (about 1700-1757)/Rachel (Tichenor) Samson (about 1700-1771) (New Jersey), Ezekiel Samson /Susannah Northrup, but further well-documented evidence is needed. It is known that Rachel, wife of Samuel Samson, left a Presbyterian Church in New Jersey in 1744 and moved on according to the Combined Register of the First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, New Jersey, 1742-1882. A Rachael Samson is listed in 1771 as a member of Old School Baptist Church, Warick, Orange County, New York in the transcription of church records by Sue Simonich (2003) and may either be the widowed mother or daughter of Susannah Samson.

The DAR Patriot Index lists the second Ezekiel Sampson to be born around 1740 and died sometime after 1800 and lists his wife as Luranna. The Orange County Genealogy Quarterly (February 1981, August 1981) describes the service of Henry Samson, son of Ezekiel and Luranna Samson, and who was born near Warwick, Orange County, New York. Ezekiel (father and Lieutenant) and son Henry (Private) served under the command of Captain Peter Mills, Colonel Baldwin’s Regiment of Artillery Artificers. A third son, Samuel, enlisted in the Army as a resident of Pennsylvania.

The second Ezekiel Samson of Orange County, New York, later served as a Lieutenant in Colonel Moyan’s 4th Regiment Dragoons according to New York in the Revolution (Volume 1: 67). The second Ezekiel Sampson was awarded land grants for service in the War in Dryden, Tompkins County, New York, according to The Revolutionary War Soldiers in Tompkins County to whom the Military Tract was assigned by E. D. Wilson (undated) and in Cato, Cayuga County (Military Bounty Lands in the State of New York 1825). In 1790, these two counties were part of Montgomery County. Records of the National Archives provide detail of the service by Lieutenant Ezekiel Sampson (or Samson) with Capt. Peter Mills’ Co. of Carpenters in the service of the United States of Americ and Baldwin’s Reg’t Artificers, Continental Troops (Revolutionary War).

The book by Helen S. Ullmann,Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor Connecticut (1998), provides a description of the Peter Mills of Orange County, New York, not to be confused with the Peter Mills of Connecticut. Of interest is that Peter Mills of Orange County, New York, was a member of the Old Baptist Church in Warick in 1790 as were Ezekiel and Susannah Samson. Peter Mills is listed in the 1790 and 1800 Federal Census, Orange County, New York.

After the War, the Federal Census lists the second Ezekiel and family to be in Middleton, Ulster County, in 1790 and in Walton, Delaware County, in 1800. Much is known about the children of the second Ezekiel Samson and Susanna (Luranna), i.e., History of Delaware County, New York, 1880, pages 206-207. The Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, Fonda, New York (letter dated July 10, 2006) found, and based on Delaware County histories, that Ezekiel Samson Jr., a Baptist preacher, along with his brother Henry, settled in the Town of Hancock. Ezekiel Jr. later served as a Pastor of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Chemung, New York, before moving to Jackson, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he is buried. Henry and Sarah (Whittaker) Samson are buried in the Starrucca Cemetery in Starrucca, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

Ezekiel Samson (Birth Date and Place Unknown)

The third Ezekiel Samson is mentioned in Simon Wolf's book, The Jew as Patriot and Citizen (1895: 52) as a Lieutenant of Baldwin’s Artillery, Artificer Regiment, May to December, 1775. We are not aware of the information that led Wolf to list Ezekiel Sampson, nor has other information subsequently been located directly related to the third Ezekiel Samson in the Revolutionary War.

Summary

In summary, it is possible that only two Ezekiel Sampsons served in the Revolutionary War—one from Middleborough, Massachusetts, and one from Orange County New York—given their religious distinctiveness and the growing and collective documentation of their respective families. Information on the second wife (Mary) of the first Ezekiel Samson of Cambridge, New York, who survived Ezekiel according to his Will, and both the birth and burial sites for the second Ezekiel Samson and wife Susannah (Luranna) of Orange County, New York, would add to the completing their life histories.

Whether a third Ezekiel Samson served in the Revolutionary War may be open to question, given the burial of the first Ezekiel Samson and wife Sarah in a Presbyterian Cemetery, the close association of the second Ezekiel Samson and children with the Baptist religion, and his documented evidence of service with Colonial Baldwin’s Regiment in the Revolutionary War. We are not familiar with evidence to suggest two Lieutenant Ezekiel Samsons served with Colonel Baldwin in the Revolutionary War. Only one Ezekiel Sampson, a Lieutenant of Baldwin’s Artillery Artificer Regiment, is listed in the Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783 by F. B. Heitman (1893) of the War Department. For assistance and information on the Ezekiel Samsons of the Revolutionary War, appreciation is extended to K. R. Samson and A. Nethercott, well-recognized Samson researchers; the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, Fonda; Orange County Historian, Goshen; Washington County Historian, Fort Edward, New York; and J. B. Coats, Historian, Nevada Chapter, Society of Mayflower Descendents."

Massachsetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War A Complilation from the Archives and prepared and published by the Secretary of the Commonweath writes Sampson, Ezekiel, Greenwhich. Private, Capt. Joseph Hooker's co. of Minute-men, Col. Ruggles Woodbridge regt., which marched April 20, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 11 days; also, Capt Isaac Power's co., Col. Elisha Porter's regt, enlisted July 10, 1777; discharged Aug. 12, 1777; service 1 mo. 9 days including travel (120 miles) from home; roll made up for a part of Capt. Power's co., which marched to join Northern Army under Gen. Schuyler on the alarm In the 1790 Federal Census, a Sarah Samson and four children, are listed in Marshfield, Massachusetts. It is possible that Sarah and four of the younger children (Mary, Sarah, Thirey, and Hannah) had left Greenwhich (prorperty, lot 87 south of the River--near Greenwich sold and is recorded 19 October 1779) were in Marshfield while Ezekiel and the older children (Israel, Ezekiel, Barzillia, and perhaps Seth) were exploring land in New York.

Israel and Ezekiel are recorded near Duanesburg, Albany, New York in 1790. In 1800, Ezekiel and Ezekiel Jr. Samson are located in Cambridge, Washington County, New York; while Israel and Barzilla Sampson are located in Salina, Onondaga County, New York, in 1810. Israel Sampson may have returned (1820) to Massachusetts before moving West to Lincoln, Tennessee. Seth moved first to Switzerland County, Indiana, and died in Madison County, Illinois August 20, 1856. Histories for several of his 16 children are documented. Israel's path beyond Tennessee is unclear but he may have returned to Illinois where daughter Olive appears to be living.

Sarah (Faunce) Samson died at age 66 and is buried in the Cambridge White Meeting-house (White Church) burying ground (The Asa Fitch Papers, Item No. 1547) next to Ezekiel.

Noted in the Last Will and Testament of Ezekiel Samson, recorded on 3 March 1812 in Washington County, New York, are a second wife Mary and his eight children, i.e., I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary…my Eldest son Israel…my second son Ezekiel. my two youngest sons Barzillia and Seth …my Eldest Daughter Mary the sum of Forty Dollars….and bequeath to my three youngest Daughters the sum of Twenty dollars Each.

Ezekiel died at age 86 in 1811 and is buried next to wife Sarah. No information is available to identify the maiden name nor final resting place of Ezekiel’s second wife Mary.

Barzillia Samson (1771-1854)

Barzillia Samson (1771-1854) was born in Massachusetts in about 1771. Barzillia and brothers Israel and Seth are listed in the 1810 Federal Census for the town of Salina, Onondaga County, New York.

In 1812, Barzillia Samson had signed an oath of allegiance to Thomas Talbot in Upper Canada (now Ontario). Thomas Talbot was an aide-de-camp to Governor John Graves Simcoe from 1791 to 1794 (see Wayne Paddon, 1976, The Story of the Talbot Settlement 1803-1840. A Frontier History of South Western Ontario ). Thomas Talbot received his land patent on 7 May, 1804. In 1814, received 200 acres on the Talbot Road in the Township of Yarmouth ( Upper Canada Land Petitions Volume 458: 263). The 1842 Census, Yarmouth Township, Middlesex County, lists Barzillia Samson as living on concession 8, lot 11, in Yarmouth.

Barzillia Samson married Persis Witt (1776 – 1838), daughter of John and Elizabeth Witt, and the children are Willard (1793 - 1876), Sarah, Bella, William, Harriet, Aesah, and Mary Ann

The obituary for Persis (Witt) Samson appeared in The Christian Guardian on 18 June, 1838. Barzillia Samson’s second wife, Lydia (Knox) Samson, obituary appeared in the 26 September, 1852 issue of The Christian Guardian. Barzillia Samson died August 24, 1854, and is buried in Mosa Township, Middlesex County, Ontario. The obituary for Barzillia Samson appeared in The Christian Guardian on 13 September, 1854.

Willard Samson (1793-1876)

According to History of Champaign County Illinois (1878: 139), Willard Samson was born 4 November, 1793, in Washington County, New York. The Ontario Canadian Norfolk Militia with which Willard Samson served was originally formed from the Long Point area, Upper Canada, in 1796 and played a major role in the War of 1812. What information that is available shows Willard Samson to be on the Muster Roll of the Norfolk Militia from February to March 1815 (letter, National Archives of Canada, 5 May, 1999).

Willard Samson (1793-1876) married Margaret Marr (? – 1829) in about 1816. Children of Willard and Margaret Samson are Hiram, William, Persis, George, and Nelson. Margaret (Marr) Samson died in 1828.

Willard Samson married Margaret Crandall (1813 – 1893), born near London, Canada West, on 20 September, 1840. According to Margaret Crandall’s obituary (Sidney By-Way, 10 February 1893), she was born 5 October, 1813, and married Willard Samson in the Moravian Mission, Middlesex County, Ontario in 1833.

Children of Willard and Margaret (Crandall) Samson are Matilda, Nancy Ellen, and James Watson. (1840 – 1904), Rachel B., David L., Emma, Mary Ann, John Barzillia, and Belinda.

James Watson Samson (1840-1904)

James Watson Samson was born 2 February, 1840 in Marshall County, Indiana. James Watson Samson enlisted in the Union Army on 3 August, 1861, served with Company B, 1st Regiment, Colorado Infantry, and was discharged 2 October, 1864, in Denver. James Watson Samson married Eliza E. Watson (1844 – 1921) on 6 December, 1867, in Champaign, Illinois (Wedding Certificate, Champaign County, Illinois). Eliza Elliot Watson was born 6 February, 1844; daughter of Jonathan Watson, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio. In 1892, James Watson and Eliza Samson moved from Champaign County, Illinois to Custer County, Nebraska.

James Watson and Eliza Samson are buried in the Oconto Cemetery, Custer County, Nebraska (Gary Glendy. At the end of the trail. Oconto Cemetery, Est 1883. Oconto, Woodriver Towwnship, Custer County, Nebraska, published privately).



Brief History of John Grant (birth date unknown -1836)

Fauquier County, Virginia
Culpeper Minute Men
Daniel Morgan's 11th Virginia Regiment

with brief information on the
William Grants and
Samuel Russell Grant

Four works describe the Grant families in the Northern Neck of Virginia in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Samson, Fred B. 2009. A Northern Neck Grant Family . Amazon Createspace, Seattle, Washington. 289 pages.

Hirsch, Dianne C. 1994. The Descendants of Elizabeth and William Grant . Published privately, Logan, Utah. 301 pages.

Russell, Thomas Triplett. 1978. The Grant Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia . Published privately, Miami, Florida. 3 charts, 22 pages.

Grant, Grace, and Hazel A. G. Samson. 1974. © William Grant Genealogy . Published privately, Omaha, Nebraska, and West Lafayette, Indiana. 184 pages.

William Grants

Considerable effort has been directed toward linking John Grant (-1836), Fauquier County and Culpeper Minute Men to the early William Grants, Richmond and King George Counties, Virginia.

Grant and Samson (1974) suggest a single line—William Grant (-1733/34) married first Elizabeth Mott and second Margaret Glendenning. By 1709, Elizabeth Mott Fossaker was a widow as indicated in an Essex County Deed and Will Book on the 3rd of March, 1710. That date appears too late to consider her as the mother of John Grant (-1762). William Grant (-1733) married Margaret Glendenning.

Russell (1974: Chart 1) suggests William Grant married (1) Elizabeth _________ and (2) Margaret Glendenning, daughter of John and Ann (Mott) Glendenning. The first marriage is possible, but the second marriage is unlikely given the history of Margaret Glendenning (Samson 2009: Chapter I).

Hirschi (1994) suggests William Grant (-1733/34) (1) married (a) Elizabeth_____, (b) Elizabeth Kill, and (c) Alce; (2) had five children plus two illegitimate children and was responsibility for an unknown number of Elizabeth Kill’s children; (3) had two mistresses—Catherine Taylor and Margaret Paine; and (4) was a regular Court defendant. This unmistakably represents the behavior of the criminal/prisoner that represented upwards of ninety percent of those transported to the Colony in the late 1600s and early 1700s (Fisher and Kelly 2000).

Grant and Samson (1974) correctly interpreted the William Grant (-<1733)and Margaret Glendenning line, including son James Grant (-1805) of Caswell County, North Carolina, and daughter Jane Grant Glendenning.

John Grants

For the most part, the work by Grant-Samson (1974), Russell (1978) and Hirschi (1994) agree about John Grant (-1762). His Will, gift to his children, and second marriage and other substantive evidence are available in Court records. Differences exist among Grant-Samson (1974), Russell (1978) and Hirschi (1994) in the life history of two sons, John (-1790) and Daniel (<1763- ) Grant.

Grant and Samson (1974) provide an overview for John Grant (-1790) based on (1) available records, (2) a Wright family bible, and (3) property. They conclude he died in either Spotsylvania or King George County. They suggest John Grant (-1790) married a “Russell.” “Russell” appears as a name in three subsequent generations (Grant and Samson 1974, Samson 2009).

Russell (1978: 5) suggests John Grant (-1790) and sons John and Daniel left their King George County property when their soil was worn and moved to the Manor of Leeds-about a mile north of Hume. As with Grant and Samson (1974), no substantive evidence is provided by Russell to support the marriage of John Grant. Nor does Russell (1978) or other Grant researchers account for all of his Virginia property (Samson 2009).

Hirschi (1994) suggest John (-1790) and Daniel Grant (<1963-) emigrated to Kentucky. Hirschi (1994) further suggests a first stop in Berkeley County now within West Virginia. Here Hirschi (1994) offers that Daniel Grant married for a second time only to die. This is incorrect. Daniel Grant, brother to John Grant (-1762) of King George County, is present in Prince William County in the late 1780s and 1790s (Alcock 1994: 143). By then, he was about seventy years old and unlikely to emigrate. No substantive evidence supports the thought that John Grant (-1790) emigrated to Kentucky as proposed by Hirschi (1994) (see the Draper papers, Wisconsin State Library, and other sources on the Kentucky Grants).

Lack of Wills, indentures, vestry records, or other substantive evidence limits an ability to describe or separate the antecedents and early history of four John Grants—(-1790), ( 1756-), (-1815), and (-1836)—in Fauquier County.

John Grant (-1836)

What is clear is the association of John Grant (-1836), Revolutionary War soldier and Culpeper Minute Men, with Leeds Manor in northwest Fauquier County centered in or around Hume, Thumb Run, and Hitch.

Thomas Triplett Russell and John K. Gott in Fauquier County in the Revolution (1977: 180) wrote Daniel Morgan “From William Blackwell’s company, he selected sergeant John Morgan, corporal William Sudduth and privates McKinney Robinson, John Straughn, William Dennis and Charles Morgan. He also took the Grant brother’s, Daniel and John, who had been with Captain William Pickett at Great Bridge where they earned a reputation for some rather fancy shooting.”

Serving under Captain William Pickett was Lieutenant John Marshall (Washington 1926: 133, Newmyer 2007: 3) son of Thomas Marshall, Major, Culpeper Minute Battalion and a vesteryman of Leeds Manor Parish Church. The Marshall family first settled at Germantown but “the family moved from Germantown to Leeds Manor in the early 1760s” (Newmyer 2007: 6).

On 19 August, 1775, the Virginia Convention had grouped counties into districts and mandated the districts to raise minute battalions (Scriber and Tarter 1977: 466). In October, 1775, a citizen of Fredericksburg noted “the Officers of The Minutemen are much behind and by all accots will not be able to get the full compliment of men” adding that only “one district” of fifteen was “completed” (McDonnell 1998: 964). Officers such as Lieutenant John Marshall were expected to recruit and he did—from Leeds Manor.

Four Grant Lease for Lives exist on the Manor of Leeds, not one as reported by Grant and Samson (1974), Russell (1978), and Hirschi (1994). Two Leases for Lives are clearly understood—the Samuel Russell Grant (son of John Grant -1836) near Thumb Run (Samson 2009: Map IV.I) and John Grant (-1836) on a Lease originally granted to Manual Lacey on the 19th day of September 1788 (Grant and Samson 1974).

Understanding the history of John (<1742-) and Lydia Barbee (<1742-) Grant is limited (Samson 2009). Whether John Grant (-1836), Revolutionary War soldier, is their son is unknown. Whether this John Grant (<1742-) signed the 1771 Lease for Lives for John, John and Daniel Grant (a third Grant Lease) on Leeds Manor is unknown. Nor, as suggested by Russell (1978: 5), is substantive evidence available to support John Grant (-1790) with sons John and Daniel as having signed the 1771 Lease for Lives on Leeds Manor.

About one and one quarter miles east of Hume is the Francis Payne Lease for Lives taken by Presley Payne for “the lives of James Grant John Grant and Daniel Grant” (the fourth Grant Lease)(Samson 2009: 144-145) and near Thumb Run (and across from the Lease later held by Samuel Russell Grant). James Grant signed the famous “The Ten Thousand Name Petition” in 1775 (Hall 1999: 58) and is found with names known to be associated with Thumb Run Baptist Church. A yet to be fully connected history supported by substantive Court evidence may link this James Grant to the James Grant who purchased land near Muddy Creek, Richmond County, on 30 January, 1711. On the other hand, it is possible but substantive evidence is lacking that John Grant (-1815) is associated with the 1771 or the Payne Lease for Lives (Samson 2009). Two Paynes, Jesse and Aguston, conducted the inventory and appraisement of the property of John Grant on the 15th of March, 1815.

As an additional note, on 31 March to 20 April 1779, Captain William Pickett was a grantee to 420 acreas on Carters Run-Hedgeman River adjoining his own entry. The Manor of Leeds contained about 120,000 acres between Hedgeman River on the upper side of Carters Run, on the branches of Goose Creek, on the lower side of the Shenandoah River below Happy Creek, including the Blue Ridge between Chester Gap and Ashby's Gap.

The Grant-Samson history (1974:21) states He (John Grant) married______ Lacey. There is no positive proof of this but according to the deed mentioned above Manuel Lacey deeded land to John Grant upon which John Grant was living. Also, when Mary Grant married Manuel Lacey, John Grant was on the bond. The two families were closely related for three generations, for Samuel Russell Grant (John's son) gave Power of Attorney to Archilaus B. Lacey of Perry County Ohio, to collect money due him coming from the estate of his wife, Maria Hitch Grant, in Fauquier County. This Archilaus B. Lacey went west with Samuel Grant.

After serving under Leutenent John Marshall, Captain William Pickett’s Company, Culpeper Minute Men, Colonel Daniel Morgan selected “the Grant brother’s, Daniel and John, who had been with Captain William Pickett at Great Bridge where they earned a reputation for some rather fancy shooting” (Russell and Gott 1977: 180) for subsequent service “with Col Morgan” ( Company Muster Roll of December 1777 ).

In 1834, John Grant (-1836) sold his Bounty Land Warrant (shown in Samson 2009: 129) to a former soldier—Dawson Burgess (Chief Indian Lands Letter, Washington DC in Grant and Samson 1974, Samson 2009). He died two years later. In 1834, son James H. Grant (-1839) is listed as "James H. Grant, trustee of John Grant Sr" (Samson 2009). His family is nearly identical to that described by Grant and Samson (1974: 21): “John, Samuel, Harvey, William, and it is thought Joseph and Isaac” and possibly Anna and Jemima. In 1793, John Grant was on the bond for the marriage of Mary Grant to Manuel Lacey. This suggests Mary may have been his daughter—perhaps his first child—or a sister. Substantive evidence—property and estate records, marriage bonds and minister returns, and tithables—confirm a family of John Jr., Samuel Russell, Harvey, William, James H., Anna and Jemima (Samson 2009 Chapter IV).

Samuel Russell Grant (1786 – 1861)

In Fauquier County Marriages, Book 3, page 162, it is recorded Whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Samuel Grant and Mariah Hitch, Ward of the above bound William Keyes. The marriage took place about two miles from Arnold's Crossroads, also known as Hitch Crossroads, the intersection of Hume Road and Fiery Run Road--see Commonwealth of Virginia Case Number DUE 2007 00033 for crossroad description, Fauquier County, Virginia, and took place on May 1811 as marked on the tombstone (Grant and Samson 1974: 20).

In 1813 ( Fauquier County Deed Book 19-129, 25 December), it is recorded Know all men by these presents that I, Samuel Grant of Fauquier Co, VA, am held and firmly bound with William Keyes of said county and state in the just and full sum of $2,000.00 to be paid unto the said Wm. Keyes, his heirs, etc.,……………… now resides being in the Manor of Leads and part of a lease of Fairfax for three lives ……………during the lives contained in the lease of Fairfax for the said land from the claim of him the said Samuel Grant, his heirs, etc, and from the claim of all persons whatsoever then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue of the law. (Signed) Samuel Grant.

In the War of 1812, Samuel Russell Grant enlisting at Arnold's Crossroads, Fauquier Co, VA, August 1, 1814 and continued in the service until September 25, 1814, as a private in Captain James Payne's Company of Virginia Militia (Grant and Samson 1974). In 1852, Samuel Grant received a warrant for 40 acres of bounty land under the Act of September 28th, 1850 and, in 1855, received a warrant for 120 acres under the Act of March 3, 1855. In Howe's History of Ohio, Volume 2: 215, Samuel Grant is recorded to have entered 80 acres of Congressional land on July 15, 1825, in Meigs County, Ohio, He returned to Fauquier County Virginia and on June 13, 1826, sold his land to Alexander Hitch, his wife's brother (Fauquier County Deed Book 29-21) between Samuel Grant of the County of Fauquier and State of Virginia, of the one part, and Alexander Hitch of the County and State aforesaid of the other part.

Children of Samuel Russell Grant and Mariah Hitch are John Addison, Loyd, Franklin, Nathum Alexander, Harriet, Samuel Russell, Nancy, Maria Louisa, Susan Ann, and William(Grant-Samson 1974, Samson 2009).

On 3 February, 1861, Samuel Russell Grant made his will, in which he gave to his wife, Marie Hitch Grant, the farm on which they lived, and recorded on 28 October, 1861. All of his property he gave to John Addison Grant. Samuel Russell Grant died 28 September, 1861, and Maria Hitch Grant died 30 May, 1875. Both are buried in the Wippstown Cemetery, Perry County, Ohio.

Literature Cited

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Appreciation is extended to Reference and Interlibrary Loan, Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library, University of Montana, Missoula; Reference and Interlibrary Loan, Missoula Public Library, Missoula, Montana; The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; Fauquier County Clerk, Warrenton, Virginia; Rappahannock Heritage Center, The Heritage Center, Maury Commons, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Bourbon County Genealogical Society, Paris, Kentucky; Circuit Court of Richmond County, Warsaw, Virginia; Chief Deputy Clerk, Circuit Court of Richmond County, Warsaw, Virginia; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Prince William County, Manassas, Virginia; Clerk of the Circuit Court, King George County, King George, Virginia; Essex County Circuit Court, Tappahannock, Virginia; Robert N. Grant, Menlo Park, California; Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia; Reference Department, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Virginia; National Archives Microform Collections, Washington, DC; Fauquier County Historical Society, Warrenton, Virginia; Culpeper Historical Society, Culpeper, Virginia; Stafford County Historical Society, Stafford, Virginia; Lexington Public Library, Lexington, Kentucky; Ohio County Clerk, Hartford, Kentucky; Campbell County Historical & Genealogical Society, Alexandria, Kentucky; Museum Center, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky; Pendleton County Historical Society, DeMossville, Kentucky; San Diego Public Library, San Diego, California; Athens County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Athens, Ohio; Perry County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Society, New Lexington, Ohio; Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, Virginia; and the Historian, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution in preparing Samson (2009), to update Grant and Samson (1974), and for information presented above.

 

Brief History of James Burton (1734-1814)

Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Pulaski County, Kentucky
Captain Minor's Company

with brief information on
Thomas Burton
William T. Burton, and
Amos Chaney Burton

The early on three Burtons (1634- 1754) of Virginia are described in the Chronicles of Colonial Virginia , 1933, privately published by Francis Harrison Burton, i.e., 1) Thomas Burton (pages 23-32), born about 1634 in England or Henrico County VA, married Susannah Hatcher, and died in 1686 in Henrico County VA; 2) John Burton (Chart 1, page 32/33 and accompanying information) known as John of Cobb, born in 1666 in Henrico County, married Elizabeth Hatcher, and died in Chesterfield County, Virginia with his Will probate on February 23, 1754 as a "Borton;" and 3) James Burton Sr. (Chart 1, page 32/33, and accompanying information) born about 1700, married Judith Payne, and died about 1783 in Charlotte County, Virginia.

James Burton, SS (Sr)’s (1700-1783) Will signed on 2 June 1783 states I give my son James Burton one of (difficult to read) but assigns the care of his wife to his son Thomas. The Family of Bartholomew Stovall, Vol. I, by Neil D. Thompson (1993) is reported by several Burton researchers to indicate that James P. Burton Jr. was 1) the son of James P. Burton, Sr. (described above); 2) born about 1734 in Goochland County; 3) married to Sara Stovall in 1758 or 1760, the daughter of Thomas Stovall and Elizabeth Frances Owen and born in 1735, Goochland County; 4) to have bought 500 acres on 21 October, 1772 on Little Fork of Upper Sandy Creek, Pittsylvania County; 5) children include William, John, Phoebe, Benjamin, Thomas, Anna Stovall, James P., George Stovall, and Robert; and 6) to have died in Pulaski County, Kentucky. The Will of James Burton Sr. leaves the majority of his estate to Robert (the youngest son) and that my wife Sarah Burton be not misplaced on the place she now lives in .

James P. Burton Jr.'s service in the Revolutionary War is described in Samson, F. B. 2009. Revolutionary War Soldier James Burton, The Pittsylvania Packet 72: 9-18 as follows.

"Revolutionary War Soldier James Burton of Pittsylvania County

by Fred Burton Samson

Appropriate recognition is seldom given to soldiers who launch their service late in a war. More likely, recognition, and awareness is granted to those who first respond to a call of freedom or defense of country. The “minutemen” of Concord Massachusetts or Culpeper Virginia are both an example of and innermost to the military history of the United States and understanding the inception of the Revolutionary War.

Lists of those who served in a war should include all participants, for each, in his or her way made a contribution. At least three James Burtons from the Colony or State of Virginia served in the Revolutionary War. These Burtons were a small part of the Revolutionary War but went about their service determined to secure their independence.

To describe the Revolutionary War soldier James Burton of Pittsylvania County, some understanding of three Virginia James Burtons who served in the War is required.

James Burton, County Unknown

In November 1778, Private James Burton is listed on the pay roll of Captain Philip Taliaferro’s Company of Foot, 2nd Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Gregory Smith.1 The muster roll of Captain Minor’s Company, 2nd Virginia Regiment lists Private James Burton to be in White Plains, New York, in 1778, and the term of enlistment is listed to be until the 1st of March, 1780.

On the 14th of September 14, 1778 in White Plains, New York, the 2nd Virginia Regiment was consolidated with the “depleted” 6th Virginia Regiment to form the 2nd Virginia Regiment. Private James Burton is listed on the Company Muster Roll in December, 1778, at Camp Middlebrook. Camp Middlebrook is near the village of Middlebrook, New Jersey, and was the choice of General George Washington as the preferred place to over winter troops.

In May 1779, Private James Burton is on the muster roll of Captain Thomas Minor’s Company at Camp Smith’s Cloor (location unknown) and in August 1779 at Camp Ramapau, New Jersey. Kentucky Land Warrant 650.2 is most likely that of Private James Burton of the 2nd Virginia Regiment given that 100 acres is the amount awarded a private.2 Only one Private James Burton of Virginia is listed as a recipient of a land Revolutionary War land warrant, and his length of service from 1778 to 1789 approximates the three year requirement for a land warrant. (/p>

The Taliaferro family history of Gloucester County is known including that of Captain Philip of the 2nd Virginia Regiment.3 Thomas Minor served as a Lieutenant, Adjutant, Captain, Aide de Camp to General Edward Stevens, was a member of a well known family in Spotsylvania County,4 and is reported to have served as a recruiter in Spotsylvania County. The 2nd Virginia Regiment drew from several counties including Spotsylvania but primarily from Fairfax, Hanover, Westmoreland, Amelia, Southampton, and Frederick; but the County of origin for Private John Burton of the 2nd Virginia Regiment is uncertain.

James Burton, Orange County

In a letter of the 26th of October, 1814, James Burton of Orange County requests a pension for service in the Revolutionary War. His letter and supporting letters5 indicate James Burton of Orange County 1) entered the Continental Army and the 2nd Virginia Regiment in April of 1776; 2) was “from the ranks” appointed an Ensign on the 6th of November, 1776; 3) received a commission to Lieutenant in the 2nd Virginia Continent Regiment on the 13th of March 1778 and to enter the recruiting service for three years; and 4) was appointed Captain on the 8th of October, 1779, under a resolution of Congress on the 9th of January, 1779, with the purpose of guarding the convention troops at Albemarle Barracks.

On the 13th of January, 1813, Lieutenant James Burton was awarded an Ohio Revolutionary Land Warrant (no. 6053) for 2,666&2/3 acres.6 Captain James Burton and devises were awarded an Ohio Revolutionary Land Warrant (no. 7650) for 2055&1/2 acres.

Captain James Burton of Orange County died on the 21st of August, 1829. The Will of James Burton recorded in Orange County on the 26th of November, 1828, divides his Ohio land among his four sons; Besaleel, William, James, and John; and gives 1,166 &1/2 acres of land divided among his wife Elizabeth and daughters Frankey, Nancy, Ursala, and Ann.5

A James Burton is listed as a soldier in the 1st Virginia Regiment in the “late war” between Great Brittain and France.7 The “late war” referred to must be the French and Indian War of 1754-1763. Organized in 1680 as the Henrico County Militia, the 1st Virginia Regiment with George Washington as Colonel was established in 1751. The 1st Virginia Regiment was to serve with failure and distinction in the French and Indian war until the conclusion with the fall of Fort Duquesne and the cessation of Native American raiding along the frontier.

In 1758, during the French and Indian War, Colonel George Washington was in command of the Virginia troops to include a regiment under the command of Colonel William Byrd of Orange County.8 Service by James Burton of Orange County under Colonel William Byrd of Orange County and in the 1st Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and experience, therefore, gained may account for the swift rise in rank from private to Captain in the subsequent Revolutionary War.

James Burton Jr., Pittsylvania County

The family history of James Burton Jr. of Pittsylvania County is well known.9,10 Among the first records for Thomas Burton of Henrico County and grandfather of James Burton Jr. is the marriage to Susannah Hatcher in 1662 or 1663. On the 10th of July, 1680, Thomas Burton acquired by assignment a patent to a plantation called “Cobbs” along the Appomattox River. Children of Thomas and Susannah Burton included four sons (Thomas, John, Isaac, and Abraham) and daughter Ann.

John Burton or “John of Cobb” and son of Thomas Burton was born in 1666 in Henrico County. John Burton married Elizabeth Fowler of Henrico County with whom were born five daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Phebe, Susannah, Ann, and unknown) and at least six sons (Robert, William, John, Isaac, James, and Thomas). Anne Burton, sister to “John of Cobb,” married Bartholomew Stovall, later to become grand parents of James Burton Jr. and Sarah Stovall. John Burton’s Will is dated the 23rd of February, 1753, and proved in Chesterfield County.

In 1736, James Burton (Sr.), son of John of Cobb, was living on land next to his father’s estate Pocoshock Run in Dale Parish, Chesterfield County. Between 1736 and 1750, James Burton Sr. with wife Judith moved to new lands in the Roanoke Valley. In 1764, the list of tithables in Cornwall Parish of Lunenburg County included “James Burton Jr., 1,200 acres, James Burton Senr. And Thomas Burton, 400 acres.” James Burton Sr.’s Will signed on the 2nd of June, 1783 states “I give my son James Burton one of pair of stilliards,” a scale, but assigns care of his wife to son Thomas.

Sarah Stovall was born in about 1735 in Goochland County and married James Burton Jr in or about 1758. On the 21st of October, 1772, James Burton Jr. bought 500 acres on the Little Fork of Upper Sandy Creek in Pittsylvania County. James P. Burton Jr. of Pittsylvania County is on 1772 thithable list, signed the Oath of Allegiance in 1777, and is on the 1780 tax list.

The List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia11 lists a “Burton, James (Pittsylvania m.), Aud Acct. XVIII, 164.” The Auditor’s Account Book 18, Oct 30th to May 22nd 178412 on page 164 notes “Warr to James Burton for 2y under Captain Wm Dix from Pittsylvania in 1781.” The pension application (R2970) of William Dix1 is as follows.

On this 24th day of September 1853…….That Capt. William Dix Volunteered himself, and by his activity and influence, and confidence the people had in his skill and patriotism and bravery, he collected a company of 80 men, and that he and the men he raised met at Whitlockes Store, the place appointed for rendezvous of the troops, of the County……about the 1st of November 1780 and immediately marched and in the spring following joined General Green probably some weeks before the battle of Guilford which was fought 16th March 1781…..he pursued Lord Cornwallis till halted finding that Cornwallis had got the start of him so far…….Some time after that period Capt. Dix was permitted to return home which he did…..

James (Jr.) and Sarah (Stovall) Burton together had nine children—all at some point enumerated in Pulaski County, Kentucky13. Marriages of five children of James Jr. and Sarah (Stovall) Burton are recorded in Pittsylvania County. Beginning in 1799, James Jr. and Sarah Burton sold four land parcels in Pittsylvania County with the last deed in 1801 and acknowledged by witnesses suggesting the seller had left the County.

In 1814, the deaths of three Burtons of two generations —James Jr. (nuncupative Will on the 8th of September), Thomas son of James Jr. (nuncupative Will on the 17th of September), and William brother to James Jr. (nuncupative Will on the 26th of September)—are recorded in Pulaski County, Kentucky. One possible cause of the deaths is cholera as happened in Pulaski County in 1833 and 1849 and the devastating occurrence of 1873. A second and more likely cause of the deaths of three Burtons involving two generations within three weeks is spotted fever.14

Summary

No history is perfect. The location of County origin for Private John Burton of Captain Philip Taliaferro’s Company of Foot or Captain Minor’s Company, 2nd Virginia Regiment is uncertain. Records of Captain James Burton of Orange County in the collection of the University of Virginia differ in part from those in the summary for him in Virginia Pension Applications Volume Thirteen.5Evidence linking the James Burton of the 1st Virginia Regiment to the private “from the ranks” appointed an Ensign in the 2nd Virginia Regiment is more circumstantial than substantive. Most lists of Revolutionary soldiers to include the DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition,15 Military Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1767-178316 and others fail to list the service of James Burton of Pittsylvania County. The record is, however, unambiguous that James Burton Jr. lived in Pittsylvania County prior to and following the late portion of the Revolutionary War and that a James Burton of Pittsylvania County served in the Revolutionary War. In every respect, the three James Burtons described above are an example of service determined to secure the independence of the United States.

References

1 National Archives and Records Administration. Undated. Microfilm roll M804. Washington, D.C.

2 Bockstruck, L. D. 1996. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments. Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland.

3 The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Being the Story of the United States as Illustrated in the Lives of the Founders, Builders, and Defenders of the Republic, and of the Men and Women who are Doing the Work and Molding of the Present Time. 1893- . J. T. White Company, New York, New York.

4 Some Minors in Virginia. 1909. The William and Mary Quarterly 9: 55-60.

5 Dorman, J. F. Virginia Revolutionary War Pension Applications Volume 13 . Abstracted Washington, D.C.

6 Brumbaugh, G. M. 1967. Revolutionary War Records. Volume 1, Virginia . Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

7 Crozier, W. A. 1986. Virginia County Records. Volume II. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776 . Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland.

8 Scott, W. W. 1907. A Story of Orange County Virginia from its Formation in 1734 to the end of Reconstruction in 1870; Compiled Mainly from Original Records . Everrett Waddey Company, Richmond, Virginia.

9 Thompson, N. D. 1993. The Family of Bartholomew Stovall (Eight Generations of Stovalls in England and America). Volume 1. Stovall Family Foundation, Fort Worth Texas.

10 Harrison, F. B. 1933. Burton Chronicles of Colonial Virginia . McDowell Publications, Hartford, Kentucky.

11 Eckenrode, H. J. 1912. The List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia; a Special Report of the Department of Archives and History for 1911 . Virginia State Library, Archives Division, Richmond, Virginia.

12 Library of Virginia. 2008. Facsimile, Auditor’s Account Book 18, Oct 30th to May 22nd 1784 . Richmond, Virginia.

13 Samson, H. G. 1974. Burton-Headrick Genealogy . Published privately, West Lafayette, Indiana.

14 Rank, G. W. 1872. History of Lexington, Kentucky its early Annuals and Recent Progress . Robert Clarke & Company, Cincinnati, Ohio.

15 DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition . 1994. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C.

16 White, E. T. 1983. Military Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1767-1783: Taken From Judgment Books 1-2-and 4 and Deed Book 4 . VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society, Danville, Virginia."

Appreciation is extended to Sarah Mitchell for assistance on the above manuscript."

Thomas Burton (abt 1782-1814)

On 15 December, 1804, Thomas and Jerusha Burton sold to John Taylor 71 acres in Pittsylvania County that he may have purchased from his father, James Burton Jr. The marriage of Thomas to Jerusha McDaniel/McDonald is evident in the Will of Jerusha’s father James, dated 15 October, 1810 (Will Book 11: 151) where Jerusha and Thomas one dollar cash with all I have heretofore given to her and her heirs forever.

An unpublished Burton family history (Samson, Hazel A. G. 1974. © Burton-Headrick Genealogy. Published privately, West Lafayette, Indiana) provides documentation of James P. Burton and descendants in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Pulaski County was formed in 1798 of land from Lincoln and Green Counties. On 2 May 1807, James Burton and Benjamin Burton were listed as chain carriers in the survey of land in the waters of Fishing Creek, beginning on the line of James Burton Senior’s land, with Thomas Burton directing the survey.

Thomas Burton served as a private in Captain Mason Singleton’s Company, 1st Regiment of Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia to include a period sick in Detroit. Captain Mason Singleton’s Regiment participated in the Battle at Thames, perhaps the most decisive battle of the War of 1812, near present-day Chathum, Ontario, Upper Canada. Of interest, Willard Samson of Upper Canada, described above, served with the Norfolk Militia, which according to the Archives Nationales du Canada (letter dated 5 May, 1999), played a major role in the War of 1812, e.g., fall of Fort Detroit to other actions throughout the war.

A nuncupative Will is made by word of mouth only, before witnesses, as a relative, and depending on oral testimony for proof. Thomas Burton nuncupative Will includes three key components: 1) that Thomas Burton called on James Burton Senr and James P. Burton on the same day, 2) bequeath unto my wife Jerusha Burton all the tract of land where I live, and 3) fifty (50) acres at the Little Spring as give and bequeath to my son William. James P. Burton and brother John were witnesses. The last record of Jerusha Burton is in a Indenture dated 14 August, 1833, where William T. Burton, guardian of the persons and property of James P. Burton and Susannah Burton, being heirs of Thomas Burton, deceased, and his widow, Jerusha Burton.

William T. Burton (1803 – 1834)

William T. Burton was born 1803 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, and died 1834 in Indiana (Samson, Hazel A. G. 1974. © Burton-Headrick Genealogy. Published privately, West Lafayette, Indiana). William T. Burton was married Susannah Chaney on 25 August, 1825, the daughter of John Chaney. Consent was authorized by Mr. William Fox (County Clerk) for William T. Burton to marry my daughter Susannah. Given under my hand and seal this 22nd. day of August. Signed John Chaney. Witness: William Floyd and Hezekial Chaney. Also, on 14 August, 1833, William T. Burton, as guardian of the persons and property of James R. Burton and Susannah Burton, being heirs of Thomas Burton, deceased, and his widow Jerusha, sold in their behalf land left by their father and husband. William T. Burton died in 1834. Susannah Burton latter married Benjamin Robbins. On 6 June, 1840, Susannah Robbins purchased land for herself and her children, John Thomas Burton, Susannah Burton, Amos Chaney Burton, Rebecca Burton and Sally Ann Burton with the indenture recorded on 23 June, 1840, in Jennings County, Indiana.

Amos Chaney Burton (1830 – 1901)

Amos Chaney Burton was born April 16, 1830, in Pulaski County, Kentucky and was the third of five children (Samson, Hazel Alice Grant. 1974. © Burton-Headrick Genealogy. Published privately, West Lafayette, Indiana, 133 pages). Amos Chaney Burton’s father died in 1834, and his mother married Benjamin Robbins and was living in the town of Paris, Jennings County, Indiana, in 1840. In Indiana, Amos Chaney Burton had known the Headrick family and again met the Headrick family in Davis, County Iowa. On August 26, 1858, he married Daniel Headrick's daughter, Lavina, in Iowa, and moved to a Homestead 14 miles east of Lincoln, Nebraska. Lavina (Headrick) Burton died in 1874. Amos Chaney Grant did not marry again and died 2 February, 1901, and is buried beside his wife in the Waverly, Nebraska.