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The Family of Jeremiah Burton

Submitted by Gerre E. Byrd

Jeremiah BURTON, b: abt 1816 in SC, resided most of his life in Rabun County along the Tallulah River, dying about 1905. Jeremiah owned the post office and a general store in the town of Burton. He was a "farmer" and a Baptist Preacher. And for whatever reason, Jeremiah was buried with his hat on.

Jeremiah was also known as "James", "J. J.", "Jerry", "Jarat", and "James Jeremiah".

He first married Millie MOORE in 1836, Rabun County. She is said to have had "black hair and black eyes" and was the daughter of Tavener MOORE and Katherine "Katie" DAVIS. Together Jeremiah and Millie had six children: Leander Thomas, Nancy M., Narcissa A., Arie A., Jacob Silas, and Joab.

Leander (1838 - 1914) m: #1 Jemima TEEM, #2 Lucinda KIRBY

Nancy M. (no further info)

Narcissa A. m: Martin V. TILLY in 1858, Rabun Co., GA

Arie A. m: Wm. Lafayette ARRENDALE in 1865, Rabun Co., GA

JACOB SILAS m: Nancy Minerva CARNES in 1860 per Bible Records. I've never found an marriage record for them in Rabun Co. although both of my great grandparents grew up there. Nancy was the daughter of Andrew Jackson CARNES (at least 1/16th Cherokee) and Hannah RUSSELL. The Russell family passed through Rabun County from SC on their way to Gilmer/Pickens Cos., GA.

Joab was born about 1845 and appears to have died after the 1850 census. He is missing from the 1860 census and would be fifteen if still alive.

Jeremiah married Edy RAMEY in 1845 in Rabun Co., GA and together, they had five children: John Marion who married Sarah WHITMIRE, Amanda (no further record), Samuel M. m: Elizabeth WORLEY,William E. m: Martha IVESTER, and Martha J. (See further info below for Samuel and Martha.)

1880 - January 15th - The courts adjudged Martha J. Burton a "lunatic" and be committed to the "lunatic assylum" of this State. She was found to be a "pauper" and therefore could not pay any of the expenses incurred with this judgement. The jury trial was held on the 14th; those signing: Lewis N. Jones, foreman; Geo. W. Love, MD & JP; Jonathon C. Williams; W. B. Love - X; Calvin Smith - X; Wm. Fincannon; Thomas J. Cook; Marcus L. Kim?; Thomas Wood; Virgil Love; John T. Smith; Geo. W. Fincannon.

Martha died in the asylum. Records are in the GA State Archives under Milledgeville Records. To be read in the near future in order to determine the diagnosis.

See pp. 50-52 in Ordinary Court Minutes, Records on Estates, for Rabun Co., GA

Samuel was declared by the courts "a lunatic and a pauper" in 1893. "It was found that he should not 'remain at large' but be confined in the Rabun Co. jail until he could be removed to Milledgeville 'until discharged by law'." Source: Rabun Co., GA Ordinary Court Minutes & Estate Records, pp. 258-260.

Samuel Burton, an Epileptic from Rabun Co., GA. Age 45 years. Married. Occupation - laborer. Duration of epilepsy - 12 years. Cause unknown except strong family tendency to insanity. Had a sister die here. Neither suicidal nor homicidal. Eats and sleeps well. Is quite insane about the time of his convulsions immediately afterward. He is very constipated at this time, his bowels haven't acted in 3 or 4 days. Received 10 Feb. 1893; died 5 June 1905. Epileptic shock. Address: Mr. Jerry Burton, Burton, GA. Telegraph office - Tallulah Falls, GA. Source: GA Department of Public Health, Central State Hospital, Medical Case Histories. Book 11, p. 190.

Jeremiah married for the third time in 1880 Sarah F. JUSTICE. It is not known by this researcher at this time if JUSTICE was a married name or maiden name. Sarah BURTON is found in Towns Co., GA in 1910 and states she's been widowed for five years.

Many of the BURTON descendants think Jeremiah is buried under the lake. Graves have been sited there, but to my knowledge, no cemetery record has ever been found.

Research Guide to Rabun Co., GA

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