James Burt + Rebecca Burt

Family of James Burt and 1) Rebecca Burt
[ 2) Mary -?- ]

James Burt, son of Joseph Burt and Elizabeth [-?-], was probably born about 1782 [1]. He married Rebecca Burt 6 Aug 1803 in Warren Co., Georgia. Rebecca Burt was the daughter of William Burt Sr. of Halifax Co., NC.

The following deeds involving James Burt were recorded in Warren County, Georgia [12]:

Book B, p. 5 20 Apr 1801
Robert Mathews to Solomon Mathews.
Wit: James Burt, Robert Parker, James Mathews
Book B, p.619 19 Feb 1805
John Mathews to James Burt, land adjoining Zacheus Burt and Nicholas Williams.
Wit: Zacheus Burt, William Banks
22 Dec 1806
Benjamin Wright to Archilaus Flewelllin, land adjoining John Lock, Elisha Hurt, Nicholas Williams and David Mims.
Wit: Zacheus Burt, James Burt
Book C, p. 492 12 Oct 1807
James Burt to Nicholas Williams, land adjoining Zacheus Burton [sic]

James Burt moved to Putnam County, Georgia, probably before 1813: the Putnam County tax list for that year lists James Burt along with Joseph, Zaccheus and Richard Burt. The 1820 census recorded a James Burt household (also Richard, Zacheus, and William Burt) as follows:

p. 147 James Burt 3m<10, 1m 10-16, 1m 26-45, 1f 10-16, 1f 26-45, 1f>45

On 5 November 1823, Autauga County deeds show that James Burt of Putnam County, Georgia, gave power of attorney to Hiram Read of the "same county and state" while dealing with the legal representatives of John Matthews [5] deceased of Autauga County.

James and Rebecca Burt can be definitely placed, along with other siblings, in Putnam County in 1824. Halifax County deed book 26, p. 160 records that Jesse Burt, Martha Burt, Zacheus Burt, Elizabeth Burt, James Burt, Rebecca Burt, Richard Burt and Margaret Burt, all of Putnam County, Georgia, granted power of attorney on 5 April 1824 to James G. Burt in order that he could go to Halifax County and recover that due them from "our father and father-in-law's estate, viz. Wm. Burt Senr. decd late of North Carolina, Halifax County."

The 1830 census of Putnam County lists two James Burts: one was James Burt and the other James G. Burt.

The will of James Burt [3], written 14 May 1829, was probated in Putnam County on 5 Dec 1836. In it, James Burt specified:

... after my death my 3 negroes Ned, Billy and Phil, all my lands and stock, household and kitchen furniture to be sold... after debts paid the money to be equally divided between wife Mary and the children she has or may have by me, inasmuch as I ... have on 21 Oct 1826 unto my four sons certain portions of property to my son James G. Burt my negro man David and negro woman Polly also to my son Richard M. Burt my negro woman Cherry and her two children also to my son Joseph T. Burt my negro woman Patty and her two children and to my son William Y. Burt my 2 negroes Clarissa and Lucinda... already have given as much property as I intend to my daughter Maria Read's children, she has all she will ever get.
Executors: trusty friend Thomas Johnston and my son-in-law Hiram Reed.
Negroes to be hired out until sons reach 21 or marry.
Signed 14 May 1829
Wit: Wm Johnston, James C. Burt, James G. Burt
Recorded 5 Dec 1836.

It would appear from the above will that Rebecca had died and James had remarried [10].


  1. Maria Burt
    b. 28 Dec 1805 prob Warren Co., GA [11]
    m. Hiram Reed 19 Apr 1822 Putnam Co., GA [7] [8]
    d. 30 Jul 1830 [11]
  2. James G. Burt
    m. [? Polly Rogers 6 Sep 1825 Putnam Co., GA ?] [4]
  3. Joseph Tarpley Burt [2]
    b. 29 Dec 1812 GA [6]
    m. Amanda Arnold Marshall ca 1850
    d. 6 Jun 1880 Opelika, Lee Co., AL [6]
  4. Richard M. Burt
    b. [ca 1815 GA?] [8]
  5. William Y. Burt
    b. [25 Nov 1818?] [9]


  1. From Joseph Burt's will, James was apparently the next-to-youngest son of Joseph Burt; Zacheus Burt, his nearest older sibling, was allegedly born in 1780.
  2. Biography of James Marshall Burt in Owen's Dictionary of Alabama Biography.
  3. Will of James Burt, Putnam Co., GA Will Book B, p. 173; abstracted from a microfilm copy at the Georgia state archives by Barbara Goodson, June 13, 1997.
  4. 37,000 Early Georgia Marriages by Joseph T. Maddox and Mary Carter. There was also another James G. Burt during this time period in Putnam County, the son of Jesse Burt. It appears likely that he married Lucy Pace there in 1828.
  5. John Matthews died in 1822 in Autauga County, and was the husband of Mary "Polly" Burt, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Burt of Halifax County, NC.
  6. LDS Ancestral File: Joseph Tarpley Burt AFN:3W06-LV, James Burt AFN:CF8L-DM, Mary AFN:CF8L-FS.
  7. Some information on Hiram Reed provided by Carol Adams, 2854 Sawgrass Trail, Lilburn, GA 30247:
    "He was from Putnam County, the son of Asa Read. Asa died in 1825, and named his sons Hiram, David and Nathan in his will (David and Nathan were minors). He also named Hiram's children Rebecca and James Washington. [note: 1810 Halifax Co., NC: Asa Read, p.44]

    "By 1830, Hiram had moved to Harris County. He appears on the census. He was in the 1832 gold lottery from Harris, along with David Read (an attorney). He apparently moved to Muscogee County GA for the 1840 census. David appears on the 1840 and 1850 censuses for Harris County.

    "Hiram appears on the 1850 census for Macon County, Alabama, age 49, with wife Elizabeth (I presume Mariah had died), children including Andrew, and a J. C. Burt, age 40. He is still there in 1860. (There was also a Hiram Read on the 1860 census in Pickens County, AL).

    "Judge David Read died in Russell County, AL in 1872. (Russell County is just across from Harris County). There are wills for Nathan Read and Asa Read in Macon County, also.

    "By 1870, Hiram had settled in Lee County AL (also just across from Harris). He had a wife Elizabeth and a son Dr. Andrew H. Read. There was also a Hiram in Elmore County."

  8. 1850 Census, Macon Co., AL, p. 197
            #86 #89
            Hiram Read      49      M       Farmer  $2000   NC
            Elizabeth       38      F                       Georgia
            Emaly   20      F                               Georgia
            Susan   15      F                               Georgia
            Andrew  13      M                               Georgia
            Sarah   11      F                               Georgia
            Ann     9       F                               Ala
            Emma    6       F                               Ala
            Jordan Baker    27      M       Farmer          Georgia
            J. C. Burt      40      M       None            Georgia
            p. 307, #1601 #1609
            R. M. Burt      34      M       Farmer  $800    Ga.
            (note: another Richard M. Burt in Alabama was Richard Moody Burt, 
             of the York Co., VA Burts, who was living in Lowndes Co., AL in 
             1850, b.1828).
  9. Possibly William Marshall Burt, born 25 Nov 1818, who married Amanda D. Booth and settled in Russell Co., AL (see FGS of William Marshall Burt and Amanda D. Booth). William Marshall Burt allegedly had a cousin who had a son named William Washington Burt b 1812. Note - June 1997 - from looking at the will in Putnam County, Jesse's son was William Y. Burt, so this guess is probably not correct.
  10. Another researcher gives Rebecca as second wife, died ca 1805, and as first wife Mary B. Marshall, b ca 1773 in Halifax Co., NC, a daughter of David Marshall and Mary Davis. This is in contradiction to Halifax County deed book 26, p. 160, which shows Rebecca living in 1824; however, another source [2] gives the parents of Joseph Tarpley Burt, b 1812, as James (b 1786) and Mary ( b 1790) Burt. One possibility is that the marriage of James Burt and Polly Rogers in 1825 was that of James Burt after the death of Rebecca.
  11. Notes of David Thomason, Birmingham, AL, sent to John K. Brown. David gives Maria's full name as Margaret Maria Burt, and states that she died at age 24 after giving birth to her fourth child, Emily. He states that Hiram then married Elizabeth George Willis 10 Feb 1830. Hiram was a minister, physician, successful attorney, Georgia legislator 1837-41. At one time operated Wright's Mill south of Auburn. Trustee Jenkins Academy. Buried Pine Hill Cemetery, Auburn. Sources cited were information from Archives, Talbot, Harris and Muscogee Counties in Georgia, also Lee County, AL court records, and Lee County and Her Forebears by Alexander Nunn, 1982.

    He also lists information from Mrs. Mary Summers of Opelika, AL. Family Bible records of Read Family Birth, Marriage, Death Dates-- also parents of Hiram Read, Asa Read and Maria Hulme, Jesse Read his father. Hiram's mother Maria Hulme died after giving birth to Hiram, 16 Apr 1801. Military record Macon Co., AL Home Guards 5 Oct 1863 muster roll Auburn, AL. John Dorby's Macon Reserves. "Glimpes Into the Past from my Grandfather's Trunk" by John Peavy Wright-- Hiram bought Wright Mill from A. M. Kimbrough and wife Nancy for $3,000 attested by Nathaniel Hurt and W.E. Lloyd, both were sons in law.

    He lists children of Hiram and Maria as: Rebecca Ann Elizabeth Read b 21 Sep 1823 Georgia d 26 Nov 1826 Georgia; James Washington Read b 8 Jun 1825 Georgia d 4 Sep 1835 Georgia; Robert Hulme Read b 15 Jun 1828 Georgia d 18 Jun 1836 Georgia; Emily Fletcher Read b 20 Jul 1830 Georgia d 9 Jun 1891 m Nathaniel Hurt.
    Source: Family Bible of Hiram Read, owned by Mary Summers of Opelika

    The following information was gleaned by John Brown from: "Lee County and Her Forebears", edited by Alexander Nunn, 1982:

    p. 205 Hiram Read (1801-1882) m Elizabeth G. (1811-1899). Hiram was born Halifax Co., NC; Elizabeth born Columbia, SC. They moved to Auburn in early 1800s. At one time operated Wright's Mill south of Auburn. Both buried Auburn Cemetery. Son Dr. Andrew Hamil Read (1836-19110 m Betty Dowdell (1845-19050. Served in Civil War; practiced medicine in LaFayette, moved to Pilot Point, TX and returned to Opelika where he lived and practiced medicine until his death. Their 8 children: George, Jim, Will, Render, Andrew, Rosie, Susie, and Ella. Grandchildren's surnames Read, Chester, Holmes, and Stowe. (Written by W. F. Chester).

  12. Cemeteries and Genealogy: Warren County, Georgia and Immediate Vicinity 1792-1987 by Daniel Nathan Crumpton.

This page last updated on: 2 July 1997

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