James Burt, son of Joseph Burt and Elizabeth [-?-], was probably born about 1782 . 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 :
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  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 , 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 .
"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."
#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).
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).
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