William Burt + Salumith Ballard
Family of William Burt and Salumith Ballard
William Burt was born about 1754  and
lived on the Warren/Halifax
County border. One source  gives his birthdate as
1754 in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia.  He was the son of
William Burt who died in Greensville Co., Virginia in 1783/4
 and a grandson
of Richard Burt "the elder" of York Co.,
William Burt's wife was Salumith Ballard. 
The following deed recorded in Halifax County deed books appears to be the
first record we have of William Burt in Warren County:
Book 17, p. 442, 11 Jun 1778 (1788? see )
Jonas Wilkins of Halifax Co., NC to William Burt of Warren Co.,
NC, parcel of land bounded by William Richardson, Dean, Samuel
Marshall, John Harvey.
Signed: Jonas Wilkins (his mark)
Witnesses: Devereavi[ix?] Ballard, Mary Ballard, presented to Aug
William Burt's name does not appear in the 1779 and 1784 Warren Co. tax
lists , nor in the state census taken in 1786 .
The 1790 census of Warren County listed the following household in Halifax
William Burt: 2 WM > 16, 2 WM < 16, 3 WF, 20 S.
While there were a number of different William Burts found in Halifax County
deed records, the following transactions can reasonably be attributed to
William Burt of Warren County:
Book 18, p. 183, 11 June 1794
Caty Gibbs adm of Thomas Gibbs decd of Halifax Co. to William Burt
of Warren Co., for 17 pounds current money a tract of land lying
in Halifax and Warren Cos., 40 acres, along Green's Branch, Jones,
county line, Amos Harris, Elisha Harrison, Joel [Kearissey?].
Signed: Caty Gibbs
Wit: Edmond Jones, Lawrence Gibbons Jr., presented Aug 1797 Ct.
Book 18, p. 539, 14 Feb 1799
Meredith Nelms to William Burt both of the state of North
Carolina, for one hundred pounds current money, 300 acres land on
both prongs of Clay Branch along John Kearney, Marshall, John
Blount, Davis, James Arrington.
Signed: Meredith Nelms (his mark)
Wit: Edw. Harrison, Furna Southall, Feb 1799 Ct.
Book 18, p. 884, 9 Mar 1801
William Burt of Warren Co. to O[rren?] Harris of Halifax Co., for
ten shillings and divers other good causes was thereunto moving,
160 acres lying in Halifax and Warren Cos., along [Green?] Branch,
Willis and James Arrington, Davis, county line, Harris branch,
Signed: William Burt
Wit: Edwd. Jones, Wm. Arrington, Feb Ct. 1802 (note "proved by
Oath of Willis Arrington")
Book 20, p. 264, [2?]5 Jan 1805
James Evans of Halifax Co. to William Burt of Warren Co., for 30
pounds current money, 50 acres in Halifax Co., on the waters of
Haw-tree, bounded by Nelm's corner near William Burt's corner,
Signed: James Evans
Wit: J[os.] J[no]. Williams, Jm Matthews, Feb Ct 1806.
Book 20, p. 378, 25 Jan 1805
James Evans of Halifax Co. to William Burt of Warren Co., for 50
pounds, 100 acres on the waters of Haw-tree Swamp, bounded by
William Burt's corner, [Malone?], John Honey, James Arrington.
Signed: James Evans
Wit: Jos[eph] Jno. Williams, Jm. Matthews, Feb Ct. 1806
On 10 May 1823, William Burt Sr. made the following will, which was
presented to the August 1823 Court (Will Book 25, p. 178), and abstracted as
Wife Salumith Burt - all my lands in Warren County where I now live,
including the mansion house, for her lifetime, also Negro Cinder. Son
William Burt - Negroes Daniel and Ralph now in his possession, also
Alfred at the death of my wife. Son Jno. A. Burt - all my lands in
County where I now live after the death or marriage of my wife. Daughter
Salumith Sims - life estate in Negroes Ailsey, David, James, and Eda
reversion to her children. Sons Wm. Burt and Jno. A. Burt - in trust for my
daughter Lucretia A. Garrett - Negroes Jesse, Henry, and Rosena
her possession, with reversion to her children, each one to take a share as
he comes of age. All remaining property to be kept together for the mutual
interest and benefit of my wife and my three daughters Elizabeth,
Harriet D. Burt and my son Jno. A. Burt as they come of age. All my lands
in Halifax County are to be sold and proceeds divided among my five daughters.
Ex. sons William and Jno.
Wit. Henry G. Williams, John Brodie
William Burt died in Warren County on 8 July 1823. 
On 23 April 1840, Salumith Burt made the following will, which was proved
State of North Carolina
In the name of God Amen I Salumith Burt being of sound mind and memory
(blessed by God) do this Twenty Third day of April in the year of Our
Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty do make this my last Will and
Testament in Manner and form as follows
First - I commit my soul to God and my body to the Earth from whence it
came and as to my worldly goods that the Lord hath blessed me with I
dispose of as follows To Wit
Item - I give and bequeath to my son John A Burt all my right title and
Interest that I have in the Tract of Land whereon I now live also one
Bed and furnatur now in his possession my Cotton Gin with the aparattus
thereto belonging and my youngest Yoak of Oxen one Bay Horse Colt two
year old the first day of this month April (Called Black [Wawyer?]) to
him and his heirs forever
Item - I give and bequeath to two of my Daughters Elizabeth Burt and Ann
Burt the following Negroes (to Wit) Rachel Cinder and her five children
namedly Solmon Sam Lucinda Cuffy and William Plinty together with their
increase And my will and desire is that if Either of my Daughters
Elizabeth or Ann Burt should die without a will that the surviving one
should heir the above named negroes say Rachel Cinder Solmon Sam Lucinda
Cuffy and William Plinty and their increase to them and their heirs
Item - I also give and bequeath to my two Daughters Elizabeth and Ann
Burt one Bed And Furnature each my Carriage Horse my Carriage and
Harness one Dozen Windsor Chairs My Side Board one sett China one Tea
Tray one sett Knives and forks to them and their heirs forever
Item - I also give to my two Daughters Elizabeth Burt and Ann Burt one
Negro Man named Ellick
My Further will and Desire is that my two Daughters Elizabeth and Ann
Burt pay to my son William Burt one Hundred Dollars Each to be paid
Twelve months after my death
Item - I give and bequeath to my Daughter Lucretia C Garrett Ten Dollars
Item - I give and bequeath to my GrandDaughter Harrit William Ballard
Sims Ninety three Dollars Which is to be paid or Raised out of the
perishable Estate that is now on the Plantation
Item - I give and bequeath to my Grand son Samuel Brown Garrett one Bed
Item - After paying all of my just debts I give Three fourths of my part
of the crop that may be on hand at my death to two of my Daughters
Elizabeth Burt and Ann Burt and the remaining one fourth I give to
three of my Grand Children namely Leonard S Sims Sarah E Bu[nn?] and
Harriet William Ballard Sims
Item - I give and bequeath to two of my Daughters Elizabeth and Ann Burt
Three fourths of my stock of all kinds and the residue of my property
not before disposed of And the [one?] other remaining fourth I give and
bequeath to three of my Grand Children namely Leonard S Sims Sarah Eliza
Bu[nn?] and Harrit Wiliam Ballard Sims
And I do hereby nominate and appoint my Son John A Burt Executor and my
two Daughters Elizabeth Burt and Ann Burt Execut[rix?] to this my last
will and Testament Revoking all Other by me heretofore maid
Signed Sealed and delivered in the
Littleton Arrington Jurat
Signed: Salumith Burt
- William Burt
b. 11 Nov 1782 Warren Co., NC
m. Susan Sims 3 Nov 1812 Mecklenburg Co., VA
d. 31 Dec 1848 Winchester Springs, TN
- Salumith ("Sally") Burt
m. Henry Sims 29 Nov 1813 Warren Co., NC
- Lucretia A. Burt
m. Martin R. Garrett 25 Jan. 1820 Warren Co., NC 
- Elizabeth Burt
m. prob. never married
d. ca 1852 Nash Co., NC
- Ann Burt
d. after 1852
- Harriet D. Burt
b. ca 1797
m. never married
d. 24 Sep 1823 Warren Co., NC 
- John A. Burt
b. 1 Jun 1800 
m. Emily M. Cheek 9 Oct 1830 Warren Co., NC 
d. 27 Mar 1845 
"Warren County Wills with References to Halifax
County", abstracted by David Gammon, August 1995 newsletter of the Halifax
County Genealogical Society.
- Emily M. Burt 9 Mar 1894 Jan Ct 1896 51/417
Son John A. Burt - 400 acres of land, to include my dwelling house. Daughter
Mary Alston Exum - 400 acres of land for her lifetime with reversion to her
daughters Bettie E. Edmonson and Annie E. Snow. Granddaughter Emily Burt
Harris - 400 acres of land, but if she leaves no issue, this land will
revert to the other heirs of my estate. Grandson John Burgess - 150 acres
of land for his lifetime with reversion to his children. Grandson Robert
Burgess - 150 acres of land, but if he dies without issue, this shall go in
fee simple to the children of John Burgess. Great-granddaughter Emily
Thomas Burgess (daughter of Thomas Burgess)- 100 acres of land, but if she
leaves no issue, this shall go in fee simple to the children of John
Burgess. Great-granddaughters Hattie C., Emily M. Claud J., and Bettie
Burgess - $50 each. I bequeath the balance of my property to my son JOHN,
remembering the service he has rendered to me for the past twenty years
without charge. The lands devised in this will are included in the tract
of land where I now live, located in Halifax and Warren Counties.
Ex. son John
Wit. B.G. Alston, George W. Davis
- Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North
Newspapers 1820-1829 compiled by Lois Smathers Neal, 1979:
M. In Warren County, on the 25th inst., Mr. Martin R. Garrett, of
Bertie County, to Miss Lucretia A. Burt, of Warren. RaNCSw 4 Feb 1820
Marriage Bond: Warren County Martin R. Garrett and Lucretia A. Burt
H(enry) Sims, bondsman.
- Revolutionary War Records Mecklenburg County,
Virginia by Katherine B. Elliott, 1964. Elliott's source is "Va. DAR
Register, p.445"; it gives William's death date as 8 July 1823 Warren Co., NC.
In another of Elliott's books, Early Settlers Mecklenburg County,
Virginia, vol. 1, a list of "Some Mecklenburg People Who Went To Other
States" gives William Burt going to Warren County, N.C. (source not given).
(N.B. the list also states William Ballard went to Halifax Co., NC).
- Other Burts in Mecklenburg Co., VA included Moody
Burt and Matthew Burt. Matthew Burt served as a grand juror there in 1777 and
1778 (Rev. War Records Mecklenburg County, VA by Katherine B. Elliott)
and the estate of Matthew Burt Jr. was appraised there 30 July 1778 (Early
Wills 1765-1799 Mecklenburg County, Virginia compiled by Katherine B.
Elliott). Moody Burt served in the private milita: the first source cited
herein states he was born in "York Co., VA - Res. Meck. Co. 1779 - Enlisted on
17 March 1779 for eighteen months. Carpenter - 5ft 9in brown hair, gray eyes,
dark complexion. Moved to Georgia." Matthew and Moody were descendants of
Richard Burt "the elder" of York Co., VA.
- See, for example: The Allstons and Alstons of
North and South Carolina by Joseph Groves. Definite proof of Salumith's
maiden name has not yet been established, but much indirect evidence exists.
The middle name "Ballard" was
given to at least one grandchild, and Salumith Ballard, daughter of
William Sorrell Ballard and Elizabeth [Clopton?], is found in Halifax County,
North Carolina records  as follows:
Halifax County Will #215 pg.5 William Ballard 10 Sept. 1774 , Feb Ct. 1775.
Daughters Mary Allen, Joyce Langley, Elizabeth Freeman, Martha
Finch, and Nancey Lenoir negroes each. Son Walter Clopton
Ballard,lands in this county and 1 slave. Son Devereaux Ballard
slaves, horse and gun; daughter Salumith Ballard negro and her
increase, bed, furniture, etc. ; son William Sorrell Ballard negro
boy, etc.; granddaughters Elizabeth Ballard slave and her increase
and a debt due me with interest from John Hyde and should she die
before age 21, the said slave to go to my daughter Salumith
Ballard and the sd. Debt due to be divided as
follows: 25 pounds to the sd. Hyde and 25 pounds to my daughter
Martha Finch. Wife Elizabeth Ballard 1 negro and the loan of all
the rest on my estate and at her death everything she had on loan
to be equally divided among my children first letting my sons
Devereaux and William take their choice of a negro apiece, son
Walter C. Ballard to give to son William S. Ballard (when he comes
of age) 1 horse
Wit: William Lenoir, Edward Finch, John Hyde
Extrs: wife Elizabeth Ballard, Walter C. Ballard and John Faulcon
1782 - Halifax Co., NC
Will #283, pg 29 Benjamin Bradley (will date not given) Feb Ct.
1782 child my wife is now pregnant with if a boy all my land and
if not a boy the sd. Land to be equally divided amongst all my
surviving children (names not given) at wife's death or marriage.
Wit: Salumith Ballard, May Castor x her mark, Benjamin Castor x
Extrs: Walter C. Ballard and my wife Sarah Bradley (1)
Furthermore, Devereaux Ballard, a brother of the Salumith Ballard in William
Ballard's will, was a witness to an early deed between Jonas Wilkins and
William Burt in Warren County.
- State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787
Alvaretta Kenan Register.
- North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790, vol. 2,
compiled by Clarence E. Ratcliff.
- The date of this transaction is written out in
longhand "...one thousand and seven hundred and seventy eight" even though it
was filed in 1792. All other deeds in the book around it were transacted around
1792. Was this perhaps a mistake on the clerk's part and the real date 1788?
The deed books of Halifax County are not originals - they were recopied near
the turn of the 20th century (according to Stephen Bradley, who has abstracted
many of the deed books). Of
the neighbors listed in this deed, Dev. Ballord, Jas. Arrington and Saml.
Marshel were listed adjacent to each other on the census list taken in 1786 by
James Kearney in Capt. John Weather's District  None of them appear on the
1779 Warren County tax list (the year Warren County was created).
- The will of William
Burt in Greensville Co., VA
names son William Burt, dau Elizabeth Kelbie, and other children. Warren Co.,
North Carolina Will Book 8, page 20 (as found in Warren Co., NC Records
Volume II Abstracts of Will books 1779-1814 by Mary
Hinton Kerr) gives the noncuperative will of Mrs. Elizabeth Kilby in which
she left the bulk of her property to her brother William Burt, with William
Burt to serve as administrator.
- Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh,
North Carolina Newspapers
1820-1829 comp. by Lois Smathers Neal: D. In Warren County, on the 8th inst., Mr. Wm. Burt,
in the 68th
year of his age... member of the Baptist Church... RRw Fri 18 July
1823 3:5./ RaNCSw Fri 18 July 1823.
- Abstracts of Wills 1758-1824 Halifax County
North Carolina By Margaret M. Hofmann.
- The Raleigh Register, and the Raleigh Star, both
reported: D. in Warren County, on the 21st ult., Miss Harriet D., dau of the
late Wm. Burt, in the 25th or 26th year of her age ... mother.. rest
of the family... RRw 10 Oct Oct 1823 3:5./ RaNCSw Fri 10 Oct 1823 3:4 (as
found in Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers
1820-1829 comp. by Lois Smathers Neal, 1979).
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