Submitted Biographical Sketch of Alexander Jasper Burford

Alexander Jasper Burford

Submitted by
Jerry Willis

Alexander Jasper Burford was born 6 July 1842 at what at the time was Desota County, Mississippi (now Tate County). A. J. married Mary Jane Jackson on 20 December 1860 at Independence, Tate County, Mississippi. Mary Jane Jackson was born on 25 December 1842 at Desota County, Mississippi. Mary Jane was a cousin to President Andrew Jackson.

They had one child before the Civil War, who was my gr. grandfather Daniel L. Burford. A. J. enlisted and was in Company A 10th Mississippi Regiment (Army of the Tennessee). I have his War records and Pension records. He fought at Murpheesboro, both battles at Shiloh, both battles of Franklin, TN. At the last battle of Franklin, he was captured and sent by train to Camp Douglas in Illinois as a P.O.W. until 18th of June 1865.

He and his family left Mississippi and caught a boat and went down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, from there they traveled by ox cart to Texas. They arrived in Texas on Christmas day 1869. They lived in Tarrant County for about seven years. They then moved to Runnels County in 1876.

Alexander Jasper Burford died on 28 September 1901 in Scurry County, Texas and Mary Jane died on 17 May 1917 in Scurry County.