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James Edward Burk

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Birth  1735  Fincastle, Virginia 
Sex  Male 
Died  Aug 1776  Surry County, Virginia 
Person ID  I376  Default Tree 
Last Modified  24 Mar 2008 
 
Father  James Burke, b. BET 1698 AND 1700, Limerick,Ireland-Ulster, Northern Ireland 
Mother  Mary Jane Bane, b. 1710, Goshen Quaker Statement, Chester County, Pennsylvania 
Group Sheet  F221  Default Tree 
 
Family 1  Margaret Grant, b. Abt 1742, Virginia 
Married  29 Dec 1766  at Rowan County, N.C. 
Children 
>1. Sarah Burke, b. 1770, Montgomery, Virginia
Group Sheet  F220  Default Tree 
 
Notes 
  • Joseph Burk/Burke was born about 1742 or 1745 and married Margaret Grant on 29 December 1766 at Rowan County, N.C. (county record). Joseph Burk died 1785 at Montgomery County, Virginia.



    Joseph Burk shows up in the 1768, 1770 Rowan County, N.C. taxables and 1771, 1774 Surry County, North Carolina taxables.
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    (VI). Joseph Burk/Burke was born about 1742 or 1745 and married Margaret Grant on 29 December 1766 at Rowan County, N.C. (county record). Joseph Burk died 1785 at Montgomery County, Virginia.



    Joseph Burk shows up in the 1768, 1770 Rowan County, N.C. taxables and 1771, 1774 Surry County, North Carolina taxables.





    DEEDS FOR JOSEPH BURK



    14 February 1775, “James Burk, Sr.,” deeded by quit claim to Joseph Burk 200 acres with appurtenances in Surry County on both sides of Joseph Creek. Witnessed by John England and Hugh Lewis and signed by James Burk (“J B” - his mark). Acknowledged in February 1775 court.

    2 February 1785, Joseph Burk, of Montgomery County, Virginia, deeded 21 acres of Surry County land to Thomas Elliot of Surry County on south Joseph’s Creek. Signed Joseph (“B” – his mark) Burk and entered February term 1785.





    Names of children of Joseph Burk and Margaret Grant are uncertain and other names have been proposed.



    (1). Nancy Burk who married Jacob Douglas

    (2). Mary Burk who married on 28 December 1787 Montgomery County, Virginia to Jacob Shell, Jr.

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    Burks in the American Revolutionary War



    The last years of James Burk were interwoven with the American Revolution and were of great tragedy. Although Burk himself took no active part (he was nearly 65), a list of sides that his children took is quite revealing:



    “Tory Loyalist” “American Patriot”

    Captain Benjamin Burk Naomi Burk Pepper

    Joseph Burk James Burk, Jr.

    Mary Burk Morphew (?) Sarah (Burke) Wilson



    Naomi Burk had married Samuel Pepper, Jr. in 1764. Samuel lived in Montgomery County, Virginia and later served on the Patriot side with Captain Mayes Company of the Montgomery County militia. James Burk, Jr. also joined the American Army and for his services, his son John received a square mile of land in Surry County, North Carolina after the war.



    The fortunes of the Tory side of Burk’s family were even more tragic. Benjamin Burk became a Captain in an irregular Tory militia made up of farmer-soldiers from Surry County, North Carolina. On October 14, 1780, a band of 300 Tories left from Surry County to join up with Cornwallis at Charlotte, North Carolina. Their leader was their friend, Gideon Wright. Gideon had been an early settler of the area and was instrumental in getting Surry County’s first courthouse built. The Patriots learned about the Tory movement and laid an ambush at Shallow Ford, some 4 miles southeast of where the Burks lived. After the battle, the American Colonel Parsley reported: “Fourteen of the enemy were found dead on the ground among which were Captains Bryan and Burk.... The Tories escaped, all being well mounted.” Legend has it that Benjamin Burk was killed by George Paris, with his own sword at Shallow Ford.



    Joseph Burk did not fare better. Patriot soldier William Benson sheds some light on Joseph. Benson stated he was present and took part in the capture of Mark Adkins and Joseph Burk of Surry for harrying William Griffin of Surry, by driving away Griffin’s cattle and then butchering them for Tory use. He states that Adkins and Burk were taken prisoner to Henry County, Virginia to Benas camp where the Patriots planned on hanging the pair. That apparently never took place, since Joseph Burk died in 1785 in Montgomery County, Virginia, long after the war ended.
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    DEEDS FOR JOSEPH BURK



    14 February 1775, “James Burk, Sr.,” deeded by quit claim to Joseph Burk 200 acres with appurtenances in Surry County on both sides of Joseph Creek. Witnessed by John England and Hugh Lewis and signed by James Burk (“J B” - his mark). Acknowledged in February 1775 court.

    2 February 1785, Joseph Burk, of Montgomery County, Virginia, deeded 21 acres of Surry County land to Thomas Elliot of Surry County on south Joseph’s Creek. Signed Joseph (“B” – his mark) Burk and entered February term 1785.
 
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