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James Burke

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Birth  BET 1698 AND 1700  Limerick,Ireland-Ulster, Northern Ireland 
Sex  Male 
Died  BET 1782 AND 1783  Cumberland Co. or Surry County, North Carolina 
Person ID  I377  Default Tree 
Last Modified  24 Mar 2008 
 
Father  John B Burk, b. 1685, Limerick, Ireland 
Mother  Margaret McDougald, b. 1686, Ireland 
Group Sheet  F344  Default Tree 
 
Family 1  Mary Jane Bane, b. 1710, Goshen Quaker Statement, Chester County, Pennsylvania 
Married  11 Jul 1730  Goshen Quaker Meeting House, Chester Co., PA 
Children 
>1. James Edward Burk, b. 1735, Fincastle, Virginia
Group Sheet  F221  Default Tree 
 
Family 2  Lucretia Reese 
Married  Abt 2 Feb 1750 
Group Sheet  F343  Default Tree 
 
Notes 
  • In The Name of God, Amen



    I, James Burk of the County of Surry and State of North Carolina, Planter being in a low State of health, I weak of Body but of Good, Perfect, & Sound Mind, & Memory, knowing the Mortality of my Body and that it is Appointed for all Men once to Die: Do make & Ordain this my Last Will & testament.



    But Principals I first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it, in sure & certain hopes that it will be restored again at the Day of General Resurrection and my Body to the Graves to be Interred with a Decent Christian Burial at the Direction of my Executors; And as touching such worldly good wherein my God has been pleased to bless me with in my Life time I Will & Dispose in the following Manner & form:



    In primis, I give leave and bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Lucretia Burk the whole and sole management, possession, rights & profits of all my Estate both Real and __(words lost in fold of paper) __ life at the end of which all remaining after paying such legacies as I shall hereafter give to be all & every article sold at auction and equally divided amongst all my children, viz between Mary Murphew, Sarah Wilson, Joseph Burk, Naomi Pepper. Provided that if my Negro wench Silvia should hence forth bring a living child on then the limits of my said Wife's life that said child after my said Wife, deceased shall be the property of her said Wife's daughter Lucretia Wilson*.



    Item: I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Thomas Burk, a Negro Girl, born of the Body of my Negro Silvia to be delivered to him when he shall arrive at the age of twenty years old before which time said Negro Girl name Hannah shall be kept together with the rest of my Estate, in my said Wife's hand & after her decease in the executors until the boy's age as before mentioned. Likewise on the same conditions & directions, I give unto my Grand Daughter, Honora Burk my Negro Boy Ned to be delivered to her at the age of sixteen.



    Item: I leave unto my Son in Law, William Brookshire the sum of ten pounds good & lawful money as in old times.



    Item: I leave unto my Daughter in Law, Mary Burk the sum of Five Pounds like money. Also to her children now living to each of them five Pounds, Viz – to Josiah Burk, Samuel Burk, Elizabeth Burk, John Burk & Benjamin Burk.



    And whereas by the disobedience & unduly fullness of my eldest son James Burk, I have had just cause to deny him or his heirs any part or portion of my living take unto the other children. I leave unto him or them only the sum of five shillings.



    Item: I leave unto Sally Colman, my Grand Daughter one Ewe & lamb.



    I appoint & constitute Samuel Pepper of Botetourt County in Virginia & (nearly unreadable but reported) Moses Baker of this county to be my lawful executors. And I do herby disallow, revoke & __ all former wills & testaments by me here to for made. Allowing , Confirming & ratifying this to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal the fourth day of November Anno Domini 1782. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Pronounced, & Declared by the said James Burk to be his Last Will & Testament in the Presence of Us - Andrew Speer, John Thos. Longino – Juriat. Signed James (his mark "I") Burk. Entered in February 1783 Court. (Surry County Wills, Book 2, Page 1)



    * Lucretia Wilson was the daughter of Methusalem Griffith + Lucretia Rees. Daughter - Lucretia married James Wilson. (courtesy of Marshel Roy Cunningham, e-mail of 21 June 2005.





    The return of the estate sale of James Burk 28 October 1786: Buyers were Samuel Wright, Capt. John Hamlin, John Burke, Starling Rose, Cornelius Sale, Acquila Greer, Anny Burk, Joseph Herndon, Benjamin Greer, John Greer, Mary Burke, Daniel Vannoy, James Mitchel, Isaac Walker, William Crane, Thomas Jones, Martin Adams, James Reynolds, Francis Hardgrove, Charles Walker, William Smith, James Ray, Jinkin Reynolds, Thomas Prater. Amount: 205:10:10 pounds, returned by Amey Burke, admin. Rec. May court 178



    Inventory of the estate of James Burke, deceased: Ten pounds to Samuel Taite for

    keeping one orphan girl for 1½ years, and one orphan boy for four years. Returned by William Meredith and William T. Lewis and recorded in August court 1786.
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    # ID: I38934
    # Name: James Edward Burke
    # Sex: M
    # Birth: 1710 in Ulster, Ireland
    # Death: 1783 in Surry County, North Carolina
    # Note:

    JAMES BURKE was married to widow Lucretia (Rees) Griffith in the 1750s (Mr. Griffith died 1749) and they moved from Augusta County, Virginia to Cumberland County, North Carolina. In 1761, James received a grant for Rowan County, North Carolina which land later fell into Surry County, North Carolina.

    James Burke's last will is 1782 Surry County, North Carolina. His son-in-law Samuel Wilson is in Bedford County VA in the 1760s. In his last will and testament he leaves a legacy to his daughter (by marriage) Mrs. Lucretia Wilson (wife of James Wilson). She is his step daughter) His daughter Sarah Burke was by his first wife.

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    Historical Marker in Tazewell County, Virginia says "In this fertile soil James Burke, who discovered this "Hunter's" paradise, planted potato peelings by the campfire of a 1748 surveying party led by Col. James Patton. The next year a fine crop of potatoes was found here; so, the name "Burke's Garden" was jokingly given. On the bluff east of Station Creek, Burke built a cabin where he lived from 1753 to 1756, when he was driven out by the Shawnees"

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    Parents: reported to be John Burk (Bourke), born about 1690 in Kildare, Ireland and died 1762 in Virginia. Wife: no information. Research is needed, but he does not appear in Chester County, Pennsylvania tax records checked up to 1747.

    J. R. Murphy, jrmurphy@planetmurphy.com.

    http://www.planetmurphy.org/pagebuild.php?pagebody1=BurkeJas.htm


    WHY JAMES BURK BEGINS THE MORPHEW STORY

    Before North Carolina, our Morphew ancestor trail vanishes. James Burk, who is the father-in-law of our earliest known Morphew is easily traceable and his path must intersect our Morphews somewhere. This is why our story begins with James Burk; his story is an adventure as exciting as any that Daniel Boone could have told. Here Burke is an ancestor to most Morphews in the United States.


    BURKE IMMIGRATION AND CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

    James Burk (Burke) was born in Ireland, roughly 1710, and immigrated to America before he was married. His father is reported to be John Burk (Bourke, Burke), who also came to America (which needs proof).

    Our first record of James Burk is a 1730 Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania tax list. This very same year in July or September 11, 1730, he married Mary Bane at the Quaker Goshen Meeting House in Chester County, Pennsylvania. No other Burkes witnessed the wedding, which raises questions. The actual Quaker marriage record with names of witnesses is reproduced in the Bane Chapter (1F). Burk does not appear again in Chester County tax records, nor does any other interesting Burk name.

    James and Mary Burke are lost for the next 12 years, before another record can be identified.


    AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA - EARLY YEARS

    To the southwest of Chester County, a vast tract of land was just opening up along Virginia's mighty Shenandoah River. Beyond the Shenandoah River valley was a great wilderness complete with untouched forests, rich river valleys, and of course, hostile Indians.

    The first years in Augusta County for James Burk and his wife Mary were possibly with her brothers, James and Isaac Bane, and they lived along the Roanoke (Staunton) River or possibly the upper reaches of the James River. In those days, southwestern Virginia was wilderness with the nearest government administration 75 or more miles to the north at Staunton. Unless Augusta County had a roaming Circuit Court, Burke spent a lot of time traveling between his home area and the county seat at Stanton as noted by numerous county records.

    In 1742, James Burk joined the Augusta County militia in Virginia and was in Captain George Robinson’s Company. The local militia was badly needed to control hostile Indians in the valley and probably was one of the few jobs available to young people other than farming. Within old Augusta County lies a city known as Front Royal. This name derives from the days of James Burk, when the local troops were called to order with the command, "Front the Royal Oak!"

    On March 18, 1746, he qualified as administrator of the estate of his brother-in-law, Isaac Bane. On 19 November, he, his brother-in-law James Bain (Bean), Methuselah Griffiths and sons, and others are ordered to construct a road from a ridge dividing the waters of New River from the waters of the South Branch of the Roanoke. This road would lead over the Blue Ridge Mountains. In colonial times, taxes were often issued in the form of work, and in fairness to the English administration at Staunton, a road tithable was usually issued to people living on or near the proposed road. This road may be one 15-25 miles west and slightly south of present day Roanoke. It was to the advantage of these people to construct the road, since it really served their needs. However, James Burk on the following day protested to the colonial administrator at Staunton. As a matter of fact, he protested so much and with such language, he was charged as a “common swearer” in the Augusta Parish Registry Book. Later he was pronounced by a Grand Jury as a “common swearer” and fined several pounds.


    MARY BURK DIES

    We don’t know when his wife Mary died, but it could be 1748 and her loss greatly troubled him. In May 1748, Burk is charged with disturbing divine service, and the case is brought to Augusta County Court several times from which he is absent. Finally, it is settled by paying one pound to the Sheriff for Burk's fine in 1755, almost eight years later. Burk leaves and begins a new life.


    COLONEL JAMES PATTON’S SURVEY PARTY - 1748

    In the middle of May 1748, a large survey and exploring party was organized by Colonel James Patton, age 58, to explore southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee. His party consisted of Colonel John Buchanan who was his son-in-law, Dr. Thomas Walker (age 33), Colonel James Wood, and Major Charles Campbell. Jobs were offered to the adventurous since the party needed guides, chain carriers, ax men, and cooks. Among this group is listed James Burk and a certain "J. Murphey," who must be either James or Joseph Morphew. This trip must not be confused with one undertaken in 1750 by Dr. Thomas Walker. The expedition started out from Colonel Patton’s home near the present-day Waynesboro, Augusta County, Virginia. No known diary exists of their movements and accomplishments, but the original surveys and notes may still exist at the Augusta County courthouse. They proceeded to survey both the Holston and Clinch River Valleys, all the way to Cumberland Gap.

    The historian Edward Albright states that in the year 1748, Dr. Thomas Walker led a party of hunters across the mountains from Virginia. "After giving the name Cumberland to the lofty range of mountains crossed, they pursued their journey by way of Cumberland Gap through the counties of Campbell, Scott, Fentress, Overton and Jackson. Finding a beautiful mountain stream flowing across their course they called it Cumberland River in honor of the Duke of Cumberland, who was then Prime Minister of Cumberland, a picturesque region of lakes and mountains in the northern portion of his native land. Previous to this time Cumberland River had been called Warioto by the Indians and Shauvanon by the French traders. It is probable that Walker's party hunted along the river as far as French Lick (Nashville, Tennessee area), and from thence to Virginia through Kentucky." (From "Early History of Middle Tennessee", by Edward Albright, 1908.)

    On November 2, 1748, a large snow caught the party while returning home, and they spent the night at a spot later known as Burke's Garden, which is still found on the maps in present-day Tazewell County, Virginia. Today, Burke’s Garden is considered to be one of the biologically richest areas of the state. According to Colonel Thomas L. Preston, “It was late in the fall and the next morning, after reaching the Garden, a heavy snow had fallen and they determined to suspend their surveying until the next year. After cooking breakfast, a man named Burke, who was in the party as an axman or chain-carrier, cleared away the place where their fire had been made and planted a lot of potato peelings, covering them lightly with brush.” The following spring or summer, Patton and Buchanan accompanied by William Ingles, returned to the survey lands and found a large bed of potatoes where Burke had planted and they gave it the name of "Burke’s Garden."


    BURKE’S NEW LAND ON GOOSE CREEK

    The next date causes confusion because on September 1748, Colonel Patton deeded James Burke 400 acres on the north side of Goose Creek, beginning with a William Cambell's line, and another 100 acres on the south side of Goose Creek ending at William Cambell's line. There are two clues to where these lands are located.


    CLUES TO LOCATION OF BURKE’S 1748 LANDS

    20 August 1760, Deed of Henry Brown and Alice gives to Ester Brown for 5 pounds, 54 acres by patents, 3 November 1750, on a branch of Roanoke called Lick Run; corner James Burke.

    16 May 1764: Deed of James Bane (Bean) and Rebecca to Thomas Walker, gentleman...(parcel) B, 117 acres on Goose Creek, a branch of Roanoke, part of 400 acres conveyed by James Burk to Bean on 18 May 1753.

    Where was his new home? There is a Lick Run of Enoch”s Creek, of Goose Creek, a branch of the Roanoke River, in a very remote area about 10 miles west-south-west of today's Bedford City, Bedford County, Virginia. Nearby is a Goose Creek Meeting House west of Bedford City, established about 1749. The remoteness of this land might suggest Burke lived elsewhere. Original surveys could help determine the location, or if another Goose Creek is the actual location.

    On 13 December 1748, James Burk, Methasuleh Griffith, and others are purchasers on the Daniel Monohan's estate sale.


    PIONEERING DRAPER’S MEADOWS, 1749 - 1753

    Soon after this time, Burke moved again. This time he joined some friends and as reported by Joseph A. Waddell: "The Ingleses for the first time encountered the Draper family, who had settled on the James River at Pattonsburg. This family consisted of George Draper, his wife, and his children John and Mary. While living at Pattonsburg, George Draper went out hunting, and was never heard of again. About the year 1749, the Ingles, Drapers, Adam Harman, Henry Leonard, and James Burke, removed from the James River and settled near the present town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County (alternate site at Pulaski, Pulaski County, Virginia); they called the place Draper’s Meadows. William Ingles and Mary Draper were married in 1750, and Bettie Robertson in 1754. The marriages no doubt took place in Staunton, as there was no minister nearer Draper’s Meadows authorized to perform the ceremony." (From "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia," by Joseph A. Waddell, 1885.)

    The settlement at Draper's Meadows and their homes were built upon the present site and lands of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg at the west edge of the city. (From "TransAlleghany Pioneers," by John Hale, 1886.) Hale goes on to say that John Draper later purchased another piece of land in 1765 that could cause confusion with Draper's Meadows. This later New River land is still called Draper and Draper Valley, and is about 2.5 miles southwest of Pulaski, Pulaski County, Virginia and about 25 miles WSW from Blacksburg. Draper is separated from Draper Mountain by Draper Valley Road. About 5 miles east is a small stream called Burk's Run.


    JAMES BURKE MARRIES A SECOND TIME

    About 1750 or 1751, James Burk was married for the second time to Lucretia Griffith, widow of Methusaleh Griffith, who died in 1748/49. Methusaleh and Burke had worked the same road tithable several years before. It is not known where the marriage took place. However on August 29, 1751, August County records state that Lucretia Griffith was administrator for her husband and had since married James Burk.


    MOVE TO BURKE’S GARDEN ABOUT 1753

    On 18 May 1753, James Burk deeded 117 acres to James Bane, brother to his first wife, part of a tract patented to Burk 20th September 1748, on Goose Creek, a branch of the Roanoke River. In the year 1753, James Burke and stepson Morris Griffith are reported in Burke's Garden, 30 miles west of the Draper site or 50 miles from Blacksburg. Burke had moved to Burke’s Garden about June 1753 with several other settlers. This land had been surveyed and was owned by James Patton.


    INDIANS DESTROY DRAPER’S MEADOWS 1755

    During the next two years, Indian raids worsened: "As a result of Braddock's July 1755 defeat on the Monongehela with 777 killed and wounded at the hands of French and Indians, the whole frontier of western Virginia was thrown open to the ravages of Indians, who crossed the Alleghanies and pushed into Augusta County, the lower valley and New River settlements, torturing and murdering men, women and children.... Not withstanding that Draper's Meadows settlement was far from the Ohio, and apparently safe for any probability of attack from any quarter, and although these settlers must have been aware that war was then being waged by the Indians against the whites, they took no reasonable precaution for their safety, but on Sunday, 8 July 1755, the day before Braddocks defeat on the Monongahela, they permitted themselves to be surprised by a band of marauding Shawnees from the north of the Ohio, who killed, wounded, and captured every person present. Killed were Colonel James Patton, Mrs. George Draper, Casper Barrier, and a child of John Draper, James Call. Wounded were Mrs. William Ingles, Mrs. John Draper, and Henry Leonard captured." (From "History of Middle New River Settlements" by David E. Johnston, 1906.)



    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BURKES DURING THESE YEARS

    The Preston Register mentioned in 1755 the following: "__ Burk, Holston River, prisoner who escaped." This person may be our Burk or one of his sons. In either case, it probably gave Burk sufficient cause for alarm. This Preston Register also records on August 12, 1755: "Morris Griffith, Vause's Fort, prisoner, escaped." (From "Preston Register" of persons killed, wounded, or taken prisoner by Indians, possibly kept by Captain William Preston)

    “Burke had moved with his family into the Garden in 1754, cleared up some land, and planted a crop, including potatoes, and in the fall of 1755 was driven out on account of fear of Indians and left his crop of potatoes in the ground which Lewis’s men found the next spring and appropriated. Burke had killed a large number of deer, elk, and bear, and had tanned a number of hides, which he took with him when he left in the fall of 1755.”


    INDIAN PROBLEMS AFTER BURKE’S GARDEN 1755 TO 1760

    "On his way out with his family he camped one night in old hunter's cabin near what is now Sharon Springs in the new County of Bland, Virginia. The Indians followed him, and on their way killed two hunters in their camp. On approaching Burke's cabin and seeing several horses, and the tanned hides rolled up in the cabin, they came to the conclusion that there were too many people for them to attack and contented themselves with cutting of the throat on one of Burke’s horses." (From "History of Middle New River Settlements" by David E. Johnston, 1906.)

    Captain William Preston was now empowered to hunt down these Indians and wrote in his diary of the Sandy Creek Expedition (with spelling improvements, etc): "Sunday, February 15th, 1756, Old James Burk brought word that Robert Looney was killed, nigh Alex Sawyers, and he had himself one horse shot and five taken away by Shawnee Indians and that he thought from the signs he saw that they were not above four Indians that had done ye above. Upon which there was immediately a Council of War held and it was concluded to send a detachment of 60 white men and 40 Indians out tomorrow morning (as scouts). About noon, the Reverend Mr. Brown gave us a military sermon, with his text being 2nd book of Samuel, chapter VX, which was excellently treated upon and at night our Indians danced a grand war dance."

    Preston continues later: "February 24th: Crossed two mountains and arrived at Burkes Garden. Had plenty of potatoes which soldiers gathered in the deserted plantations.... Burkes Garden is a tract of land of 5000 or 6000 acres, as rich and fertile as any I ever saw, as well watered with many beautiful streams, and is surrounded with mountains almost impassible." Also mentioned elsewhere by Preston: "April 27, 1758, William Burk, South Branch was killed." So there is another Burk involved in old Augusta. (From the "Preston Register")

    On 1 September 1758 James Burk was paid for 108 days of Augusta County military service possibly with Colonel William Preston or Colonel John Buchanan and may have served as a scout into Burke’s Garden and surrounding area.

    Burkes’s remaining time in Virginia is not known. However, on 1 July 1760, James “Birk” and Lucretia, of Cumberland County, North Carolina, deed to Thomas Walker of Albemarle for 40 pounds, 100 acres on Goose Creek adjacent William Campbel's line. Witnesses were William Ingles, James Bane, John Hawkins and the document was delivered by Thomas Madison on 11 March 1763.


    A NEW HOME IN ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1761+

    The above deed notes James and Lucretia Burke to be in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The search for records at Cumberland County have not been helpful. They did not stay long and on 21 December 1761, James Burke was deeded 440 acres in Rowan County, North Carolina. This land is located on both sides of Joseph’s Creek and extends north along the west bank of the Yadkin River. This creek is now thought to be the Forbush Creek, in present-day eastern Yadkin County.

    In 10 October 1765, men presenting claims for wolfs, panthers, and cats at the Rowan County Court included James Burk. On 17 October 1766, Rowan County court ordered a road to be laid out from Shallow Ford upon the Yadkin River to the Ford, called the Etkin Fork. Names for the road jury included Robert Forbush and James "Bourk." These two entries could also be James Burke, Jr.

    The 1768 Rowan County tax list of Gideon Wright (listed as probably Yadkin - Wilkes County areas) shows the following:

    Benjamin Birk
    Joseph Murphey and John England are next to each other.

    (Silas Morphew married John England's daughter Elizabeth in 1775).

    James Burk, Joseph Burk and James Burk (Jr.) next to each other and within only one name between Joseph Murphey and John England. On the same page is "Daniel Boon." All entries are as spelled.

    Another book of tax lists was found, without a date. 1770 may be the exact date, or the book may be a copy of other 1768 tithable lists, but this book lists different names.

    Joseph Burk, James Burk Sr., James Burks Jr., and Daniel Boone. Joseph Murphy is not on this one and there are now two James Murpheys.

    In 15 February 1770, Rowan County court books ordered Thomas Mears, Valentine Vanhouser, James Sheppard, Gideon Wright, James Glenn, Abrah Creson, Robert Forbus, JAMES BURK, Michael Baker, as a jury to lay out a road from Mr. Harts store, crossing the Yadkin to Yallow Banks Ford and for thence to Edward Rigs new cut road, from Allen Sawmill to the Shallow Ford at Smith's cabin by the nearest and best way...Hezikiah Wright from John Sneed's Store to Ben Souls Creek, Jobe Feltorn from then to the head of Forbushes Creek, John Allin from thence to Smith’s Cabin. Again this entry is not clear if the reference is to James Sr. or Jr.

    Rowan County spun off into smaller counties such as Surry in 1771, Guilford in 1771, Wilkes in 1777, Burke in 1777, and much later Yadkin in 1850. When Surry County was formed in 1771, tax records for this year list Benjamin, Joseph, and James Burk, Jr. Burk but no Morphews. However, on the 1772 tithable, there is Burk: Benjamin, Joseph, James, and John. John Burke is thought to be the son of James Burke Sr.


    BURKES IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR

    The last years of James Burke were interwoven with the American Revolution and were of great tragedy. Although Burke 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 Burke Naomi Burke Pepper
    Joseph Burke James Burke, Jr.
    Mary Burke Morphew (?) Sarah (Burke) Wilson

    Naomi Burke 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 Burke's family were even more tragic. Benjamin Burke 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 Burkes 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 Burke was killed by George Paris, with his own sword at Shallow Ford.

    Joseph Burke 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 Burke 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 Burke 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 Burke died in 1785 in Montgomery County, Virginia, long after the war ended.



    WILL AND ESTATE OF JAMES BURKE

    Burke's will, recorded 4 November 1782 in Surry County, N.C., states: "Wife, Lucretia. Children: Mary Morphew, Sarah Wilson, Joseph Burke, Naomi Pepper. Wife’s daughter: Lucretia Wilson. Grandson Thomas Burke gets negro girl Hannah when she is 21. Granddaughter Honora Burke gets negro boy Ned when she is 16. Son-in-law William Brookshire gets 10 pounds. Daughter-in-law, Mary Burke, and her living children, Josiah Burke, Samuel Burk, Elizabeth Burk, John Burk and Benjamin Burke get 5 pounds. Eldest son: James Burke -- "I have just cause to deny him or his heirs any part." Granddaughter: Sally Coleman. Executor: Samuel Pepper of Botetourt County, Virginia and Moses Baker of Surry. Witnesses: Andrew Speer, John Thomas Langino and entered in February court 17??.

    The return of the estate sale of James Burk 28 October 1786: Buyers were Samuel Wright, Capt. John Hamlin, John Burke, Starling Rose, Cornelius Sale, Acquila Greer, Anny Burk, Joseph Herndon, Benjamin Greer, John Greer, Mary Burke, Daniel Vannoy, James Mitchel, Isaac Walker, William Crane, Thomas Jones, Martin Adams, James Reynolds, Francis Hardgrove, Charles Walker, William Smith, James Ray, Jinkin Reynolds, Thomas Prater. Amount: 205:10:10 pounds, returned by Amey Burke, admin. Rec. May court 1787.

    Inventory of the estate of James Burke, deceased: Ten pounds to Samuel Taite for keeping one orphan girl for 1½ years, and one orphan boy for four years. Returned by William Meredith and William T. Lewis and recorded in August court 1786.

    James Burke, Sr., died about 1783 at old Surry County, N.C. in what is now Yadkin County, N.C. The revolution had torn his family apart. Later Lucretia Burk shows up in the 1784, 1785, 1786, Surry taxables without James Burke. I think she then dies in 1786 with the estate sale in October.
 
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