WILLIAM BURKHALTER (MICHAEL2, MICHAEL1) was born c 1746 in Vernonburg, Colonial GA, and died Aft. 1811 in prob GA/SC. He married REBECCA c 1771 in prob 96 District (later Edgefield Co) SC. She was born c 1750, and died Aft. 1805 in prob GA/SC.
William Burkhalter was born in Vernonburg near Savannah GA where his father owned land from 1735 to 1769. His parents and grandfather were German-speaking Swiss, so William may have grown up speaking German as well. About 1768 when William was a young man, his father moved the family from Vernonburg up the Savannah River to Edgefield District SC.
In Apr 1768, William Buckhalter received a grant of 100 acres on Stephens Creek in what was then Granville Co SC. In 1769, Granville Co was discontinued and this land fell into 96 District and then Edgefield County.
About 1771 at age 25, he married Rebecca (surname unknown). They married when the area was called 96 District, but we would now call Edgefield Co. Probably all but the youngest child were born there 1772 through 1786.
During the American Revolution, William and his brother David served in the militia "after the fall of Charleston." (Moss) On May 12 1780, Charleston fell to the British under Gen. Clinton. The cruelty exhibited by his subordinate Banastre Tarleton roused the South Carolinians. On July 9 1785, William Buckhalter, was paid L7.8.6 "for duty done in the militia as per account audited." (Salley; Moss)
William had married and started his family in South Carolina. But new lands were opening across the Savannah River in Georgia. On Aug 31 1785, William Buckhalter received a 200 acre grant in Wilkes Co GA. (Headrights, 78) At that time, Wilkes County encompassed a large area with William's land located on Rocky Comfort Creek, approximately southeast of present day Warrenton in Warren County. Joining William were Jacob and Michael Burkhalter, his first cousins. This property appears in the Wilkes Co tax records: in 1786 as third class land, in 1787 as second class land, in 1792 as third class land. (Hudson) The family was probably living there during the 1790 census (for which there are no surviving returns for GA). The Greene Co history lists William as receiving 200 acres on Rocky Comfort, but Rocky Comfort was not located in Greene and the book admits to the uncertainty of the location of the grant. In Nov 1792, "William Buchatter of Wilkes Co" sold this 200 acre property to Littleton Beauchamp for L50. (Lucas, p82)
In 1785, William also received a grant of 287.5 acres on Williamson Swamp in Washington Co GA. The surveyor's plat book is extant and shows a rectangular drawing of the tract. William probably received this land because Washington County "was one of two counties in GA to give land grants to Revolutionary Soldiers." (Dwyer, i) This land fell into Warren Co when it was formed in 1793. The Burkhalters probably never lived on this land.
The entries in the GA tax records are tangled and somewhat confusing. In 1787, William was taxed on 400 acres of pine land, and in 1790, William was also taxed on 700 acres of third quality land in Wilkes. Where and when did he get this and when did he sell it?
Burkhalter does not appear in the Wilkes Co GA tax lists after 1792 because the family returned to South Carolina. This was very unusual because most people continued moving west with very few returning eastward to their home counties. William's first cousins, Michael, Jacob, John, and Joshua Burkhalter (sons of his uncle John) stayed in the Warren Co GA area, raising large families. In May 1793, William bought 188 acres on Sleepy Creek of the Savannah River in Edgefield Co SC from Azariah Lewis for L30. By 1798, their older children began to marry in the area: Sarah married in 1798, Abraham and Jeremiah married in 1799, and Rebecca married in 1801.
In May 1800, he added to his holdings by purchasing 100 acres from John Harkins which was "originally granted to Samuel Ramsey" on Sleepy Creek. (Deed Bk 21) Some researchers have theorized that Samuel was the father of Rebecca because of this record, but Ramsey was not the grantor for this deed. John Harkins is as likely a candidate for Rebecca's father as Ramsey. But William and Rebecca had been married many years by this time, so there is no reason to believe that there is anything special indicated by this deed. William also purchased an additional 200 acres from Harkins for L75, for a purchase of 300 acres. At this time, William owned a total of 588 acres in Edgefield, all on Sleepy Creek.
Because the family was living in Edgefield, they appear in the 1800 census with the extended family living near each other. Listed on the same page are William, his younger brother Henry, and their father Michael. Nearby are William's married sons Abraham and Jeremiah and two married daughters.
William was included in several transactions in 1802. In May 1802, he witnessed a deed between Thomas Carson and James Liles. Some time before June 1802, William sold his first grant of 100 acres to John Burkhalter. There is no record of this deed, but the history of this property is given when the land was sold by John T. Lowe to Richard Gantt in 1802. According to the deed, William sold it to John, but then Sheriff Robert Stark sold it to Thomas Eveleigh. Perhaps John could not pay the taxes or he abandoned the property. (Deed Bk 22)
In Nov 1802, William sold two parcels of land to his son-in-law John Dorn. One piece was 20 acres, the other 130 acres. William signed his name to this deed, indicating he could write. (Deed Bk 21)
In Dec 1804, William sold his 287.5 acre grant in Warren Co GA which had first been granted in Wilkes. William owned it about 19 years. The deed identifies him as "of Edgefield Co SC" and Rebekah signed her dower rights. This is the only record of Rebecca's name and that she was still living.
In Jan 1805, William sold his 188 acre tract on Stephens Creek in Edgefield Co to Thomas Youngblood for $375. William had owned this land for 12 years and the value had changed from L30 to $375. William again signed this deed with his name. After the sale of this property, William still owned 150 acres in Edgefield Co. In Aug 1806, in a deed between James Adams and James Forester, William's adjoining land on Sleepy Creek and Ephraims branch of Turkey Creek was mentioned. This means that he still owned land there.
It is not known where William and his family were for the years 1805 through 1809. Some people have stated that he was in TN, but there is no evidence of that. He is not included in the 1805 Greene Co TN tax list. (Creekmore). He still owned 150 acres in Edgefield Co SC and perhaps some land in GA. While William did move around some, he never wandered far from his roots in GA and SC. I believe he was probably residing in Edgefield Co.
In 1807, William's father Michael Burkhalter died in Edgefield Co. William was named in the will along with his brothers, sisters, and some of Michaels' grandchildren. No doubt William received something from the estate.
In 1809, William crossed back over into GA, buying 101.25 acres on Heards Creek in Randolph County. In 1811, he sold that land. After 1811, there are no known records for William or Rebecca. It is not known when or where William died. In 1811, he was 65 years old, an aged man for the times. Rebecca may have died 1805-1811 because she consented to the sale of land in 1805, but did not sign dower rights in 1811.
1746 - 1768, Vernonburg, Colonial GA
1768 - 1786, Edgefield Co SC
1785 - 1792, Wilkes Co GA
1793 - 1805, Edgefield Co SC
1800 Edgefield Co SC p141
1805 - 1809, prob Edgefield Co SC or GA
1809 - 1811, Randolph Co GA
Warren, Mary Bondurant. Citizens & Immigrants South Carolina 1768. p 44, 45.
Moss, Bobby G. Roster of SC Patriots in the American Revolution. p 122.
Salley, A. S. Stub Entries to Indents, Books U-W. p 33.
Holcomb, Brent. Petitions for Land from SC Council Journals, Vol VI. p 124.
Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of GA 1756-1909. p 78.
Hudson, Frank P. Wilkes Co GA Tax Records 1785-1805, Vol 1. p 14, 15, 72, 81, 125, 227, 424.
Hudson, Frank P. A 1790 Census for Wilkes Co GA Prepared from Tax Returns. p 23.
Dwyer, Clifford S. Washington Co GA Surveyor Plat Book A 1784. p 89.
Williams, Carolyn. History of Greene Co GA 1786-1886. p 35. (incorrect info)
Wells, Carol. Edgefield County SC Deed Books 13, 14, 15. p 65.
Wells, Carol. Edgefield County SC Deed Books 19, 20, 21, 22. p 95, 96, 131, 132.
Wells, Carol. Edgefield County SC Deed Book 26 p 94.
Edgefield Co SC records:
Deed Bks 14 p 279; Bk 21 p 192-199,251-256; Bk 22 p 230,236; Bk 26 p 138.
1800 census p141
Warren Co GA Deed Bk B-441
Lucas, Silas. Some GA County Records, Vol 1. p 82.
Randolph Co GA
Deed Bk ?-513: 1809 Jesse Mallett to William Burkhalter
Deed Bk ?-302: 1811 William Burkhalter to James Calhoun
Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East TN Taxpayers, 1980.
This was researched and written by Ann Blomquist. 6/2002
Hendrix, Ge Lee. Waterway Map of Edgefield District SC. Found in various books.
Rice, Earldene, Betty McCay, Rebecca Roth. Index to Some Early Tax Digests of GA. p i.
DenBoer, Gordon and Kathryn F. Thorne. South Carolina, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
Thorndale, William and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the US Federal Censuses 1790-1920.
Children of WILLIAM BURKHALTER and REBECCA are:
ABRAHAM4 BURKHALTER, b. May 04, 1772, Edgefield Dis SC; d. May 05, 1850, Boone Co IN; m. ELIZABETH CASON, c 1799, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. Jul 26, 1780, SC; d. Oct 02, 1865, Boone Co IN.
JEREMIAH BURKHALTER, b. c 1774, Edgefield Dis SC; d. Bef. 1865, Coosa Co AL; m. LYDIA STEVENS, c 1798, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. c 1783, Edgefield Co SC; d. Aft. 1840.
SARAH BURKHALTER, b. c 1778, Edgefield Co SC; d. Jun 07, 1854, Edgefield Co SC; m. JOHN DORN, c 1798, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. 1768; d. May 30, 1846, Edgefield Co SC.
REBECCA BURKHALTER, b. c 1780, Edgefield Co SC; d. Aft. 1842, Warren Co TN; m. ARCHIBALD FAULKNER, c 1800, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. c 1770, Edgefield Co SC; d. Feb 11, 1842, Warren Co TN.
MARY RAMSEY BURKHALTER, b. c 1782, Edgefield Co SC; d. Jun 24, 1872, Linn Co OR; m. JOHN KEENEY, c 1805; b. Bet. 1770 - 1780, VA/east TN; d. 1845, Holt Co MO.
MIRIAM BURKHALTER, b. Feb 18, 1784, Edgefield Co SC; d. Feb 25, 1874, Fairburn, Fulton Co GA; m. JOHN WASHINGTON STEPHENS, Feb 15, 1807; b. Aug 25, 1776, SC/GA; d. Bet. 1850 - 1860, Henry Co GA.
WILLIAM BURKHALTER, b. c 1786, Edgefield Co SC; d. Aft. 1850, maybe Tallahatchie Co MS; m. MARY REESE, 1811, maybe Randolph Co GA; b. Nov 27, 1792, SC; d. Jan 22, 1867.
DAUGHTER BURKHALTER, b. c 1789, Wilkes Co GA.
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