Does anyone have a copy of the 1784 will of John Burkhalter of Wilkes/Warren County, Georgia? I've read that it was published among "loose papers" in Wilkes County, but when I went to the courthouse they could not help. His father Michael's will of 1762 is on-line at the Georgia Archives, and his son John, Jr.'s 1861 will is in Marion County, Georgia.
Second, is anyone aware of proof that John Burkhalter (Sr. or Jr.) of Wilkes/Warren County, Georgia was a patriot? The DAR has closed both lines because of the lack of proof that they supported the Revolution. I found a record in Wilkes County that John Burkhalter was given 250 acres for service under Elijah Clarke, but the record is not dated and there is no way to identify which John received the land. If they were patriots, they deserve to be honored as such.
My Burkhalter knowledge is currently pretty much limited to Warren County, GA. I've copied all their early land records there, including an interesting one about land granted to the "seven heirs of John Burkhalter" (Michael, John, Jacob, Jeremiah, Isaac, Joshua, Jesse) and one about John, Jr., which alternately refers to him as John and as Michael (was his name John Michael, I wonder?).
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