Yes, Mr. Carlton Wood very kindly sent me a copy of the indenture that John Burkhalter "of Wrights Borough Township Saint Pauls Parish and provence of Georgia Blacksmith" wrote on 24 May 1773, although it was not recorded in Wilkes Co., GA, until 28 Jan 1784, presumably when John died. Clearly this indenture provided for the 6 sons and 2 daughters of his first wife: Michael, John, Jacob, Joshua, Jeremiah, Isaac, Mary, and Barbara. John left them "all my personal and moveable estate" and declared that they could "at all times hereafter peaceably have, hold, use, occupy, and enjoy the herein mentioned granted or intended to be granted premisesÖ without any trouble, molestation," etc.
John doesnít mention a wife in the indenture. Perhaps she had died and he was about to marry Ann Newsom. When he died around 1784, John left a young widow with three small children: Nancy (who married Daniel Hutchinson on 25 Oct 1795 in Warren County), your Martha (who married William Hutchinson on 06 Jun 1801 in Warren County), and a son Jesse. Most of his first wifeís children were also still relatively young when John died, so Ann may have reared them as well as her own. John, Jr. (my ancestor) named one of his sons David Newsome Burkhalter, probably after Annís brother David Newsom. My guess is that they all got along well.
John apparently didnít leave a will in 1784, but 800 acres of land were deeded in that year to ďthe heirs of John Burkhalter,Ē i.e., to his 7 sons Ė the 6 from his first marriage and young Jesse from his second marriage (thank you, Carlton, for a copy of the deed). They subsequently split the land among themselves and sold it. After Warren County was formed in 1793, the Burkhalter land was no longer in Wilkes County but in Warren.
I canít tell you much about the Newsomís. I gather that Annís father, Solomon Newsom, was a close friend and neighbor of John Burkhalter. I believe that Solomon was born about 1715-1720 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and came to Georgia via Edgefield County, SC, which may be where he met the Burkhalters.
After John died, Ann married Samuel Wilson. Wilkes County Deed Book II, p. 490, has a 1792 indenture (abstracted by Michal Martin Farmer in "Wilkes County, Georgia Deed Books A - VV 1784-1786") where "Samuel Wilson and Ann Wilson, now wife of said Samuel Wilson, formerly Ann Buckhalter, daughter of Solomon Newsom, Senior, decd., for love and respect I bear, to my son in law or son Michael Buckhalter" gifted four slaves to her stepson Michael, the oldest of Johnís children.
My own goal is still to find some proof that Burkhalters were patriots in the Revolution. Havenít found it yet.
Good luck with your search. If I learn more about John and Ann, I will let you know.
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