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Robert South, 1634-1716 UK (famous pastor)
Posted by: Maria Keeney (ID *****5023) Date: November 06, 2006 at 13:57:52
  of 1529

Does anyone know anything about Robert South ancestors and descendants? You can do a wikipedia search on Robert south to learn more about him, but I'm trying to close 100 year gap here. Thanks. This is the bare bones of what I have. If anyone needs more info, I have tombstone pics from Westminster Abbey and a few other tidbits on him.


Robert South (1634-1716)
•       This is the oldest “rumored” ancestor. I say rumored because I have not been able to fill in the gap between our oldest “known ancestor” John South, and this Robert South. There is almost a 100 year gap there. Robert South was a very famous pastor to royalty who is now buried in West Minster Abbey. There is much literature about him. The rumor is from a newspaper interview of Leonard Velton Archer Burton (See newspaper article _____) (For more on Robert South See ____)

John South – 1761 - ? England
•       The oldest ancestor I have been able to confirm is John South, born about 1761 from Hampshire England. John South married Ann Archer. They had at least one son, Lancelot South. Ann Archer was the sole heiress of the Archer fortune. (See _____). Her father being Sir John Archer, Esq. of England.
•       Your true blood ancestral name was not Burton. It was South. (See ______)

Lancelot (South) Archer Burton (1789-1852)
•       The first person to take the Archer Burton name was Lancelot Archer Burton.
•       Lancelot Archer Burton was born Lancelot South, but assumed the name of Archer Burton as an agreement to accepting property from his Godfather Lancelot Burton of Maida Vale in MiddleSex County as per the King’s sign-manual. (See Constable diary). I have not been able to find information about this Godfather and I cannot confirm if he was related. I assume that Lancelot South may have been named after his godfather, Lancelot Burton. I also assume that Godfather Lancelot Burton was Lancelot’s father’s (John South) friend or distant relative.
•       The name Archer was, of course, taken from Lancelot’s mother Ann Archer.
•       Lancelot Archer Burton looked after the famous artist, John Constable’s finances until he was of age to do so himself. (See Constable Diaries).
•       The coat of arms for “Archer-Burton” was Lancelot Archer Burton’s coat of arms. Many people think a coat of arms is for a family, however, this was created for him. The coat of arms and it’s description can be found here (See _____).
•       Lancelot Archer Burton married Jane Gubbins, who was the famous artist, John Constable’s cousin. Her father was James Gubbins, Esq. of Epson, a captain of the 6th dragoon guards.
•       Lancelot was Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of Hants in Hampshire England around 1840-1850.
Burton Archer Burton (1820-1890)

•       Burton Archer Burton, Esq., M.A. of Woodlands, Emsworth, Hants, Justice of the Peace, Barrister at Law in 1842 and 1843, then was High Sheriff of Hampshire England in 1847.
•       He married Henrietta Lucretia Taylor who was born in India in 1823. They married in 1845.
•       Prior to 1860, the family lived in a castle called “Woodlands” in England which was a 1000 acre estate.
•       It is known that the family lived in Coblenz by 1860. They lived in the Castle of Lahneck, during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. Burton Archer Burton sided with many French prisoners during those days. (See pics of castle ____)
•       Burton and Henrietta had son Leonard Velton Archer Burton in 1860. They had a total of 10 children. Beside Leonard Velton, there was: L.J. Graeme (aka James Graeme), James Henry, Katherine Edith, Evelyn Mary, Florence Annie, Georgina Henrietta, Vivian Ellis, Mabel Earle, and Lucy Helena.

Leonard Velton Archer Burton (1860-1937)
•       Born in Coblenz, where the Rhine River and Monelle meet. (I cannot confirm that they lived in Castle Lahneck during the time of his birth, but it is known that they lived in the castle sometime during 1870-71).
•       In about 1872, his parents sent him to Baden Baden school when he was 12. The German dictator, Kaiser Wilhem was a schoolmate.
•       In 1876, Leonard Velton Archer Burton was the first direct descendent to come to Minnesota and the US. He was only 15 at the time. He was not doing well in school and his parents were not happy with him. His brothers came a year or two earlier than he did.
•       He joined his brothers in Fairmont Minnesota, where he bought lots of land. (various sources, newspaper article, Wherland book, census)
•       He came over on the boat from Liverpool to the US (newspaper article)
•       He married Sally Wherland, who was the daughter of a Sea Captain Frederick Wherland. She came to the US about the same time as he did. (See more on Sally Wherland ____ as well as pictures of the two)
•       He bought too much land (3 farms) and many of the people that owed him money for renting those farms, made sour deals and he lost a lot of his fortune.
•       In 1882 he went back to Southhampton, England (Rockstone Mansion, one of his old family homes) and gathered another inheritance from the family.
•       He came back to the US in 1883, the following year and that money also went away quickly. (newspaper article ___)
•       He worked at whatever he could.
•       He started the Burton Zoo and housed exotic animals on his farm. There was also an amusement park. More pictures and info about the family can be found at the Martin County Historical Society. (See pics ___)
•       In 1878, Sally and Leonard had son, Vivian Lyster Archer Burton. They had a total of 9 children. Besides Vivian Lyster, they had: Leonard Victor, Lionel Mortimer, Vincent Corbert, Maude Ethel, William Godron, Henrietta Sybil, Constance Lucretia, and Lancelot Frederick.
•       In 1909 Leonard started a long battle to win the seat of Office of the Registrar of Deeds in Fairmont. He tried (and failed) to get elected in six different elections prior. In 1927 he finally won by a large majority.
•       On his letterhead he claims his life was “A life wasted”. (See copy of original letterhead ______)

Vivian Lyster Archer Burton (1878-1952)

•       Vivian married Martha M. Peters
•       In 1916, Vivian and Martha had son, Warren Vivian Archer Burton. They had a total of 5 children. Besides Warren Vivian, they had: Cecil, Barbara, Marvel, and Ivadel.

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