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View Tree for William Henry Sr. BurchWilliam Henry Sr. Burch (b. 1744, d. June 1815)

William Henry Sr. Burch (son of Thomas Jr. Burch and Elizabeth Hammonds) was born 1744 in Carolina County, Virginia, and died June 1815 in Surrey County., N. Carolina. He married Mary Ann Lawrence.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Henry Sr. Burch:
William &Mary had 13 children.
William Burch (Jr) was born in 1764 on "Haw River, North Carolina", so that means the family was living somewhere on the Haw River at that time. Haw River is a long river. It rises in what is now eastern Forsyth County (in 1764 this was Rowan County, and in 1771 became Surry), and flows north eastward into Guilford County, then into Rockingham County, then south easterly back into Guilford County, then into Alamance County, then continuing south easterly into Chatham County where it joins the Deep River and forms the Cape Fear River.

Since the Haw River does rise in what later became Surry County, I'd have to guess he wasn't too far from that area. In 1764, A huge portion of the river was in old Orange Co, NC in 1764 (Alamance, much of Chatham, and part of Guilford and Rockingham Counties were all part of Orange in 1764), and the section of the river west of the old Orange Co, NC line in 1764 was in old Rowan County (Part of Guilford, and Rockingham, all of Forsyth and Stokes).

On 30 Apr 1780, in Surry Co, NC, William Burch, William Cook and John Burch witnessed the Will of Benjamin Bowles of Hanover Co, VA. If this is the same William we are studying, then that lends proof to him being the son of Thomas Burch, as then John Burch would be his brother, and William Cook his brother-in-law. (Surry Co, NC Will Book 1 page 140).

On 10 May 1780, in Surry Co, NC Court, an order was given to lay off Districts and appoint Justices and Constables and Assessors for each. William Burch and Benjamin Burch (brother?) were named in Capt. Shepherd's District. (Surry County, North Carolina Court Minutes Volume I & II, 1767-1789 by Mrs. W. O.. Abshe


25 Dec 1829 - William Burch to John Burch D/3 4 Aug 1831 -
William Burch from Benj. Freeland D/310 25 Jul 1836 - William
Burch to George Burch E/269

25 Dec 1829 - William Burch & Elizabeth wife of Monroe Co
to John Burch same; $160; 80 ac. SS/ William (X) Burch. Wit:
Absolom Baker, George Adams D/3

4 Aug 1831 - Benjamin Freeland & Jane, wife, of Monroe Co to
William Burch of same; $150; land to be sold @ Vincennes D/529

25 Jul 1836 - William Burch, Elizabeth wife, to George Burch
all Monroe Co; valuable consideration, love & affection; 40 ac
land sold @ Vincennes. SS/ William (X) Burch, Elizabeth (X)
Burch Wit: James Crane JP, George W Collings E/319

Names of the siblings of William Burch Jr. come from the Bible
record included in his Revolutionary War application.


Berch, William, or Burch, Elizabeth no. R788 service NC born

Fragments of the Burch Family Bible included: Across the
frontispiece written faintly "Henry Burch" The ages of William
and Elizabeth Burches children Mary Burch was born February
the 4th 1815 George Burch was born on the 7th of February
Nancy Burch was born May the Lazarus Burch was Born the 6th
day of June Sally Burch was Born the 2 day of June 1821
faintly in different handwriting 1846 1766
82 Levi Burch was Born September the 18th 1824 Henry Burch
was Born October the 18th 1826 William Burch was born in the
year of our Lord 1764 May the 10th The words "Henry Burch" are
written upside down, and again "Henry" is written across
another page. It appears that Henry might have been learning
how to write.

3 Nov 1843 - Aquilla Rogers, Judge of the Probate Court,
Monroe Co, IN states that he has visited in the residence of
William Berch and has ascertained that William served in the
Revolutionary War, that he is in his 80th year and infirm, and
that his testators Season (?) Long, David Carpenter, Absalom
Baker and James Baker are of good character and to be

Question 1. Where and in what year were you born? Answer. On
Haw River North Carolina the county not recollected.

Question 2. Have you any record of your age and if so, where
is it? Answer. I have a copy of it in my house written by one
Thomas Barnes an Irishman.

Question 3. Where were you living when called into the
service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and
where do you now live? Answer. On Fish River, Surry County,
North Carolina. Since the War I lived in Stokes County, moved
from Surry and from Stokes county North carolina to Monroe
County Indiana ------

Question 4. How were you called in to Service, were you
draughted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if so
for whom? Answer. There was a call for Militia and I

Question 5. States the names of some of the regular officers
who were with the troops where you served, such continental
and Militia regiments as you can recollect and the general
circumstanced of your service. Answer. I recollect the names
of Col. Micajah Lewis who was killed and col John Armstrong;
the former he thinks was of the Militia and the latter of the
main or regular army; and those here before names; and knows
of no circumstance of more note than before stated nor of
anything more important than testimony.

Question 6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the Service
and is so by whom was it given and what has become of it?
Answer. I never received a discharge as I recollect of.

Question 7. State the names of persons to whom you are known
in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your
character for veracity and their belief of your services as a
soldier of the Revolution. Answer. William Edwards, Samuel
Slone and all the neighbors. SS/ William (his mark) Berch

5 Feb 1853 - Elizabeth Berch of Greene Co, IN appeared, is the
widow of William Berch, and is aged 66 years. She married
William 2 Apr 1812 in Surry Co, NC by William Fletcher,
Minister of the Gospel, and her name before marriage was
Elizabeth Ritter. William died in Monroe County, IN 17 Sep
1848. She further states that she, William Burch and their
children came from Surry Co, NC in the fall of 1823 and
arrived in Monroe County in December, a few days before
Christmas. She and her husband raised seven children all of
whom are living, and that the said decendent by his first wife
raised seven children to maturity, all of whom are males. SS/
Elizabeth (her mark) Berch.

"William Burch, Sr., the first known progenitor of our line,
died in either 1815 or 1816. He was on the tax list of Surry
County with his current 200 A. in 1815; then in the 1816 tax
list the land is shown credited to George Burch (his next door
neighbor) "for Wm. Burch's heirs." Wm, Sr's land evaluated as worth
$200 in 1815; $100 in 1816,
while son George's land (194 1/2 A) was worth $500 both years.
Elderly men were granted a lower tax rate.)
Burch family lived in the northeast corner of Surry County, just east 2,3,4
miles of Mt. Airy...The Burches lived 3-5 miles from the
Virginia-North Carolina state line with Patrick Co, VA to the
north.... William Burch, Jr., got land from the state
of North Carolina in 1799 for a few cents... There were nine
grants of land in this general period (1780-1830) to a William
Burch but this is the only one to our group. Grant was for 200
A. and a John Wolframburger's John was William Jr.'s
sons father-in-law; the name was changed to Sparger about this
time.) line is mentioned. ( In 1815 Wm. sells this land
(Wolframburger's line is mentioned, thus identifying it) to
Bezebel Burch.
Bezebel Burch was the son of William Burch Jr and Mourning Harris, his first
wife. William Jr. sold Bezebeel his Surry County land when he
went to Monroe Co, IN.) Back to Wm., Jr. After selling out
here he went to Stokes County (he shows there in 1820 along
with Charles, our ancestor) and lived until his remove to
Indiana. Joseph Lawrence... S31810, got $40 per annum for his
Rev War Svce, beginning Mar 1831. Joe was born about 1755 in
Albemarle Co, VA entered service in 1775 or 1776 (he wasn't
sure) just after marriage... then in Spring 1777 he removed
from Va where he'd served 1 year in the militia to Surry Co,
NC. He gives detailed data of serving with a number of
Captains.... applied for pension in Fall, 1832, in Greene Co,
IN. .....two witnesses Dana Banta, a preacher, and our own
William Burch Jr ... he knew Joseph Larence 10 or 12 years in
Surry Co, NC...lived close to him for 3 years in IN. .
Bazabeel Burch was the son of William Burch and Mourning
Harris Burch, or that James Philip Burch (their son) was
married to Mary (Wolfen)Sparger. Robert Harris, the father of Mourning,
was one of the wealthiest men in VA and NC. Mourning Burches mother was a Glen - another very wealthy family.

Children of William Henry Sr. Burch and Mary Ann Lawrence are:
  1. +William Henry Jr. Burch, b. May 10, 1764, Haw River, N. Carolina Surry Co., d. September 17, 1848, Monroe Co, Ind..
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