Notes for James Meyer Burkhead: 1822 - Commissioned as Justice of Peace with power to organize Davidson Co, NC. His wife was from that part of Cumberland Co., NC that is now Moore County. The marriage of James Burkhead to Charity Muse is not proven but is based on tradition in both families. Circumstances suggest that the Burkhead brothers, James and Eleazer III probably lived as young men in Cumberland (now Moore) County, North Carolina in the late eighteenth century and married there. However, confirmation is impossible because all of the public records of Moore County were burned in a court-house fire in 1889. There is a long-held tradition that Charity and her sister Elizabeth Muse married the Burkhead brothers, which is presented here as a reasonable assumption of fact (supported later by the letter from her grandson, identifying her as "Charity.")
James "Burket" apparently returned with his bride to Rowan (now Davidson) County and appears in the 1790 census adjacent to his father Eleazer on Beaverdam Creek. The couple is listed with no children, having been only recently married. In the 1794 tax lists, James is assessed one white poll only and no land. Two years later, he is shown as owning 150 acres, although no record of the acquisition of this property has been located. In the 1800 census, "James Birched and Lazarus Birched" are recorded in Moore County suggesting that James and his brother Eleazer Burkhead III were again living in Moore County. Their wives' Muse family residence in Moore County makes that a logical arrangement and helps support the tradition of their marriages. By 1820, James and his family were back in Rowan (now Davidson) County near his father Eleazer on Beaverdam Creek. His brothers Levan and Eleazer III apparently remained in Moore County. They are mentioned in Robinson's history in a discussion of churches of the county: "About 1820 there was also built a log meeting-house more than a mile west of Carthage, on the north side of the Troy Road. It was called the Burkhead Meeting-house, in honor of Leven Burkhead, who 'was then the leader of the Methodists in this community.' Among the members were Burkhead, Eleazer Burkhead, ... and James B. Muse ..."
On 14 August 1826, James Burkhead sold 87 1/2 acres on Beaverdam Creek to Jedithan Cook for $125. James was then assessed taxes on 287 acres each year from 1827 to 1841 when his holding was reduced to 237 acres and his son WIlliam A. Burkhead was assessed on 50 acres for the first time. On 24 January 1846, James sold 227 acres of the Beaverdam property to his eldest son Green M. Burkhead, who was then of Stanly County, North Carolina. James lived most of his life in Davidson County, but, according to his obituary in the Raliegh Register, he died in 1859 at the home of his son, Jesse D. Burkhead in Mooresville, Iredell County at the rather remarkable age of 93. A grandson's biography indicates he may have married 2nd a Margaret.
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