John BURK[1]
Male 1760 - 1836


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  • Birth  23 Jul 1760  , Rockbridge, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Military  Mar 1776  American Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • He enlisted in the Wilkes County, NC light horse. He was an ensign in the company and stated that he was "'under the control of my father.' The tour was spent in Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes County NC. After the 3 months were completed, James sent Joghn --now 16-- home. James apparently continued his own service and was killed in Aug 1776. In response to questions in the pension application, John stated 'I expect my father got a discharge for each of us,' however in his narrative about his service, John indicates James discharged John, then died in service in August 1776."

      "In the summer of 1779 John served on 3 to 4 short tours of 10-30 days each under Capt Amos Bird. John apparently served as a spy during these forays."

      "In 1780 John Burk went on a tour to South Carolina where he served under Capt William Ritchie for 2-3 weeks as a spy to watch the movements of the Tories. He then returned to NC where he signed up for a 3 month tour under Capt Samuel Johnson, but was never attached to any troops and was released after 2-3 weeks."

      "In Aug 1781 John was drafted for a 3 month tour under Capt Alexander Gordon commanded by Col Francis Locke. . .They joined General Green in SC, passing through Camden, to Columbia on the Congaree River, then participated in the battle of Eutaw Springs. [8 Sept 1781]. During part of that time, John was under a French Colonel [sic] named Malmondeau or something similar [L. Tate's note - It was Marquis Malmedy, Col. Mamedy]. John states, seemingly with some sarcasm, that the French officer was thought to have normally been a captain, but may have [been] made a colonel and given command of the troup [sic] because the American commanders felt he was better qualified for leading the men than a militia commander."

      "Following the battle, John was marched back to Salisbury [L. Tate's note - probably in NC] 'in charge of the prisoners', and there received his discharge papers."

      "In the spring of 1782 when one of every 16 men was recruited for an eighteen month tour of duty, John paid a substitute (not named) to serve in his stead."
    Residence  17761779  , Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "At the time of James and John Burk's enlistment, they were living on the Yadking River in Wilkes County NC [L. Tate's note - Wilkes was formed from Surry County and District of Washington in 1777]. . .James states [my note - in his pension app] that he 'remained with the family' following his father's death until 1779 when they 'removed to the West. . .'"
    Residence  1779  , Washington, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • John stated in his pension application that in the year 1779, the family "removed to the West on the waters of the Nole Chucke [Nolichucky River] where the frontiers were continually harassed by the Indians."
    Military  28 Oct 1783  , Surry, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • John was granted 640 acres in Surry County, NC for his father's service in the Continental Army. James was credited with 84 months service.
    Residence  1795  , , Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    In 1795, John moved his family to Kentucky. 
    Census  1810  , Jessamine, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    • John Burk appeared on the 1810 census. The household included 2 males 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 45 or older (John), 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 45 or older (Alcie).
    Residence  1811  , Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    In 1811, they moved to Wayne County, Indiana. 
    Military  1818  [2
    • "He applied for a Rev War soldier's pension in1818, but was turned down because the only paper he had was for a militia unit."
    Census  1830  Wayne , Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military  18311832  , Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "In 1831 there was a motion passed in the Indiana General Assembly wherein a motion was passed that the governor be requested to send a copy of the memorial to the senators and representatives of the state requesting their assistance in helping John Burk of Wayne County obtain a pension for his service. In 1832 John applied for and obtained a Rev War soldier's pension in Wayne County."
    Died  1 Feb 1836  , Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "His pension application shows that he died 1 Feb 1836. His final pension check was returned with a note that it should be made payable to his heir Lewis Burk.
    Buried  Aft 1 Feb 1836  Elkhorn Cemetery, , Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I1140  Kendrick-Hemphill
    Last Modified  11 Jul 2010 

    Father  James BURK,   b. Abt 1735, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Oct 1783, , , North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Amey 
    Family ID  F693  Group Sheet

    Family  Alcie SEBASTIAN OR ROBINSON,   b. 27 Dec 1756,   d. 5 Mar 1836 
    Married  6 Jun 1781  , Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "John Burk married 'Ailse Sebastin' in Wilkes County, NC on 6 Jun 1781, bondsman Henry Carter, witness Geo Wheatley. Source: Ancestry.com database 'North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868.' John's pension application file contains a 1936 request for information about his service which includes the following statement: 'His wife was Alcy Robinson who was first married to _____ Sebastian.' A Sebastian researcher states he has a 1972 genealogical book giving her maiden name as Alise Sebastian, sister or daughter of Bejamin Sebastian."
    Last Modified  12 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F935  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S515] PlanetMurphy.org, personal website (http://www.planetmurphy.org/index.php), "James Burk (Burke), Virginia Frontiersman"; (Reliability: 2).
      http://www.planetmurphy.org/pagebuild.php?pagebody1=BurkeJas.htm

    2. [S227] L. Tate [(E-ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE),] to Tonia Kendrick, e-mail; privately held by Kendrick [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE, "Re: WorldConnect: James Burk Jr and son John"; (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S212] The North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, editor, Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution; Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), 238 (Reliability: 3).
      Link to record on Ancestry.com

    4. [S564] 1810 U.S. census, Jessamine County, Kentucky; digital images, Ancestry.com; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M252, (http://www.ancestry.com), roll 7, p. 573 (penned), line 11, John Burk; (Reliability: 2).
      Link to record on Ancestry.com




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