Benjamin BURGIN 

Benjamin BURGIN[1]

Male 1741 - 1823

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  • Birth  30 Nov 1741  Shrewsbury Parish, Kent, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3


    • p. 8 & 10 Benjamin Burgin was born Nov. 30, 1741 and christened on Dec. 25, 1741. A transcript of Shrewsbury Parish records mistakenly lists birthdate as Dec. 25. Only in the original copies do you find the correct date of birth and christening. -> www.theburginfamily.org
    Christened  25 Dec 1741  Shrewsbury Parish, Kent, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  Between 1765 and 1770  , , North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "Sometime between 1765 and 1770, came to North Carolina." -> Echoes in the Mist, p. 10
    Occupation  Bef 1765  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Blacksmith and Carpenter 
    Occupation  Aft 1765  , , North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Tanner 
    Occupation  1785  , Fayette, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "He was J. P. in Fayette Co., North Carolina and resigned from that office in 1785." -> Echoes in the Mist, p. 10
    Occupation  1788  Old Fort, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Justice of the Peace 
    Occupation  1789  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Deputy Sheriff 
    Census  1790  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • "Ben Burgin" was enumerated as head of household and one of two white males 16 years+. The other is John (16). The household also includes 1 white female (Leah) and 6 white males under 16 (James 13, Ben Jr. 11, Robert 9, Merritt 6, 2 unidentified).
    Occupation  1794  Old Fort, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9
    Justice of the Peace 
    • He is said to have jailed Daniel Boone for a while for non-payment of debts.
    Occupation  1796  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    • "Ben was active in local, civic and political affairs. A search of the minutes of Burke County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions show that Ben served as Deputy Sheriff in 1789, Clerk of the Court in 1793, JP in 1794 and 1795. In the October Session of 1796, Ben and Joseph Young, Esquires were judges of the Upper Election for Elector, and Ben Adams and James Fallon were appointed clerks to said election."

      Said judges participated in the selection of members of the electoral college which elected the second president of the United States, John Adams.
    Property  27 Feb 1798  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    purchased one or more slaves from John McLean 
    Census  1800  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • "Benjamin Borgen" was enumerated as head of household and one of two males 45 and over. The household includes 1 female 45 and over (Leah 56), 1 male under 10 (Alney 3), 2 males 10 to 15 (Daniel ? and Merritt, 15 or 16), 2 males 16 to 25 (James 23 and Ben Jr 21), 3 females under 10 (Martha 7, Leah 6, Rebecca 1) and seven slaves.
    Census  1820  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Benjamin Burgan is enumerated as head of household, and 1 of 2 free white males, aged 45+ (Ben Jr. is on another page in this census). The other FWM is likely Merritt. The household also includes a FWM aged 16 to 24 (likely Alney) and a free white female, aged 45+ (likely Leah Mann). There are also 3 male slaves under 14, 2 male slaves aged 14-25, 1 female slave under 14, 1 female slave aged 14-25, and 1 female slave aged 26-44.
    Associates  Millington Lytle 
    Associates  Peter Stroud 
    Associates  Thomas Hemphill 
    Associates  Thomas Lytle 
    Name  Pioneer Ben Burgin 
    Died  5 Apr 1823  Old Fort, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Burgin Family Bible - Deaths
    Burgin Family Bible - Deaths
    Probate  Jul 1823  , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 17
    Will did not survive the burning of the Burke County Courthouse by the Union soldiers in 1865 
    • The executors inventoried his estate on September 10, 1823. Among the items of note were a 60-gallon still and 100 gallons of whiskey.
    Person ID  I1582  Kendrick-Hemphill
    Last Modified  2 Jun 2013 

    Father  John BURGIN,   b. 14 Sep 1704, , Kent, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 3 Sep 1753 and 4 Jan 1754, , probably Kent, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Martha CHRISFIELD,   b. 1704, Kent County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft May 1762, Shrewsbury Parish, Kent, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1738  Shrewsbury Parish, Kent, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F43  Group Sheet

    Family  Leah MANN,   b. 1754, , Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1837, Old Fort, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Nov 1772  Old Fort, Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    Burgin Family Bible - Marriages
    Burgin Family Bible - Marriages
    Benjamin Burgin and Leah Mann Marriage Bond
    Benjamin Burgin and Leah Mann Marriage Bond
    transcription
    North Carolina Register of Deeds Marriage License Index, p.46
    North Carolina Register of Deeds Marriage License Index, p.46
    Children 
     1. Daniel BURGIN
    >2. John BURGIN,   b. 15 Oct 1774, , Rowan, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1837, Marion, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James BURGIN,   b. 9 Sep 1777
    >4. Major Benjamin BURGIN,   b. 16 Dec 1779, Old Fort, Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1874, , McDowell, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Merritt BURGIN,   b. 10 Jul 1784, , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1837, Old Fort, , North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Robert BURGIN,   b. 13 Jan 1787
     7. Abner BURGIN,   b. 18 Mar 1789
    >8. Martha BURGIN,   b. 8 Dec 1791
    >9. Leah BURGIN,   b. 15 Feb 1794
    >10. Alney BURGIN,   b. 14 Mar 1797, , Burke, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1868, , McDowell, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Rebeccah BURGIN,   b. 30 Jan 1799
    Last Modified  12 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F42  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Benjamin Burgin Homeplace
    Benjamin Burgin Homeplace
    Turn off Old Fort's Main Street onto Red Top Road and go 8/10 mile. (Red Top Road turns off Old Fort's Main Street) Pioneer Ben's house was located on the right side of the road. (House burned to the ground in 1929.)
    Pioneer Ben Burgin
    Pioneer Ben Burgin

    Documents
    Burgin Homestead Fire Newspaper Article
    Burgin Homestead Fire Newspaper Article

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Peggy Silvers, Echoes in the mist: the Burgin family, 1677-1989 (Nebo, N.C.: Rt. 1, Box 796, Nebo 28761, 1989)., p. 10 (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S543] Peggy Silvers, Echoes in the mist: the Burgin family, 1677-1989 (Nebo, N.C.: Rt. 1, Box 796, Nebo 28761, 1989)., p. 8 (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/corrections.html (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/corrections.html (Reliability: 2).
      p. 8 & 10 Benjamin Burgin was born Nov. 30, 1741 and christened on Dec. 25, 1741. A transcript of Shrewsbury Parish records mistakenly lists birthdate as Dec. 25. Only in the original copies do you find the correct date of birth and christening.

    5. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/pioneer.html (Reliability: 2).
      He had worked as a blacksmith and carpenter in Maryland
      from article "A Gentleman Named 'Pioneer Ben'"

    6. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/pioneer.html (Reliability: 2).
      in North Carolina, he would operate a tannery. They used the tannin from the bark of the abundant local trees turning the equally abundant animal skins into leather, a commodity much needed on the frontier.
      from article "A Gentleman Named 'Pioneer Ben'"

    7. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/old_fort.html (Reliability: 2).
      In 1788 Ben was serving as Justice of the Peace, the following year he was a Deputy Sheriff of Burke County (now McDowell County). During the next decade he frequently would be referred to with the sobriquet "Esquire", which was used only for community leaders. Benjamin Burgin was again appointed a Justice of Peace in 1794, a position much more important than it is today. He was actually one of the judges of the county court, The Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.
      from article "Old Fort Revisited"

    8. [S176] Ancestry.com, 1790 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Indexed from: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States in the Year 1790. Washington, D.C.: Government), Year: 1790; Census Place: , Burke, North Carolina; Roll: M637_7; Page: 107; Image: 0059. (Reliability: 2).
      Name: Ben Burgin
      Residence Date: 1790
      Residence Place: Burke, North Carolina
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1790usfedcen&h=156365&ti=0&indiv=try

    9. [S84] Virtus Edmundson, Edmundson & Related Families All Branches, Twigs and Leaves - Revisited, http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edaf0448&id=I02025 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/old_fort.html (Reliability: 2).
      from article "Old Fort Revisited"

    11. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/history.html (Reliability: 2).

    12. [S551] Edward W. Phifer, "Slavery in Microcosm: Burke County, North Carolina," The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 28, No. 2 (May, 1962), online archives, JSTOR (http://www.jstor.org/stable/2205185 : accessed )., accessed; 1 June 2013; p. 141; citing John McLean to Benjamin Burgin, February 27, 1798 in Burke County, Miscellaneous Papers (North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh), Bills of Sale 1781-1815-1833 (C. R. 14.009) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S183] Ancestry.com, 1800 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Second Census of the United States, 1800. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1800. M32, 52), Year: 1800; Census Place: , Burke, North Carolina; Roll: 29; Page: 729; Image: 111. (Reliability: 2).
      Name: Benjamin Borgen
      Residence Date: 1800
      Residence Place: Burke, North Carolina
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1800usfedcenancestry&h=303040&ti=0&indiv=try

    14. [S203] Ancestry.com, 1820 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1820. M33, 14), Year: 1820; Census Place: , Burke, North Carolina; Roll: M33_83; Page: 89; Image: 54. (Reliability: 2).
      Name: Benjamin Burgan
      Residence Date: 1820
      Residence Place: Burke, North Carolina
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&h=1469475&ti=0&indiv=try

    15. [S37] Burgin Family Bible, Deaths (Reliability: 3).
      Benjamin Burgin Sr. Departed this life April 5th in the year of our Lord 1823 in the 81st year of his age.

    16. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/pioneer.html (Reliability: 2).
      Pioneer Ben died April 5, 1823; In the 81st year of his age at his home in what had become the community of Lackey Town, on Crooked Creek, near Old Fort.
      from article "A Gentleman Named 'Pioneer Ben'"

    17. [S39] Voices from the Past: A Burgin Genealogy Website (http://theburginfamily.org), http://theburginfamily.org/pioneer.html (Reliability: 2).
      Ben had made a will, which was probated in July, 1823, with his sons John and Benjamin the executors, but the will did not survive the burning of the Burke County courthouse by the Union soldiers in 1865.
      from article "A Gentleman Named 'Pioneer Ben'"

    18. [S37] Burgin Family Bible, Marriages (Reliability: 3).
      Benjamin Burgin his Wife Leah was Married 15th Nov. 1772

    19. [S186] Ancestry.com, "North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), entry for Benjamin Burgin and Lear Man 1772 marriage; citing North Carolina State Archives, Rowan, NC; (Reliability: 3).
      http://tinyurl.com/y98oq6f




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