Peter Burr, 1727 Fairfield, CT -1795 in what is now known as Jefferson Co, WV, was the son of Peter & Abigail (Hall) Burr of Fairfield, CT. His lineage in America began in 1630 when his great great grandfather Jehue Burre arrived from England with Winthrop's fleet to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his wife and young son Jehu Burr. Jehue Burre helped found what is now known as Springfield, MA and Fairfield, CT. He is the father of the Fairfield branch of Burr's which also includes the Rev. Aaron Burr who helped found Princeton University, the Vice President Aaron Burr and other notable early founders of our nation.
Peter Burr migrated from Fairfield to the Virginia Colony. His home, in which he raised 13 children, was built ca 1751 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now owned and maintained by the Jefferson County Historical Landmarks Commission and is considered to be the oldest wood frame structure in West Virginia.
Today hundreds of his descendants live all across our nation. It is known that some lived, or may be living in the Texas counties of Bell, Fannin, Gray, Grayson, Harris, Johnson, Montague, Parmer, Tarrant and possibly others. In October 2008, many of them met for the first time and visited the old homestead. A second Burr Homecoming is tentatively being planned for October 2010.
The Peter Burr Society is seeking to find more of his descendants, to find additional historic records and to spread the word of our family's wonderful legacy. Help us to connect with our cousins. If you are a descendant, or aware of anyone who is, please email CShaw24206@aol.com
Cousins and other interested parties are welcome to join us at the Peter Burr Society,http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peterburrsociety/http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peterburrsociety/
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Surnames of Known Descendants, as of February 2009 -
Angleton, Anson, Baker, Barkley, Barr, Baugh, Baer/ Bear, Bedford, Berry, Biggs, Brown, Burkhart, Burr, Butler, Carl, Carson, Cline, Cole, Conklin, Cowan, Creamer, Cross, Duke, Embly, Ewing, Fawcett, Gambill, Garringer, Gilbert, Glenn, Gregory,Hammond, Hannil, Hardin, Harris, Hennigan, Hinman, Holden, Hollingsworth, Holman, Horney, Hughes, Hunter, Irvin, Isleen, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Kessler, Kibbey, King, Knisley, Krantz, Larrick, Lawrence, League, Ledbetter, LeFevre, Leffel, Lemen, Lewis, Lindsey, Link, Lloyd, Marshall, Mattes, McGarry, Melvin, Miars, Miley, Miller, Murrell, Osbourn, Payne, Perry, Pitt/Pitts, Powell, Probasco, Qualls, Reed/Reeds, Saum, Seeley, Sever, Sewell, Shaffer, Shaw, Siler, Slack, Small, Smith, Snyder, Stewart, Toon, Urton, Vandervoort, Walthall, Ward, West, White, Wiley, Wilkins, Williams, Wolf, Woodworth.