MICHAEL BURKHALTER(MICHAEL1) was born c Feb 11, 1719/20 in Lutzelfluh, Berne, Switzerland, and died Bet. Jan - Feb 1807 in Edgefield Dis SC.He married ANNA DENZLER Bef. May 18, 1745 in colonial GA, daughter of CONRAD DENZLER and ANNA WETZSTEIN.She was born c Jul 21, 1726 in Illnau Parish, Zurich, Switzerland, and died Aft. 1800.
Michael Burkhalter (Buckhalter, Burckhalter, other spellings) was born in Switzerland. In 1735 when he was a teenager, his parents migrated to the new world colony of South Carolina. He grew to manhood speaking German in the villages of Hampstead and Vernonburg south of Savannah in Georgia. Many of the other residents were German and Swiss.
By May 18 1745, he was married to Anna Denzler, a German speaking Swiss like himself. At that time, "Michael Bourghalter Junr in behalf of his wife daughter of Conrade Densler" petitioned the Trustees of the colony for a cow, calf, tools, provisions etc. The Trustees denied their claim because the Denzler family had already received their allowance. (CR 6) Michael and Anna had at least 8 children. There is a gap in the approximate birth years of known children, so there may have been others who died young. Four children are mentioned in 1755, so there must have been one child born between Nancy and David.
In March 1755, Michael decided to try new lands in the interior of the adjacent colony of South Carolina. He petitioned the SC Colony Council for 300 acres of land on Stephens Creek "where he intends to settle immediately." Michael stated that he had a wife and 4 children, and that he had never received any grants. The council granted his request. Michael would have had to travel up the Savannah River with his family to reach his land. With this move, the Burkhalters left GA to become residents of SC.
Burkhalter set about building a new life for his family. There is a creek named Burkhalters Branch off Stephens Creek. Since he was the first Burkhalter in the area, the creek is no doubt named for him. Michael built a mill on his branch.
In 1758, 200 acres on Horns Creek were surveyed for Burkhalter. Though an official ownership reference has not been found, Burkhalter sold part of it later.
In Dec 1761, Michael received a grant for 50 acres in the village of Hampstead, Christ Church Parish, lot # 11. It is interesting that Michael requested this land. Perhaps the family travelled back and forth between their SC inland property and their GA lot in Hampstead. The survey states that the lot was bounded on the northeast by farm lots, southeast by George Gnapp, southwest by Hampstead Common and lot #10. (Crown Grants, 24)
Michael's father Michael Burkhalter died in Vernonburg in 1762. Michael was not specifically named in the will, but since all of the children were to share in the estate, no doubt, Michael received a portion of it.
In Mar 1765, Michael Buckholster and John Buckholster of Granville District District took a mortgage for Solomon Newsom Sr and Solomon Newsom Jr. At this time, Granville encompassed a long narrow area of the state along the Savannah River, but was discontinued in 1769. The state was reorganized with the local area becoming 96 District and later Edgefield Co.
In Dec 1769, Michael and Anna sold their 50 acres in the village of Hampstead to Frederick Herb for L12. Anna gave her separate consent and the deed was recorded in Oct 1772.
During the next few years, Michael left various records in SC. In Nov 1770, Michael and his son John were witnesses for a deed (Deed Bk 2) In Nov 1772, a deed between Daniel Mitchell and Thomas Dooly in Granville County mentioned Buckhalters Mill Creek and Michael's adjoining land. In Oct 1773, John Frederick Dubber made a lease and release to Michael for 200 acres on a branch of Stephens Creek in Granville Co. In 1778 and 1779, Michael served as a juror for 96 District. (Hendrix, Jury, 81, 99)
In Oct 1782, Michael served as one of the appraisers for the estates of Dempsey Hughes and James Adams. (Court of Ordinary) In Apr 1786, Michael sold the 100 acres that he had obtained from Dubber to his son David Burkhalter for L50, located on the south side of Horns Creek of Stephens Creek. (Deed Bk 7) In Sep 1787, Michael sold 101.5 acres on Horns Creek to James Low (Love) for L50 with his sons John and David acting as witnesses. This land was part of the 1758 grant of 200 acres. (Deed Bk 3) Sometime before Dec 1788, Michael sold his 1755 grant of 300 acres to George Limbacker. (Deed Bks 1, 12) About Sep 1789, Michael sold 100 acres on both sides of Horns Creek of Stevens Creek to Penix Howlet for L50 (the deed was undated but proved on Sep 11 1789, Deed Bk 10).
Though Michael was living in Edgefield Co in 1790, his family was not included in the federal census report. However, his 1800 household included 1 male older than 45 [Michael 80], 1 male 16-26 [maybe grandson Jonathan Stringer 16], 1 male 10-16 [maybe grandson Willis Stringer], and 1 female older than 45 [Anna c72].
In May 1793, Michael sold 6 acres for L5 to his younger brother Christian. The deed states that this parcel was part of a grant made to Michael and includes a drawing of the 1792 survey of the property. Michael signed with the letters MB and the witnesses were Henry Burkhalter and John Griffis. Unfortunately, some confusion is caused by the document naming Michael's wife as Agnes several times. Agnes is a recording error made by the clerk because Michael's will names his wife as Ann. (Deed Bk 8)
In Jun 1796, Michael Buckhalter sold 50 acres on a branch of Big Horse Creek, another tract of 97 acres, and a slave named Charles, aged 17, to his son Henry for a total of L100 (land for L50 and the slave for L50). Big Horse Creek, east of Augusta, is some distance south of where the Burkhalters lived. It is not known how or when Burkhalter obtained this land. (Deed Bk 13)
In July 1801, Michael gave cattle to his Beckum grandchildren, naming Jesse Beckum, Rachel Beckum, William Beckum, and his daughter Nancy Beckum. The witnesses were Absolom Napper, and Solomon Fudge. (Deed Bk 21) On this deed, as he had done on all previous sales, Michael signed with his initials MB.
On Jan 1807, Michael wrote his will, stating "I, Michael Buckhalter of the State and District aforesaid, being in sound health and memory, but calling to mind the uncertainty of life, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First, I commit my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and my soul to return to God who gave it. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Buckhalter my negro woman named Bet during her natural life, and after her decease the said negro woman Bet is to be set free by my executors. And I also leave my beloved wife the plantation where I now live together with all my working tools and household property and all my livestock of every set and denomination whatsoever which is not otherwise desposed of in my natural life, and after the decease of my beloved wife Ann Burkhalter all my working tools, I give and bequeath unto my youngest son Henry Buckhalter over and above his equal share of the other property and all my household furniture and stock of all stocks and denomination is to be equally divided into seven parts and each living child to be contented, and fully satisfied with their equal shares or part and my two grandsons, Jonathan Stringer and Willis Stringer, is to have one childs part divided between them and my six living children, William Burkhalter and John Burkhalter and Nancy Beckum, David Burkhalter, Elizabeth Fudge and Henry Buckhalter, which I also constitute and appoint together with Absolom Napper to Executors to this last will and testament and do hereby request the two persons before mentioned namely Henry Burkhalter and Abolsom Napper to equally divide the said property as before written." The witnesses were Nathan Napper, Isaac Brunson, and Jesse Bukum. Michael died by Feb 1807 when his will was presented in court.
Dying about age 87, Michael lived a long and interesting life, dying about age 87. His childhood was spent in Switzerland, his young manhood and early marriage in colonial Georgia, and his maturity in the interior of South Carlina. He survived the American Revolution which was violent and turbulent in South Carolina. His final years saw the beginning of a new nation. It is not known when Anna died. She was not listed in the 1810 census as a head of household, but she may have been living with a married child.
Some of Michael's land is unexplained. He was granted or bought 750 acres, but he sold 804.5 acres for a difference of 54.5 acres. Sometimes deeds were not recorded, so that may explain the missing transactions.
DAR records indicate that Michael served as a private in the GA troops under Gen. Clarke at Kettle Creek and at the siege of Augusta. However, the DAR records give the wrong birth and death years and the wrong place of death for him. At the age of 56 in 1776, Michael would have been quite old to serve in fighting forces. Since no other evidence has been found that he served, I would dismiss the DAR record. Early in the DAR history, membership was often granted on undocumented information.
1720 - 1735, Switzerland
1735 - 1769, Colonial GA, Vernonburg near Savannah
1755 - 1807, (Granville, 96 Dis) Edgefield Co SC
1790omitted from census
1800Edgefield Co SC p141
Holcomb, Brent. Petitions for Land from the SC Council Journals Vol 4 1754-1756. p 127.
English Crown Grants in Christ Church Parish in GA 1755-1775. p 24.
Holcomb. Brent. SC Deed Abstracts 1773-1778. p xx, xx, 109.
Holcomb. Brent. Ninety-Six District, SC Journal of the Court of Ordinary Will Book 1781-1786. p 29, 35.
Hendrix, Ge Lee. The Jury Lists of SC 1778-1779. p 81, 99.
Hendrix, Ge Lee. Edgefield County SC Abstracts of Deed Books 1-12 1786-1796. p 7, 27, 35, 40, 91, 131, 190, 202.
Edgefield Co SC Records
Will Bk A p 393.
Candler, Allen.The Colonial Records of the State of GA. Vol 6 p 4, 56;8 p 111;23 p 143, 439.
Young, W. Pauline. Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds. p 151.
Wells, Carol. Edgefield Co SC Deed Books 13, 14, 15 p 42.
Wells, Carol. Edgefield Co SC Deed Book 21 p 75.
This was researched and written by Ann Blomquist. 5/2002
Warren, Mary Bondurant. GA Governor and Council Journal 1761-1767. p xi, xii.
Wooley, James and Vivian. Edgefield Co SC Wills 1787-1836. inside front cover.
DAR Lineage Books Vol 92 p 156;Vol 150 p 104.
Children of MICHAEL BURKHALTER and ANNA DENZLER are:
WILLIAM BURKHALTER, b. c 1746, Vernonburg, Colonial GA; d. Aft. 1811, prob GA/SC; m. REBECCA, c 1771, prob 96 District (later Edgefield Co) SC; b. c 1750; d. Aft. 1805, prob GA/SC.
JOHN FRANCIS BURKHALTER, b. c 1748, Vernonburg, Colonial GA; d. Aft. 1810; m. ANN MARCUS,?, c 1782, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. c 1765; d. Aft. 1810.
NANCY BURKHALTER, b. c 1750, Vernonburg, Colonial GA; m. THOMAS BECKUM, c 1784, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. c 1745.
OTHERS BURKHALTER, b. Bet. 1752 - 1757, Vernonburg, Colonial GA; d. Died young.
DAVID BURKHALTER, b. Jun 19, 1759, Colonial GA/SC; d. 1846, prob Barnwell Co SC; m. CECELIA MOSLEY, c 1780, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. c 1759; d. Bef. 1830.
DAUGHTER BURKHALTER, b. c 1763, Colonial GA/SC; d. Bef. 1804; m. WILLIAM(?) STRINGER, c 1783.
ELIZABETH BURKHALTER, b. c 1766, Colonial GA/SC; d. c 1853, Tallahatchie Co MS; m. SOLOMON FUDGE, c 1788, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. c 1762, Orange Co NC; d. c 1840, Tallahatchie Co MS.
HENRY BURKHALTER, b. Feb 29, 1768, (Granville Co) Edgefield Co SC; d. Dec 23, 1832, Marion Co TN; m. MARGARET BRUNSON, c 1794, prob Edgefield Co SC; b. Jun 06, 1771, NC; d. Mar 12, 1832, Marion Co TN.