Here are a John and William Burton, who appear in the early history of Savannah, GA. Let me know if you have anything to add to their history or know anything about their descendents.
John Burton-I Don't know if the Rev. John Burton Trustee is the same as John Burton, Tythingman of Savannah, GA.
Christ Church Frederica
St. Simons Island, Glynn Co., Georgia
In February 1736, the first English settlers arrived on St. Simons Island. The group left England for the Americas on 10 December 1735, under the guidance of Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe. Three ships carried these 227 immigrants to their new land, the Symond under Capt. Joseph Cornish, the London Merchant under Capt. John Thomas, and the Hawk under Capt. James Gascoigne. Amongst them were the English settlers, the Moravians, the Salzburgers, and three missionaries, Rev. Benjamin Ingham, and the Wesley boys, Charles and John. The Moravians did not come all the way to St. Simons, they landed near Savannah, but the rest of the party arrived and formed the town of Frederica. An early description in a London paper stated that they had one minister who has a salary from the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts. No mention of a church building. Charles & John Wesley, Benjamin Ingham, and George Whitefield, were members of a club back in England at Oxford University. This club was deemed the "Holy Club" by the general public. The group was formed by the Wesleys and there were about 15 members total. John Wesley was sent to America under the guidance of Dr. John Burton, one of the trustees for the founding of the Colony of Georgia. John was authorized by the trustees to perform all religious offices in the towns of Savannah and Frederica. It was also arranged for his brother, Charles, to come along as Secretary to Oglethorpe and as Secretary to Indiana Affairs. Just before their departure, Charles was ordained as a deacon, even though he originally had no interest in the holy orders. His mind was changed when he was told that he would be able to better serve the spiritual interests of the colonists if he were a clergyman. This calling was to prove his salvation.
Unique among the English colonies in America, Georgia's system gave governing power to a group of trustees who decided the laws of the new colony. Their first meeting occurred on July 20, 1732. James Oglethorpe represented the trustees in the new colony, although technically he held no position, appointed or elected. Today the state of Georgia has chosen the name "Resident Trustee" to reflect his position. The trustees were not happy with the work of Oglethorpe and sent William Stevens as "secretary."
In 1741 the colony of Georgia is split in two, Savannah County and Fredrica County. Stevens is given charge over Savannah while Oglethorpe commands Fredrica. In July, 1743 Stevens is made President of Georgia; Oglethorpe soon departs.
The original charter called for a 21 year rule by the trustees. In 1751 the trustees inform the crown that they intend to surrender the charter early, but form a de facto government around Henry Parker until a royal governor can be appointed. Patrick Graham succeeds Parker when he dies in office. On October 31, 1754, Royal Governor John Reynolds takes his oath of office. The trustee rule was over.
Rev. Richard Bundy
John Burton <-----------------------------------LOOK HERE
Rev. Stephen Hales
(Sir) William Heathcote
John Lord Viscount Perceval (Earl of Egmont)
Rev. Samuel Smith
Charles Wesley, (1707-1788), divine and hymn-writer, eighteenth child, youngest and third surviving son of Samuel Wesley (1662-1735).
In face of the opposition of his brother Samuel, who thought him unfit for the work, he joined John in the mission to Georgia, going as secretary to James Edward Oglethorpe, the governor. On the advice of John Burton (1696-1771), he was ordained deacon by John Potter (1674?-1747), then bishop of Oxford, and priest by Edmund Gibson, bishop of London, in October 1735, just before starting.
Leaving his brother at Savannah, Wesley reached (9 March 1736) Frederica, St. Simon's Island, Oglethorpe's residence. From this date his 'Journal' becomes available. He was to minister to the colonists and convert the Indians.
1734: John Burton is a Trustee of the Georgia Colony.
1737: Rev. John Burton is a Trustee of the Georgia Colony. If John Burton at Savannah can pay you for the Trustees' use 61 5-f. sterling for the passage, bedding and clothing of the said Evan you may let him have him, Mr. Burton's wife having applied for two servants to be sent for him to pay the charge of on their arrival in Georgia, whereof the said Evan may be one; and if you can help Mr. Burton to another manservant on his paying the expense thereof the Trustees would have you supply him. Recorded in STATE PAPERS COLONIAL SERIES AMERICA AND WEST INDIES, page 562? Preserved in the Public Record Office Printed under the Superintendence of the Keeper of Public Records VOL. XLIII 1737 EDITED BY K. G. DAVIES LONDON HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE 1963 Crown copyright 1963 Published by HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.
11/10/1740: John Burton signed his name to a document prepared by William Stephens, the Secretary of the Colony, titled "A State of the Province of Georgia". Attested upon oath in the court in Savannah.
10/22/1741: Complaint having been made that John Burton one of the tythingmen had in diverse instances misbehaved and acted contrary to the duty of his office, and that he hath also frequently spoken comtemptuously of the honorable the Trustees and their authority, and hath insulted some of the magistrates when in the execution of their office, and by such practices given great disturbance to the peace and quiet of this town, more especially in diverse publick assemblies, endeavering to expose and ridicule such matters as were the occasional subject of their meeting, whereby he gave great offence to many well disposed persons. Therefore it is ordered that the said John Burton be discharged from the said Office of Tythingman, and that John Milledge be appointed by the President to succeed him. Recorded in Meeting of the President and Assistants for the County of Savannah.
4/14/1742: Letters of administration have been granted to John Burton in behalf a Mr. Kellaway, decd. Recorded in Meeting of the President and Assistants for the County of Savannah.
2/5/1757: John Burton received a land grant in Christ Church Parish totalling 50 acres. Description: Town Lot #3, First Tything, Anson Ward, Savannah; garden lot #136, east of Savannah, containing 5 acres; farm lot #5, first tything, Anson Ward, Savannah, containing 45 acres. Recorded in Georgia Land Grant Book A, page 337.
10/22/1766: John Burton sold Savannah Town Lot #3 in 1st tything, Anson Ward, Savannah, on Broughton St., to Miss Ann Stewart. Recorded in Chatham Co, GA Deed Book D, page 195.
1/15/1787: Affidavit of Walter Byron and Margaret his wife, made Jan 15, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pa. stating they were well acquainted with William Platt of Philadelphia, deceased, and his wife and widow Mary; that affiants came to Philadelphia from Savannah, Ga. with said Mary in the same vessel; and that the said Mary has since married Archibald Coultum, at present of Philadelphia, and is now his wife. Attached is certified copy of Marriage Bond dated 11-20-1786, at Savannah, signed by said Coultum with James McCall, surety. Affiants stated they knew the deceased William Platt and wife who lived in Savannah, and he died there, etc. (p. 252) Archibald Coulton, late of Philadelphia, now in Chatham Co., to Robert Bolton, Jr., of Savannah. Bond dated Mar 27, 1787, obligating obligor to warrant the title to half part of lot 3 in 1st tything, Anson Ward, Savannah, on Broughton St., which said lot was granted John Burton in 1757 and by latter was deeded on Oct 22, 1766, to Miss Ann Stewart who on Aug. 11, 1777, deeded same to William Platt, deceased husband of obligor's wife Mary Coulton, then Mary Platt; title to said property being vested in said Mary by the Act of the legislature passed 1782. It is stated that she being in Philadelphia, cannot join in the sale of said lot to Bolton. Obligor binds himself to have deed made by her to Bolton. On page 216 is the record of the deed from said Archibald Coulton to Bolton, for said town lot, dated Mar 26, 1787. (p.119) In an instrument dated Jan 27, 1787, Elizabeth Fleming, age 16, Helen Fleming age 15, daughters of the late David Fleming of Sunbury, dec'd, who formerly lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, choose and select Dr. John Irvin of Sunbury and John Wallace, merchant, of Savannah, as their guardians. It is recited that they are entitled along with their sisters Jean and Beatrix as nearest of kin to their deceased uncle, Lieut. Walter Boswell, late of Edinburgh, to his estate and that of their Father's. Witnesses: William Stephens J.P., Alexander McIver, merchant, of Sunbu ry. Recorded in Chatham Co, GA Deed Book D, page 195.
Apr 1757: William Burton received a land grant in Christ Church Parish totalling 50 acres. Description: Town Lot #5, First Tything, Anson Ward, Savannah; with garden lot #164 and farm lot #1. Recorded in Colonial Georgia Minutes. Also, recorded in Georgia Land Grant Book A, page 338.