For the benefit of any descendents, below are the notes I have on this man. I do not know for sure who his father is, but am guessing he may be connected to Richard Burton, who died in Wilkes Co, NC in 1779 and his son John Pleasant Burton (1757-1836), who migrated to Lawrence Co, IN. Please feel free to add anything that I may have left out.
6/2/1750: Date of birth. Per James L. Burton, Corpus Christi, TX, he may have been born in Delaware to John and Elizabeth Burton. Has not been proved.
1753: Rowan Co, NC created from northern half of Anson Co.
1774: Married in Rowan Co, NC.
According to John P. Alderman, the area of Upper Crooked Creek and Little Reed was first settled in 1772 by William Duncan on the West Fork of Crooked. By the early 1780s William and Henry Norton and Henry Pickerell had settled there too, along with Absolom Burton, James Stewart, Byrd Pruitt, James Jarrell, Jacob Cock, Charles Morgan, John Dockery, Elliott Buchanan and John Royalty.
1781: Moved to Henry Co, VA, per pension application. In 1781, Montgomery Co and Henry Co were adjacent to each other. By 1793, Grayson Co (created from Montgomery Co) and Patrick Co (created from Henry Co) were adjacent to each other.
1782: From Militia Rosters in area of Montgomery Co, VA that became Grayson Co.
BURTON, ABSOLOM, Flower Swift's 1st Undated Militia Roster.
1785: Franklin Co, VA was created from northern portion of Henry Co.
1788: Montgomery Co, VA Personal Property Tax List (Binns Website)
List A: John Burton, Thomas Connely, James Connely
List B: Absalom Burton, John Barton, John Burton, George Reaves
1788: Fibbey Burton appears in Franklin Co, VA Personal Property Tax List.
1789: Wythe Co, VA created from Montgomery Co.
1790: Patrick Co, VA created from western half of Henry Co.
1790: Thomas Barton and William Barton appear on Henry Co, VA Personal Property Tax List.
3/11/1792: Charles Barrett, Treasury Warrant, 1,012 ½ acres, 1783, enters the same where Absalom Burton’s line crosses the road near the head of Crooked Creek (appears to be just north of Town of Pipers Gap), at or near Flower’s Gap (appears to be located near the Town of Cana in SE Carroll Co) and down both sides of the creek as far as Jesse Nighton’s and east along the Patrick County Line to Armstrong’s and direct course to Nighton’s.(Wythe County Entry Book I, p. 7.)
10/16/1792: Charles Barrett, Treasury Warrant, 1783, no acres stated, beginning at the head of White Pine Creek to extend to Nighton’s land, Absalom Burton and to the head of Little Reed Island Creek and Ward’s Gap (located about 2-3 miles due east of Town of Fancy Gap in Carroll Co). (Wythe County Entry Book I, p. 87.)
1793: Absolem Burton (1 tithe and 2 horses), Robert Burton (1 tithe and 1 horse), and John Burton (1 tithe and 3 horses) appear Section 2 (became part of Grayson Co in 1793) in Wythe Co, VA .
12/17/1793: Ordered that George Byrd be appointed surveyor of the road from the Wythe County line to Mouth of Elk Creek, and with the hands that shall be allotted by Minitree Jones, Gent. and William Drope keep road in repair. Peter Whitticker appointed surveyor of the road from the North Carolina line at Witticker Ford to the furnace. Absalom Burton from John Stodies to the Flower Gap. Recorded in Grayson Co, VA County Court Minutes.
1794: Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List (New River Notes)
John Barton- 1 tithe, 3 horses
Abflour? (Abselom?) Burton- 2 tithes, 3 horses
George Reves- 1 tithe, 2 horses
Jesse Reeves- 1 tithe, 7 horses
David Reaves- 2 tithes, 4 horses
George Reaves-1 tithe, 3 blacks, 10 horses
James Stamper- 1 tithe, 4 horses
1800: Grayson Co, VA Personal Property Tax List (New River Notes)
Isaac Barton- 1 tithe, 3 horses
John Barton- 2 tithes, 3 horses
Robert Burton- 1 tithe, 1 horse
Absolom Burton- 2 tithes, 2 horses
George Reeves Sr- 1 tithe, 5 horses, 7 blacks
George Reeves Jr- 1 tihe, 4 horses, 1 black
1800: Judith Burton (1 horse) and Thomas Barton (2 white tithes and 5 horses) appear on Henry Co, VA Personal Property Tax List. No BURTONs appear in this list.
1802: Migrated to State of Kentucky, per pension application.
1805 Mercer Co, Ky Tax list - Slaughter's Dist.
9/02: MAY BURTON, 21+ 6 horses [getting ready to leave town with 6 horses?]
9/11: Absalom Burton, 21+; 4 horses
9/14: Ambrose Burton, 21+; 7 blacks; 6 horses; 234 acres on Salt River.
10/9: ALLEN BURTON, 21+; 1 male 16-20; 1 black; 4 horses; 90 acres on Chaplin Creek, entered by Young.
[Note this is Allen Burton's last record on Mercer Co Tax List]
1807 Mercer Co, Ky Tax List - Thomas Essex Esq. Dist.
Ambrose Burton, 21+; 7 blacks; 9 horses; 234 acres on Salt River.
James Burton, 21+; 6 horses
10/7: James Burton, 21+; 5 horses
10/8: Absalom Burton, 21+; 1 black; 4 horses; 100 acres on Salt River
10/8: Ambrose Burton, 21+; 1 horse
1808 Mercer Co, Ky Tax list - [district not named]
5/18: Ambrose Burton Sr, 21+; 1 horse; 234 acres on Salt River [this is last entry for Ambrose Sr. He died in 1808]
5/18: Ambrose Burton Jr, 21+; 8 horses
6/03: James Burton, -0- males 21+; 3 horses
6/04: Absalom Burton, 21+; 3 horses; 100 acres.
1809 Mercer Co, Ky Tax List - Thomas Essex's Dist.
5/01: MAY BURTON, 21+; 3 blacks; 7 horses
5/01: Ambrose Burton, 21+; 4 horses
5/11: MAY BURTON & AMBROSE BURTON, ADMINISTRATORS OF AMBROSE BURTON, DEC'D.. 234 acres on Salt River.
6/27: James Burton, 21+; 1 horse; 1 stud horse; 100 acres Kentucky River (separates Mercer and Jessamine counties)
6/29: Absalom Burton, 21+; 1 black; 4 horses; 100 acres on Kentucky River
1810: Absalom Burton (M>45) appears as head of a family in Mercer Co, KY census, page 130. Also enumerated are F>45, M16-26, F<10 plus 1 slave.
1820: Absalom Burton (M>45) appears as head of a family in Jessamine Co, KY census, page 092. Also enumerated are F>45, M16-26, F16-26.
1830: Absalum Burton (F70-80) appears as head of a family in Jessamine Co, KY census, page 225. Also enumerated are F70-80, M20-30, F20-30.
1835: Migrated from Kentucky to Decatur Co, IN, per pension application.
11/28/1837: James Loyd was appointed administrator of the estate of Absalom Burton, decd, with Williamson E. Potter as his security. The widow not here named, relinguished her right to act as admx. Recorded in Decatur Co, IN Probate Order Book C, page 143.
5/15/1838: James Loyd, administrator of the estate of Absalom Burton, deceased, VS Ann Burton, William and Elizabeth Hill, Thomas and Mary Hudson, Jacob and Margaret Soderly, John and Rebecca Sharp and William and Sarah Burton, widow and heirs of Absalom Burton, deceased, and Theodore Rork in a petition to sell Absalom's real estate to pay debts of the estate. The Hills, Hudsons, Soderlys and Sharps were listed as non-residents of Indiana.
Recorded in Decatur Co, IN Probate Order Book C, page 178.
11/12/1839: Ann Burton, widow of Absalom Burton, of Decatur Co, IN, applied for pension, based on the Revolutionary service of her husband.
Abstract of the following pension:
Absalom Burton, Pension No.R.1515; wife Ann
Decatur Co, Indiana - 12 November 1839
Absalom Burton, b. 2 June 1750 [NC?VA?]; d. 6 Oct 1836 in Decatur Co,
Indiana; married 1774 in Rowan Co, NC to Ann ___, b. 11 Feb 1759
Pennsylvania; raised in NC; died ___ [after 1839]
Absalom entered Rev. War in 1776; after war, moved to HENRY CO, VA; 1802 to
Kentucky; 1835 to Decatur Co, In (formed 1822 from un-organized territory).
Deposition of wife Ann Burton taken 12 Nov 1839 in Decatur Co was witnessed
by William Burton and George Skinner.
Absalom Burton, Pension No.R.1515; wife Ann
Decatur Co, Indiana - 12 November 1839
The declaration of ANN BURTON, age 80 years, widow and relict of Absalom
Burton, made in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7
June 1832.. That she was born in the State of Pennsylvania and in early life
my parents moved to the state of North Carolina where I was raised until I
was grown. In 1774, I was married to said Absalom Burton in Rowan Co, NC.
After this, towit, in 1776, he entered the service of the U.S. as a private
soldier in the pack horse service in Company commanded by Capt. Robinson,
the field officers names not recollected.. He served 3 months on this
expedition which went against the Cherokee Indians. After this in 1780, he
was drafted for 3 months and marched to Charleston, South Carolina and
serviced out his time and was discharged.
In 1781, he entered the service of U.S. again for 3 months in Regiment
commanded by Co. McDowell and marched to Wilmington. He served out his time
and again returned home.
In this last mentioned year, 1781 after his return from the army we moved
to Henry County, Virginia.
And in 1802, we removed to state of Kentucky and
in 1835 we removed to Decatur County, Indiana.
On 6th of October 1836, Absalom Burton died, being at the time 85 years old
and my memory of course not very good, I could not recollect the names of
his officers any better than I have shown you. And as it may perhaps be
thought necessary that I should assign some reason why I never made
application for a pension sooner, this is it. I live as you see in the far
west and knew not for a long time that I was allowed a pension. In addition
to this, I was afflicted and had no friend to aid me in this attempt; that
knew anything of such business and at last was advised to entrust the
investigation of my claim to a man in Shelby County, Kentucky who has very
recently obtained the proof of my marriage and the service of my deceased
husband and in addition to this I have had a sufficiency of the things of
this world to make out to support on. But being at this time very old and
infirm I trust the department will honor my claim, knowing as you must that
my lamented husband endured many hardships and sufferings for which he never
was compensated by the General Government./s/ ANN BURTON
Decatur Co, IN
We, Henry Magee and William Burton, citizens of this county certify that we
are well acquainted with Ann Burton who has this day made the above
She further states that she has his family record which is cut out of the
book and is herein enclosed and that she knows it to be the family record of
her deceased husband./s/ Ann Burton.
Decatur Co, IN
George Skinner and William J. Burton support the claim of Ann Burton to a
pension.. That they were well acquainted with Absalom Burton in his
lifetime; that we have often heard him speak of having rendered service in
the militia as a private in the Army of the Revolution; that he was a man of
truth and that he died in October 1836 and that Ann Burton is his widow and
"Family Record Referred to in Ann Burton's
declaration November 12th 1839 before me
Samuel Bryan, Justice of the Peace -
ABSALOM BURTON was born June 2 1750
ANN BURTON was born February 11th 1759
BETTY BURTON was born August 22 1775
JOHN BURTON was born February 11 1777
WILLIAM BURTON was born March 22 1779
JAMES BURTON was born Jun the 16th 1781
MARY BURTON was born July the 5th 1783
PEGE BURTON was born May the 18th 1786
REBER BURTON was born 11th day of January 1788
SAMUEL BURTON was born in year 1791 the 24th day of August
THOMAS BURTON was born in the year 1793 the 22 day of August
JESSE BURTON was born 6 December 1796
SALLY BURTON was born in year 1801 August (5 Aug 1801, per IGI)
1840: Mary Burton appears as head of a family in Decatur Co, IN census, page 234. Enumerated are F80-90 (is this Ann?) and F30-40.