I am an avid collector of all BURTON genealogy in VA, NC, SC and GA prior to 1850. Over the past 15 or so years, I have accumulated an extensive BURTON database. I share freely with all who ask, mostly in BURTON GENFORUM.com. I first am interested in Elizabeth Puryear, daughter of Samuel Puryear and wife Elizabeth, of Warwick Co, VA, who supposedly married Peter Burton, sometime bef 1761. See below citation.
1/1/1761: Peter Burton and wife Elizabeth vs William Whitaker and Samuel Puryear-money due said Elizabeth on account of her mother Elizabeth Puryear's estate. Recorded in Warwick Co, VA Record Book, page 636.
This appears to be the first mention of Elizabeth and her husband Peter Burton. I understand that the only records remaining for Warwick Co, VA prior to 1800 is a book of Court Orders dated 1748-1762. Apparently all other records were destroyed by various fires and wars. I understand that Elizabeth's father Samuel Puryear died about 1748 in Warwick Co, VA and her mother died about 1755, also in Warwick Co, VA. I assume the probate of their estates were recorded in the above mentioned Court Orders Book.
To date, I have been unable to determine precisely who the parents of this Peter Burton are. Many of the PURYEAR postings I see on the internet have that she married Peter Burton in Warwick Co, VA. But I wonder if it is more likely that she married Peter Burton after migrating to Henrico Co, VA, where the BURTONs lived. Are you aware of any BURTON postings in the Warwick Co, VA Court Orders 1748-1762? Do you have any court record citations of when her brothers migrated to Henrico Co, VA? And do you have any deed citations that indicate where in Henrico Co, VA they migrated to? I found that her brother Peter Puryear was in Henrico Co, VA by 1747, where he left a will in 1764. There is a John Puryear in Henrico Co, VA in the below citation:
7/4/1763: Henry Martin, Pouncey Anderson, and Richard Holland, executors of Michael Holland, deceased under will dated October 10th 1746, sold to Samuel Duval, of Henrico Co., VA, for 28-pounds and 7-shillings, 587 acres adjoining John Lancaster and Samuel Duval, Thomas Conaway, Cottrell, John Puryear, William Harris and Thomas East. Witnesses: Samuel Williamson, John Orr, and Turner Southall. Signed: Henry Martin and Pouncey Anderson (no signature or acknowledgement for Richard Holland). Recorded July 4th 1763. Recorded in Henrico Co, VA Deeds 1750-1774, page 803.
Below are some BURTON-PURYEAR marriages that I have found:
Burton, Daniel and Mary Puryear married 15 Dec 1781 in Henrico Co, VA
Puryear, Jesse and Jane Holman married 01 Feb 1790 in Henrico Co, VA Wit: David Burton and John Burch.
Surety: Thomas Burton.
Burton, Micajah and Susanna Puryear married 18 Jul 1791 in Mecklenburg Co, VA
Burton, Phoebe and Peter Puryear married 10 Dec 1792 in Mecklenburg Co, VA
I have that Daniel Burton is son of Martin Burton and Clementina Pleasants and Mary Puryear is daughter of Peter Puryear and Susannah Major.
I do not know who are the parents of Micajah Burton or Susanna Puryear.
I have that Phoebe Burton is the daughter of Peter Burton and Elizabeth Puryear and Peter Puryear is the son of Samuel Puryear Jr (brother of Elizabeth Puryear) and Margaret Mackintosh.
I look forward to hearing from anybody that might be able to shed some light on this mystery. Thank you.