William Henry Sr. Burch (son of Thomas Jr. Burch and Elizabeth Hammonds) was born 1744 in Carolina County, Virginia, and died June 1815 in Surrey County., N. Carolina.He married Mary Ann Lawrence. Notes for William Henry Sr. Burch: William &Mary had 13 children. William Burch (Jr) was born in 1764 on "Haw River, North Carolina", so that means the family was living somewhere on the Haw River at that time. Haw River is a long river. It rises in what is now eastern Forsyth County (in 1764 this was Rowan County, and in 1771 became Surry), and flows north eastward into Guilford County, then into Rockingham County, then south easterly back into Guilford County, then into Alamance County, then continuing south easterly into Chatham County where it joins the Deep River and forms the Cape Fear River. Since the Haw River does rise in what later became Surry County, I'd have to guess he wasn't too far from that area. In 1764, A huge portion of the river was in old Orange Co, NC in 1764 (Alamance, much of Chatham, and part of Guilford and Rockingham Counties were all part of Orange in 1764), and the section of the river west of the old Orange Co, NC line in 1764 was in old Rowan County (Part of Guilford, and Rockingham, all of Forsyth and Stokes). On 30 Apr 1780, in Surry Co, NC, William Burch, William Cook and John Burch witnessed the Will of Benjamin Bowles of Hanover Co, VA. If this is the same William we are studying, then that lends proof to him being the son of Thomas Burch, as then John Burch would be his brother, and William Cook his brother-in-law.(Surry Co, NC Will Book 1 page 140). On 10 May 1780, in Surry Co, NC Court, an order was given to lay off Districts and appoint Justices and Constables and Assessors for each. William Burch and Benjamin Burch (brother?) were named in Capt. Shepherd's District. (Surry County, North Carolina Court Minutes Volume I & II, 1767-1789 by Mrs. W. O.. Abshe DEEDS 25 Dec 1829 - William Burch to John Burch D/3 4 Aug 1831 - William Burch from Benj. Freeland D/310 25 Jul 1836 - William Burch to George Burch E/269 25 Dec 1829 - William Burch & Elizabeth wife of Monroe Co to John Burch same; $160; 80 ac. SS/ William (X) Burch. Wit: Absolom Baker, George Adams D/3 4 Aug 1831 - Benjamin Freeland & Jane, wife, of Monroe Co to William Burch of same; $150; land to be sold @ Vincennes D/529 25 Jul 1836 - William Burch, Elizabeth wife, to George Burch all Monroe Co; valuable consideration, love & affection; 40 ac land sold @ Vincennes. SS/ William (X) Burch, Elizabeth (X) Burch Wit: James Crane JP, George W CollingsE/319 Names of the siblings of William Burch Jr. come from the Bible record included in his Revolutionary War application. REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION Berch, William, or Burch, Elizabeth no. R788 service NC born NC Fragments of the Burch Family Bible included: Across the frontispiece written faintly "Henry Burch" The ages of William and Elizabeth Burches children Mary Burch was born February the 4th 1815 George Burch was born on the 7th of February Nancy Burch was born May the Lazarus Burch was Born the 6th day of June Sally Burch was Born the 2 day of June 1821 faintly in different handwriting18461766 82 Levi Burch was Born September the 18th 1824 Henry Burch was Born October the 18th 1826 William Burch was born in the year of our Lord 1764 May the 10th The words "Henry Burch" are written upside down, and again "Henry" is written across another page. It appears that Henry might have been learning how to write. 3 Nov 1843 - Aquilla Rogers, Judge of the Probate Court, Monroe Co, IN states that he has visited in the residence of William Berch and has ascertained that William served in the Revolutionary War, that he is in his 80th year and infirm, and that his testators Season (?) Long, David Carpenter, Absalom Baker and James Baker are of good character and to be believed. Question 1. Where and in what year were you born? Answer. On Haw River North Carolina the county not recollected. Question 2. Have you any record of your age and if so, where is it? Answer.I have a copy of it in my house written by one Thomas Barnes an Irishman. Question 3.Where were you living when called into the service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live? Answer.On Fish River, Surry County, North Carolina.Since the War I lived in Stokes County, moved from Surry and from Stokes county North carolina to Monroe County Indiana ------ Question 4.How were you called in to Service, were you draughted did you volunteer or were you a substitute and if so for whom? Answer.There was a call for Militia and I volunteered. Question 5.States the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served, such continental and Militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstanced of your service. Answer.I recollect the names of Col. Micajah Lewis who was killed and col John Armstrong; the former he thinks was of the Militia and the latter of the main or regular army; and those here before names; and knows of no circumstance of more note than before stated nor of anything more important than testimony. Question 6.Did you ever receive a discharge from the Service and is so by whom was it given and what has become of it? Answer.I never received a discharge as I recollect of. Question 7.State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution. Answer.William Edwards, Samuel Slone and all the neighbors. SS/ William (his mark) Berch 5 Feb 1853 - Elizabeth Berch of Greene Co, IN appeared, is the widow of William Berch, and is aged 66 years.She married William 2 Apr 1812 in Surry Co, NC by William Fletcher, Minister of the Gospel, and her name before marriage was Elizabeth Ritter.William died in Monroe County, IN 17 Sep 1848.She further states that she, William Burch and their children came from Surry Co, NC in the fall of 1823 and arrived in Monroe County in December, a few days before Christmas.She and her husband raised seven children all of whom are living, and that the said decendent by his first wife raised seven children to maturity, all of whom are males. SS/ Elizabeth (her mark) Berch. "William Burch, Sr., the first known progenitor of our line, died in either 1815 or 1816.He was on the tax list of Surry County with his current 200 A. in 1815; then in the 1816 tax list the land is shown credited to George Burch (his next door neighbor) "for Wm. Burch'sheirs." Wm, Sr's landevaluated as worth $200 in 1815;$100 in 1816, while son George's land (194 1/2 A) was worth $500 both years. Elderly men weregranted a lower tax rate.) Burch family lived in the northeast corner of Surry County, just east 2,3,4 miles of Mt. Airy...The Burches lived 3-5 miles from the Virginia-North Carolina state line with Patrick Co, VA to the north.... William Burch, Jr.,got land from the state of North Carolina in 1799 for a few cents...There were nine grants of land in this general period (1780-1830) to a William Burch but this is the only one to our group. Grant was for 200 A. and a John Wolframburger'sJohn was William Jr.'s sons father-in-law; the name was changed to Sparger about this time.) line is mentioned.( In 1815 Wm. sells this land (Wolframburger's line is mentioned, thus identifying it) to Bezebel Burch. Bezebel Burch wasthe son of William Burch Jr and Mourning Harris, his first wife.William Jr. sold Bezebeel his Surry County land when he went to Monroe Co, IN.) Back to Wm., Jr.After selling out here he went to Stokes County (he shows there in 1820 along with Charles, our ancestor) and lived until his remove to Indiana. Joseph Lawrence... S31810, got $40 per annum for his Rev War Svce, beginning Mar 1831.Joe was born about 1755 in Albemarle Co, VA entered service in 1775 or 1776 (he wasn't sure) just after marriage...then in Spring 1777 he removed from Va where he'd served 1 year in the militia to Surry Co, NC.He gives detailed data of serving with a number of Captains.... applied for pension in Fall, 1832, in Greene Co, IN......two witnesses Dana Banta, a preacher, and our own William Burch Jr ...he knew Joseph Larence 10 or 12 years in Surry Co, NC...lived close to him for 3 years in IN.. Bazabeel Burch was the son of William Burch and Mourning Harris Burch, or that James Philip Burch (their son) was married to Mary (Wolfen)Sparger.RobertHarris, the father of Mourning, was one of the wealthiest menin VA and NC. Mourning Burches mother was a Glen -another very wealthy family. Children of William Henry Sr. Burch and Mary Ann Lawrence are:
+William Henry Jr. Burch, b. May 10, 1764, Haw River, N. Carolina Surry Co., d. September 17, 1848, Monroe Co, Ind..