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Mathew Burt, Sr. (b. 1720, d. 1794)Mathew Burt, Sr. (son of Moody Burt and Elizabeth Hewitt) was born 1720 in York County Virginia, and died 1794 in Edgefield County South Carolina.He married Ann Hewitt in York County Virginia, daughter of Francis Hewitt.
Notes for Mathew Burt, Sr.:
He is one of the grandsons named in the Will of Richard Burt, the Elder.He probably married in York County.The name of his wife is not known, although a relative of Alabama said that she was of the Harwood family.Mathew gave the name of Harwood to one of his sons in his Will of 1794.He lived in Mecklenburg County before moving to Charlotte Country, Virginia in 1776.There is a Charlotte County Probate Deed in which Mathew Marable of Mecklenburg County sells to Mathew Burt of Charlotte County for the sum of one thousand pounds current money of Virginia.He may have had 16 children.He sold all his land in Charlotte County in 1770 and moved to Edgefield District, South Carolina, with eight sons and four daughters.
Matthew resided in 1760-1763 in Cumberland parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia. He lived in Mecklenburg County for perhaps 10 years, lived in Charlotte County for 12 years prior to 1790.
Title: Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1746-1816, Vestry Book1746-1816
Author: Landon C. Bell,Comp.
Publication: Clearfield Company, Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.Baltimore, MD 1994
Page: Pages 387, 506 and 511-513
I found this family while searching the Rev. War Pension and Bounty Land applications. These are the children of Matthew Burt, as listed in the app. of Edward Burt. (No particular order, dates when available.)
----HARWOOD (or HAYWORD) BURT-----
----MATTHEW BURT, JR. --------
----PHILLIP BURT ---------
----EDWARD BURT, b. ca. 1763, VA.? Last known residence was Sussex Co., Va. on Nov. 7, 1833 ( Was 70 yr. of age.)
----JOHN BURT ------------
----FRANCIS BURT, may have been the father of FRANCIS BURT-the first Govenor of Nebraska Territory.
----WILLIAM BURT -------------
----MOODY BURT, b. Dec. 25, 1757, at the Halfway House between Williamsburg and York, Va. Was in Pendleton Dist. SC in 1836 and in Anderson Dist. SC in 1840. Will probated on Nov. 6, 1843. Wittnessed by Matthew Burt, Alexander Evans and Isaac R. Towers. Named 2 daughters in will, Sarah Pope and Martha H. Goode (w/o Lewelling Goode). In a codicile dated March 27, 1841 he names Martha's 4 children, Sarah, Martha, Thomas, & John.
----MARY BURT-HALL, lived in Anderson Dist. SC on March 27, 1840, when she signed an statement concerning her brother Moody's service in the Rev. War.
Will of Mathew Burt Probate: Jun 1794 ,Edgefield Co.,Sc
Last Will and Testament was proved in Open Court June Term 1794 by the oath of Eugene Brenan Jeremiah Hatcher & Vincent P. Williamson and ordered to be recorded. R Tutt RMC
In the Name of God, Amen. I Mathew Burt Senr of South Carolina Edgefield County Being Weak in Body But of perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God Cauling (sic) unto mind the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament (VIZ)
Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to Be Buried in a Decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of Executors Nothing Doubting But I Shall at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the Same Again by the mighty power of God and as touching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me with in this life I Give and Demise and Dispose of the same in the following Manner & form (VIZ)
IMPRIMIS It is my Will and I do order that all my Estate be kept together three years after my Decease under the care & management of my Executors in order to satisfy and pay all my Just Debts and also raise forty two thousand weight of Tobacco to pay for a tract of land my son Moody Burt Purchased of John Rutledge for me known by the name of Rich land pond provided the said Mudy Burt do have the titles made to me or such of my sons as I shall hereafter name.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my Son John Burt ten pounds Sterling to him his heirs forever.
ITEM I Give and Bequeath to my sons Mudy Burt Francis Burt Harwood Burt Philip Burt Edward Burt and Armstead Burt all my Lands including the tract whereon I now live also the Tract where my Brother Mudy Burt deceased lived on & the rich land pond tract to be Equally divided between them the said lands to be for my Six Sons Last above Named to them and their Heirs forever Giving my son Mudy Burt the privilege after the Lands are divided the first choice of Lotts also I Give Francis Burt the Privilege of Taking his lot so as to Include the Spring and Improvements not considering the Improvements worth anything
ITEM I Give and Bequeath all the rest of my rest of my Estate of what kind so ever to be Equally Divided between my sons and Daughters Namely Moody Burt Francis Burt Robert Burt Harwood Burt Mary Burt Philip Burt Edward Burt Nancy Burt Armstead Burt Susannah Burt Patsey Hewitt Burt the same to be for them and their heirs forever.
Lastly I do Constitute to this my last will and Testament my sons Mudy Burt Francis Burt Robert Burt and Philip Burt Executors to this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby
also revoke and Disannul all other Wills Bequeaths and Testaments by me heretofore made and also I do Disannul all other Executors by me heretofore appointed.
Signed Sealed Published Declared in presents of us who in presence of Each other have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses to the same this 14th Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Ninety four.
Considerations in the Composition of
the Family of Mathew Burt Senior
There are some postings on the internet and inclusions in some CDs that attribute 16 children to Mathew Burt, b York Co., VA about 1725 and d Edgefield County, SC 1794. These children include Willis and William and "a son born about 1770 who died young."
I offer the following comments, trusting that those so inclined to use that particular family grouping do so with the utmost of caution.
This particular family composition originated from the following by James Claude Burt, now deceased, but a respected Burt Family historian of earlier times:
THE MISSING SONS OF MATHEW BURT
We have the necessary records to be certain of the relationship of the
foregoing families. Now we will have to do some genealogical guessing about
these other brothers and they would have to be older brothers to prove the
truth of the story about the Seven Revolutionary War brothers.
According to Dr. John Smith Burt of Ark. born 1819, son ofHewitt Burt, born
1791, we have ten brothers. If we take the word of Harriet Glover Watson of
Anniston, Ala, descendant of Oswell Burt, born about 1810, a son of Francis
Burt, born 1759, we have Twelve brothers.
We almost have to take the Twelvebrother record to satisfy the seven brother
tradition. In Moody Burt's Application for Veterans' Benefits filed in 1836, he
speaks of only his brother Robert as being in the War. A biographical sketch of
Francis Burt, First Territorial Governor of Nebraska, says that his father,
Francis Burt had Revolutionary War service. The other sons named in Mathew
Burt's Will of 1794 were too young for service.
We think that Mathew Burt lived in MecklenbergCounty for perhaps ten years at
least. In fact Harriet Glover Watson said that he moved from Mecklenberg County
to Edgefield, but we know he lived in Charlotte County for twelve years prior
to 1790. The Circuit Clerk of Mecklenberg has an Appraisal of the Estate of
Mathew Burt dated 1778. So we can assume that he was one of the sons of Mathew,
Sr. and close to John Burt in age, born say 1752. Then in a Deed in Charlotte
County, Witnessed in 1790, we have the name of W. Burt, junr. (In these early
days, Senior and Junior were used to distinguish an older and a younger, not
necessarily father and son. In York County where W. - probably William- was
born, Mathew had an older brother named William, also an uncle.)
In our section "Virginians in the Revolution" we have Willis Burtin the 6th
Colonial (Virginia) Regiment along with Mathew Burt. Willis is also a Burt
family name and in Edgefield in 1814-15 we have several Land Deeds of Willis
Burt. (This Willis Burt could possibly have been one of the sons of Robert
Burt, died 1797.) Also we have John Burt in the Virginia State Regiment and
William Burt in the Infantry.
Now if we take John Burt,Mathew Burt, Willis Burt, William Burt, Moody Burt,
Robert Burt and Francis Burt we have the seven brothers in the traditional
We now make a new tabulation of Mathew Burt's Family
1. John Burt, born 1749-50 in York County, Va., died after 1820 perhaps in
Abbeville County, S. C.
2. Mathew Burt, Jr., born 1751-52 in York County, died 1778 in Mecklenburg
3. Willis Burt, born 1754 in York County, died - no record. He may have been
in Edgefield County in 1816.
4. William Burt, born 1756 in York County. He may have remained in Charlotte
County when his father moved to Edgefield in 1790.
5. Moody Burt, born in York County, Dec. 25, 1757, died in Anderson District,
S. C. Oct. - Nov. 1843.
6. Francis Burt, born in York County in 1759, died in Pickens District June
7. Robert Burt, born - we think - in York County, died late 1797 or early
1798 in Edgefield County
8. Harwood Burt, born 1762. (We do not know just when Mathew moved from York
County. See Note about Pittsylvania. But he was in Mecklenburg for a number of
years where probably the rest of his children were born). Harwood died in the
summer of 1815 in Edgefield.
9. Mary Burt, born 1764-65.
10. Philip Burt, born 1767-68, died in Edgefield early 1829.
11. Do we have a son born about 1770 who died young. To satisfy the twelve
brother tradition we have to have another son, whose name we have not found.
12. Edward Burt, born 1771, died in March, 1809 as a result of a fall from
13. Nancy Burt, born about 1773, died after 1840 in Anderson Dist.
14. Armstead Burt, born about 1775, died late 1839 in Edgefield.
15. Susannah Burt, born 1776-80, See first notation
16. Patsey Hewitt Burt, born 1776-80.""
The following critical comments of the above were prepared by Bill Adams.
To start out what is supposed to be a definitive study of a family history with the initial statement that he will "have to do some genealogical guessing" makes the entire document suspect from the beginning.
And then: "We almost have to take the Twelve brother record to satisfy the seven brother tradition." Taking one tradition to satisfying another tradition still offers no proof for either tradition.
I have found no source for a "Twelve Brother" tradition. I do know that when Mathew wrote his will, he named twelve (12) living children, eight (8) sons and four (4) daughters. My question then becomes: Did some one through the many years, confuse "children (siblings)" with "brothers?"
In this will, Mathew Burt identifies himself as Mathew Burt Senior and provides names of 12 children. The will of Mathew Burt was written 14 April 1794 and probated in June 1794, Edgefield County, SC. Those children named were: John Burt, Moody Burt, Francis Burt, Robert Burt, Harwood Burt, Mary Burt, Philip Burt, Edward Burt, Nancy Burt, Armstead Burt, Susannah Burt and Patsey Hewitt Burt. Patsey Hewitt has been otherwise identified as Martha Hewitt Burt.
In addition, there are court records of Mecklenburg County, VA of the death of a Mathew Burt, Jr.
From this, there is proof of at least 12 children, all living in 1794, and strong evidence of a 13th child.
Next - there is a statement on page 52 in another manuscript by James Claude Burt, available in the library at LA Tech, Ruston, LA, as follows:
"Also John Daniel Burt, born in 1816, son of the John Burt, born in 1776, tells his son William A. that he had seven GREAT-uncles who fought in the Revolutionary War. If John Burt, born 1776, had been Mathew's son, then his older brothers Moody Burt and Robert Burt, both Revolutionary War soldiers, would have been UNCLES to John Daniel."
For John Daniel, some of his mother's uncles could have fought in the American Revolution, thus being great uncles of John Daniel. On page 96 of this same document, a great uncle is identified and one person has been accepted into the DAR on this record. And further, if John Burt fought in the American Revolution, he would not have been a great uncle to John Daniel, rather would have been a grandfather.
In the fourth paragraph of his "Missing Sons" manuscript above, James Claude Burt mentions that Harriet Glover Watson stated that Mathew Burt moved from Mecklenburg county, VA to Edgefield. He then follows with the fact that this is wrong, that he (Mathew) in fact lived in Charlotte County, VA after Mecklenburg and before Edgefield. Accepting one statement while rejecting another lacks consistency.
From perhaps a source allied with Harriet Glover Watson, the following is extracted from Page 47, Vol. 156, of Alabama Records, Benton County - now Calhoun, By Pauline Jones Gandrud, 1981 Southern Historical Press, Easley, SC
"1850 Census Benton Co. Ala. Family No. 478 Jacksonville District
Glover, Wily28 SC farmer $2500
Angeline S.20 Ala
" Susan46 SC
Memorial record of Ala. Vol. 1 page 595 published 1895. Sketch of Dr. W. Glover b. S C. Oct. 21, 1822 son of Willis & Susan (Wightt) Glover, both natives of Va. The father, Willis Glover was a farmer. The mother was a daughter of Truman and Martha (Burt) Wightt. The grandmother Burt had seven brothers who fought through the Revolutionary War and not one ever received a wound. . ."
This brief passage has three errors of fact in it.
First, Moody Burt, a son of Mathew, was in fact wounded. The following is a description included in the LA Tech manuscript prepared by James Claude Burt: ". . . served as corporal and sergeant in Captain Benjamin Taliaferro's Company, Colonel Richard Parker's Virginia Regiment, marched to Savannah, Georgia, and was in the siege of that place; that he was severely wounded at said siege, nature of wound not stated, was sent to Charleston, South Carolina, where be remained for three months receiving treatment, then rejoined his regiment at Augusta, Georgia, and. that he remained at Augusta until after the fall of Charleston, his wound having re-opened, and was later discharged, date of discharge not shown; . . ."
Thus, there is a well-documented record that Moody Burt was in fact wounded during the American Revolution.
Second error: Martha Hewitt Burt married John Wightt, not Truman Wightt.
Third error: Susan Wightt was not a native Virginian. She apparently was born in SC.
Now, to those picked to be sons of Mathew.
Mathew did in fact have a brother named William. My research has led me to the conclusion that this brother died in Surry County, VA in 1776. This William did not have a son named William.
Mathew had an uncle named William who died in Greensville County, VA about 1783 who had a son named William. There are DAR records to document that this William, who died in Warren County, NC in 1823, is the one who served in the American Revolution in VA.
As of this date, I can find no record of the Willis Burt who served in the American Revolution. I do have a record of the Willis Burt son of Robert Burt and grandson of Mathew Burt. Willis was present in Edgefield County, SC in 1797, the date of death of Robert. It has been my belief, and belief only with no proof, that the deed records of Edgefield County were made by this grandson of Mathew.
I just cannot believe that Mathew would write his will, name his children and omit one living in the same county, one who served in the Revolutionary service.
Prepared by: B. J. Adams, 20 July 2000, email@example.com
More About Mathew Burt, Sr. and Ann Hewitt:
Marriage: York County Virginia.
Children of Mathew Burt, Sr. and Ann Hewitt are:
- +Mathew Burt, Jr., b. Abt. 1750, York County Virginia, d. 1778, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.