John Burton

John Burton Headstone

Headstone of John Burton, St. John's Cemetery

BURTON, JOHN: (1847-?). John Burton was born in Alabama to Andrew and Louisa Burton. He married Lucy Burton around 1865. In 1870, Burton, his wife, their six-year-old daughter Matilda, and their two-year-old daughter Emaline were living in Chambers County, Alabama. Their neighbors were Burton’s father Andrew and his mother Louisa. Between 1876 and 1880, the Burton family moved to Denton County, Texas. They had five children living with them in 1880: Tilda (fifteen years old), Lou (fourteen years old), John (ten years old), Lucy (six years old), and Oliver (three years old). All of their children were born in Alabama. They were also neighbors to Levi Holdson and his family. By 1890, Burton and his family had fifty-four acres on the J.M. Moses survey. In 1900, Burton was living on the same land with his wife, his son John, and his grandson, Avery Williams. According to earlier surveys, John is buried at St. John’s Cemetery.

1880 Census Denton County JP 2 ED 103 Page 60

1880 Census showing John Burton's relative wealth.

According to the 1880 census, in June of that year John Burton rented to sharecroppers, owned 20 acres of tillable land valued at roughly $200, owned at least $5 worth of implements/machinery, owned $15 worth of livestock in the form of one horse, owned 83 bushels of Indian corn (of which 10 of his tillable acres are dedicated), three bales of cotton (of which the other 10 acres are dedicated), and 13 chords of wood.  These assets make John Burton one of the most wealthy members of the community, along with his neighbor Levi Holstein, who grew the same crops. 

Ann Allen | Isaac Allen | Matilda Allen | Thomas Allen | Martha Billingslea | John Burton | Louisa Burton | Dora Davis | Wash Davis | Charles Ellis | Mrs. Charles Ellis | Gus Finch | Josaphine Finch | Mary Turner Fourteen | Eliza Jane White Green | Hezekiah Griffin | Lindsay Haflin | Melvinie Hays | Charity Shears Holloway Helm | Henry Holloway | Georgia Ann Holstein | Abraham Lyles | Mary Varner Lyles | Marvin Newsom | Charles Oliver | Peggy Oliver | Mary B. Finch Peace | James Robinson | Harriet Davis Shears | Henry Shears | Lucy Shears | Risom Shears | Henry Smith | Lissie Smith | Little Smith | Agle Lee Truitt | George Truitt | Lou Smith Truitt | Ceborn Vaughner | Lewis Vaughner | L.D. "Lover" Vaughner | Jennie Lyles Walker | Infant Ware | Infant Ware II | Mattie Finch Washington | John D. White | Washington Whitlow | Amanda "Mandy" Truitt Williams | Angeline Williamson

The People of St. John's - St. John's Cemetery - Gone to Texas

Citations: Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 2, Denton, Texas; Roll: 1300; Page: 83B; Enumeration District: 104;Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Denton, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0047;Year: 1870; Census Place: Beat 7, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: M593_6; Page: 89A; Family History Library Film: 545505;findagrave, memorial page for John Burton, Find a Grave Memorial no. 32006628, citing Old Slave Cemetery, Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas, USA; Maintained by RMLeahy (contributor 46809355).