Paul Ray Burch Jr. and family: the Burches, the Hurts, the Harrises, the
Boytes, the Whites, the Blakes, and their relatives
compiled by Michael R. Burch, his son
Paul Ray Burch Jr. was born on Thursday, July 27, 1933 and died on Saturday,
April 20, 2013 at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul
Ray Burch Sr., his mother, Lillian Christine McAdams Burch Lee, and his sister, Sandra Jane Burch.
He is survived by his loving and always-adored wife of 57 years, Christine Ena
Hurt Burch, his son Michael Ray Burch, his daughters Sandra Jane Burch Boyte and Debra
Leigh Burch White, and their families.
Disclaimer: I have tried to include as many family members as possible, but
I don't have pictures of everyone, and there are some relatives that
I haven't seen in decades. If anyone would like me add someone to this page,
please email me at
email@example.com. Contributions are
Related genealogy pages: Christine Ena
Alice Spouse, Elizabeth Steed Harris Burch, Robert Turner Burch
Here's my father, Paul Ray Burch Jr., on the left. This picture was taken on the day of his wedding,
July 14, 1956 at the Parish Church in Mattersey, East Retford, Nottingham,
England. Dad looks quite dashing. His best
man, on the right, was Richard A. Allen. According to the marriage
certificate, my future mother was a 20-year-old "spinster"! (My, how times and
the language have changed.) Dad's profession was listed as an airman first
class, and mom's as a "fell-binder." His residence was listed as Sturgate AFB,
hers as her parents' house at 22 Priory Close,
Mattersey. Her father's profession was listed as a railway laborer. There was no mention of her mother in those
chauvinistic times. Robert Wilson was the vicar.
This picture of my father and his best man walking down an English sidewalk on
an overcast, rainy day, depicts something experienced
by thousands of young American men who were enchanted by the English roses they
found, despite the often-dismal weather.
My father was a 20-year-man in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in:
England (where he met and
married Christine Ena Hurt while stationed at Sturgate Air Force Base, near
Orlando, Florida (at either Orlando Air Force Base or McCoy Air Force Base)
Thule, Greenland (at Thule Air Base)
England (the second time he was stationed at Brize Norton Air Force Base, near Carterton)
Lincoln, Nebraska (at Lincoln Air Force Base)
Nashville, Tennessee (at Sewart Air Force Base)
Sacramento, California (at McClellan Air Force Base; we lived in nearby
Wiesbaden, Germany (at Wiesbaden Air Base and Lindsey Air Station; we lived in Bischofsheim while waiting for base housing)
Goldsboro, North Carolina (at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base)
After retiring from the Air Force, dad attended Draughons Junior College in
Nashville, where he obtained an associate degree in bookkeeping. He then worked
as a bookkeeper and security guard until health problems required him to
retire. While dad and I disagreed about many things, I admire him
for the courageous, stoic, uncomplaining way he faced life, even when life was harsh.
He taught me many valuable lessons that I didn't always appreciate when I was
learning them, including the value of family ties, hard work, frugality,
loyalty, dependability and sticking to one's guns. I will always
remember how true he was to my mother, through thick and thin, and to his
parents as they grew older. He never sought personal glory,
and made it clear that he didn't want military honors that he felt should be
reserved for the men who risked life and limb on the battlefield. He was
a brave, loyal and honorable man.
Here are pictures of the love of my father's life: his English rose and my
mother, Christine Ena Hurt (Burch), looking very fair, very English, and very beautiful:
The smiling woman behind my mother is her mother,
Christine Ena Spouse Hurt. The man is
her father, George Edwin Hurt Sr.
Here are pictures of my mother and father before their wedding. The boy in the middle picture is mom's younger brother, Colin Hurt.
Here are pictures from my parents' wedding in Mattersey, England:
Little did my parents guess what they were getting
into, when they decided to have me! I would grow at a fearsome rate, reaching
six foot tall by the time I was thirteen, with a crazy metabolism that allowed
me to eat gargantuan amounts of food while remaining skinny as a rail. I was
always hungry! The first picture is of my mother, pregnant with me around
Christmas, 1957. It snowed in Orlando that winter for the first time in 70
years. The other pictures are dated September and October of 1958.
The picture below is dated 1959. The picture is of my father, me, my mother, and
Here's a "very English" picture of my mother, pushing me in pram down an English
Here's poem I wrote for my mother:
by Michael R. Burch
for my mother, Christine Ena
There never was a fonder smile
than mother’s smile, no softer touch
than mother’s touch. So sleep awhile
and know she loves you more than “much.”
So more than “much,” much more than “all.”
Though tender words, these do not speak
of love at all, nor how we fall
and mother’s there, nor how we reach
from nightmares in the ticking night
and she is there to hold us tight.
There never was a stronger back
than father’s back, that held our weight
and lifted us, when we were small,
and bore us till we reached the gate,
then held our hands that first bright mile
till we could run, and did, and flew.
But, oh, a mother’s tender smile
will leap and follow after you!
If my parents didn't know what they were getting into with me, they were really
heading into uncharted waters when they had my pesky
sisters! Here I am with Sandra, known as Sandy to everyone but Herself:
I think this may have been the family passport picture, made when Debby was a
Here are we are, hard at play. I believe the third picture is of grandfather
Hurt's vegetable garden in Mattersey, England. He definitely had a green thumb, but I
think his grandchildren were mostly making a mess.
Dad's mother, Lillian Christine Lee, had a grocery store that she
and her second husband, Eric Lee, owned and operated on Sixth Avenue South in Nashville.
We believe Grandma Lee had
Cherokee blood; she was dark-complexioned and was called Gypsy, after the famous Gypsy Rose Lee.
Later on this page there is a picture of a member of her family with what I
believe are decidedly Native American features. In any case, I have included my translations of Cherokee poems, proverbs and blessings
that I dedicated to my father when he
chose to forego dialysis and enter the final stage of his life ...
Cherokee Travelers' Blessing I
translation by Michael R. Burch
I will extract the thorns from your feet.
For yet a little while longer, we will walk life's sunlit paths together.
I will love you like my own brother, my own blood.
When you are disconsolate, I will wipe the tears from your eyes.
And when you are too sad to live, I will put your aching heart to rest.
Here's dad at age 79, shortly before his death, but still brave, still stoic,
Cherokee Travelers' Blessing II
loose translation by Michael R. Burch
Happily may you walk
in the paths of the Rainbow.
and may it always be beautiful before you,
beautiful behind you,
beautiful below you,
beautiful above you,
and beautiful all around you
where in Perfection beauty is finished.
Here's dad at age 79 with his immediate family: Christine Ena Hurt Burch, Debra
Burch White, Sandra Jane Burch Boyte and Michael Ray Burch:
Cherokee Travelers' Blessing III
loose translation by Michael R. Burch
May Heaven’s warming winds blow gently there,
where you reside,
and may the Great Spirit bless all those you care for,
this side of the farther tide.
And when you go,
whether the journey is fast or slow,
may your moccasins leave many cunning footprints in the snow.
And when you look over your shoulder,
may you always find the Rainbow.
by Michael R. Burch
for my father, Paul Ray Burch, Jr.
I see the longing for departure gleam
in his still-keen eye,
and I understand his desire
to test this last wind, like those late autumn leaves
with nothing left to cling to ...
Family Tree and History
Various roots of my family tree appear in the genealogy below (some of the dates
are approximations or educated guesses; the more distant in time the more
questionable some of the dates become). In most cases there seems to be no way
to "prove" a connection except to do DNA testing.
The early activity in Virginia centers around the original Jamestown colony,
generally moving in a southwest direction.
The settlement at Jamestown became permanent around 1610, and people in my
family tree began arriving there as early as 1632, so they were among the first
generation of permanent English settlers in North America, although they were
not the very first to arrive, but came in the "second wave." Some of the early
Jamestown settlers related to the Burches include Edward Champion, Alice
Champion, William Blake, Thomas Blake and Samuel Blake. Associated family names
include Phillippi/Phillippe, Schupp/Schoop/Shupe/Shutte, Sessums, Stuart,
Tolbert, Krieger/Crigger/Creager, Mercer, Burgess, and of course Burch/Bursch.
According to some Burch family members, Martha Johnson (1810-1875) was a first cousin of
President Andrew Johnson, although I have not been able to confirm that
father, Richard Johnson, said to have been the future president's uncle, may
have helped finance the family's move to Tennessee through a series of
documented land sales, although the purpose remains a matter of speculation. But
in any case, Andrew Johnson did end up in Columbia, not far from his cousins, if
they were indeed his cousins. Richard Johnson married Patience Mann and their
last names were sometimes spelled Johnston with a "t." Over time it
seems they dropped the "t" and became the Johnsons. Martha Johnson married
Phillip Blake in Wake Co., NC. These details have been confirmed by a letter
written by James Henry Blake, a grandson of Martha Johnson, which I have read,
along with notes by Mann/Johnson family genealogists who seem to be
knowledgeable and thorough. The main details from the letter and various family researchers are:
Richard Johnson married Patience Mann and had a daughter Martha Johnson
Martha Johnson Blake married Phillip Blake in Wake Co., NC, with a marriage bond date
They moved to Maury Co., TN, around 1834
In Wake Co., NC, Richard Johnston made an indenture to sell 171 acres to Philip
Blake on June 6, 1830. Philip Blake made an indenture to sell 171 acres to Nail
Gunther on October 20, 1832. These have been cited as
helping Philip Blake finance his move to Tennessee, which according to
their son took place when he was around six years old, which would have been
Martha Johnson was born in 1808 and died April 16, 1882 in TN (but her grave
marker says August 19, 1878)
Phillip Blake died Aug 14, 1875 in TN
Philip and Martha Johnson Blake are buried in a grave at the Shady Grove
Cemetery in Lawrence Co., TN, marked only by large field stones.
Martha Johnson claimed to be Andrew Johnson's first cousin. Her father's name
was Richard and Andrew Johnson did have an uncle named Richard. Andrew Johnson
did live in Maury Co., TN, and there is a plaque to him on the downtown square.
According to James Richards, his mother, Dorothy Burch Richards, told him
that Richard Johnson had a brother named Aaron Johnson who was seven feet tall.
Rev. John MacGowan (1726-1780) was a famous Methodist preacher and author in his
day. A friend and associate of John Wesley, his collected writings in two
volumes can be found in the John Adams library. The book has his portrait,
although I have not seen it myself. He also fought on the side of
Bonnie Prince Charlie at the 1746 Battle of Culloden, the last major battle on
John MacGowan's son, the Rev. Ebenezer MacGowan (1767-1850), may have started
the first Methodist church in the Nashville area. Ebenezer MacGowan was born in Greater London, emigrated to the states, then moved to
Tennessee in 1816, where he founded the Bethel Methodist Church in Rutherford Co., revising the
prior name "Bear Wallow" to something more biblical. Apparently, Ebenezer MacGowan
first built a two-story log house where he preached until the church proper was
built. I found an article that said he was short and would preach from the
stairs so that his audience could see him. According to "The History of the
Bethel Church" by J. T. Sanders, the first church, also built with logs and
measuring 22x24 feet, was created in 1817 or 1818. Sanders said Ebenezer MacGowan
purchased 1,100 acres for $2,500 and donated four acres to the church. A more
modern church was built in 1887 with the original building being converted into
a schoolhouse. According to Sanders, four great-grandsons of Ebenezer MacGowan
were members and officials of the church. One of those grandsons was undoubtedly
my great-grandfather, the Rev. Samuel Wesley McGowan (1857-1936)
The Mysterious Case of Christine Alice Spouse, Actress
Christine Alice Spouse, by Carlo Nieper
There are mysteries surrounding the birth of my grandmother, Christine Ena
Spouse, and her mother, Christine Alice Spouse [1881-1968]. Here is what I have
been able to gather so far. According to my grandmother's birth certificate, she
was born on April 19, 1908 in Sutton-in-Ashfield, County of Nottingham, England. This was the residence of
the Harrisons, her foster parents, who ran a Salvation Army boarding
house and had fostered other children in the past. Her natural mother's name appears as
"Christine Alice Spouse, formerly Stuart." The father's name appears as "Ernest
Chatterton Spouse" and his occupation is given as "Actor." Our family believes
that Christine Alice Spouse was also an actor, and there are other documents
which verify this. The mother's residence is given as 32 King Street, and this
agrees with what my Aunt Barbara Hurt Gallagher told me: that the mother was
living in the Harrisons' house when the baby was born. If this is the case, it
seems likely that Christine Alice Spouse was indeed the mother. Why would she
give her maiden name as Stuart? One possibility is that she wanted her baby's
last name to be Spouse. If so, she would have needed the father's last name to
be given as Spouse, and she would have needed a different maiden name. Her
sister Winifred Mary Spouse married Frank Stuart, so she may have "borrowed" the
last name Stuart. Another possibility is that she had married Frank Stuart, or
some other Stuart, or had had an affair with a man by that name. Another
possibility is that Winifred had assumed her sister's identify for some unknown
reason. Christine Alice Spouse later lived in London with Carlo Nieper, a member
of an aristocratic German family and a portrait painter of some note. It is
believed that he was on friendly terms with Hitler and painted Hitler's
portrait. They had three children together: Violet Mary Carola Nieper
(1911-1982), Raoul Nieper (1913-1989), and Helene Sybil Nieper (1914-) who was
nicknamed "Bobbie." There is a rumor that Carlo Nieper was a German spy who
fled England via a U-boat the onset of WWI. He died in Berlin on December 17,
1938. There is another rumor that Ernest Chatterton was also a spy, last seen
jumping out of hotel window in Germany to escape the German police! In any
case, Christine Alice Spouse married Philip Sale in 1927. She had a sister,
Winifred Mary Spouse (1880-1918), who was also an actress. She also had a
brother, Stanley Charles Spouse (1884-1969). Christine Alice Spouse was
born on November 27, 1881 in Plumstead, Kent, England. She emigrated to
Atherton, Leichardt, Queensland, Australia in 1958, presumably to be near her
children, who had emigrated there earlier. She died in Brisbane, Queensland,
Australia on April 25, 1968.
Christine Alice Spouse Timeline
NOTE: Carl Johannes Theophil Walter Nieper was born on April 29 1869, in
Dresden, Deutschland, to Johann Carl Ludwig Nieper and Caroline Wilhelmine
Amalie Johanna Elise Nieper (born von Seyffarth).
1831 - Edward Spouse is born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.
1842 - Elizabeth Beadle, age 28, dies of "child-bed fever." Her husband, Charles
Beadle, is a confectioner on North High Street.
1843 - Elizabeth Mary Coates Beadle is born in
Highley, Worcestershire, England.
1879 - Edward Spouse marries Elizabeth Mary Coates Beadle
on July 24, 1879 in Erith, Kent, near London, England.
1880 - Winifred Mary Spouse is born in Plumstead, Kent, England.
1881 - Winifred Mary Spouse is baptized on September 10, 1881;
Edward Spouse's occupation is listed as an accountant.
1881 - Christine Alice Spouse is born on November 27, 1881
in Plumstead, Kent, England to Elizabeth Mary Coates Beadle and Edward Spouse.
1882 - Edward Spouse is living at 19 Vicarage Park in Plumstead, Kent, near
1884 - Stanley Charles Spouse is born.
1885 - Christine Alice Spouse is baptized at Belvedere, All Saints, Kent on
April 5, 1885. The address looks like Woolwich Rd, Belvedere.
1891 - Christine Alice Spouse is living with her parents in Erith, Kent,
1900 - Elizabeth Mary Coates Beadle dies at age 57, leaving
Christine motherless at age nine.
1901 - Christine Alice Spouse is living with her father in Lewisham, London.
1901 - Winifred Mary Spouse, age 21, marries Frank Stuart. Is this the source of
the Stuart name on Christine Ena Spouse's birth certificate?
1908 - Christine Alice Spouse, around age 27, gives birth to Christine Ena
Spouse on April 19, 1908 in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
1911 - Christine Alice Spouse is living as a "visitor" in Kensington, London
with Carlo Nieper and his mother Carole Nieper-Sayfforthy in the Jemima
1911 - The 1911 census shows Christine Alice Spouse (age 29, born circa 1882)
living with Carlo Nieper (age 41) at Kensington Park Road, Kensington, London.
1911 - Edward Spouse dies at age 80 on April 6, 1911.
1911 - Christine Alice Nieper (?) gives birth to Violet Mary Carola Nieper on
September 22, 1911 in Paddington, London.
1913 - Christine Alice Nieper (?) gives birth to Raoul Nieper on March 31, 1913
in Paddington, London.
1914 - Christine Alice Nieper (?) gives birth to Helene Sybil Nieper.
1918 - Winifred Mary Spouse dies at age 38 on October 19, 1918 in Lancashire,
1919 - Christine Nieper is living at 4741 Vera Road, Lyndhurst, Islington,
Finsbury and Fulham, London.
1927 - Christine Alice Nieper, age 45, marries Philip Sale in Holy Trinity,
Hounslow, England on February 26, 1927. Oddly, her father's name was given
as "Edward Nieper."
1938 - Carlo Nieper dies at age 69 in Berlin on December 13, 1938 or December 17
1939 - Christine Alice Sale is living with Philip Sale and Raoul Nieper at 63
Sussex Road, Harrow, Middlesex, England.
1949 - Christine Alice Sale arrives in Southampton on November 4, 1949.
1952 - Christine Alice Sale arrives in New York on February 5, 1952.
1953 - Christine Alice Sale, age 71, departs New York for Southampton aboard the
Queen Mary on July 7, 1953.
1954 - Christine Alice Sale arrives in New York on November 1, 1954.
1958 - Christine Alice Sale moves to Atherton, Leichardt, Queensland, Australia
to be near her children.
1959 - Christine Alice Sale arrives in Southampton on November 16, 1959.
1963 - Christine Alice Sale is living in Everton Park, Petrie, Queensland,
1968 - Christine Alice Sale dies at age 86 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on
April 25, 1968.
The Mysterious Case of Robert Turner Burch
Robert Turner Burch (1887-Nov. 24, 1923) was the second-oldest child of
Jefferson Davis Burch (1863-1918) and Alice Leon Medora Blake (1866-1933). His
siblings were Raymond O'Dell Burch (born April 1,
1886), Morton Sewell Burch (born Feb. 24, 1889), Mary Tom Burch (born c. 1893),
Edward Burch (born Sep. 1894), Laura Burch (born Oct. 15, 1897), Martha Lucille
Burch (born Aug. 24, 1901), my grandfather Paul Ray Burch Sr. (born Nov. 24,
1903), Bessie Louis Burch (born March 31, 1906) and Jefferson Burch (born May
Robert Turner Burch, a railroad worker, was shot to death at age 38, in a "soft
drink saloon" in the vicinity of St. Louis on Nov. 24, 1923. According to family
members, the shooting was over a woman. But there are some puzzling questions.
The police weren't called until two hours after the shooting, which seems odd.
Robert died in a Granite City hospital called St. Elizabeth's. Before he died,
Robert had asked to speak to his brother Raymond O'Dell Burch of Iron City, TN,
saying there was something important that he needed to tell him. But according
to a newspaper article he died without making a statement. Also, there was a
question about an insurance policy on his life, with his wife possibly being the
beneficiary. The police were looking for a man named Stanley Dickinson, also a
railroad worker, according to the article. Robert had arrived in Granite City
five days prior to the shooting, coming from Dubois, IL.
In the picture below, Robert Turner Burch is on the left and my grandfather Paul
Ray Burch Sr. is on the right.
Paul Ray Burch Sr.
The picture above, left to right, is my grandfather Paul R. Burch Sr., William
Edward Wilson and Lucille Burch Wilson, my grandfather's sister. The picture was
provided by Bettie Joyce Wilson Childers, the daughter of Lucile Burch. William
was the oldest child in the Wilson family, followed by Bettie, then their sister
Marie. The picture below is of my grandfather riding in a buggy with his father,
the lawyer/judge Jefferson Davis Burch, whose life story appears later.
My grandfather Paul Ray Burch Sr. (1903/4-1992), was born on November 24, 1903
or 1904, in
Ethridge, Lawrence County, Tennessee. His parents were Jefferson Davis Burch
(1863-1918) and Alice Leon Medora Blake (1866-1933). The children of Jefferson
Davis Burch and Alice Blake Burch were: Raymond O'Dell Burch (born April 1,
1886), Robert Turner Burch (born 1887-Nov. 24, 1923), Morton Sewell Burch (born
Feb. 24, 1889), Mary Tom Burch (born c. 1893), Edward Burch (born Sep. 1894),
Laura Burch (born Oct. 15, 1897), Martha Lucille Burch (born Aug. 24, 1901),
Paul Ray Burch Sr. (born Nov. 24, 1903/4), Bessie Louis Burch (born March 31,
1906), Jefferson Burch (born May 4, 1909).
From what I have been able to gather, Paul Ray Burch Sr. was born in Ethridge,
Lawrence County, a town of around 400 souls. His mother, Alice Leon Blake, died
in Ethridge in 1933 and in her obituary was described as the daughter of a
prominent minister, the Rev. Henry J. Blake. His father was also a prominent
citizen, the lawyer/judge Jefferson Davis Burch. Grandpa Burch was 6'2" (my
height) and a pretty good baseball player in his youth. At some point he moved
to Nashville and became a truck driver for C. B. Ragland, where he worked until
retirement. He also did some part-time preaching, sometimes taking us to black
churches where we were the only whites in the audience. He was also a bit of a
ladies' man and when I was a boy he would sometimes take us to visit his
girlfriends. He was married three times: to my grandmother Lillian Christine
McAdams ("Gypsy"), to Darkis Mary Stepp ("Dottie"), and to Marian Ruth Wheeler
Hester ("Ruth"). By 1943 he was living at 40 Parkwood Boulevard in Nashville,
which is interesting because our family later lived in Parkwood Estates.
Per Jackie Burch: Morton Sewell Burch may have been married to two women at the
same time. He first married Helen while using the name McFarland; she lived in
Los Angeles, CA. He then married Jean Martin in Little Rock, AR but didn't get
a divorce from Helen. [Did he use multiple names? I found a Little Rock death
certificate for a Martin Luther Burch, with the names of his mother and father
and his birth date. So it seems he probably did live two lives with different
names!] Morton was buried in Ethridge Cemetery and Helen
called from California asking for his body to be
exhumed and re-buried when she arrived there (this per Doris Pennington of Columbia, TN.). Morton worked in Montgomery, AL with the title Mineral
Expert (even though he knew nothing about minerals). His name is supposed to be
on a wall in the Alabama State Capitol. He had an office in the State Capitol
and ran for Mayor of Montgomery but lacked a few votes from being elected (per
James's Aunt Jackie). Morton got in trouble for pardoning someone while he was
filling in for the Governor. He freed some prisoners and wasn't supposed to do
that. He received time but was pardoned. During the Great Depression, Morton and
Paul allegedly traveled around the country selling land they didn't own. They also sold
silk stockings to get gas money.
According to Bettie
Childers, the granddaughter of J. D. and Alice Burch, she saw a
record of my grandfather's birth in one of those old handwritten books used to
officially record births,
and she recognized her Uncle Paul by his parents and birthdate although for some reason his
name was listed as "unknown." According to the records Bettie saw, he
was born in Ethridge and his mother Alice Blake was born in Blake's Mill.
Ethridge is just a few miles north of Lawrenceburg, which is home to the site of
the Davy Crockett Museum, built where Davy Crockett once lived in a log cabin.
He had a mill very close to Blake's Mill, although I'm not sure if they operated
concurrently. I have seen Crockett in the names of some possible ancestors, but
I'm not sure if there is any direct connection. Paul Ray Burch Sr.
was married three times: (1) Lillian Christine McAdams, (2) Darkis Mary "Dottie"
Stepp, (3) Marian Ruth Wheeler (Hester). His first marriage produced my father,
Paul Ray Burch Jr. His second marriage produced my aunt Sandra Jane Burch, who
died in a flash flood at age ten. His third wife, whom everyone called "Ruth"
had a daughter named Pauline Hester, but I believe she was "grown and flown"
before they married, and was already living elsewhere. I found a 1940 census
record that shows Ruth and Pauline Hester living with Otha Hester in
Shelbyville, Bedford Co., TN. His full name may have been Samuel Otha Hester. I
found a record of their marriage in Shelbyville in 1930, and it seems that her
maiden name was Wheeler, and her father's name was W. O. Wheeler. When Ruth
married my grandfather on July 31, 1971, she was living at 216 Chilton Avenue in
Nashville (a house I remember well). He was 68 and she was 62. She
may have told
the clerk that her name was "Mrs. Ruth Hester" and then remembered the
"Marian" because her first name appears above the rest of her name with an
insertion mark. I remember Ruth well. She was a small woman, nice but on the
quiet side, with a "permanent tan" because of some sort of medical/chemical
reaction that left her skin with a grayish-silver tinge.
My grandmother Lillian Christine McAdams Burch Lee was married twice, first to Paul Ray Burch Sr.,
then to Eric Carlton Lee [1904-1984]. She was born on March 9, 1915 and died on
October 31, 1991.
This is according to her official Certificate of Death issued by the state of
Tennessee, which lists her birthplace as Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.
She lies buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville, next to
Eric Lee and Paul Ray Burch Jr. Her parents were James I. McAdams (1874?-?) and Carrie
Owen McGowan (1885-1939). I have also seen her mother's last name spelled McCowan. According to the
1920 US Census, both her parents were born in Tennessee, and the family lived in
Shelbyville, Bedford Co., Tennessee. Jim McAdams was 46 at the time, meaning that he was born
around 1874, and Carrie McAdams was 35, meaning that she was born around 1885.
Jim McAdams had stepdaughters named Ruby Thompson, Bessie Thompson, Johnnie
Thompson and Annie Thompson. He also had a stepson named Ross Thompson. So it seems likely that Carrie McAdams had been Carrie
Thompson by a previous marriage. And there is a Marshall County, Tennessee marriage
license dated August 21, 1901 for a Miss Carrie McGowan and a J. N. Thompson, so
she may have been married at the tender age of sixteen, or thereabouts.
Apparently Jim and Carrie McAdams had a baby girl, Genevy McAdams (Geneva?), who
died at 7 1/2 months old on Oct. 26, 1919. The father was listed as Jim McAdams
and the mother's maiden name was McGowan. She signed her name "Cary" and I have
also seen it spelled "Carry" and "Carrie."
The 1920 census shows Jim McAdams working as a carpenter in Shelbyville, while
Carrie McAdams was working in a "knitting mill." My grandmother, then Lillian
McAdams, was four years old.
The family moved to Nashville sometime before 1924, because the 1924-1937
Nashville city directories show a James and Carrie McAdams living on 225 N. 1st,
then 705 Woodland, then 326 Fatherland. His employment was listed as carpenter,
then laborer, then gardener. So it seems they moved a lot and he changed jobs. After that, Jim McAdams seems to vanish without a
trace. I have found a James Irvin McAdams who was
born on Nov. 10, 1875, and died on Aug. 14, 1950. He apparently was born and
died in Shelbyville, Bedford Co., Tennessee. His parents were William Butler
McAdams and Nancy Elizabeth Mitchell. He is my "best educated guess" to be my
According to a Tennessee marriage license issued in Williamson County, Paul
Burch and Lillian Lee were married on July 11, 1931. His address was
Lawrenceburg and hers was Nashville. According to the license, she
was 18 and he was in his 20s, although his age is hard to decipher on the
certificate. The document was
signed by Mrs. Carrie McAdams, relationship mother.
According to the 1940 US Census, Paul Burch and Lillian Burch were living in
Nashville on Fifth Avenue South with their son Paul Burch Jr., who was six
at the time. My father's birth
certificate, dated July 27, 1933, shows their address as 935 Fifth Ave.
South. My grandfather's trade at the time of my father's birth was listed as a
"caddy [something] at Shelby Park." He later worked as a truck driver for C. B.
Ragland. When I was a boy, and
all the time I knew her until the end of her life approached, Lillian Lee lived at 1200
Sixth Avenue South, where she and her second husband Eric Lee owned and operated
a small grocery store called Lee's Grocery. I believe Eric Lee had four children by a prior marriage:
James Henry "Jimmy" Lee,
William "Billy" Lee, Erith Marie Lee, and Juanita Carolyn Lee.
The 1947 Nashville City directory has Paul R. Burch, a truck driver, living at
318 Stratford Ave. with his second wife, Darkis M. Burch. A 1956 Nashville City
directory shows him as a truck driver for C. B. Ragland and living on Meridian
Street with his wife "Dottie."
A Williamson County
marriage license dated June 30, 1926 shows Eric C. Lee marrying Mary Wilkinson.
I believe her full name was Mary Alice Wilkinson Lee. Another marriage license
dated December 4, 1948, announces the marriage of Eric Carlton Lee to Lillian
Christine Burch, both of Nashville, Tennessee. That marriage license was issued
by the City of Rossville, Walker County, Georgia. Since they both lived in
Nashville, an educated guess is that one of them had relatives who lived
in the Rossville area. Rossville lies just south of Chattanooga, on the
According to a Memorial Contract by Eric Lee for a monument to be erected at
Nashville's Mount Olivet Cemetery, his father was James H. Lee (1879-1968) and
his mother was Carrie Lee (1881-1951). The contract was dated February 6, 1968,
so it seems his father died on or before that
date. According to a Tennessee delayed birth
certificate for Eric Lee, his father's full name was James Henry Lee and his
mother's maiden name was Carrie Edwards. His date of birth was given as October
While I'm not sure about the picture below, the woman's features make me suspect
that she may be Lillian Lee's mother or grandmother, with a strong dose of
Native American blood, said to be Cherokee by my father and grandmother.
The name Carrie McAdams appears as the mother on the July 11, 1931 marriage
certificate (Williamson County) of Paul Burch and Lillian McAdams. But a family member says that she thinks the picture
below may be of Mary
McGowan Collins, the sister of Rev. Samuel Wesley McGowan. In either case, if
she had Native American blood, it would have been passed on to my grandmother
Carrie Owen McGowan was born in Tennessee on March 13, 1885. She was the
daughter of Rev. Samuel Wesley McGowan (1857-1936) and Dillie May Shutte (both
born in Tennessee). I have also seen her mother's name listed as Dillie Tolbert
Shupe. On the death certificate of her son Scott Allan McGowan, her maiden name
is listed as Dillie Talbert. Did Cherokee blood enter our family through Carrie McGowen's mother,
Dillie, or one of her children? I believe Dillie was born in Wythe County,
Virginia on March 5, 1861 and that she died in Nashville, Davidson County,
Tennessee on June 15, 1947. It seems
Dillie was raised by Margaret Crigger Shupe, the wife of
John Daniel Shupe and the daughter of Ambrose Crigger and Elizabeth Phillippi.
According to a book written about these two courageous pioneer women, after they
lost their husbands during the Civil War, they loaded 27 family members into
three covered wagons and went to make a new start in Tennessee, with a
two-year-old Dillie Shupe in tow. A later census shows Margaret Crigger living
with Dillie and her husband.
There is a marriage license between Samuel W. McGowan and Dillie T. Shupe dated
February 27, 1879. The previous day there was a marriage contract (marriage
bond?) for $1,200 by a "Samual Westley McGowan" with an age listed as 17,
presumably the age of the bride-to-be. I have seen the former document listed in
the Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002. Samuel Wesley McGowan and his daughter Carrie
Owen McGowan lie buried side-by-side at Santa Fe Cemetery, Maury County,
This is a picture of Dillie Tolbert Shupe McGowan:
This was my father's grandfather, Jefferson Davis Burch (1863-1918), a
lawyer and judge. We learned about him through extended family member James R.
Richards, who has done extensive research into our family history. Jefferson
Davis Burch was born June 6, 1863 in Perkinsville, Winston County, Mississippi.
He died May 6, 1918 in Lawrence County, Tennessee, at age 54. He is buried in
Ethridge Cemetery, in Lawrence County, Tennessee, where many of his children are
also buried. He had eleven children, six of
whom survived to adulthood. The third youngest child was my grandfather, Paul
Ray Burch Sr. (1904-1992) who was born on November 24, 1904 in Ethridge, Lawrence
My grandfather's mother was Alice Leon Medora Blake (1866-1933). She was born on
July 2,1866 in Lawrence, TN and married Jefferson Davis Burch on or
around June 3, 1884. According to her obituary, she died in Sheffield, Alabama on Jan. 19, 1933, at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. O. B. Landis, and now lies buried in Ethridge
Cemetery, in Lawrence County beside Jefferson Davis Burch. They
lived on Buffalo Road in Lawrence, TN according to the 1910 census.
Alice Blake was the daughter of Henry Johnson Blake and Sarah C. (Garton) Blake.
Her obituary mentions that she was a Gorton (Garton) said to be related to
President Andrew Johnson, and that her parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blake had
moved to Tennessee from Rawleigh (Raleigh), NC. I have a copy of a family
letter in which Jim H. Blake, a grandson of Philip Blake, said that Henry
Johnson Blake was named after Andrew Johnson and was his second cousin. Their
daughter Laura Burch (1898-1976) married Oscar Bell Landis (1891-1962). I
remember visiting their son Robert Charles Landis (1931-) when I was a boy.
Everyone called him by his first and middle names, "Robert Charles." If I
remember correctly, he was a druggist.
The father of Jefferson Davis Burch was Captain Stephen Carroll Burch (1826-1884) and
his mother was Margaret Mary "Tom" Mitchell (1844-1869). According to their
Mississippi marriage license, dated February 21/22, 1860, she may have spelled her
first name "Margarett" or it could be a typo, as her name also appears without
the double "t." There is a mystery surrounding Jefferson's birth,
because according to
evidence discovered by family member James Richards: "Stephen's wife left him, took young
Jeff, and went home [to Mississippi] and told her family that Stephen had died." Stephen C. Burch served in the Tennessee 54th
Regiment during the Civil War, so his premature death notice
may have sounded plausible at the time. But he survived and was promoted to the
rank of captain on April 16, 1862, according to the official journal of the
Confederate Congress. According to the 1880 census, Stephen C. Burch was a
lawyer and farmer whose mother and father both hailed from North Carolina, as he
did himself. He may have gone by "Captain" after the Civil War, as in the book
"Henryville" by Ruth Dickey, on June 20, 1883 a George Townsend was suspected of
robbing Captain Burch's store in Henryville, Lawrence Co. According to one
account, Stephen and Margaret Mary are buried together in Old Bethel Cemetery in
Lawrence, Tennessee. But according to James Richards that this is incorrect, and
she was actually buried in Mississippi. According to the Old Bethel Cemetery
records, Stephen Carroll Burch was born in 1826 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee and
died on May 6, 1884, while Margaret Mary Mitchell Burch was born on April 4,
1844 and died on January 9, 1869. But there seems to be some "family
confusion" about SCB's birthplace. When he was alive and presumably providing
the information himself, the 1860 census said that he was a merchant born in
Tennessee. But the 1870 census said that he was a farmer born in North Carolina.
The first census that moved his
birthplace to Scotland was the 1900 census, with the information presumably
provided by his son Jefferson Davis Burch. When Raymond O'Dell Burch filled out
his father's death certificate, he listed his grandfather's birthplace as
Scotland. But it seems more likely that SCB was born in Caswell Co, North
Carolina, and over time the family lost track of his origins. It's easy enough
to confuse "our family comes from Scotland" with an ancestor being born there,
so I suspect something like that may have happened. Why do I think North Carolina
is correct? Because SCB's father, Henry Clay Burch, and mother, Mary Agnes "Aggy"
Stuart, were both born in North Carolina. And other children of theirs were born
in Caswell County, NC, including Sarah "Sallie" Burch in 1810 and Catherine "Catie"
Burch in 1812. However, Agnes Jane Burch appears to have been born in Bledsoe or
Lawrence County, Tennessee in 1828. SCB was born two years earlier in 1826. So
it seems possible that he was born in North Carolina but moved at such a young
age that his only memories were of Tennessee. Or he could have been born
"in transit" on a lengthy migration.
Here is what a Stuart family genealogist has to say about Henry Clay Burch: "He
was married in Caswell County, North Carolina to our Agnes Stuart. Their first
three of four children were born in Caswell County. The fourth child was perhaps
born in Bledsoe or Lawrence, TN in 1828. There is a record for Henry Burch in
1790 and in the 1810 US Federal Censuses. There are no 1820 or 1830 records. The
family moved and were perhaps living with other families (he may have no longer
been the "head of the household"), and this may be why they are not showing up.
There are other Burches in the 1820 and 1830 censuses that were left behind in
Caswell, NC. They could have been brothers. Did the Stuart family and Henry and
his family want to go "west" and left Henry's primary family behind? If Henry
had moved after this third child, then he either died in possibly Bledsoe (if
this is HIS record) where his fourth child was possibly born, or he made it to
Lawrence County and died there. All of this family line was worked with
Archivist, Nancy N. at the Lawrence County Archives."
Henry Clay Burch Timeline
In this timeline, please keep in mind that there could have been more than one
Henry Burch in Caswell and/or Bledsoe counties. So all this information may not
apply to "our" Henry Clay Burch ...
1763 - William Henry Burch marries Mary Ann Lawrence in Surry, NC. They will
have 15 children, all born in NC with one possible exception (immediately
1770 - The birth of Henry Clay Burch, circa 1770-1774, in Caswell County, NC, or
nearby Orange County, VA.
1779 - There is a Caswell land grant for 400 acres "on the waters of south
hills" in the name of Ezekiel Dollarhide, Catherine's father.
1790 - The census shows Henry Burch in Caswell, NC.
1791 - Ezekiel Dollarhide died in April 1791, per a probate document of eight
pages. The estate had increased in size to 600 acres. Was Catherine an
heiress? According to a Burch genealogy page, Henry Burch and his wife moved
west, but returned to collect an inheritance in Person County, NC (adjacent to
Caswell). However, the return, if it happened, could have been after the
marriage, when the estate was being settled. Or it could have been an
inheritance from a different family member.
1792 - Henry Burch marries Catherine Elizabeth Dollarhide. The marriage bond and
license show the marriage county as Person, NC. Had they inherited land in
Person or did they have relatives there?
1793 - The birth of Henrietta Ann Burch in NC.
1801 - The birth of James Burch, but there are different dates for his birth.
1807 - There is a Caswell marriage bond of Henry Burch to Aggy Stuart (the
writing is blurry) on April 21, 1807.
1810 - The birth of Sarah "Sallie" Burch in Caswell, NC.
1812 - The birth of Catherine "Catie" Burch in Caswell, NC.
1810 - The census shows Henry Burch in Caswell, NC, with two females under
sixteen (perhaps Sallie and Catie?) and two boys under sixteen (James and
1830 - The census shows Henry Burch in Bledsoe, TN with eight free white
household members and one female slave.
1837 - Possible date of death for Henry Clay Burch.
According to Bettie Childers, Mary T. Mitchell's parents owned a big plantation
in Mississippi. They were Thomas Jefferson Mitchell and Margaret Triplett
Mitchell. Thomas received a land grant for 67 acres of land in Mississippi. They
were living in Chester, SC at the time. Margaret Mitchell's father was Nimrod
Duncan Triplett Jr. When the war came, he enlisted in the Mississippi infantry.
Bettie Childers: "One thing I want to share with you is regarding Mary T.
Mitchell, Stephen Burch's wife. You may already be aware of this but we were
always under the impression that she was buried with Stephen in Old Bethel
cemetery. However, we discovered that she went back to Mississippi and
told everyone that Stephen had died. She married a John Wofford on July
21, 1867 and had a child named Callie by him. She died on Jan. 9,1869. We think
she probably died in childbirth. Most of Mary Tom and her family are buried in
Ellison Ridge cemetery in Winston County, MS. However, we still don't know about
Henry W. Burch's mother. Since he was born June 14, 1859 and Stephen married
Mary Tom on Feb. 28, 1860, we think that Henry's mother died in childbirth. We
have tried to find the answer to this, to no avail. Henry's mother is probably
buried in Old Bethel with Stephen. A lot of the Burches are buried in Old Bethel
There is more family intrigue, this time revolving around Jefferson Davis Burch.
I found this account on a Wofford family web page: Callie M. Wofford was the
daughter of Mary Mitchell and John Wofford. Mary was the daughter of Thomas
Jefferson (TJ) Mitchell and Margaret Triplett. T.J. Mitchell was apparently
quite well-to-do in the years before the Civil War and owned a significant share
of land in Winston County near Noxubee County. In September 1855, he gave his
wife and children a deed to a sizeable piece of land and later gave his daughter
Mary approximately $1875 in "personal property". This was in the 1860's, and the
fact that he had over $1000 of "stuff" that he could just give away is
remarkable. Sometime during the early-mid 1860's, Mary married a man named
Stephen Burch. Mary and Stephen had a son named
Jefferson Davis Burch. Stephen Burch died not long after the child was
born [although we know he was still alive], and Mary soon remarried to John
Wofford around 1867. John and Mary had Callie (whose full name is Margaret
Caroline) in 1868, but Mary died in 1869 when Callie was just 9 months old.
Apparently John didn't want anything to do with Mary's son Jeff Davis, so he
took Callie and left Jeff Davis to live with Mary's mother Margaret Mitchell.
The irony is that a few years later in 1874, when Callie was 4 years old, John
Wofford sued his mother-in-law Margaret Mitchell on behalf of the children
Callie and Jeff Davis, claiming to be their "next friend" in court. He was suing
Margaret because her husband T.J. had died intestate two years earlier (1872),
and she had never had his estate divided up between his heirs. So John sued her
so these precious children could get their fair share of this magnificent
estate. Margaret responded back in court, basically saying something to the
effect of the following [parphrased]: "Magnificent estate, pooey! When T.J.
Mitchell died, he was only worth $65, and all those lush crops John Wofford said
were growing on the land at the time of T.J.'s death were planted by ME with MY
OWN MONEY while he was kicking his heels up in Texas. And yeah, I have been
living on the land and enjoying its fruits since his death, but Jeff Davis Burch
has been living with me since the day of his birth, and John Wofford has never
spent a DIME towards the support of his deceased wife's child. So he has NO
RIGHT to call himself the "next friend" of Jeff Davis Burch. Not only that, but
I am old and have had to work my fingers to the bone to support myself and J.D.
Burch and to keep the taxes paid on this land, so go blow".
James Richards has a theory that William Henry Clay Burch
was the son of Stephen Carroll Burch, and that he was raised by Catherine Burch,
Stephen's sister. According to the theory, when Stephen's wife learned that he
had fathered a child by another woman, she fled back home telling everyone that
her husband was dead. W. H. C. Burch was one of the administrators of Stephen's
will, so there could have been a connection. I have also seen his name rendered
Henry William Clay Burch.
Henry Johnson Blake (1828-1911) was born on either August 4 or September 4, 1828
near Raleigh in Wake Co., NC. He was the son of Philip Blake and Martha Johnson. He was a
miller (Philip Blake also owned a mill), had a tanning yard, and was the Lawrence County Postmaster, a
Church of Christ minister and a schoolteacher. He was married three times. On
September 7, 1853 in Lawrence Co., he married Louisa A. Samford. On March 9,
1865 he married Sarah C. Garton. His third wife was Sally Brooks of Maury Co.,
Tennessee. The 1910 US Census shows him living on Buffalo Road in Lawrence,
Tennessee. He died on Jan 11, 1911 in Ethridge, Lawrence, TN. Sarah C.
Garton (1843-1898) was born on May 9, 1843 in TN and died on Dec. 11,
in Lawrence, TN. From what I have been able to learn, the Blake
men may have been millers by trade, as the younger Reddick Blake was a
prosperous mill owner in Louisiana. But the 1870 census lists Henry J. Blake as
a preacher and the 1880 census lists him as a minister of the gospel, so it
seems he considered his primary occupation to be preaching. Both censuses
confirm that his wife Sarah and daughter Alice were living with him during that
decade. A few lines down on the 1870 census I found the names of his father and
mother, Philip and Martha Blake, ages 66 and 62, respectively. Their home states
were both listed as NC, and Philip's occupation was listed as grist miller. So
an educated guess would be that they were living very close to each other, and
that Philip Blake was running the family mill while his son Henry concentrated
on preaching. But a family letter (see Phillip Blake below) says that there were
two different mills. On the same census, I found S. C. Burch, so it
seems probable that Stephen Carroll Burch was a close neighbor. Also, a H. J.
Blake signed the November 18, 1869 will of Elizabeth Burch Revel Ashmore, the
sister of Stephen, so it seems the two families were probably close and on good
terms. Elizabeth named her son Stephen Carroll Ashmore after her brother and her
daughter Agnes Stuart Ashmore after her mother. The 1860 census lists Henry as a
farmer and miller, and living with his first wife Louisa, so it seems possible
that she died young and that he changed professions.
Phillip Blake (1808-1882/1889) was born in 1808 in Wake Co., NC and died April 16,
1882 (or 1889) in Lawrence Co., TN. On November 27, 1827 in Wake Co., NC he married Martha
Johnson. Martha Johnson (1810-1875) was born between 1805 and 1810 in NC and was
the daughter of Richard Johnson and Patience Mann, of Raleigh, Wake Co., NC.
There is a NC marriage bond with their names dated September 22, 1801. Martha
Johnson died August 14, 1875 in Lawrence Co., TN. Several articles of family
lore say that Martha Johnson was related to Andrew Johnson, and this assertion
was made by Sara Love Trigg, but so far the relationship has not been
definitively established. Andrew Johnson lived in nearby in Columbia, Tennessee, where he
was a tailor. President Johnson had an uncle named Richard Johnson.
(According to Dorothy Burch Richards, Richard Johnson had a brother named Aaron
Johnson who was seven feet tall!) Philip and Martha Blake are buried in a grave
at the Shady Grove Cemetery in Lawrence Co., TN. The grave is marked only by
large field stones. Beside them lie Henry Johnson Blake and one wife, also
marked by large field stones. (This, per two different family members: Jackie
Mae Stutts Burch and another cousin whom James R. Richard met at the cemetery.)
In a family letter, it is said by Jim H. Blake that Philip Blake "had a grist
mill prior to and during the Civil War on the headwaters of Little Buffalo Creek
on [the] present Lawrenceburg-Henryville Road." The same letter says that he
deeded land for the Shady Grove Church of Christ and cemetery, and that he was
an elder in the church. (I believe his son Henry Johnson Blake was a Church of
Christ minister, so he probably preached there.) The letter continues to say
that H. J. Blake had a mill two miles below the old mill site, at the fork of
Watery Fork Creek and Little Buffalo Creek, that the house was called Blake's
Mill, and that there was a post office there. It concludes by saying that the
mill was sold to Alan Kidd and Dr. Meredith in 1876 and renamed Centennial
A BIT OF FAMILY HISTORY
We need family help to weave our family back to the King of Scotland.
Written by Aunt Sadie, embellished—three hundred plus years are missing between
James Stuart and our Agnes Stuart.
Christine Bumby–Allen transcribed her letter.
Sara "Sallie" Melissa Tennessee "Aunt Sadie" Alley
Birth: 21 Aug 1886, Perry, Tennessee, USA
Death: 2 Jan 1987, Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, USA
A BIT OF FAMILY HISTORY
James Stuart of Scotland was kidnapped when six years old and brought to the
United States to keep from being made King.
Mary Stuart, the next heir, then became Queen of Scotland.
The James Stuart (who was kidnapped) had a son named James.
James Stuart Jr., married Miss Nancy Burgress. They had six children - James
(Jim), John, Lemmie, Katie, Mary and Agnes.
Agnes Stuart married Henry Clay Burch. They had a daughter named Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Burch was first married to John Rebel: to this marriage she had one
daughter, Tennie, who married Alexander Alley.
Elizabeth's second marriage was to Mr. Bloomer Ashmore; to this marriage there
were two children: Agnes Stuart and Stephen Carroll.
Agnes Stuart Ashmore married Jonah E. Thomas Alley - (my father and mother).
Agnes Stuart Ashmore Alley's grand mother was Agnes Stuart, the grand daughter
of the James Stuart who was kidnapped in Scotland and brought to the United
States when six years old.
Lemmie Stuart had two children - Sparkman and Agnes Ann. Agnes Ann married Doc
John Markham was a first cousin to our great grand mother, Agnes Stuart Burch.
He died in Rock Island prison during the Civil War.
Robert Bruce's mother was a Stuart. Robert was in battle during war in Scotland.
He requested his men that if he was slain to take his heart back to Scotland,
which they did take back in a silver casket and buried in some Cathedral.
Johannes (John) Adam Phillippe/Phillippi (1736-1800) was born in Leipzig,
Germany. The Phillippe family occupied professional chairs at the University of
Leipzig, now Karl Marx University, for more than 300 years. Due to religious
pressures, the family moved to England. In 1750 Johannes came to America on the
Phoenix. He first settled in Warwick, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he married
Maria Eichelberger, then moved to Wake Co., Virginia. The Phillippes had
thirteen children, one of whom was my ancestor Christian Phillippe (1777-1843).
Johannes served with Capt. Buchanan's Co. during the Revolutionary War.
Samuel Blake (1735-1807) and Amey Reddick (1740-1818) were the parents of
Thomas Samuel Blake. They lived in Southampton Co, VA, but it seems they moved to Wake
Co., NC, as they both died there.
William Blake (1680-1746) was possibly born about 1680 Notoway Parish, Isle of
Wight County, Virginia. He was married in January 1704 to Mary Sessoms
(1682-1742) at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. She was the daughter of Nicholas Sessums and Hannah
Culmer. He died March 12, 1745/46, in Southampton County, Virginia. She was born
1682 in Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry County, Virginia, and died after November
1742 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Samuel Blake was their son.
Thomas Blake (1644-1707) was born 1644 in Southwest England, and died January
30, 1706/07 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married Alice Champion
(1643-1710), the daughter of Edward Champion and Elizabeth Atkens, in 1699. She
was born 1643 in England, and died after January 2, 1709/10 in Isle of Wight
Co., Virginia. They were the parents of William Blake.
 Was "our" Thomas Blake related to the famous Admiral Robert Blake, the
"father of the Royal Navy" who is considered to be the chief architect
of Great Britain's naval supremacy, and whose successes have "never been
excelled, not even by Nelson" according to one biographer? A bequest in Admiral
Blake's will dated 1656 stated: "Item unto Thomas Blake, son of my cousin
William Blake, once commander of the Tresco frigate, deceased, now aboard the
Centurion frigate in the service, I give fifty pounds." According to Helene
Hunt, "This information was furnished by an administrator of the [Blake] Museum.
This Thomas Blake disappeared from the English records after this time. Only
Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., Va., has been suggested as being the Thomas
mentioned in the Admiral's will. After visiting the Blake Museum in 2004, the
curator showed me the files they had on Thomas Blake; also they have information
where he had returned to England and gone back to America. This can also be
found at the College of Arms in London. So I believe that now it is not
circumstantial anymore [but] it is a fact that this is the same Thomas Blake
that came to America." (Helene Hunt, March through June 2004 in England)
"We need family help to weave our family back to the King of Scotland." Written
by Aunt Sadie, embellished—three hundred plus years are missing between James
Stuart and our Agnes Stuart. Christine Bumby–Allen transcribed her letter. Sara
"Sallie" Melissa Tennessee "Aunt Sadie" Alley. Birth: 21 Aug 1886, Perry,
Tennessee, USA. Death: 2 Jan 1987, Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby,
Tennessee, USA. A BIT OF FAMILY HISTORY. James Stuart of Scotland was kidnapped
when six years old and brought to the United States to keep him from being made
King. Mary Stuart, the next heir, then became Queen of Scotland. The James
Stuart (who was kidnapped) had a son named James. This James Stuart, Jr.,
married Miss Nancy Burgress. They had six children: James (Jim), John, Lemmie,
Katie, Mary and Agnes. Agnes Stuart married Henry Clay Burch. They had a
daughter named Elizabeth. Elizabeth Burch was first married to John Rebel: to
this marriage she had one daughter, Tennie, who married Alexander Alley.
Elizabeth's second marriage was to Mr. Bloomer Ashmore: to this marriage there
were two children: Agnes Stuart and Stephen Carroll. Agnes Stuart Ashmore
married Jonah E. Thomas Alley (my father and mother). Agnes Stuart Ashmore
Alley's grandmother was Agnes Stuart, the granddaughter of the James Stuart who
was kidnapped in Scotland and brought to the United States when six years old.
Lemmie Stuart had two children: Sparkman and Agnes Ann. Agnes Ann married Doc
West. John Markham was a first cousin to our great grandmother, Agnes Stuart
Burch. He died in Rock Island prison during the Civil War. Robert Bruce's mother
was a Stuart. Robert was in battle during war in Scotland. He requested his men
that if he was slain to take his heart back to Scotland, which they did take
back in a silver casket and buried in some Cathedral.
Jeff Stewart: This particular letter from Sadie was important to me because it
established that Agnes Stuart Burch did claim a brother by the name of James.
Given that my ancestor James Stewart's children and grandchildren were living
next door to Agnes in 1850, one year after my ancestor James' death in Lawrence
County, TN, I believe Agnes to be my great, great, great aunt. I've had
autosomal DNA and yDNA testing done and would be very interested to compare
results with any of Agnes' descendants who have done autosomal testing. My
autosomal test results have already shown ties to other test subjects who are
descended from the Warren line that Nancy Burgess' mother Mary Warren was part
of. As for the claims of descent from the Royal Stewart line, I can only say
that at the level of yDNA testing I've done to date I've found nothing to
suggest that this line is descended from either King James. That said, I've been
told by one geneticist that my Stewart line's yDNA appears to have suffered a "recLOH"
event that may cause this line to appear more distant from its nearest Stewart
Genealogy / Family Tree
The abbreviation CG means "current generation," or my generation. CG-11 means
"eleven generations in the past." The state abbreviations indicate
the state of birth of the child, which is normally also the parents'
state of residence at the time. [DNA] means relationships have been confirmed by
DNA with accompanying explanations. "Co." means "county" and "m." means married.
Please keep in mind that the further we go back in time, the harder it is to be
sure that all the connections are to our family. I have made notes about some of
the questions and uncertainties.
An asterisk (*) means that I have double-checked the records, which doesn't mean
the older records can be verified with a high degree of exactness. Two asterisks
means that I feel confident that the family connection is real. Three asterisks
means that I'm certain.
Alaya Boyte ***
Aryanna Boyte ***
Scott Boyte m. Michelle Umboh: parents of Alaya Boyte and Aryanna Boyte ***
John Boyte m. Samantha Boyte ***
Samantha White ***
Garrett White ***
Jeremy Michael Burch ***
Michael Ray Burch (1958-) m. Elizabeth Harris
(1967-): parents of
Jeremy Michael Burch ***
Sandra Jane Burch
m. Wayne Boyte: parents of Scott Boyte and John Boyte; Sandra was named after
her aunt who died in a flood ***
Burch m. Walter White:
parents of Samantha White and Garrett White ***
Paul Ray Burch Jr. (1933-2013) m. Christine Ena Hurt (1936-):
parents of Michael
Burch, Sandra Burch, Debra Burch ***
Sandra Jane Burch (1945-1955) was
the stepsister of Paul Ray Burch
Jr.; she drowned in a flash flood on March 21, 1955
Sandra Jane Burch's
mother was Darkis Mary "Dottie" Stepp ***
George Edwin Hurt
Jr. (1931-2012), Beryl Hurt Holland, Barbara Hurt Gallagher, Colin Hurt (all
born in Mansfield?, Nottinghamshire, England) ***
Paul Ray Burch Sr. (1903-1992) m. Lillian Christine McAdams (1914-1991): parents of
Paul Ray Burch Jr. (Nashville, TN) ***
George Edwin Hurt
Sr. (1907-1998) m. Christine Ena Spouse (1908-1984): parents of Christine Ena Hurt (Mansfield, England)
NOTE: For more information about the Spouse family tree, please see the separate
Jefferson Davis Burch (1863-1918) m. Alice Leon Medora Blake
(1866-1933): parents of Paul Ray Burch Sr. (Ethridge, Lawrence Co., TN)
James Wilson McAdams (1876-1932) m. Carrie
Owen McGowan (1885-1939): parents of Lillian
(Shelbyville, TN) ***
(?) m. Christine Alice Spouse (1881-1968): parents of Christine Ena Spouse [see "The
Mysterious Case of Christine Alice Spouse"] ***
Abraham Hurt Jr. (1878-1948) m. Ruth Wheatley (1885-1962): parents of George
Edwin Hurt Sr. (Fulwood, near Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England.)
From Ann Ballinger, a probably relative: Hi Michael, thanks for your reply and
friend request. My mother's maiden name was Fearn. Her father George was born in
1900, the 7th child of William Fearn and his wife Maria neé Wheatley, who
married on 16 Mar 1887. I found an entry in the parish registers, in Ockbrook,
Derbyshire, of the baptism of an illegitimate daughter, Ruth, in 1885 to single
woman Maria Wheatley. I believe this Ruth married Abraham Hurt and is the mother
of your George Edwin Hurt Sr. On Ancestry I am a DNA match to, dwhite4736 who I
believe is your sister. Have you done a dna test yourself? I can send you copies
of some bapt, marriage, census entries if you don't already have them. My email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org. On my 'to do list' for today is to read some
of your poems! Best wishes Ann
Ann Ballinger later confirmed that I am her top DNA match on FamilyTreeDNA.com
and she said she suspects that William Fearn was not the father of Ruth
Wheatley, based on DNA and her research.
In the 1881 census, a 16-year-old Maria Wheatley (misspelled Bhiatley) was
working as a servant in the Derbyshire household of John Garrett and Hannah
In the 1901 census, I found a Maria Fearn, then 36, living with William Fern,
then 39, in Ockbrook, Derbyshire, England. But I have not found Ruth Wheatley
living in the William Fearn household.
This from Ann Ballinger: I suspect that Ruth (and also Lucy) were brought up as
children of John and Maria. I wonder if Ruth knew who her mother was. My mother
didn’t know of the existence of Ruth when I mentioned her when I first came
across her baptism entry, and neither did a couple of my mum’s cousins that I
talked to about the family. On the 1891 census Ruth Wheatley is shown as age 6
living with her ‘parents’ John and Maria Wheatley. In 1881 Maria Wheatley, age
16, was living as a servant with the Garrett family at Turnpike Side, Nottingham
Road, Risley, Shardlow. (Your sister has a son Garrett – just a coincidence I
assume, or is that a clue to the father of Ruth?). Maria’s surname was
incorrectly transcribed as Bhiatley on Ancestry. In 1881 John is not shown with
his wife and family as he was a patient in hospital in Derby at that time. I’m
not sure how Maria came to be in Cromford to meet and marry William Fearn. I
assume she would have been working there. I have uploaded various documents and
photographs to a folder in my Gdrive. Hopefully you will be able to access them
with this link:
Unfortunately I do not have any photographs of my great grandparents, William
and Maria Fearn. My mother did not know her grandparents as they died when she
was very young, but I have a brief description from one of her cousins, who says
that Maria was a very large lady but William was small and stocky, only 5’ 6”
tall. I think some of the family take after the Wheatley side of the family and
are tall, like my mother, and others like Aunt Ethel were small, and take after
the Fearn side. Not sure if I got that right but just an observation from bits
of information I have gleaned. As most of the family lived in the Matlock area,
and we lived in Mansfield I did not see them very often or get to know the wider
family. I have included a photograph of my grandfather George Fearn, my mother
Brenda, and a couple of sisters of my grandfather, Ethel and Sarah Ellen, to see
if you can see any family resemblance. Also a couple of me. One more thing, do
any of your family suffer with the inherited form of eczema and asthma? My
brother suffers with this as did one of my uncles and some of my mother’s aunts
and at least one cousin. I believe it originates from the Wheatley side of the
family. I hope you can access the folder and find the items interesting. If you
have any questions please ask as I have more information relating to the
Wheatleys and Wagstaffs, and others, as well as all my other family lines. With
the help of a distant relation, Alan Wheatley, I have the Wheatley line going
back to Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire in the early 1700s. I’m afraid I have not got
round to looking at many of your poems so I haven’t got any comments yet, other
than I liked the one on Facebook to your wife, which I though was lovely. Best
HURT FAMILY TIMELINE/CHRONOLOGY
Abraham Hurt Sr. was born about 1837 in Westhorpe, Nottinghamshire, England.
According to the 1841 census, William Hart (48) and Sarah Hart (48) were living
in Southwell Notts. with Elizabeth (23), Mary (18), Hannah (12), Eliza (9),
Abraham (4), Emma (2), William (10 months).
Question: Was Abraham the son of William and Sarah, or perhaps the son
of Elizabeth or Mary?
Abraham Hurt Sr. (1837-1911?) m. Alice Keeton/Keaton (1844-1926)
Joseph Wheatley (?) m. Mary Hallam (1852-1901): parents of Ruth Wheatley (Ockbrook,
Derbyshire, England). I have not been able to verify these ancestors.
It now seems more likely that Ruth Wheatley was the daughter of William Fearn
and Maria Wheatley, born in 1885 before her parents were married in 1887, and
thus she was recorded with her mother's maiden name.
Abraham Hurt Sr. was born in 1837 and baptized on May 10, 1837. His occupations
were listed as farmer, grocer and shopkeeper.
Abraham Hurt Sr.'s children, oldest to youngest, were Sarah, Mary Ellen, William
and Ernest (twins), Baletta-Violetta-Villetter (her name kept changing!),
Catherine, Abraham, Maude, Israel and Vera Manuela.
There was also a child in the Hurt household named Mary Rumley.
The censuses from 1841 to 1911 are consistent about the family members except
for the spellings of their names. The last name is Hart, Hunt but mostly Hurt.
The 1851 census shows Abraham Hurt Sr. (13) and his father William Hurt (47)
working as servants in the household of William and Mary Saxby in Southwell,
There is a record of a marriage on June 24, 1861 between Abraham Hurt Sr. and
Alice Keeton at St. Mary Magdalene, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire,
The 1861 census has Abraham Hurt Sr. (24) living with Alice Keeton (16) and her
parents William Keeton (50) and Martha Keeton (52), so that relationship seems
An educated guess is that Abraham Hurt Sr. married Alice Keeton and they were
living with her parents.
The 1871 census has Abraham Hurt Sr. (33) living with Alice Keeton (25) with
Sarah (6), Mary E. (2) and William and Ernest (both 11 months).
The birth index says Abraham Hurt Jr. was born on Apr. 25, 1878. The death index
reports that died in Sept. 1948 in Mansfield.
From the 1881 census forward, it seems the whole Hurt family lived in Fulwood,
near Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England. (Mom confirmed this.)
I found a Ruth Wheatley (1877-1926) who was born in Derbyshire, but I'm not
positive that she is "our" Ruth Wheatley.
There is a Ruth Wheatley born Feb. 20, 1876 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire to Samuel
Wheatley and Sarah Ann (?). But she seems to have married George Bostock.
I found a Ruth Wheatley who lived in Nottinghamshire but she married a man named
Samuel Green in 1874. Her father was William Wheatley.
I confirmed the marriage of Abraham Hurt Jr. to a Ruth Wheatley in the
marriage index. They had a daughter named Olive Ruth, so the first name Ruth
seems likely correct.
Abraham Hurt Jr.'s children were George Edwin Hurt Sr. (Nov. 6, 1907-1998),
Givernia Hurt (1910-?), Lawrence Vincent Hurt (April 2, 1911-1986), Alice Maud
Hurt (1913-1990), Elsie Hurt (1915-2008), Florence Mabel Hurt Cattanach (Oct. 21
1918-Sept. 2004), Olive Ruth Hurt (March 14 1921-1989).
The 1911 census shows Christine Ena Spouse, age 2, living with Joseph and
Catherine Harrison at King Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England.
The 1911 census shows Christine Alice Spouse (age 29, born circa 1882) living
with Carlo Nieper at Kensington Park Road, Kensington, London, England.
The 1911 census shows George E. Hurt, age 3, living in Fulwood, Nottinghamshire,
England with Abraham Hurt Sr. (age 73) and Alice Hurt (age 65) and his parents,
Abraham Hurt Jr. (32) and Ruth Hurt (29).
The 1911 census lists Abraham Hurt Jr. as a coal miner hewer. George Edwin Hurt
Sr. also worked a coal miner hewer at one time.
The 1911 census is a mystery because there is a probate record that says Abraham
Hurt Sr. died on August 22, 1901 and left 137 pounds to Alice Hurt!
Does anyone know George Edwin Hurt Sr.'s exact birth date? Was it Nov.
Does anyone have any information about Abraham Hurt Jr.'s wife? Was her name
Ruth Wheatley? Did she die in 1926, or do I have the wrong person? Did Abraham
Hurt Jr. possibly remarry and have more children? Mom remembers an uncle Alec.
Questions: Did grandpa Hurt ever work as a railway signal lampman? (Yes) Did
he have a sister named Florence? (Yes, his sister) Does
anyone know his father's name (Abraham Hurt) or mother's name (Elizabeth or
Where did Auntie Flo live? (Fulwood, near Sutton-in-Ashfield, married Thomas
Cattanach [confirmed] had a daughter named Anne Cattanach)
Spouse was an abandoned baby; the name of her father on her birth certificate may not
be factual. The father's trail ends here.
I did find an actor named Tom Chatterton who was born in 1881, the same year as
Christine Alice Spouse, but I am unaware of any other connection.
John Wilson McAdams (or James I. McAdams) has
been hard to track down; he was married to Carrie Owen McGowan in Bedford TN on
August 11, 1913.
The reason I believe James Wilson McAdams is correct is that he had a sister
named Ludie Elizabeth McAdams Mullins and I remember the unusual name Ludie.
James Wilson McAdams was born Oct. 5, 1876 in Weakley Co., TN, and died on March
6, 1932 in the same county. He was apparently called Jim, Johnie and John.
Carrie Owen McGowan
had a prior marriage to a J. H. Thompson in Marshall Co., TN, in 1901 (or
perhaps J. N. Thompson).
According to the 1910 census, John Thompson was a Shelbyville "sawer" who worked
in a saw mill and had been married to "Carry" Thompson for nine years.
According to the 1920 census, Jim McAdams was a Shelbyville carpenter.
Captain Stephen Carroll Burch (~1826-1884) m. Margaret Mary Mitchell
(1844-1869): parents of Jefferson Davis Burch (Perkinsville, MS)
Henry Johnson Blake
(1828-1911) m. Sarah Catherine Garton (1843-1898): parents of Alice Leon Medora Blake
(Lawrence Co., TN) ***
Rev. Samuel Wesley
McGowan (1857-1936) m. Dillie May Shupe/Shutte (1861-1947): parents of Carrie Owen
McGowan (TN) ***
James Baker McAdams (1845-1920) m. Sarah W. Davidson (1848-1931): parents of
John Wilson McAdams (Greenfield, Weakley Co., TN) **
Abraham Hurt Sr. (1837-1911?) m. Alice Keeton/Keaton (1844-1926): parents of Abraham
Hurt Jr. (Fulwood, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England).
(1831-1911) m. Elizabeth Mary Coates Beadle (1843-1900): parents of Christine
Alice Spouse (Plumstead, Kent, England) ***
Joseph Wheatley m. Mary Hallam (1852-1901): parents of Ruth Wheatley (Ockbrook,
Derbyshire, England). I have not been able to verify these ancestors.
William Fearn (1863-1931) m. Maria Wheatley (1865-1934): parents of Ruth Wheatley (Ockbrook,
Derbyshire, England). This seems more likely due to the DNA matches, but was
William Fearn the father? According to the 1891 census, Ruth Wheatley at age 6
was living with her grandparents John Wheatley and Maria Wagstaff Wheatley.
Burch served in the Tennessee 54th Regiment during
the Civil War; he was promoted to captain on April 16, 1862.
daughter Mary E. "Mollie" Shupe married the colorfully named Valentine Orphero
In his obituary, James Baker McAdams was called "Esquire" and one of
Greenfield's "oldest and best known citizens."
Henry Johnson Blake wrote a letter to the Lawrence Democrat in which he
confirmed his parentage and living in Wake Co., NC, until age
six (around 1834). He also said he "probably" was a relative of "Andy
Johnson" (i.e. President Andrew Johnson). Henry also mentioned running Blake
Mills, where he had a tanning yard, mill and kept a post office.
Henry (Clay?) Burch
(1770?-1828/1837) m. Mary Agnes "Aggy" Stuart (1785/1786-1870/1880): parents of Stephen Carroll Burch
(Caswell Co., NC, TN, or Scotland?) ***
NOTE: I have tried to
clear up the mystery of Stephen
Carroll Burch's birthplace in the section about him
Phillip Blake (1804-1889*) m. Martha Johnson (1805/1808-1875/1878/1882*): parents of Henry
Johnson Blake (Wake Co., NC) ***
NOTE: There are comments about the Johnsons and Blakes in the preamble to this
John Daniel Shupe
(1840-1862) m. Margaret Catherine Crigger (1835-?): parents of Dillie Tolbert
Shutte (Wythe Co., VA)
McGowan (1825-1901) m. Martha P. Rodgers (1832-1863): parents of Samuel Wesley McGowan
(Rutherford Co., TN) ***
Rev. Wilson L.
"Witt" Davidson (?) m. Nancy Barton (?): parents of Sarah "Sallie" Davidson
Mitchell m. Margaret Triplett (1840-): parents of Margaret Mary "Tom" Mitchell
(Chester, SC) ***
John Wheatley (1841-1918) m. Maria Wagstaff (1838-1912): parents of Maria
Wheatley (Ockbrook, Derbyshire, England)
George Fearn (1836-1871) m. Hanna Spencer (1840-1916): parents of William Fearn
(Cromford, Derbyshire, England)
Mitchell received a land grant for 67 acres of land in Mississippi, where they
built a plantation.
John Daniel Shupe
served in Company D. 45th Virginia Infantry Minute Men and died in the Civil War.
According to his gravestone, Phillip Blake was born in 1804 and died on April 16,
1889. According to a family genealogist he died on 8-14-1875 in TN and his wife
Martha died 4-16-1882 in TN.
William Henry Burch
(1744-1815/1817) m. Mary Ann Lawrence (1740-1785): parents of (William) Henry (Clay?) Burch
(Rowan Co., NC or Orange Co., VA?) ***[DNA]
Thomas Samuel Blake Sr. (1776/1779-1836/1840) m.
Virginia Mary "Polly" Clements (1770-1812/1813): parents of
Phillip Blake (Wake Co., NC) *
NOTE: There are conflicting dates for T.S. Blake's birth: 5-7-1776, 1779,
Ambrose/Americus Vespucius Crigger
(1810-?) m. Elizabeth Phillippe (1815-?): bore Margaret Catherine Crigger
(Wythe Co., VA)
(1809-1872) m. Catherine/Katherine Lanter (1817-?): parents of John Daniel Shupe
(1787-1852) m. Sarah "Sallie" Ann Holmes (1792-1833): parents of Thomas Merritt
Stuart (1762-1831) m. Nancy Burgess (1762-1818): parents of Agnes Stuart
(Caswell Co, NC)
(?) m. Patience Mann (?): parents of Martha Johnson (NC), possible cousin of
President Andrew Johnson
--or-- Dr. James
Johnson (1790-1855) m. Lydia Taylor (1795-1855): parents of Martha Johnson (NC)
NOTE: There is a Wake Co. NC marriage bond between Richard Johnston and Patience
Mann dated 9-22-1801
Triplett Jr. (1790-1861) m. Dorothy "Dolly" Moore (?): parents of Margaret
After Ambrose Crigger
died of typhus during the Civil War; Elizabeth Crigger and family
relocated to Marshall Co., TN
While it's not clear exactly where (NC or VA) the Burches lived, they were
married in Surry, NC in 1763.
[DNA] match confirmed with Steven Thomas by familytreedna.com, with exact name
matches in our family trees!
I have not been able to confirm that the Phillip Blake above is the one who
married Martha Johnson in CG-5.
Thomas Burch II
(1710-1787) m. Elizabeth Hammond (1711-?): parents of William Henry Burch (Caroline,
Thomas Burch II was born in 1710 in Flamstead, Hertfordshire,
There is a birth record for Elizabeth Hammond being born on June 27, 1711 in
Winwick, Lancashire, UK, to William Hammond.*
A death certificate dated March 21, 1764 gives the same name for her father and
shows her mother as Mary Shot.*
Captain William Henry Burch Jr. (1764-1848) m. Mourning Mary Harris Burch
(1764-1810): parents of William Henry Burch (Haw River, NC) [DNA, tree per
Samuel Blake (1735-1807) m. Amy/Amey Reddick (1737-1818): parents of Thomas
Blake (Southampton Co., VA)
(1755-1835) m. Elizabeth Daniel (1765-1847): parents of Virginia Mary "Polly" Clements/Mary
(1788-?) m. Margaret Cline (1790-?): parents of Ambrose Crigger (VA)
(~1777-1843) m. Catherine "Caty" Dutton (1780-1826): parents of Elizabeth Phillippe
(Wythe Co., VA)
John Thomas Shoop/Shupe
(~1765-1850) m. Louisa "Lucy" Farguson (1770-1848): parents of Ferguson Shupe
(Wythe Co., VA)
Rev. Ebenezer MacGowan (1767-1850) m. Sally Stell (1770-1793): parents of John MacGowan
(Dinwiddie Co., VA)
William Holmes (?)
m. Sarah Merritt/Mariott/Mariotte (?): parents of Sarah "Sallie" Ann Holmes
(Mecklenburg Co., VA)
(1742-1777) m. Martha Majors (?): parents of William Samuel Stuart (Caswell Co.,
Thomas Burgess, Jr.
(1714-1792) m. Mary Warren (1715-1792): parents of Nancy Burgess (Orange Co.,
Triplett Sr. (~1770-) m. Catherine (?): parents of Nimrod Duncan Triplett Jr.
(1766-1837) m. Pattey Martha Roe: parents of Dorothy "Dolly" Moore (Chester, SC)
(~1710) m. Elizabeth Richie (?): parents of Mary Ann Lawrence (Haw River, Surry, NC)
(1756-1834) m. Mary Lotz (1756-1840): parents of Lydia Taylor (Orange, Orange
(1745-1792) m. Nancy Harris (1768-?): parents of Dr. James Johnson (Russell, VA)
Rev. Ebenezer MacGowan was born in Greater London, emigrated to the states, then moved to
Tennessee in 1816
Rev. Ebenezer MacGowan founded the Bethel Methodist Church in Rutherford Co., TN, revising the
prior name "Bear Wallow"
Samuel Blake was a planter whose presence on the north side of Crabtree Creek,
Southampton Co., VA, is well-established, including two land purchases of 400
and 460 acres. He left $100 each to his sons Isham, Howell, Reddick and Thomas,
and the same amount to his daughter Rebecca Daniel, so those relationships are
also firmly established. The question is whether his grandson Phillip Blake is
the one who married Martha Johnson.
I (1681-1720) m. Anna Hammond (1686-?): parents of Thomas Burch II (Flamstead,
Thomas Blake [I/Sr.] (1710-1789) m. Margaret Early/Buchanan
(1710/12-1740/46): parents of Samuel Blake (VA)
"Phillip" Dutton (1758-1810) m. Catherine Mercer (~1750-1827): parents of
Catherine "Caty" Dutton
(Wythe Co., VA)
Nicholas Reddick (1710-?) m. Katherine (1724-?): parents of Amey
Reddick (Southampton Co., VA)
(1730-1812) m. Anna Catherine Slemp/VonSchlemp/Schlemb/Slimp: parents of John
Thomas Shupe (VA)
Krieger (1762-?) m. Christina [?]: parents of Henry Creager (VA)
(1718-1807) m. Catherine Mary: parents of Mary Krieger (VA)
Phillippi (1736-1800) m. Maria Eva Barbara Eichelberger (?): parents of
Christian Phillippi (Wythe Co., VA)
(1726-1780) m. Mary Harper (1725-1815): parents of Ebenezer MacGowan (London,
(1715-1774) m. Elizabeth Harris (1733-1788): parents of William Clements
Woodson Daniel (1736-1791) m. Nancy Gouge/Gourge (1729-1847): parents of Elizabeth
Daniel (Granville, NC)
(1718-1783) m. Agnes (?): parents of James Stuart (?)
(~1746-) m. Unknown: parents of Thomas Moore (?)
(1718-1802) m. Sarah John (?): parents of Pattey Martha Roe (?)
Adam Phillippi: served with Capt. Buchanan's Co. of the Virginia Militia during
the Revolutionary War
John MacGowan was a
close friend of John Wesley and a noted preacher and author in his own right
fought with Bonnie Prince Charlie at the 1746 Battle of Culloden, the last major
battle on English soil
(1640-) m. Ann Topley (1640-): parents of Thomas Burch I (Flamstead,
Hertfordshire, England or Bluntisham, Huntingdonshire)
Nicholas Hammond (?) m. Unknown: parents of Anna Hammond (Downham, Lancashire,
A baptismal record for Anna Hammond is dated May 13, 1686 in Downham,
Lancashire, England w/father Nicholas Hammond.*
William Blake (1680-1746) m. Mary Sessums (1685-1742/46): parents of Thomas
Blake  (Southampton Co., VA)
Shupe (1704-1762) m. Catherine Finger (1722-1754): parents of Johannes Schupp/Shoop/Shupe
Georg Simon Von Schlemp
(1695-1773) m. Anna Margaretha Zangmeister (1697-1742): parents of Anna Schlemp (Wythe, VA)
John Jacob Krieger
(~1724-1806) m. Anna Barbara Brandstetter (?): parents of Hans Michael Krieger (Froschen
(1698-1763) m. Maria Christina Cleiss (1698-1738): parents of Johannes Adam
Phillippi (Volksberg, Alsace, France)
(1700-1755) m. Elizabeth Stainforth (1702-1751): parents of John MacGowan
(1648-1718) m. Katherine Biggs (1655-1718): parents of Catherine Mercer
(Norfolk, Independent Cities, VA)
John Adam Derdeng/Derting
(1720-1776) m. Anna Barbara Mueller (1720-1756): parents of Phillip Garrad Derting/Dutton
Major Robert Harris
(1696-1765) m. Mourning Glenn (1702-1755): parents of Elizabeth Harris
Hirper/Harper (?) m. Mary (?): parents of Mary Harper (Shropshire, England)
(1685-1758) m. Unknown (?): parents of James Stuart (?)
William Roe (?) m.
Mary (?): parents of John Roe (Chester, SC)
Phillip Garrad Derting
(1738-1776) m. Mary Wisman (1735-1778) or Barbara Grinsler (1730-1776): parents of John Dutton (Germany)
Shupe was born in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Baden, Germany, and died in Heidelberg
Township, Lancaster Co., PA
William Blake left
a will that established his relationships to Mary Sessums and Thomas Blake
John Burch (1618-1668) m. Ann Dennis (1620-): parents of Richard
Johannes VonSchlemp (1668-1726) m. Agness Burch (1665-1726):
parents of Georg Simon Von Schlemp (Kandel, Germany)
Thomas Blake (1640-1708) m. Alice Champion (1643/46-1709/1710:
William Blake  (Isle of Wight Co., VA)
Edward Champion II (1635-?) m. Priscilla Moore (1635-?): parents of Alice
George Schoop (1684-1757) m. Maria Barbara Schaffner (1678-1760) parents of
Heinrich (Henry) Shupe
Johannes Phillippi (1660-1705) m. Elizabeth Ensminger (1670-1705): parents of
Johannes Phillippi (Volksberg, Alsace, France)
(1646-) m. Katherine (?): parents of Mary Sessoms (Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co.,
Friedrich Eberhart Zangmeister (1662-1738) m. Anna Margaretha Kappel
(1673-1730): parents of Anna
Zangmeister (Kandel, Germany)
Wilhelm Derting (1681-1754) m. Maria Magdelena Derting (1682-1763): parents of
John Adam Derdeng/Derting (Germany)
John Biggs (1615-1694) m. Johannah Norsworthy/Sawyer (1622-1694): parents of
Katherine Biggs (Norfolk, VA)
Phillip Wisman (1715-1788) m. Catherine Elizabeth (1718-1808): parents of Mary
Wisman (Laural, KY)
Christopher Mercer (1612-1670) m. Mary Simson (1624-1667): parents of
Thomas Mercer (St Dunstan, Middlesex, England)
seems to be some doubt as to whether Alice Champion was the daughter or
granddaughter of the first Edward Champion
Nicholas Sessoms applied with the Five Nations to be accepted
as a Choctaw and claimed several other family members on his application.
NOTE: The origins of the Virginia Blakes is not completely clear; there may be
some confusion with a William Blake of Massachusetts.
Gilbourd Burch (1600-1660) m. Marie (1605-1655): parents of John
(Southwick, Hampshire, England)
(1613-1690) m. Barbara Metzger (1628-1674): parents of Agness Burch
(Germersheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)
Giles Blake VI (1620-1703) m. Anna Lyon (1620-1693): parents of Thomas Blake (Bristol,
Edvardus Champion (1602-1668) m. Elizabeth Atkens (1613-1670):
parents of Edward Champion II (Isle of Wight Co., VA)
John Moore Sr. (1614-1677) m. Abigail Pinney (1618-1677): parents of Priscilla
Moore (Hartford, CT)
Georg Kappel (~1620-) m. Unknown: parents of Anna Margaretha Kappel (Traunstein, Germany)
Hans Phillippi (1643-1714) m. Anna Ottilia (1650-1717): parents of Johannes
Phillippi (Volksberg, Alsace, France)
Mercer (1590-?) m. Elizabeth Ruston (1595-?): parents of Christopher Mercer (Stepney
Tristram Norsworthy (1604-1656) m. Ann Norsworthy (1608-1656): parents of
Johannah Norsworthy (Middlesex, England)
Richard Biggs (1559-1626) m. Anne Juxon (1595-1616): parents of John Biggs
(Southampton, Hampshire, England)
Christof Zangmeister (1620-1693) m. Maria Goelzhorn (1627-1686): parents of
Friedrich Zangmeister (Kandel, Germany)
Robert Simson (?) m. Mary (?): parents of Mary Simson
Champion was born in Helston, Cornwall, England; he came to Jamestown, VA on a ship owned by William Swann
and Elizabeth Champion were married in Isle of Wight County in 1632, just south
first child, Phillis Champion (1632-1691) was born the same year; she married
her husband's death in 1668, Elizabeth married a planter named Joseph Poole/Pool in 1669
Moore Sr. was born in Southwold, Suffolk, England; he died September 18, 1677 in
Windsor, Hartford, CT
Abigail Pinney was born in Devonshire, England; she died December 22, 1677 in Windsor,
William Giles Blake V (1594-1663) m. Agnes Thorne
(1594-1678): parents of William Giles Blake VI (Bristol, Somerset, England)
Atkens (1582-?) m. Grace Atkens (1580-1618): parents of Elizabeth Atkens
(Cardington, Bedfordshire, England)
(1584-1633) m. Anastasia Leibfried (1580-1633): parents of Konrad
Christof Zangmeister (Sulzburg, Germany)
Lyon (1580-1634) m. Anne Carter (1594-1634): parents of Anna Lyon (Dorchester,
Champion (1559-1620) m. Jone Sleape (1563-): parents of Edward Champion (Helston,
William Giles Blake IV (1568-1642) m. Dorothy Tweedy (1569-1647): parents of
William Giles Blake V (Bristol, England)
Richard Champion (1495-1566) m. Joan Starre (1550-1641): parents of George
Champion (St. Enoder, Cornwall, England)
George Atkins (1550-1632) m. Frances Blennerhassett (1555-1600): parents of
Grace Atkens (Bedfordshire, England)
Hugh Thorne (1568-1616) m. Ede West (1572-1594): parents of Agnes Thorne (Pitminster,
William Lyon (1540-1624) m. Isabell Wightman (1559-11593): parents of William
Lyon (Heston, London, England)
John Carter (1574-1630) m. Bridget Benion (1578-1630): parents of Anne Carter (Heston,
John "the Elder" Blake (1521-1576) m. Mabel Coverte
(1563-1633): parents of William Blake IV (Bridgwater, England)
Champion (~1450-1550) m. Isabel Sanchett (?-1486): parents of Sir Richard
Champion (St. Enoder, Cornwall, England)
Thomas Starre (1530-1594) m. Agnes Starre (1530-1590): parents of Joane Starre (Bermondsey,
John Blennerhassett, M.P. and Steward of Norwich (1493-1573) m. Mary Echingham
(1526-1571): parents of Frances Blennerhassett
Henry Atkins (~1530-1628) m. Frances Edwards (1547-1610): parents of Lord George
Atkins (Bristol, Gloucestershire, England)
(Bartholomew?) Thorne (1540-1640) m. Unknown: parents of Hugh Thorne (Pitminster,
Captain Twedy/Tweedy (1552-1572) m. Unknown: parents of Dorothy Tweedy (Andover,
John Lyon IV (1510-1592) m. Joan or Jean (1514-1537): parents of Lord William
Lyon (Little Stanmore, Middlesex, England)
Humphrey William Blake, Mayor of Bridgwater (1500-1588) m. Agnes
Littleton James (1501-): bore John Blake (Somerset, England)
Edward Echingham (1475-1527) and Anne Everard (1487-1538): parents of Mary
Echingham (Suffolk, England)
Thomas Blennerhassett (1461-1531) and Margaret
Braham (?-1561): parents of John Blennerhassett (Suffolk, England)
William Atkyns II (1510-1614) m. Ammy Atkyns (1521-1600): parents of Sir Henry
Atkins (Sandy, Bedfordshire, England)
John Lyon, Lord of Glamis (1491-1528) m. Lady Janet Archibald Douglas
(1495-1537): parents of John Lyon IV (Middlesex, England)
Humphrey Sanchett (1456-?) m. Unknown: parents of Isabel Sanchett
William Blake III (1465-1547) m. Mary
Cole (1469-1500): parents of Humphrey William Blake
John Blennerhassett (1423-1510) m. Margaret Heigham (1427-1473): parents of Sir
Thomas Blennerhassett (Norfolk, England)
Everard (1458-1488) m. Margaret Bedingfield (1460-1518): parents of Anne Everard
John Echingham (1450-1500) m. Anne Wingfield (1462-1498): parents of Sir Edward
Echingham (Suffolk, England)
William Atkyns I (1495-1565) m. Unknown: parents of William Atkyns II (Sandy,
Douglas, Master Of Angus (1469-1513) m. Elizabeth Drummond (1472-1513): parents
of John Lyon (Angus, Scotland)
William Blake II (1452-1471) m. Unknown: parents of William Blake III (White Parish, Wiltshire, England)
Ralph Blennerhassett (?-1475) m. Joan Lowdham (1404-1501): parents of John
Thomas Heigham (1401-) m. Isabel Francis (1403-1452): parents of Margaret Heigham (Gazeley,
John Drummond, Earl of Perth (1438-1519) m. Elizabeth Lindsay
(1445-1519): bore Elizabeth Drummond (Crawford, Scotland)
Robert Blake de Calne (1412-1471) m. Alice/Avice Buck Wallop (1416-1474), heiress of John Wallop:
bore William Blake II
Robert Blake de Calne is pictured as an armored knight in
a Calne church stained glass window
de Blennerhassett/Blenerhayset m. Joan Skelton (?-1450): parents of Ralph
Blennerhassett (Carlisle, Cumberland, England)
John Lowdham (~1404~) m. Jane Kelvedon (~1404~): parents of Joan Lowdham
Humphrey Cole/Coles (1439-1558) m. Agnes Coles (1444-1469): parents of Mary Cole
(Calne, Wiltshire, England)
Malcolm Drummond III, Lord Cargill (~1410-1470) m. Marion Mariot Murray (1411-1445):
bore John Drummond (Stobhill, Scotland)
Henry Blake II (1385-1416) m. Margaret Billette: parents of Robert Blake de
Calne (Calne, Wiltshire, England)
John de Blennerhassett, M.P. and Commissioner (~1394~1400~) m. Johanna (?): parents of
Richard de Blennerhassett
Clement de Skelton, M.P. (~1378~) m. Joan de Orton (?): parents of Joan Skelton
(Great Orton, Carlisle, Cumberland, England)
William Kelvedon (?) m. Unknown: parents of Jane Kelvedon (Kelvedon, Colchester,
Wallop Esq., M.P. (1351-1437) m. Alice Buck Bushey (1370-1474): parents of Alice
Wallop (Nether Wallop, England)
Drummond, Lord Cargill (1380-1445) m. Lady
Margaret Ruthven (1382-1482): bore Malcom Drummond (Perth, Scotland)
William Blake I (1360-1461) m. Elizabeth Power (1360-1464), daughter of Thomas Power:
parents of Henry Blake II (Calne, England)
Sir Gyles de Orton, M.P. (~1337~) m. Unknown: parents of Joan de Orton (Cumberland,
John Bushey (1335-1365) m. Unknown: parents of Alice Buck Bushey (Hampshire, England)
Wallop (1325-1361) m. Margaret Wallington (~1325): parents of John Wallop
(Farley, Hampshire, England)
John Drummond (1362-1428) m. Elizabeth Sinclair (1376-1460): parents of Sir
Walter Drummond (Perth, Perthshire, Scotland)
Henry/Humphrey Blake I (1330-1422) m. Elizabeth Durant,
heiress of Edward Dorrant: parents of William Blake I (Calne,
Alan de Blenerhayset/Blennerhassett, Mayor of Carlisle (~1354~1400) m. Unknown: parents
of John de Blennerhassett
Richard de Wallop (1290-1346) m. Alice Husee (1295-1395): parents of Thomas
Wallop (Calne, Wiltshire, England)
John Drummond (1340-1373) m. Mary Montefex (1345-?): parents of John
Drummond (Perth, Perthshire, Scotland)
Robert Blaque (1300-1347) m. Anne Cole (1300-1394) daughter of William Cole II
John Husee (1265-1312) m. Lady Maud de Haselden (1278-1378): parents of Alice Husee (Betchworth,
William de Burton (1255-) m. Joan Breton (1255-): parents of Sir Richard de
Wallop (Southampton, Hampshire, England)
Drummond II (1304-1346) m. Margaret Joan Graham
(1295-1346): parents of John Drummond (Inchmohomo Isle, Scotland)
of Wilts was assessed a larger sum than any other
citizen in his region, which suggests that he was landed and very wealthy
Robert Blaque dropped "de"
and "-land" on the Wiltshire Rolls (1347) of Edward III
Drummond II, Thane of Lennox (1304-1346) was killed in the battle of Nevilles Cross, Durham,
Robert de Blakeland IV (1286-1366) assessed on Wiltshire Subsidy Rolls (1286) of Edward I; m. Agnes (?)
Peter De Burton (1220-1281) m. Alicia de Wallop (1225-?): parents of William
Burton (West Barton, Hampshire, England)
Henry Hussey (1246-1290) m. Joan Fleming (?-1278): parents of John Husee (Betchworth
Castle, Surrey, England)
(~1250-1350) m. Isabel de Berewyk (~1252-1352): parents of Maud de Haselden
(Berwick, Wiltshire, England)
Breton (1220-) m. Alice Breton (1220-): parents of Joan Breton (Hampshire,
Robert de Blakeland III (1265-1286) of Calne, Wiltshire, England
John de Wallop (1180-1246) m. Amabel Wallop: parents of Alicia de
(West Barton, Hampshire, England)
Matthew Hussey (1215-1252) m. Agnes de Saunford (1220-1268): parents of
Henry Hussey (Sussex Standon House, Wiltshire, England)
(1250-?) m. Emma Maunsell (1255-?): parents of Joan Fleming (Pulborough, Sussex,
Oliverus de Burton (1198-1212) m. Unknown: parents of Peter de Burton (West Barton, Hampshire, England)
Robert de Blakeland II (1242-) of Calne, Wiltshire, England
Matthew de Wallop (1150-1227) m. Christina (1155-1224): parents of Sir John
Wallop (Soberton, Hampshire, England)
Sir James Jacobus de Burton (1167-?) m. Unknown: parents of Oliverus de Burton
Richard de Blakeland (1200-1236) of Calne, Wiltshire, England
de Burton (1142-?) m. Unknown: parents of Knight Sir James Jacobus de Burton
Robert de Blakeland I (1159/1164-1200) m. Johanna (?); they lived in Calne,
de Burgo (1084-1140) m. Isabel FitzRichard (1090-1120): bore William de
Burton (Great Hodenhall, Warwickshire, England)
It seems likely that the ancestors of Robert de Blakeland I were aligned
with, and perhaps related to, William "the Conqueror"
de Burgo, Count Mortaigne (1037-1090) m. Matilda/Maud de Montgomery (1041-1082):
parents of William de Burgo (Mortaigne)
William FitzRichard (1084-1130) m. Unknown de Mortaigne
(1075-?): parents of Isabel FitzRichard (Cardinham, Cornwall, England)
Richard FitzRichard de Clare, Abbot of Ely (1062-1107) m. Matilda de
Beauchamp (1068-): parents of William FitzRichard (Cornwall)
Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, Chief Justiciar
(1024-1090) m. Rohese Giffard (1034-1133): bore Richard FitzRichard (Tonbridge, England)
Gilbert de Brionne, Count de Eu de Brionne (1000-1040) m. Gunnora de
Anjou (1005-1024): parents* of Richard FitzGilbert (Brione)
"Fitz" means "son" and Richard FitzGilbert was allegedly the illegitimate son of
Gilbert de Brionne by Herleve de Falaise (1010-1050)
de Burgo, Viscount de Conteville (1001-1087) m. Herleve de Falaise (1010-1050):
bore Robert de Burgo (Mortaigne, France)
de Falaise also bore William "the Conqueror" (aka William "the
Bastard") by Robert I "the Magnificent," Duke of Normandy
de Brionne was one of the most powerful landowners in Normandy; he became
guardian and tutor to William "the Conqueror"
de Burgo was William's stepfather and father of Odo,
Bishop of Bayeux, and Robert de Burgo, Count of Mortaigne
Thus, Odo of Bayeux, Robert of Mortaigne, Richard FitzGilbert and William of
Normandy were half-brothers
William I of England
was crowned on Christmas day, 1066, shortly
after the battle of Hastings in which he defeated Harold Godwinson
became Earl of Kent and had English estates second in size only to
William's; when the king was absent, Odo was the de facto regent
provided 120 ships to William's invasion fleet; he
became Earl of Cornwall with vast landholdings in England
bequeathing the monastery of Mont Saint-Michel, Robert mentioned fighting at
Hastings under the banner of St. Michael the Archangel
Richard FitzGilbert was given land in Kent, Essex, Surrey, Suffolk and Norfolk;
he became known as Richard de
Clare for his estates there
Geoffrey de Brionne, Count de Eu de Brionne (962-1015) m. Heloise de Guines (958-1064): parents of Gilbert (Brione, Normandy)
Richard I "the Fearless," Duke of Normandy (933-996) m. Gunnora de Crepon
(936-1031): parents of Geoffrey (Brione, Normandy)
"the Fearless" may have introduced feudalism to France; grandson of Rollo
"the Viking," he married a woman with Viking blood
William I "Longsword," Duke of Normandy (900-942) m. Sprota (911-1005):
parents of Richard I (Normandy, France)
Rollo "the Viking" Ragnvaldsson, Prince of Norway (846-931) m. Poppa de Bayeux (872-930): parents of
or Rolf was also called "the Ganger" (walker) because he was so big that no
horse could carry him
became the first Duke of Normandy; at that time a Dux was a battle leader
besieged Paris twice and in 911 was awarded Normandy by King Charles "the
Simple" as a payoff, in return for his allegiance
Rognvald "The Wise" Eysteinsson, Jarl of Maer (830-892) m. Ragnhild/Hilda Hrolfsdatter
Jarlessa of Maer (830-892): parents of Rollo
III Berenger, Comte de Senlis de Bayeux de Vermandios (824-886) m. Gerberge
de Rennes (?): parents of Poppa
Pepin II, First Comte de Vermandios (818-886)
m. perhaps Rothaide de Bobbio (818-878): parents of Pepin III
Bernard, King of Italy and the Lombards (797-818) m. Cunegonde de
Septimania: parents of Pepin II
Pepin I, King of Italy (773-810) m. Bertha de
Gellone: parents of Bernard
Charlemagne, King of the Franks & Holy Roman Emperor (742-814) m. Hildegarde (757-783): parents of Pepin I of Italy
William de Gellone aka William d'Orange/d'Aquitaine (755-814) m. Guibour Von Hornbach
(?): parents of Bertha
Pepin "the Short" Martel, First King of the Franks (714-768) m. Bertrada "Broadfoot,"
Countess of Laon: parents of Charlemagne
"the Short" was the first Carolingian king, and the first civil king crowned
by a pope (in 754 by Pope Stephen II)
Charles "the Hammer" Martel, de facto King of the Franks (668-741) m. Rotrude: parents of Pepin "the Short"
Charles "the Hammer" Martel defeated the Moors at the battle of
Tours in 732, thwarting Islam's advance into Europe
Pepin II "the Fat" de Heristal, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia
(635-714) m. Alpaide (654-716): parents of Charles Martel
Duke Ansegisel/Anchises, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia (602-685)
m. Saint Beggue de Landen (613-693): parents of Pepin II
Duke Bodegisel II Ansgise (560-588) m. Oda/Dode/Clothilde von Schwaben de
Heristal (567-636): parents of Ansegisel
Footnotes to the Genealogy above
There is a November 9, 1703
Wedmore burial register entry for an Edvardus Champion de Blackford, so a
Blake connection is possible.
Blackford, Wedmore, Wiltshire and Helston are in southwestern England, so
perhaps the Jamestown Champions and Blakes were related.
When I wondered how far back in time the Blackford/Blakeland name went, it
appeared on the very first page, dated 1561.
There is also a Poole in the 1561 entries, a name we quickly encountered in the
Jamestown, Virginia area.
The name Champeon (Champion, Campion) also appears in the 1561 entries.
The name Blake appears on the second page, in the 1562 entries.
When I did a Google search for "Blake de Blackford" I immediately found a Thomas
Blake de Blackford (1613, in the same book).
All this could be coincidental, but at the very least these are ancient names of
people who lived in close proximity for many centuries.
Christine Ena Spouse was 21 when she married my grandfather, George
Edwin Hurt Sr. They lived at 22 Priory Close in Mattersey, Doncaster, Yorks,
England. Here is her genealogy, with CG meaning "current generation" or my
CG: Michael Ray Burch (1958-) m. Elizabeth Harris
(1967-): parents of
Jeremy Michael Burch
Sandra Jane Burch
m. Wayne Boyte: parents of Scott Boyte and John Boyte
Burch m. Walter White:
parents of Samantha White and Garrett White
CG-1: Paul Ray Burch Jr. (1933-2013) m. Christine Ena Hurt
(1936-): parents of Michael Burch, Sandra Burch,
CG-2: Paul Ray Burch Sr. (1904-1992) m. Lillian Christine McAdams (1915-1991): parents of
Paul Ray Burch Jr. (Nashville, TN)
George Edwin Hurt
Sr. (1907-1998) m. Christine Ena Spouse (1905-1984): parents of Christine Ena Hurt (England)
CG-3: Ernest Chatterton (?) m. Christine Alice Spouse (1881-1968): parents of
Christine Ena Spouse (Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, England)
CG-4: Edward Spouse III (1831-1911) m. Elizabeth Mary Coates Beadle (1843-1900):
parents of Christine Alice Spouse (Scarborough, Yorkshire, England)
CG-5: William Spouse (1799-1848) m. Mary Jane Turner (1802-1857): parents of
Edward Spouse III (Scarborough, Yorkshire, England)
Beadle (1816-1847) m. Elizabeth Coates (?-1843): parents of Elizabeth Mary
Coates Beadle (Highley, Worcestershire, England)
CG-6: Edward Spouse II (1775-1850) m. Barbara Storr (1777-1819): parents of
William Spouse (Scarborough, Yorkshire, England)
John Beadle III
(1788-1859) m. Elizabeth Susannah Read (1781-1864): parents of Samuel Charles
Beadle (Erith, Kent, England)
CG-7: Edward Spouse I (1738-?) m. Mary Clark (1746-1813): parents of Edward
Spouse II (Scarborough, Yorkshire, England)
(1795-1863) m. Ann Hart (1795-?): parents of Barbara Storr (Scarborough,
John Beadle II
(1760-1831) m. Mary (1759-1799): parents of John Beadle III (Erith, Kent,
CG-8: John Spoures/Spowers (1720-?) m. Jane Pyles (1709-1757): parents of Edward
Spouse I (Scarborough, Yorkshire, England)
John Beadle I
(1730-1811) m. Mary Dingley (1734-1809): parents of John Beadle II (Erith, Kent,
CG-9: Ephraim Spoures (1690-1733) m. Elizabeth (?): parents of John Spoures
The Family Tree of
Elizabeth Steed Harris Burch
This is a more detailed Genealogy, in roughly reverse chronological order, for my
direct line of the family
Jeremy Michael Burch was born in Nashville, Davidson
Co., Tennessee. He attended and graduated from David Lipscomb University, where he had a
perfect 4.0 grade point average his first semester. He also played tuba in the
Vanderbilt marching band on an exchange program, and was seen dancing in the
stands on national TV during a Vanderbilt football game. He has also acted in
plays and musicals at his high school, Nashville Christian, and at the Dickson
Renaissance Center. Jeremy played Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About
Nothing, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Cogsworth in
Beauty and the Beast, Tom in Night of the Living Dead, Mervin
Oglethorpe in Smoke on the Mountain, Birdshot in The Homecoming,
and also acted in Annie, Tracks, Into the Woods and The Trial of
My sister Debra Leigh Burch White was born in Southampton,
England at the USAF hospital at RAF Burderop, Swindon, Wilts, England. This is
per her official Certificate of Birth issued by the US Department of State and
signed by Vice Consul Charles W. Schaller. Her middle name was spelled "Leigh"
according to my mother because she and my father were afraid my grandfather Paul
Ray Burch Sr. might take offense if her middle name was spelled "Lee," since my
grandmother had married Eric Lee. Debby married Walter White and has two children:
Samantha White and Garrett White. She graduated from Tennessee Technological
University with a degree in accounting, and is a CPA by trade.
My sister Sandra Jane Burch Boyte was also born in England.
According to her certificate of Holy Baptism, she was christened on Sept. 6,
1959 in the All Saints Church at Mattersey. Sandra married Billy Wayne Boyte on
January 2, 1982 at Bellshire Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and has
two children: Scott Boyte and John Boyte. She graduated from Tennessee
Technological University with a degree in psychology, then worked for many years
as a radiologist.
Michael Ray Burch was born in Orlando, Orange County, Florida on
February 19, 1958. According to my Certificate of Holy Baptism, I was christened
on the "Easter Even" on April 5, 1958 in the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Orlando,
Florida. Interestingly, my birthdate on the Certificate is
wrong (St. Valentine's day, Feb. 14, rather than Feb. 19) and there is a
godparent named Blake that mom can't remember. Since my favorite poet is William
Blake and I have a number of Blakes in my ancestry, I find that interesting
also. I married Elizabeth Steed Harris on June 27, 1992 in Warren,
Arkansas. I own and manage a computer software
company, Alpha Omega Consulting Group, Inc. I also edit an online
literary journal that gets around a million page views per year, The
HyperTexts, and I have had articles, essays, letters and
poems published more than 5,000 times by a variety of literary journals,
anthologies, magazines, newspapers and websites which include TIME, USA
Today, The Washington Post, The Tennessean, The Hindu, The Lyric, Light
Quarterly, Unlikely Stories, Writers Digest's "The Year's Best Writing" and
hundreds of others. I have also translated the work of Basho, Sappho, Miklós
Radnóti, William Dunbar and other poets into modern English. I
was also a weekly columnist for the Nashville City Paper until it ceased
production. In my younger, wilder days I was something of a pool shark: I won a
number of pool tournaments and played on the Springwater pool teams that
finished first and third in the city of Nashville, winning over $7,500 in cold
cash. I also won the straight pool tournament at
Tennessee Technological University and qualified for the NCAA regionals. But
after celebrating my victory a bit too joyously, I overslept and missed the bus
to the next round! I am also a peace activist, and the primary author of the
Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative.
Michael R. Burch chronology (PRB=Paul Ray Burch, CEB=Christine Ena Burch,
SJB=Sandra Jane Burch, DLB=Debra Leigh Burch):
1958: MRB is born in Orlando, Florida the year Walt Disney launched his
search for the future home of the Magical Kingdom.
04-05-1958: MRB is christened in the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Orlando,
is stationed in Thule, Greenland; MRB and CEB live with her parents in
1960-1963: PRB is stationed at Brize Norton AFB in England; the Burches
live in Carterton; SJB and DLB are born in England.
1963-1966: The Burches move to Lincoln, Nebraska. MRB attends
kindergarten, first and second grades there.
Burches live in Nashville (Donelson), Tennessee. MRB attends third grade there,
and is a Cub Scout.
1967-1968: The Burches live in Sacramento (1004 Shearer St., Roseville),
California. MRB attends fourth grade there.
1968-1972: The Burches live in Bischoffsheim and Wiesbaden, Germany. MRB
attends grades 5-8 there, at Lindsey American School.
As a fifth-grader, MRB is reading at a college sophomore level: Dickens, Hardy,
Kipling, Orwell, Poe, Rand, Twain, Verne.
MRB becomes a "shark" at marbles and quarters, will later win mucho dinero
shooting pool. Nickname: "the Locksmith."
1973: The Burches live on Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC. MRB
attends ninth grade there, is ahead of his teachers.
MRB, 6'2", plays center on the Faith Christian Academy
junior varsity basketball team but unfortunately stops growing!
1974-1976: The Burches live in Nashville, Tennessee. MRB attends Maplewood
High School, grades 10-12.
MRB has poems published in The Lantern, will eventually be published
more than 1,800 times.
graduates from Maplewood with the highest ACT and CLEPT scores in school
1976-1978: MRB attends Tennessee Technological University on a full academic
MRB wins the R. H.
Moorman award for having the highest GPA in TTU's math/physics/CSC dept.
MRB wins TTU's straight pool tournament, qualifies for the NCAA regionals, but
celebrates, oversleeps and misses the bus!
MRB is the first TTU student to "turn over" Space Invaders, wins first prize and
moolah in a Space Invaders tournament.
MRB is MVP for the Ewing Baptist Church basketball team, still playing center
but no longer towering over opponents.
MRB has poems published in Homespun.
co-ops with South Central Bell division of AT&T, teaches himself to program the
first multi-user microcomputer, a Cromemco.
MRB hones his pool (pocket billiard) skills with Doug Almy,
David Brawner, David Webb, Jim Ingram.
returns to TTU, writes property management and retail inventory/POS software for
Surya Data Systems on the side.
folds. MRB founds Alpha Omega Consulting Group, drops out of college, also
programs for Computer Consultants, Inc.
MRB rents his first apartment at Country Place Apartments, Nashville, lives
there with Melissa "Missy" Murphy.
1981: MRB buys
his first house at 836 Beech Bend Drive, Bellevue, lives there with Missy
1983: MRB buys
his second house at 7324 River Bend Road, Bellevue, lives there with Missy
plays on the Springwater pool team that reaches the Busch League regionals, held
06-27-1992: MRB marries Elizabeth Steed Harris in Warren, Arkansas. They
honeymoon in Destin, Florida.
1992-1993: MRB has poems published in Golden Isis, The Romantist, The
1993: Birth of Jeremy Michael Burch in Nashville, Tennessee.
07-23-1987: MRB and CEB are aboard a Delta L-1011 leaving Gatwick for
Cincinnati; it makes an emergency return landing when the flaps malfunction.
leaves CCI, incorporates AOCG.
MRB buys third house at 716 Vauxhall Drive, Bellevue, lives there with Beth,
Jeremy and up to seven dogs.
MRB plays on the Springwater pool team that wins the Music City pool championship and
around $7,500 in cold cash.
Springwater's "rookie" team, on which MRB played and coached, finished third,
only losing to the winning Springwater team.
The rookie team beat the number-one-ranked team in the first round; MRB defeated
Keith Mayberry (6 handicap).
MRB and Doug Almy won their finals matches; other team members included Bud
Aubrey, Steve Farrar, Tim Murphy, Sue Quick.
creates The HyperTexts, an online literary journal that now garners
around one million page views per year.
1998-2010: MRB has poems in The Lyric, Light, Writer's Digest, Byline,
Nebo, Poet Lore, Icon, Erosha, Black Medina, many others
2010-2013: MRB writes a weekly column for Nashville's The City Paper,
has letters published in TIME, USA Today, Washington Post, etc.
company, Alpha Omega Consulting Group, Inc., passes the milestones of 1,500
customers and $10 million in sales.
Elizabeth Steed Harris was born in Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas. Her parents were William Sykes Harris II and Susan Elizabeth
Johnson Harris. (Susan later changed the spelling of her first name to Suzan,
although probably not officially, and remarried, becoming Suzan Blacksmith.) Her
brother is William Sykes Harris III. Beth is a wonderful singer who had a single
on the alternative charts: "Take a Walk Through the Pain," recorded as Beth
Harris; it reached number nine on the Cashbox alternative charts. Performing as
Beth Harris on the country music TV talent show You Can Be A Star,
hosted by Jim Ed Brown, she took the opening round, and nearly won the whole
shebang. (Bill Clinton, a friend of her grandfather William Sykes Harris, helped
her get on the show.) Lynn Anderson was one of the judges, and when she appeared
as a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and he asked her to
name the up-and-coming young country music singer for everyone to keep an eye
on, she named Beth. Lynn also told Beth in
confidence that she was the best vocalist in the talent show, and not to let the
naysayers get her down. But Beth was ripped off by people she trusted, and chose
to leave the country music industry to become a full-time mother when her son
Jeremy was born. But she continued to sing, took up acting, and won the Best
Actress in a Musical "Jimmy" Award after starring as Annie Oakley in "Annie Get
Your Gun" at the Dickson Renaissance Center. Beth also acted in many other plays
and musicals, including Godspell; Jesus Christ, Superstar; Faith County
(starring as Mildred Carson), The Odd Couple (starring as Olive
Madison); A Christmas Story (as the teacher Miss Shields); A
Christmas Carol (as the Ghost of Christmas Present); Beauty and the
Beast; Night of the Living Dead (in which she got to act with
Jeremy); and many others. Beth got started at an early age, as in kindergarten
she had the lead role in Miss Hurry-up and the Runaway Packages.
Beth Burch starring as Mildred Carson in An Evening of Culture: Faith County
II at the Dickson Renaissance Center (March 10-26, 2006). This was Beth's
15th production at the Dickson Ren Center, where she won four "Jimmy" awards for
Best Actress in a Musial, Best Actress in a Play, and two Supporting Actress
Paul Ray Burch Jr. was born on Thursday, July 27, 1933 in Nashville at
Vanderbilt Hospital and died at Windlands East, an assisted living center, in
Madison, Tennessee, on Saturday,
April 20, 2013 at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul
Ray Burch Sr., his mother, Lillian Christine McAdams Burch Lee, and his sister, Sandra Jane Burch.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Christine Ena
Hurt Burch, his son Michael Ray Burch (me), his daughter Sandra Jane Burch Boyte, his
daughter Debra Leigh Burch White, and their families. He was a twenty-year man
in the United States Air Force, and after that a bookkeeper, and then a security
guard for Davis Cabinet Company. Later in life he had bladder cancer, then renal failure, but was stoic
and not one to complain. He made the courageous decision to end dialysis
treatments, and thus his life. His family supported this decision and came to be
with him through the hospice process that allowed him to join his departed loved
ones. My mother and sister Sandra were with him when he passed away.
Paul Ray Burch Jr. chronology:
1953: PRB is
an airman third class at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado, where he received a
Certificate of Proficiency as a disbursing clerk.
06-01-1960: PRB is promoted to Staff Sergeant.
The first Sandra Jane Burch, my aunt, was born on December 23, 1945 and died tragically at
age ten on March 21, 1955 in a flash flood that hit Nashville. She was the only
person to die in the flood. Her father was Paul Ray
Burch Sr. and her mother was Darkis Mary "Dottie" Stepp. According to
her death certificate she was a student at Shwab Elementary School and she died
by drowning at the "foot of Lucille Street" after falling in a drainage ditch.
Her address was given as a doubly unlucky 1313 Meridian Street.
My mother, Christine Ena Hurt Burch, was born in England on the Ides of March,
on March 15, 1936. According to her birth certificate she was born in
Sutton-in-Ashfield, Mansfield, Nottingham, England. At the time her parents
lived at 21 Vere Avenue. Their names were George Edwin Hurt Sr. (born November
6, 1907) and Christine Ena
Hurt, formerly Spouse (born April 19, 1908). If I am reading the birth certificate correctly, her
father was employed as a "colliery hewer" or coal miner! (I later
found confirmation of this very dangerous occupation in the 1939 England and
Wales Register, along with confirmation of the address.) My grandfather George
Edwin Hurt Sr. and grandmother Christine Ena Spouse were married in Mansfield in
1930, according to the England and Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index.
I have a copy of mom's 1946 report card, issued by the Nottinghamshire Education
Committee for Mattersey Thorpe County Junior and Infant School, which says that
she was first in her class and a "very keen and willing pupil." Her head
mistress was a G. Pilkington. Mattersey Thorpe is a wee piece from Mattersey,
the Nottinghamshire village where my mother lived with her parents. I also have
several of her report cards from the Hallcroft Secondary School in the Retford
District, dated 1947 to 1951.
Paul Ray Burch Jr. and Christine Ena Hurt Burch were married July 14, 1956 at
the Parish Church in Mattersey, East Retford, Nottingham, England. His residence
was listed as Sturgate AFB, and hers as her parents'
house at 22 Priory Close, Mattersey.
My English uncle, my mother's brother, George Edwin Hurt Jr., was born on
February 27, 1931 and died on November 24, 2012.
Joy in the Morning
by Michael R. Burch
for my grandparents George Edwin and Christine Ena Hurt
There will be joy in the morning
now this long twilight is over
and their separation has ended.
For fourteen years,
he had not seen her
whom he first befriended,
then courted and married.
Let there be joy, and no mourning,
for now in his arms she is carried
over a threshold vastly sweeter.
He never lost her;
she only tarried
until he was able to meet her.
The birth of my English grandmother, Christine Ena Spouse Hurt, is shrouded in
mystery. I have her birth certificate, issued in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Mansfield,
Nottingham, England. According to the document, Ernest Chatterton Spouse, an
actor, and Christine Alice Stuart were the parents of Christine Ena Spouse, who
was born on April 19, 1908. The "informant" was listed as the mother, with an address of 32 King
Street, Sutton in Ashfield.
Michael Ray Burch:
Here's my Native-American-style birth announcement, dated February 19, 1958:
I was born in Orlando, Florida. According to the 1959 Orlando Florida City
Directory, we were living at USAF h1304 35th Street.
Beth Harris Burch, the wife of Mike Burch, turned into a work of art by Lauren McCall.
translations by Michael R. Burch
The soul would see no Rainbows if not for the eyes’ tears.
A woman’s highest calling is to help her man unite with the Source.
highest calling is to help his woman walk the earth unharmed.
A brave man dies but once, a coward many times.
Don't judge a man till you've walked many moons in his moccasins.
My father's father was Paul Ray
Burch Sr. He worked for C. B. Ragland, in Nashville, Tennessee, as a truck
Paul Burch Sr. is reputed to have once lifted the back end of his truck so that
a tire could be changed, a feat an English relative of the family, Russell
Holland, repeated at the wedding of Sandra Jane Burch. She was named after my
father's sister who died in a tragic accident at age
The first Sandra Jane Burch died on March 21, 1955. To avoid confusion with our
living Sandra, I will call her Jane. Recently I came across a folder containing
her schoolwork and certain other of her personal effects. Here's a picture of my
sister, Debby Burch, that I found in Jane's school folder. They look like twins!
Here's a picture of Sandra Jane Burch (Boyte) ...
Here is a picture of our Aunt Jane lying in her casket, surrounded by flowers:
Jane was the
daughter of my grandfather, Paul Ray Burch Sr., and his second wife, Darkis Mary
Stepp Burch, also known as Dottie. Here is a picture of Jane's grave in
Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery:
Here is a picture of Paul Ray Burch Sr. visiting his daughter's grave and
Jane was born on December 23, 1945 (a Christmas baby!) and she died on March 21,
1955 at age nine. Her brother Paul Ray
Burch Jr. was born on July 27, 1933 and died on the evening of March 20, 2013
at age 79. So he died just a few hours short of the anniversary of Jane's death.
And when he died, his sister's picture was on the wall at the foot of his bed,
so hers may have been the last face he saw in this world.
At the time of her death, Jane was also survived by her parents, her
other brother, Clint Beavers of Cleveland, Tennessee. She was also survived by
her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stepp, also of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Darkis Mary Stepp Burch ("Dottie") on the left, with Chris Burch, on the steps
of the Nashville Parthenon in August, 1957.
The newspaper clippings and photos below were in Jane's school folder,
presumably added by her loved ones after her death.
Here are remembrances from dad's final viewing and funeral:
Here are pictures of the children of Paul Ray Burch Jr., followed by pictures of
their spouses, children, grandchildren and extended, ever-widening families.
Michael Ray Burch is the eldest of the three children of Paul Burch and
Christine Burch. He was born on February 19, 1958 in Orlando, Florida. He now
owns and manages a computer software company, Alpha Omega Consulting Group,
Inc., and is a poet, peace activist and editor and publisher of Holocaust and
The first picture below is of me with my father in October 1958. I believe the
pictures of me with the ball were taken at the house of my English grandparents
George and Ena Hurt.
Before any assumes that Russell Holland got all the muscles in the family,
please allow me to offer the evidence of the "guns" on
More evidence (and my legs are much more shapely!):
But it seem only fair to note that Russell Holland entered the Guinness Book
of World Records for a feat of strength, as reported by The Retford,
Gainsborough & Worksop Times on Thursday, July 19, 1990, when he tied Geoff
Capses's strongman record in the brick lift, carrying 24 bricks end-to-end, each
weighing three kilos.
Sandra Burch Boyte is the eldest daughter and second-oldest child of Paul Burch
and Christine Burch. She was born on August 17, 1959 in England. She graduated
from Maplewood High School (Nashville) in 1977, and from Tennessee Technological
University in 1981 with a degree in psychology.
Debby Burch White is the daughter of Paul and Christine Burch. She graduated
with a degree in accounting from Tennessee Technological University in 1984. She
then became a CPA, and has worked as an executive for major companies
such as First Tennessee/First Horizon, Verso Paper Corporation and Buckeye
A proud father at the wedding of his youngest daughter:
Here are pictures of other Burch family members. The first picture below is of
Lillian Lee holding me in May of 1959. The second picture is of Paul Burch Sr.
holding me in May of 1958, when I was a few months old. The third picture, dated
January 1960, is of Eric Lee, Lillian's second husband, whom we called
The pictures below are of me on the beach with my grandmother, Ena Hurt, and my
Uncle Colin Hurt.
Elizabeth Steed Harris Burch is the wife of Michael Ray Burch and the mother of
Jeremy Michael Burch. Beth was born on December 20, 1967. She graduated from
Little Rock's Lakeside High School in 1986, and attended the University of
Arkansas (Fayetteville), Belmont College (Nashville) and Middle Tennessee State
University (Murfreesboro), before dropping out to become a full-time mother, her
true calling. She is also an award-winning actress and singer.
Here's a page of love poems I have written over the last twenty years for
O, Terrible Angel
Here is Jeremy Burch kissing his mother Elizabeth Harris Burch after graduating
from Nashville Christian School, on his way to David Lipscomb University:
Jeremy kissing his mother the day of his grandfather's funeral:
Jeremy Burch and his uncle William Sykes Harris III, the day of the funeral:
Scott Boyte was born on June 16, 1983 in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from
Oakland High School in 2001 and attended Middle Tennessee State University
(Murfreesboro). He now works as a software developer and tech support provider
at Transformations Inc., where he works with his father Wayne and brother John.
His wife Michelle Umboh Boyte graduated from
Madison Academy in 2000. They now live in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a suburb
of Nashville with their daughters Alaya and Aryanna.
Scott Boyte with his wife Michelle Umboh Boyte:
Aryanna Boyte (left) and Alaya Boyte (right), twin daughters of Scott and
Michelle Boyte and great-granddaughters of Paul and Christine Burch.
Aryanna Boyte (left) and Alaya Boyte (right), looking smashing in red velvet at
The twins finish their first Music City Marathon:
Debby Burch White with her husband Walter White on vacation in Puerto Rico in 2012.
Walter White, Garrett White, Debby White and Samantha White.
Garrett White, Debby White and Walter White.
Samantha White is the daughter of Debby Burch White and Walter White. Samantha
graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2010 with a degree in advertising
and now lives in New York City where she is an account executive for BBDO
Jeremy Burch playing tuba with the Vanderbilt University marching band, as part
of an exchange program David Lipscomb University, with his
mother beaming her proud approval.
Beth's brother, William Sykes Harris III, with another member of the
Harris/Burch family, Wickett:
Barbara Hurt (Gallagher) with Christine Hurt (Burch) and Colin Hurt:
Christine Hurt with Colin Hurt and Beryl Hurt:
Mike Burch on vacation in England with David, Beryl and Victor Holland and
Victor's wife Rosella:
My uncle, Colin Hurt, with his wife Julia and their children Ivan, Julia, Andrea
Colin Hurt, with his wife Julia and their children Julia, Ivan, Paula and
Colin Hurt, Ivan Hurt, Andrea Hurt, Paula Hurt Harden, Julia Hurt Cox, and Julia
Paula Hurt Harden:
Paula Hurt Harden with her husband Scott Harden:
George Edwin Hurt Jr., Pauline Hurt and Sara Hurt Afolabi:
Sara Hurt Afolabi with Pauline Hurt:
Rachel Hurt, Sara Hurt Afolabi and Joanne Hurt Devenish:
Joseph Afolabi and Sara Hurt Afolabi:
Mark Bean and Carolyn Gallagher Bean:
Emily Grace Gamble, daughter of Cathy Gallagher Gamble:
Terry Edwards, Esther Holland Edwards and Matilda Scott:
Hannah Edwards, Jennifer Reeson and Esther Edwards: "An Edwards, a future
Edwards and an adopted Edwards":
David Holland and Beryl Hurt Holland:
Russell Holland, the son of David and Beryl Holland, married Ruth Miriam
Mallender, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mallender, on Saturday, February
20, 1988, at Bethel Church, Mansfield, Woodhouse, England.
Esther Holland Edwards with Chloe Holland:
Rebekah Holland, daughter of Martin Holland and his wife Linda:
Rebekah (Becky) and Rachel Holland, daughters of Martin and Linda Holland:
Carolyn Gallagher Bean:
Danny Bean, Mark Bean, Carolyn Gallagher Bean and Joe Bean:
Jacob Ollie Gibson, Cathy Gamble, Emily Grace Gamble:
Here is Beth with the newest member of our extended, ever-widening family: Talen
Jace White, the son of Elon Adriel White. Elon has been like a second son to
Beth, and a brother to Jeremy.
Yes, that's an ice pack on Beth's knee in the picture above. Beth is very
accident prone. In fact, I once wrote a short story about her called "The
Jeremy with his big brother, Elon White. They look even more alike now that
Jeremy has grown a beard and his hair is longer.
Beth has also decided to adopt Nicole Elizabeth Prince White, also known as Nikke, who
is Elon's wife.
Mike Burch on a freedom walk for Palestinian human rights. He was one of the
speakers at the first freedom walk for Palestine to be held in Nashville.
Jeremy Burch "all warm and fuzzy."
Beth Burch channeling her inner Pocahontas!
Beth Burch channeling Elvira!
Beth Burch enchants (or terrifies) the neighborhood children with her Haunted
House on the Hill:
Jeremy Burch as a high school junior, ready for the Junior/Senior banquet:
Here's a poem I wrote for Jeremy:
There is a child I used to know
who sat, perhaps, at this same desk
where you sit now, and made a mess
of things sometimes. I wonder how
he learned at all ...
He saw T-Rexes down the hall
and dreamed of trains and cars and wrecks.
He dribbled phantom basketballs,
shot spitwads at his schoolmates’ necks.
He played with pasty Elmer’s glue
(and sometimes got the glue on you!).
He earned the nickname “teacher’s PEST.”
His mother had to come to school
because he broke the golden rule.
He dreaded each and every test.
But something happened in the fall—
he grew up big and straight and tall,
and now his desk is far too small;
so you can have it.
One thing, though—
one swirling autumn, one bright snow,
one gooey tube of Elmer’s glue ...
and you’ll outgrow this old desk, too.
Originally published by TALESetc
In the picture below,
Beth Harris performs on the country music TV talent show "You can be a Star!"
When Lynn Anderson of "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" fame, who was one of
the judges, appeared on the Johnny Carson show, he asked her the name of the
up-and-coming country music singer to keep an eye on. Her response was, "Beth
Harris." But Beth didn't like the shark-infested waters of the music business,
and chose to become a full-time mother to the apple of her eye, Jeremy.
Beth's mother, Susan Elizabeth Johnson, appears in The Razorback, circa
1965. She later changed the spelling of her first name to Suzan:
Beth's cousin Tracy Burke with her daughter Amelia. Tracy is the daughter of
Beth's aunt Jane:
William Sykes Harris I, affectionately called Paw-Paw, Beth's grandfather on her
William Sykes Harris, 89, of Warren, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at his home.
The son of V. B. Harris and Luna Sykes Harris, he was born Oct. 17, 1918, in
Bradley County. He received his education in the Warren Public School System. He
attended Arkansas A&M College for two years and was a 1941 graduate of the
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He served as a pilot and instructor in
the Eastern Flying Command division of the U.S. Army Corp., stationed at
Moultrie, Ga., until the end of World War II. He worked at Sam Dixon Hardwood
Flooring Co. and Bradley Lumber Co. and founded Wilson Oak Flooring and Sykes
Flooring Co. He served as past president of the American Parquet Association for
17 years. He was past member and president of the Warren Rotary Club, a
recipient of the Bradley County Citizen of the Year Award, a founding member and
past president of the Warren Country Club, a member of the First United
Methodist Church, and past chairman of the administrative board of the church.
He was director of Warren Bank and Trust Co. for 30 years. He served a 10-year
term on the University of Arkansas board of trustees with two years as chairman.
He was named honorary citizen of Fayetteville and presented a key to the city.
He served as director of the University of Arkansas Foundation for 10 years, and
was also a member of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center Board. In 1993, he
received the Distinguished Service Award of the Razorback Foundation. In 1995,
he received the University of Arkansas at Monticello Alumni Award for
Achievement and Merit. He served as a director for the Cotton Bowl Association
for five years, and was awarded the Chancellors Award from University of
Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock He was preceded in death by his parents;
his wife, Mary Steed Harris; and a son, William Sykes Harris Jr. Survivors
include a daughter, Sally Harris Barnett of Casscoe; a sister, Frances Harris
Hedrick of Warren; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
William Sykes Harris III, Beth Harris Burch, William Sykes Harris I, Sally
Barnett (Beth's aunt), and Mike Burch (still the tallest!):
William Sykes Harris I (Paw-Paw), with Mike Burch (looking a bit scraggly):
Mike reading with Melody, another member of the Burch clan:
Mike with Sykes and Elon White, who has become like a brother to Jeremy. They
look and act like twins!
Avery Barnett, daughter of Beth's cousin David Barnett and his wife Crystal:
Beth looking angelic by our front yard swing, with an American flag in the