Burke family papers
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Burke family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Burke family.
Title: Burke family papers
Dates: 1773-1874
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder and 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 1706

Biographical/Historical Note

David Burke settled in Screven County, Georgia, around 1800. He and his wife Martha had nine children. The deeds, plats, and surveys in this collection document land owned by the Burke family in Effingham and Screven counties. Landowners represented in the papers include David Burke, his son Simeon Burke, and Adam Brinson, who was possibly David Burke's son-in-law.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains deeds, plats, and surveys for land in St. Matthews' Parish (now Effingham County) Effingham and Screven counties in Georgia. Family names on the papers include Barber, Boyett, Brinson, Burke, Dixon, Faircloth, Foster, Hendrix, Lee, Marlow Mitchiner, Mills, Rogers, and Wade Also included is a receipt from Simeon Burke to Edward and Sarah Foy dated January 18, 1874. Of special interest are General Orders to Draft Locals (General Orders No. 23) dated January 8, 1865, drafted under the command of General G. W. Smith and signed by E. Winship. Corporal Winship was in the Georgia Cavalry, 8th Batallion (States Guards), Company A. The papers in this collection date from 1773 to 1874.

Property records are arranged alphabetically by county and then chronologically. Other items are listed in chronological order at the end of the inventory.

Index Terms

Burke, David, active 1780-1810.
Burke, Simeon, active 1850-1875.
Deeds--Georgia--Effingham County.
Deeds--Georgia--Screven County.
Effingham County (Ga.)--History.
Land surveys.
Plats (maps)
Screven County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The family papers were passed down to Lois Burke George and gifted to the Georgia Historical Society in her honor.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Burke family papers, MS 1706, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lois Burke George.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List


Effingham County property, 1773-1885


1Memorial Deed for Thomas Mills, 100 acres, 1773 May 10


1Survey for Lemuel Lanier land, 1778 November 4


1Plat, 1855 July 7

Screven County property, 1816-1857


1Deed from Benjamin Boyett to Burrel Boyett, 500 acres, 1816 September 3


1Deed from E. Faircloth to David Burke, 1821 May 9


1Plat for property of John Hendrix, 150 acres, 1830 September 24


1Deed from Paul Marlow to W. Wade, 600 acres, 1834 September 4


1Deed from John Boyett to Adam Brinson, 1835 August 15.


1Deed from James Lee to Simeon Burke, 200 acres, 1837 November 8


1Deed from John Hendrix to John Waters, 100 acres, 1840 July 7


1Deed from G.W. Foster to Thomas Barber, 104 acres, 1843 March 10


1Deed from B. Mitchiner to R. Rogers, 396 acres, 1843 December 4
Deed from Thomas Barber to James Dixon, 104 acres, 1843 December 25


1Deed from James Dixon to James Anderson Dixon, 315 acres, 1849 December 24


1Deed from Joseph Rogers to Simeon Burke, 396 acres, 1852 December 14


1Plat for property of S. Burke, 753 acres, 1857 April 15

Miscellaneous items, 1865-1874.

General Orders to Draft Locals, 1865 January 8


1Receipt for payment from Simeon Burke to Edward and Sarah Foy, 1874 January 18