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Biography: Jonathan Burford (1793 – 1849) Lawrence County

This biography is included in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I



(ca. 1793-1849)

Lawrence County, Alabama


Jonathan Sherman Burford was born about 1793 in North Carolina, son of Revolutionary . War Soldier, Phillip Terrell Burford and Rebecca (Clack) Burford. Phillip T. Burford was on the Revolutionary war pension roll for Fayette county, Tennessee:

(Private, North Carolina Line, $73.33 Annual Allowance $219.99 Amount Received October 1 1833 Pension Started Age 72 (1835 Tn Pension Roll)

Jonathan “was a good physician who had an extensive practice in and around Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama. He became the second clerk of the Circuit Court in early Alabama. Jonathan was a man of talent and popularity. He did not perform the duties of court clerk in person, but by a very competent deputy, Gilbert C. K. Mitchell. The Doctor came from Giles County, Tennessee and returned to Giles before his term of office expired.” Dr. Jonathan Burford married Euphemia Nancy Chaffin March 4, 1818 in Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama and they had eleven known children.

Their eleven children are believed to be:

  1. Dr. Jesse Syndenham Burford (1819-1877)
  2. Rebecca Clack Burford (1820-1878)
  3. William Edward Burford (1822-1850)
  4. Francis Marion Burford was born November 26, 1823 in Tennessee, the 4th of 11 children. He married Cordelia Ann Shaw on October 22, 1849 in Hardeman County, Tennessee. After their 1st child, William Thomas Burford’s birth on July 24, 1850 in Tennessee, they moved to Colorado County, Texas. They had seven more children in Texas. They settled in the Osage Community. He died in 1877.
  5. Caroline Sharp Burford (1825-1861)married Dr. Thomas W. Harris – moved to Texas.
  6. Ann Elizabeth (Burford ) Tuggle was born in Moulton, Alabama January 12. 1827 and lived a long time. She died in Whiteville, Tennessee Feb. 22, 1907. Ann moved with her father Dr. Jonathan Burford and family to near Whiteville in 1830. She married Oct. 15, 1846, Thomas R. Tuggle, who died May 8, 1877. Ann helped to rear the orphaned children of her sister Mrs. John Narment
  7. Nancy Stirling Burford (1829 – 1874)
  8. Phoebe Chaffin Burford (1831-1874) married Unknown Shaw – moved to Texas
  9. Louisa Virginia Burford (1833- 1855)
  10. Jonathan David Burford (1835-1897)
  11. Sally C. Burford (1838-1839)

After Euphemia Nancy’s death, Dr. Jonathan Burford later married Harriet B. Campbell Yates, widow of Westin Yates and mother of Westin Yates, Jr. of West Tennessee. Dr. Burford became the guardian of Westin Yates, Jr. They had four children.


The following lists some slaves from his will:



Source: Fayette County Will Book A, 1836-1854.

The following information is available from a two-volume transcription owned by the Memphis & Shelby County Library (call number: 929.3 F28w). This page only covers wills from the years 1836 through 1854 in which slaves are mentioned by name. To find any  name, use the search function on your web browser. The title of each record contains the slave-owner’s name and the page number of his/her will. Below each title are the names of individual slaves and their dispositions:

. . . .

Burford , Dr. Jonathan : page 258

  1. Eliza given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  2. Sam given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  3. Rhodygiven to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  4. Becky given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  5. Daniel given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  6. George given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  7. Baker given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  8. Aron given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  9. Andrew given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  10. Caraline given to Harriet B. Burford and her children
  11. Henry given to Jesse Sydenham Burford
  12. Ellen
  13. Harriet
  14. Orren & Becker’s child
  15. Jerry given to William E. Burford
  16. Tom given to Francis M. Burford
  17. Martha given to Francis M. Burford
  18. Jane and child given to Caroline Harris
  19. Archibald given to Caroline Harris
  20. Riny given to Elizabeth Tuggle
  21. Albert given to Elizabeth Tuggle
  22. Desdewand given to Elizabeth Tuggle
  23. Mariah given to Elizabeth Tuggle
  24. Mary given to Nancy S. Norment
  25. Ann Mariah given to Nancy S. Norment
  26. Isham given to Nancy S. Norment
  27. West given to Jonathan D. Burford
  28. Tank given to Jonathan D. Burford
  29. Reubin given to Jonathan D. Burford
  30. Adam given to Jonathan D. Burford
  31. Bob given to Sally Burford
  32. Judy given to Sally Burford
  33. Julia given to Sally Burford
  34. Ann given to Sally Burford
  35. Becky and child given to Sally Burford
  36. Elizabeth given to Jonathan Burford
  37. Tamp given to Harriet Burford
  38. Julia given to Harriet Burford
  39. Robert given to Harriet Burford
  40. Clay given to Harriet Burford
  41. Becky to be sold
  42. Davy to be sold

Dr. Jonathan Burford died in March 1849 and in his will he generously provided for his widow, Harriet, and all his children.



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This biography is included in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I

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First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I


Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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