John Burger
Pioneer Kentucky Farmer
Written by Harold Eddleman, Descendant of Catherine Eddleman,

This page is barely started. I plan to search very hard for more info and some of my current information about John Burger is still found only on page eg810.htm .

I first learned of John Burger when I found his signature on the deed in which my proven ancestor Catherine Eddleman sold her farm in Kentucky about 1811 in preparation to moving to Indiana. Since John Burger signed that deed and since John Burger and his sons, and the Eddleman boys, John and Daniel, paid taxes the same day, sequentially, every year, I conclude that Catherine Eddleman's first husband died and that she then married John Burger, Sr. My meager info about Catherine Eddleman's life is on page eg810.htm. I have not learned how Catherine lost her husband or how John lost his wife. Names of the dead spouses are unknown. Since John Burger's sons were 10 or 15 years older than Catherine's sons, John Burger may have been 10 or 15 years older than Catherine Eddleman.

Missy O'Brien suggests Manus Burger was father of this John Burgher.

Summary of my Findings on John Burgher

I suspect John Burger knew David and Catherine Eddleman of Abotts Creek NC. I do not recall reading anything about Burger's wife in NC or Kentucky. I should look for such records in NC. Since the John Burger and Catherine Eddleman farms seem to be on the South Fork of the Licking River in Kentucky around 1778 or 1779, the Burger and Eddleman families may have come to Kentucky together or within a year or so of each other. While his name has been spelled Burgher a few times, I figure correct spelling of his name is Burger. The Burghers (1999) of Harrison County IN say they are not related to this John Burger.

More to be added here.

John Burger's Kids and Associates

This is a list of people who I think may be relatives or associates of John Burger, Sr.

Missy O'Brien wrote in Feb 2000: According to my notes, John Burger was the son of MANUS BURGER who died 1780. I wonder if Manus Burger's death was related to the capture of Ruddles/Martins Stations. I am a desc of a John Burger (son of Manus Burger) who was supposed to be at Ruddles/Martins station in June, 1780 and captured by Indians and British, taken to Detroit, etc. John Burger had a daughter, Ann Mary (or Anna Maria) Birger who married another ancestor, Christian Spears. He b. 1755; she b. Feb 1762. I think my John Burger may have been the man who married your Catherine Eddelman.

These may be childern of John Burger

From the documents below, I believe John Burger,Sr had the following childern:
Michael Burger, wife = Honor Ellis of _______ County KY
A dau that married a son of Ann Hufford in _______ County KY
James Burger,
Barbary Burger, dau who was living in Hamilton County IN in 1830
Lemuel Burger, son or grandson
Ann Mary Burger, married Christian Spears of Ruddles Station

Missy O'Brien writes: John Burger had a daughter, Ann Mary (or Anna Maria) Birger who married Christian Spears. He b. 1755; she b. Feb 1762. I think my John Burger may have been the man who married your Catherine Eddelman.

Michael Burger married Honor Ellis 1798 Oct 25 performed by A. Eastin [marriage book 2: pg 2]
I am quite sure this Michael is the son of John Burger, Sr.

Probate of Ann Hufford,written 1807 Mar 18, probated 1807 Oct [Will Book A: page 431]
Executors: John Burger, son-in-law, and John Bostain, son-in-law [Fayette County KY] (looks like this John could be the John Burger, Sr; or John Burger, Jr). Needs more study. This gives us a tie to Hufford family.

James Burger, Administrator of estate of Michael Burger, late of Floyd County, SW 1/4 of Sec 27 Twp 2 Range 5 East appraised at $133.33 by 2 freeholders. [Book E:298; 1832 Mar 19, Floyd]
I think James and Michael Burger are brothers and sons of John Burgher, Sr.

John Burger Land Patent entered 1811 Jan 30, SW 1/4 of section 27, Twp 2, Range 5 East (Now Georgetown Township, Floyd County, Indiana. He was then living in Bourbon County, KY
[book of Jeffersonville Land Office] Notice this is the land John Burger, Sr, and Catherine Eddleman Burger, his second wife, bought when they came to IN about 1811.

James Burger paid $100 to Barbary Burger of Hamilton County IN to quit her inheritance in SW 1/4 of Section 27 on 1830 Nov 2. [recorded 1831 Oct 5, Book D:453, Floyd County IN] This Barbary could be dau of John Burger, Sr. This is the land John and Catherine Burger, Sr purchased from US Govt.

I believe there were in Floyd Coiunty IN about 3 Lemuel Burger land/deeds records that I did not copy. I think this Lemuel Burger is son of John Burger, Sr, or could he be grandson? get dates.

Grantee: Mathias Harmon, grantor:  Michael Burger, Adminstrator, Deed book: E:298, Date: 1832 Mar 13, Floyd County IN, Deed type: D,     Mich int in SW14 of 27-2-5  Here Mathias Harmon is buying part of the original Catherine Eddleman and John Burger, Sr. homestead. Mathias Harmon is husband of ________, one of Catherine Eddleman's daughters. What is "mich int" ; what kind of interest?

Two more notes from Floyd County IN Deed books (see full text of elsewhere) :

Michael Burger & c   Robert Barnabys heirs    G:366          1828 Jan 26 D         NW1/4 32 - 2 - 5                 Floyd
Who is Robert Barnaby? how did his heirs have a claim on the Catherine and John Burger, Sr homestead?
Michael Burger heirs Mathew Marnaby           D:216          1829 Dec 28   WD  NW1/4 32-2-5                     Floyd
How come Mathew Marnaby is deeding land from the Catherine Eddleman and John Burger, Sr, homested to Michael Burger heirs?

Childern of John Burger

John Burgers first wife was ___________________ (unknown)

I found these names and think they were his childern:

An Attempt to Provide Details of the Childern

John Burger's later wife was Catherine Eddleman, widow of David Eddleman. I do not think John and Catherine had any childern.

Information Needed for the John Burger Biography

I know nothing of the life of John Burger prior to his appearance on the Militia List of Ruddles Station in 1779-80. Since there is a John Burger, Jr. on that list, it would appear Burger was near mid life at that time. Yet, he signed the deed 32 years later when Catherine sold her farm in 1811. By my estimate, John Burger, Sr would have been 70 or 80 years old when they moved to Indians, therefore, we should consider that the John Burger who signed the deed might be Catherine's stepson rather than her husband. In fact, I have not found any record of John Burger Sr in Indiana, but I have not completed the search of tax records. Tax records of Floyd County were lost in the Flood of 1937. I may not have searched adequately for the will or estate settlement of John Burger, Sr. I need to copy the complete tax records of John Eddleman Sr and Jr in Kentucky.

A Trial Biography for John Burger

At this early date, I have very little info about John Burger and therefore I have merely inserted my John Burger notes into the Catherine Eddleman notes of North Carolina and Kentucky because I believe John Burger lived in North Carolina and may have known the Catherine Eddleman family before both families arrived in Kentucky. Having the notes of the two families together may help learn more about both families. Both John Burger Sr and Jr are listed in the militia of Ruddles Station 1779-80. John Burger is listed as captured at Ruddles Station, but the list does not say whether it was John Burger Sr. or Jr. In the Kentucky yearly tax records, I have found both John Burger, Sr and Jr, paying taxes the same day. Therefore, that John Burger captured by the Indians made it back to his family in Kentucky.

Age -- Date ---- Event.......(age means estimated of John Burger, Sr.)

00 --- 1740 - Birthplace and year of birth are unknown. Since both John Burger Sr and Jr were on the militia lists of Ruddles Station 1779-80, I have guessed John Burger was born about 1730-40. I picked 1740 for his birth year for easy calculations.

All this text in red applies only to Catherine Eddleman and is here only as timemarks to guide me in my search for evidence that John Burger was acquainted with the David and Catherine Eddleman. I will substitute John Burger events as I find them.

17 --- 1757 Apr 27 -- NC -- Anna Catherina Sauer born, first child of Philip Sauer. Godparents: John Michael Young and wife Anna Eva Young. This has no known relation to Burger, I am just using it as a landmark in my search for Burger in NC


?? --- 1765 Feb 4 -- David Sauer born, 6th child of Phillip Sauer. Sponsors: David Edelmann and his wife Anna Catharine. (2)
?? --- 1770 David Eddleman recorded cattle mark. Court minutes; see eg803.htm.
?? --- 1771 Apr 6 - David Conrad born, 7th child of Adam Conrad; Sponors: David Ettelman and wife Anna Catharina. (2)
?? --- 1773-74 John Eddleman (built saw and grist mills on Indian Creek, Indiana) born in NC to Catherine Eddleman. I have estimated his birthdate from Census and Poll Tax dates.
?? --- 1775 error Daniel Eddleman Born in Kentucky. In the 1850 Census Daniel said he was 75 and born in Kentucky. Sharon Renner suggests Daniel was not sure of his birth date.
?? --- 1776 Jul 31 - An Edelmann took family from Abbot Creek NC to Holston River. Salem Diary: entry for date of 1776 Jul 31. (Records of Monravians in NC, Vol 3, Bethania Diary.
?? --- 1778 David Eddleman taxes delinquent in NC. Court minutes see eg803.htm.
?? --- 1778 Catherine Eddleman claimed to have settled on land in KY
?? --- 1779-80 David Ederman in Capt Isaac Ruddles Co near Cynthia KY(x). I have not seen this list. Louise Eddleman, KY, mentioned this list about 1970. She said Perrins History of Kentucky, Vol I. page 13.

I have some notes on tax records and events after the Rev War which I will add here soon as I revisit some sources.

1806 April 25 - Bourbon County, KY: John Burger and wife Catherine deeded 40 acres of land on waters of Cooper Run to Michael Conger (or couger) for 60 pounds. [from a letter 1978 Aug 1 by Barbara Saum of Elm Creek, Nebraska to Elizabeth Payne]

Add date Catherine and John sold the farm in prep to moving to Indiana.

Suggestions for Further Study

Does anyone know anything about the militia list of 1778 reputed to contain the name of David Ederman, which may mean David Eddleman? I have no information. I have examined many stories of early Kentucky but I found no David Eddleman.

Cautions for Using this Biography

It is sometimes difficult to know whether John Burger means John Burger, Sr, or John Burger, Jr.


THE INFORMATION BELOW IS BEING DEPLETED TO THE CORRECT LOCATION ABOVE OR WILL BE USED ON OTHER PAGES..

Catherine Eddleman received a land grant in 178x for having settled on it in 1778. Since a single mother would not be likely at that time in Kentucky, many have searched for the name of her husband withour success.

Recall tax records of John Burger, John Eddleman, Daniel Eddleman, and Michael Burger.

Tax records john eddleman, daniel Eddleman, and John Burgher paid taxes every year consecutively in KY. Also John Burger, Jr. probably paid taxes, but I did not record those.

E-addresses of persons interested in the Burger name

indbio@disknet.com - Harold Eddleman, Palmyra, Indiana. interested in any info Burgers might be able to give about the Catherine Eddleman, widow of unknown Eddleman, John Burger married.

Jmpas@msn.com - John Burgher has much information on Burghers in America and some lines in Austria. He welcomes e-mail. See his letter below which he feels could be related to the John Burger who married Catherine Eddleman, widow of unknown Eddleman.

MLEEBARTA@aol.com
Have been doing genealogy for over 25 years. Have lots on other Ruddles/Martins Stations captives. I am descended from at least six or seven of them.
I am a descendant of a John Burger (son of Manus Burger) who was supposed to be at Ruddles/Martins station in June, 1780 and captured by Indians and British, taken to Detroit, etc. John Burger had a daughter, Ann Mary (or Anna Maria) Birger who married another ancestor, Christian Spears. He b. 1755; she b. Feb 1762. I think my John Burger may have been the man who married your Catherine Eddelman.
Missy O'Brien


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Appendix - additional information about Burger

Burger Records in NC

I have none at present.

Burger Records in KY

Michael Burger married Honor Ellis 1798 Oct 25 performed by A. Eastin [marriage book 2: pg 2]
General deeds for John Burger 1793, [Deed book B:348]; no deeds for Michael Burger
John Burger and wife Catherine to Michael Conger (or Couger) 40 acres on Coopers Run for 60 pounds. Deed 1806 Apr 25 [above 3 items from clerk Bourbon County KY]

Probate of Ann Hufford,written 1807 Mar 18, probated 1807 Oct [Will Book A: page 431]
  Executors: John Burger, son-in-law, and John Bostain, son-in-law [Fayette County KY] (looks like this John could be the father or son)

Burger Records in IN

Deed Grantee              Deed Grantor                  Book: page, date, deed type,   Part  Sec - Twp-Range    County
Henry Burgher (sp)   Samuel Little                    C:396          1821 Sep 10  WD   ptSE1/4    -3-4                 Harrison
Michael Burger & c   Robert Barnabys heirs    G:366          1828 Jan 26 D         NW1/4 32 - 2 - 5                 Floyd
Michael Burger heirs Mathew Marnaby           D:216          1829 Dec 28   WD  NW1/4 32-2-5                     Floyd
James Burger              Michael Burger & w       A:249          1819 Sep 10             NE 50A of NW1/4 4-3-5   Floyd
Mathias Harmon         " " Adminstrator            E:298           1832 Mar 13    D     Mich int in SW14 of 27-2-5   "
Henry W. Welker       Michael Burger heirs     E:561           1831 Dec 24       Floyd and the 3 more below
                                                                                F:344           1832 Aug 7
                                                                                F:439           1832 Mar 31
                                                                                H:396          1836 Jul 2
I believe there were in Floyd Coiunty IN about 15 James Burger and 3 Lemuel Burger records that I did not copy.

John Burger Land Patent entered 1811 Jan 30, SW 1/4 of section 27, Twp 2, Range 5 East (Now Georgetown Township, Floyd County, Indiana. He was then living in Bourbon County, KY
[book of Jeffersonville Land Office]

James Burger paid $100 to Barbary Burger of Hamilton County IN to quit her inheritance in SW 1/4 of Section 27 on 1830 Nov 2. [recorded 1831 Oct 5, Book D:453, Floyd County IN]

James Burger, Administrator of estate of Michael Burger, late of Floyd County, SW 1/4 of Sec 27 Twp 2 Range 5 East appraised at $133.33 by 2 freeholders. [Book E:298; 1832 Mar 19, Floyd]


Subject: John Burger Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 19:05:40 EST From: MLEEBARTA@aol.com To: indbio@disknet.com

Just visited your website and noticed reference to John Burger of Kentucky who m. Catherine Eddelman.

I am a desc of a John Burger (son of Manus Burger) who was supposed to be at Ruddles/Martins station in June, 1780 and captured by Indians and British, taken to Detroit, etc. John Burger had a daughter, Ann Mary (or Anna Maria) Birger who married another ancestor, Christian Spears. He b. 1755; she b. Feb 1762.

I think my John Burger may have been the man who married your Catherine Eddelman.

Any idea who John Burger's first wife was? Can't locate any information and anything you might know would be helpful!

Enjoyed your website!

Missy O'Brien


Feb 18, 2000

John Burger and his daughter Ann Mary (Anna Maria) Burger (who later married Christian Spears) were both there and were taken as captives. Christian was married when the forts were taken but (according to tradition) his wife died along the way to Detroit.

Christian Spears was b. ca. 1755, place unknown. He d. Bourbon county, KY ca. 1811.

Anna Maria Burger Spears was b. 02/16/1762, place unknown to me. She d. 06/26/1847, place also unknown to me. I sometimes wonder if she is the Anna Maria that was listed in some works as the "fiance of Mat Detroit."

Hope this little bit helps, some.

Missy O'Brien MLEEBARTA@AOL.com


ubject: BURGER/SPEARS Information Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 21:08:36 EST From: MLEEBARTA@aol.com To: indbio@disknet.com, PeggyjW@aol.com

I am afraid the information I have is OLD and I have done nothing, personally, to verify it's accuracy. I have no website.

However, I will offer the following notes for your consideration and further research. I hope it proves useful to someone and I would appreciate being updated on any verification or new discoveries that come about because of it.

Missy O'Brien Louisville, KY +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

>From notes of Dorothy Gale Florence (deceased) of Harrison county, KY. She was a member of the D.A.R. as a descendant of Christian Spears and his wife, Anna Maria Burger. The notes are typed. I don't know if she wrote them--or if they were given to her by someone else. I am estimating that she gave them to me about ten to fifteen years ago.

ANN MARY BURGER SPEARS Born February 16, 1762--died January 7, 1847--Aged 85 years. (The tombstone of Ann Mary Spears bears the above inscription). The grave is in the enclosed area back of the old house which is on the Georgetown Pike out of Cynthiana, KY. The house is on the left of the road going toward Georgetown and is about two miles beyond the settlement called Broadwell. The tomb beside her is unmarked. It seems that the local chapter of D.A.R. is quite confident, however, that it is the tomb of Christian for both bear a D.A.R. marker. It would seem certain that she was born in Virginia, probably in Augusta county. Records of Augusta county, Vol II p 321--Chalkley, show John Burger on a list of levys 1773-74. It is possible, however, that she was born in Albemarle county, VA., the county in which her grandfather resided, and certainly the home county of John Burger for a time. Notes on the Spears family state that Ann Mary was taken prisoner at Ruddle's Fort. Reference is also made to Draper's statement that Christian Spears married a fellow prisoner. The bronze memorial on the court house wall at Paris, KY names Christian Spears as a Revolutionary War Patriot. The Historical Scrap Book of Bourbon county names the prisoners taken at Ruddle's Fort and includes the names of Christian Spears, Anna Maria, his fiancee, and John Burger.

It would seem that Catherine was the first child of Ann Mary and Christian. Her tombstone indicates that she was born August 6, 1781; her parents were taken prisoners June 22, 1780. It may be inferred from the above facts that Ann Mary and Christian were married in the summer of 1780.

The date of Christian's and Ann Mary's return from captivity is not known. They did acquire a lot in Lexington, which they sold. They seem to have spent most of their time in Bourbon county and had made plans to remove to Harrison county at about the time of Christian's death.

Ann Mary and her son-in-law, Peter Smith, bought several items. They also purchased 252 1/2 acres of land for $5,178.77 1/2. At her death the estate, amounting to approximately $6,000.00, was handled by this same Peter Smith. It is possible that Ann Mary made her home with her daughter and son-in-law. Another daughter had married Martin Smith, the brother of Peter Smith. It is possible, too, that Ann Mary saw a great deal of both of these families.

>From another set of D.G. Florence's notes: Christian Spears was b. ca. 1755, m. ca. 1779-1780, d. ca. 1811 (Paris-Bourbon county, KY) Ann Mary Burger Spears was b. 02/16/1762 in Virginia. She d. 06/26/1847 in Paris-Bourbon county, KY)

January 11, 1780, Christopher Spears claimed 400 acres by pre-emption claim granted) Ref. from KY Register Magazine, Vol 21, p. 127 in Filson Club in Louisville, KY library. NOTE by Missy O'Brien: I have a copy of a land grant to Christopher Spears (signed October 2, 178__) by Patrick Henry. Land adjoined that of JOHN BURGER in Fayette county, KY. This was preemption treasury warrant #245 issued 24 March 1780.

CHILDREN OF CHRISTIAN AND ANN MARY SPEARS:

HENRY married Elizabeth Moore ADAM married Lear Baxter JOHN never married POLLY married William Fry MARY married Peter Smith SALLY married Martin Smith (NOTE by Missy O'Brien: This is mine) REBECCA married Elliott Roberts CATHERINE married Abraham Warth (b. ca 1781) ELIZABETH married Ben Sutton

Back to Dorothy Gale's original notes:

JOHN BURGER Date of birth and death are not known. It is very likely that he was born in Albemarle county and spent his boyhood working on his father's farm land or in the blacksmith shop which his father kept. It seems certain that he did acquire some skill as a smith and that he did have a bequest of blacksmith tools from his father. He was in Augusta county 1773-74 or before and reference is made to this fact under the name of Ann Mary. He had removed to Kentucky in 1778 as attested by the following land grant. (Claim #107) John Burger, this day claimed a preemption to 400 ac of land at the state price in the district of Kentucky, lying about six miles from Ruddle's Station on a south course of the dividing creek including a sinking spring by settling in the county in 1778. Satisfactory proof etc. 400 ac granted. Bryant's Station, Elkhorn Creek, Jan 11, 1780. See Kentucky Register Vol 21, p 127. Claim of John Burger, Jr. was #108 and Christian Spears was #109.

Collin's History of Kentucky Vol 2, p 327-___ states: Knowledge of what happened at Ruddle's Fort is based upon the testimony of Isaac and James Ruddle, Nicholas Hart, Samuel Van Hook (Note by Missy O'Brien: Samuel VanHook was my paternal 5th great grandfather) and John Burger. In 1779, Isaac Ruddle, assisted by John Burger, rebuilt and fortified Hinkston's Station. Records of Augusta county, VA show that he and John Burger knew one another in that county. It would seem likely that John Burger assisted in the re-building at Hinkston's Station by doing various bits of metal work; possibly hinges, nails and fasteners.

It is possible that the identities of John Burger and John Burger, Jr. have been confused in frontier records. It is not clear which John was taken prisoner at Ruddle's Fort; neither has the fate of the other John been made clear. However, Chamber's History of Kentucky VIP pg 12 states: In 1779 John Burger, Sr and John Burger, Jr were at Ruddle's Fort in the company of Captain Isaac Ruddle. Records of Fayette county, KY indicate that a John Burger was executor of Ann Hufford, 1807. It would seem very possible that this was John Burger, Jr. Records of Augusta county, VA indicate that in 1780, John and Sukey Burger were having land transactions in that county and engaging in litigation. In 1782 John Burger of Augusta county, VA conveyed land patented to Wm Rogers and John Burger in an area known as Rock Fish Gap. The date 1782 suggests that John Burger, Sr was not taken prisoner at Ruddle's Fort because the Revolutionary War was still in progress and no exchange of prisoners had occurred. The fact that there are no records in Kentucky of John Burger, Sr after 178__ suggest he never did intend to make his home in Kentucky and that he regarded himself as a resident of Augusta co, VA In 1788, John Burger, Sr conveyed land in Albemarle co which had been patented to Manus Burger, deceased, and John Burger. This document is important because it establishes John Burger, Sr as a living individual in 1788 and proves him to be the son of the Manus Burger whose will is given below.

So far as I know, the wife of John Burger has never been learned. Records of Augusta co., VA might give the approximate time of his death. There is no recorded will for John Burger.

>From Missy O'Brien: I have to take a break for a few minutes. I will finish Dorothy's notes and forward shortly.

]Missy


ubject: BURGER/SPEARS Information Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 21:08:36 EST From: MLEEBARTA@aol.com To: indbio@disknet.com, PeggyjW@aol.com

I am afraid the information I have is OLD and I have done nothing, personally, to verify it's accuracy. I have no website.

However, I will offer the following notes for your consideration and further research. I hope it proves useful to someone and I would appreciate being updated on any verification or new discoveries that come about because of it.

Missy O'Brien Louisville, KY +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

>From notes of Dorothy Gale Florence (deceased) of Harrison county, KY. She was a member of the D.A.R. as a descendant of Christian Spears and his wife, Anna Maria Burger. The notes are typed. I don't know if she wrote them--or if they were given to her by someone else. I am estimating that she gave them to me about ten to fifteen years ago.

ANN MARY BURGER SPEARS Born February 16, 1762--died January 7, 1847--Aged 85 years. (The tombstone of Ann Mary Spears bears the above inscription). The grave is in the enclosed area back of the old house which is on the Georgetown Pike out of Cynthiana, KY. The house is on the left of the road going toward Georgetown and is about two miles beyond the settlement called Broadwell. The tomb beside her is unmarked. It seems that the local chapter of D.A.R. is quite confident, however, that it is the tomb of Christian for both bear a D.A.R. marker. It would seem certain that she was born in Virginia, probably in Augusta county. Records of Augusta county, Vol II p 321--Chalkley, show John Burger on a list of levys 1773-74. It is possible, however, that she was born in Albemarle county, VA., the county in which her grandfather resided, and certainly the home county of John Burger for a time. Notes on the Spears family state that Ann Mary was taken prisoner at Ruddle's Fort. Reference is also made to Draper's statement that Christian Spears married a fellow prisoner. The bronze memorial on the court house wall at Paris, KY names Christian Spears as a Revolutionary War Patriot. The Historical Scrap Book of Bourbon county names the prisoners taken at Ruddle's Fort and includes the names of Christian Spears, Anna Maria, his fiancee, and John Burger.

It would seem that Catherine was the first child of Ann Mary and Christian. Her tombstone indicates that she was born August 6, 1781; her parents were taken prisoners June 22, 1780. It may be inferred from the above facts that Ann Mary and Christian were married in the summer of 1780.

The date of Christian's and Ann Mary's return from captivity is not known. They did acquire a lot in Lexington, which they sold. They seem to have spent most of their time in Bourbon county and had made plans to remove to Harrison county at about the time of Christian's death.

Ann Mary and her son-in-law, Peter Smith, bought several items. They also purchased 252 1/2 acres of land for $5,178.77 1/2. At her death the estate, amounting to approximately $6,000.00, was handled by this same Peter Smith. It is possible that Ann Mary made her home with her daughter and son-in-law. Another daughter had married Martin Smith, the brother of Peter Smith. It is possible, too, that Ann Mary saw a great deal of both of these families.

>From another set of D.G. Florence's notes: Christian Spears was b. ca. 1755, m. ca. 1779-1780, d. ca. 1811 (Paris-Bourbon county, KY) Ann Mary Burger Spears was b. 02/16/1762 in Virginia. She d. 06/26/1847 in Paris-Bourbon county, KY)

January 11, 1780, Christopher Spears claimed 400 acres by pre-emption claim granted) Ref. from KY Register Magazine, Vol 21, p. 127 in Filson Club in Louisville, KY library. NOTE by Missy O'Brien: I have a copy of a land grant to Christopher Spears (signed October 2, 178__) by Patrick Henry. Land adjoined that of JOHN BURGER in Fayette county, KY. This was preemption treasury warrant #245 issued 24 March 1780.

CHILDREN OF CHRISTIAN AND ANN MARY SPEARS:

HENRY married Elizabeth Moore ADAM married Lear Baxter JOHN never married POLLY married William Fry MARY married Peter Smith SALLY married Martin Smith (NOTE by Missy O'Brien: This is mine) REBECCA married Elliott Roberts CATHERINE married Abraham Warth (b. ca 1781) ELIZABETH married Ben Sutton

Back to Dorothy Gale's original notes:

JOHN BURGER Date of birth and death are not known. It is very likely that he was born in Albemarle county and spent his boyhood working on his father's farm land or in the blacksmith shop which his father kept. It seems certain that he did acquire some skill as a smith and that he did have a bequest of blacksmith tools from his father. He was in Augusta county 1773-74 or before and reference is made to this fact under the name of Ann Mary. He had removed to Kentucky in 1778 as attested by the following land grant. (Claim #107) John Burger, this day claimed a preemption to 400 ac of land at the state price in the district of Kentucky, lying about six miles from Ruddle's Station on a south course of the dividing creek including a sinking spring by settling in the county in 1778. Satisfactory proof etc. 400 ac granted. Bryant's Station, Elkhorn Creek, Jan 11, 1780. See Kentucky Register Vol 21, p 127. Claim of John Burger, Jr. was #108 and Christian Spears was #109.

Collin's History of Kentucky Vol 2, p 327-___ states: Knowledge of what happened at Ruddle's Fort is based upon the testimony of Isaac and James Ruddle, Nicholas Hart, Samuel Van Hook (Note by Missy O'Brien: Samuel VanHook was my paternal 5th great grandfather) and John Burger. In 1779, Isaac Ruddle, assisted by John Burger, rebuilt and fortified Hinkston's Station. Records of Augusta county, VA show that he and John Burger knew one another in that county. It would seem likely that John Burger assisted in the re-building at Hinkston's Station by doing various bits of metal work; possibly hinges, nails and fasteners.

It is possible that the identities of John Burger and John Burger, Jr. have been confused in frontier records. It is not clear which John was taken prisoner at Ruddle's Fort; neither has the fate of the other John been made clear. However, Chamber's History of Kentucky VIP pg 12 states: In 1779 John Burger, Sr and John Burger, Jr were at Ruddle's Fort in the company of Captain Isaac Ruddle. Records of Fayette county, KY indicate that a John Burger was executor of Ann Hufford, 1807. It would seem very possible that this was John Burger, Jr. Records of Augusta county, VA indicate that in 1780, John and Sukey Burger were having land transactions in that county and engaging in litigation. In 1782 John Burger of Augusta county, VA conveyed land patented to Wm Rogers and John Burger in an area known as Rock Fish Gap. The date 1782 suggests that John Burger, Sr was not taken prisoner at Ruddle's Fort because the Revolutionary War was still in progress and no exchange of prisoners had occurred. The fact that there are no records in Kentucky of John Burger, Sr after 178__ suggest he never did intend to make his home in Kentucky and that he regarded himself as a resident of Augusta co, VA In 1788, John Burger, Sr conveyed land in Albemarle co which had been patented to Manus Burger, deceased, and John Burger. This document is important because it establishes John Burger, Sr as a living individual in 1788 and proves him to be the son of the Manus Burger whose will is given below.

So far as I know, the wife of John Burger has never been learned. Records of Augusta co., VA might give the approximate time of his death. There is no recorded will for John Burger.

>From Missy O'Brien: I have to take a break for a few minutes. I will finish Dorothy's notes and forward shortly.

]Missy


ubject: More SPEARS/BURGER Information Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 22:00:29 EST From: MLEEBARTA@aol.com To: indbio@disknet.com, PeggyjW@aol.com

Continuing with Dorothy Gale Florence Notes on the Spears/Burger Family:

Manus Burger No date of his birth is to be found in Albemarle co., VA. It is possible that he was born in another country--the name does appear in records of the more easterly counties (sic.). First mention of him in Albemarle county records appears in Deed Bk 4, p 120 (1765). In that year, he received a bequest of slaves from Benjamin Wheeler for love and affection. It is to be noted that Manus Burger named a son Benjamin. This suggests the possibility that Benjamin Wheeler was a kinsman or perhaps the father-in-law of Manus Burger.

The will of Manus Burger, Jan 6, 1780, is recorded in Will Bk II, p 386-87, Albemarle co, VA. Bequests of money and slaves to sons; Benjamin, JOHN, David, Joseph and Nicholas. Son-in-law; Wm Hays, daughter; Charity Hays, eldest daughter; Ann Mary given a mare, cow and calf, furniture, etc. Rest of slaves to be sold. Witnessed by: John Pipes, John Smith, Thomas Smith. Signed: Manus Burger.

Appraisal of estate indicated various blacksmith tools, slaves, farm equipment. Value 25,488-0-2. The meaning of this is not clear. It is unlikely that a man in the frontier would have had such a large estate.

More notes from D.G. Florence: Regarding the SPEARS family...the portion of the family which the author deals with settled in Pennsylvania. They were a memorius family. Jacob; father of Jacob, Joseph, John, William (or John William--Missy) and Christian (was the oldest son and learned the Distillery business in Pennsylvania).

John and Jacob moved to Maryland and married sisters who were wealthy-about the time of the settlement of Kentucky. They traveled in a flat boat to Maysville, Kentucky bringing with them their families, their stock and Distillery--with Christian the principal distiller who afterwards moved to Bourbon county, KY with William and Joseph. Located not far from Paris, KY Afterwards, Christian moved near Cynthiana, KY on the farm now known as the Martin Smith farm, he still manufactured whiskey. Purchased land extending from Cynthiana to Broadwell.

Miscellaneous notes from D.G. Florence: CHRISTORFOR (Christian) Spears & wife, Anna Mary Burger both captured at Ruddle's Fort and taken to Detroit.

Mary, daughter--father; John Burger, History of KY, Reg. Vol 21, pg 127. On that page, reprint of an early Land Certificate, #107, John Burger

BHURGER (german name)

"Wore copper kettle on her head to Detroit. Wore her hair off that she always thereafter wore a cap. She did beautiful handwork, that the British had her work on their blouses..." Note from Missy O'Brien: I don't know what this is all about.

Will of Christian Spears, Bourbon county, KY (signed in German or Dutch). Names wife and three sons; John, Adam and Henry. Other children mentioned--but not by name. A suit was brought against the estate and all descendants were named. Suite by Benjamin Sutton of Pike county, Missouri. The heirs listed were: Catherine (Mrs. Abram Warth) of Harrison county, KY, Mary (Mrs. Peter Wmith), Sally (Mrs. Martin Smith), Henry of Harrison county, Rebecca (Mrs. Elliot Roberts of Pike county, MO), Mary Ann (Mrs. William Moon, county and state not known), Adam, John, Elizabeth, plaintiff, (Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Sutton of Pike county, MO). Handwritten note following the above notes states: "Polly married William Fry."

More notes from D.G. Florence: (abstracts) SPEARS family probably from Frederick county, VA. "Family tradition has Christopher coming from Pennsylvania. The early settlers of Frederick co., VA often assumed that they were in Pennsylvania--the boundaries had not been clearly established.

Draper's MSS I85, p 114 mentions a Mrs. Spears who lost her life by drowning as the prisoners taken at Ruddle's Fort were crossing a swollen stream. The identity of this Mrs. Spears is not clear. It would seem likely that she was the wife of Christian. It is also possible that she was the wife or widow of Theodoseus Spears who was slain by the Indians. It is to be supposed that Christian married but once...

"...in as much as Christian was in the same section of Kentucky as were several of the sons of John Ulrich Spears (d 1769-70, Frederick co, VA) it would be reasonable to suppose that he was closely related to this family."

>From Missy O'Brien: There are other miscellaneous notes in the folder--most of which speculate about the origin of the family of Christian Spears--and have no value, at this time, in the search for the Burger family.

I hope there is something in these notes to help someone--somewhere. At the very least, this info should keep you all busy for awhile!

Happy hunting!

Missy O'Brien Louisville, KY


ubject: MANUS BURHER Information Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 09:33:36 EST From: MLEEBARTA@aol.com To: indbio@disknet.com, PeggyjW@aol.com

Found this information on the Internet this morning.

Don't know how accurate it is...however, it looks like it's pretty close to what I sent to you all last night.

http://egi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Va/Albemarle?read=716

Information from Karen Mullen (kamula@wf.quik.com) date: 8 July 1999

As follows:

MANUS BURGHER was b. ca. 1716 in Henrico county, VA d. ca 1780, Albemarle county, VA m. Miss _________ Wheeler who was b. ca. 1726 in Goochland county, VA

THEIR CHILDREN:

David Burgher
Benjamin Burgher (Rev.)
Annie Burgher May have married Christian Speers.
Joseph Burgher,Sr
Charity Burgher
Nicholas Burgher
John Burgher I guess this is the one that married Catherine Eddleman, likely the widow of David Eddleman who may have died about Dec 1779.

Father was GOVERT BURGHER who was b. ca. 1690 and d. ca. 1761.