Burgess Clark

Male 1763 - 1851  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name Burgess Clark 
    Born 0___ 1763  Goochland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Revolutionary War Patriot  [2, 3
    Died 22 Oct 1851  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I21261  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2013 

    Family 1 unnamed spouse,   b. (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) Abt 1812  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Clark,   b. 25 Sep 1783, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1867, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Darias Clark, Sr.,   b. 18 Feb 1794, (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1859, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F8430  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Rhoda Morris,   b. 0___ 1775, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1856, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1799  Richmond County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
     1. Sarah Clark,   b. 1809, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F7454  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1763 - Goochland County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Aug 1799 - Richmond County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - Abt 1812 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Oct 1851 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Virginia) Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Revolutionary War Pension Application for Burgess Clark
    Revolutionary War Pension Application for Burgess Clark

  • Notes 
    • Revolutionary War Patriot. Moved to White County, circa 1812...

      Ref Patriot status in 1840 White Co.,TN census,"The PastFinder, Vol. VIII. No.2, March-April 2001",p. 2

      Burgess Clark Burgess or Burgis Clark, applied 3 Oct 1832 White Co TN aged about 69 or 70, lived in Chatham Co NC when he enl with his bro William Clark. He was born in 1763 in Goochland Co VA, moved from Chatham Co NC to Richmond Co NC then back to Chatham Co NC, then to York Dist SC, then to Lincoln Co NC then to White Co TN. He declared he served part of the time under a Capt Alexander Clark, but no relationship was stated. His widow applied 21 Nov 1850 White Co TN, and declared that they had married 14 Aug 1799 in Richmond Co NC. He died 22 Oct 1850 in White Co TN, and a Joseph Clark, Sr. & a Derias Clark, Sr. made a joint affidavits in White Co TN in 1850 but their relationship not stated. His widow applied for BLW 21 Apr 1855. Her name before marriage was Roady MORRIS. A half-brother, Joseph JOHNSON was also mentioned. (RW Pension File W275B, BLB X34972-160-55)

      Burgess Clark's Story of his Survival in the Revolutionary War.

      While serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, during one particular battle, Burgess suffered a serious head wound by a British sword which would end his fighting days. As there were no hospitals for treatment, injured soldiers were only administered basic first aid and then sent home. Often, a family member or neighbor assisted the injured man home and both men would be released from the army for the trip home. Such a neighbor agreed to help Burgess travel home, and the two departed on horseback.

      Only two days into the long trip home, Burgess' companion decided that he no longer wished to provide assistance to him, thinking the sorely wounded Burgess would die in the night. The neighbor decided that should Burgess awaken the next morning, he would just leave him. Burgess did awaken only to find the man staring down at him. Cursing at him, he said, "You have opened your old eyes for the last time. I'm going to leave you, so you're on your own now." And with that he left, taking the horse with him. On his own now and his head wounds needing attention, he was able to get to his feet and start walking for home. He had not walked far before coming upon a footpath leading off to a farmhouse in the distance. He could see smoke coming from the chimney and knew someone was there. Starting down the footpath, he came to the farmhouse. The people living there took him right in and tended his wounds, feeding and clothing him as needed. The man of the house, a continental army officer himself, was interested in the circumstances of Burgess' situation. After hearing what had happened, he sat right down and wrote a letter back to the army to tell them of this occurance. Burgess stayed on with the family for a few days, resting , before he regained enough strength to continue on with his journey.

      Not having any form of transportation, Burgess was grateful for the kindness of these people, and even more so when they offered him an old mule to help him on his journey. Burgess had not gone far before he met a group of soldiers heading in the opposite direction. He was surprised to find that the man who deserted him was now shackled and the soldiers were taking him back to the army. As was tradition, such an offence was punishable by the placing of the offender in the "hottest" battle action. Burgess never heard from his neighbor again.

      Amos always remembered his grandfather's hair sticking out in all directions because Burgess could never get it to "part" correctly due to the scars of the head wounds he had suffered.

      John B. McGowan 10/22/96

      * [8]
    • 23 May 2005:
      http://www.tngenweb.org/revwar/counties/white.htm

      Burgess or Burgis Clark, applied 3 Oct 1832 White Co TN aged about 69 or 70, lived in Chatham Co NC when he enl with his bro William Clark. He was born in 1763 in Goochland Co VA, moved from Chatham Co NC to Richmond Co NC then back to Chatham Co NC, then to York Dist SC, then to Lincoln Co NC then to White Co TN. He declared he served part of the time under a Capt Alexander Clark, but no relationship was stated. His widow applied 21 Nov 1850 White Co TN, and declared that they had married 14 Aug 1799 in Richmond Co NC. He died 22 Oct 1850 in White Co TN, and a Joseph Clark, Sr. & a Derias Clark, Sr. made a joint affidavits in White Co TN in 1850 but their relationship not stated. His widow applied for BLW 21 Apr 1855. Her name before marriage was Roady MORRIS. A half-brother, Joseph JOHNSON was also mentioned. (RW Pension File W275B, BLB X34972-160-55)
      See Winifred JOHNSON of Richmond Co NC census of 1790. See also Brown/Davis of Warren and White Counties re Waxhaw Settlement and York SC. 1835 TN Pension Roll: Private, North Carolina Line, $20.00 Annual Allowance $60.00 Amount Received February 28 1833 Pension Started Age 72

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      Burgess Clark (1763 - 1851)
      Turnrhouse (View posts) Posted: 11 Mar 2001 8:00AM

      Classification: Biography
      Surnames: Clark
      Burgess Clark (1763-1851) http://www.tngenweb.org/white/clark.htm

      Abstract of Application for Pension and Bounty Land Warrant for
      Revoluntionary War Service - (W2758 / BLWt 34972-160-55)

      Burgess Clark made application on Oct.12, 1832 and stated that he was 69 or 70 years old. He was living in Chatham County, N.C. in 1777 when his older brother, William Clark, was drafted into a Company commanded by Lieutenant James HEARNE and Lieutenant _____ GRIFFITH. He [Burgess] wanted to go with his brother even though he was then only about 14 years old and not subject of the draft. So he became a subsitute for Morgan MINTER for a tour of three months. [If you had money enough and didn't want to serve in the army, you could pay someone else to subsitute for you.] Burgess stated that his papers [for his service?] were destroyed by fire when his house burnt more than 30 years before when he lived in York District, S.C. He served in a Regiment commanded by Colonel MAYBURN from Orange County, N.C. After he served his tour he returned home and then enlisted for a second tour from Chatham County, serving in the Company of Captain JOHNSON and the Regiment of Colonel COLLIER. He participated in a battle called "Gates Defeat". [Camden, South Carolina, where General Gates fled the battlefield and didn't stop until he got back to Virginia.]

      Questionaire:

      Burgess Clark stated that he was born in 1763 in Goochland County, Virginia and that his family Bible was taken by Tories when they plundered his father's house in Chatham Co., N.C. After the Revolution, he moved to Richmond Co., N.C. where on Oct. 14, 1799 he was married to Rhoda (Rhody) MORRIS by Curby SWINNEY, Esq. They moved back to Chatham Co., N.C., then to York District, S.C., to Lincoln Co., N.C. and finally to White County, Tennessee. He resided there for more than 30 years until his death on Oct. 22, 1851.

      Those who testified as to their belief as to his service as a soldier in the Revolutionary War were: [part of page missing] (Wi)lliam KNOWLES, Esq., (S)amuel A. MOORE, Esq., (Th)omas ROBERTSON, Col. David A. (MIT)CHELL, Rev. Ozias DENTON, *Rev. Abel HUTSON, Henry (_____)TON, Joseph Clark, Sr. [Son] & (Der)ius (?) CLARK, Sr. [Son] give information relating to the marriage of Burgess & Rhoda Clark.

      Rhoda Clark, Widow, applied for a Bounty Land Warrant on the Act of March 3, 1855 (?). Bounty Land granted to Rhoda Clark, 160 acres, but she had died, on June 27, 1856, before it was granted. Letter from J. P. ROSCOE, Sparta, dated June, 1859, relating to 160 acres. Mentions that no minor heirs were known, and that Samuel & Sally Clark were the only heirs at law (incorrect) and they have removed from White County to Marcello Co. (?), Iowa since the death of their Mother.

      This information was received by me several years ago from Mary Hudgens of Sparta, TN and is hand written and very dim. I have transcribed it as best I can. John B. McGowan 10/22/96

      Burgess Clark's Story of his Survival in the Revolutionary War.

      While serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, during one particular battle, Burgess suffered a serious head wound by a British sword which would end his fighting days. As there were no hospitals for treatment, injured soldiers were only administered basic first aid and then sent home. Often, a family member or neighbor assisted the injured man home and both men would be released from the army for the trip home. Such a neighbor agreed to help Burgess travel home, and the two departed on horseback.

      Only two days into the long trip home, Burgess' companion decided that he no longer wished to provide assistance to him, thinking the sorely wounded Burgess would die in the night. The neighbor decided that should Burgess awaken the next morning, he would just leave him. Burgess did awaken only to find the man staring down at him. Cursing at him, he said, "You have opened your old eyes for the last time. I'm going to leave you, so you're on your own now." And with that he left, taking the horse with him. On his own now and his head wounds needing attention, he was able to get to his feet and start walking for home. He had not walked far before coming upon a footpath leading off to a farmhouse in the distance. He could see smoke coming from the chimney and knew someone was there. Starting down the footpath, he came to the farmhouse. The people living there took him right in and tended his wounds, feeding and clothing him as needed. The man of the house, a continental army officer himself, was interested in the circumstances of Burgess' situation. After hearing what had happened, he sat right down and wrote a letter back to the army to tell them of this occurance. Burgess stayed on with the family for a few days, resting , before he regained enough strength to continue on with his journey.

      Not having any form of transportation, Burgess was grateful for the kindness of these people, and even more so when they offered him an old mule to help him on his journey. Burgess had not gone far before he met a group of soldiers heading in the opposite direction. He was surprised to find that the man who deserted him was now shackled and the soldiers were taking him back to the army. As was tradition, such an offence was punishable by the placing of the offender in the "hottest" battle action. Burgess never heard from his neighbor again.

      Amos always remembered his grandfather's hair sticking out in all directions because Burgess could never get it to "part" correctly due to the scars of the head wounds he had suffered.

      John B. McGowan 10/22/96

      * [7]
    • Burgess or Burgis Clark, applied 3 Oct 1832 White Co TN aged about 69 or 70, lived in Chatham Co NC when he enl with his bro William Clark. He was born in 1763 in Goochland Co VA, moved from Chatham Co NC to Richmond Co NC then back to Chatham Co NC, then to York Dist SC, then to Lincoln Co NC then to White Co TN. He declared he served part of the time under a Capt Alexander Clark, but no relationship was stated. His widow applied 21 Nov 1850 White Co TN, and declared that they had married 14 Aug 1799 in Richmond Co NC. He died 22 Oct 1850 in White Co TN, and a Joseph Clark, Sr. & a Derias Clark, Sr. made a joint affidavits in White Co TN in 1850 but their relationship not stated. His widow applied for BLW 21 Apr 1855. Her name before marriage was Roady MORRIS. A half-brother, Joseph JOHNSON was also mentioned. (RW Pension File W275B, BLB X34972-160-55)
      See Winifred JOHNSON of Richmond Co NC census of 1790. See also Brown/Davis of Warren and White Counties re Waxhaw Settlement and York SC. 1835 TN Pension Roll: Private, North Carolina Line, $20.00 Annual Allowance $60.00 Amount Received February 28 1833 Pension Started Age 72 [9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1087] "Passons' Family Connections", written & compiled by Patricia S. Short Makris,, p. 350.

    2. [S22006] "1850 White County,TN Census",transcribed from microfilm,by Peggy Allison,, p. 92.

    3. [S838] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Clark&GSiman=1&GScid=18547&GRid=37606238&.

    4. [S28099] "The Upper Cumberland Researcher",UCGA,Vol.XX,No.4,Winter,1995;"Buress/Buris, p. 28 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S50] "The Other Bunch",by Sharon Almas Swindell,3875 Silver Birch,, p. 88.

    6. [S42310] "The Upper Cumberland Researcher",UCGA,Vol.XX,No.4,Winter,1995;"Buress/Buris, p. 28.

    7. [S48048] http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.military.amerrev.nc/532/mb.ashx.

    8. [S45132] http://www.tngenweb.org/revwar/counties/white.htm.

    9. [S9839] "Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War, White County, Tennessee", http://www.tngenweb.org/revwar/counties/white.htm, revi.