Facts and Events
Thomas Burke was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 2 - Thomas Burk, 320 acres, Dry Run, north side of Shenandoah River. May 6, 1762. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 1].
- Page 282.—21st March, 1769. Jacob ( ) Shell, yeoman, to Thomas Burk, £67, 200 acres conveyed to Jacob by Ebenezer Wastcoat, 17th May, 1767, on New River, mortgage. Delivered: Jacob Shell, January, 1770.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 439.--19th August, 1767. Thomas ( ) Burk and Clerey ( ) to David McCaumus, £20, 100 acres on Shanandore, part of 320 acres patented to said Thomas, 17th July, 1763, oak below mouth of Dry Run. Delivered: John Burk, March, 1773. (Note: David McComas was the brother-in-law of Thomas Burk)
- Page 443.--19th August, 1767. Same (Thomas ( ) Burk and Clerey) to Francis Kerkley gent., £350, two tracts, A containing 220 acres on Shanandore, oak by mouth of Dry Run, McCoumus's corner; B containg 200 acres adjoining former, deeded to Wm. Burk, 23d February, 1743. Delivered: Francis Kirtley, 20th March, 1786.
- Page 163.--2d November, 1768. Thomas ( ) Burk and Clearey ( ) to Conrad Peterfish, £14, 177 acres on Dry River, branch of Shanandore, patented to said Burk, line of land patented for John and Lewis Neall. Teste: Joseph Hannah, Robert ( ) Frazor. David Frazor.
Records of Thomas Burke in Augusta County, VA
- Page 43.--5th January, 1754. William Burk's will--Sons, John and William, tract purchased of John and Lewis Neal; son, Thomas, tract purchased of George Hayl, and entry adjoining called Long Meadow, 400 acres; daughter, Catherine Burk, alias McCommus; daughter, Judea Burk (infant), tract at mouth of Naked Creek. Judea is to be under care of Mrs Matteson. Thomas is to be under care of Mr. John Matteson. Testator's (?) Thomas' (?) interest in estate of David McCommus. Son William to learn trade of blacksmith. Sister Bridget Burk, living out of this Colony. Executors, John Matterson and Gabriel Jones. Teste: Nicholas Null, Thos. Smith, Daniel Remy. Proved, 16th May, 1754, by all witnesses.
- Page 344.—16th August, 1768. George ( ) Null and Barbara to Jacob Hamor (or Hammer), £30, 90 acres on Boon's Run, a branch of Shanan- dore River, patented to Nicholas Null, 15th August, 1764, and descended to George as eldest son and heir; corner Tack's land, Charles Foy's line. Teste: Daniel Smith, Thomas ( ) Burk, Jacob Nicholas, Robert Shanklin (Certified by A. McClenachan, C. A. C., for John Madison, late C. A. C. This is the first, 23d March, 1769). Delivered: Henry Hammer, 30th June, 1792.
- Page 2~>9.—16th February, 1769. James and Moses Green, of Culpeper County, to John Burk, £10. 143 acres near Peaked Mountain, patented, 20th August, 1740, to Robert, father of James and Moses, on Boone Run. Teste: Thomas ( ) Burk, John ( ) Miller, Robert ( ) Rains.
- ↑ Thomas Burke, in Find A Grave.
"CAPT Fincastle CO MILITIA REV WAR"
- Johnston, David E. (David Emmons). A history of middle New River settlements and contiguous territory. (Huntington).
The Burke family of the New River "Valley were among the early settlers west of the Alleghanies, having descended from James Burke, who came with the Draper's Meadow settlers in 1748. James Burke was the discoverer of that most magnificent body of land now in Tazewell County, Virginia, know as Burke's Garden (but called by the Indians "Great Swamp"). It is said that he discovered this lovely spot in 1753 and removed thither in 1754, and in the fall of 1755 was driven away by the Indians. He had a family, and among his sons was Captain Thomas Burke, who became a very prominent man in the Indian border wars, and commanded a company of troops, which was at one time stationed at Hatfield's fort, on Big Stony creek. One of his daughters, Mary, married Colonel Christian Snidow, another, Rebecca, married Andrew Davidson. He had a son, William, who at one time was the owner of the Red Sulphur Springs property, in Monroe County, and several of his family emigrated to the west at an early date. The Horse Shoe property in Giles County, granted to James Wood, subsequently became the property of Captain Thomas Burke, and finally that of Colonel William H. Snidow, his grandson.
Colonel Christian Snidow, when quite a young man, was a lieutenant in Captain John Floyd's company, and did service in Barger's, Snidow's and Hatfield's forts, and in scouts and skirmishes with the Indians. His father-in-law, Captain Thomas Burke, born 1741 and died 1808, and whose wife's given name was Clara, was also a Captain in the Indian wars, and at one time in command at Hatfield's Fort. Colonel Christian Snidow was for long years a Justice of the Peace, in both Montgomery and Giles Counties; was Sheriff of Giles County, and frequently represented the same in the House of Delegates of Virginia. Among his descendants were some of the best and bravest soldiers in the Confederate army.