A family source says he went by Billie, but this has not been found in any records.
William was born in Virginia, as were both of his parents. He married Mary Tarpley 11 Nov 1868 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and together they had five children. Mary died in 1883 and he migrated to St. Clair County, Missouri between 1883 and 1890 (his son Fletcher had a son born in Missouri in 1891). William and his son James were living in the home of his daughter, Nannie Lee Burton Hammett, in 1910 in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
William J. Burton (age 30) married Mary B. Tarpley (age 19) on 11 Nov 1868 at Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Parents of the groom: James and Nancy Burton. Parents of the bride: Robert M and Martha J. Tarpley.
1850 census, Southern District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 17 Aug 1850 
James Burton Male 47 Virginia
Nancy Burton Female 43 Virginia
Mary Burton Female 18 Virginia
William Burton Male 15 Virginia
Martha Burton Female 11 Virginia
John Burton Male 8 Virginia
Susan Burton Female 7 Virginia
Jane Burton Female 6 Virginia
Eliza Burton Female 4 Virginia
Julia Burton Female 0 Virginia
1860 census, Southern District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 04 July 1860 
John Swanson Male 58 Virginia, factory hand
Julia B Swanson Female 58 Virginia, teacher
Samuel A Swanson Male 22 Virginia
James M Swanson Male 20 Virginia, factory hand
Elizabeth M Swanson Female 18 Virginia
Mary H Swanson Female 17 Virginia
William Burton Male 22 Virginia, factory hand
Betsey Richardson Female 50 Virginia, house servant
Susan Richardson Female 16 Virginia
George Richardson Male 12 Virginia
Note: this is not confirmed to be him, but Robert Tarpley family is listed on same page, and his father James is listed on preceding page.
1870 census - no records found
presumed to be married to Mary Tarpley, and their son Fletcher (born Sep 1869) was about 9 months old at time of June census
1880 census, Tunstall, Pittsylvania, Virginia, 02 Jun 1880 
William Burton Self M 43 Virginia, Farmer
Bettie Burton Wife F 38 Virginia
Fletcher Burton Son M 10 Virginia
Ada Burton Dau F 7 Virginia
Lena Burton Dau F 5 Virginia
Nannie Burton Dau F 0 Virginia
Edna Jones Servant F (Mu) 31 Virginia, Farm Laborer
Mary Jones Other F (Mu) 4 Virginia
Vaden Jones Other M 0 (Mu) Virginia
Major King Other M 18 (Mu) Virginia, Farm Laborer
Emerline Jones Other F 60 (B) Virginia, widow, aunt of Vaden
Note: Nancy Burton (71) and daughters Louisa (30), Julia (27), and Sallie (25) on same page
Note: Tarpley and Thomas families on following page
1900 census, Washington Township, St. Clair County, Missouri, 16 Jun 1900 
William J Burton Head M 64 Virginia, b. Jan 1836, farmer
James P Burton Son M 16 Virginia, b. Nov 1883. farm labor
Farm Schedule 84
1910 census, Kansas Ward 5, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States 
Thomas L Hammer Head M 31 Missouri
Nettie Hammer Wife F 30 Virginia
Helen Hammer Daughter F 5 Missouri
William Burton Father-in-law M 70 Virginia
James P Burton Brother-in-law M 26 Virginia
William listed as a farmer in Pittsylvania County, VA on Lena’s birth certificate
Nan, Lena & Jim Burton moved from VA to Bates or St Clair Cos., MO for unknown reasons. It is believed Mrs. Burton died in child birth with Jim. information from Betty Kramer, daughter-in-law of Nan Burton Hammett
↑ "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8DV-NJJ : accessed 10 March 2016), William Burton in household of James Burton, Pittsylvania county, part of, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing family 201, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC51-YYN : accessed 20 August 2015), William Burton, Tunstall, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district 176, sheet 380C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1385; FHL microfilm 1,255,385.
↑ "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M38X-F92 : accessed 20 August 2015), William J Burton, Washington Township, St. Clair, Missouri, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 85, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,886.
↑ "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2ZR-W96 : accessed 14 April 2018), William Burton in household of Thomas L Hammer, Kansas Ward 5, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 208, sheet 15B, family 311, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 461; FHL microfilm 1,374,474.
Norma Jean Rowland's Wilson family records
The "source" identified below is reliable. However, no source has been found linking the Burton family in this profile to the Burton Brothers Tobacco Factory.
In 1880, Whitmell (in the Tunstall District of Pittsylvania County) was considered to be a minor tobacco center according to Picks, Tracks, and Bateaux: Industry in Pittsylvania County 1750-1950, by Herman Melton. Three of the counties largest tobacco factories were there in 1880:
Millner & Payne Tobacco Factory (50 employees)
Millner Brothers Tobacco (70 employees)
Burton Brothers Tobacco Factory (50 employees) "the prominent tobacco family of Burton had a factory in Whitmell. The Whitmell facility of this famous plug and twist company, which marketed "Our Fritz Twist", was known as Burton Brothers Tobacco Factory.
The following source says the W. Burton tobacco operation was in Bachelor's Hall community :
"With the growth and development of the great tobacco companies such as Liggett and Myers of St. Louis, R. J. Reynolds of Winston-Salem, P. Lorillard of New York, and the Dukes of Durham, the whole structure of the tobacco industry changed. The small country factory passed away. The census of 1881 listed 12 factories in Pittsylvania, 3 in Chatham, 4 in the Whitmell neighborhood namely: F. A. Swanson, S. A. Moorman, J. M. McGhee, and H. F. More; five in Bachelor's Hall community namely: B. Barksdale, J. W. Burton, G. W. Martin, the Millner Brother, and J. H. Trotter." http://www.victorianvilla.com/sims-mitchell/local/clement/mc/abb/07.htm
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with William by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with William: