William Jefferson Burton was the son of Robert and Jane Burton. Robert was a native of North Carolina, Jane a native of Alabama. According to the 1850 Census of Spring Hill Twp, Drew Co. AR, William and siblings, James A., Mary I., and Robert M. were born in Tennessee while younger siblings, George W., David T., and Sarah E. were born in Mississippi. The family had apparently moved to Arkansas just prior to that 1850 Census since 1 yr old Sara was listed as born in Mississippi.
William married Miriam J. Thomas, 19 December 1853, officiated by Methodist Episcopal minister, James L. Clover, in Drew Co. AR. They had three children - T. J., Julia Ann, and Amanda "Jessie".
William enlisted into the service of the Confederacy and died in a federal prison after being taken prisoner.
The record of his service is mentioned on his Find A Grave memorial. The biographer of that memorial stated that William received a medical discharge for a hernia in March of 1862, but then rejoined in June of the same year. The Battle of Fort Hindman, also known as the Battle of Arkansas Post, occurred January 9-11, 1863. He was one of 4,791 Confederate soldiers taken prisoner and transported up the Mississippi River to prison camps. To read about the battle, see the link below.
William is buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL.
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