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William Jefferson Burton (abt. 1834 - 1863)

Private William Jefferson Burton
Born about in Tennesseemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Chicago, Cook Co. Illinoismap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Nov 2016
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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.


  • [1] 1860 US Census, Relfs Bluff, Clear Creek Twp, Drew Co. AR
  • [2] 1850 US Census, Spring Hill Twp, Drew Co. AR
  • [3] United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865 listing William J. Burton, Private, Company B, 9th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Confederate
  • [4] Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, listing William J. Burton
  • [5] United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865 listing William Burton, Private, Company E, 24th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Confederate
  • [6] United States Register of Confederates and Civilians Who Died in the North,1861-1865, listing W. J. Burton's 10 Mar 1863 death, burial in Cook County IL
  • [7] Find A Grave memorial for William J. Burton

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