An American Family History


The Burr Family


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.



West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

The American Flag was adopted in 1777.

Peter Burr was born in 1727 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Peter married Mary Stewart.

Mary Burr (1756, married Daniel or David Smith)
Abigail Burr (1758)
Sarah Burr (1761, married William Biggs )
Miriam Burr (1763, married John Conklyn),
Jane Burr ( 1765, married John Melvin),
Peter Burr (1767, married Iscerna (Hannah) Sewell),
Hannah Burr (1772)

Peter married Jane Calhoun on February 17, 1775.

James Burr (1776, married Nancy McGarry),
Elizabeth Burr (1777)
Moses Burr (1778)
Ann Burr (1780, married John McGarry)
William Burr (1783, married Margaret Young) and
Esther Burr (1785, married Thomas Embly).

The Burrs were early settlers in, what is now, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. They moved there about 1750 and lived near Bardane in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

From Frederick County Road Orders

8 February 1769, Frederick County Order Book 14 Part 2, p. 409
Upon the petition of Sundry Inhabitants that a Road may be opened from Semples furnace to the Warm Springs Road above Peter Burrs Ordered that Thomas Hart William Dark James Lloyd & Henry Lloyd or any Three of them being first Sworne do Veiw the same & Report the conveniences & Inconveniences that may attend the opening a Road on the same.

Peter died on January 20 1795 in Berkeley County.

Burr house
Peter Burr House


Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.







Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693 – 1781) inherited a vast area granted by Charles II in colonial Virginia. This Northern Neck Proprietary was bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.

Peter Burr, Jr. was the son of Peter and Abigail Burr. He was born on October 21, 1727 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

In 1751 the Burr family, migrated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Virginia. They bought four hundred acres from Lord Fairfax and Peter, Sr. built a house on the old Warm Spring Road near Bardane in Jefferson County. It is an eight-room, two-story log house that is still standing.

Peter's first wife was Mary Stewart. Mary was born on August 17, 1730 and died about 1773. She may have died of “milk fever" a short time after the birth of her seventh child.

After she died, Peter married Jane Calhoun.

Peter's first cousin was Aaron Burr. His association with his cousin and with George Washington's dismissed generals suggests that he did not share George Washington's values.

Peter died on January 20 1795 in Berkeley County.

George Washington ( 1731/32  – 1799) was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789–1797).

In the name of God amen

I Peter Burr of Berkeley County in the state of Virginia being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following- That is to say-

I give and devise to my six daughters-Mary, Abigel ,Sarah, Mariam, Jane, & Hannah-sixy acres of that Tract of land whereon I now dwell in the county aforesaid- to be laid of on the west side of the said Tract, by a line to be drawn nearly North and south across the intire Tract so as to comprehend the said sixy acres of land--which I give to them my said six daughters-as Tenants in common- To them and each of their Respective heirs and asigns forever.

Item- I give and devise to four sons-Peter-James-Moses and William Burr-all the remainder of my aforesaid Tract of land- to be equally divided among them - Paying due regard to quantity and quality-my eldest son Peter Burr-shall have and Possess that lot or Part of the division which comprehends my now dwelling House which I give to my said four sons to be held respectively by them and each of them as Tenants in Common- to them their respective heirs and assigns forever--my three sons James-Moses-and William are they respectively arrived lawfull age subjected neverethe less to the Payments of Twenty five Pounds current money-each which they shall Pay to my my three youngest daughter Elizabeth & Ann--and Hester--my will is that my said three last named daughters shall have an equal Part or Portion of my Personal Estate so as to be equal to their sisters already married-a Breeding mare apiece Excepted- and all the Remainder of my said Person Estate Shall be qually divided among the whole of my within named children which I give to them and each of them their respective horses ? forever

Item- I give and Bequeath onto my eldest son Peter Burr. The whole of the Crop of grain on hand and also the crop now growing on my Farm- subject nevertheless to the schooling and maintanance of my Children untill they respectively arrive to lawfull age.

Lastly I do hereby nominate and approve John Corven? and my son Peter Burr Executors of this my last Will and Testement.

In Testimony whereof I here unto set my hand and seal this 24th day of February one Thousand and seven hundered and ninety three. 1793

Signed sealed Published and declared by the sd Peter Burr as his last will and Testement in the Presence of

Tho Rutherford
James Toner



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