Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Benjamin Burch

Male 1761 - 1832  (70 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Burch  [1
    Born 9 May 1761  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 May 1832  Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I052705  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father Benjamin Burch,   b. 2 May 1729, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1819, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Taylor,   b. Bef 1734, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1788, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 54 years) 
    Married 1750  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F27354  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca Barron,   b. 1760, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1848, Washington, District of Columbia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 6 Sep 1784  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Sep. 6, 1784 - Benjamin Burch m. Rebecca Barron on Sep. 6, 1784 in Prince George's Co., Md.
      Source: Brumbaugh, Gaius M., "Maryland Records, Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church, from Original Sources," Vol. 1, p. 103.
    Children 
     1. Mary Burch,   b. 1790, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1819, Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     2. Verlinda M. Burch,   b. Bef 1805, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1822, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 19 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F27102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith Burch Vol 1 pg 86

      "Benjamin Burch, Rebecca, W23743, MD Line, soldier d. 5 May 1832, soldier and widow m. in Prince George's Co., MD in Sep. 1784, widow appl. 3 Dec. 1836 Washington, DC, soldier's oldest child Mildred Rhodes a widow and resident of Washington, District of Columbia states the following, soldier and -wife m. 17 Sep. 1784 and that she (Mildred) was b. 14 Aug. 1785, also states her sister Martha m. George Cain of TN and her [sister?] Martha Cain d. in 1837, in 1854 soldier's surviving children were Verlinda wife of Charles H. WiltbeIgr, Esq. late Register of Washington, District of Columbia , Mildred widow of William Rhodes, Susan widow of William Hewit also a late Register of Washington, District of Columbia and Elizabeth wife of George W. Wilson of Washington, District of Columbia ; Capt. Benjamin Burch served in Rev. War and War of 1812 and was Doorkeeper for US House of Reps for 22 years." Source: White, Virgil D., "Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension' Files," p. 464.
      Comment: The DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, p. 430, states that this Benjamin Burch was b. May 9, 1761.
      As will be seen below, Benjamin and Rebecca also had a son Samuel Burch who d. 1846-1848.

      Sep. 1781 - Benjamin Burch, Private, and later sergeant, 6th Maryland Line; taken prisoner of war; exchanged by Sep. 3, 1781, at which time he was paid 5 pounds specie on his account.
      Source: Peden, Henry C., Jr., "Revolutionary Patriots of Prince George's County, 1775-1783," p. 50, citing Archives of Maryland, Vol. 18, p. 616.

      Sep. 1781 - It was noted by the Council of Maryland on Sep. 5, 1781, that Benjamin Burch, and other soldiers of the Maryland Line, "returned from captivity in South Carolina in a distressed. situation ," and it was Ordered that he be paid five pounds on account.
      Source: Peden, Henry C., Jr., "Revolutionary Patriots of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1776-1783," p. 44, citing Archives of Maryland, Vol. 45, p. 598.

      Feb. 1782 - Benjamin Burch, Private, 4th Maryland Regiment, enlisted Feb. 14, 1782 for 3 years; sworn in Feb. 25, 1782.
      Source: Peden, Henry C., Jr., "Revolutionary Patriots of Prince George's County, 1775-1783," p. 51, citing Archives of Maryland, Vol. 18, p. 417.

      1790 - Benjamin is probably one of the 2 Benjamin Burchs
      in the 1790 Census of Prince George's Co., Md.:
      --Benjamin Burch, Sr. 2-3-2-0-8 (p. 92)
      --Benjamin Burch 2-2-2-0-0 (p. 92)
      Comment: The Census readings for the 2 Benjamins are almost identical except that one of them, has 8 slaves and the other has no slaves. It would be my guess that Benjamin Burch, Sr. (8 slaves) is the Benjamin Burch who was m. to Mary Townsend, and that it is the other Benjamin Burch who was m. to Rebecca Barron. Whether or not that is correct, the Benjamin Burch who is called "Sr." would be the older of the two. There is no reason to think they are father and son. There are no other Benjamin Burchs in the 1790 Census of Maryland.

      July 1793 - Benjam Burch signs receipt to Daniel Caffrey and wife, administrators of the estate of Samuel Cooksey Barron. The contents of the receipt are illegible but it is presumably a receipt for Benjamin's wife Rebecca's share of the estate of her father Samuel Cooksey Barron. This receipt is immediately followed on the same page by receipts to Daniel Caffrey and wife by James Barron and Francis Barron of their shares of their father Samuel Cooksey Barron's estate.
      Source: Prince George's Co., Md. Orphan's Court Proceedings, 1791-1803, p. 57. (MSA Microfilm Roll CR966)
      Comment: The Index helps clarify the parallel nature of these receipts.

      July 1793 - Francis Barron signs receipt to Daniel Caffrey and wife, administrators, for his share of the estate of his father Samuel Cooksey Barron. Witness: Benjamin Burch.[receipt contents mostly illegible]
      Source: Prince George's Co., Md. Orphan's Court Proceedings, 1791-1803, p. 57. (MSA Microfilm Roll CR966)
      Comment: The witness Benjamin Burch is Samuel's son-in-law.

      June 1794 - State of Maryland vs. Mathew Wigfield, Johnson M. Riley and Benjamin Burch 6000 lbs. tobacco. Recognizance in usual form for Mathew Wigfield's keeping ordinary at the Eastern Branch Ferry according to the Act of Assembly until the first Monday in April next.
      Source: Prince George's County Judgment Records, 1790-1805, Liber IRM, p. 52.

      June 1794 - State of Maryland vs. Mathew Wigfield, Johnson M. Riley and Benjamin Burch 50 Pounds. Recognizance in usual form for Mathew Wigfield's keeping Ferry at the Eastern Branch according to the Act of Assembly until the first Monday in April next.
      Source: Prince George's County Judgment Records, 1790-1805, Liber IRM, p. 52.

      Oct. 8, 1796 - The Washington Gazette. To be sold -- plantation, 104 acres, within 5 miles of Bladensburgh, joining Capt. Ricash [sic] Beal's plantation -- Benjamin Burch.
      Source: Wright, F. Edward, "Abstracts of the Newspapers of Georgetown and the Federal City, 1789-1799," item no. 159.

      Aug. 13, 1799 - The Centinel of Liberty, or George-town and Washington Advertiser. Benjamin Burch has just returned from Philadelphia with elegant assortment of dry goods, New Jersey Ave., Wash.
      Source: Wright, F. Edward, "Abstracts of the Newspapers of Georgetown and the Federal City, 1789-1799," item no. 329.

      Oct. 4, 1799 - The Centinel of Liberty, or George-town and Washington Advertiser. Letters remaining at P.O., George Town: ... Benjamin Burch.
      Source: Wright, F. Edward, "Abstracts of the Newspapers of Georgetown and the Federal City, 1789-1799," item no. 344.

      1800 - Benjamin Burch is in the 1800 Census of the City of Washington, D.C, as follows: 11010-22100-1 (slave).

      Source: National Genealogical Society, "Special Aids to Genealogical Research on Southern Families," p. 12.
      Comment: This Census shows that Benjamin is age 26-45, so b. 1755-1774. Either Rebecca is not shown in this Census or she is erroneously listed as the female age 16-26 (b. 1774-1784.) Since Rebecca and Benjamin were m. in 1784, Rebecca should be shown in the 4th column of females as Benjamin is shown in the 4th column of males. There is one other Burch in the 1800 Census of the City of Washington, D.C., viz., Jesse Burch. The age pattern in Jesse's family (21010-11010-6) is so similar to Benjamin's that they look like they may be brothers.

      Nov. 11, 1801 - For sale: lot in Washington City, sq. 886, Delaware Ave. Apply to Messrs. Kurrack & Percival in Philadelphia or Benjamin Burch on NJ Ave., Washington City.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer & Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts, 1800-1805," p. 59.

      July 19, 1802 - Officers of 1st Legion of Militia in Washington D.C.; appointed by the President. Artillery: ... Benj. Birch, 2nd Lt. ....
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer & Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts, 1800-1805," p. 90.

      Aug. 6, 1802 - Benjamin Burch "qualified as a First Lieutenant of Artillery in the First Legion of the Militia of the District of Columbia. See Recorder of Deeds, Land records I No.9, Folio 738. As a Captain he commanded Artillery at the Battle of Bladensburg, and also was at Indian Head, Maryland, during the British withdrawal. For a description of his participation in those actions, see 'Britis~ Invasion of Maryland,' by W. M. Marine, and 'History of the Invasion and Capture of Washington,' by John S. Williams. Benjamin Burch had been commissioned a Captain of Artillery at the time the Georgetown Militia was reorganized in 1813 ... Captain Benjamin Burch died in 1832 and the site of his grave, in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C., is marked by a very imposing shaft erected by his only son, Samuel Burch."
      Source: Burch, Albert S., "The Burch Tree of Southern Maryland," p. 12.

      Nov. 10, 1802 - The Mayor of Washington, D.C. appoints Benjamin Burch Overseer of the Poor.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer & Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts, 1800-1805," p. 108.

      May 18, 1808 - Sons of St. Tammany or Columbian Order, of the City of Washington. Grand Sachem - William Patterson Gardner; ... Sachems: .... [17 names including Benjamin Burch.] Anniversary of 316th year of discovery.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer & Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts, 1806-1810," p. 99.

      Apr. 19, 1809 - Cash sale - at house of Benjamin Burch, valuable furniture; under distrain for house rent due Daniel Carroll of Dud. David Bates, constable.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer & Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts, 1806-1810," p. 143.

      Nov. 27, 1809 - James Young has removed his store lately from Baltimore to Washington City, has opened in a store lately occupied by Capt. Burch, N.J. Ave.; liquors, groceries, shoes & hardware.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer & Washington Advertiser Newspaper Abstracts, 1806-1810," p. 167.

      May 1813 - Militia of the District: ... Capt. of Artillery - Benjamin Burch.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1811-1813," p. 281.

      June 1813 - Washington Artillery to meet on June 26. Benjamin Burch, Captain.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1811-1813," p. 291.

      May 31, 1817 - Election at Queen's Hotel, Ward 3, Capitol Hill for one alderman and 3 common councilmen. --Benjamin Burch, Samuel N. Smallwood, Daniel Rapine, commissioners.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1814-1817," p. 288.

      Oct. 23, 1819 - Died on Oct. 7 in Princess Anne, Somerset Co., Md., Mrs. Mary A. Brown, aged 29 years, wife of Mr. George Brown, of that place, and dau. of Capt. Benjamin Burch of Washington, D.C. She has left a mourning husband and infant son.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1818-1820," p. 218.

      1820 - Ben Burch is in the 1820 Census of Ward 4, Washington, D.C., as follows: 100001-01211.

      May 29, 1820 - Washington, D.C. Commissioners: [3 for each Ward, 1 thru 6] ... Samuel Burch, Benjamin Burch ....
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1818-1820," p. 297.
      Comment: Samuel Burch was Benjamin's son. From this record you can't tell which Ward they were Commissioners in.

      July 11, 1821 [Wed.] Married: on Monday last, by Rev. Mr. Hawley, Mr. Charles H. Wiltberger, formerly of Philadelphia, but now of Washington City, to Miss Verlinda M. Burch, dau. of Capt. Benjamin Burch.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1821-1823," p. 69.

      June 5, 1822 - The following Aldermen have each one year to serve of the term for which they were severally elected last year: .... [6 names, including Benjamin Burch.]
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1821-1823," p. 202.

      June 28, 1822 - Married: on June 26, by Rev. Mr. Lucas, Mr. William Wright to Miss Elizabeth Burch, dau. of Benjamin Burch, all of Washington City.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1821-1823," p. 212.

      July 14, 1823 - Died: on July 13, in his 28th year, after a painful & lingering illness, Mr. William Wright, of Philadelphia, but for 4 years past a resident of this place. Funeral from the residence of Capt. B. Burch this morning.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1821-1823," p. 376.

      July 21, 1823 - Orphans Court of Washington, D.C. Letters of admin. on personal estate of William Frazer, late of Washington, D.C., deceased. --Robert Brown, William Archer, administrators. [Followed by notice of sale at the house of Capt. Burch, & formerly occupied by D. Rapine, as a Bk-store, all the remaining stock in trade of the late firm of Ross & Frazer - dry goods, grocs., carpenters' tools.]
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1821-1823," pp. 378-9.

      Aug. 26, 1823 - Orphans Court of Washington, D.C. Letters of administration on personal estate of William Wright, late of said county, deceased. --Benjamin Burch, administrator.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1821-1823," p. 396.

      Nov. 4, 1825 - Reward - $100 for return of Jerry Haskins, age 40, negro, ran away from Daniel Townshend, living in Charles Co., Md., near Horse Head Tavern. [Jerry's mother belongs to Capt. Burch in Washington.]
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1824-1826," p. 281.
      Comment: This may be a record of Benjamin's son Samuel who was also a Capt. Burch.

      July 6, 1826 - For rent: 2 story brick dwelling house on A St. North, Capitol Hill, opposite the dwelling house of the late Robert Sewall, at present occupied by Judge Dade; possession in July next .... The above property will be rented low to good tenants. For the property on Capitol Hill, inquire of Capt. Benjamin Burch .... --Offa Wilson - who has for sale, for a term of years, servants of both sexes, or for life.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., 'National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1824-1826," p. 366.

      1827 - Benjamin Burch, doorkeeper House of Representatives, dwelling north side East Capitol St. near Market, Capitol Hill.
      Source: The Washington, D.C. Directory of 1827, p. 16.

      Dec. 22, 1827 (Sat.) - Married on Thursday last, by Rev. Mr. Johns, George Washington Wilson, of Prince George's Co., Md., to Mrs. Mary A. E. Wright, dau. of Capt. Benjamin Burch of Washington City.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1827-1829," p. 157.
      Comment: Other records show her first name as Elizabeth.

      June 3, 1828 - Married on May 29, by Rev. Mr. Lucas, George L./I. Cain, of Wilson Co., Tenn. to Miss Martha M. Burch, dau. of Capt. Benjamin Burch, of Washington City.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1827-1829," p. 220.

      1830 - Capt. Birch is in the 1830 Census of Ward 4, Washington, D.C., as follows: 121011001-000020101.

      Aug 10, 1830 - Servants wanted: a family removing from Washington City to Tennessee, is desirous of purchasing a man servant, between 20 and 30 years of age. Also, an elderly female servant, accustomed to the nursing and to the management of young children Apply at the residence of Capt. Benjamin Burch, on Capitol Hill.
      Source: Dixon, Joan M., "National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1830-1831," p. 116.

      May 5, 1832 - Died in Washington City, on the 5th instant [i.e. 5 May 1832] after a long illness, Capt Benjamin Burch, aged seventy-two years, a soldier of the Revolution, and for twenty-two years, doorkeeper of the house of Representatives of the United States, a highly responsible, arduous, and honorable office. [CG, Sat., 12 May 1832, p. 3.]
      Source: Pippenger, Wesley E., "Georgetown District of Columbia, Marriage and Death Notices, 1801-1838," p. 223

      Jan. 21, 1837 - The National Intelligencer of Jan. 24, 1837. Widow of George J. Cain, late of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and dau. of the late Capt. Benjamin Burch of this city [Washington D.C], died in this city, Jan. 21, 1837. She leaves three infant children.
      Source: Pippenger, Wesley E., "District of Columbia Probate Records, 1801-1852," p. 208.

      Issue of Benjamin Burch and Rebecca Barron:
      1. Mildred Mary Burch, m. William Rhodes.
      2. Samuel Burch, m. Susannah Maria Wilson.
      3. Mary A. E. Burch, m. George T. Brown.
      4. Susan L. Burch, m. William Hewitt.
      5. Martha Burch.
      6. John F. Burch.
      7. Verlinda M. Burch, m. Charles H. Wiltberger.
      8. Martha Mary Burch, m. George Jones Cain.
      9. Elizabeth A. M. Burch, m. William Wright and George Washington Wilson.

  • Sources 
    1. [S044865] THE BURCH FAMILIES OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND TO 1800 Vol-1, 86.

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