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This article, written by Todd Preston, president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the
MARCH 16, 2017

The Salyersville Independent , a weekly newspaper. P. O. Box 29, Salyersville, KY 41465. Telephone (606) 349-2915.  Yearly subscription rates are $24.00 in Kentucky and $32.00 per year out of state.

The Burton family of Magoffin County originated in Virginia. The early info on this family came from descendants Orville H. Lykins of OH and Ruby Elrod of NC.

William Burton was born about 1775 VA to John and Elizabeth Burton. William married on 15 Dec 1797 in Franklin Co. VA to Hannah Lykins b. about 1776, a dau of Marquis (Marcus) Lykins.

By 1820 this family lived on White Oak Creek of then Morgan County, KY. We have ten children listed for the family of William and Hannah.

The first child was a daughter Nancy Burton b. 1799 and married 11 Sep 1821 in Floyd County, KY to Marcus Lykins, a son of Isaac Lykins.

The second child, a son Andrew Burton, was born in 1802 and married Susannah "Susan" Shockey.

A third child was a son, name presently unknown, born in 1804 VA; fourth child was Marcus or Mark Burton b. 1810; fifth child Joseph Burton b. 1812 m. Anna -?-; sixth child James S. Burton b. 1814 m. Mahala Bailey; seventh child Margaret Burton b. 1816 m. James Stamper; eighth child John Burton b. 1818 m. Elizabeth Lykins; ninth child Daniel Burton b. 1820 m. 1846 to Perlina Taulbee and the tenth child Rev. Samuel Burton b. 1824 d. before 1850 m. 1843 to Mary "Pop" Ferguson, dau of John B. Ferguson and Elizabeth "Betsy Williams. Mary "Pop" m. 2nd to Rev. James Quicksall.

Many of those in our area with a Burton ancestor descend from the second child Andrew Burton and wife Susan Shockey.

The children of Andrew and Susan (Shockey) Burton were (1) Samuel Burton, (2) a daughter Burton born 1825/30, (3) David J. Burton b. 1830 Morgan Co. KY m. in 1852 Morgan Co. KY to Mary Ann Wilson from Perry County. She is believed to be the daughter of Robert Wilson and Rebecca Walters.

Continuing with the children of Andrew and Susan: (4) Daniel William Burton b. 1833 (Civil War soldier) m. 1869 to Cynthia Ann Pugh; (5) Hannah Burton b. 1835 m. in 1852 to James Taulbee; (6) Jonas Burton b. 1837 d. 1896; (7) William Burton b. 1839; (8) Jarrett Burton b. 1841 (Civil War soldier) m. in 1866 to Mary Jane "Polly" Keeton; (9) Andrew Jackson "Jack" Burton II b. 1844 m. Mary E. Hampton and (10) Franklin Burton b. 1849 m. in 1871 to Elizabeth Wages.

Apparently Andrew Jackson Burton, Sr. died after the 1850 census of Morgan Co. KY was recorded as there is a marriage dated 12 Nov 1861 for Susannah Burton and Andrew Martin. Susannah’s age was given as 55 and she was widowed. Andrew Martin was age 60 and widowed. Susannah Martin appears in the 1860 Licking Station, Magoffin Co. census with four of her children but no husband. Another marriage was also found for Susannah in Magoffin County. She married 12 Nov 1861 to Adam Birchfield but by 1870 she again used the surname of Burton.

We found two local Burtons who served in the Civil War. The first was Daniel William Burton (son of Andrew and Susan) who married Cynthia Pugh, dau of Joseph Wesley Pugh and Jenny Bailey. His tombstone in the Rudd Cemetery gives his dates as 8 May 1840 to 22 Jun 1901. The children of Daniel and Cynthia (Pugh) Burton were Joanna m. G. F. Barker, Rhoda, John A. Burton m. Margaret Barker, Greenberry Burton m. in 1903 Magoffin Co. to Mary Ettie Caudill, Elizabeth Burton m. James Cochran, Esther Burton m. John Henry Barker and Laura Belle Burton m. Floyd Day.

The 2nd Civil War soldier was Jarrett Burton, also a son of Andrew and Susan) who is buried in the Burton Fork Cemetery. His dates on tombstone read 20 Oct 1840 to 3 Sep 1875. Jarret married in 1866 to Mary Jane "Polly" Keeton who married secondly in 1876 to Eli Williams. Jarret and Mary Jane had a daughter Martha Burton b. 1874 d. 1927 who married South Arnett.

We have an unsolved problem with the census records on one Burton family. The 1870 Magoffin County census lists one Andrew J. Burton b. 1845 with a wife Violet b. 1853. We have determined that this is Violet Bailey, the daughter of Elisha Bailey and Loucinda Stacy.

We found two Vital Statistics records that seems to record this couple as parents. One birth record is for Mason Burton. The other is for Carrie Burton but her parents are given as Andy Burton and Violet Williams.

Some researchers have attributed the following as children of Violet and Andrew J. Burton: (1) William Mason "Mace" Burton b. 1870 d. 1959 lived at Guage in Breathitt Co. KY, (2) Carrie Burton b. 1871 d. 1963 m. Harvey Patrick and lived in Greenup Co. KY; (3) Matilda Burton b. 1876 d. 1958 m. William Wiley Centers and (4) James Calvin Burton b. 1878 d. 1958 m. Elizabeth.

We did not find an Andrew J. Burton with a wife Violet in the 1880 census however there is an A. J. Burton b. 1845 with a wife named Nancy Jane Williams b. 1855 with children named Cara, William, Tildy and James.

The 1900 Johnson Fork, Magoffin County census lists an Andrew Burton with wife Nancy Jane. She reports in 1900 having 4 living children of 4 born. They are listed as: Miles W. Burton b. 1880, Edward N. Burton b. 1882, Mary E. Burton b. 1885, and Warney C. Burton b. 1889.

Was Violet also known as Nancy Jane? Did Violet die before 1880 or did she remarry to a Williams?

The death record of one Andrew Burton gives his birth year as 1844 in Indiana, died in 1917 Magoffin County, KY, and buried H. C. Keeton Graveyard, son of Mark Burton and Rebecca Carter.

Please write us at Magoffin County Historical Society, PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 or email

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