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Edward BURLESON

Male 1799 - 1851  (52 years)


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  • Name Edward BURLESON 
    Born 15 Dec 1799  Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 29 Aug 1850  Hays County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • in or about San Marcos
    Military War of 1812 - Private in Perkins' Mississippi Militia. He was listed on the muster roll of Capt. James Burleson's Mississippi Territory Militia against hostile Creeks in 1813.

    He later served in Fleming H. Hodges' Tennessee Militia. He also commanded a company of militia in Howard County, Missouri, then served as Colonel of First Regiment in Saline County, Missouri.

    Edward also served in the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. He was elected colonel of the only regiment organized under Stephen F. Austin at Gonzales on 10 Oct 1835. When Austin was sent by the provisional government as commissioner to the United States, he took over the command. On 18 Dec 1835, as the army was encamped outside Bexar, he was elected to succeed Philip A. Sublett as colonel of the infantry. Edward was elected colonel of the 1st Regiment of Texas Volunteers at Gonzales on 12 Mar 1836. He commanded that unit at the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1837, he was elected brigadier general of the militia. The following year, he was appointed colonel of the first regiment of infantry of the regular army.

    In Jul 1839, he commanded the regular army in the Cherokee War against Chief Bowles. In 1840, he raised a volunteer company to pursue Indian raiders, arriving too late to participate in the Battle of Plum Creek on 12 Aug 1840. 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 26 Dec 1851  Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1970  Dyal and Speckels
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2016 

    Father James BURLESON,   b. 4 May 1775, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1836, Bastrop County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth SHIPMAN,   b. Abt 1770, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. prob 1817-1830  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1791  Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F622  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah G. OWEN,   b. 23 Nov 1796, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1875, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1816  Madison County, Mississippi Territory, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. James BURLESON,   b. 29 Nov 1817
     2. Mahulda BURLESON,   b. 13 Mar 1820
    +3. Mary Jane BURLESON,   b. 13 Jan 1822,   d. 3 Dec 1861  (Age 39 years)
    +4. John BURLESON,   b. 6 Feb 1824,   d. 11 Nov 1847, Bastrop, Bastrop, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    +5. Edward G. BURLESON,   b. 30 Nov 1826, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1877, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    +6. Joseph Rogers BURLESON,   b. 20 Sep 1830, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1889  (Age 58 years)
    +7. Grace BURLESON,   b. 4 Jul 1832, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1860  (Age 27 years)
    +8. David Crockett BURLESON,   b. 6 Sep 1837, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1911, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     9. Elizabeth Shipman BURLESON,   b. 14 Oct 1840, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1896  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F640  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Dec 1799 - Mississippi, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Apr 1816 - Madison County, Mississippi Territory, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 29 Aug 1850 - Hays County, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Dec 1851 - Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
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  • Notes 
    • Edward Burleson arrived in Texas from Tennessee in 1830, receiving title to a league of land in Stephen F. Austin's second colony in present-day Bastrop County. He served as a delegate to the Convention of 1833 at San Felipe, representing the Mina Municipality.

      He was a member of the House of Representatives from Bastrop County in the Republic of Texas' Second Congress in 1837 and 1838. He was a member of the Senate during the Third Congress of 1838-1839. Edward was elected vice-president of the Republic of Texas on 6 Sep 1841, being inaugurated on December 10. He lost the election for president to Anson Jones in 1844. He served as a senator in the State of Texas' First and Second Legislatures from 1846-1849, being elected president pro tempore. After moving to Hays County and settling near the spring which is the source of the San Marcos River, he represented the Sixteenth District in the Third and Fourth Legislatures, serving as president pro tempore, until his death in 1851 at the home of N. C. Raymond in Austin.

      The Austin Masonic Lodge conducted his funeral services. Guy M. Bryan delivered the eulogy.

      Burleson County, Texas was named in his honor on 24 Mar 1846.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Burleson Family Bulletin, Helen Burleson Kelso, ed., Vol. VI, no. 1, p. 646.

    2. [S8] Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Hays County, Texas, p. 120, line 33.

    3. [S1] Burleson Family Bulletin, Helen Burleson Kelso, ed., Vol. VI, no. 1, p. 646; Vol. VII, no. 3, p. 874.

    4. [S1] Burleson Family Bulletin, Helen Burleson Kelso, ed., Vol. IV, no. 2, p. 391.

    5. [S1] Burleson Family Bulletin, Helen Burleson Kelso, ed., Vol. VI, no. 1, p. 646; Vol. VII, no. 3, p. 873.


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