|Rebecca Burch Boatner|
South Carolina, USA
Although no legible stone has been found, family legend passed down by descendants of oldest child, "Polly" Boatner Miller, is that her parents are buried in same cemetery as Polly. (There are approx. 100 graves in this cemetery marked with illegible stones and/or rocks.)
Update: Nov, 2014
It was previously believed that Rebecca Burch Boatner had died between 1880-1900 since she was not found in the 1900 census. She has now been found in the 1900 census of Gilmer Co, still living in Cherry Log with a grandson. This data was originally missed because the census-taker incorrectly recorded the grandson's name using his surname as his given name & given name as his surname ("Berry, Boatner" rather than "Boatner, Berry"). Thus, his grandmother is incorrectly identified as "Bekie Berry, widow" (rather than Bekie Boatner, widow), and shows her age as 84 (earlier census data indicates she was born ca 1821). This census also incorrectly says she had given birth to 4 children (rather than seven), but correctly states that two of those chidren were still living. Still living in 1900 were Mary Ann "Polly" Boatner Miller and Martin Burch Boatner. (Berry Boatner was born Green Berry Boatner, son of John & Martha Brooks Boatner. John Boatner died in 1880; Martha died shortly thereafter. The 1900 census incorrectly shows Berry Boatner's year of birth as 1881; the 1880 census lists him as being born in 1875.)
Rebecca was the 9th of 11 children of John H. Burch-Sr. and Mary Pinson Burch who settled in the Boardtown District of Gilmer Co around 1840. Note that by ca 1800-1805, 3 sons of Judge Henry & Susannah Burch of the old Pendleton District of SC had married 3 daughters of Joseph & Margery Pinson. Two of the couples (John & Mary, Jarrett & Millie) remained with the Pinson parents until after Joseph's death in 1838 in Rabun Co, GA. In 1840 Jarrett & Millie Pinson were in Union Co, GA. In 1840, brother-in-law Aaron Pinson was in Gilmer Co. Many of the same given names were used repeatedly for generations by descendants of these three families.
John Burch-Sr died before May of 1853. In 1860, Mary Pinson Burch is living with daughter Rebecca & Sampson Boatner. Mary apparently died before 1870. No legible tombstones have been found for John & Mary Burch, or other of their children who are believed to have died in Gilmer Co. By 1870, Sampson & Rebecca Burch Boatner had moved "across a few hills" to Cherry Log, where they lived next-door to (or a few houses from) daughter Polly & Jesse Miller. The latest reference found to them is in a history of Gilmer Co by George Gordon Ward, which contains numerous short items of interest from old newspapers and writings by earlier "historians". In a section which seems to cover events beginning ca 1889 ... "Uncle Samson Boatner of Cherry Log is pert and tending a patch of corn that will yield 50 bushels. He will be 98 the second of next month." This does indicate that Sampson & Rebecca never left Cherry Log - although the age of Sampson is undoubtedly slightly exaggerated.
Parents of Mary Pinson Burch:
Sampson Boatner (1803 - ____)*
Mary Ann Boatner Miller (1842 - 1928)*
Martin Burch Boatner (1852 - ____)*
Created by: Busy Bee
Record added: Dec 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82266542