William Wesley Burdett, was the first child of James (Jim) Burdett and Alice Falkner. He was born while the family was living in DeKalb County, Georgia. His parent's moved to Randolph County, Alabama in the early 1840's and settled along the Tallapoosa River. William Wesley was not present on the 1850 (26 September) census with his parents, or on subsequent census records. He likely died in Georgia or the early years in Alabama.