William Burrows

Death 18 Apr 1781 (aged 55)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
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Judge. He was born in St Olave Parish, Southwark, London, England. [Burrows-Thompson bible] He was Christened at St. Olave Hart Street, London, January 13, 1726. (The parishes of All Hallows Staining and nearby St Olave Hart Street were combined in 1870).

William was educated, and graduated August 4, 1743 from All Hallows Staining, St Olave Parish, Southwark, London, England. He arrived in the Carolinas shortly after his graduation and settled in St John's Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina where he was an apprentice to Chief Justice Wittaker. He petitioned Governor James Glen to practice law on August 15, 1748 and was admitted on August 29, 1748. He married Mary Ward, daughter of John and Sarah Ward in St Phillips Church, St John's Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina, on April 20, 1749. He was made Justice of the Peace for Berkley County in 1756, and was listed as a Judge in 1764 in Berkley County. He bought 600 acres in Craven County, South Carolina on June 2, 1772, and 500 acres on Branches of Brushy Fork & Sandy River and on Broad River in Craven County, South Carolina on June 26, 1772. He built a majestic home between 1772-1774 *[See more on this home below] He is found living in Charleston District, South Carolina in 1778. His Will was made September 2, 1780 and proved June 14, 1781. At the time of his death he owned more than 10,000 acres of land.

Children of William and Mary (Ward) Burrows:

1. Mary, who married Joseph Atkinson.
2. William Ward, who married Mary Bond.
3. Sarah, who died before her first year.
4. John who died an infant.
5. Sarah "Sally" Ward, who died at age 8.
6. Neighbour, who died at age 1.


William built a majestic home on 71 Broad Street, in Charleston, South Carolina between 1772 and 1774. After the Revolutionary War, his son, William Ward Burrows sold the home to Jehu Jones, who converted the home and outbuildings into a hotel. Regarded by many as the finest hotel in Charleston in the early 1800's. Jehu Jones was a free person of color, although this status was precarious at the time, he must have held a great deal of respect, as he attained a position of high regard, and hosted many notable guests, including Samuel B. Morse. The home remained a hotel until the Civil War. After the war it became a rooming house until the 1920's, when it was purchased with the intention of disassembling, relocating, and restoring the home to maintain its historic architecture. But the economic crash of 1929 prevented rebuilding. The disassembled home remained in storage for many years until the Winterthur Museum in Delaware bought and reconstructed the drawing and dinning room, which guests may now visit in the museum.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Burrows (19 Dec 1725–18 Apr 1781), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64774747, citing Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Shari Hanson Frey (contributor 47119699) .