Thomas Wade Burford

20 May 1790–13 October 1862 (Age 72)
Pendleton, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Thomas Wade

When Thomas Wade Burford was born on 20 May 1790, in Pendleton, South Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas Burford, was 40 and his mother, Mary Wade, was 29. He married Ester Major on 13 February 1817, in Anderson, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Forsyth, Georgia, United States in 1850. He died on 13 October 1862, in Ringgold, Catoosa, Georgia, United States, at the age of 72.

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Thomas Wade Burford
Ester Major
Marriage: 13 February 1817
Susan Miles Burford
Dr William Burford
Elijah M. Burford
Atlantic Burford
Pacific Burford
Thomas Ansom Burford
Enoch F Burford
George Burford
Drury Burford

Spouse and Children

13 February 1817
Anderson, South Carolina, United States


    Susan Miles Burford


    Dr William Burford




    Pacific Burford


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+8 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.
1792 · Head Tax Law

Age 2

"In 1792, South Carolina passes a law called the ""head tax"" for all free African Americans from age 16-50. This tax was $2.00."
1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 21

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Oxfordshire and Shropshire, so named with Old English burh ‘stronghold’, ‘fortified manor’ + ford ‘ford’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (1)

  • Thomas W Burford, "United States Census, 1850"

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