Guide to the Burford Family Papers, RG 183

Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: June 2004

Date Span:

0.25 cubic feet; 31 items.

Number of Boxes:
1 ½ legal document box.

Type of material:
Business records and personal correspondence.

Physical condition:
Some aging.

Arranged chronologically.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
The Burford family resided in Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama from 1830 to the turn of the century. Leonard Mitchell Burford was born on January 25, 1805 in Jones County, Georgia. He and his wife, Rebekah D. Wornum Burford, relocated to Conecuh County sometime in the late 1820s. By 1830 the Burford's established a cotton farm outside Camden, referred to as Burford's Landing, where they raised eleven children. Leonard Burford died at his home in Camden on July 2, 1862. His son Payton Daniel Burford (1829-1879) took over the family farm after his father's death. He and his wife, Martha Mobley Crum (1832-1915), had four children: Betty Corinne (born 1859), Mary Emma (1856-1940), Alice and William Peyton (1861-1939).

Scope and Content:
Consists of correspondence and purchase receipts from the Burford family of Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama from 1843 to 1891. Papers include receipts for the sale of a slave, summons from local courts and the last will and testament of Mitchell Burford.

Keyword descriptors:
Burford, Leonard Mitchell (1805-1862)
Burford, Payton Daniel (1829-1879)
Camden, Alabama
Wilcox County, Alabama

Item list:
Box 1

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