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The Burch Family
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Information furnished by Kathy Burch Williams

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My name is Kathy Burch Williams from Tulsa, OK.  Four generations of my Burch ancestors lived in Pauls Valley.  My gg grandfather, Jesse Edward Burch, was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  He and his five brothers were cavalrymen in the Civil War and all six returned home alive.  Jesse Edward's father, Joseph Thomas Burch, was captured by General William Tecumseh Sherman's army.  His plantation home was burned and all the family's belongings were burned and/or destroyed.  Needless to say, South Carolina was in dire straits after the war and three of Joseph Thomas' sons left South Carolina.  My gg grandfather, Jesse Edward Burch, was one of the sons who left home in search of a better life for himself and his family.  He first went to Virginia for a couple of years, then on to Collin and Grayson Counties, in Texas.  Sometime in the 1890s, I believe, he settled at Beef Creek, which I think is present day Maysville, and finally settled in Pauls Valley. 
 
Jesse Edward owned a grocery and feed store in Pauls Valley.  His son, Astynax Douglass (A.D.) Burch, was a partner in the store, I think.  I recently received a picture of the J.E. Burch Grocery & Feed store from a distant cousin in South Carolina (attached).
 
Jesse Edward Burch ~ my gg grandfather ~ born 06 Sep 1837 Mt. Croghan, Chesterfield Co., South Carolina ~ died 26 Jul 1917 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ buried Whitebead Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ married Mary Ann Huntley ~ born 26 Apr 1837 Anson Co., North Carolina ~ died 15 Sep 1930 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ buried Whitebead Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK.
 
Astynax Douglass Burch ~ my great grandfather ~ born 24 Feb 1871 Texas ~ died 13 Oct 1912 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ buried Whitebead Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ married Ida Texas Sanders 08 Aug 1907 Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory ~ born 22 Apr 1878 Texas ~ died 21 Dec 1965 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ buried Whitebead Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK.
 
Joseph Preston Burch, Sr. ~ my grandfather ~ born 30 Dec 1899 Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory ~ died 23 Feb 1961 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ married Winnie Ruth Carter 03 Jul 1919 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ born 12 Feb 1901 Texas ~ died 16 Sep 1974 Purcell, OK ~ buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK.
 
Joseph Preston Burch, Jr. ~ my father ~ born 20 Jul 1922 Pauls Valley, Garvin Co., OK ~ died 07 Dec 1979 Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK ~ buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK married (Living).
 
In addition, my grandmother's (Winnie Ruth Carter) father (Robert Winston Carter) and grandfather (James Winston Carter) owned a livery stable in Pauls Valley and later, a garage.  I have tried and tried to find pictures of the livery stable to no avail.  I had a conversation with a woman at the Garvin County Court House who told me the library is the best place to find old pictures.  Sometime when you are at the library, if you have time, I would be ever so grateful for any Burch and/or Carter pictures you might find, particularly if you could find a picture of J. W. Carter & Son Livery.  J. E. Burch Grocery & Feed and J. W. Carter & Son Livery are both listed in the 1909-1910 Pauls Valley Business Directory.
 
Related families:  Joseph A. (Jesse) & Ida Jane (Burch) Chipman ~ John Wood & Harriett Susannah (Hattie) (Burch) Shumate ~ Claude & Inez (Burch) Barrett ~ Herman & Izora (Burch) Rice ~ James Edward (Ed) & (1) Lizzie (Garvin) Burch & (2) Ellie Ann (Allen) Burch ~ Joseph Thomas & (1) Lyndall (Pledger) Burch & (2) Viola May (Sessions) Burch ~ Astynax Douglas Burch, Jr. ~ Robert William Burch ~ Mary Jo (Burch) Ham ~ James Winston & Sarah Ann (Fitzgerald) Carter ~ Robert Winston & Johnnie Gertrude (Commander) Carter, etc.
 
I have been able to find so little about my Burch ancestors who lived in Pauls Valley for four generations.  Any help anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you so much,
 
Kathy Burch Williams

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