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Re: Darcus "Burney" Charlot, b. 1786
In Response To: Darcus "Burney" Charlot, b. 1786 ()
Written by Judge Jesse Fish a native of Rockcastle County, Ky, Jan 1st 1869: "... My mother Wineford Fish being his widow continued to live several years at the old place where he died but finally went to stay with her daughter Ann Smith near to Mt. Vernon where she continued to live until her death which I think occurred in the spring of 1850 and was buried by the side of my father. I was away from home at the time of her death and burial and therefore have failed to remember the particular date. To the best of my knowledge I have heard her say that she was born on the 10th day of March 1767 which made her about 84 years old at the time of her death.
In undertaking to give a general account of my Mother's ancestry I presume the effort will be very nearly as vague and desultory as that which I have given in relation to our lineage on the parental side. My information only reaches back to her father William Berney who I suppose settled in North Carolina a long time ago more than a hundred years ago. He raised six children, three sons and three daughters. Their names in relation was, Wineford, Elizabeth, John, David, William and Jane who were mostly raised under the care of a stepmother. Their own mother having died while they was quite young.
Grandfather Berney was said to be a sensible and benevolent kind of a man and had accumulated a good deal of property previously to the Old Revolutionary War, but was badly worsted before the war ended. I have also been informed that he took an active part as a soldier in the Continental Army. He moved with his family from North Carolina to Kentucky & settled near Harrodsburgh in an early day where he remained but a few years and finally emigrated to Louisiana and settled in Washita Parish and there he continued to reside during the remainder of his days. He lived to an old age and died on a small water course then going by the name of Bayo Bartholomew a tributary stream of Washita River. I was passing through that part of the country in the summer of 1819 and stopped one night with his aged widow who was at that time living at the same place where he died and appearing to be stirring around quite brisk and lively though she must have been some near 80 years old. I have been told that she never had any offspring and never was married but the one time. I have never heard from the old lady since the time I was at her house.
My mother Wineford Fish was grandfather Berney's eldest child, Betsey next oldest, married Richard Long, and settled in Western Virginia on the waters of Clinch River, Russell County, some twenty miles from where the town of Abingdon now stands. They continued to reside at the same place a considerable number of years, and there he died and left a widow at an advanced age, and consequently she moved to Alabama and there died at the home of James Long her eldest son a wealthy cotton planter.
Uncle John Berney the oldest of grandfathers sons moved to Louisiana and settled on Big Red River near to Alexandria many years ago and was said to be gaining wealth very fast for several years before he was killed by one of his own Negroes who shot him through a window of his dwelling house one night while the family was at supper. He bore the name of being a sensible and respectable man, was a farmer by occupation and had served as a member of the Legislature of that state. I have been informed that he left several children that [where] minors at the time of his death. I have heard that the Negro who killed him was tried in court and sentenced to be burned to death.
Next in rotation of grandfathers children was Uncle David Berney who was settled and living in Tennessee about fifty years ago on Cumberland River. Somewhere below Nashville. But I am not prepared at this time to give any particulars or account as to the number and description of his children.
Uncle William Berney the youngest son, went to Louisiana and settled in the same county where his father was living. I was at his house in June 1819 and stopped with his family for several days at a time when he was away from home trying to improve his health at the Warm Springs which are situated high up on the Washita River some three hundred miles from where his family was then living. His wife had been dead several years prior to the time I was at his house and he never moved again. He was occupying a cotton farm and had several slaves and appeared to be in a better condition that his neighbors. He was at that time and had formerly been afflicted with a lung trouble which terminated his existence not very long after I was there. He had six children, three sons, and three daughters all of them grown or nearly so, and were living with their father at the time of his death...."
We have researched David Burney in Montgomery County, TN the son of William Burnery Sr. David Burney also owned a number of slaves but we have not come across the name Hannah in TN.