Genealogy of James Vespasian Burleson
By grandson Donald K. Burleson
James Vespasian Burleson
The third child of John Wesley was James Vespasian Burleson,
also known as J. V. or "Pace" Burleson. Pace was the first Burleson in our
line to have an advanced education, but no evidence of a College education
has been located. We do know that Pace was a teacher in the New London
school in the 1890's. It was here that he met his wife, Corinna P.
Hardister, who also taught school in the 1890's.
J. V. Burleson - circa 1895
Family tradition says that Corinna had a college degree, but
only listed her formal educations as “read and write” on the birth
certificate on her son, Louis Burleson.
Corinna Pauline Hardister was the daughter of Jonathan W.
Hardister and Julia Hardister. Jonathan Hardister served in the Civil War in a cannon
brigade from Salisbury North Carolina, and was wounded in the buttocks at
Pickett’s charge in Gettysburg. Jonathan recovered in a Confederate hospital
and was re-assigned to tend to the wounded until the end of the War.
and Corinna Burleson - circa 1930?
Pace Burleson and Corinna Hardister were married on the 30th
of May, 1900 in New London, North Carolina. (see appendix) Corinna quit her
job at the school and Pace began working a farm just south of New London.
Pace was a very deliberate mathematician, and witnesses stated that Pace
pre-cut every single board of the family homestead and barn before starting
Pace’s home stands on a small hilltop about 1.5 miles
southeast of where he is buried.
The first two years of marriage was very tragic for Pace and
Corinna as their first born son died in 1901 after living less than four
weeks. He was not named and is buried at St. Martin's Cemetery. In 1902,
Pace and Corinna had a second son who they named Robert Lee. Robert Lee died
at 18 months of age, and is buried at New London Cemetery, next to Pace and
Despite the tragic loss of their first two children, Pace
and Corinna had seven more children.
Mary Elizabeth Burleson Williams (1905-1973)
Dorothy Louise Burleson Foutz (1907-1953)
Sarah B. Burleson Bock (1909-1985)
Vincent Burleson (1911-1976)
Claude & Clement Burleson (1912-1912)
Louis Francis Burleson (1914-1975)
Pace opened a grocery store about 1920 at the southeast
corner of Depot and US Route 52 in New London, North Carolina.
Corinna with Mary and Dorothy Burleson - circa 1908
The grocery store burned down, and Pace became a traveling
salesman, selling shoes and miscellaneous house wares. He was also reported
to have sold moonshine whiskey, and enjoyed chewing tobacco.
Below is a sample of the 1900 U. S. Census for Stanly
County, Big Lick Township, showing the entry for William Burleyson. Note
that this census was taken by James Vespasian Burleson, Wesley’s son and is
in his own handwriting.
Census written by James V. Burleson
The Burleson family lived on a small farm outside of New
London, North Carolina, until a tragic accident caused the house to burn. It
is said that one of the children was playing near the fireplace and
accidentally started a fire that engulfed the home. The Burleson's then
moved into the town of New London.
A deed record in the Stanly County courthouse, dated the
31st of December, 1909, shows the Burleson family purchasing their home on
175 Depot Street in New London for $250. (See appendix) The house was torn
down in the 1950's.
New London, NC, map showing James Vespasian Burleson
home site and
The family lived in this home until they were grown, and
Corinna continued to live there until she entered a nursing home. In her
declining years, Corinna Burleson would always keep a picture of Robert Lee,
her second son, with her wherever she traveled.
Corinna was a very energetic woman, and was known for her
fast pace and intense focus. Judging by the caliber of the children she
raised, Corinna must have been a remarkable woman.
During their later years, Pace traveled Stanly County on an
Army Jeep, and having been a long-time schoolteacher, knew many people in
the area. Pace was said to give apples to young children in return for the
proper spelling of words. Pace was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping-up
with current events. Pace was seldom seen without a newspaper in his hands.
Children of James V. Burleson
Corinna never recovered from the death of Robert Lee, and
she carried this photograph of him with her everywhere until her death.
Robert Lee Burleson - The third child to die in infancy
Pace and Corinna are buried at the Cemetery in New London at
the corner of Spring St. and Cemetery Dr. Corinna’s parents, Jonathan W.
Hardister and Julia Hardister are also buried at this site.
Mary, Sarah and Vincent Burleson
Mary Burleson with her children, Sure, John and James Williams
Dorothy Burleson with her daughter Hazel Hopkins
"Vince" Burleson gets the Air Medal
was born July 25, 1870 in STANLY CO
NC, and died
November 5, 1949 in NEW LONDON CEM NC. He married
CORRINA PAULINE HARDISTER May 30, 1900 in NEW
LONDON NC, daughter of JONATHAN HARDISTER and JULIA
HOWELL. She was born December 20, 1875, and died
January 28, 1953 in NEW LONDON CEM NC.
Children of JAMES BURLESON and CORRINA HARDISTER are:
i. ROBERT LEE7
BURLESON, b. May 12, 1902, NEW
LONDON NC; d. July 3, 1903, NEW LONDON CEM
2. ii. MARY E.
BURLESON, b. 1904; d. 1971.
3. iii. DOROTHY LOUISE BURLESON, b. October 3, 1906, NEW
LONDON, STANLY CO NC; d. October 12, 1958, LOWER
STONE UNITED CH OF CHRIST.
iv. CLAUDE BURLESON, b. September 26, 1907.
v. CLEMENT BURLESON, b. September 26, 1907.
4. vi. SARAH B.
BURLESON, b. 1909; d. 1985, LOS
5. vii. JAMES VINCENT BURLESON, b. 1911, NEW LONDON NC; d.
1976, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK.
6. viii. LOUIS FRANCIS BURLESON, b. November 30, 1914, NEW
LONDON NC; d. September 26, 1975,