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Bufords, Mills, and maybe Stephen Burdell Mills
Posted by: Elizabeth Stewart (ID *****9701) Date: December 05, 2012 at 21:10:22
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John Buford family and Archibald Mills - Elizabeth Bonnell connection Burke County, GA

John Buford, born 1760 probably in Middlesex, VA and who lived later in Lancaster, was the son of Henry Beauford. The name Buford evolved from Beauford. John was supposedly married 4 times. Henry, the father, settled in Georgia near the Savannah River.

John Buford’s marriage with Mary Green, b. around 1765 produced 4 sons and 4 daughters. Three of these children married Archibald Mills/Elizabeth Bonnell/s children. Mary Buford married William Mills, Maria Buford married Anthony Mills, and John Buford the son married a Miss Mills. Stephen and William Mills are the same age, could they have been twins or was it misrepresented in the census?

Another wife of John Buford, b. 1760, was a Miss Crosby. There were 3 children and 1 daughter, Adella, married Archibald Mills, another son of Archibald Mills/Elizabeth Bonnell. So at least 4 of John Buford’s children married the Mills children.

Additionally, we all know that Stephen B. Mills married Sarah Kemp. However, I am not sure what the B stands for, but it could possibly be Bonnell. It was common at that time for a male child to have his mother’s surname as a middle name. Sarah Kemp was born 1800 and Stephen Mills was born 1805. A descendant from this line has told me that for the son, Stephen Burdell Mills, that it is possible that the Burdell was named for a doctor in Burke county at the time. It is common to name children after a person who is admired. Stephen Burdell Mills nickname was “Bunk”. This same descendant saw I was working on this line when he kindly sent me Sharon Dean Lee’s major work on the Mills line and how Stephen from Sarah Kemp was not the Stephen from Stephen and Jane Burney which was of great assistance to me. At this time I had not started my work with the Bufords whom I did not know we were related to as my maternal grandmother was orphaned at an early age and I have had little to go on. Zipporah Brunson was her grandmother, that much I knew, and from there I found out Zipporah was a Buford. This name seemed alien to me, so I put this off for a while. But the Bufords became the key to figuring this out along with Sharon Dean Lee’s huge efforts on the Mills family. Thank you, Sharon. Also thanks to the gentleman in Savannah who advised me.

In the 1850 census for Mills, in Burke County, you can see all these Mills with their wives and families. Stephen and Adella still have family at home and you can see a listing of some of the children’s names. Under Stephen and Sarah Mills, you will see 9 children. In the 1860 census, you will see Sarah Mills, without Stephen who died in 1853, now with 5 children, some having grown up and left or other, with another child who is 9 years old - Burdell.

John Buford himself lived up around the Wade Plantation in Screven County and so did Solomon Kemp. Not exactly there, but in the vicinity. It appears that both these men had a child or children who married the “old” Archibald Mills/Elizabeth Bonnell children.

My speculation is Stephen Burdell Mills is the child of Stephen B. Mills who is Archibald and Elizabeth Bonnell’s son. Elizabeth Bonnell’s father is Anthony Mills who was born in 1740. This Anthony Mills was a Revolutionary Soldier.


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