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.


Pace 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 construction.

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 Corinna.

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 burial site

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

 


James Vincent "Vince" Burleson gets the Air Medal

 


Louis F. Burleson

 


 

JAMES VESPASIAN (PACE)6 BURLESON (JOHN WESLEY5,

JOSEPH4, ISAAC BURLESON3 SR, ? JOHN2 BURLESON,

AARON1) 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

NC.

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 ANGELES, CA.

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,

ALBUQUERQUE, NM.