BURTON, Robert, 1747-1825


Guide to Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections
Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1771-1925, 103 items.
The papers include correspondence, business papers, records, and an account book of Robert Burton and his son, Horace A. Burton. Also included are records of patrons of Robert Burton’s commission mercantile business, as well as references to the Transylvania Company, a land speculation company, letters from Robert Houston and John Rhea regarding the purchase of land from Richard Henderson’s estate, and copies of court records of Madison County, Kentucky concerning Robert Henderson’s property.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection, Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1775-1866, 1.5 linear feet.
The papers include correspondence, deeds, receipts, ledgers, and other financial and legal materials, as well as miscellaneous items of Robert Burton and his son, Horace A. Burton. Topics of the correspondence include the American cause, military news and war-related information, the Transylvania Colony, testing of mineral water, land in Kentucky and Tennessee, and general accounts. An unpublished description of the papers is available in the repository.