Louis BUREL James Peter BURRELL Elizabeth BURRELL John Honoré BURELL Thomas H BURRELL Margaret Epps BURRELL Patience Hanna BIRD Mini tree diagram
Jean Baptiste Elzeard BUREL

Jean Baptiste Elzeard BUREL3,3,1,2,1,4

also known as Jean Baptiste Elzeard Burrell

also known as John Burel

26th Nov 17571,2 - Mar 18283

Life History

26th Nov 1757

Born in Ollioules, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.1,2

22nd Feb 1785

Married Patience Hanna BIRD in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3,2,1,8

25th Jun 1786

Birth of son Louis BUREL in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3,1


Birth of son James Peter BURRELL in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.1,5,3,6,7

about 1792

Birth of daughter Elizabeth BURRELL in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3

about 1794

Birth of son John Honoré BURELL in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3,5

about 1800

Birth of son Thomas H BURRELL in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3,7

1st Aug 1804

Birth of daughter Margaret Epps BURRELL in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.3

Mar 1828

Died in Goshen Hill, Union, South Carolina.3

Mar 1828

Buried in Randolph Jenkins Farm, Union County, South Carolina.3,3


  • Jean/John Burel came from France to Philadelphia, where he married awoman said to be an Acadian, though her name was Patience Hannah Bird. She was an English resident of what had previously been the Frenchregion of Acadia, but became Nova Scotia.  The name of the regionaround Port Royal where she grew up was still called Acadia under theBritish.  Jean Baptiste Burel was a medical doctor in the Frenchforces allied with the American Revolutionary forces in theRevolutionary War.

    James P Burrell
    Birth 1790 Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
    Death Jun. 9, 1863 Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi
    James P. Burrell was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1790 to Dr.Jean (John) Baptiste Elzeard Burel and Patience Hannah Bird. Hisfather was a French immigrant and his mother was an Acadian. Hisfamily moved to Union, Union County, South Carolina in the 1800s.
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #18791781,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18791781

    While still living in Pennsylvania, Dr. Burel and Patience Bird Burelhad six children, all born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.These children were: Louis Burrell, b. June 25, 1786; James P.Burrell, b. about 1790; Elizabeth "Betsy" Burrell, b. about 1792; JohnHonore Burell, b. about 1794; Thomas H. Burrell, b. about 1800;Margaret Epps Burrell, b. Aug. 1, 1804.

    By 1812, Dr. Burel, who had now anglicized his name to John Burel, hadmoved his family to Union County, South Carolina, where they settledin Goshen Hill. Little is known about why and how the family migratedto South Carolina, but like so many others during the early 1800's,John Burel may have gone to South Carolina to claim land opened up bythe U. S. government for settlement. Union County, South Carolina deedrecords show that John Burel was already in the county on December 2,1812 when he sold a tract of land on the Enoree River to JamesFlanagan of Newberry County. Patience Hannah Burel, wife of John,released her dower rights to the land on the same day. (Union CountyDeed Book "N," p.94

    In 1829, Randolph Jenkins, the son of Randolph ... was appointed theadministrator of the estate of John Burel. ... Although Dr. Burel'sexact date of death and place of burial is unknown, he likely died in1829 and was buried in Union County, South Carolina.
    --  Janice Tracy, Mississippi Memories,http://mymississippimemories.blogspot.com/2009/03/burel-family-pennsylvaniaunion-county.html

    "Patience Bird and Dr. Jean (John) Burel were married at St. Joseph'sCatholic Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1785,and continued to live in the Germantown area of Philadelphia until foralmost twenty years."
    --  Janice Tracy, Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek,http://cemeteriesofdancingrabbitcreek.blogspot.com/2009/03/burrell-family-members-buried-in.html

    "Dr. John's grave has been located and a marker has placed. It islocated in Union County, SC on the Randolph Jenkins place where heresided. Original markers of Dr. John and Patience are in disrepairand few letters can barely be made out."
    --  Anonymous comment on a blog, Mississippi Memories, September 22,2013,http://mymississippimemories.blogspot.com/2009/03/burel-family-pennsylvaniaunion-county.html

    A photo of the new grave marker with life story details on the familyis attached to this profile on Ancestry.com and to his memorial onFind a Grave.

    Grave Marker of Dr Jean Baptiste Elzear Burel, Randolph Jenkins Farm,Union County, South Carolina
    November 26, 1757 born in Ollioules, near Toulan, France...
    February 22, 1785 he and Patience Hanna Bird were marreid inPhiladelphia
    The 1790 census reported them at Goshen Hill

    Dr Jean Baptist Elzeard "John" Burel
    Birth Nov. 26, 1757 Ollioules, Departement du Var, Provence-Alpes-Côted'Azur, France
    Death 1829 Goshen Hill, Union County, South Carolina

    Death date is estimated or reported in a range from 1825 to 1829. Hiswill was probated in 1829.
    (A few present the middle name as Elezard, which makes more sensephonetically, but most family and historical sources spell it Elzeard)
    The family name is spelled Burelle in his marriage record.

    He was a medical doctor, was born in France and came to the US,settling at first in Philadelphia. He was a medical officer in theFrench forces allied to the American Revolutionary forces, and was atthe surrender of Cornwallis at Yorkton.

    He met and married Patience Hanna Bird in Philadelphia on 22 February1785. All 6 of their children were born in Germantown, Philadelphia,Pennsylvania.

    They moved to Goshen Hill, Union District, South Carolina, about 1806or so. An 1812 land transaction shows he had been there long enoughalready that he is selling a tract of land.

    He and his wife were buried on the farm where they lived, which wasowned by their daughter-in-law's father, Randel Randolph Jenkins. Andin 1829, his will was probated by his designated administrator,Randolph Jenkins, son of Randolph Randel. This would indicate he mayhave died in 1829. But some report his death was in 1825. Onegenealogy actually reports an exact date of 24 March 1825. But nodocumentation is provided.

    The new marker placed in 2006 reports he died in March 1828.  We aretold his original grave marker is so worn that the dates areunreadable, according to an anonymous comment on the placing of thenew marker.

    Spouse Patience Hanna Bird Burel
    Burial Randolph Jenkins Farm, Goshen Hill, Union County, SouthCarolina, Burel Plot

    Created by Orville Jenkins Mar 05, 2015
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #143350326,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=143350326


  • 1. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 2. Burel, Jean Baptiste Elzear, Grave Marker, Randolph Jenkins Farm,Union County, South Carolina
  • 3. Mississippi Memories
  • 4. Gravestone of John H Burrell
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
  • 6. 1850 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi
    • 4 September, Township 12, Range 5E, page 104B, Hse/Fam #126
  • 7. 1860 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi
    • 20 October, Township 13, Range 5, PO Attalaville, page 233 (scan 493),
  • 8. Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek

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