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

also known as

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.3,2,1,9

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.3,8

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 a woman said to be an Acadian, though her name was Patience Hannah Bird.  She was an English resident of what had previously been the French region of Acadia, but became Nova Scotia.  The name of the region around Port Royal where she grew up was still called Acadia under the British.  Jean Baptiste Burel was a medical doctor in the French forces allied with the American Revolutionary forces in the Revolutionary 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. His father was a French immigrant and his mother was an Acadian. His family 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 Burel had 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; John Honore 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, had moved his family to Union County, South Carolina, where they settled in Goshen Hill. Little is known about why and how the family migrated to 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 by the U. S. government for settlement. Union County, South Carolina deed records 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 James Flanagan of Newberry County. Patience Hannah Burel, wife of John, released her dower rights to the land on the same day. (Union County Deed Book "N," p.94

    In 1829, Randolph Jenkins, the son of Randolph ... was appointed the administrator of the estate of John Burel. ... Although Dr. Burel's exact date of death and place of burial is unknown, he likely died in 1829 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's Catholic Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1785, and continued to live in the Germantown area of Philadelphia until for almost twenty years."
    --  Janice Tracy, Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek, http://cemeteriesofdancingrabbitcreek.blogspot.com/2009/03/burrell-family-members-buried-in.html

    "My name is Bruce Harrington.  I married Sally Stauch, the daugher of Jack Stauch and Bess Burrell.  Her dad was Oliver Calhoon Burrell and that lineage goes back to Jean-Baptist Elzeard Burel, whom I see you have documented somewhat on Geneanet.  I have a scanned copy of a book about the Burel ancestry and decendents that I got from Bess before she died last year.  (She and Jack lived with us in Houston during their last few years.)  It was compiled by Wylodean Burrell Edwards in the late 1980's."
    --  Bruce Harrington, Genenet Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 20 January 2018

    "Dr. John's grave has been located and a marker has placed. It is located in Union County, SC on the Randolph Jenkins place where he resided. Original markers of Dr. John and Patience are in disrepair and 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 family is attached to this profile on Ancestry.com and to his memorial on Find 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 in Philadelphia
    The 1790 census reported them at Goshen Hill

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

    Death date is estimated or reported in a range from 1825 to 1829. His will was probated in 1829.
    (A few present the middle name as Elezard, which makes more sense phonetically, 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 the French forces allied to the American Revolutionary forces, and was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorkton.

    He met and married Patience Hanna Bird in Philadelphia on 22 February 1785. All 6 of their children were born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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

    He and his wife were buried on the farm where they lived, which was owned by their daughter-in-law's father, Randel Randolph Jenkins. And in 1829, his will was probated by his designated administrator, Randolph Jenkins, son of Randolph Randel. This would indicate he may have died in 1829. But some report his death was in 1825. One genealogy actually reports an exact date of 24 March 1825. But no documentation is provided.

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

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

    Created by Orville Jenkins Mar 05, 2015
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #143350326, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/143350326/jean_baptist-elzeard-burel


  • 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), Hse #1476, Fam #1618
  • 8. 1860 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi
    • 20 October, Township 13, Range 5, PO Attalaville, page 233 (scan 493), Hse #1475, Fam #1617
  • 9. Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek

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