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Ursula Brooks Burleson (Weatherford)

Also Known As: "Indian Princess"
Birthplace: Montgomery, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Murfreesboro,Rutherford County,Tennessee, USA
Place of Burial: Burleson Cemetery, Sunnyside, Rutherford County,Tennessee, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Wilkerson Charles Weatherford and Susanna (Creek Tribe)? Weatherford
Wife of David Franklin Burleson, Sr.
Mother of Eleanor Rowland; David Burleson Jr.; Ursula Burleson; Margaret Pope; Sarah Burleson and 7 others
Sister of Agnes Ruth Weatherford; Hilkiah "Hill" Weatherford; William Weatherford; Mary Weatherford and John S. Weatherford

Managed by: Matthew Evan Williams
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About Ursula Weatherford Burleson

Ursula is cousin by marriage not blood to Chief Red Eagle. Red Eagle was Creek.

Name: Ursula Weatherford

Sex: F

Birth: 1758 in Montgomery, N.C.

Death: 17 FEB 1835 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., Tennessee


Fact 1: 1828 David's Will: named as wife. 18 Feb 1828

Burial: FEB 1835 TN: Rutherford: near Murfreesboro: Family Cemetery:There is no marker

Event: Kinship G G G G Grandmother

Probate: 1835 TN: Rutherford: Vol Y, p 290

Will: Ursula left no will.

Event: Census 8 1830 TN: Rutherford: (70-80): w/Isaac Burleson

Event: Census 7 1820 Not located.

Event: Census 6 1810 TN: Rutherford: (+45): p 1A/23, frame 0016:

Event: Census 5 1800 NC: Montgomery: (+45):

Event: Census 4 1790 NC: Montgomery:


Some researchers give her last name as Brooks.

She is reported to be part Creek Indian.

Assumed that Ursula is buried with David but there is no marker. There are several unmarked graves.

State of Tennessee Rutherford County

Dear Daughters through the mercy of god I am permitted to write a few lines to you to in form you of our situation we received your letter dated november 20 1831 Shoing to us your long affliction and that you had recovered some and then tell us that our beloved Son Sherwood is dead and left you a widow and orphans for which we are sorry and pitty your case we were glad to hear that you ware in resenable heath I will in form you that we are all in reasenable health but my self I was taken down about six weeks ago with a pain in my back and breast I have suffered a grate deal but I am now some little better but having no stomoch to eat any thing to do any good I am very weak and pore I many times think my time is at hand that I must give up this teniment and glory to my lord I submit freely to his will hoping and trustingthat I shall go to rest. You stated you wanted to hear from your uncles and brothers and sisters we have not heard from your uncles in some time and whare they live we know not your brothers and sisters are or ware well the last account and scattered in Allabama and tennessee only ursly we do not no where she is nelly and peggy live in twenty five miles of us so we do no more at present but Remains your affectionate father and mother till death write to us as often as you can. David and ursley Burleson

this to sary Rowland and mayrah brooks. BFB pp 1011

It appearing to the court that Ursley Burlason, late of Rutherford County, is dead, and has left no will or testament, and Levi Wade having applied for letters of administration on her estate, and having given bond and security and qualified according to law, to him they are granted.

Records Book 9, p 266: Ursula Burleson, dec's. A true statement of sale of property of Ursula Burlason dec'd, and the notes given 13th June 1835. Payable in twelve mo ?) from date,

note on A Jones & Benj. Marable for ................. 14,75

note on Jackson Smith & A Searcy ................. 14.50

note on Jesse Sikes & Isaac Burlason ................ 76.00

note on Jas F Walle & A Searcy ................. 10.00

note on Isaac Burlason & Jesse Sikes.................800.00


Above list of notes are the full amt that the property sold that fell into my hands. Given under my hand this 17th day of August 1835.

Levi Wade adm

One bed & furniture & cows & calves. 1 sorrel horse, 1 negro man named Sam all being sold brought the amt above stated. Levi Wade adm.


Ursula is related to Chief Red Eagle. They shared the same kin. Red Eagle's kin being Richard Weatherford who's brother was Ursula's kin who was William Weatherford. Richard and William's parents were William Weatherford born 1678 and he was married to Susannah Waller who was born in 1680.

I have seen information that stated Ursula's surname as being BROOKS and that she was born in 1753. And that she was an Indian Princess. My understanding has been that there is no such title as an Indian Princess? Someone correct me if they think I am wrong.

Ursula was not Creek Indian, due to the fact that William (Red Eagle) was, because it was his mother that was Creek Indian and not his father. Ursula may HAVE been Native American, BUT, not because of her being kin to Red Eagle.

Ursula would be full Blooded Cherokee if the statement that her brother William had made was true.

I have also seen information stating that Ursula was born in Lunenburg, VA.


  1. Ursula Weatherford Burleson Find A Grave Memorial# 54883762
  2. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/BURLESON/2006-11/1163088399

Ursula Weatherford may have been of Cherokee or Creek Indian blood or heritage. Her sister, Agnes Weatherford was said to be of Cherokee orgin either by birth or marriage.

There is a link between Ursula and the great Creek Indian War Chief William "Red Eagle" Weatherford, who was the leader of the Creeks who attacked Ft. Mims, Alabama and said to be one of three Creek War Chiefs who fought in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama. After the Creeks defeat at Horseshoe Bend, "Red Eagle" rode into Gen. Andrew Jackson's camp alone to surrender. "Old Hickory" was impressed with such display of bravery that he befriended "Red Eagle" and then sent him home to live out his remaining life in peace.

David Sr. served as a private in the American Revolutionary War in the James Farris Battalion under Col. Wade's Regiment North Carolina.He was discharged on October the 9th of 1782. The Cap. William Lytle chapter of the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) erected a marker on David Sr. and Ursula's farm to honor his military service to the United States.They lived in Anson and Montgomery Counties of North Carolina until sometime before 1810. Sometime before 1810, they had either relocated into Rutherford County, Tennessee or that part of North Carolina became part of Tennessee. David Sr. departed this earthly life on August the 13th of 1832 and Ursula on February the 27th of 1835 and are both buried on their farm.

In the 1980s, it was still owned by the Burleson family. One can find pictures of their log cabin online via Belinda Kay Pierce's web page at Family Tree Maker.Com and also at Yahoo Clubs under "The Burleson Family."They are the progenitors of the Burlesons who settled Marion County, Alabama. Most if not almost all Marion, Winston, and Franklin County Burlesons are descendants of David Sr. and Ursula Weatherford Burleson. A few of the Aaron II (the second's) line married into David Sr.'s line.Sources: "The Burleson Family History," William Gene "Bill" Burleson, copyright of 1998, sixth printing.William Gene Burleson, 6226 Hwy. 72 West, Huntsville,AL, 35806.

mailto: webburle@hiwaay.net --(E-mail Address).Research of Daniel McCance on Southern BurlesonsConnection to the Northern Burlesons.Personal research and thoughts of Scotty Kent Burleson.NOTE: Joseph Sr. did say that his father, Aaron II was born in New Jersey, which gives further evidence of a likely connection to Edward of Suffield, Connecticut. David Campbell originally submitted this to Campbell Family Tree on 2 Jun 2010


Birth: 1758 Lunenburg County Virginia, USA Death: Feb. 27, 1835 Murfreesboro Rutherford County Tennessee, USA

Ursula was the daughter of Wilkerson Weatherford. Granddaughter of William Weatherford found in Lunenburg Co,NC Tax list in 1764. She married David F. Burleson in 1774 in Montgomery Co., NC.

They had the following children:

John Washington Burleson was born on 3 Sep 1775 in Anson or Montgomery Co., NC. He died on 25 Apr 1845. He was buried in Pierce Hill, Marion Co., AL.

Moses Burleson was born in 1777 in Anson Co., NC. He died on 27 Mar 1836 in Marion Co., AL.

Mary Burleson was born in 1785 in Anson Co., NC.. She died in 1852 in Union, NC.

David Franklin Burleson Jr. was born 17 Aug 1785 Montgomery Co., NC., died 8 Apr 1856 Concord, Leon Co, Texas

Margaret Burleson was born in 1787 in Montgomery Co., NC. She died on 1 Jan 1839.

William Burleson was born in 1787 in Anson Co., NC. He died in 1852 in Lawrence Co., Tn.

Sarah Burleson born in 1788, Anson Co, NC.

Eleanor H. Burleson was born on 1 Jan 1789 in Montgomery Co., NC. She died on 9 Apr 1870. She was buried in New Salem Cem., Walnut, Tippah Co., MS.

Ursula Burleson was born 1793, Anson Co, NC

Isaac Burleson was born 17 Oct 1795, Anson Co, NC died 24 Jan 1865 Rutherford Co, TN

Hilkiah K. Burleson was born in 1786 in Rutherford Co., NC. He died about 1856 in Marion Co., AL.

Family links:

 David Franklin Burleson (1755 - 1832)

 John Washington Burleson (1775 - 1845)*
 Moses B Burleson (1777 - 1836)*
 Mary Burleyson Brooks (1780 - 1852)*
 David Franklin Burleson (1785 - 1856)*
 Hilkiah R. Burleson (1786 - 1856)*
 Eleanor Burleson Rowland (1789 - 1870)*
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Burial: Burleson Cemetery Sunnyside (Rutherford County) Rutherford County Tennessee, USA

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Created by: Nan Hubbard-Kelly:) Record added: Jul 13, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 54883762


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Ursula Weatherford Burleson's Timeline

Montgomery, North Carolina, United States
September 3, 1775
Age 17
Montgomery, North Carolina, United States
Age 18
Anson County, North Carolina, United States
Age 22
Anson, North Carolina, United States
August 17, 1785
Age 27
Montgomery, NC, USA
Age 29
Montgomery, North Carolina, United States
Age 29
Anson, North Carolina, United States
Age 30
Montgomery, North Carolina, United States
January 1, 1789
Age 31
Montgomery County, North Carolina, United States