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BURKS, JOSEPH H., SR.

BURKS, JOSEPH H., SR. (1807–1859). Joseph H. Burks, or Burkes, Texas legislator, was born in what would become Meriwether County, Georgia, around 1807, son of Joseph Burks. He grew up in Lowndes County, Georgia, and in 1829 he married Winnefred Cade of Alabama. In 1836 Burks served in the Seminole War in a Georgia regiment. After residing for a few years in Attala County, Mississippi, Burks and his family moved to Bowie County, Texas, in 1846. In 1850 Burks bought a plantation in Bowie County where he remained until 1854, at which point he moved to Red River County. He served two terms as a state senator for Red River and Bowie counties from 1851 to 1854, then he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1857. Joseph and Winnefred had ten children, one of whom, Joseph H. Burks, Jr., also served as a representative for Red River County and another, John C. Burks, died at the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Winnefred died in 1853. Joseph H. Burks, Sr., died on February 14, 1859, during his term of service in the House of Representatives.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas (Chicago: Battey, 1889; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Clarksville Northern Standard, February 19, 1859.
Jennifer Eckel

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