Submitted by Shirley Burks Wells
According to oral family history, my great-great-grandmother, Temperence "Tempie" Evans (b. 1810 SC) and her little brother, William P. Evans, hid behind bushes and watched as Indians killed their parents. These were Creek Indians in Madison County, Georgia.
Temperence married my great-great-grandfather, Brinkley Burks, on Jan. 19, 1831 in Newton County, Georgia. He was the son of William Robert Burks, Jr. and Mary "Polly" Dunston. In Newton Co., they had three sons - Joel Burks, Mastin Milton Burks (my great-grandfather) and William Pulaski Burks.
The family of five left Newton Co., GA in 1835 and settled in China Grove, Pike County, Alabama. There, eight more children were born to them.
Every year, at the time of her parents' death, Temperence became very depressed. She died in June 1873. Brinkley married 2. Sophronia Lawrence Turner, a widow, and they had five children. He died on Aug. 8, 1888 at their home in China Grove. Temperence and Brinkley are buried in Old Union Cemetery in Bullock Co., Alabama.
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