With the Compliments of The Nicholas Countian, Nicholas County KY for the week of August 19th, 2002
MAXWELL EVANS BURDEN
Maxwell Evans Burden, 86, of Headquarters, died Saturday, August 17, 2002, at Pigeon Forge Care & Rehabilitation Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He was born in Nicholas County.
He was a lifetime resident and farmer in Nicholas County. He graduated from Carlisle High School and attended Asbury College. He retired from the American Tobacco Company in 1981 after 20 years of service.
He was a consummate genealogist and a member and contributor to the Nicholas County Historical Society. He also researched and contributed substantial material to two published works by his cousin, Karl Rosenberg: Descendants of John Caughey, 1747-1826 and Descendants of James Burden 1740-1806, James Whaley 1684-1750, and Henry Talbot 1745-1819. He was nationally known as a genealogical authority on family histories in Nicholas County and provided consultation and tours to people interested in tracing their family history.
He attained Freemasonryâ€™s highest degree, the 32nd degree, and served as Master of Orient Lodge 500 in Headquarters in Nicholas County. He was also a member of the York Rite in Cynthiana, the Scottish Rite and Shrinerâ€™s Oleika Temple in Lexington.
He was active in American Legion Post #17 and helped organize the annual Blackberry Festival, honoring Independence Day, for many years. He was a patriot, member of the National Rifle Association and a Republican party member and was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution, having traced his family lineage to five Revolutionary War soldiers.
He was preceded in death by: his parents - Joe Jarrett Burden & Lena Frances Gaunce Burden; and his wife - Annabel Hamilton Burden.
Survivors include: a son - Joe Hamilton Burden, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; two daughters - Ann (& Jon Arthur) Stewart of Arlington, Virginia, and Mary (& Steven Neal) Stewart, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; a brother - Samuel Martin Burden, Lexington; two sisters - Mary Alta Sledd and Anna Davis Burden, Lexington; two grandsons - Sean Arthur Stewart and Steven Neal Stewart II, Knoxville, Tennessee; and two granddaughters - Arielle Alexandra Stewart of Arlington, Virginia, and Susan Burden Stewart, Knoxville.
Services were conducted Thursday, August 22, at Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home by Rev. Brenda Routt and Rev. James Gaunce. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Billy Pat Brothers, Billy Dixon, Wayne Gum, Randall Ritchie, Kenny Smoot and Tommy Stone.
Contributions are suggested to the Barterville United Methodist Church.