The life of Rev. Levi Francis Burtz
I was the youngest of eleven children born to Levi and Sallie Burtz in Pickens County, South Carolina of May 15, 1831.
My father immigrated to Georgia and settled in Forsyth County in 1838, and after a few years moved to Lumpkin County, near Lumpkin Camp Ground, where I was principally raised and while yet in my boyhood days, at the age of 16, I was converted and joined the church at said campground and after growing to manhood, having obtained a common school education, I left the old home and parents and went to Cherokee where I set in to make my fortune by teaching but not liking the business. I only taught a few scattering schools and turned my attention to other lines of business, principally farming, ever keeping my heart fixed on God and Heaven. Well, about this time, I decided that I need a help mate, so I wooed and won and was happily married to Miss Hester Ann Dobbs, daughter of Burrel and Margaret Dobbs, which event took place August 28th, 1851. To us were born five children - four boys and one girl, to wit: Franklin Pierce, Joseph Madison, Cicero Marshal, George Allen and Sarah Margaret, now Mrs. W. H. Anderson.
When the dreadful war was on between the States I volunteered on May 12th, '62 and served three years with General Wheeler's Calvary and after the war was over I returned to my home, took up my former vocations - farming and tanning. But, several years prior to this time, I had had the impression that I ought to preach the Gospel, so I decided to make the effort and in 1867 I asked for a license which was granted by William A. Simmons, presiding Elder of the Marietta District, in Quarterly Conference Assembly, and in 171 I was ordained Deacon by Bishop W. M. Wrightman at the annual conference held at Athens, Ga. So I have labored all through the prime of my life for the upbuilding of my generation, and the salvation of sinners and hope that my labors have not been altogether in vain. In the fall of '92 I ran for county treasurer and was elected and re-elected in the fall of '96, serving two terms. I have held many little offices in the church and masonic fraternity, and hope that my life has not been a failure.
My good wife leaving me September 5th, 1899, I have since made my home with my only daughter to the present day. To my children and grandchildren is this little sketch
(Dedicated) Levi Francis Burtz
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