I am not a Burwell. But the Burwells were apparently a very generous family that helped african americans in the Salem/Roanoke region. The Burwells, in fact, actually gave land to my ancestors, The SPURLOCKS on or near main street in Salem. My grandmother, Helen Spurlock recently died at the age of 94. The attached picture was found in her artifacts. We're not sure which of the men in the picture is her particular ancestor, but one of them is. It's possible that the older white man is 'daddy Spurlock' (many of the 'black' men around him are obviously his sons) or if he is a Burwell ancestor who the Spurlocks worked for.
I posted this pic on the Spurlock site as well, but so far no one can ID anyone. Perhaps a Burwell geneologist can? I have more information about the Burwell/Spurlock connection, but will wait to hear from you before i share it. Do you know where else i can look to find out how to ID this pictures?
If Asiila passes along more information, I will add it to the bottom of this post.
August 21, 2008 - Asiila sent a little more information that I will add here:
First of all, check out this link "The Burwells Move Their Slaves"
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