Meet The Officers & Board Members
Of The Burleson Family Association
James D. Walsh became a member of the Association in 1988 and was placed on the Board of Directors in 1990 in Salt Lake City.  He was appointed as VP of Finance in 1995.  James has been very active in the Association on such projects as the consolidated name index and it's subsequent publishing at, the records data base and the reproduction of the entire BFA Bulletin on computer CD.  He was also responsible for the creation and maintenance of the BFA Website.  He has been married to his wife, Sharon for over 55 years, has 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  James served as President of the Association from 2004 to 2007.
Kaye P. Mills became a member  of the Association in 1992 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1995.  She spent several years assisting Nancy McCoy, who was the VP of membership, by mailing bulletin orders.  She took over as VP of membership in 1998 and is presently serving in that position.  Her husband, Royal, who passed away in 1996, supported her during her many years of service to the Association and has been missed by all those who knew him.  Kaye became acting president at the end of 2007 after the resignation of the elected president.

Lauren Fields

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Nancy McLarry:   was elected to the board in 2007 although she had served as Historian for a year on special assignment. She is a member of Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the War of 1812, and Daughters of Indian Wars. She is also the chairman of the San Antonio council of the Chickasaw Nation. Member of the Genealogy Society of Kendall County and has worked on the Gala (Alamo fund raiser) for the last three years. She has serve as the chairman of parish hall of St. Johns Anglican church where she was a founding member. Nancy has also served on a number of BFA Committees for our reunions.  Nancy and Perry have seven children and 17 grandchildren and enjoy Boerne and the hill county of Texas where they have lived for the last thirty years.

Margaret Fields has been a member of the association since 2003.  Her and Ben, her husband of 33 years are both teachers and have spent the past 40 years in the education system.  She is a member of the NSDAR and is serving as chapter registar.  She has also been serving as the communication chairman and evening group chairman.  She's active in a Rockwall County project to collect biographies for the future publishing of a book on the County's Pioneers.  She has two children, Charles who works in Washington DC and Dara who is a student at Columbia Univ. in New York City.  Margaret lives in Katy Texas.

John Hoyle Burleson was born in 1947 in Stanly Co. North Carolina I was married in 1969 to Jackie Sinclair and we had a daughter Terri, now with two daughters, and a son Daniel who has recently married. In 1995 Jackie passed away with cancer. In 2000 Nancy Gedney of Syracuse NY and I were married. She has three grown children and six grandchildren. We have attended most of the BFA reunions since 2001.
I am one of the founding members of the Burleson Family Research Group that collects information on the descendants of Isaac Burlison of Montgomery Co. NC. We have held an annual reunion in October since 1996. We meet monthly, publish a quarterly news letter, maintain three Burleson cemeteries, maintain a website, a Facebook page and have published 13 books on separate Stanly Co. Burleson lines. I am the editor of the Stanly County Genealogical Society Journal, I am a charter member of both our local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans. I am retired after 22 years in the NC National Guard and from the Mobile Home manufacturing business. 
Paula Denson
Clarence Ray Burleson has been interested in family history and genealogy for many years.  He joined the Burleson Family Association several years ago and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015.
Clarence was born February 15, 1945 in Mineral Wells, TX and is married to Karen Cobb Burleson who often attends meetings and family reunions with him.  He retired in December, 2014 after many years in the helicopter industry and plans to spend more time in family research.

Diane Hale
Donna Winn  I was born and raised in Elgin, Texas.  I became interested in Burleson family history at around the age of 35, when my aunt (Pearl Wynn Guderian), who was quite a bit older than my dad, began to tell me stories of when she was a little girl.  Her mother (my grandmother) had been widowed at a young age, so  Aunt Pearl's grandmother (Nancy E. Burleson Mayberry [she called her "Ma"], who had also been widowed at a young age, helped to raise my grandmother's 8 kids.  Consequently, my aunt had memories of being around her grandmother's Burleson relatives frequently as a child.  Once I asked my aunt, "What were the  Burlesons like?" and she replied "They were a rough bunch."  When I asked my aunt what our line is, she replied, "We come from Aaron Burleson."  I thought, "This is great!  I have a name to research (Aaron)!"  How hard can it be to pinpoint my direct line?"  Little did I know when I went to the State Archives in Austin that there would be an Aaron in every family, all the way back to the beginning.
Gerry Booth While taking Texas history at Lanier Junior High School in Houston, my mother told me that I was a descendant of Moses Shipman, one of the Old 300. The Old 300 were the first families of Stephen F. Austin’s original Texas colony. In my research of my family I learned that the Shipmans and the Burlesons were cousins and had made part of their journey from North Carolina to Texas together. Twenty-two years ago when I met my husband, Frank Booth, he told me his grandmother was a Burleson. Of course I said, “Maybe we’re cousins.” In 2013, after becoming a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, I researched our family trees looking for a possible connection. Frank and I are first cousins seven times removed! We are each descendants of a Burleson and as history demonstrates the Shipmans and the Burlesons have always been attracted to each other. Daniel Shipman married Elizabeth Burleson in the 1700’s, Captain James Burleson married Elizabeth Shipman (parents of General Edward Burleson) in the 1800’s and Frank (Burleson) Booth married Gerry (Shipman) Booth in the 1900’s! Frank and I now live in Austin where most of our children and grandchildren live.