Noel Burton (1794-1875) came from a long line of Burtons, originating in England and coming through North Carolina and Tennessee. Noel was born in Caswell County, N.C., and his first wife, Nancy Dobbins, died in McNairy County, Tenn. Noel and Nancy had Mary, who married Thomas Forrest; John Dobbins Burton, who married Martha Jane Rollins; James Burton, who married Rebecca Jube and they moved to Texas after he served in the Union Army. Two of Noel's sons served in the Confederate Army and one died in a Union prison camp. Other children included Martha Farley Burton, who married Joseph Leod Robbins and established a family in Clay County; Robert Henry Burton, who married Mary Elizabeth Dines and also lived in Clay County; Stephen W. Burton, who married Nancy Walsh; Sarah Francis Burton and Elizabeth Burton.
Noel Burton's second marriage was in 1849 in McNairy County, Tenn., to Charlotte M. Clemmons and they had these children—Elijah Ann Burton, born 1850, married Robert Hudspeth; Rebecca Burton married Spencer Nicholas Parrish and lived in Clay County; William Zackery Taylor Burton married Sarah Ribbons and they are buried in the Mars Hill Cemetery (south of Crockett); Hugh C. Burton married Dora Elizabeth Parrish; Joseph Johnston Burton, who married Ida L. Hodges, and Noel Burton, Jr. Noel seemed to miss all of the censuses, so his date of arrival in Clay County is uncertain. Noel and Charlotte (1879-1896), are also buried in the Mars Hill Cemetery. Charlotte is listed as a widow on the 1880 Clay County Census, living with two of her children and living near a married son.
Martha F. Burton, daughter of Noel and Nancy Burton, married Joseph Leod Robbins and had 11 children, all born in Tennessee. At least one son, Noel Burton Robbins, came to Clay County in 1855 and married Sarah Ann Burton (1862-?), the daughter of Robert H. and Mary Emaline Dines Burton. Joseph and Martha Burton had Robert Volney “Pal” Robbins, who married Lona Carter and was in the lumber business, while she worked for the Piggott Banner. They had two daughters, Vida Mae and Millie Gene. Hubert Clay “H.C.” Robbins married Betty Wallace and operated a men's store and pressing shop. He was also Piggott Postmaster from 1931 to 1935, retired in 1950 to raise broilers and also operated the Piggott Ice Plant and Western Auto Store. Their children were Steven Clay and Deborah. Other children included—Annie L. Robbins; Nancy Edith, who married C. Walker Cook and had Verba Cook Lamp of Piggott, Patricia Cook Ryann, and Charles Cook who died young; Roy Henry Robbins, who had Nova Walker and that had a son, Royce, and a foster son, Meredith Becker; and Laura Robbins, who married Joe W. Rogers and Otis Mohler. Joseph had a brother, Archibald J. Robbins, (1853-1928), who came with him from Tennessee, and he married Mary Jane Johnson in 1900, and they had Joseph, Jennie ( who wrote a diary of her life, which was published in the Piggott Times); Elbert; Ellie, and one who died young. Arch and Mary are buried at Cummins Chapel, south of Pollard.
Robert Henry Burton, (1827-1876), son of Noel and Nancy Dobbins Burton, married Mary Emmaline Dines (1833-1903), the daughter of William and Sarah Dines, and they had Mary C.; Noel Jason Burton, who married Willie Genora Mason; Nancy D., who married George Wall; William; Sarah Ann, who married Noel B. Robbins; Ada, who married Alexander Lafayette “Fayte” Blackshare and had six surviving children (Bascom, Ambeth, Pearl, Audrey, Norman and Fred); Minnie, who married Doctor Crockett; Robert Thaddeus, who died in 1942, and Katherine, who married Alfie Morrow. Noel Jason and Willie G. Burton had Kavanaugh, Eugenie B., Edna, who married W. F. Irby, Stella Mae, who married Walter Wood; Virgie Emily, who married a Prim and lived in Seattle, Wash.; Mary Mexico; William H. Ballard Burton, who married Annie Holifield and was Clay County Clerk in 1919; Claud; Maude; and Gerta F. who died at age 31.