Jeremiah Burton (1814 – January 9, 1902) was a farmer. He was born about 1814 in South Carolina before moving to Rabun County, Georgia and first settled at Jones Ford on the Tallulah River. The town of Burton, Georgia was named after its Postmaster Jacob Silas Burton, Jeremiah's son. Jeremiah Burton was a popular area citizen who occasionally served as a bailiff for the local superior court. According to family legend, he was buried with his hat on.