Sunday, June 10th, 2012 09:02 am
One of my brick walls.

Not only mine. A whole bunch of us would be ever so pleased to find out the identities of William's parents and sibs.

In my GEDCOM, I say he was born in North Carolina. From a written family history of one of his grandsons in 1937, we learned that William was an indentured servant in his youth, brought to Lawrence County, TN by the man who held his papers, and lost track of his birth family. The same grandson repeated what the rest of most of William's descendants have heard in our family lore - that William's family was Scotch-Irish.

William married and had a huge family in Lawrence County, including my g-g-grandfather, James Littleton Burris.

Because so little is known about William's origins, I made a semi-educated guess that he came from North Carolina.

This morning, I was reading through History of Tennessee (Goodspeed Publishing, 1886, ebook edition publ. 2010) again and on page 750, found additional evidence that William probably emigrated to Lawrence Co., TN from North Carolina with his employer. The settlers came chiefly from North Carolina...

Following that sentence was a list one and a half pages long of the names of heads of North Carolina families who settled Lawrence County before the year 1818.

And I'm guessing that William's employer's name may be on that list, but I haven't a clue who he was...
Monday, June 11th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
eee, congratulations on the new potential lead!
(Anonymous)
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Is there a John Henry Booher on that list . A earljones site lists Booher as the father of Williiam franklin Burris of Lawerence County Tennessee . I dont know where he got his info from. could this be the family he was indentured to?
(Anonymous)
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
I posted the previous message about Booher. If you want to get back to me my email adress is Shall30@ec.rr.com I descend from William Carrol Burris. I also found a brother of William Carroll homesteading 80 acres of land in Oregan County Mo near William Carroll . Felix son of Davis n 1898 .so some of the bunch that stayed in Tennessee later moved closer to family here. I also found a William Burris granted 120 acres of land In Cass county mo. borders Bates county, for services in the war of 1812,assigned to Anthony Potts . Potts sounds familiar but don't know where Ive seen it.