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June 10th, 2012

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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...
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 07:21 pm
So I'm nattering around at FamilySearch, looking at marriage records.

And run across Elbert...

His second marriage.

Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957
name: Elbert Burris
event: Marriage
event date: 09 Mar 1931
event place: , Pope, Arkansas, United States
age: 43
estimated birth year: 1888
residence: Russellville, Pope, Arkansas
spouse: Ethel Harrison
spouse's age: 29
spouse's estimated birth year: 1902
spouse's residence: Russellville, Pope, Arkansas
marriage license date: 09 Mar 1931
page: 257
film number: 2132055
digital folder number: 004331571
image number: 00072
But wait.

Elbert and Ethel were already married, weren't they? I mean, she's living with him as his wife in the 1930 census...

1930 Census
Name: Elbert Burris
Home in 1930: Illinois, Pope, Arkansas
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Ethel
Race: White
Household Members:
Name Age
Elbert Burris 43
Ethel Burris 28
Bernice Burris 15
Loraine Burris 12
Bobbye J Burris 6
Okay Dad and favorite aunt...

What do you guys know about that one?
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 08:50 pm
This one on the occasion of the 50th wedding anniversary of George W Burris, Sr., and Mary Mathilda Wharton - so that makes it on or around 7 Oct 1927.

This is another one where they left the spouses of their offspring out of the photo. (Did you have to pay by the person back then?)

Photobucket


Standing, left to right:
Richard Benjamin Burris, Ernest Arthur Burris, Dora Emma Burris Crites, William Homer Burris, George W Burris, Jr., and Ottis Gileston Burris.
Seated were the honored couple.

Missing was Walter Monroe Burris.

They were standing in birth order. Ott took his hat off, like a gentleman should.

Someone must have been very Type A - like me.

Now I know where I get it.