Feb. 12th, 2015

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Found some more orphaned family photos at one of my favorite flea markets.

All three were labeled on the back
 photo Leta Kennerly 5 months old.jpg


Leta K Kennerly was born on 13 Jun 1884 in Texas, and was 5 months old when this photo was take (so says the back of it).

She married Giles Dougherty Houston. Leta died on 24 Sep 1951 in Los Angeles County, CA. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.
 photo Aaron Woodruff Lyon June 2 1890.jpg
Aaron Woodruff Lyon, the grandson of Aaron Woodruff Lyon (1797-1888), an early Arkansas settler and pioneer of education in Arkansas, was about 22 years old when his photo was taken on 2 Jun 1890 in Bakersfield, CA.

Sadly, I cannot seem to find much other information about "Woodruff" Lyon - as the photo has him labeled. I have not found a gravesite for him.
 photo Ethel McGuire Mrs Blake Evans.jpg


This photo was labeled Ethel McGuire Mrs. Blake Evans on the back.

Ethel was born in Independence Co., AR on 2 Mar 1874 to Walter Sharpe McGuire and Adaline Powell Street. She married Robert Blake Evans on 9 Jan 1912 in Independence Co., AR.

Ethel is buried with her husband in Oaklawn Cemetery, Batesville, Independence Co., AR.
I am happy to re-home these photos to descendants or family members at no cost.
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In 2011, I wrote this entry about another of James Littleton Burris' children from outside his marriage to Adaline Ashmore.

Nancy Elizabeth Burris Jones, the eldest of the surviving children of James Littleton Burris and Adaline Ashmore, had her younger brother, Irving, living with her in the 1880 census in Conway County.

She knew he was her brother. But she didn't know where his parents were born.

Sure she didn't. She was - reluctantly or otherwise - part of the conspiracy of silence surrounding her father's infidelity.
We have already established that James Littleton Burris had a relationship of many years standing with Martha Vick.

I've documented five children born to them.

But could there have been a sixth? Was little 8 year-old Irving one of their children?

I now believe the answer is yes.
After a renewed search this week, I think I found the sixth child of Martha Vick and James Littleton Burris.

His name was Ervin D Burris. His Find a Grave memorial says he was born on 3 Jun 1871.

That causes a conflict with the birthdate of a presumed (my presumption) brother - Benjamin Flemons "Flem" Hill. (Most of Martha's children took the surname Hill, even though Martha Vick's husband, William J Hill, had not been living with her since she began bearing James Littleton Burris' children.)

Flem Hill's Find a Grave memorial says he was born in 1871 also.

Unless Flem Hill and Ervin Burris were twins, that is unlikely.

So I looked at the 1900 census for Flem Hill, who was living in Wilson Twp, Yell Co., AR.

Census enumerators asked you how old you were on your last birthday. In the 1900 census, they asked for the month of your birth.

In this census taken on 21 Jun 1900, Flem Hill said he was 27 on his last birthday, and his birth month was August.

So he was born Aug 1872 - not 1871.

Which would make him the younger brother of Ervin D Burris, who obviously kept that Burris surname all his life. The oldest of the Vick/Burris brothers had tried to keep the Burris surname, up to 1888, when he married for the first time.

After all, he was James Littleton Burris, Jr. - later, James L Hill - and he knew it.
A couple of other Burris researchers have picked up on Irving Burris living with his big sister, Nancy Burris, in 1880.

And they have made him the son of James Littleton Burris and Adaline Ashmore in their family trees.

Because they don't know that the last child born to James and Adaline was Richard Burris, on 9 Apr 1868 on Isbell Creek.

And that when James had his first son with Martha Vick - James Littleton,Jr., - almost a year to the day later on 8 Apr 1869...

Well, Adaline was just done.

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