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It's so preliminary.

But I am still in squee mode.

I have a new bunch of leads to run down in my forever quest to find the parents of William Burris, born about 1785 in what we think may have been North Carolina.

You know how you have those brick walls you keep on coming back to? Because you really enjoy banging your head against brick walls...

So I got to thinking on my drive home from work...

William was too young to have served in the Revolutionary War.

But his daddy wasn't.

So I fired up Footnote.

I found three Burris/Burriss/Burrus men from Virginia and North Carolina (some researchers say he came from Virginia, and one of his grandsons said in a 1937 letter that his grandfather, William [s]ettled in Pennsylvania. Scotch Irish. Sent to Virginia.

So, lookie what I found in Solomon Burriss' Revolutionary War pension file...


They had the following children:
Taylor born December 28, 1784.
William " August 23, 1786.
Gracy " July 5, 1788.
Joshua " June 4, 1790.
Elizabeth " [June] 2, 1793.
Judith " December 16, 1795.
Solomon " August -- 1800.
Ann " February 3, 1804.
Obedience " [February] 6, 1808.

And they lived in Stanly County, NC.

I know, I know...

But now, I have so many leads to check.

The journey is good.

Date: 2011-03-16 03:21 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Exciting. I find that those brick wall people are always at the back of my mind and I'm often trying to think of a new way around the wall - just like you did today. I haven't been quite so successful, at least not yet. Congratulations to you of your finds today! I hope they turn out to be just the people you need.
Nancy from My Ancestors and Me

Date: 2011-03-16 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeppers, I know all too well about those brick walls. But, I must admit that the hunt for elusive relatives -- is simply fascinating!

Date: 2011-03-16 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Since I'm in a research lull and living vicariously through others this made my morning! SO exciting. Glad you didn't drive the car off the road...


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