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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2012-06-10 09:02 am

Musing on William Burris, born 1782

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...

(Anonymous) 2013-10-22 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I posted the previous message about Booher. If you want to get back to me my email adress is 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.