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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-06-12 01:12 pm
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Well, Great Granddaddy was multi-faceted, I guess...

I never knew he was a tanner before he was a farmer.

From History of Pope County, Arkansas, (publ. 1979 by Pope County Historical Assn. and Hunter Publishing Co.) at page 177:

James Littleton Burris was a tanner by trade, operating two tan yards and farming on the side. His saddle shop and main tan yard, across the road from his home, were located on Isabel Creek in a red oak grove near some springs. During the Civil War, James Littleton had a contract with the Confederate government to supply its troops with boots, shoes, saddles and harnesses. Soldiers were sent to his saddle shop to pick up orders. As many as eighteen men worked in his tannery during this period. Five of his sons and three nephews that he reared worked there as they grew up.

When the first son married, he continued to work for his father until he could leave home and become self-supporting. James Littleton built a tiny log house near by, and the bride and groom moved in. The other sons used it when their turns came and it soon became known as the 'weaning house.'

Would be cool to find the foundation for either the tannery or the weaning house...

Yo, Dad...whatcha got going on later this month?

I'll bring your books back with me.

(Anonymous) 2011-06-17 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
He sounds so very successful to have had 2 tanning yards and 18 employees! Does your family still own the property? What an exciting thing if you could find the foundation! Congratulations on the find.
Nancy from My Ancestors and Me