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FOR HER CARE, DATED: 19 May 1845.
Know all men by these present that I, Alexander Meek of Marshall County, State of Mississippi. In consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear toward my daughter Charlotte Meek of same County and state, and the affectionate care she has given me in my old age, and for the sum of one dollar by her to be paid, and by these I do bargain and sell to my daughter one negro slave (woman) named Harriet, about 17 years of age, and her infant child named Adeline and their increase, also one good horse, saddle and bridle, one cow and calf and half of all my household and kitchen furniture, and I hereby covenant to and with my daughter that if I depart this life without having set apart to her, the horse, cow, calf and kitchen furniture above conveyed is to be taken in full satisfaction of the claim to a distributive share of my estate, so as to leave the residue of my property to be devided (sic) amongst my other children.

In testimony thereof I set my seal
This May 19, 1845
Alexander Meek

The above was transcribed from Volume 2: Guy Meek Family, Descendants #36-#84, at page 413. Digitized at this website.

Alexander Meek was the son of Thomas (IV) and Virginia Ann Meek. Charlotte T Meek took care of her father after the death of her mother, Elizabeth Keys in 1841 until she married Samuel M Blocker on 24 Aug 1856. Charlotte's father died on 8 Sep 1857, after falling and breaking a hip while playing with his grandchildren at the home of his son, Jefferson John Meek.

Alexander Meek was buried in the Meek Family Cemetery, Laws Hill, Marshall Co., MS.
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Just about every researcher of the Burris line that starts with William Burris born about 1782 would give his/her eyeteeth to be able to find the identities of William Burris' parents.

They remained unidentified in 1937, according to a letter I found in the Burriss/Burress/Burris family folder at the Lawrence Co., TN Archives.

The letter was written (or more likely, dictated) by William Andrew Burris, son of James Littleton Burris, and grandson of the elusive William. In 1937, William Andrew would have been 84 years old - he died six years later in Oklahoma.

Settled in Pennsylvania. Scotch Irish. Sent to Virginia. My grandfather William Burris was a in-denture boy. There he lost trace of his people. Was taken to Lawrenceburg Tenn. There he raised his family and died there.

Children all borned in Tenn. John Burris, Frank Burris, Jonathan Burris, Richard Burris, Carle Burris, James Burris and Sinday Burris whom married a Mason. Nancy Burris whom married a Wiggs. They was another girl whose name I do not have.

John Burris went to Pope Co., Ark. Nov. 1839. His family consist of 3 boys Bill, Frank, John and 3 girls.

Jonathan Burris went to Reelfoot Lake Kentuckey. His family consisted of 3 boys, Stan, Wily and Hue.

Richard stayed in Tenn. One boy Henry and one girl.

Carle moved to Bates Co., MO and died there. His family consist of 6 boys. Lonzo, Toney, Max, James, John and William.

James moved to Pope Co., Ark. His family consist of 6 boys. Frank, John, Bill, George, Jeff and Dick. 3 girls.

Frank moved to Pope Co., Ark. His family consist of 3 boys John, Bill and James. They were 3 girls.

They was one uncle who went to Texas that was lost track of.

This July 2, 1937
By William Andrew Burris

There were two things I learned from this letter.

Counter to oral family history, Jonathan Burris did not drown while crossing the Mississippi River with his brothers during their 1838 emigration from Lawrence Co to Pope Co., AR.

William Burris' parentage has always been a mystery in the family.


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