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Margaret Jane Burris, 1858-1944

I have often wondered about the life of Margaret Jane Burris.

I think she was much loved, my great grandaunt.

In the birth order of her siblings, Margaret was the seventh of ten children, sandwiched in between her brothers, George Washington Burris and Jefferson William Burris.

I think her brothers may have looked after her during the times she was widowed. They made sure to include her in the photo they had taken of themselves and their wives.

seated, l to r: George Washington Burris, Sr, Jefferson William Burris.
Standing, l to r: Mary Mathilda Wharton Burris, Margaret Malinda Wharton Burris, Margaret Jane Burris Jones Moore.

Margaret married for the first time when she was 16 years old. She married Abraham "Cass" Jones, the son of Shadrach Jones and Mary George. (Margaret's older sister, Nancy Elizabeth, married Cass' older brother, William Calvin Jones nine years earlier.)

Cass and Margaret farmed in Griffin Township, Conway County. They had two children - daughter Florrie, born in 1875, and Robert Lee, born in 1889.

That fourteen year age gap between Florrie and Lee made me wonder if Margaret had lost children. But in the 1900 census, taken when Margaret had been a widow for three years, she said she had borne two children, and both were living at the time of the census. She said the same thing in the 1910 census.
Margaret was widowed the first time when Cass Jones died in 1897 at the age of 44. Three years later, Margaret remarried to a widower named George Washington Moore, who had several children at home.

G W Moore died in 1936. Margaret was a widow for the remainder of her life. But she was still involved with her family, and for a period of time up to and including her death, lived with her son Lee in Fort Smith.

This photo, of my father as a four year old, was taken just prior to his Uncle Jeff's death in 1941. Uncle Jeff, Dad and Aunt Margaret - who was 83 at the time - posed for someone's camera, probably in Uncle Jeff's yard. (George Washington Burris, Sr. died in 1929, and Dad never knew his grandfather.)

Jefferson William Burris, William Frank Burris, and Margaret Jane Burris

Margaret Jane Burris Jones Moore died on 15 Jun 1944 of congestive heart failure at the home of her son, Lee Jones.

She was buried two days later at St. Joe Cemetery in Pope County, just as her parents and many of her siblings were.

You can leave a virtual flower on her Find a Grave memorial by clicking here.
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2011-04-04 05:52 pm

Tombstone Tuesday: Moore family plot

The Moore family plot at St Joe Cemetery, just down the road from my dad's home in Pope County, drew my attention yesterday.

It is guarded by an assortment of four footed sentinels.


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2010-11-21 11:13 am

Confederate Soldiers Rest, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis TN


I took photos of 55 Confederate soldiers' gravestones while I was at the cemetery.

That is just a fraction of the more than 1,300 Confederate soldiers and veterans buried in the cemetery, with over 1,000 of those graves in the Fowler section of the cemetery known as Confederate Soldiers Rest.

Many of those graves remain without a military marker, but 945 do have a numbered concrete markers placed there by the Confederate Historical Association in 1886.

Included in this entry are the 55 photos I took, along with a brief transcription of the information on the stone, so that people searching for any of these soldiers might be able to find them when using Google or other search engines.

If your relative is among these 55 men, and you want the photo of the gravestone for your own personal genealogy or family records, I am expressly waiving copyright on the photos used for that purpose. Just right click and save the photo to your computer. I retain copyright for any photos that someone might want to use for a commercial purpose.

In other words, if you want to make money off the deal, we will have to get all formal with a written agreement about that.

While I was at Elmwood, I purchased a copy of John W Cothern's book, Confederates of Elmwood, which was carefully researched over a number of years. It has additional information about each of the soldiers, and I can do look-ups for anyone who thinks his or her Confederate soldier relative may be buried at Elmwood. Leave a comment with your request and I will reply to your comment here.

Click here for photos... )
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2010-11-01 10:10 am

Elizabeth Adeline (Ashmore) Burris

30 Jan 1823 - 21 Jun 1919

This photo of my great great grandmother was taken when she was 92 years old, five years before her death.

Adeline was the daughter of Andrew Sawyer and Elizabeth (McCarley) Ashmore. She was born in Giles Co., TN, and married James Littleton Burris on 12 Nov 1840 in Pope Co., AR.

Adeline was the mother of 10 children:
  • Infant son Burris was born and died in 1841 in Pope Co., AR. His was the first grave in Old Baptist Cemetery in Center Valley.
  • Nancy Elizabeth Burris was born on 1 Apr 1845 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 26 Jun 1926 in Collingsworth County, TX. Nancy married William Calvin Jones on 2 Nov 1865. William was born on 8 Sep 1837 in Conway County, AR. He died on 31 Jul 1879 in Conway County, AR. He was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Conway County, AR.
  • John Thomas Burris was born on 22 Jan 1849 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 18 Mar 1919 in Pope County, AR. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Pope County, AR. John married Margaret E Burris daughter of Franklin Marion Burris and Sally Charlotte T Osburn in 1870 in Pope County, AR. Margaret was born on 11 Jul 1850 in Tennessee. She died on 1 Nov 1915 in Pulaski County, AR. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Pope County, AR.
  • James Franklin Burris was born on 4 Feb 1851 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 21 Apr 1918 in Pope County, AR. He was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Pope Co., AR. James married (1) Malinda J Moore, daughter of William N Moore and Mary Ann Riggs on 10 Feb 1876 in Pope Co., AR. Malinda was born in 1854 in Tennessee. She died on 30 Jul 1904. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Pope Co., AR. James married (2) Mattie J Sibley daughter of William L Sibley and Margaret C Graves on 30 Jan 1906 in Pope Co., AR. Mattie was born in 1866 in Louisiana. She died in 1917 in Pope Co., AR. She was buried in Atkins City Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.
  • William Andrew "Bill" Burris was born on 13 Oct 1853 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 20 Nov 1943 in Mountain View, Kiowa County, OK. William married Maria Isabelle Wharton, daughter of John Poudin Wharton and Sarah Emaline Cochran on 10 Mar 1878 in Pope County, AR. Maria was born on 10 Aug 1853 in Springfield, St. Charles County, AL. She died on 20 Oct 1939 in Mountain View, Kiowa County, OK. She was buried in Mountain View Cem, Mountain View, Kiowa Co., OK.
  • George Washington Burris Sr was born on 18 Jan 1856 in Isabel Creek, Pope County AR. He died on 9 Mar 1929 in Pope County AR. He was buried in St Joe Cemetery, Pope Co AR. George married Mary Mathilda Wharton, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Wharton II and Ruth(ie) Evaline Coleman on 7 Oct 1877 in Pope County AR. Mary was born on 5 Oct 1859 in Alabama. She died on 26 May 1938 in Pope County AR. She was buried in St Joe Cemetery, Pope Co AR.
  • Margaret Jane Burris was born on 27 Mar 1858 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 15 Jun 1944 in Sebastian County, AR. Margaret married Abraham "Cass" Jones on 20 Dec 1874.
  • Jefferson William "Jeff" Burris was born on 13 Mar 1860 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 15 Jan 1941 in Pope County, AR. Jefferson married Margaret Malinda Wharton daughter of Thomas Jefferson Wharton II and Ruth(ie) Evaline Coleman (and younger sister of Mary Mathilda Wharton Burris) on 13 Mar 1881 in Pope County, AR.  He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co., AR.  Margaret was born on 14 Jan 1862 in Huntsville, Madison County, AL. She died on 14 Aug 1927 in Russellville, Pope County, AR. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope County, AR.
  • Lucinda Adeline Burris was born on 27 Sep 1866 in Pope Co., AR. She died on 26 Jun 1954 in Reydon, Roger Mills County, OK. Lucinda married William Middleton Easterling, on 16 Nov 1884 in Pope Co., AR. William was born in Jul 1863 in Arkansas. He died in Reydon, OK.
  • Richard B Burris was born on 9 Apr 1868 in Pope Co., AR. He died on 14 Aug 1875 in Pope Co., AR. He was buried in Old Baptist Cemetery, Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.
Elizabeth Adeline (Ashmore) Burris is buried in St. Joe Cemetery, Pope County, AR.