(Last updated June 24, 2017)
|David Burris was born about 1771-1773 in Laurens county, South Carolina. His father was probably William Burris (Burrows). David Burris can be connected to likely siblings Walter Burris (b. 1761-65), Thomas Burris (born 1770s) and Isaiah Burris (b. 1776 SC) through various records. This Burris family originates from Laurens county, South Carolina and moved to Kentucky about 1795-1796. All these men are documented living in southern Clark (Estill) counties and maybe briefly into Madison county bordering on the west. Eventually Walter, David, Thomas and Isaiah Burris all moved to Missouri. Many descendants of Walter, David, and Thomas can be documented living near each other in various counties in north Texas indicating a kinship. [See Burris-Vernon notes]||
Census and tax records:|
Kentucky tax rolls
David can be directly connected to Walter Burris via a legal document and
residences detailed below. David Burris can be connected to Thomas
Burris via intermarriage of two children. David Burris can be
connected to Isaiah Burris via Kentucky tax rolls.
In 1809 or 1810 Walter Burris and David Burris moved from Kentucky to Missouri settling at (or near) the "Loutre Island Settlement" in Montgomery county. By 1811 Walter and David had moved west and settled in an area that became Boonville, Cooper county, Missouri. In 1823 David Burris moved to Jackson county and later to Cass [Van Buren] county.
David Burris was probably a farmer which was the most common occupation at the time. Many of the Burris (Burrus) families in Missouri were involved with grain milling.
David married Mary ??? before 1797 probably in Laurens county, South Carolina and they evidently divorced. David remarried to Elender "Nelly" Lackey (d/o James Lackey) on Dec. 5, 1808 in Madison county, Kentucky. [marriage list]
David wrote his will on May 7, 1849 and died on "June 6, 1849". He presumably died in Cass county, Missouri where his estate was administered. The date of death is from his son Mastin's biography. [This David Burris is not to be confused with the younger David Burris "junior" that married Susan Monroe.]
1803 SC, Laurens co., land deeds
1808 KY, Estill co., tax roll
1809 KY, Estill co., tax roll
1819-22 MO, Cooper co., tax roll
1830 MO, Jackson co., p.309
1840 MO, Van Buren co., p.1452
WIFE 1 & children:(Married
______ was born about 1777 in South Carolina. Mary died
after 1850 in Texas.
Evidently David Burris and Mary "Molly" _____ divorced between 1803 and 1807.
It's assumed this Mary is the mother of David's first 3 children because David's wife is identified as a Mary in a deed in Laurens county, South Carolina. Molly Burris is also recorded living with daughter Jane in 1850.
Census and tax records:|
1850 TX, Titus county, p. 100a
|Dau.||● Jane Burris was born about 1797 in North Carolina. She married James A Crowder on Sep. 16, 1814 in Madison co., Alabama. James Crowder died about 1833 in the Mississippi River. Jane and her mother migrated to Texas about 1837. Jane died Nov. 29, 1866 in Morris co., Texas and was buried in Reynolds cemetery.||
1820 AL, Limestone co., p. 10|
1830 AL, Franklin co., page 70a
1850 TX, Titus county, p. 100a
1860 TX, Titus county, p. 57
|Son||● William M Burris was born Jan. 18, 1799 in Kentucky. He married Matilda Carter on May 12, 1825 in Laurence co., Alabama. They migrated to Texas about 1837. William died in 1880 in Lamar co., Texas.||
1850 TX, Lamar co., p. 270|
1860 TX, Lamar co., p. 40
1870 TX, Lamar co., p. 96
1880 TX, Lamar co., mort. sch.
|Dau.||● Nancy E Burris was born Oct. 3, 1802 in South Carolina. She married Moses Martin about 1819 (no record found). Nancy died Oct. 23, 1880 in Cooper co., Missouri.||
1850 MO, Cooper co., p. 160|
1860 MO, Cooper co., p. 31
1870 MO, Cooper co., p. 18
Elender "Nelly" Lackey
was born 1790-1795 probably in Madison co., Kentucky. She was the daughter
of James Lackey who died prior to 1830. Elender was
supposedly a cousin of Margaret Tincher that married Thomas Burris
(unverified). Elender died in "May 1850" in Cass co., Missouri
David Burris and Elender Lackey were married Dec. 5, 1808 in Madison co., Kentucky. [marriage list]
Census and tax records:|
1830 MO, Jackson co., p.309
1840 MO, Van Buren co., p.1452
|Dau.||● Elizabeth Burris was born Aug. 11, 1810 in Missouri. She married James Gibson about 1825 possibly in Cooper co., Missouri. They migrated to Oregon. In 1880 Elizabeth moved to Paradise, Wise co., Texas to be near her son and relatives. She had only been in Paradise about three weeks when she died of an illness on Aug. 18, 1880 and was buried in Paradise cemetery.||
1850 MO, Jackson co., p. 267|
1860 OR, Umpqua co., p. 583
1870 OR, Douglas co., p. 311
1880 OR, Douglas co., p. 442
|Son||● Mastin Burris was born in 1812 in "St. Charles County" Missouri. It's possible he was actually born in modern Howard county, Missouri which was technically St. Charles county in 1812. He married Judy Lloyd on July 23, 1833 in Jackson co., Missouri. Mastin died in Oct. 28, 1888 in Cass co., Missouri. He is recorded in the 1840 census as "Masterson Burress".||
1840 MO, Van Buren co., p. 136
1850 MO, Cass co., p.73
1860 MO, Cass co., p. 146
1870 MO, Cass co., p. 17 (531)
|Son||● James Madison Burris was born about 1815 in Missouri. He married Nancy Tankersly about 1836 in Missouri (no record). They migrated to Texas by 1839. James died July 1, 1900 in Williamson co., Texas.||
1850 TX, Williamson co., p. 331|
1860 TX, Williamson co., p.65 (291)
1870 TX, Williamson co., p. 40
1880 TX, William. co., ED 156, p. 68
|Dau.||● Hetty (Lewhetty) Burris was born about 1815-1820 in Missouri. She married William Burris, son of Thomas Burris & Margaret Tincher, on June 30, 1833 in Jackson co., Missouri. They migrated to Texas by 1840 and settled in Wise and then Parker county. Hetty died after 1850 and before 1860.||
1840 MO, Van Buren co., Grand River |
Twp., p. 136, line 24
1850 TX, Grayson co., p. 694
|Dau.||● Mary Ann Burris was born about 1821-1825 in Missouri. She married Isaac Gibson on March 8, 1840 in Cass co., Missouri. Nothing more in known about them.|
|Dau.||● Louisa J Burris was born about 1824 in Missouri. She married John Warden (1822-1898) on May 1, 1839 in Cass co., Missouri. They moved to Collin co., Texas by 1860. Louisa died in April 1860. John Warden remarried to Mary Womack on Jan. 21, 1861 in Collin co., Texas.||
1840 MO, Van Buren co.,
Big Creek Twp., p. 142, line 29
1850 TX, Collin co., p. 6a
|Dau.||● Malinda Burris was born about 1826 in Missouri. She married Elias Burris, son of Thomas Burris & Margaret Tincher, on July 10, 1842 in Cass co., Missouri. In late 1846 Elias was evidently granted a divorce from Malinda Burris by the Missouri legislature. Elias remarried to Martha Jane Fann in 1848. Nothing more is known about Malinda Burris.|
● Andrew Jackson Burris was born Feb. 4, 1832 in
married Adeline Ophelia Harding. They migrated to Texas by 1857.
Andrew died Jan. 20, 1879 in Grayson co., Texas.
This Andrew Jackson Burris is not to be confused with Jackson Burris the son of Thomas Burris & Margaret Tincher.
1850 MO, Cass co., Dist. 16, p. 73|
1860 not found
1870 TX, Grayson co., p. 149 (71)
Timeline, records and notes:
|1771-1774 - David Burris was born in Laurens county, South Carolina. The biography of David's son Mastin Burris (1812-1888) says David B Burris was born in South Carolina. Five of David's children were alive during the 1880 census where the question of father's birthplace was asked: Elizabeth Gibson said South Carolina, Mastin Burris said South Carolina, James M Burris said North Carolina, Nancy E Martin said South Carolina, and William M Burris' has no answer. David Burris can be connected (by tax roll proximity) to Isaiah Burris who was also born in South Carolina.|
|1788||March 10, 1788 - David Burris witnessed a deed in Laurens county, South Carolina. The age of consent (per Colonial Virginia) to witness a deed or will was only 14 years. So David may have just been old enough to witness the deed meaning he was at least 14 years old in 1788 (born in or before 1774). The 1830 and 1840 census indicates he was born 1771-1780 so this brackets his birth year as 1771-1774.|
In the 1790 Federal Census, South Carolina, Laurens county, there was a
Walter Burress next to a William Burress [mis-transcribed on Ancestry as
William Burick]. In the William Burress household the grouping of males
above and older 16 years plus 7 females is consistent with a household where
the oldest male is at least age 20 (2 year birth spacing). This would
mean the head of the household William Burress (likely the father) would
probably be in his middle 40s to 50s in age. Next door Walter Burris
was likely in his mid 20s with two young sons.
1790 Federal census, South Carolina, Laurens co., page 431, line 30
William Burress, head of house,
4 males aged 16 and up,
2 males aged under 16 years,
1790 Federal census, South Carolina, Laurens co., page 431, line 31
Walter Burress, head of house,
1 male aged 16 and up [Walter Burris],
2 males aged under 16 years [John and Henry Burris?],
1 female [unknown wife?]
April 16, 1794 - David Burris has 284 acres surveyed
(of a 300 acre grant) on Chestnut Fork of Burris Creek in Laurens
county, South Carolina. The land was bordered by William Burris,
Patrick Cunningham on one side and other sides by John Harry, Solomon
Cole and Nat Brown. [land
Patrick Cunningham was the major of the Loyalist "Little River Regiment" that William Burris Sr and William Burris Jr joined in 1780 and served in until 1782 when the Revolutionary War ended in the Carolinas. Patrick, David and John Cunningham, three loyalist brothers, remained in South Carolina after the war. Patrick Cunningham moved his family back to his Plantation "Rosemont" in Laurens, situated between the Reedy and Saluda Rivers. Patrick Cunningham died October 25, 1796 at his plantation.
|1794||July 23, 1794 - David Burris witnesses a land deed from Frederick Sullivant to John Godfrey for 82 acres in Laurens county along south branch of Ryan's Creek.|
|1795||Oct. 21, 1795 - David Burris received "power of attorney" for William Burris in Laurens county, South Carolina. The age of consent (per Colonial Virginia) to act as an attorney or buy/sell land was 21 years old. So David would have been at least 21 years old in 1795 (born in or before 1774) to act as attorney for William Burris. This also brackets his birth year as 1771-1774.|
1796 Kentucky, Clark county, tax roll
May 17, 1796 - William Burrows listed next to James Box. The same collection date indicates proximity. William Burrows and James Box had both came from Laurens county, South Carolina. According to the tax roll the William Burrows household contained two males aged over 21 years and two males aged over 16 years. This would be William (b. 1730s), Walter (b. 1760-65), Isaiah (b. 1776) and Thomas (b. 1775-78). David Burris (b. 1771-74) was living elsewhere. James Box was the father of Muke Box and both are closely associated with Walter Burris and Isaiah Burris. [image]
|1797||Sep. 1797 - Daughter Jane Burris born in North Carolina.|
|1799/1800 - Son William M Burris born in Kentucky. (There was a David Burris recorded in the 1800 tax roll for Cumberland county, Kentucky.)|
|1801||Aug. 25, 1801 - David Burris bought 161 acres on Raburn Creek in Laurens County, South Carolina on Rabun's Creek from Walter Mathews. (Book G, page 286-287) Part of original grant to Pierce Butler and by sundry conveyances to Hercules D Bize, Lewis Saxon, and then Walter Mathews. Deed recorded Sept. 10, 1801.|
|1802||Oct. 1802 - Daughter Nancy Burris born in South Carolina.|
Jan. 20, 1803 - David Burris sold 197.75 (above tract) acres
on Raburn Creek in Laurens
County, South Carolina to Thaddeus Sims & William Osbourn. (Book H, page 57).
Part of original grant to Pierce Butler and by sundry conveyances to David
Burris. Witnesses: James Hunter, John Cochran, Josiah Blackwell, J.P.; D.R.
of Mary Burris; Chas. Allen, J.Q. Deed recorded Oct. 17, 1804. [J.Q. =
Justice of the Quorum, D.R = Dower renunciation]
From "Laurens County, S.C.: Rabun Creek Settlement" [page 66]: "David Burris, of Laurens Dist., S.C., to Thaddeus Sims and William Osbourn, of same place, for $400; 197 3/4 acres on waters of Rabourns Creek. Being part of a tract of an original grant to Pierce Butler, Esq., and by said Butler to D. Bize and by sundry legal conveyances to the said David Burris. [Plat shows bounding Lewis Saxon, Thos. Johnson, James Cunningham, A. Calder, John Cochran]. David Burris (LS) Wit: James Hunter, John Cochran. Proved by John Cochran 20 January 1804 before Josiah Blackwell, J.P. Dower of Mary Burris, wife of the within named David Burris given 31 March 1804 before Charles Allen, J.Q. "
Sep. 26, 1803 - David Burris sold 100 acres in Laurens
County, South Carolina to West Gary situated on Rabun's Creek. (Book F, page 667) Deed
recorded Oct. 5, 1803.
|Various other deeds dated Oct 1804, Feb. 1807, Aug. 1808 mention land along Raburn Creek being bordered by David Burris and others.|
July 15, 1808 - Estill county, Kentucky Tax roll:
David Burress, Isaiah Burress, Mary Box (widow of James Box) and William Bouls (step-son of James Box) are all listed with the same tax collection date of July 15, 1808 which is a strong indicator of proximity. [image]
|1808||Dec. 5, 1808 - David Burris married Elender "Nelly" Lackey. The marriage record was filed in Madison co., Kentucky. Elender was the daughter of James Lackey who gave consent for the marriage. James is also mentioned as her father in an 1830 deed where Elender Burris transfers her interest in the estate of James Lackey to Francis F Jackson.|
June 4, 1809 - Estill county, Kentucky Tax roll:
"David Burras" listed under date of June 4, 1809. [image] Also on tax roll is "Isaiah Burras" and "Thomas Burras". (No David Burris in 1811 or 1812 tax roll)
|1809||In 1809 David Burris and Walter Burris migrate from Estill county, Kentucky to Missouri apparently going to the settlement north of Loutre Island, Montgomery county, Missouri. John Snethen, Prudence Boyles Snethen and Mary Box (Prudence's mother) also came in 1809 presumably along with the Burris family. On June 4, 1809 David Burris was last taxed in Estill county, Kentucky so the migration to Missouri was between June 1809 and July 1810 when David Burris is first documented in Missouri. (see next). Mary Box was last taxed April 10, 1809. It's possible they migrated with the William Thorp family (and others) who left Madison county (borders Estill) on August 1, 1809 and arrived at Loutre Island, Missouri on Sept. 9, 1809.|
|1810||On July 1, 1810 John Snethen allegedly assaulted David Burris' wife Elender "Nelly" Burris. John Snethen alleged that on July 6, 1810 David Burris attacked him with a butcher knife. The alleged assaults happened at the settlement north of Loutre Island, Montgomery county, Missouri. Court cases are filed in the St Charles county court (which had jurisdiction) to be heard in early 1811. In the court files there is a record of a subpoena issued for Mary Box [John Snethen's mother-in-law], James Cole, Stephen Cole Jr and John Savage presumably as witnesses.|
|1810||Dec. 20, 1810 - James Carter and Walter Burris make an agreement to pay David Burris' fine ($300) should a judgment be made against him by the Court.|
Feb. 27, 1811 - St. Charles county, Missouri.
The court case of "United States versus John Snethen" is heard.
The U.S. accuses Snethen of assaulting Nelly Burris on July 1, 1810.
March 2, 1811 - St. Charles county, Missouri. The court case of "John Snethen versus David Burris" is heard. Snethen accuses Burris of trespass and assault on July 6, 1810.
[Snethen vs. Burris]
1811 - Walter Burriss, Henry Burris, and David Burris were early settlers of
Boonville, Cooper co., Missouri.
" During the winter of 1811, Stephen Cole, his wife and their five children and Temple's widow and and children became the first Boonslick pioneers to cross the Missouri and form a permanent settlement There was a lot of ice at the crossing, and they left many of their possessions on the north bank, until the spring thaw. They then were joined by David and Walter Burriss, Delaney Bolen, Muke Box, Joseph Jolly, Gilead Rupe, Joseph Yarnell and James, John and William Savage. " [Quoted from "Tales of Black Hawk the Red Head and Missouri Rangers" by Perkin 1974.]
1815 - David Burris Sr and David Burris Jr
take depositions before J. P. Stephen Cole regarding the 1813-1814 Indian
Depredations and their claims are recorded is sequence. In March 1826 these claims were presented to
Congress (19th Congress, 1st Session) as "Senate Document 55"
titled "Memorial of the state of Missouri and documents in relation
to Indian depredations upon citizens of that state." The Henry Burris and
Walter Burris claims are on page 59.
The David Burris Sr and David Burris Jr claims are on
33. [Senate Document 55] and [Senate
Document 55 summary]. The two David Burris were most likely uncle and nephew.
|1817||1817 - Howard County, Missouri court record says " David Burris Sr. licensed to keep a tavern at Boonville for 1 year... $10. "|
"Missouri Tax Payers 1819-1826"
Cooper county, combined land and property 1819 and 1822
David Burris Sr. [David Burris that married Elendor Lackey]
David Burris Jr. [David Burris that married Susan Monroe]
Henry Burris [Son of Walter Burris]
|1821||Jan. 27, 1821 - David Burris Sr sells to David Burris Jr a 1/4 section of land in Cooper county. David Burris Sr also sells to David Burris Jr a lot in Boonville, farm animals, a bed and a hoe. [Cooper County, Deed Book B, pages 66-69]|
|From 1825 to 1833 Jackson county, Missouri included what became Cass [Van Buren] county, Missouri in 1835. From 1833 to 1835 Jackson county, Missouri still held jurisdiction over the top part of what became Cass [Van Buren] county, Missouri in 1835.|
Aug. 4, 1828 - A list of about 257 voters in Jackson county, Missouri
includes David Burris, Muke Box, Hiram Wilburn, Thomas Burgen, John
Burgen, Henry Burris, William Worden, Hezekiah Worden and Daniel Monroe.
Jackson county, Missouri land patents
David Burris, 11 Nov 1828, Township 49 North, Range 32 West, Section 25, 80 acres. This section was part of Blue Township and 4 miles south of Independence, Missouri.
1830 Federal Census, Missouri, Jackson county, p 309, line 13
1 male 0-4 [unknown]
1 male 10-14 [??]
1 male 15-19 [James Madison age 15]
1 male 50-59 [David Burriss]
2 females 0-4 [Malinda age 1-4, Louisa age 5]
1 female 5-9 [Mary Ann 5-9]
1 female 10-14 [Hetty 9-15]
1 female 30-39 [Eleanor]
|1830||Dec. 13, 1830 - David Burris and wife Elender Burris (both of Jackson co., Missouri) deeded (quit claim deed) interest in estate of her father James Lackey to Francis F Jackson. The deed was signed Dec. 13, 1830 and filed Sep. 5, 1831 in Madison county, Kentucky. [Deed Book U, page 24, 25.]|
Jackson county, Missouri land patents
David Burris Sr, 22 Aug 1831, Township 49 North, Range 32 West, Section 25, 80 acres. This section was part of Blue Township and 4 miles south of Independence, Missouri.
1840 MO, Van Buren co., Big Creek Twp, page 145, line 2
1 male 10 thru 14 [Andrew J age 8]
1 male 60 thru 69 [David Burress]
1 female 10 thru 14 [Malinda age 14]
1 female 40 thru 49 [Elendor Burress]
1840 MO, Van Buren co., Big Creek Twp, page 143, line 15
1 male 20-29 [John Burress] Possibly son of Henry Burris?
1 female 0-4
1 female 20-30
It's possible David Burris lived in the same place from 1828 to his death and only the county jurisdiction changed.
1850 Missouri, Cass co., 16th District, page 65a, family 76
Elias Burris 32 KY
Martha J Burris 21 TN
Martin Burris 1 MO
1850 Missouri, Cass co., 16th District, page 65a, family 77
Thomas Burris 29 KY 
Nancy A Burris 24 TN
Mary F Burris 6 MO
Kevindy Burris 4 MO
John Burris 2 MO
Margaret E McCord 4 MO
Margaret Burris 55 VA  (probably actually 65 years)
1850 Missouri, Cass co., 16th District, page 73a, Family 185
Mastin Burris 38 Missouri 
Lydia Burris 37 VA
Missouri A Burris 14
Francis M Burris 13
Margaret E Burris 10
Elizabeth Burris 8
James J Burris 6
Martin J Burris 3
Andrew J Burris 20 Missouri 
1850 Missouri, Cass co., District 16, page 119, family 845/854
Humphrey Hunt 40 Kentucky
Nancy Hunt 35 KY
Hiram Hunt 15 MO
Martin Hunt 24 MO
Julian Hunt 9 MO
Madison Hunt 8 MO
William R Hunt 7 MO
Francis M Hunt 2 MO
Will of David Burris
Van Buren County, Missouri
Date Signed: May 7, 1849
Date Proven: November 14, 1850
" In the name of God Amen. I, David Burris of the county of Van Buren and the state of Missouri being mindful of my mortality do this 7th day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty-nine make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following while I am yet of sound mind and memory and blessed with health and strength.
First I desire to be decently and privately buried without any funeral pomp and with as little expense as may be. Also I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elender Burris during her widowhood (if she survives me) all my goods, chattles and effects and in a word my whole estate and if she remains a widow till her death then it is my will that she have my whole estate during her life and dispose of or sell any part thereof if necessary except the Negros. It is also my will that at my beloved wife Elender Burris's death if she remain a widow or at her marriage if she marry after my death that all my estate (with the exception of fifteen dollars) be equally divided between my eight beloved children by my present wife Elender Burris to wit: Elizabeth Gibson, formerly Elizabeth Burris, James Burris, Masten Burris, Hetty Burris, Louisa Warden (formerly Louisa Burris), Mary Ann Gibson, (formerly Mary Ann Burris), Malinda Burris and Andrew J. Burris. It is also my will that Angena [Jane] Crowder (formerly Angena Burris), William M. Burris and Nancy Martin (formerly Nancy Burris) these three being my children, but not by my present wife, it is my will that the three last mentioned children have the fifteen dollars above excepted equally divided among them that is to say five dollars to each one of them. It is my will that all the personal property I now have and also all the personal Estate I may hereafter acquire should be divided in the proportioned above mentioned. It is also my will that my wife Elender Burris may select either one of the children to see to and to care of her and do so then it is my will that such child shall have my real Estate at the death of my wife and also have equal parts of my personal estate as above mentioned.
It is also my will that George Hackler of Van Buren County be and I do hereby appoint him Executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking and annuling all former wills by me made and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of May in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty-nine.
David Burris "
Signed, published and declared by the above named David Burris as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses to the same.
William Crawford and Henry Tarrant
" History of Cass and Bates Counties, Missouri "
BIOGRAPHICAL. MASTIN BURRIS, section 19, is prominent among the very old settlers of this county and is a man who has been identified with its interests for nearly half a century. He is a native of St. Charles County, Missouri, and was born March 1, 1812. His father, David Burris, was born in South Carolina and was there reared. When a young man he removed to Madison County, Kentucky, and there married Miss Eleanor Lackey. They had eight children, of whom Mastin was the second child. David B. was an old pioneer of St. Charles County, Missouri, having landed there about 1804. He was a participant in the war of 1812. His death occurred June 6, 1849, and his widow died in May, 1850. In 1823 the subject of this sketch accompanied the family to Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, where he resided till 1834, then coming to Cass County, Missouri, and settling hear Pleasant Hill. In 1844 he located where he now lives He has a fine farm of over 200 acres of land, which will average with any in the county, all well improved. Mr. Burris was united in marriage July 22, 1833, to Judy Lloyd, a native of Franklin County, Virginia. They have seven children living : Missouri A., Francis M., Margaret H., Elizabeth, Mastin J., Fleming L. and Mary E. They are members of the M. E. Church.
OLD SETTLERS. Mastin Burris, one of the three oldest settlers now living in the county, was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1812, and came here in the spring of 1834. He located on what was called Peck's Creek, named after Andrew J. Peck, in the south part of the township. He lived there two years and then moved into Jackson County, remaining there only a short time, when he again returned to Cass County, this time settling in Camp Branch Township, in 1837, where he now resides. He married Miss Judy Lloyd who is a native of Franklin County, Virginia, in July, 1833. They were married at Independence, Missouri, and the following- year emigrated to Cass County. Mr. Burris, like many of the old pioneers, was fond of hunting and was often accompanied by his wife while in search of game. She finally learned the use of the gun, until her aim was as unerring as that of her husband often bringing down the antlered buck at a fabulous distance.
"The first general election in the county after its organization was held in 1836. Although the county was very large, there were but three voting precincts. | At that election Andrew Wilson and George Hudspeth were candidates for the legislature - Wilson was elected. John McCarty was elected sheriff over John Lyon and James Parsons. David G. Butterfield, who had been previously appointed by the county court, was elected assessor and Martin Rice was elected surveyor. Jamison D. Dickey, James W. McLellan and Henry Burris, cousin of Martin Burris, were elected county court justices. "
[The typesetter evidently misread the manuscript and put "Martin Burris" instead of "Mastin Burris" mistaking a cursive letter S for a cursive letter R. A reference to Mastin Burris makes sense given that he has his own biography on page 664. There was no Martin Burris living at the time. This is a vital clue for this Burris genealogy because taken at face value it tells us that Walter Burris (father of Henry) and David Burris (father of Mastin) were brothers. This interpretation is also consistent with other evidence.]
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