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William Burrows (Burris) of
South Carolina and Kentucky

(Last updated June 10, 2017)

HUSBAND

William Burrows (Burris) may have been the son of Jacob Burris (died 1755) of Caroline county, Virginia.  He is believed to have left Virginia and moved to South Carolina after becoming indebted in the 1740s.  That William Burrows (Burris) was born about 1718 and supposedly died before 1755 but that is questionable.

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Our William Burrows (Burris) is first documented in Laurens county, South Carolina in 1769 when he obtained land along Williams Creek [now Burris Creek] which is a smaller creek that joins Rayburn / Rabun / Rabon Creek.  This means he was a legal adult of 21 years in 1769 and makes him born 1748 or before.

In 1795 William Burrows (Sr? Jr?) gives power of attorney to David Burris to handle his affairs and by 1796 William Burrows had migrated to Clark county, Kentucky with James Box. They are listed consecutively on the 1796 tax roll with the same collection date.

It's not known if the William Burrows (Burris) in 1795 Laurens county, South Carolina and 1796 Clark county, Kentucky is the father William Burrows Sr or the older child William Burris Jr.  Currently this writer thinks it was William Burris Jr and that the father probably died in the 1780s.  Without knowing their approximate ages it is impossible to know for sure.  

William Burrows (Burris) evidently died sometime after 1803 probably in Clark (or Madison) county, Kentucky.
Census and tax records:

1790 SC, Laurens county, p. 431

1796 KY, Clark county, tax roll

WIFE  & children?

Rachel ________?  1790 SC, Laurens county, p. 431
son ? ● William Burris, Jr -  It is not known when he was born but he was old enough to be in the Loyalist Militia in 1780.  William Burris, Jr is listed in a 1780 Loyalist Militia roll with his presumed father William Burris, Sr. In 1781 there is only one William Burris listed. In 1782 we have William Burris and Walter Burris listed together.

It's possible William Burris Jr (if born 1750s) was the father of David Burris (b. 1771/74), Isaiah Burris (b. 1776) and Thomas Burris (b. 1777/79).
 
son ? ● Walter Burris was born 1761-1770 [1761-65] place unknown if not Laurens county, South Carolina.  Walter married _____ and Lydia Barnes.  Walter died late 1839 in Jackson county, Missouri.
  • John Burris was born est. 1788 in Laurens county, South Carolina.  He died after 1836.
  • Henry Burris was born about 1790 in Laurens county, South Carolina. His wife's name is unknown.  He died about 1847 in Cass county, Missouri.  Most or all of his children moved to California about 1850.

  • Rebecca Burris was born est. 1808 Estill county?, Kentucky.  She married Elijah Green in 1831.
  • Nancy Burris was born 1809 in Estill county, Kentucky.  She married Ebenezer Vernon about 1826.
  • William B Burris was born 1811 in Missouri.  He married Besheba Masters.
  • Alice Burris was born est. 1813 in Missouri.  She married Abraham Crabtree.
  • Mary "Polly" Burris was born 1814 in Missouri.  She married Isaac Burris and John Williams.
  • Thomas W Burris was born 1811 in Missouri.  He married Sidonia Barker.
  • Zachariah Burris was born 1811 in Missouri.  He married Mary Barker (Sidonia's cousin)
  • Rachel Burris was born 1811 in Missouri.  She married Reece Crabtree.
  • Prudence Burris was born 1811 in Missouri.  She married John J Flannery.
  • Walter Burris, Jr. was born 1811 in Missouri.  He married Martha Ann Dalton.
1790 SC, Laurens county, p. 431
(next to William Burress)

1800 KY, Madison co. (marr. bond)
1803 KY, Madison county, tax roll
1804 KY, Clark county, tax roll
1805 KY, Clark county, tax roll
1806 KY, Clark county, tax roll
1808 KY, Clark county, tax roll

1810 MO, Montgomery co.,
 Loutre Island Settlement.

1817 MO, Howard county, tax roll 

1830 MO, Cole county, p. 194

1839 MO, Jackson co., will wrote
son ?
grandson?
● David Burris was born 1771-1774 probably in Laurens county, South Carolina. David married Mary ____ and Ellender "Nelly" Lackey.  David died in 1849 in Cass county, Missouri.  Elender died in 1850.
  • Jane "Agena" Burris was born 1797 North Carolina.  She married James A Crowder on Sep. 16, 1814 in Madison county, Alabama.
  • William M Burris was born Jan. 18, 1799 in Kentucky.  He married Matilda Carter on May 12, 1825 in Laurence county, Alabama.
  • Nancy E Burris was born Oct. 3, 1802 in South Carolina.  She married Moses Martin about 1819 (no record found).

  • Elizabeth Burris was born Aug. 11, 1810 in Missouri.  She married James Gibson about 1825.
  • Mastin Burris was born in 1812 in Missouri.  He married Judy Lloyd on July 23, 1833 in Jackson county, Missouri. 
  • James Madison Burris was born about 1815 in Missouri.  He married Nancy Tankersly about 1836 in Missouri.
  • 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 county, Missouri.
  • Mary Ann Burris was born about 1821-1825 in Missouri.  She married Isaac Gibson on March 8, 1840 in Cass county, Missouri.
  • Louisa J Burris was born about 1824 in Missouri.  She married John Warden (1822-1898) on May 1, 1839 in Cass county, Missouri.
  • Malinda Burris was born about 1826 in Missouri.  She married Elias Burris, son of Thomas Burris & Margaret Tincher, on July 10, 1842 in Cass county, Missouri. 
  • Andrew Jackson Burris was born Feb. 4, 1832 in Missouri.  He married Adeline Ophelia Harding.  They migrated to Texas by 1857. 
1790 SC, Laurens county, p. 431
(with father?)

1803 SC, Laurens county, deeds

1808 KY, Estill county, tax roll
1809 KY, Estill county, tax roll

1810 MO, Montgomery co.,
 Loutre Island Settlement.

1819-22 MO, Cooper county, tax roll

1830 MO, Jackson county, p.309

1840 MO, Van Buren county, p.1452
son ?
grandson?
● Isaiah Burris was about 1776 probably in Laurens county, South Carolina. Isaiah married Rachel Barker and Nancy Robards.  Isaiah died after 1850 probably in Johnson county, Missouri.  The Isaiah Burris family is very difficult to research because he left no will. The children listed below is based on circumstantial evidence.  Only his daughter Mahulda can be proven to be a child.  It's possible there are more unknown children.  
  • Mahulda Burris was probably born about 1802 in Estill county, Kentucky.  She is the only confirmed child.
  • John Burris was born about 1804-1810 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • William Burrows was born abut 1811 in Estill county, Kentucky.  He married Kisiah Stone.
  • Malinda Burrows was born about 1815 in Kentucky.  She married John Little.
  • Rachel Burris was born about 1818 (est.) either in Kentucky or Missouri.  She married Shelton A Stone.
  • Lucinda Burris was born about 1818 (est.) either in Kentucky or Missouri.  She married James Joleff.
  • Ann Burrus was born about 1821-1825 in Missouri.  She married William McCormick.
1790 SC, Laurens county, p. 431
(with father?)

1800 KY, Clark county, tax roll

1814 KY, Estill county, tax roll

1830 MO, Wayne county, p. 43

1840 MO, Ripley county, p. 345

1850 MO, Johnson county, p. 81
son ?
grandson?
● Thomas Burris was born 1776-1778 probably in Laurens county, South Carolina. Thomas married Margaret "Peggy" Tincher.  Thomas died 1845-47 probably in Cass county, Missouri.
  • Isabella Burris was born est. 1802-1805 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Prudence Burris was born est. 1805-1810 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Easter Burris was born est. 1811-1815 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • William Burris was born about 1812 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Nancy Burris was born about 1815 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Elias Burris was born about 1818 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Hamilton Burris was born about 1820 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Thomas Burris was born 1821-22 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Margaret Burris was born est. 1825 in Estill county, Kentucky.
  • Jackson Burris was born est. 1830 probably in Estill county, Kentucky?
1790 SC, Laurens county, p. 431
(with father?)

1801 KY, Clark county, tax roll
1802 KY, Clark county, tax roll

1810 KY, Estill county, p. 5, line 20

1820 KY, Estill county, Ravenna Twp.,
p. 47, line 13

1830 KY, Estill county, p. 252, line 20

1840 MO, Van Buren county,
Grand River Twp., p. 136, line 11
possible
relative ?
● Prudence _____  was born 1751-1760.  Prudence married _____ Owens.  Prudence died in the 1830s probably in Cass county, Missouri.
  • Nancy Owens.  Nancy married Thomas Burgin in July 1800.  Thomas Burgin moved to Cass county, Missouri where he died about 1837.
1800 KY, Madison co. (marr. bond)

1810 KY, Madison co.,
(older female with Thomas Burgin?)

1830 MO, Jackson county, p.309
(with Thomas Burgin)
possible
relative ?
● Mary "Nancy" ______  was born 1760s.  Mary married ______ Bowles/Boyles and James Box.  James Box died in early 1808 in Estill county, Kentucky (formerly part of Clark county). In 1809 the family migrated to Loutre Island settlement in Montgomery county, Missouri.  Mary died after 1810 in Missouri. Some genealogies list her death date as 1830 or after but this is unverified and no source is given.
  • Prudence Bowles was born 1785 in South Carolina.  She married John Snethen.  Prudence died 1855 in Montgomery county, Missouri.
  • William Bowles/Boyles was born 1788-1790 in Laurens county, South Carolina.  He was still living in Estill county, Kentucky in 1830.  Nothing more is known about him.

  • Muke Box was born 1791-1795 in Laurens county, South Carolina.  He married Eleanor Ashcraft about 1820.  Muke died about 1852 possibly in Cedar county, Missouri.
1808 KY, Clark county, tax roll

1810 MO, Montgomery co.,
 Loutre Island Settlement.
possible
relative ?
● Malinda Burris was born 1790 in South Carolina.  She married James Ferrell before 1811 probably in Clark or Madison county, Kentucky (record lost).  James Ferrell died during the War of 1812.  Malinda remarried to David Little (1793-1865) in late April or early May 1814 in Clark or Madison county (marriage record lost but marriage bond survives).

Malinda's surname is listed in some genealogies as Owens.  Malinda died 1875 in Macon county, Missouri and was buried in La Plata cem., Macon county, Missouri.
  • Peter H Ferrell was born 1811 in Clark county, Kentucky. He died in 1891.
  • Martillus Ferrell was born Oct. 8, 1812 in Clark county, Kentucky. He died Aug. 16, 1899 and was buried in Dayton cem., Cass county, Missouri.

  • Nancy Elizabeth Lilly was born 1817.  She married David C Byler.
  • John Parish Lilly was born 1813.
  • Coleman B Lilly was born 1820.
  • William Burris? Lilly was born 1825.
  • Malinda Jane Lilly was born 1828.
  • David Allen Lilly was born 1830.
  • Amanda Permelia Lilly was born 1832.
1810 KY, Clark co., census
(James Ferril)

1814 KY, Clark co., marr. record

1820 KY, Clark co., census

1830 MO, Cooper co., census

1840 MO, Cooper co., census



 

Year

Timeline, records, and notes:

1769 In 1769 in Laurens county, South Carolina a William Burris [Burrows] obtained land in 1769 along Williams Creek [later named Burris Creek] which is a smaller creek that joins Rabun / Rabon Creek.   At the time Laurens county was part of a larger area called Craven county which then became "Ninety-Six District".  [plot part 1] [plot part 2]

"Survey for William Burrows pursuant to precept dated 7 March 1769; 200 acres on waters of Rayburns Creek in Craven county,. Bounding SW land belonging to Joseph Babb; [Plat shows land laid out to Oliver Mathews now property of Joseph Babb.] Certified 10 April 1769. Ord. Co. 28 October 1774. Jno. Caldwell, D.S."  [SC Colonial Plats Vol. 13 page 447, item 1] Text from "Laurens County, S.C.: Rabun Creek Settlement" [page 67] [page 68]
1780-
1782
In 1780 William Burris, William Burris Jr, appear on South Carolina Loyalist rolls for the "Little River Militia" under major Patrick Cunningham.  William Burrows also had land next to Patrick Cunningham.

In 1782 William Burris and Walter Burris appear on South Carolina Loyalist rolls. They were part of the "Little River Regiment" of the Ninety-Six Brigade which covered part of the upland area in South Carolina where Laurens County [then Ninety-Six District] is today. The service date of 1782 also helps indicate that Walter would have been at least old enough (16?) for militia service but still not born before 1761 per the 1830 census. 

Loyalist Rolls:
1780 (14 June - 13 Dec) payroll: William Burres Sen., William Burres Jun.  [They may have fought at the Battle of King's Mountain]
1780 (14 June - 30 Dec) payroll: William Burris Sen., William Burris Jun.   [They may have fought at the Battle of King's Mountain]

1781 (3 Nov - 2 Jan) payroll: William Burrows  [Note that it's only one William Burrows]

1782 (9 March - 5 May) payroll: William Burrows, Walter Burrows
1782 (6 May - 5 Aug) payroll: Walter Burns, William Burns [common mis-transcription of "Burris"]
1782 (6 Aug - 6 Oct) payroll: Walter Burris, William Burris
1782 (6 Aug - 31 Dec) payroll: Walter Burrows, William Burrows

Scans from the book "Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War" listing Walter Burris:  [page 310],  [page 316],  [page 318], and [index]
1786 Dec. 12, 1786: "Laurens county, S.C. Came into Open Court Jonathan Downs, Esq. and David Allison made oath that they have known Wm. Burrows to possess a certain tract of land containing 200 acres on Williams Creek, this 18 or 20 years and no ways interrupted, in accordance with his grant of 5 December 1774, (by warrant directed by Egerton Leigh, Esq. Surveyor General, dated 7 March 1769 for this land, on waters of Reaburns Creek in Craven county, certified 10 April 1769 by John Caldwell, SC). Lewis Saxon, CC."  [Laurens County Deed Book B: 69] Text from "Laurens County, S.C.: Rabun Creek Settlement" [page 67] [page 68]

[plot part 1] [plot part 2]
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.
1790 In the 1790 Federal Census, South Carolina, Laurens county we have "William Burress".  William Burress' name is 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 county, page 431, line 30
William Burress, head of house,
4 males aged 16 and up,
2 males aged under 16 years,
7 females

1790 Federal census, South Carolina, Laurens county, 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?]
1794 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 plot]

Patrick Cunningham was the major of the Loyalist "Little River Regiment" that William Burris Sr and William Burris Jr joined in 1780.  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.
1795 Sep. 10, 1795 - "William Burris sic (Burrows), of Laurens county, S.C, to John Blackwell, of same place, for £100 stg.; 200 acres in said county on a branch of Raibon's Creek. Bounded on SW by Joseph Babb; other sides vacant land. Hereunto said William Burrows and Rachel Burrows, his wife, have set their seals. Signed William (W his mark) Burrows, Rachel (her mark) Burrows. Wit: James Abercrombie, John Pinson. Proved by John Pinson on 18 July 1797 before Joseph Downs, J.P. Recorded 18 July 1797."  [Laurens County Deed Book F: 247]

Text from "Laurens County, S.C.: Rabun Creek Settlement" [page 67] [page 68]
1795 Oct. 21, 1795 - William Burris, of Laurens County, gives Power of Attorney to David Burriss. No relationship given. [Laurens county Deeds Vol F:33]   This would have given David Burris the power to legally act for William Burris. 

It appears David Burris stayed in Laurens county as late as 1803 (probably as late as 1807).
1796 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.   [image]

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. 
1799 April 9, 1799 - William Burris and Thomas Burris are recorded consecutively in the Clark county, Kentucky tax roll and with the same collection date of April 9th. The fact they are listed consequently with the same collection date in a loosely alphabetical tax roll is a good indicator of proximity living near (or with) each other and not in different areas of the county.  They had to have been taxed together at the same time and noted at the same time in the tax collector's original papers to be repeated together in the final tax roll.  [tax rolls]

This writer believes the Burris family was sharing a farm/plantation in southern Clark county close to the border with Madison county.  It may have been in the section that was made into Estill county in 1808.  Isaiah Burris' residence near the other Burris men and proximity to the Box and Barnes family seems to be consistent over the years.   
1800 May 15, 1800 - The Clark County, KY tax roll records William Burris and Isaiah Burris with same collection date of May 15th.  The same collection date in a loosely alphabetic tax roll is an indicator of close proximity.  [tax rolls]

July 7, 1800 - Walter Burris was a bondsman (with Thomas Burgin and William Lackey) for the marriage of Thomas Burgin to Nancy Owens. The bond was filed in Madison county.  [Walter Burris may have been living just over the border into Clark County while Thomas Burgin lived in Madison county.]  The permission slip signed by Nancy's mother Prudence "Oings" was witnessed by Isaiah Burris. There was no actual marriage recorded though.  This is the earliest record of Walter Burris in Kentucky and also connects Walter Burris to Isaiah Burris.  [link]
1803 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. " 
1803-
1806
Aug. 11, 1803 - Kentucky, Madison county, tax roll - William Burris is listed consecutively and with the same collection date of Aug. 11th with Walter Burris and Thomas Burris.  The same collection date in a loosely alphabetic tax roll is an indicator of close proximity. Walter Burris taxed on 200 acres. [image