(last updated May 2016)
Walter Burris (Burrus) was born in the 1760s
place unknown. 1 Walter is evidently
connected to David, Thomas, and Isaiah Burris that lived in tri-county region of Madison,
Estill, and Clark counties, Kentucky in the late 1790s and earliest 1800s. 2 All
these men eventually men moved to Missouri. Walter settled in Jackson
county, Thomas and David settled in Cass county 4 and Isaiah settled in Johnson county 5
David and Isaiah are
both documented as being born in South Carolina. 7 |
Our Walter Burris is not the same Walter Burrus that lived, had children in, and presumably died in Albemarle county, Virginia. They were two different men (but possibly related) with two different families living far apart. Unfortunately the mis-identification of our Walter Burris with the other Walter Burris and repetition on Ancestry had stopped actual research until recently.
Our Walter Burris was living in Clark county, Kentucky from at least 1804 to 1808. 8 In late 1811 or early 1812 he migrated with others from Kentucky to Cooper county, Missouri and settled near Boonville. 9 Walter eventually moved to Jackson county, Missouri near Independence by 1840. 10 Walter died in late 1839 (exact date unknown) in Jackson county, Missouri where his estate was administered. 11
Federal census and tax records:|
1804, 1805, 1807, 1808 Kentucky, Clark co., tax roll
1817 Missouri, Howard co., tax roll
1830 Missouri, Cole co., p. 194
|Wife 1||Walter's first wife is unknown and she would not be Mary Lively for obvious reasons. Walter and his first wife had at least two sons by 1790, one being Henry Burris. It's likely that Walter and his first wife were married in South Carolina at least a few years prior to 1790.|
Lydia Barnes was born about 1790 in South
Carolina. 12 Walter Burrus and Lydia Barnes were married on May 28, 1807
in Clark county,
Kentucky. 13 The surety for the marriage license was
William Barnes (exact relation unknown).|
Lydia lived with her grandson Walter Green and her son William B Burris after Walter's death. Lydia died after 1860 in Kansas or Colorado.
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., [living with ?]|
1850 Missouri, Dekalb co., p. 431
1860 Kansas, Jefferson co., p.41
Child by |
Henry Burris was born about 1790 14
unknown. 15 He may have been born in South Carolina
but "reared" in Kentucky. He moved to Jackson co., Missouri in 1825, then to Cass co., Missouri in 1831, and
then to Johnson co., Missouri in 1842. Henry is mentioned as "a cousin of Mastin
Burris" 16 and was a Cass county judge. His wife's name is unknown.
Henry died about 1844-46, exact date unknown. 17
1830 Missouri, Jackson co., p.306|
1840 Missouri, Van Buren (Cass) co., Big Creek Twp., p.146
Child by |
Rebecca Burris was born 1808-1810 in Kentucky.18 She married Elijah Green, March 18, 1831, Cole
Rebecca (and Elijah) apparently died before 1850.
1830 Missouri, Lafayette co., p.253|
1850 Missouri, Dekalb county, p. 431
1860 Kansas, Jefferson county, p 413-A
1870 Missouri, Dekalb co., page 43
Nancy Burris was born about 1809 in Kentucky. She married Ebenezer Vernon, before 1826, in Missouri.
No marriage record has been found. Nancy died after
1880 presumably in Franklin county, Missouri where she is last documented.
1830 Missouri, Cole co., p. 194|
1840 Missouri, Miller (taken from Cole) co., p. 117
1850 Missouri, Miller co., p. 412
1860 Missouri, Miller co., p. 474
1870 Missouri, Franklin county, Boeuf Twp., p 76
1880 Missouri, Franklin county, Boeuf Twp., ED 67, Page 15.
William B. Burris was born about 1811 in
[Cooper co.] Missouri. He married Besheba Masters, Jan. 30, 1834 Jackson county, Missouri.
This family lived in Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. William died after 1870
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.76|
1850 Missouri, Dekalb co., p. 431
1860 Kansas, Jefferson co., p. 417
1870 CO, Douglass co., p. 4
Alice Burris was born 1810-15 Missouri. She married Abraham Crabtree, Aug. 6, 1929 in Cole
Abraham was believed to have been killed sometime around 1860 by
1830 Missouri, Cole co., p.196|
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.63
1850 Missouri, McDonald co., p.108
1860 Missouri, McDonald co., p.92
Mary "Polly" Burris was born September 17, 1814
(or Sept. 16, 1813) in Howard?
county, Missouri. She married Isaac Crabtree early 1830s (no record). Isaac
is assumed to have died between 1843 and 1847. Mary remarried to John Williams
on Jan. 25, 1847 in Jasper
county, Missouri. They migrated to Collin co.,
Texas in 1851. John died Dec. 13, 1888 and Mary died June 15, 1892. They were
both buried in Stiff Chapel cemetery, Collin co., Texas about 8 miles
northeast of McKinney.
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.
1850 Missouri, Jasper co., p.
1860 Texas, Collin co., p.49
1870 Texas, Collin co., p.322
1880 Texas, Collin co., ED 17, p.28
Thomas Burris was born about 1816 Missouri. He married
Barker, April 4, 1839, Lafayette county, Missouri. The Barker family traces
back to Estill county, Kentucky and she is likely related to Mary Barker who
married Zachariah Burris below. |
Thomas and Sidonia Burris lived in: Dallas co., Texas; Tulare co., California; San Diego co., California; and Phoenix, Arizona. Thomas died in or near Phoenix, Arizona Jan. 11, 1897. that married Thomas' brother Zachariah.
1850 Texas, Dallas co., p.75|
1860 CA, Tulare co., p.11
1870 CA, San Diego co., p.477
1882 AZ, Yavapai co.,
Rachel Burris was born about 1818 in Missouri. She married Reece Crabtree, Jan. 10, 1839 in Jackson
county, Missouri. Rachel died
between 1850 and Aug 1851. Reece remarried to Mary J. Mills on Aug. 15,
1851 Jasper co., Missouri.
1840 Missouri, Newton co., p.250|
1850 Missouri, McDonald co., p.109
1860 Texas, Hunt co., p.324
1870 Texas, Grayson co., p.115
1880 Texas, Erath co., ED 149, p.23
Zachariah Burris was born about 1820 in Missouri. He married Mary
Barker, Feb. 20, 1842 in Platte county, Missouri. The Barker family
traces back to Estill county, Kentucky and she is likely related to Sidonia
Barker who married Thomas Burris above. |
Zachariah and Mary were in Dallas county, Texas in 1850 and Wise county, Texas in 1860. Zachariah died after 1862 and nothing more is known about them.
1850 Texas, Dallas co., p.75|
1860 Texas, Wise co., p.340
1858-62 Texas, Wise county tax lists
Prudence Burris was born 1822-24 in Missouri. She married John J. Flannery, Dec. 24, 1839 in Jackson
county, Missouri. They moved to Collin co.,
Texas in the 1850s. Prudence died in the 1870s in Wise county, Texas.
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.76|
1850 Missouri, Dekalb co., p.433
1860 Texas, Collin co., p.36
1870 Texas, Collin co., p.452
Walter Burris was born about 1825 in Missouri. He married Martha
Ann Dalton (1827-1893), May 3, 1846 in Dekalb county, Missouri.
This family lived in Dekalb co., Missouri in 1850 and Jefferson co., Kansas in 1860 next
to William B. Burris. Walter died Dec. 11, 1864 at the Jefferson
Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri. Martha remarried to George Long .
1850 Missouri, Dekalb co., p. 432|
1860 Kansas, Jefferson co., p.417
1870 Kansas, Greenwood co., Lane twp, Page 4
1880 Kansas, Greenwood county, Lane Twp
1 Walter died 11 years before the 1850 census so no census record contains a
statement form him of where he was born. The only thing we can go on is the
birth information for his possible relatives and regular migration patterns.
Three of Walter's children were alive during the 1880 census where the question
of father's birthplace was asked. Nancy
Vernon and Thomas Burris both said Kentucky and Mary Williams' entry is blank.
In the 1790 Federal Census for South Carolina (Laurens county) there was a Walter Burress next to a William Burress. This location converges with the information that David Burris was from South Carolina and that Walter's son Henry may have been born in South Carolina about 1790 (see notes below).
2 Walter was resident of Clark county, Kentucky from 1804 to 1808 and is on the tax rolls having only personal property. Kentucky law required that all men of 21 year and up be taxed annually. I have not looked into the other counties yet. Thomas Burris appears to have been a longer resident of Estill county. There was a Thomas Burrus Sr & Thomas Burrus Jr in Clark county but they may or may not be the same Thomas. The titles "junior" and "senior" don't always indicate father & son, just that one is old and one is young. Isaiah Burris and David Burris (who married three weeks apart in 1801) had their marriage bonds filed in Madison county but the ceremony done in Clark county. This may indicate they were close to the border between those counties.
In January 2016 "AncestryDNA" testing reveals this writer's (Lance L
Hall) genetic link to descendants of David Burris via his son William M
Burris. Another link was established with descendants of Tarlton Burris,
grandson of David and Thomas Burris. There is also a DNA link to people
descended from the Thomas Burris that married Frances Tandy and lived in
Kentucky. Was Walter Burris an older brother or uncle of the other
Burris (Burrus) men? We still don't know at this point.
David Burris' son Mastin Burris is mentioned in a biography in "History of Cass & Bates Counties - 1883" as a "cousin" of Henry Burris, son of Walter (presumed same Henry). A large amount of descendants of Walter, David, and Thomas men appear in the exact same places especially in Texas. See Burris and Vernon Notes.
The close connection between these men is also reflected in the people they lived near and many people can be traced from the same areas in Kentucky to the same areas in Missouri. The best example is that in Estill county in 1808 Isaiah Burris was part of a crew of four men to view [survey] a new road and one of the other men was Gillard Roop [Gilead Rupe]. [link] Three years later Gilliard Rupe is one of the men that settled with Walter Burris near Boonville.[link] There are many connections and overlaps between the Burris, Barnes, Barker, Lackey, Hamilton, and Tincher families in the same tri-county region of Madison, Clark, and Estill counties, Kentucky.
3 Walter Burris is documented living in Clark co., KY (1804-1808), Cooper co., MO (1811+), Howard co., MO (1815), Cole co., MO (1830), and Jackson co., MO (1830s). David Burris is documented living in KY (1808), Cooper co., MO (1811+), Jackson co., MO (1830) and Cass co., MO (1840s). Thomas Burris is documented living Estill co., KY (1810, 1820), Howard co., MO (1830, 1840) and Cass co., MO (1845+). Isaiah Burris is documented living in Clark co., KY (1800-1804), Estill co., KY (1810), Wayne co., MO (1830) [Wayne changed to Ripley], Ripley co., MO (1837-1840s), and Johnson co., MO (1850+).
4 David Burris wrote a will on May 7, 1849 in Cass county and died "June 6, 1849" according to his son's biography. Thomas Burris wrote a will on July 12, 1845 in Cass county and died around 1847. It is not known where they are buried.
5 1850 Federal Census, Missouri, Lafayette county.
7 The biography of David's son Mastin Burris (1812-1888) says David 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. Isaiah Burris stated in the 1850 census he was born in South Carolina. Also in the 1880 census Walter's grandson William Burris (son of Henry) said that his father was born in South Carolina. Henry was born about 1790 and a birthplace of South Carolina converges with the 1790 Federal Census, South Carolina, Laurens county listing a household of "Walter Burress" with 1 male aged 16 & up, 2 males under 16, and 1 female".
8 Kentucky, Clark county, tax rolls.
10a 1830 Federal Census, Missouri, Cole county, Walter Burris head of
1 male aged 5 thru 9 [Walter 5]
2 males aged 10 thru 14 [Zachariah 10, Thomas 14]
1 male aged 60 thru 69 [Walter 60+]
1 female aged 5 thru 9 [Prudence 6]
1 female aged 10 thru 14 [Rachel 12]
1 female aged 15 thru 19 [Mary 16-17]
1 female aged 20 thru 29 [Rebecca 19-22]
1 female aged 40 thru 49 [Lydia 40]
10b 1840 Federal Census, Missouri, Jackson county.
11 Jackson county, Missouri probate records. Walter's will gives
the false impression half the children are by one wife (misidentified as Mary
Lively) and the other half are by Lydia (misidentified as a Cole). The
will actually just delineates the older married children that had left him and
the younger children still at home and dependent in 1836. Walter probably only
adds the name Lydia so she is in the record as their parent and his widow.
Previous "researchers" following the misinterpretation then had to
invent much older ages for half the children to make them fit. Actually all the
children's births (except Henry born c.1790) easily fit AFTER the marriage of
Walter and Lydia in May 1807.
12 1850 Federal Census, Missouri, Dekalb county, page 431.
13 Marriage index to first marriage register Clark county, Kentucky, 1793-1831 "Walter Burrus to Lydia Barnes, Page 74". Page 74: "Walter Burns to Lidia Barnes, May 28, 1807" This book is transcribed from "Clark county, Kentucky, Marriage Register 1W"
Clark county, Kentucky, Marriage Register 1W [index] [Page 74] FHLC film
Marriage bonds of Clark county, Kentucky from the formation of the county in 1793 to 1850 by George F Doyle, 1933 says "Walter Barnes and Lidia Barnes, surety William Barnes, April 27, 1807" Many other Burruses listed. [Image]
14 Estimate based on the 1830 Census indicating he was born 1791-1800 and the 1840 Census indicating he was born 1781-1790. So if the ages are correct he was likely born near the middle of those ranges thus 1789-1791.
15 Henry's son William B Burris in the 1880 Federal census for California gave his father's birthplace as South Carolina. In the 1790 Federal Census for South Carolina (Laurens county) there was a "Walter Burress". In a biography of Henry's son David Burris it says his father Henry Burris was a "native of Kentucky" which more likely indicates where he was raised but not necessarily born.
16 In the biography of Henry's son David Burris it states that David's parent both died when he was about 20 years which would be about 1844. There is no record that gives an exact date or even year of their deaths.
17 Rebecca was born in Kentucky according to her son's answer on the 1880 census. She would have been born at least 9 months after the marriage of her parents and before spring 1811-12 when Walter Burris came to Missouri. Thus she was born from mid-1808 to spring-1812. The date can be further constricted to 1808-1810 because the 1830 Census indicates she would have been at least age 20.
1790 Federal Census, South Carolina, Laurens county:
William Burress, 4 males 16 and up, 2 males under 16, 7 females
Walter Burress, 1 male 16 & up, 2 males under 16, 1 female
Additional records to be obtained:
Original manuscript marriage bond and marriage record for Walter and Lydia Burrus. The original marriage license is in the Kentucky State Archives in the Chenault family papers. Chenault was the minister that performed the marriage.
War of 1812 service records for Henry Burris and others. [2015 update: No info of value about Henry except that he enlisted at Boone's Lick]