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Walter Burris (Burrus) of 
Kentucky and Missouri

(updated Aug. 23, 2015)

Husband Walter Burris (Burrus) was born in the 1760s place unknown [1]. He maybe related to the David and Thomas Burris of Cass co., Missouri [2] and both could have came from South Carolina to Kentucky. He is not the same Walter Burrus of Albemarle county, Virginia that everyone has repeated on Ancestry.  

Our Walter Burris was living in Clark County, Kentucky from at least 1804 to 1808.  In 1811 or 1812 he came to Missouri. Walter eventually moved to Jackson County, Missouri near Independence prior to 1840.  Walter died in late 1839 (exact date unknown) in Jackson county, Missouri where his estate was administered [3].
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.  They had at least one son, Henry.  
Wife 2 Lydia Barnes was born about 1790 in South Carolina [4].  Walter Burrus and Lydia Barnes were married on May 28, 1807 in Clark county, Kentucky [5].  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 
wife 1
Henry Burris was born about 1790 [6] place unknown [7].  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" and was a Cass County judge.  His wife's name is unknown.  Henry died about 1844, exact date unknown [8]. 
  • John Burris was born c. 1815-20.
  • (male) Burris was born c. 1815-20.
  • (male) Burris was born c. 1815-20.
  • William Burris was born March 29, 1820 Missouri. He married Elizabeth Davidson, March 28, 1843 Cass co.,  Missouri. William died July 15, 1888 Sonoma, CA and was buried Mountain View cem., Sonoma, CA.  
  • David Burris was born Jan. 6, 1824 Old Franklin, Cooper co., Missouri. In 1850 he moved to Sonoma co., CA. He married Julia Ann Wilburn, Oct. 19, 1860 Sacramento, CA. David died Jan. 5, 1904 Sonoma, CA and his ashes were interred at Mt. Olivet Mem. Park, Colma, California.  David was prominent banker.
  • (female) Burris was born c. 1825 Missouri.
  • Elizabeth Burris was born c. 1827 Missouri
  • Sarah Burris was born c. 1829 Missouri.
  • Susannah Burris was born c. 1832 Missouri. She married John Luther Bigham, Jan. 1, 1851 Cass co., MO.  They moved to California.
  • Benjamin Franklin Burris was born July 31, 1833 Pleasant Hill, Cass co., Missouri. He moved to California and was a traveling Methodist minister.  He married Agnes Montgomery, Oct. 23, 1890 San Francisco. Benjamin died July 24, 1898 Alameda, Alameda co., CA.
  • Mary Burris was born c. 1833 Missouri.
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 [9].  She married Elijah Green, March 18, 1831, Cole county, Missouri. Rebecca (and Elijah) apparently died before 1850. 
  • Walter B. Green was born c. 1835 Missouri. He is assumed to be their child. He was living with (his presumed grandmother) Lydia Burris in 1850.  Walter married Amanda Porter, Nov. 19, 1857 in Dekalb co., Missouri.  The minister was his uncle William B Burris.
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
Child by
Nancy Burris was born about 1809 in Kentucky. She married Ebenezer Vernon, before 1826, in Missouri. Nancy died after 1880 presumably in Franklin county, Missouri.  
  • Nehemiah Vernon (twin) was born March 26, 1826 Cole co., Missouri.  He married Nancy E. Tracy.  He died March 23, 1907 Sulphur, Murray co., OK. 
  • Lydia Vernon (twin) was born March 26, 1826 Cole co., Missouri.  She married Samuel Long, Sept. 22, 1842 Miller co., Missouri.  She died "1867".
  • Ezekiel Vernon was born c. 1828 Missouri and died c. 1851.
  • John Vernon was born May 1830 Missouri and died after 1900? Polk? co., OR.
  • Isaac T. Vernon was born c. 1831 Missouri.
  • Rebecca Vernon was born c. 1831 Missouri.  She married John H. McCastland, Dec. 23, 1852. 
  • Thomas L. Vernon was born c. 1833 Missouri.  He married Isadoore D. Dooley, March 15, 1854 Missouri.
  • Mary "Polly" K. Vernon was born Oct. 4, 1836 Missouri.  She married William Grandstaff, April 27, 1854.  She died April 21, 1914. 
  • James M. Vernon was born Jan. 23, 1838 Missouri. He married Sarah Jane Fisher, Dec. 23, 1873 Franklin co., Missouri.  James moved to Texas in the 1880s and died in Caddo Mills, Hunt co., Texas on April 20, 1905. 
  • George J. Vernon was born July 5, 1841 Miller co., Missouri and died Aug. 21, 1841 Missouri. 
  • William E. Vernon was born c. 1842 Miller co., Missouri. 
  • Charity Vernon was born Aug. 1, 1844 Miller co., Missouri.  She died April 20, 1919.
  • Nancy Jane Vernon was born c. 1847 Miller co., Missouri. 
  • Miles P. Vernon was born c. 1849 Miller co., Missouri. 
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. 
Child by
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 place unknown. 
  • Margaret Burris was born Nov. 14, 1836 Missouri.  She married George Corban, Sept. 13, 1855 Dekalb co., Missouri.  She died June 20, 1919 Los Angeles, CA.
  • Lilburn Byron Burris was born Dec. 22, 1837 Jackson co., Missouri.  He married Hannah Lorinda Hall, June 16, 1857 Dekalb co., Missouri.  He died April 1879. 
  • Walter Burris was born Nov. 18, 1840 Missouri.  He married Clarinda Blodgett July 30,  1868.  He died June 21, 1903.
  • Lydia A Burris was born c. 1843 Missouri.
  • William Burris was born c. 1845 Missouri.  He married Eliza Carroll, Dec. 13, 1868.
  • Mary Burris was born c. 1847 Missouri.
  • Barnes Clark Burris was born c. 1849 Missouri.  He died  June 16, 1932. [Note the first and middle name]    
  • Thomas Burris was born c. 1849 Missouri.
  • Zachariah Burris was born July 6, 1854.  He married Mary Elizabeth Smith, Dec. 24, 1874.  He died Nov. 6, 1932.
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.76

1850 Missouri, Dekalb co., p. 431

1860 Kansas, Jefferson co., p. 417

1870 CO, Douglass co., p. 4
Child by
Alice Burris was born 1810-15 Missouri. She married Abraham Crabtree, Aug. 6, 1929 in Cole county, Missouri.  Abraham was believed to have been killed sometime around 1860 by "Bush Whackers".
  • Martha Crabtree was born c. 1830 Missouri.
  • Walter Crabtree was born c. 1832 Missouri.
  • James Crabtree was born c. 1834 Missouri.  He married Louise Francis Morris.  This family evidently traveled with his uncle Thomas Burris.  James died in Arizona about 1899. 
  • Lydia Crabtree was born c. 1836 Missouri.
  • John Crabtree was born c. 1838 Missouri.
  • William Crabtree was born c. 1840 Missouri.
  • Thomas B. Crabtree was born c. 1842 Missouri.
  • Zachariah Crabtree was born c. 1844 Missouri.
  • Sarah Crabtree was born c. 1846 Missouri.
  • Reece Crabtree was born c. 1848 Missouri.
  • Mark Crabtree was born Oct. 1849 Missouri.
  • Albert Crabtree was born c. 1854 Missouri.
  • Elizabeth Crabtree was born c. 1852 Missouri.
1830 Missouri, Cole co., p.196

1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.63

1850 Missouri, McDonald co., p.108

1860 Missouri, McDonald co., p.92
Child by
Mary "Polly" Burris was born Sept. 17, 1814 Howard? county, Missouri. She married Isaac Crabtree early 1830s. Isaac is assumed to have died 1843-47. Mary remarried to John Williams, Jan. 25, 1847 in Jasper county, Missouri. They moved to Collin co., Texas about 1851. John died Dec. 13, 1888 and Mary died June 15, 1892. They were buried in Stiff Chapel cem., Collin co., Texas.
    Children by Isaac Crabtree:
  • Rebecca Crabtree, died young.
  • Lydia Crabtree was born c. 1837 Missouri. She married James K. Howard, Oct. 10, 1853 Collin co., Texas. James and two brothers were murdered in February 1862. Lydia remarried to John R. Broughton, April 5, 1870 Collin co., Texas. Lydia died March 19, 1902 Ada?, Pontotoc co., OK.
  • Whitaker A. Crabtree was born Oct. 30, 1838 Missouri. He married Martha Jane Morrow, Dec. 7, 1865 Collin co., Texas. Martha died Dec. 17, 1899 and Whitaker died Oct. 28, 1908 in Erath co., Texas. They were buried Huckabay cem., Erath co., Texas.
  • Mary Ann Crabtree was born c. 1839 Missouri. She married Alexander Rice, Oct. 16, 1857, Collin co., Texas. Mary died ??
  • Nancy Jane Crabtree was born c. 1841 Missouri. She married Pulaski Bell Farley, Nov. 2, 1860, Collin co., Texas. Nancy died 1860-63.
  • Reece Crabtree was born July 16, 1842 Missouri. He married Sarah Ann Cranford, June 28, 1866, Collin co., Texas. Reece died about 1917 near Steedman, OK.  
  • Isaac Crabtree, died young.
    Children by John Williams:
  • Elizabeth "Bettie" Williams was born Dec. 5, 1848 in Jasper county, Missouri.
  • Sarah Williams was born c 1849 in Jasper county, Missouri.
  • Justin Louvenia? Williams was born Dec. 16, 1850 in Jasper county, Missouri.
  • Angeline "Ann" Williams was born Oct. 1852 Collin? county, Texas.  She lived with her nephew Matt Millican and died after 1920.  Her death date and burial place are unknown.
  • Prudence "Prudy" Williams was born July 20, 1854 Collin county, Texas.
  • Miles Burris Williams was born May 22, 1856 Collin county, Texas.
  • Margaret Ellen Williams was born July 7, 1858 Collin county, Texas.
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
Child by
Thomas Burris was born about 1816 Missouri. He married Sadonia/Siddona Barker, April 4, 1839, Lafayette county, Missouri. This family lived in: Dallas co., Texas; Tular co., California; San Diego co., California; and Phoenix, Arizona. Thomas died in or near Phoenix, Arizona in 1897.
  • James Marshall Burris was born c. 1842 Missouri.  He married Arthusa Ellender Morris, Nov. 15, 1866 San Diego co., CA.  He died Feb. 15, 1911 Phoenix, Maricopa co., AZ.
  • Lydia M. Burris was born c. 1844 Missouri. 
  • Mary E. Burris was born c. 1847 Missouri.
  • Joshua Burris was born c. 1849 Texas.
  • Nancy Ellen Burris was born c. 1851 Texas.  She married Leonadis L. Morris, Dec. 16, 1869 San Diego co., CA,
  • Henry Burris was born c. 1853 CA.
  • Julia Burris was born c. 1858 CA.
  • Martha Burris was born c. 1860 CA.
1850 Texas, Dallas co., p.75

1860 CA, Tulare co., p.11

1870 CA, San Diego co., p.477

1882 AZ, Yavapai co.,
Child by
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.
    Children by Reece Crabtree and Rachel Burris:
  • Isaac Crabtree was born c. 1839 Missouri.  He married Cassander Jolly, Dec. 21, 1865 Hunt co., Texas.  Isaac died 1865-67 and she remarried to Redmond Carter Dec, 12, 1867.
  • Lydia A. Crabtree was born c. 1842-4 Missouri.  She married James Crabtree, Jan. 14, 1874 Grayson co., Texas.
  • Mary Crabtree was born c. 1848 Missouri.  She married John E. Rochel, Jan. 28, 1866 Hunt co., Texas.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Crabtree was born April 1850 Missouri.  She married Thomas McBride.
    Children of Reece Crabtree and Mary J Mills:
  • Hugh J. Crabtree was born c. 1852 Missouri.
  • Nancy A. Crabtree was born c. 1856 Missouri.
  • Delph? Crabtree was born c. 1859 Texas.
  • Belinda? Crabtree was born March 1860 Texas.
  • Joseph T. Carbtree was born May 1866 Texas.  He married Mary S. ?.
  • Lucy F. Crabtree was born c. 1867 Texas.
  • David W. Crabtree was born c. 1868 Texas.
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
Child by
Zachariah Burris was born about 1820 in Missouri. He married Mary Barker, Feb. 20, 1842 in Platte county, Missouri. They were in Dallas county, Texas in 1850 and Wise county, Texas in 1860.  Zachariah died after 1862. 1850 Texas, Dallas co., p.75

1860 Texas, Wise co., p.340

1858-62 Texas, Wise county tax lists
Child by
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.
  • James Flannery
  • William Burris Flannery
  • Nancy Jane Flannery
  • Thomas G. Flannery
  • Rebecca Ann Flannery
  • Polly Ann Flannery
  • Lydia Ann Flannery
  • Susannah Flannery
  • John L. Flannery
  • Martha Flannery
1840 Missouri, Jackson co., p.76

1850 Missouri, Dekalb co., p.433

1860 Texas, Collin co., p.36

1870 Texas, Collin co., p.452
Child by
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 .
  • William F. Burris was born April 28, 1847 Dekalb co., Missouri.  William died April 2, 1873 Jefferson co., Kansas
  • Alvin Peter Burris was born Feb. 27, 1850 Dekalb co., Missouri. Alvin died Feb. 24, 1924 Jefferson co., Kansas
  • Solomon D. Burris was born June 25, 1852 Missouri.  Solomon died March 10, 1867 Jefferson co., Kansas.  
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

Per 1880 Census question for father's birthplace. Nancy Vernon and Thomas Burris say Kentucky.  Mary's entry is blank. In the 1790 Federal Census for South Carolina (Laurens County) there was a "Walter 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 note 7 below). 

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.  
2 David Burris' son Mastin Burris is mentioned in a biography as a "cousin" of Henry Burris, son of Walter (presumed same Henry). A large amount of descendants of these 3 men appear in the exact same places.  See also Burris and Vernon  Notes.

3 Jackson County, Missouri probate records.

4 1850 Federal Census, Missouri, Dekalb County, page 431.

5 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]

6 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.

7 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".  This doesn't necessarily indicate birthplace though but possibly where he was raised. 

8 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.

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 1812 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.

Possible leads:
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.]