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Walter Burris (Burrus) of Missouri

(updated 7-28-15)

Husband Walter Burris (Burrus) was born in the 1760s possibly in Kentucky.He is evidently related (exact relation uncertain) to the David and Thomas Burris of Cass co., MO and the Burrus families of Cooper co., MO.2 

There is no evidence that this Walter Burris (Burrus) is the same Walter Burrus from Albemarle county, Virginia other than the same name and age. In fact they appear to be two completely different people with different families living in different areas. The Virginia Walter Burris stayed in Albemarle county while this Walter Burris was in Kentucky by 1807 and Missouri by 1811. Walter died in late 1839 in Jackson county, Missouri where his estate was administered.3  [more] 
Federal census and tax records:

1817 MO, Howard co. tax roll 

1830 MO, Cole co., [unreadable]
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 Lidia Barnes were married on May 28, 1807 Clark county, Kentucky.Lydia lived with her grandson Walter Green and her son William B Burris after Walter's death and died after 1860 probably in Kansas or possibly Colorado.   1840 MO, Jackson co., [living with ?]

1850 MO, Dekalb co., p. 431

1860 KS, Jefferson co., p.41 
Child by 
wife 1
Henry Burris was born 1790/91 6 and died about 1847. He moved to Jackson co., MO in 1825, then to Cass co., MO in 1831, and then to Johnson co., MO in 1842. Henry is mentioned as "a cousin of Mastin Burris" and was a Cass county judge.  His wife's name is unknown.
  • 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 MO. He married Elizabeth Davidson, March 28, 1843 Cass co.,  MO. William died July 15, 1888 CA.  
  • David Burris was born Jan. 6, 1824 Old Franklin, Cooper co., MO. In 1850 he moved to Sonoma co., CA. He married Julia Ann Wilburn, Oct. 19, 1860 Sacramento, CA. David died Jan. 5, 1904 San Francisco,  CA and was buried in Mt. Olivet Mem. Park, Colma, California.  David was prominent banker.
  • (female) Burris was born c. 1825 MO.
  • Elizabeth Burris was born c. 1827 MO
  • Sarah Burris was born c. 1829 MO.
  • Susannah Burris was born c. 1832 MO.
  • Benjamin Franklin Burris was born c. 1832 Cass co., MO. He married Agnes Montgomery. He died July 24, 1895 Alameda, CA.
  • Mary Burris was born c. 1833 MO.
1830 MO, Jackson co., p.306

1840 MO, Van Buren (Cass) co., Big Creek Twp., p.146


child by 
Rebecca Burris was born 1808-1811 in Kentucky.7 She married Elijah Green, March 18, 1831, Cole county, Missouri. Rebecca (and Elijah) apparently died before 1850. 
  • Walter B. Green was born c. 1835 MO. 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., MO.  The minister was his uncle William B Burris.
1830 MO, Lafayette co., p.253

1850 MO, Dekalb county, p. 431

1860 KS, Jefferson county, p 413-A

1870 MO, 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., MO.  He married Nancy E. Tracy.  He died March 23, 1907 Sulphur, Murray co., OK. 
  • Lydia Vernon (twin) was born March 26, 1826 Cole co., MO.  She married Samuel Long, Sept. 22, 1842 Miller co., MO.  She died "1867".
  • Ezekiel Vernon was born c. 1828 MO and died c. 1851.
  • John Vernon was born May 1830 MO and died after 1900? Polk? co., OR.
  • Isaac T. Vernon was born c. 1831 MO.
  • Rebecca Vernon was born c. 1831 MO.  She married John H. McCastland, Dec. 23, 1852. 
  • Thomas L. Vernon was born c. 1833 MO.  He married Isadoore D. Dooley, March 15, 1854 MO.
  • Mary "Polly" K. Vernon was born Oct. 4, 1836 MO.  She married William Grandstaff, April 27, 1854.  She died April 21, 1914. 
  • James M. Vernon was born Jan. 23, 1838 MO. He married Sarah Jane Fisher, Dec. 23, 1873 Franklin co., MO.  James moved to Texas in the 1880s and died in Caddo Mills, Hunt co., TX on April 20, 1905. 
  • George J. Vernon was born July 5, 1841 Miller co., MO and died Aug. 21, 1841 MO. 
  • William E. Vernon was born c. 1842 Miller co., MO. 
  • Charity Vernon was born Aug. 1, 1844 Miller co., MO.  She died April 20, 1919.
  • Nancy Jane Vernon was born c. 1847 Miller co., MO. 
  • Miles P. Vernon was born c. 1849 Miller co., MO. 
1830 MO, Cole co., p.  194

1840 MO, Miller (taken from Cole) co., p. 117

1850 MO, Miller co., p. 412

1860 MO, Miller co., p. 474

1870 MO, Franklin county, Boeuf Twp., p 76

1880 MO, 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 MO.  She married George Corban, Sept. 13, 1855 Dekalb co., MO.  She died June 20, 1919 Los Angeles, CA.
  • Lilburn Byron Burris was born Dec. 22, 1837 Jackson co., MO.  He married Hannah Lorinda Hall, June 16, 1857 Dekalb co., MO.  He died April 1879. 
  • Walter Burris was born Nov. 18, 1840 MO.  He married Clarinda Blodgett July 30,  1868.  He died June 21, 1903.
  • Lydia A Burris was born c. 1843 MO.
  • William Burris was born c. 1845 MO.  He married Eliza Carroll, Dec. 13, 1868.
  • Mary Burris was born c. 1847 MO.
  • Barnes Clark Burris was born c. 1849 MO.  He died  June 16, 1932. [Note the first and middle name]    
  • Thomas Burris was born c. 1849 MO.
  • Zachariah Burris was born July 6, 1854.  He married Mary Elizabeth Smith, Dec. 24, 1874.  He died Nov. 6, 1932.
1840 MO, Jackson co., p.76

1850 MO, Dekalb co., p. 431

1860 KS, 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 MO.
  • Walter Crabtree was born c. 1832 MO.
  • James Crabtree was born c. 1834 MO.  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 MO.
  • John Crabtree was born c. 1838 MO.
  • William Crabtree was born c. 1840 MO.
  • Thomas B. Crabtree was born c. 1842 MO.
  • Zachariah Crabtree was born c. 1844 MO.
  • Sarah Crabtree was born c. 1846 MO.
  • Reece Crabtree was born c. 1848 MO.
  • Mark Crabtree was born Oct. 1849 MO.
  • Albert Crabtree was born c. 1854 MO.
  • Elizabeth Crabtree was born c. 1852 MO.
1830 MO, Cole co., p.196

1840 MO, Jackson co., p.63

1850 MO, McDonald co., p.108

1860 MO, 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., TX about 1851. John died Dec. 13, 1888 and Mary died June 15, 1892. They were buried in Stiff Chapel cem., Collin co., Texas.
  • Rebecca Crabtree, died young.
  • Lydia Crabtree was born c. 1837 MO. She married James K. Howard, Oct. 10, 1853 Collin co., TX. James and two brothers were murdered in February 1862. Lydia remarried to John R. Broughton, April 5, 1870 Collin co., TX. Lydia died March 19, 1902 Ada?, Pontotoc co., OK.
  • Whitaker A. Crabtree was born Oct. 30, 1838 MO. He married Martha Jane Morrow, Dec. 7, 1865 Collin co., TX. Martha died Dec. 17, 1899 and Whitaker died Oct. 28, 1908 in Erath co., TX. They were buried Huckabay cem., Erath co., TX.
  • Mary Ann Crabtree was born c. 1839 MO. She married Alexander Rice, Oct. 16, 1857, Collin co., TX. Mary died ??
  • Nancy Jane Crabtree was born c. 1841 MO. She married Pulaski Bell Farley, Nov. 2, 1860, Collin co., TX. Nancy died 1860-63.
  • Reece Crabtree was born July 16, 1842 MO. He married Sarah Ann Cranford, June 28, 1866, Collin co., TX. Reece died about 1917 near Steedman, OK.  
  • Isaac Crabtree, died young.
  • Elizabeth "Bettie" Williams was born Dec. 5, 1848 in Jasper county, MO.
  • Sarah Williams was born c 1849 in Jasper county, MO.
  • Justin Louvenia? Williams was born Dec. 16, 1850 in Jasper county, MO.
  • Angeline "Ann" Williams was born Oct. 1852 Collin? county, TX.  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, TX.
  • Miles Burris Williams was born May 22, 1856 Collin county, TX.
  • Margaret Ellen Williams was born July 7, 1858 Collin county, TX.
1840 MO, Jackson co., p.

1850 MO, Jasper co., p.

1860 TX, Collin co., p.49

1870 TX, Collin co., p.322

1880 TX, 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 MO.  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 MO. 
  • Mary E. Burris was born c. 1847 MO.
  • Joshua Burris was born c. 1849 TX.
  • Nancy Ellen Burris was born c. 1851 TX.  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 TX, 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 prior to 1860. Reece remarried to Mary J. ???.
  • Isaac Crabtree was born c. 1839 MO.  He married Cassander Jolly, Dec. 21, 1865 Hunt co., TX.  Isaac died 1865-67 and she remarried to Redmond Carter Dec, 12, 1867.
  • Lydia A. Crabtree was born c. 1842-4 MO.  She married James Crabtree, Jan. 14, 1874 Grayson co., TX.
  • Mary Crabtree was born c. 1848 MO.  She married John E. Rochel, Jan. 28, 1866 Hunt co., TX.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Crabtree was born April 1850 MO.  She married Thomas McBride.
  • Hugh J. Crabtree was born c. 1852 MO.
  • Nancy A. Crabtree was born c. 1856 MO.
  • Delph? Crabtree was born c. 1859 TX.
  • Belinda? Crabtree (by Rachel? or Reece's 2nd wife?) was born March 1860 TX.
  • Joseph T. Carbtree (by Reece's 2nd wife) was born May 1866 TX.  He married Mary S. ?.
  • Lucy F. Crabtree (by Reece's 2nd wife) was born c. 1867 TX.
  • David W. Crabtree (by Reece's 2nd wife) was born c. 1868 TX.
1840 MO, Newton co., p.250

1850 MO, McDonald co., p.109

1860 TX, Hunt co., p.324

1870 TX, Grayson co., p.115

1880 TX, 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, TX in 1850 and Wise county, TX in 1860.  Zachariah died after 1862. 1850 TX, Dallas co., p.75

1860 TX, Wise co., p.340

1858-62 TX, 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., TX 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 MO, Jackson co., p.76

1850 MO, Dekalb co., p.433

1860 TX, Collin co., p.36

1870 TX, 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., MO in 1850 and Jefferson co., KS 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., MO.  William died April 2, 1873 Jefferson co., KS
  • Alvin Peter Burris was born Feb. 27, 1850 Dekalb co., MO. Alvin died Feb. 24, 1924 Jefferson co., KS
  • Solomon D. Burris was born June 25, 1852 MO.  Solomon died March 10, 1867 Jefferson co., KS.  
1850 MO, Dekalb co., p. 432

1860 KS, Jefferson co., p.417

1870 KS, Greenwood co., Lane twp, Page 4

1880 KS, Greenwood county, Lane Twp

1 Per 1880 Census question for father's birthplace. Nancy Vernon and Thomas Burris say Kentucky.  Mary's entry is blank.
2 A large amount of descendants appear in the exact same places.  Historical references mention these families being related. 
   See Burris and Vernon  Notes.
3 Jackson County, Missouri probate records.
1850 Census.
Marriage index to first marriage register Clark County, Kentucky, 1793-1831. This record is mis-transcribed at Ancestry.
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 1790-1791.
7 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 late 1811 when Walter Burris came to Missouri.  Thus she was born mid 1808 to late 1811.