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Burriss family in 1800's
Posted by: Sarah Dorn (ID *****3796) Date: March 22, 2005 at 12:44:02
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We are searching for info on a Burriss family that was in Morgan County during the mid-1800's. All we have is a copy of a letter written in 1872 by Elizabeth (Burriss) (McCrosky) Epperson to her brother, John Crockett Burriss. Elizabeth was in Morgan County at the time she wrote the letter. In it she lists some siblings. Some of these are alive but the remainder are "...liing in a roe at Shiloh". When we made a trip to Morgan County several years ago, we did not find the graves, but we assume that they are among the 100 or so graves at the west side of the cemetery that were either unmarked or had stones that were deface to the exent that they were not legible. The names of the "siblings" are:

William F. died ___ber 7, 1834
Hannah died November 8, 1848
Polly died August 1852
Cate lives in Osceola, Arkansas
Tempy still in Tennessee

Pappa and Mother are also mentioned but not by names. Mother died March 7, 1855, and Pappa died March 28, 1867. Pappa was probably named William F. also because there are 2 men by that name in at least one census in Morgan County. Later there was one. This would follow the assumption that they were "our" father and son. Pappa outlived William F. by 30+ years.

John Crockett Burriss was born in 1810 and was in Texas by 1835. Census records give his birth place first as Tennessee and then later, as Alabama. He married in Texas in 1845 and had 3 children (2 survived). After the death of his wife and the youngest child in 1851, he never remarried, but raised his kids with help of some relatives, one with the surname of Wilson. Interestingly, his son was named William Wilson Burriss. His surviving daughter was named Manurvia Elifair. These names came from the mother's family. The infant that died was Elizabeth, named for her mother.

This is all we have on Crockett (as his sister calls him in her letter). Elizabeth gave a little more about her husbands and children and about some friends from Morgan County. We would appreciate any tidbit that anyone might have. This search was begun by my mom in the late 1960's and I have continued the job. Mom is 96 years old now and still asks periodically if I have found Crockett. I sure would like to hand her something new. Thanks.

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