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Morgan County Wilson/Burriss connection
Posted by: Sarah Dorn (ID *****3796) Date: January 15, 2009 at 05:25:00
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This message (with a few modifications) was posted on the Wilson Family Forum in 2005. There have been no responses, so I'm grasping at straws again. Any info would be greatly, greatly appreciated. BTW, I have been in Morgan County and the staff at your local historical facility were very helpful, but I probably didn't completely explore their files. The living ancestors have to take priority over the dead ones and I had to return home before I could finish.

Can anyone give me family information on Andrew J. Wilson, age 42, who appears on the 1860 US Census in Morgan County, Alabama? He is listed as head of household with his wife, Rebecca, 7 children, 2 farm laborers, and a 73 year old man named William Burriss.

I am a Burriss researcher and am following the movements of my earliest documented ancestor, John Crockett Burriss (1810-1880). He simply appears in Texas about 1834. His sister, who was living in Morgan County, wrote a letter to him in 1872 with family information. In this letter she speaks of "your Uncle Green" and his children. I was able to identify Greenberry Wilson in Morgan County through his children's names. In further research I found that my ancestor always lived near one or more members of the Greenberry Wilson family out of Cumberland County, TN. He also named his only son William Wilson Burriss.

The William Burriss in the 1860 census had lived in Morgan County from at least from 1826 and has been found in legal documents tied with the Greenberry Wilson in Morgan County. I think that William Burriss may have married first a woman who was related to the Greenberry Wilson clan. His later wife was Charlotte unknown who died in 1855. Since I found William living with a Wilson household I feel even more sure of this connection. Any help in identifying Andrew J. Wilson would greatly appreciated.

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