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Re: Burris ancestors
Posted by: Joanne Vaughan (ID *****1380) Date: August 28, 2012 at 21:20:46
In Reply to: Burris ancestors by Peggy Holt of 3 INDEXERR: Missing index.h

Thomas Burrus of Virginia went to Haystack, Surry County, North Carolina where he met and married Nancy Tucker. Thomas and Nancy Burrus first went to the Siloam area of North Carolina and from there to Rockford, North Carolina where they bought land. Thomas and Nancy Burrus raised four sons and named them John, Lee Hammond, Miley and George Thomas. The family remained in Rockford, North Carolina.

One of the four sons, George Thomas, born in 1790, married Mariah Pell also born in 1790. George and Mariah had four children and named them George Thomas Jr., Jestina, Thomas and William. This family also remained in Rockford, North Carolina. Eventually the brothers, Thomas and William left North Carolina and settled in what is now the Fallville area of Grayson County, Virginia. Here they established a home on Briar Patch Mountain just below Chestnut Flats.

William’s brother, George Burrus, Jr. and his wife, Allie Cave, agreed that their daughter, Phoebe, would be William’s wife. William married his niece. Another curiosity of the time was the change in the spelling of the Burrus surname. The family members who went to Virgina and made their home in Grayson County began spelling their name “Burris.” Even to this day, the family in North Carolina spell their name Burrus, while those from Grayson County spell their name Burris.

William and Phoebe Burris raised their family in Fallville, in the Spring Valley area of Grayson County. They had six sons named William, John, Charles, Columbus (Lum), Martin and Johnson (Jonce). Their son Jonce married widow Lena Byrd Vaughan. Jonce and Lena had five children, they were Bayse, Ross, Clifton, Viola and Grace. Lena had two young children from her previous marriage to William Vaughan, they were Garland and William Vaughan Jr. Jonce and Lena also raised a nephew, Howard Byrd, the son of Lena’s brother whose wife died shortly after child birth. Jonce and Lena Burris raised 8 children in their cabin home in Fallville, Grayson County, Virginia.

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