Name: Thomas BURRIS
Birth: 1720 in Norfolk/King William Co., VA
Death: 1 MAR 1789 in St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA
Note: 1 2|
1782 Orange Co., VA Heads of Family
5 white, 1 black, 8? total in household
Thomas Burris (1720-89) served as sergeant in Capt. William Washington's company, 3rd Virginia regiment, Continental Line, 1777. He was born in Norfolk; died in Orange County, Va.
1788 Tax List Fayette Co., KY
1. Will dated 2 Dec 1788 and probated 23 Mar 1789 in Orange county, Virginia.
2. Served as a private (before the battle of the Meadows) in George Mercer's company (Company M) during the Fort Necessity campaign of the French and Indian War (Col. Geo. Washington's regiment). He was wounded by an Indian tomahawk (in the head) as reported in the Maryland Gazette
(Annapolis) 2 Oct 1755. T. Burris fought at Braddock's defeat in 1755.
He later was to exasperate George Washington by "some sharp practices" in horse-dealing. Evidently T. Burris rode a mare which had originally belonged to an officer who was killed, Washington wanted to sell the horse and give the money to the officers family; the horse was
eventually taken to Washington's Bullskin Plantation. Burris had ridden the horse from "Alexandry" to Fort Loudoun. In 1757 T. Burris was paid ten pounds by the Colony of Virginia as a "recompence for the loss of his arm in the service of his country (J.H.B. 1752-1758, page 478). In 1757-1758 Burris was a messenger or courier who delivered letters to and from George Washington and members of his command.
3. Thomas Burris served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Capt. William Washington's company, 3rd Virginia Regiment of Foot. He enlisted 23 Feb 1776 and his name appears on the muster rolls of that organization to July, 1777. His name appears with the rank of corporal
with the following: Captain John Francis Mercer's Company of this regiment to and including May, 1776; Capt. Robert Powell's Company, 3rd and 7th Virginia (consolidated) regiment from May, 1778 to September, 1778. Capt. Robert Powell's company, 3rd Virginia Regiment for October,
1778; Capt. John F. Mercer's company, 3rd Virginia Regiment, to April, 1779, and Capt. Valentine Peyton's company, 3rd Virginia Regiment, to November, 1779.
4. Thomas Burris received two grants of land in Kentucky: #549 and #552.
Each was for 1,000 acres in Fayette county, KY on 2-mile Creek and both were dated 1 Mar 1784.
5. If Frances Tandy's birth date is correct--1735--then it is quite likely that Thomas Burris was probably married twice for Frances Tandy would have only been 13 years old at the birth of the first child, Fanny, in 1748. But, perhaps the birth date of Frances Tandy is in error because
the first childs name, Fanny, or Frances? may have been for her mother, Frances Tandy. However, on page 42 of the Baker Family material it is suggested that Frances Tandy was the second wife of Thomas Burris-- married as his second wife Thomas Burrus, born about 1720 who was with
George Washington in 1756 at Braddock's Defeat and there lost an arm.""
6. The birth place of Thomas Burris has also been seen as Norfolk, VA.
7. NOTE: There is no actual proof that this Thomas Burris was the son of Edmund Burris. William E. Brockman, in his books concerning Orange co., VA first speculated about the Burris family of JOHN BURRIS (Burrows) who came to Jamestowne in 1608 and died there on 1 Jan 1628 > JOHN BURRIS,
JR. (c1623-c1703, d King William co., VA) > EDMUND BURRIS (d bef 1783 King William co., VA) > THOMAS BURRIS (who married Frances Tandy). The uncertainty of this lineage is clearly stated in the Burris/Burrus book by John W. Burris.
SOURCES INCLUDE: DAR Patriot Index, page 104.
Reg. KY Hist. Soc. Mag. 24:182-190 (1926).
Orange County Virginia Families, III, page 109 (copy of will) and page 132.
Brockman Scrapbook, pages 48, 54, 58, and 307.
Genealogical Memoranda of the Quisenberry Family and Other Families by Anderson Chenault Quisenberry (1897).
The Baker Family of England and of Central Virginia: Their Many Related Families and Kin by William Thompson Baker, Sr. page 317.
Pamunkey Neighbors by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, page 542.
Hays County (Texas) Hist. & Geneal. Soc. Quart., 11(4):149-150.
Master Index, Virginia Surveys and Grants, 1774-1791 by Joan E. Brookes-Smith, page 27.
The Dairies of George Washington, Vol. 3:389, 391, 4:424, 5:436, 6:4-5,25.
The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series 2, page 62.
Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, page 478.
VA Hist. Mag. 1:279 (1894).
Orange county, Virginia Will Book C, pages 190-191.
Christian county, Kentucky Will Book C, pages 83-84.
American Revolution Patriots and Descendents by Mary Carter, page 40.
History of the Haggard Family in England and America, 1433 to 1899 to 1938 by Jennie Haggard Ray (1938), pages 141-142.
DAC 1:157; 2:95; 5:71, 87; 6:69, 222; 10:106.
DAR 48:407-408 (1904); 56:342 (1906); 65:234 (1907);
76:282 (1909); 99:310-311 (1913); 133:253-254 (1917); 136:305 (1917).
Burris, John W. 1993 Burris/Burrus Research Book, Two Hundred Years, 1608-1808. Woodlake, CA. (This book represents a collection of research results of many people and was compiled by John W. Burris).
Will of Thomas Burrus
"In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas Burrus of the County of Orang e, and Parish of St. Thomas, (Va.) being at the present time sound in mi nd and memory, I thank God for the same---do hereby certify this be my last will and Testament, in manner and form as follows:
First: After I quit this mortal life I desire my body to be decent ly buried with every solemnity, at the discretion of my Executors, and aft er paying my just debts, what then remains my will and desire is may be di sposed of in the following manner; viz.;
I lend to my beloved wife, Frances Burrus, my whole estate, real and personal, during her natural life or widowhood, and after her death to be divided amongst my children, hereafter named.
I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Burrus (first choice), 500 acres of land at Kentucky, to him and his heirs, etc.
Also, I give and bequeath to my son William Tandy Burrus 500 acres of land at Kentucky (second choice), to him and his heirs, etc.
Also, I give and bequeath to my son Roger Tandy Burrus, 500 acres or land at Kentucky (third choice), to him and his heirs, etc., and one feather bed, etc.
Also, I give and bequeath to my grandson Thomas Burrus, son of Thomas Burrus, one negro boy Absalom, to him and his heirs, etc.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mourning Burrus, one negro woman named Nan and all her increase; but if the said negro should die before my daughter shall be of age or marry then there shall be another likely girl under the age of ten years old be replaced to her and her heirs, etc.; and a1so one beast by the name of Jack, and saddle and feather bed and furniture.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Fanny Embry one negro girl named S ukey, and all her increase, to her and her heirs, etc.---it being her part of the slaves I intend for her; also one feather bed and furniture---which said negro and bed is already delivered to her.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Mildred Embry one negro boy named Ben, to her and her heirs, etc.; already delivered, also £10 cash already delivered.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Brockman one negro boy named Duke, also one feather bed and furniture, which said negro and b ed is already delivered; also £10 cash, to be raised out of my estate--- to her and her heirs, etc.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Tribble one negro ---girl named Agness, and all her increase, to her and her heirs, already delivere d; also £l0 cash, already delivered.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Quisenberry one negro girl named Dimah, and her increase, to her and her heirs, etc.; also one feather bed and furniture. . Also £20 cash, which portion above mentioned is already delivered.
I give and bequeath to my grand-daughter Frances Quisenbcrry, the daughter of Jane Quisenberry, one negro girl named Violet, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Frances Tandy Bush one negro girl named Alice and all her increase, also one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs which is already delivered to her.
Also, I desire after my wife Frances Burrus' death or widowhood th at the negro boy Gilbert, now in the possession of my son Thomas Burrus May be returned to the balance of my estate, and that there may be nine ( 9) of the choice of my slaves then remaining to be equally divided between my three sons, Thomas Burrus, William Tandy Burrus, and Roger Tandy Burrus, to them and their heirs, etc., and if either of my sons should die under age or before they possess their part of my estate, that their porti on shall be equally divided between my sons then remaining.
I also desire that the balance of my land at Kentucky, which is 500 acres, be equally divided between my five daughters, Fanny Embry, Mildred Embry, Sallie Tribble, Jane Quisenberry, and Frances Tandy Bush, to them and their heirs forever.
I give unto my daughter Mourning Burrus the land whereon I now live, at the death of my wife, Frances Burrus, to her and her heirs forever.
Also, my will and desire is that after the death or widowhood of my wife, Frances Burrus, is that the balance of my negroes then remaining, with stock and household furniture of all kinds may be equally divided between my sons and daughters above named, except one equal child's part of the last balance of negroes and household furniture and stock to be equally divided between my two grand-daughters and grandson, Elijah Perry, Dicey Perry and Mary Perry, to them and their heirs, etc.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Frances Burrus Executrix, and Henry Tandy and Thomas Burros, Executors of this my last will and testament. As witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd d ay of October 1788.
Witnesses: Caleb Lindsay, Thomas Belt, James Daniel.
Probated and admitted to record on Monday, March 23, 1798, the Execut rix and Executors named herein qualifying as such with Joseph Duncan and William: Tandy Burris as their securities."
From this will of Thomas Burris we find that he and his wife, Frances Tandy Burris, were the parents of eleven children.
1. Thomas Burris II, who at the time of his father's death was marri ed and had a son, Thomas Burris III.
2. William Tandy Burris, who seems not to have been of age at the ti me the will was made.
3. Roger Tandy Burris. Who also seems not to have been of age at t he time the will was made.
4. ??.Burris (daughter), who had married a Mr. Perry and had died lea ving three children, Elijah, Dicey and Mary.
5. Fanny Burris, who married ?? Embry and probably moved to Kentucky.
6. Mildred Burris, who married ?? Embry and probably moved to Kentuck y.
7. Elizabeth Burris, who married - Brockman and probably moved onto h er, land In Kentucky.
8. Sarah Ann Burris, b. 30 September, 1753; d. 15 December, 183 0; m. 1768, Rev. Andrew Tribble (b. 22 March, 1741; d.30 (?) December, 182 2).
They were Kentucky pioneers. (See sketch on. Andrew Tribble for their hist ory and the list of their descendants.) *
9. Jane Burris, b. 5 July, 1759, in Orange County, Virginia; d. 3 Nov ember, 1811; m. 4 December, 1776, Rev. James Quisenberry (b. 13 June, 175 9, In Spottsylvania County, Virginia; d.5 August, 1830, in Clark County, K entucky). James Quisenberry was the son of Aaron and Joyce Quisenberr y. At the age of ten their family moved from Spottslyvania to Orange Count y. When he was only 17 he was married to Jane Burns, who was the same age, and in 1783, near the close of the Revolutionary War they went to Kentu cky and settled. He saw some service in the Revolutionary War in the Milit ia of Orange County. Later he became a Baptist preacher. They had seven so ns and six daughters. (See "Genealogical Memoranda of the Quisenberry Fami ly and Other Families. ")
10. Frances Tandy Burris, m. William Bush, better known as Captain Bi lly Bush (b. 29 October, 1746; d. 26 July, 1815). He was the son of Philip Bush, Sr., and Mary Bush, and was the grandson of John Bush of St. Thom as Parish, Orange County, Virginia (his will was probated in 1746), and Br idget Bush. Captain Billy Bush was with Daniel Boone on his second tr ip to Kentucky in 1770, and was a great Indian fighter. He served under Ge orge Rogers Clark. In his Illinois campaign, which won the Northwest Terri tory for the United States. He was the founder of the famous Bush settleme nt in Clark. County, Kentucky, The inscription on his tombstone reads, " He was the friend and companion of Daniel Boone." (See "Genealogical Memor anda of the Quisenberry Family" and the "Boone Family," by Hazel A. Sprake r.)
11. Mourning Burris, who was not of age at the time her father made h is will.
All honor, then, to Thomas and Frances Tandy Burris, who, although not themselves pioneers of Kentucky, were nevertheless the parents or grand parents of many members of the vanguard of her early settlers. Having the good fortune to be one of their descendants, it gives me great plea sure to pay this slight tribute to their memory.
*See Genealogies of Kentucky Families (Vol. o-y), 521-524.
Check Census: 1850 Spotsylvania County, Virginia for George B. Tribble
Father: Edmund BURRIS b: ABT 1678 in "Burrows Hill" James City, VA
Mother: Elizabeth WOOLFOLK b: ABT 1770
Frances TANDY b: 3 OCT 1724 in King & Queen Co., VA
in St. Stephen's Parish, Caroline Co., VA
- Francis "Fanny" BURRIS b: 1747/1748 in Orange Co., VA
- Mildred BURRIS b: 1750/1751 in St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA
- Elizabeth BURRIS b: 1751 in Orange Co., VA
- Sarah Ann "Sallie" BURRIS b: 30 SEP 1753 in Orange Co., VA
- Mary "Mollie" BURRIS b: ABT 1756 in Orange Co., VA
- Thomas BURRIS b: ABT 1757 in St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA
- Jane BURRIS b: 5 JUL 1759 in Orange Co., VA
- Frances Tandy BURRIS b: 31 JAN 1762 in Orange Co., VA
- Mourning BURRIS b: 1763 in Orange Co., VA
- Roger Tandy BURRIS b: 18 APR 1769 in Orange Co., VA
- Nancy BURRIS b: 1775 in Orange Co., VA
- William Tandy BURRIS b: 9 JUN 1776 in Orange Co., VA
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