Hey all, I've been working on my Burris line for years now, here is what I have so far of my DIRECT relation to this line.I have much more info on brothers and sisters, spouses, kids, etc., but I just wanted to see if anyone has any links to this line and can collaborate with me, or if I can help anyone perhaps fill in any holes they may have.Feel free to email me with questions! For ease, my direct line, working back from me, is Sandy Bevins Runyon, Luna Burris Bevins, Joseph E. "Bud" Burris, Lafayette Burris, James Burris, Elizabeth Burris, and Micajah Burris.I'm also related to this Burris Line through my Bevins, as my GG Grandfather Lafayette Burris was a brother to my GG Grandmother Sarah "Sally" T. Burris Bevins. Confusing line, I know!LOL
Descendants of Micajah Burris
Generation No. 1
1. MICAJAH1 BURRIS was born 1775 in Scotland or Bedford County, Virginia,
and died in Probably Russell County, Virginia. He married RACHEL MCCOY. She
was born 1775 in Virginia, and died in Probably Pike County, Kentucky.
Notes for MICAJAH BURRIS:
Sharon Burress says that Micah was a hatter by trade, that "he is found
purchasing hatter implements from an estate in Newberg, Va, when he was
about 27 years old."(as per Jack Hooker email)
1810 Census for Virginia, Montgomery County (online at ancestry.com):
2 males under 10, 1 male10 to 15, 1 male 26 to 44; four females under 10, 1
female 10 to 15, 1 female 26 to 44
Listed next door is a George McCoy:
1 male 26 to 44; 1 female under 10, 1 female 26 to 44
and on George Mcoy's other side is:
3 males under 10, 1 male 26 to 44; 1 female under 10, 1 female 26 to 44
1820 Census - nothing came up for Micajah Burress/Burris on ancestry's
1830 Census Index for Virginia, Russell Co., page 1321 on
www.genealogylibrary.com's online index Research note: There is also a
William Burress in this index, same county; perhaps a brother to Micajah??
Images online on ancestry.com shows:
1 male 5 to 10, 1 male 10 to 15, 1 male 50 to 60; 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female
50 to 60
!1850 Census for Russell County, 54th District, Virginia: (note: Micajah is
in Elizabeth Burress' household)
Micajah Burress age 73, Hatter, b. Bedford Co. VA
(wife Rachel living in Pike Co. KY on this census, unless she was on an
extended visit?, with her son Daniel, age 40, a Laborer.) Perhaps Rachel and
Micajah were separated? (Rachel And Daniel were in home of dau Mary married
to William Mccoy)BCPH
(Micajah was head of house)BCPH
Elisabeth Burress age 46 b. North Carolina (is she a daughter, or a
Tempus Burress age 12 (Female) b. Russell Co. VA
Jane Burress age 9 b. Russell Co. Va
Rachel Burress age 5 b. Russell Co. Va
Henry A. Burress age 4 b. Russell Co. Va
Sidney Burress age 1 month (Male) b. Russell Co. Va
Military - Tara Wallace-Maggard gives the following:
War of 1812 Muster Rolls
Burress Micajah 4 Regiment Virginia Militia. Drummer 30 602
Burress Website by Michelle gives the following: "Micajah was born around
1777. He was the son of William Burrus. It is not known if his mother was
Ellender Candler or not. [wife] Rachel was born around 1775. She is the
daughter of "Old" William McCoy and Rachel (maiden name unknown.) Micajah
and Rachel were married on October 20, 1795 in Montgomery Co VA. Micajah was
a hatter. He lived most of his life in Russell Co Virginia, where he died
sometime after 1850. By that time, he and his wife Rachel were living apart.
Micajah was living in Russell Co. with his daughter-in-law Rachel Burress.
Rachel was living in Pike Co KY with her daughter Mary Ann. I do not know
why Rachel and Micajah were living apart." (Micajah was with a Elizabeth
I question Rachel being a dau of Old William McCoy. BCPH
Patricia Christian, firstname.lastname@example.org, gives Micajah's birthplace as
Bedford Co., VA
Change Date: 21 Jan 2002 at 11:01:30
Father: William BURRUS b: ABT 1757 in , , prob Scotland or Ireland
Mother: Ellender CANDLER b: ABT 1756
Marriage 1 Rachel MCCOY b: ABT 1778
Married: 13 Oct 1795 in , Montgomery, Virginia 1 3 4
N.Niles on ancestry
I am spelling this name as Burris to keep them together in the index. It can
also be Burress. Burriss and Buriss. BCPH
Notes for RACHEL MCCOY:
There is question as to who her parents are. Some think she is a dau of Old
William Mccoy whose children came into Pike county. Others say he dad was a
Richard McCoy. I think she was a relative of Old William but there is
question as to her exact relationship.
In 1850 Rachel is 75 years old and living in the home of her daughter Mary
Burris McCoy (Mrs. William McCoy) in Pike County, KY. Also in the home is a
Daniel Burris age 40 who might be her son.
The next house is Elizabeth Burris who is head of the house at age 53 and
has one son Harrison.
Also in the neighborhood is James Burris age 21 and his wife Isabell
(Francisco) age 19. This is all the Burris family in Pike county in 1850.
Children of MICAJAH BURRIS and RACHEL MCCOY are:
2. i. ELIZABETH2 BURRIS, b. 1797, Virginia.
ii. JAMES H. BURRIS, b. 1802, Virginia.
Notes for JAMES H. BURRIS:
There is a James Burris married to Francis in Tazewell county Virginia in
3. iii. ELIZABETH BURRIS, b. 1804, North Carolina.
4. iv. DANIEL BURRIS, b. Bet. 1805 - 1810, Montgomery County, Virginia.
5. v. ELEANOR BURRIS, b. 1808.
6. vi. RACHEL BURRIS, b. 1809.
7. vii. MARGARET BURRIS, b. 1812, Virginia; d. Pike County, Kentucky.
8. viii. MARY A. BURRIS, b. 1820, Virginia.
Generation No. 2
2. ELIZABETH2 BURRIS (MICAJAH1) was born 1797 in Virginia.
Notes for ELIZABETH BURRIS:
It is not known if Elizabeth Burris was married. She is head of the house in
1850 with one child, Harrison. She is named as the mother of James Burris in
his marriage record.
Rachel Burris age 75 ( wife of Macajah Burris) lives next door to her.
Rachel is living with her daughter Mary and her son in law William McCoy.
Elizabeth seems to have came to KY from VA with Rachel and and Eleanor. Are
Micajah and Rachel McCoy Burris her parents or her in-laws.
Her two children are descendants of Micajah and Rachel the question is ---Is
it a paternal or maternal line. I am showing it as a maternal line . More
Children of ELIZABETH BURRIS are:
9. i. JAMES3 BURRIS, b. 1832, Kentucky.
ii. HARRISON BURRIS, b. 1836.
Notes for HARRISON BURRIS:
Harrison claimed he was a soldier in the Civil War in the 1890 Pike County
special census for Union Soldiers. He claimed 39th company E. It is not
likely that other veterans would have allowed him to say this if it was not
3. ELIZABETH2 BURRIS (MICAJAH1) was born 1804 in North Carolina.
Notes for ELIZABETH BURRIS:
In 1850 Russell County, Virginia Micajah Burris is 73 years old. He is head
of he house. the next person under his name is a female Elizabeth age 46.
She is born in North Carolina. Then there are Burris children. Is this
Elizabeth the dau or dau in law of Micajah and Rachel. I am listing her as
daughter to keep her children listed with the family as I think they belong
there. however, I am thinking she might be a dau in law because she is born
in NC and other Burris children Virginia. Further research needed in Russell
County. I do not think she is a second wife of Burris because there is a
small child named Rachel in the home. I do not think a second wife would
name a child after the first wife. I think this Rachel age 5 is the grand
dau of Micajah and his only wife Rachel McCoy .
Until I find a husband for Elizabeth and a maiden name for her I will keep
her here and correct if I find the information.
Children of ELIZABETH BURRIS are:
i. James Burrisb.1832
ii. TEMPURA3 BURRIS, b. 1838.
iii. JANE BURRIS, b. 1841.
iv. RACHEL BURRIS, b. 1845.
v. HENRY BURRIS, b. 1846.
vi. SIDNEY BURRIS, b. 1850
9. JAMES3 BURRIS (ELIZABETH2, MICAJAH1) was born 1832 in Kentucky. He
married ISABELLE FRANCISCO 11 Feb 1849 in Pike County, Kentucky, daughter of
JACOB FRANCISCO and JANE. She was born 1833 in Virginia.
Notes for JAMES BURRIS:
James Burris was a Union soldier. He served in the 39th company E. He was a
residence of Canada after the war and did receive a pension.
Marriage Notes for JAMES BURRIS and ISABELLE FRANCISCO:
This marriage record very plainly says two times that the mother of James
Burris is Elizabeth Burris. It also says that the father of Isabel Francisco
is Jacob Francisco twice and one is says Jacob Francis.
Children of JAMES BURRIS and ISABELLE FRANCISCO are:
i. GEORGE W.4 BURRIS, b. 1850; m. HANNAH SMITH, 30 Apr 1874, Pike County,
Kentucky; b. 1851.
17. ii. LAFAYETTE BURRIS, b. 1852.
iii. RACHEL BURRIS, b. 1854.
18. iv. SARAH BURRIS, b. Apr 1855.
v. SIDNEY BURRIS, b. 1856.
vi. FLOYD BURRIS, b. 1859.
17. LAFAYETTE4 BURRIS (JAMES3, ELIZABETH2, MICAJAH1) was born 1852. He
married MARGERY SMITH 21 Dec 1873 in Pike County, Kentucky, daughter of
DAVID SMITH and MELVINA PRUETT. She was born 1858.Lafayette “Lafe” Burris was the brother of Sarah “Sally” Burris, shown below, who married Thomas Jefferson Bevins.
Child of LAFAYETTE BURRIS and MARGERY SMITH is:
25. i. JOSEPH E.5 BURRIS, b. 1887; d. 1972.
18. SARAH4 BURRIS (JAMES3, ELIZABETH2, MICAJAH1) was born Apr 1855. She
married (1) THOMAS JEFFERSON BEVINS 28 Dec 1876 in Pike Country, Kentucky,
son of JOSEPH BEVINS and MARY WILLIAMSON. He was born 1844 in Pike County,
Kentucky. She married (2) JOHN W. FRANCIS 05 Dec 1892 in Pike County,
Kentucky, son of ELIJAH FRANCIS and CHARITY SMITH. He was born May 1855 in
Pike County, Kentucky.
Notes for SARAH BURRIS:
Sallie answers in 1900 she has had 7 children and only 2 are living
according to the census. Yet five of her Bevins children are in the Francis
home with her and one lives next door. Ancestry reads the Bevins name as
It does not appear that she and John Francis had children.
Notes for THOMAS JEFFERSON BEVINS:
Thomas lived on Road Fork of Big Creek in Pike County, Kentucky.
Marriage Notes for SARAH BURRIS and THOMAS BEVINS:
Marriage must have ended in divorce.
Children of SARAH BURRIS and THOMAS BEVINS are:
i. NETTIE5 BEVINS, b. Pike County, Kentucky.
26. ii. MAZIE BEVINS, b. Apr 1876.
iii. IBBY BEVINS, b. 1878.
iv. MART/MONT BEVINS, b. May 1879; m. EMMA CHARLES.
Notes for MART/MONT BEVINS:
In home of step-father John Francis in 1900.
v. JONAH BEVINS, b. Jul 1881.
Notes for JONAH BEVINS:
In home of step-fatherJohn Francis in 1900.
27. vi. GEORGE WASHINGTON BEVINS, b. Aug 1884, Kentucky.
vii. IDA BEVINS, b. May 1885; m. KENNIS KING.
Notes for IDA BEVINS:
In home of step-fatherJohn Francis in 1900.
viii. HARRISON BEVINS, b. Mar 1889.
Notes for HARRISON BEVINS:
In home of stepfather John Francis in 1900.
25. JOSEPH E.5 BURRIS (LAFAYETTE4, JAMES3, ELIZABETH2, MICAJAH1) was born
1887, and died 1972. He married VATA YOUNG, daughter of JOHN YOUNG and M.A.
WILLIAMSON. She was born 1891, and died 1934.
Children of JOSEPH BURRIS and VATA YOUNG are:
30. i. LUNA6 BURRIS, b. 1934, Pike County, Kentucky; d. 30 Jul 2007.
ii. HATTIE BURRIS, m. JAMES BEVINS; b. 28 Sep 1914; d. 22 Nov 1987.
iii. LAKIE BURRIS.
iv. MAXINE BURRIS.
v. JOE VIRGIL BURRIS. (son by his second wife, not Vata, who was his first. Vata died fairly young and Joseph remarried to a MUCH younger lady)
27. GEORGE WASHINGTON5 BEVINS (SARAH4 BURRIS, JAMES3, ELIZABETH2, MICAJAH1)
was born Aug 1884 in Kentucky. He married MARY REBECCA SMITH, daughter of
GEORGE SMITH and AMY REED. She was born 1884 in Kentucky.
Notes for GEORGE WASHINGTON BEVINS:
In home of step father John Francis in 1900. Photo of George and mary
children in photo file. (Fonnie, Jonah, Ida, Jim, Flava, Johnie, Willie.) He is the son of Sarah Burris Bevins and nephew to Lafayette “Lafe” Burris.George was my Great Grandfather, and Lafayette was my GG Grandfather on the Burris side, Grandfather to my grandmother Luna.So I am related twice to the Burris side through my grandmother Luna Burris Bevins.Luna’s husband Jonah Bevins Jr. was Lafayette’s great nephew, so they were related.
Children of GEORGE BEVINS and MARY SMITH are:
i. WILLIE6 BEVINS, b. 1905.
ii. JOHNIE BEVINS, b. 21 Jan 1907; m. ODESSA BURRIS.
iii. FANNIE MAY BEVINS, b. 1910.
31. iv. FLAVA BEVINS, b. 1912; d. 1966.
v. JAMES BEVINS, b. 28 Sep 1914; d. 22 Nov 1987; m. HATTIE BURRIS.
vi. GEORGE BEVINS, b. 1915.
vii. FINNIS BEVINS, b. 1917.
viii. IDA BEVINS, b. 1923.
32. ix. JONAH BEVINS, b. 03 Feb 1924, Pike County, Kentucky; d. 22 Nov 1971
30. LUNA6 BURRIS (JOSEPH E.5, LAFAYETTE4, JAMES3, ELIZABETH2, MICAJAH1) was
born 1934 in Pike County, Kentucky, and died 30 Jul 2007. She married JONAH
BEVINS, son of GEORGE BEVINS and MARY SMITH. He was born 03 Feb 1924 in Pike
County, Kentucky, and died 22 Nov 1971.She was also briefly married to Bruce E. Caines as her first marriage, they had one child, James H. Caines, who went on to live with and be raised by Luna’s sister Hattie and her husband (George Thomas “Jim” Bevins and Hattie Burris Bevins)
Child of LUNA BURRIS and JONAH BEVINS is:
i.SANDRA KAY7 BEVINS, m. CALVERY RUNYON, JR..
i.James H. Caines (son from first marriage to Bruce E. Caines)