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The RUSSELL "Sprouts" of Todd County, KY

Updated December 27, 2002

About Our Family Research

The Russell family is a proud African-American family trying to reconstruct its ancestor's path through the days of slavery and beyond. Our research thus far shows possible links to the family of Jefferson Davis of Fairview, KY, President of the Confederacy. We are very interested in the ~14 children of George Russell and Winnie Christian circa 1840-1860. Family members farmed southwestern Kentucky after slavery. Some migrated to Pennslyvania in the early 1900's to work the steel mills. Today, family members reside half way around the world. Family surnames include JACKSON, TOLIVER, TOLLIVER and BURRUS. Contact me if you think you may be related to this blessed family.

The Russell family holds a family reunion every 2 years. The next reunion will be in St.Louis, MO, July or August, 2004.

Family Photos
  • Martha Burrus Russell, 1940 (29 KB)
    Martha Burrus was married to Jesse Russell in 1931 in Todd County Kentucky. They had 7 children, one of whom was my father, Charles G. Russell, Sr. (b. 1920).
  • Helen Russell, 1945 (52 KB)
    Helen (1923-2001)was the youngest child of Jesse and Martha Burrus RUSSELL. She had 2 children, James W. Thomas (1946-) and Sheila Thomas (1951-).
  • Nathaniel Russell, 1945 (54 KB)
    This photo was taken of Nathaniel while home on leave from the Navy during WWII. Nathaniel (1913-1991)was the oldest child of Jesse and Martha Burrus Russell. He had 5 children, Nathaniel, Jesse, Patricia, Janice and Marcus.
  • Charles G. Russell, Sr., ~1945 (68 KB)
    Charles (1920-) is the youngest son of Jesse and Martha Burrus Russell. He married Margaret Glenn in 1947 and had 3 children, Charles G. Jr. (1949-), Terri Annette (1960-) and Jacqueline Anita (1963-). He also had a step-daughter Patricia Eileen Larker (1944-2000).
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