Marjean, I am also a descendant of Robert James Burris. His youngest daughter Matilda, married Jonathan W. Rizor she is my great-great grandmother. My grandmother, Goldie Rizor believed that her grandfather was George Burris and that he was half Shawnee or Cherokee. However, Matilda's death certificate lists Robert James Burris as her father. I have had no luck tracking down my grandmother's stories. Have you come across anything that might shed light on this tale?