About Thomas Thomas Burris (Burruss), Sr.
DAR Ancestor #: A019240
Information from: The Families of LOU DRAPER & CHARLIE MARTIN of Johnson and Henry Counties, Missouri" by James M McMillen, Arlington, Texas
Published in .pdf format 13 January 2010
THOMAS BURRUS 1722–1788:
THOMAS BURRUS was born about 1722, in Norfolk County, Virginia, according to one source. Another says King William County. Thomas served in Captain George Mercer's (97) Company of Virginia Regiment under Colonel George Washington in the French and Indian War. He fought at the Battle of the Meadows in 1754, and was listed at Wills Creek on 9 July 1754, just after the battle, as one of the men “fit for duty.” He was on the payroll of the Virginia Regiment and received bounty money for his service. He was also at Braddock's Defeat in 1755, for which he received a pistol and some land. At some point during his service he lost an arm and was awarded £10 on 27 May 1757 for the loss. The reports that he was also (98) a soldier in the Revolution are highly doubtful in view of his age and his loss of an arm—the honor belongs to his son Thomas.
Thomas Burrus is on both the National and Texas DAR Rolls of Honor, unfortunately with conflicting personal data about his non-military service. His year of death is usually given as 1788 in Orange County, Virginia; his will was written 3 October of that year and probated 23 March 1789 in Orange County. The complete text of his will is available. It provides for his (99) wife, Frances Tandy, and sons Thomas, William, and Roger Burrus to divide 1500 acres of land he owned in Clark County, Kentucky, plus other bequests. Five hundred more Kentucky acres were divided among his daughters, except Mourning, who was to receive his Virginia property after the death of his wife. Almost all of those who were left property in Kentucky eventually moved there.
Thomas Burrus married Frances Tandy, daughter of Roger Tandy and Sarah Quarles, about 1749 in King and Queen County, Virginia. Their children were most prolific,
and the names of about 450 of their descendants through their great-grandchildren are known. Their daughter Sarah Ann, who married Andrew Tribble, gave Thomas and Frances 12 grandchildren who married, and they provided at least 110 great-grandchildren. Almost that many more came from the 13 children of daughter Jane and her husband, James Quisenberry. “Only” 37 great-grandchildren are know to have come to them through the 13 children of Roger Burrus and Cynthia Mills, the line that includes Lou Draper.
The wills of Thomas and Frances, along with a number of other sources, provide the names of their children. The 100,101,102 will103 of Frances Tandy Burrus, for example, probated in Christian County, Kentucky, in January 1817, named sons Thomas, Roger, and William T Burrus; Andrew Tribble, son-in-law; daughters Sally Tribble and Frances T Bush; and others: Sally Ellen Burrus, daughter of Roger Burrus, and Joseph Mills Burrus, son of Nathaniel Burrus. William Tandy and Nathaniel Burrus were her executors. Thomas Burrus and Frances Tandy had eleven children, over a hundred grandchildren, and several hundreds of great-grandchildren. Some 450 known members of the first three generations of their descendants are included in a chart printed on a single sheet of legal size paper. It is titled simply “Descendants of Thomas Burrus and Frances Tandy.”
Fanny Burrus (1747, Orange County, Virginia–1818), married before 1767 John Embree, whose probate was 14 December 1818, Lincoln County, Kentucky. Note that Embree was often spelled Embry.
Mildred (Milly) Burrus (about 1749, Orange County, Virginia–between 1788 and 1796, Clark County, Kentucky), married before 1788 Joseph Embree (died before 1818). They lived in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. They joined the Providence Baptist Church in Clark County, Kentucky, in 1786. The church had originally been in Orange County, Virginia, but its members had moved en masse to Kentucky, stopping twice along the way before settling permanently in Clark County. The group was called the Bush Colony, for William (Capt Billy) Bush who
had come to Kentucky with Daniel Boone, obtained land and had sold it to his relatives and friends in the group. 104
Sarah Ann (Sally) Burrus (30 September 1753, Orange County, Virginia–15 December 1830, Madison County, Kentucky), “red headed and high spirited,” married 1768 105 Rev Andrew Tribble.
Thomas Burrus (1756, Orange County, Virginia–1836, Clark County, Kentucky), married Elizabeth Stevens or Stephens; he was the Thomas Burrus who served as a
private in Capt William Washington's company, 3rd Virginia Regiment of Foot until 1777, then as a corporal in various units until 1779, all of these during the Revolution.
Mary Burrus (about 1751, Orange County, Virginia–before November 1788), married 22 February 1773 Lewis Perry.
Jane Burrus (5 July 1759, Orange Co, Virginia–3 November 1811), married 4 December
1776 Rev James Quisenberry, son of James Quisenberry and Joyce Dudley.
Frances Tandy Burrus (31 January 1762, Orange County, Virginia–3 December 1828, Clark County, Kentucky, buried Dyke's Farm, one mile north of Boonesborough), married 9 December 1778, Orange County, Virginia, William (Captain Billy) Bush (1746–1814, buried on Dyke's Farm). They lived near Boonesborough.
Elizabeth Burrus (1766, Orange County, Virginia–1835, Orange County, Virginia), married John Brockman
Roger Tandy Burrus (18 April 1769, Orange County, Virginia–30 September 1826, Todd County, Kentucky) married 18 January 1790, Orange County, Virginia,
Cynthia Mills, daughter of Nathaniel Mills
Mourning Burrus (born 1774, Orange County, Virginia), married 5 February 1791Thomas Graves, Jr
William Tandy Burrus (7 June 1776, Orange County, Virginia–22 June 1831, Orange County, Virginia), married 24 May 1792 Martha Slaughter (15 May 1872, Virginia-20
April 1845?). William “was a magistrate and substantial land owner in Orange County.” He is referred to in family correspondence and in petitions for legal regress as Captain and some of the land he assembled remained in the family until the 1990's. He is believed to be buried in a family cemetery on this property.”—Bess Burrus Brooks. His will is filed in Orange County.107
97. Revolutionary Ancestors, Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
98. Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt, Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, 1988.
99. Genealogies of Kentucky Families, Vol A-M
100. Genealogies of Kentucky Families, Vol A-M
101. Genealogies of Virginia Families, Tylers Quarterly, Vol I
102. Tharp, J, Descendants of Thomas & Frances (Tandy) Burrus, Box 3165, Auburn, CA 95604, 1993.
103. Genealogies of Virginia Families, Tylers Quarterly, Vol I
104. Descendants of Thomas & Frances (Tandy) Burrus
105. Genealogies of Kentucky Families, Vol A-M
106. Some information on the Quisenberry children is from Anderson Chenault Quisenberry, Genealogical
Memoranda of the Quisenberry Family, Hartman & Cadick Printers, Washington, D.C., 1897.
107. Among other sources for the names of his children are his will, executors: son Lancelot and son-in-law
William S Frazer; certified for probate: William S Frazer; witness: Hezekiah Quisenberry; security Lancelot and
Thomas Burrus. Additional information from Bess Burrus Brooks, a descendant of Robert Banks Burrus.
Rev. Thomas BURRUS
Husband: Thomas BURRUS
Birth: 1722, King William Co., VA
Father: Edmund BURRUS, s/o John BURRUS
Marriage: 1750, Orange Co., VA
Wife: Frances TANDY
Birth: 1720-30, Jamestown, James City Co., VA
Death: 1816/7, Christian [now Todd] Co., KY
Will Signed: 25 Jan 1816, Christian Co., KY
Will Proved: Jan 1817, Christian Co., KY
Father: Roger TANDY
Mother: Sarah Ann QUARLES
Children — born in Orange Co., VA:
1. Mary BURRUS, b. ca. 1751
2. Sarah Ann "Sally" BURRUS, b. 13 Sep 1753; d. 15 Dec 1830, Madison Co., KY; m. Rev. Andrew TRIBBLE
3. Jane BURRUS, b. 3 Jul 1759
4. Frances Tandy "Fanny" BURRUS, b. 31 Jan 1762; d. 3 Dec 1828, Clark Co., KY; m. William "Capt. Billy" BUSH
5. Elizabeth BURRUS, b. ca. 1763; d. 1835, Orange Co., VA; m. John BROCKMAN
6. Mildred "Milly" BURRUS, b. ca. 1763
7. Thomas BURRUS, b. 1767; d. 1837, Clark Co., KY
8. Roger Tandy BURRUS, b. 18 Apr 1769
9. Mourning BURRUS, b. 1771; d. bef. 1860; m. 5 Feb 1791, Orange Co., VA, Thomas GRAVES, Jr. (b. 4 Sep 1862, Orange [now Madison] Co., VA; d. 1833)
10. William Tandy BURRUS, b. 9 Jun 1776; d. 1831, Orange Co., VA
1. Anon. 1993. Christian County, Kentucky, Wills and Estates, 1815-1823: Christian County Will Book C. T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL.
"C" = Christian County.
p. 21 Page 83. Will. I, Francis Burrus of C, being in perfect sense
To my 3 sons, Thomas, William T, and Roger Burrus - after my death, they are to be paid by my executors $400 to be equally divided between them, if Frank (a Negro man who is now run away) should not be got again before my death.
To my son-in-law Andrew Tribble - 20 lbs.
To my 2 daughters, Sally Tribble and Frances T. Bush - the balance of my money, which is 60 lbs, to be equally divided between them.
To my granddaugher Sally Ellen Burrus, daughter of my son, Roger Burrus - 1 feather bed & furniture.
To Joseph Mills Burrus, the son of Nathaniel Burrus - 1 feather bed & furniture
Executors: my friend William Tandy and Nathaniel Burrus.
Signed Jan 25, 1816 - Frances (X her mark) [sic] Burrus.
Wit - Wm Daniel, Anderson Prewitt, Charles H Mills.
Probated at Jan Term 1817 after being proven by the oaths of Charles H Mills and William Daniel.
The transcriber appears to have made the erroneous assumption that the testator was male. Hence, the transcriber inserted "[sic]" after "Frances (X her mark)." However, the testator was female, so the place for "sic" was on the first line, after "Francis." And we have to ask...
Why did she call William TANDY a friend? Wasn't he kin? And why didn't she state her relationship to Nathaniel (believed to be her grandson, son of Roger)? And why the bequest to her great-grandson, Joseph (then a toddler), but not to her grandson, Nathaniel, who was newly widowed? Why make her youthful grandson executor?
2. Messages in the Burrus Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum).
3. WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).
-------------------- Private in the Revolutionary War in the 3rd VA Regiment
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mysouthernfamily/myff/d0070/g0000087.html -------------------- was born 1721 in Caroline Co., Va.
Will of Jacob Burruss 1685 - 1755 Caroline County, Virginia
In the name of God Amen, the twentieth day of March, Anno Dommi 1742.
I Jacob Burroughs, of the Parish of Saint Margaretts and County of Caroline, being well in body and perfect in memory thanks be to Almighty God for it, and calling to rembrance the uncertainty of this life, and that all flesh must yield to death when it pleases God to call, do make and declare, this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First - being penitent and sorry for all my sins and most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I commend my soul to Almighty God, my Savior and Redeemer in Whom and by whose merits, I trust and believe assuredly to be saved, to have full remission and Forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decedently buried at the Descretion of my Executors hereafter named, and for the sttling of my Temporal Estate and such Goods and Chattles as it hat pleased God to bestow on me, I do Order, give and bestow them in manner and form following:
Imprimize: I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved wife Mary, one third of all my estate, real and personal with the Plantation whereon I now live, in Caroline County, during her natural life and after her decease to my son Charles and his heirs; in case of his dying in his nonage, to my son William and his heirs.
Item: I give to my well beloved son William, twenty-five pounds current money to be raised out of my estate and also one bed with furniture, a cow yearling and two ewes.
Item: I give to my beloved son Jacob, one young mare.
Item: I give to my beloved son Henry one cow and yearling; two ewes.
Item: I give to my beloved son Thomas, two hundred seventy three acres of land, being part of four hundred acres granted to my letters Patent bearing date the fifteenth of March 1735, lying on the side of Hicoury Creek in Hanover County to him, and his heirs and in case of his dying childless, to be equally divided among his four brothers above mentioned, or the suvivors of them, and also one Feather bed, a cow and yearling and two ewes;
Item: I give to my son Charles, besides the Plantation whereon I now live, after my wife's decease, a feather bed and furniture, a cow and yearling and two ewes, one iron pot, two puter [sic] dishes with six puter [sic] plates.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth, one feather bed with furnature [sic] a cow and yearling and two ewes, tow puter dishes and a bason [sic] and as for the rest of my estate that is not bequeathed nor given, I give and bequeath to my daughters, Ann, Justiniana, and Mary to be equally divded amongst them, and I hereby make and appoint my beloved wife Mary, and my beloved son William executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking, disannulling and making void, all former wills by me made.
Declaring this only to be my hand and seal the day above mentioned the 24th line being underlined and the word (forever) being raised in the 21st, 22nd and 30th lines
Jacob Burras [seal]
Sealed in the presence of Mary [x] Burrus Reuben Harris James Fr Edwd Robbins
The above will was filed in suit papers in the clerk's office Circuit Court Louisa County, Virginia Suit entitled Isaac Dvis vs William Burruss in the March, April, and May terms 1767.
Jacob Burruss' name first appears in deed records of King William County, Virginia in 1706. He received lands from his brother Thomas Burruss, who was allocating land to Jacob as a part of their father's estate. There are published histories from the Nathaniel Burruss line, who claim, Jacob Burruss immigrated about 1714. It is my belief, if his name appeared on a passenger list, it was because he was returning to Virginia from England, possibly receiving his eduation there, as was customary for the time. Education available in Virginia during Jacob Burruss' lifetime was limited at best. His wife was named Mary, and some speculate her surname was Redd or Bibb. I've found no documentation and have no knowledge of her surname. Their chidren were
Henry Burruss born circe 1710 died in 1760 in Louisa County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Terry Jacob Burruss, Jr. born 1714 died 1778 in Caroline County, Virginia. He married Martha Harris William Burruss Justinana Burruss born 1718-1720 married Robert Fleming Bibb Thomas Burruss born 1721 died 1789 in Surry Co., NC and married Sarah Martin Charles Burruss born 1722 died 1797 in Amherst County, Va and married Sarah Woolfolk Ann Burruss born 1726 married Jonathan Johnson Mary Burruss born 1730 Elizabeth Burruss born 1732 died in infancy.
In 1725, Jacob Burruss received another land patent for 400 acres in St. John's Parish in King William county. This is in addition to 130 acres received from his brother Thomas Burruss in 1706 which Jacob apparently sold to Orlando Jones, the same year. The land mentioned in Jacob's will, that was given to son Thomas Burruss on Hicoury [Hickory] Creek in Hanover County, is part of an original 400 acre land grant patented by Jacob in 1735, book 17 page 29.
-------------------- Rev. Burruss and his family were of Huguenot origin.
Rev. Thomas Burris's Timeline
October 3, 1722
Norfolk County, VA, USA
Albemarle, VA, USA
Orange, Virginia, United States
King and Queen , Virginia, United States
Caroline, VA, USA
Orange, Orange, VA, USA
Orange, Virginia, United States
September 30, 1753
Caroline, VA, USA