Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Daddy's People - Rowena

I inherited my love of history and genealogy from both sides of my family, but being raised with my mother's family, and living with my maternal grandparents for awhile during my formative years, I identify the most with my mother's side of the family.

But my Dad is very much interested in family history, too, and has done quite a bit of his own research. He didn't have the convenience of online archives and scanned newspapers to aid him in his search, however. He did the legwork (old cemetaries, pouring through old courthouse records) and the earwork (listening to the recollections of the oldest relatives, which can be a little off-according to whom is talking).  Most of what I found he had for the youngest of generations-his grandparents and great- grandparents, ring true. But I'm finding some of the information for the generations beyond that to be a little off, either easily seen as incorrect, or we have the wrong Mary or John. Not really his fault, too many people named their kids the same old names as everyone else and in the area of the county where his paternal lines originated, there was a great deal of intermarriage between a small number of families.  While his maternal lines were from another county and more unique in the their naming patterns, his paternal lines were straight off of Stony Run Creek in Western Stanly County, North Carolina where multiple Burris and Honeycutt marriages took place, with a few Whitley, Efird, Hatley, Bowers thrown in for good measure.

 Roine <I>Burris</I> Lambert

My Grandfather's mother was Rowena Burris Lambert, and this was the most evident Burris line we knew of.  She was born on April 16, 1873, in Stanly County and died on April 4, 1915 in Cabarrus County. She had a death certificate which clearly named her parents, David Burris and Ellen Honeycutt. It also gave her exact age, 41 years, 11 months and 9 days. My grandfather, her youngest child, was was born March 3, 1915. His mother died one month and one day after his birth. She died from a poisonous infection that occurred late in pregnancy, or just after childbirth and caused her kidneys to shut down: Uremic eclampsia, they called it, causing renal failure, acute nephritis.

Name:Roena Burris
Birth Date:Abt 1874
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Big Lick, Stanly, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:47
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Marital Status:Single
Father's name:David T. Burris
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's name:Ellan Burris
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
David T. Burris28
Ellan Burris24
Roena Burris6
Leeny Burris4
Mac Burris3
Duncon Burris9/12

Rowena (often misspelled as Roena) only appeared in two censuses, the 1880 as a small child, oldest daughter of David and Ellen, and then again in 1900, as a young mother of 4 children with 4 living, having been married only 5 years.

Name:Rauanna Lambeth
[Ponanna Lambeth] 
Birth Date:Apr 1875
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Almond, Stanly, North Carolina
Sheet Number:4B
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:64
Family Number:65
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Elias Lambeth
Marriage Year:1895
Years Married:5
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother: number of living children:4
Mother: How many children:4
Can Read:No
Can Write:No
Can Speak English:Yes
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Elias Lambeth24
Rauanna Lambeth25
William Lambeth4
Bulah Lambeth3
Ray L Lambeth1

Although alive during the 1910 census, somehow the family fell under the wire that year and did not get enumerated. I am not sure why it only shows three children in the 1900 census. That is the year Roby was born, but it clearly states she was the mother of 4 children and that all four were alive. Roby only lived to be 2 years old and his tombstone at Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Church, where a number of the family are buried, clearly states that he was the son of E. M. and R. L. Lambert. I belived little Roby was actually a Robert and his tombstone gives Rowena's middle initial, although I do not know what it stands for.  Perhaps he was living with another relative at the time, since Rowena had several small children already.

Rowena, in her short life, would become the mother of 11 children.

1) William Rufus Lambert born July 7 1895 - Sept 11 1974 Married Nellie McQueen

2) Beulah Ellen Lambert born Feb 3, 1897 - June 7, 1979 Married Jesse Lee (Talbert) Burris (9 Aug 1914) Married Monroe David Sides (Sept 24, 1924), Married Charlie Maxwell Brown (Dec. 24, 1945).

3) Roy Lee Lambert born Oct 18 1898 - June 16, 1974) Married Lila Tucker

4) Roby Lambert born 1900 - 1902 Died as a toddler

5) Cheldy David Lambert March 7 1901 - April 5, 1959 Married Cordia Lee

6) Mathew Maron Lambert Dec 5 1904 - Feb 12 1986 Married Anna Belle Burleson

7) Claude Duncan Lambert April 11 - 1907 - July 4, 1975 Married Annie Mae Burris

Claude Duncan Burris

8) Toffey Lambert  January 1, 1908 - January 17 1912 Died at age 4.

9) Fred Lee Lambert July 27, 1911 - August 28, 1965 Married Carrie Helen Humphries

10) Lucille Lambert April 16 1913 - March 27, 1978 Married Charlie Sides

11) Burley Melvin Lambert March 3, 1915 - July 15 1986 Married Bertha V. Lemmons

Burley, Bertha and my Dad circa 1940

My Grandfather was such a young child when his mother passed away, that he was sent to live with his Aunt Mettie, Rowena's younger sister. Mettie had married a Smith, and when Burley shows up in his first census in 1920 as "Burley Smith, nephew, age 5, living on Depot Street in Albemarle. The family had moved from Cottonville in Southern Stanly County to Albemarle to work in the textile mills. Rowena and Eli had already moved to Cabarrus County to work in the Concord textile mills when Burley was born there in 1915.

Name:Burlie Smith
Birth Year:abt 1915
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1920:Albemarle, Stanly, North Carolina
Street:Depot St
Residence Date:1920
Relation to Head of House:Nephew
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Able to Speak English:Yes
Able to Read:No
Able to Write:No
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
H H Smith35
Mallie Smith35
Albert Smith14
Delphia Smith11
Samuel Smith9
Mallie Smith3
Burlie Smith5
Mary Hatley22
Essie Lambard19
Ethel Lambard17

As a teen, they had moved back to Cottonville and Burley was living with his Aunt Mettie, who was now widowed.

Name:Burley Lambert
Birth Year:abt 1915
Birthplace:North Carolina
Marital Status:Single
Relation to Head of House:Adopted Son
Home in 1930:Tyson, Stanly, North Carolina, USA
Map of Home:View Map
Street address:Cottonville Norwood Improved Road
Dwelling Number:179
Family Number:179
Attended School:Yes
Able to Read and Write:Yes
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Able to Speak English:Yes
Household Members:
Mattie Smith42
Albert Smith23
Rosa Smith24
Mallie Smith13
Burley Lambert15
Estell Lambert1

They lived along the Cottonville to Norwood Road. My Dad has pointed the house out to me many times. It sits up on a hill and is still standing and occupied. 

Burley as an infant with Mettie Burris Smith

After Rowena died, Eli married a young widow, Emma Fairybell Honeycutt Eury, daughter of Tillman Franklin Honeycutt and Lucy Burris, and of course with names in her family of Honeycutt and Burris, she was a multi-layed relative of Rowena. Emma had married James William Eury who died in 1916 and left her with 3 children: Walter, Rosetta and Eziella.

Eziella died as a toddler in 1917, so when Emma married Eli on October 4, 1918, she brought her little son and daughter with her, who grew up with their stepsiblings. 

Eli and Emma would have 3 children together:

12) Lilly Alma Lambert June 17, 1920 - Dec 26 2002  Married Emmanuel Nesbit Carter, Married Howard Brattain Burleson

13) Robert Earnest Lamber 17 May 1925 - August 9 2000

14) Zora Bell Lambert  May 4, 1927 - Sept 8 2008 Married William Robert Almond 

Aunt Zora Bell Lambert Almond, the baby of the family.

With the two step-children, that raised Eli's brood to a total number of 16 children. They were competeing with the Duggars! Many turn of the century farm families were very large, however, creating an army for the two world wars, and becoming the parents of the future "baby boomers".  

I wish I could have met my Great Grandmother Rowena, as I was fortunate to meet my mother's two grandmothers, but fate would not have it. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Burris Reunion

Every October, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, in Frog Pond, North Carolina,  is held a reunion of the descendants of Solomon Burris, a Revolutionary War soldier. This was my second time to be able to attend. This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend with my Dad, who is the Burris descendant, in two separate ways. My Dad's Grandmother was Rowena Burris, who married Elias Marion Lambert.

She was the daughter of David T. and Ellen Honeycutt Burris. David was the son of Gideon Green Burris and  Obedience Hathcock. Gideon Green Burris was the son of Solomon Burris Jr and Sarah Morgan. His wife Obedience Hathcock Burris was the daughter of Benjamin Frankllin Hathcock and Nancy Ann Burris Hathcock. Solomon Burris Jr. and Nancy Ann Burris Hathcock were both children of Solomon Burris Sr. and his wife Judith Taylor Burris. 

The above chart is an actual family tree created by the amazing Pam Holbrook, which broke down the children and grandchildren in a visually beautiful and comprehensive way. 

Solomon The First, and his wife, Judith Taylor Burris are the trunk of the tree. 

It is popularly accepted that Solomon was the son of Joshua Burris (or Burroughs) 1735-1783 and Elizabeth Brookshire 1734-1787 who were from Southhampton County in England. There are records of  a Joshua Burris in Bertie County and in Anson County, prior to 1780, with a wife named Sarah. It is also commonly accepted that Solomon had brothers Joshua Jr. and James. One of them settled finally in Anderson County, South Carolina. 

He married Judith Taylor on December 12, 1783, in Surry County, North Carolina. There seem to be no consensus on her parentage. I've seen her father as John, James or Robert Taylor and her mother as either an Elizabeth or a Nancy and surname Hudson or Herring. I would love to hear anyone make a case toward either one. I, myself, have no clue. 

Most of the information we have on Solomon Burris comes from his 1832 Pension Application based on his service in the Revolutionary War. In this application, he states that he is about 80 years old and was born in Anson County. He said he had lived in Montgomery County "upwards of 45 years." (The part -West PeeDee- that became Stanly, his land grant being on Bear Creek). His proof of age was a family bible that his father had taken with him to Bertie County and his father was by this time deceased. He describes his entry into the war and participation in the Battle of Stono Creek.

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In the above photo, the third person from the right, sitting, the man with the man with the moustache, is Duncan "Dunk" Burris. He was the brother of Great-Grandmother Rowena Burris Lambert and would become the stepfather of my grandmother, Bertha Lemmons, who would marry Rowena's son Burley. 

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The Reunion hosted a guest speaker in period dress who read a list of Burris men who fought in the Civil War. She also spoke of the changing roles of women during, before and after the War. Unfortunately, I can't remember her name. I'm sure someone else who was there will help me out. 

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A portrait of Allen Burris, a grandson of Solomon Sr. 

Member of the NC Militia in 1779, wounded at this battleBattle of Stono Ferry
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Battle of Stono Ferry
Part of the American Revolutionary War
Detail from a 1780 map, Stono Ferry is to the left of Johns Island.
DateJune 20, 1779
Locationnear present day Rantowles, South Carolina
32°45′25.33″N 80°8′2.16″W / 32.7570361°N 80.1339333°WCoordinates32°45′25.33″N 80°8′2.16″W / 32.7570361°N 80.1339333°W
ResultBritish victory
 United States Great Britain
Commanders and leaders
Benjamin LincolnJohn Maitland
1,500 militia,
artillery pieces
900 infantry
Casualties and losses
34 killed,
113 wounded,
155 missing[1]
26 killed,
93 wounded,
1 missing[2]
The Battle of Stono Ferry was an American Revolutionary War battle, fought on June 20, 1779, near Charleston, South Carolina. The rear guard from a British expedition retreating from an aborted attempt on taking Charleston held off an assault by poorly-trained militia forces under American General Benjamin Lincoln.
The opening move in Britain's "southern strategy" to regain control of its rebellious colonies, was the December 1778 capture of Savannah, Georgia. This heightened concerns in Charleston, South Carolina, where General Benjamin Lincoln headed the Continental Army's southern command, and the British garrison at Savannah was about the same size as his own.
By mid-April, Charleston was reinforced by the arrival of South Carolina militia, and Lincoln decided to attempt the capture of Augusta, Georgia, which was defended by a smaller garrison of British troops and Loyalists. He marched from Charleston on April 23. When British General Augustine Prevost learned of this movement, he decided to counterthrust against militia forces at Purrysburg, South Carolina, just upriver from Savannah, marching 2,500 men out on April 29. The militia at Purrysburg, about 1,000 men under the command of General William Moultrie, fell back toward Charleston rather than engaging Prevost, and sent messengers to Lincoln warning him of the British movement. Prevost decided to pursue them almost all the way to Charleston.
On May 10, companies from the two forces skirmished near Ashley Ferry, about seven miles (11.3 km) from Charleston. Two days later Prevost intercepted a message from which he learned that Lincoln was rapidly marching back to Charleston, and decided to retreat. His army was slowed by having taken supplies en route, so he decided to leave a rear guard at Stono Ferry, between Johns Island and the mainland, removing most of his army to Savannah by boat on June 16. Prevost placed Lieutenant Colonel John Maitland in charge of the rear guard, which numbered about 900 men. A bridgehead was established on the north side of an area now known as New Cut Church Flats; this was meant to cover Stono Ferry. Three strong redoubts were built, circled by an abatis and manned by Highlanders and Hessians.
Lincoln, on his arrival in Charleston, decided to mount an attack on this outpost. Even though he commanded five to seven thousand men, he was only able to raise about 1,200 men, primarily from the poorly-trained local militia, for the expedition. General Moultrie led a smaller secondary effort to the east against a small group of British soldiers on Johns Island.
Lincoln deployed his troops after a night march of eight miles (13 km) from the Ashley Ferry, located in the present village of Drayton Hall. Immediately upon their arrival at dawn, they began struggling through thick woods. The Americans advanced in two wings; General Jethro Sumner led his Carolina militia on the right, carrying two guns, while their right flank was covered by a company of light infantry, commanded by the Marquis de Malmady. Continental Army troops, under General Isaac Huger, made up the left wing; they carried four guns into battle. With Huger was a group of light infantry under John Henderson, and it was these troops who, shortly before sunrise, made first contact with the enemy.
[edit] Battle
The battle began well for the Patriots. They engaged the British positions with small arms and cannon fire for an hour, at which point they advanced to the abatis. Of the Highlanders, two companies resisted until only 11 men were left standing; a Hessian battalion finally broke. Here Maitland shifted his forces in an attempt to counter the larger threat posed by Huger's wing. The Hessians rallied and returned to the fight, and reserves were brought across the bridge. Lincoln chose this moment to order a withdrawal.
[edit] Aftermath
The American loss in the battle was 34 killed, 113 wounded and 155 missing.[1] Among the dead was Hugh Jackson, brother of future President Andrew Jackson, who was felled by heat and exhaustion. Huger was severely wounded. The British casualties were 26 killed, 93 wounded and 1 missing.[2]
Maitland had decided almost a week prior to the battle to withdraw from battle; however, his action was delayed by a lack of water transportation. Finally, on June 23 he began moving towards Beaufort, although with little prompting from Lincoln's attack.
The site of the battle is still visible today, at the end of S. C. 318 near Rantowles.
-The above information on the Battle of Stono Gap and Solomon's Revolutionary War service was contributed by an individual identified only as "Prepin 57" who is genetically identified as my 4th cousin. 

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Solomon Burris and Judith Taylor Burris were the parents of 9 children.

On December 26, 1857 Joshua Burris, their son, gave the following list from the Family Bible:

December 28, 1784 Taylor Burris
August 23, 17863 William Burris
July 5, 1788 Gracey Burris
June 4, 1790 Joshua Burris
June 2, 1793 Elizabeth
December 16, 1795 Judith Jr.
August 1800 Solomon Jr. 
February 3, 1804 Ann (Nancy)
February 6 1808 Obedience

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Joshua Christian Burris, above, was another grandson of Solomon, Sr. He was an active charactor in the anuls of Stanly County and made multiple court appearances for a variety of business, civil and legal reasons. He was the son of Joshua C. Burris, Sr. and Sarah Springer. He married Rachel Catherine Lowder in 1867, but maintained a minimum of 3 families. The following is a list of his known children, some by Susanna Whitley, some by Rachel C. Lowder Burris and some by Frances Mary "Frankie" Huneycutt.

Joshua Christian Burris
Joshua C Burris Sr. Father of the above Joshua Christian Burris, Jr. 

Joshua C Burris, Sr. was a son of the Revolutionary Veteran, Solomon. He also maintained more than one family, one by his legitmate wife, Sarah Springer, and one by his neighbor, Jane Murray.

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The young life of Solomon Francis Burris was notably explained on his tombstone as being "taken by a tree". Solomon F. was a Great Grandson of Solomon the First, via Solomon Jr and Sarah Morgan Burris, his grandparents, then to David Green Burris and Sarah Ledbetter Burris, his parents. He married Eliza Mary Coley, daughter of Isaiah A. Coley, leaving her a widow with three young children, Rosa, David and Nancy Alice. His widow would marry "Coon" Crayton and have a very large family with him. The 1880 census Mortality Scheudules would list his cause of death as "Hemorrage". 

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The Proof is in the Pudding. Burris's love to eat!

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The Whitley Family Tree connecting charactors in the Alec Whitley (Burris) story and their relation. All in all there were many Burris/Whitley family intermarriages. Also Burris/Huneycutt intermarriages. 

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The lovely, hard-working Pam Holbrook, without whom these Reunions probably would not happen. Pam is collector of all things Burris and is the artist who created the lovely trees I photographed in this blog and keeps the albums of photos and family interconnections. She has also done a tremendous amount of work along with Priscilla Clarke, John Burleson and others on discovering and documenting old abandoned cemeteries throughout the county. 

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This Branch of the Family Tree shows one of our Burris limbs, that of Gideon Green Burris who married Obedience Hathcock.  Gideon Green was a son of Solomon Burris Jr. and Sarah Morgan.

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This Branch shows that Obedience L. Hathcock Burris has her own limb on the Burris Family Tree. Her mother was Nancy Ann Burris, who married Benjamin Franklin Hathcock. As Nancy and Solomon Jr. were siblings, Gideon and Obedience were first cousins. This happened alot in small communities in the rural south when people usually didn't wander too far from the farm. 

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A wider view of the Nancy Ann Burris Hathcock Branch. Gideon Green Burris was most likely named for Revolutionary War Veteran Gideon Green, who lived along the Rocky River in Anson and Montgomery County in the later 1700's. What was his connection to the Burris family? Was he and Solomon the First just compatriots and friends, or were there genetic connections?

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Joshua Christian Burris Familly Tree
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Gracey Burris and Henry Hunnecutt (Hunnicutt/Honeycutt) Family Tree

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Jane Elizabeth Burris and George Huneycutt Family Tree.

Descendants of Solomon Burris and Judith Taylor Burris are spread far and wide across the USA and beyond now. DNA is bringing up hundreds of connections still being discovered. The Burris/Burroughs family is an enduring one.