Tuesday, November 21, 2017

David and Ellen

David and Ellen Burris with two of their grandchildren

David T. and Ellen Honeycutt Burris were my paternal Grandfather's maternal Grandparents. David was a very common name among the Burris families and my particular David was born January 13, 1851 to Gideon Green Burris and wife Obedience Hathcock Burris. Gideon and Obedience were first cousins as Gideon's father, Solomon Burris Jr. and "Beadie's" mother, Nancy Ann Burris Hathcock were siblings, children of the Revolutionary War Patriot, Solomon Burris and his wife and Judith Taylor Burris. 

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David grew up in the Frog Pond/Big Lick  area of Stanly County, judging from his father's 1868 Homestead Claim on land deeded by his wife Ellen's grandfather, John T. Honeycutt.  It's found on the above map just southwest of the Red Dot of  Albemarle, the county seat.

He seems to have lived a calm, and peaceful life as a farmer, full of the hard work that befell any small farmer of the era. At the age of 22, he married a girl from the same area, Ellen Honeycutt. Ellen was the eldest daughter of Charles McKinley "Ken" Honeycutt and Mary Anna Burris Honeycutt. Both David and Ellen were Great Grandchildren of old Solomon the First. There were several intermarriages  between his many descendants.

Ellen was only 17 that late November day in 1873. They may have gotten married at Liberty Hill, located near to where they lived. Her mother had died the year before and Ellen may have been in a hurry to get out of careing for her younger siblings and strike out on her own.

Name:Mac Burris
Birth Date:Abt 1877
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Big Lick, Stanly, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:47
Relation to Head of House:Son
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
The 1880 census was the first one that David and Ellen show up in as a couple. Their 7 years of marriage had produced 4 children.

By 1900, twenty years later, all of David and Ellen's children had been born. Rowena was already married with a family of her own, and Mack married that year to Eve Almond. Tina, or "Teeny", had been married for 4 years to James M. "Merman" Lambert and already had 4 children. All the rest had been enumerated with their parents.

Name:David Buroce
Birth Date:Mar 1850
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Almond, Stanly, North Carolina
House Number:1
Sheet Number:7A
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:106
Family Number:110
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Ellen Buroce
Marriage Year:1875
Years Married:25
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Months not employed:0
Can Read:No
Can Write:No
Can Speak English:Yes
House Owned or Rented:R
Farm or House:F
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
David Buroce50
Ellen Buroce52
Dunkan Buroce18
Sue Buroce17
Mettie Buroce15
Hemley Buroce14
Ephiram Buroce12
Vinius Buroce10
Sue Buroce9

The names were not transcribed well, as Burris was misspelled Buroce, Duncan was Dunkan, Sue was NOT Sue but Lou, Mettie was short for Elmetta, Hemley was actually Hurley, Vinius was Venus, and the second Sue was Lula.

Name:Ellen Burris
Age in 1910:59
Birth Year:abt 1851
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Concord Ward 1, Cabarrus, North Carolina
Street:Powder Street
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:David T Burris
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Native Tongue:English
Able to Read:No
Able to Write:No
Years Married:38
Number of Children Born:10
Number of Children Living:10
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
David T Burris62
Ellen Burris59
Venis O Burris15
Loaler Burris13

Then, sometime between 1900 and 1910, David and Ellen moved their family to Cabarrus County and were found in Concord on Powder Street. David and his two teenaged children were working in the Cotton Mills, while Ellen was a homemaker. Ellen was very fortunate for a woman of her era, having given birth to 10 children, and upon the approach of her 60th birthday, having all 10 of those children to survive.

Powder Street runs parallel to Irish Buffalo Creek, and intersects both Corban Street and Cabarrus Avenue, two main throughfares of turn-of-the-century Concord. It's only 3 blocks from Barber-Scotia College, but was not a collegiate area. Surving houses of that era appear to be Mill Hill style cottages.

Property photo for 138 Powder Street, Concord, NC 28025

Ten years later, David, now 71 years old, was still working in the Cotton Mills. He and Ellen were now living on Railroad Street, with son Venice or Venus Odell Burris, his wife Mandy and their baby son Will. Railroad Street was in the very center of the Concord Textile Mill area and the Gibson Mill village. 
Name:David Burris
Birth Year:abt 1849
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1920:Baptist Church, Cabarrus, North Carolina
Street:Railroad Ave
House Number:X
Residence Date:1920
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Ellen Burris
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Able to Speak English:Yes
Industry:Cotton Mill
Employment Field:Wage or Salary
Home Owned or Rented:Rent
Able to Read:No
Able to Write:No
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
David Burris71
Ellen Burris69
Venice Burris22
Mandy Burris21
Willie Burris1

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David T Burris passed away on December 11, 1928 in Big Lick, Stanly County. Sometime after 1920, he had left the Cabarrus County cotton mills and returned home. He died of the flu and pneumonia and was buried at Bear Creek with many of his kin. His death certificate recorded that he was 83 years and 10 months old. 

Name:Ellen Burris
Birth Year:abt 1850
Birthplace:North Carolina
Marital Status:Widowed
Relation to Head of House:Mother-in-law
Home in 1930:Ridenhour, Stanly, North Carolina, USA
Map of Home:View Map
Dwelling Number:170
Family Number:175
Age at First Marriage:18
Attended School:No
Able to Read and Write:No
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Able to Speak English:Yes
Household Members:
J M Lambert60
Tinie Lambert55
Martha Lambert18
Gurlis Lambert14
Curtis Lambert12
Willard Lambert10
Mae Christenbery4
Ellen Burris80

Ellen would move in with her daughter Tiney Burris Lambert in the Ridenhour area of Stanly County, which is the northern end of the county.  She did not live long after her last census was taken and joined David at Bear Creek Cemetery before the end of the year. Her death certificate lists her cause of death as simply "Old Age" with no doctor in attendance and her age given as 84 years, 1 month and 13 days. 

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Downtown Concord as it looked when David and Ellen lived there. 

The 10 children of David T and Ellen Honeycutt Burris were:

1) Rowena L Burris April 16 1872 - April 4 1915.  Married Elias Marion Lambert

2) Tina O "Tiney" Burris Feb 5 1877 - Jan 30, 1947 Married James Merman Lambert

3) Mack Benson Burris Born About 1878 - June 29, 1961 Married Eve C. Almond

4) Duncan "Dunk" Burris Born about 1879 - August 19, 1950   Married 1st Dollie Burris,  Married 2nd Naomi "Omie" Almond, Married 3rd Lottie Hill

5)  Jane Lutheney Burris Feb 9 1881 - August 27, 1959 Married Davidson D Burris Jr. 

Davidson Burris and Family
Davidson Burris and wife Jane Lutheny Burris Burris (daughter of David and Ellen Burris) and family

6) Hurley H. Burris Jan 16 1886 - November 22 1968  Married Carrie Lou Burleson

7) Ella Elmetta "Mettie" Burris June 15 1887 - Jan 21 1942 Married 1st Henry Albert Smith  Married 2nd Joseph Alexander Gaddy

8) Ephraim Tillman Burris July 9 1881 - May 17 1965 Married Cora Theodora Mauney

9) Venis Odell Burris Nov 9 1895 - May 12 1967 Married Amanda Hinson

10) Lula Ellen Burris Jan 12, 1897 - Feb 21 1984 Married Robert Harley Staton

All of their children had at least one child, leading to a great number of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and onward. 

1 comment:

  1. Well I am happy to see that you have the pictures and all the info about your fore parents. That was indeed good to know about them and about the generation they were.