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*292 HILSTORY OF TEXAS.
Ment to Hopkins county, and in 1848 came namely: Richard, who served through the
tci Williamson county. Mr. Burris pur- late war, lbut lost his health in the service,
chased 700 acres of land, erected a pole and died at the home of an uncle in Lamar
shanty, fenced forty acres, and the first year county; William M., also a soldier during
raised a good crop of corn. He added to his tli'e entire struggle, is a farmer of Williamoriginal
purchase until he owned over 1,500 son county; James H., who served as a subacres
of land, but has since given to his chil- stitute for his father in the army, is also a
dren until he now has only the old home- farmer of this county; Ella, wife of Spencer
stead, 150 acres of which is under a fine Fine, and they reside at the old homestead;
state of cultivation. He also owns two other Sarah J., deceased at the age of sixteen years;
improved farms. Before the war he owned Betty, wife of Rev. Leo Allenbeck, a Metha
number of slaves, and followed farming and odist minister; Clarissa, wife of Samuel
stock-raising on a large scale, but since 1886 Lewis, a farmer of Williamson county; and
he has given his attention entirely to the Mary, wife of J. P. Bevel, and they also reforIner
occupation. When Mr. Burris first side at the old homestead. Mr. Burris takes
caine to this county it was known as Milamt an interest in the Democratic party, but
district, and there were only about six faro- never aspires to public office. Socially, he
ilies in what is nowv Williamson county. The affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, and redianlls
were friendly, but while in Titus ligiously is a member of the Missionary Bapcounty
they gave him considerable trouble. tist Church.
At one time they burned his entire crop,
committed many other depredations, and during
the late war killed entire families in that
neighborhood. Mr. Burris was too old to
participate in that struggle, but furnished be f AMES D. taOOb eRtabthere is no tact
three sons8 for the army. U1 better established in the history of this
He was married in Missouri, in 1836, to country,-not to go beyond it for illusMiss
Nancy Tankersley, a daughter of Rich- tration-than that family blood is transmitted
ard Tankersley, a native of South Carolina. from father to son, and that pride of ancestry,
Mr. Tankersley fought under General Jack- when rightly understood, and acted upon,
son at New Orleans, moved to Missouri in exercises a most salutary influence in the
1835, and came to Texas in 1837. He re- shaping of individual character. The history
sided in many places in this State, and his of a dozen or more of the leading families of
death occurred in Coryell county. Mrs. Bur- America, such as the Lees, the Marshalls, the
ris was born in 1823, and died in this State, Bayards, the Breckenridges, Randolphs and
July 29, 1892, having been a devout mem- others of lesser note, whose names have beber
of the Methodist Church from early life. come household words in the land, affords
She will be remembered by the citizens of abundant evidence of the truth of this, while
Williamson county for her many acts of it is a matter of common observation, though
charity and benevolence. Mr. and Mrs. in a less degree, in the daily affairs of life.
R13-is were the parents of thirteen chjldren, The subject of this sketch comes of a
Jine of whlbm grew to years of mAturity, family that has been long established in this
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