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Roger Tandy BURRUS
Ms. BUSH
Cynthia MILLS
Husband:  Roger Tandy BURRUS
Birth:  18 Apr 1769, Orange Co., VA
Death (æ 57y 5m 12d):  30 Sep 1828, Todd Co., KY
Father:  Rev. Thomas BURRUS
Mother:  Frances TANDY
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Ms. BUSH
Marriage-2:  14 Jan 1790, Orange Co., VA
Wife-2:  Cynthia MILLS
Birth:  19 Sep 1772, Orange Co., VA
Death (æ 80y 4m 6d):  26 Jan 1851, Todd Co., KY
Father:  Nathaniel MILLS
Mother:  Frances THOMPSON
Children with Ms. BUSH:
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Children with Cynthia MILLS (data in braces are {age, birthplace} as given in the 1850 Census):
born in Louisa Co., VA:
  1.  Nathaniel BURRUS, b. 20 Nov 1790  {59, VA}
  2.  Henry Tandy BURRUS, b. 23 Sep 1793, Louisa Co., VA 
  3.  Margaret Tandy "Peggy" BURRIS, b. 25 Jan 1794, Louisa Co., VA; d. ca. 1816, Caldwell Co., KY; m. 12 Mar 1812, Louisa Co., VA, John DRAPER, Jr.; one child: Lucinda DRAPER, b. 1813, Caldwell Co., KY
  4.  Roger Tandy BURRUS, b. 11/17 Nov/Dec 1795 (sources vary); d. æ 20, Christian Co., KY
  5.  Frances BURRUS, b. 8 Sep 1797 
  6.  Mary Ann BURRUS, b. 30 May 1800; d. 28 Oct 1890; m. 4 Oct 1819, Christian Co., KY, Elijah DICKERSON / DICKINSON
  7.  Sarah Ellen "Sally" BURRUS, b. 14 Nov 1802 
  8.  Cynthia Mills BURRUS, b. 15 Feb 1805  {45, KY}
  9.  Charles Mills BURRUS, b. 19 Feb 1807; d.s.p. bef. 1816/7
10.  Celia Ann BURRUS, b. 20 Jun 1809
11.  Virginia Banks BURRUS, b. 25/26 May 1811 

born in Christian [now Todd] Co., KY:
12.  Rebecca Massie BURRUS, b. 19 Jun 1814; d. 30 Dec 1891, Hays Co., TX; m. 9 Jul 1833, Christian Co., KY, David Bullock COMBS
13.  Mildred Thompson BURRUS, b. 13 Feb 1818

Either Henry's or Peggy's birthdate is wrong because the dates are separated by only four months.

Is Cynthia mistaken about her birthplace?  The marriages of Nathaniel and Margaret in Louisa Co., VA, in 1812 seem to show the family was still in VA at that time; Roger then shows up on the 1813 tax roll of Christian Co. giving us a very tight time-frame for the move to KY.


Timeline
Abbreviation:  WFRR = West Fork of the Red River
Year Location Event
1769   birth of Roger Tandy BURRUS
1772   birth of Cynthia MILLS
1790 VA: Orange Co. marriage of Roger BURRUS & Cynthia MILLS
1790 Census - VA census destroyed; no census taken in KY
1790 VA  birth of son, Nathaniel
1793   birth of son, Henry
1794   birth of daughter, Margaret
1795   birth of son, Roger
    birth of son, Charles
1797   birth of daughter, Frances
1800   birth of daughter, Mary Ann
1800 Census - VA and KY censuses destroyed
1802   birth of daughter, Sarah
1805 KY birth of daughter, Cynthia
1807   birth of son, Charles
1809   birth of daughter, Celia
1810 Census not found 
1811   birth of daughter, Virginia
1812 VA: Louisa Co. marriage of son, Nathaniel, to Rebecca MASSIE
1812 VA: Louisa Co. marriage of daughter, Margaret, John DRAPER, Jr.
1812-13 Virginia to Kentucky or did the family move now?
1813 KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: WFRR Roger BURRUS, taxpayer
1814 KY: Christian Co. Roger BURRESS, jury duty
1814   birth of daughter, Rebecca
1815 KY: Christian Co. Roger BURRESS, purchaser at estate sale of Wm. SNELLING
1816 KY: Christian Co. Roger BURRUS mentioned in his mother's will
1816 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, Henry, to Nancy DANIEL
1817 VA: Louisa Co. marriage of son, Nathaniel, to Polly BULLOCK
1818   birth of daughter, Mildred
1819 KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: WFRR Roger BURRUS, taxpayer
1819 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Mary Ann, to Elijah DICKERSON/DICKINSON
marriage of daughter, Sarah, to Vincent SNELLING
1820 Census KY: Todd Co. Roger BURRIS, head-of-household
1824 KY: Todd Co. marriage of daughter, Cynthia, to Robert KAY
1828 KY: Todd Co. death of Roger BURRUS
1830 Census - not found
1833 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Rebecca, to David COMBS
1840 Census - not found
1850 Census - not found
1851 KY: Todd Co. death of Cynthia (MILLS) BURRUS

Sources:

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  KY, NC, TN, VA, WV Marriages.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Burrus, Roger Mills, Cyntha Jan  8, 1790 Orange Co., VA
Draper, John Jr. Burrus, Margaret Mar 12, 1812 Louisa Co., VA
Dickinson, Elijah Burress, Mary A. Oct  4, 1819 Christian Co., KY
Burrus, Rebecca M. Combs, David B. Jul  9, 1833 Christian Co., KY
No re-marriage of widow Cynthia (MILLS) BURRUS was found.

1b.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Missouri Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-227):
Combs, Elizabeth Cochnham, David Apr 1, 1845 Henry Co.
This Henry Co. marriage to David Roland COCKERHAM is said to be Rebecca's second marriage, but is she really Elizabeth?

1c.  D.L. Murray & N.R. Murray, compilers.  1995. Marriage Index: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, 1720-1926.  Marriage data from the "Hunting for Bears" collection (Broderbund CD-2):
Burrus, Mary Ann Dickerson, Elijah Oct 4, 1819 Christian Co., KY
Burrus, Salley Ellen Snelling, Vincent Oct 4, 1819 Christian Co., KY
Looks like we have a double-wedding here.

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):  the VA census was destroyed; there was no census in KY.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):  the VA and KY censuses were destroyed.  Tax lists for some counties are substituted on CD, but Roger BURRUS not found.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):  not found.  There are no Louisa Co., VA, records on the CD, but he should be in KY if Cynthia's birth location is correct.  Oddly enough, there is a Peter BURRIS in Christian Co., KY (who never showed up on the tax rolls). 

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):
1820 Burris, Roger KY Todd Co. p. 126
On the same page with his son, Nathaniel; they are the only BURRUS households in the county.

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):  Cynthia BURRUS not found; she is probably staying with one of her children.

7.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):  Cynthia BURRUS not found; she is probably staying with one of her children.

8.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1850 (Broderbund CD-317):  Cynthia BURRUS not found; she is probably staying with one of her children.

9a.  A.B. Willhite.  [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809.  (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):  not found.

9b.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First 
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
- 1810-12 - - -   - - - - -
156 1813 Roger Burrus 1   4 6 11 650 W F
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column used only in 1811);
C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses
Abbreviations:  W F = West Fork of Red River
Roger is the only BURRUS in the county.

9c.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818.   (Self-published.  This book is out of print.  I do not have a copy.  If you have one to sell, please contact me.)

9d.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D Acres Watercourse
6 1819 Roger Burrus 1 7 16 11 200
200
 90
 50
200
W F
"
"
"
S F
- 1820-23 - - - - - - - -
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses
Abbreviations:  W F = West Fork of Red River; S F = Sinking Fork of the Little River
Roger and his son, Nathaniel BURRUS, are the only BURRUS records in the county and only in 1819.  As expected, they drop off the Christian Co. rolls when Todd Co. is formed in 1820.

10.  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. 10 Page 37. An account of the sales of the estate of William Snelling, at his late residence in C on Dec 8, 1815, agreeable to previous advertisement.  Purchasers... Roger Burress... 
p. 21 [Will of Frances BURRUS (q.v.)]

11a.  Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr. & James Taylor Killebrew.  1985.  County Court Order Book "A" for Christian County, Kentucky for the Years 21 March 1797 - 29 August 1805...  Christian County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  No BURRUS found.

11b.  Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr.  1987.  County Court Order Book "B" Part 1 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years 14 Oct 1805 - 12 Sep 1809 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville. Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  No BURRUS found.

11c.  James Taylor Killebrew.  1987.  County Court Order Book "B" Part 2 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years Nov. 1809 - 6 June 1814 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville.  Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240).  First column is the page number in Killebrew; second column is the page number in Court Order Book B.
p. p. Date Motions
164 433 2 May 1814 Commonwealth:
against     :  Vagrancy
James Hayes :

James Hayes who was in custody of the Jailor for charge of vagrancy who plead not guilty and of this he put himself upon the County and the attorney for the Commonwealth likewise, and thereupon a Jury to wit: Edward Palmer, Ziba Howard, Joseph Williams, Peter Furguson, Josiah Smalley, Jacob Gunterman, William Aldread, Asa Finley, Joseph Kelly, Roger Burress, Ezekiel Harrison, Thomas Brown who returned verdict, We of the Jury find the defendant guilty of vagrancy within the meaning of the Act of Assembly.

12.  P.W. Hiden.  1936.  "Burrus."  Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine XVIII: 59-61 (republ. 1981 as pp. 283-286 in Genealogies of Virginia Families by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; 1997 as Broderbund CD-187).  On p. 285:
Roger Burruss b. April 18, 1769.  Cynthia his wife (formerly Cynthia Mills) b. Sept. 19, 1772.  They were married Jan. 14, 1790.  Issue:
 Nathaniel Burruss b. Nov. 20, 1790.
 Henry Tandy Burruss b. Sept. 23, 1793.
 Peggy Burruss b. Jan. 25, 1794.
 Roger Burruss b. Dec. 11 (or 17?) 1795.
 Frances Burruss b. Sept. 8, 1797.
 Mary Ann Burruss b. May 30, 1800.
 Sally Ellen Burruss b. Nov. 14, 1802.
 Cynthia Mills Burruss b. Feb. 15, 1805...
 Charles Mills Burruss b. Feb. 19, 1807.
 Celis Ann Burruss b. June 20, 1809.
 Virginia Banks Burruss b. May 26, 1811.
 Rebecca Massie Burruss b. June 19, 1814
 Mildred Thompson Burrus b. Feb. 13, 1818.

 Roger Burruss Sr. d. Sept. 30, 1828 aged 57 yrs. 5 mo., 12 days.
 Cynthia Burruss died Jan 26, 1851, aged 80 yrs. 4 mo. 6 days.

Either Henry's or Peggy's birthdate is wrong because the dates are separated by only four months.  Presumably this is a mis-reading of the bible or an editorial error of some kind along the way.  Too bad it wasn't noticed and corrected before publication because there is probably faint hope of getting a re-reading of the bible.

13.  Messages in the Burrus Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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