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Rev. Thomas BURRUS
Frances TANDY
Husband:  Thomas BURRUS
Birth:  1722, King William Co., VA
Death:  1788
Father:  Edmund BURRUS
Mother:  Ms. __?__
Marriage:  1750, Orange Co., VA
Wife:  Frances TANDY
Birth:  ca. 1731, 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
Most women marry at the age of 19, which would place her birthyear ca. 1731; most women are four years younger than their husband, which would place her birthyear ca. 1726.  If Frances had a child as late as 1776, she cannot have been born much before 1733 (a woman typically has her last child by the age of 43).
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. 1765
  7.  Thomas BURRUS, Jr., 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 1762, Orange [now Madison] Co., VA; d. 1833)
10.  William Tandy BURRUS, b. 9 Jun 1776; d. 1831, Orange Co., VA
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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).

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