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Edmund Burrus, Biography

From Mercer County, Kentucky, Biographies

Edmund Burrus, the subject of this sketch, was born in Mercer County, May 7, 1823, and is a son of Edmund and Mary (Slaughter) Burrus; the former was a well-to-do farmer, and the latter was a woman of fine practical common sense.  His paternal grandparents, Nathaniel and Mary (Threlkeld) Burrus, were natives of Virginia, and moved to Kentucky in an early day; his maternal grandparents were Jesse and Lucy (Thornton) Slaughter, also natives of Virginia, and removed to Kentucky early.  Mr. Burrus was brought up on a farm, his educational advantages being such as the common schools afforded.  At the age of twenty-three he accepted a clerkship in a store in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, where he remained for two and one-half years, and then returned home.  He was married November 10, 1857, to Miss Lucy A. Miller, daughter of Madison and Elizabeth D. Miller of Adair County.  About a year after his marriage he removed to his present home, which is handsomely improved.  In October, 1867, he and his wife united with the Salvisa Baptist Church, and were baptized by Rev. P. S. G. Watson.  He has since been an active and exemplary member, and soon after his admission to the church was elected deacon; in 1869 he assisted in the organization of a Sunday school, and although he lives two miles from the church he has never been absent on Sunday morning on account of inclement weather.  This has been one of his greatest fields of usefulness.  In August of same year he was elected clerk of the Baptist association, and was re-elected for eleven consecutive years; in 1882 he was elected moderator of the same body, and was re-elected four years successively, making not only one of its best clerks, but one of its best moderators.  He has served two full terms as justice of the peace, and in 1885 was commissioned by the governor to fill out an unexpired term of the same office, and in 1886, was elected again for a full term.  These positions were all unsolicited on his part.  In politics he is a Democrat; as a citizen he is public-spirited, the best commendation a citizen can enjoy in his standing among his neighbors, whose esteem and confidence he enjoys.  While not rich he has a fair competence, and dispenses his means with generous liberality to advance the cause of Christ and to alleviate the woes of suffering humanity.  In the town of Salvisa may be seen a beautiful brick church building, which stands a memento of his faith, liberality and public spirit.

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