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.

Today In Genealogy History – October 21, 2011

John Lewis was born 244 years ago – October 21, 1767 – in Loudoun County, Virginia.  John was the son of William Joseph Lewis and Catherine Jennings Linton.  He married Elizabeth Edwards.  They had 2 children:  Jonathan and Catherine.

Will of Giles Stephens

Loudoun County, Virginia

Loudoun County Will Book B

pp. 47-48

In the name of God, Amen.  I Giles Stephens of Loudoun County and Dominion of Virginia, being very old and infirm, though in my perfect senses and memory, calling to mind that it is alotted for all men to die, do make this my last Will and Testament, renouncing , disanuling and revoking all wills heretofore by me made, do constitute and appoint my executor hereafter to be named.  First, I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor.  Second I desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of what estate I shall leave.  Third, I do give and bequeath the use of all my estate real and personal during her natural life, except what shall be hereafter willed, to my loving wife, Elsie Stephens, and after her decease I Fourth.  give and bequeath the land whereon I now live, it being a lease for lives to my son Thomas Stephens and his heirs and assigns.  Fifth.  I give and bequeath to my son Ephraim Stephens all my wearing apparel and after the decease of my wife Elsie Stephens I also give him a mare, five years old last Spring, named Pleasure.  Sixth.  I also desire that after the decease of my aforesaid wife Elsie Stephens, that my estate, except what is before willed, to Ephraim Stephens, Thomas Stephens, Giles Stephens, Ephraim Stephens, Edward Stephens and my daughter Mary Cole, widow of William Cole.  Seventh.  I nominate, constitute and appoint my son Thomas Stephens executor of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 1st day of July 1772.                             Giles Stephens

In the presence of Joseph Abbott, Richard Abbott, Joseph Collins

At a Court held for Loudoun County the 13th of September 1773, this last Will and Testament of Giles Stephens, deceased, was proved in Court by the oath of Joseph Abbott and Joseph Collins, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Thomas Stephens, the only executor therein named, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, he having sworn to the same and given bond and security according to law.

Today In Genealogy History – October 20, 2011

Elizabeth Ann Wheatley and Richard Milton Keene were married 138 years ago – October 20, 1873 – in Washington County, Kentucky.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Stephen Wheatley and Susan Weathers.  Richard was the son of Richard Keene and Susan Linton Moran.  Richard and Elizabeth had 10 children:  Agnes, Edward, James William, Stephen, Margaret, Annie I., Charles J., Henry B., Martha and Theresa May.

Montgomery Burials at St. Dominic Cemetery

Montgomery Burials at St. Dominic Cemetery

William Peter Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico Montgomery are my great-great-grandparents.  William was born a couple of months after his father died during the cholera epidemic of 1833 in Washington County, Kentucky.  Martha and William had 10 children – their son Robert E. Lee Montgomery was my great-grandfather.  William Peter Montgomery, August 7, 1833 – August 22, 1910.  Martha Ann Carrico Montgomery, October 26, 1839 – October 17, 1921.

Robert married Frances Barber Linton in 1893.  They had 7 children, only three of which married.  Robert E. Lee Montgomery, September 15, 1865 – July 14, 1953.  Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, August 13, 1867 – August 2, 1945.

Laura Frances was only 15 when she died of tuberculosis.  December 4, 1897 – December 11, 1912.

Son Benjamin Taylor Montgomery lived less than a month – October 21, 1908 – November 7, 1908.

Margaret Ann “Maggie” and Robert Lee “Bob” were old maid and old bachelor siblings that lived their entire life together.  After their parents died they lived in the same house until their own deaths.  I remember it was filled with old clocks that all struck the hour at the same time!  Margaret Ann Montgomery, September 18, 1895 – February 18, 1984.  Robert Lee Montgomery, August 17, 1903 – March 25, 1985.

Daughter Lillian Catherine married Guy B. Goodrich.  They had no children.  Lillian Catherine Montgomery Goodrich, March 11, 1900 – May 31, 1994.  Guy B. Goodrich, February 28, 1900 – May 10, 1974.

Son Edward Montgomery and wife Louise Parrott are buried at St. Dominic.  Edward Montgomery, May 17, 1905 – August 21, 1974.  I do not have a photo of their gravestone.

My grandparents, Mary Alice Montgomery and Joseph Rueben Carrico are buried at St. Rose.

Today In Genealogy History – October 19, 2011

Susan Frances Warren and John Henry Carrico were married 113 years ago – October 19, 1898 – in Marion County, Kentucky.  Susan was the daughter of George H. Warren and Annie Mattingly.  John was the son of Benedict Joseph Napoleon Carrico and Melvina Ann Smith.  Susan and John had 12 children:  Herbert, Howard, Roscoe, Joseph Clifton, William A., Francis Rueben, Fardnon Warren, James Marion, Joseph Earl, Joseph Elmer, Elsie and Mary Frances.

Guthrie Family of Nelson County, Kentucky

Guthrie Family of Nelson County, Kentucky

from Bloomfield, Chaplin and Fairfield, A History and Genealogy of Northeastern Nelson County, Kentucky complied by Robert P. Moore

General Adam Guthrie first appears in Nelson County records on 10 Sep 1788, when John and Arabella Ash, for 100 pounds, conveyed to him 218 acres on Ash’s Creek, where David Evans formerly lived.  General Guthrie, born in about 1762, died on 31 Jan 1826, and was buried behind the Baptist Church in Bloomfield.  Buried beside him is his wife, Hannah Polk, who died on 17 Mar 1842.  Their Nelson County marriage bond is dated 11 Nov 1788 and shows her to be the daughter of Edmond Polk, a member of the family associated with the so-called “Burnt Station” near Bloomfield.  This settlement was also known as Polk’s Station or Kincheloe’s Station and was the scene of an Indian massacre in 1782.  A family history states that Adam Guthrie was born 1 Oct 1762, County Cork, Ireland, the son of James Guthrie and Elizabeth Dunlap.  Among his children were John, who married Lucy Fore; James, one-time United States Secretary of the Treasury; and Mary, who married Spence Minor in 1816.  John, who has a number of descendants in Bardstown, and Mary, whose descendants are more associated with Bloomfield, are buried near their father in Bloomfield.

General Guthrie’s will is recorded in Nelson County Will Book F, page 64, written 13 Apr 1825, probated 13 Feb 1826.  He named wife Hannah, son John, daughters Polly Minor, Sally Guthrie, Hannah King and sons James, Edmond and John.  He also named a Lucinda Smith and his sister Betsey Guthrie.

Adam Guthrie, born County Cork, Ireland, died Bloomfield, Nelson County, Kentucky, married Hannah Polk, born 25 Dec 1765, near Fort Pitt, Washington County, Pennsylvania, died Bloomfield, Nelson County, Kentucky, daughter of Edmond Polk and Mary Fultz.  His parents are said to have died in 1774 at sea on the voyage to America.  He was a member of the legislature from 1800 to 1805 and in 1808.  He participated in some of the Indian campaigns in the early history of Kentucky.  The Guthrie family of Bardstown and the Bloomfield Muirs are descendants.

1.  Elizabeth Guthrie, born 9 Oct 1789, unmarried.

2.  Edmond Guthrie, born 28 Jan 1792, Nelson County, Kentucky, died of yellow fever, unmarried.

3.  James Guthrie, born 5 Dec 1792, Nelson County, Kentucky, died 13 March 1868, married 13 May 1821, Hardin County, Kentucky, Eliza C. Prather.  He was a lawyer, a US Secretary of the Treasury 1853-57 and US Senator 1865-68.  Kerr’s History of Kentucky, page 20, volume V, says, “His influence as a lawyer and citizen and also in the Legislature made him instrumental in the founding of three great institutions of the state, the University of Louisville, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and the State Bank of Kentucky.”  He was president of the L & N and for 32 years a trustee of the University of Louisville.  Guthrie Street in Louisville was doubtless named for him.

4.  John Guthrie, born 23 Apr 1794, died 11 Jan 1833, buried at Bloomfield Baptist Church, Bloomfield, Kentucky, married 26 May 1825, Nelson County, Kentucky, to Lucy Fore.  She married (2) William R. Glasscock.

5.  Mary Guthrie, born 22 Jul 1796, died 6 Sep 1834, Nelson County, Kentucky, married 1 Sep 1816, Spence Minor, born 22 Nov 1788, died 23 Jul 1857.  He married (2) Mary Brook Knight sometime after 1834.  They are buried at the Bloomfield Baptist Church, Bloomfield, Kentucky.

6.  Sally Guthrie, born 18 Mar 1798, Nelson County, Kentucky, married 10 Oct 1829, Nelson County, Kentucky, Thomas Q. Wilson (he was a Louisville lawyer).

7.  Nancy Guthrie, born 11 Jan 1800, Nelson County, Kentucky, died 18 Aug 1842 or 24, married 5 Oct 1823, Nelson County, Kentucky, Daniel Stephens.

8.  Hannah Guthrie, born 20 Sep 1801, Nelson County, Kentucky, died 19 Aug 1869, married 18 May 1823, Nelson County, Kentucky, Daniel Jennings King, son of Robert King of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, Virginia, and Sarah Jennings.