Son of John Burris and Ester Fadden. He married Esther Terriy, daughter of (William?) Terriy/Terry and Cheepoake Harris, about 1758 in NC. Their known children were: Rebecca [Rebeckah], William or Wilson, Moses, Daniel H., John C. Jr., Rachael [Rachel], Joseph M., Miles and Bowater.
At various times John and Esther were members of New Garden and Westfield Monthly Meeting (Religious Society of Friends - Quaker) in NC; and Miami and Fall Creek Monthly Meeting in OH.
John served in the French and Indian War under Capt. William Christian in 1764; and in the Revolutionary War, NC 2nd Reg., in 1778.