|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1740|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1830|
Ester is my 4th paternal Gr-Grandmother, through her son Bowater Burris (1784-1841).
Born half Cheraw Indian, in a village on the VA-NC border, near Bladen Co (now Robeson) NC, Ester was the first of four possible children born to fur trader William Terry (aka Terriy) and his Cheraw Indian wife, Cheepoake (Harris) Terry.
Ester married John C Burris Sr, a Quaker, in 1758 in Rowan Co (then Surry, now Stokes) NC. They had nine children, seven sons and two daughters. The children's births are recorded in the Meeting Minutes of New Garden in Guilford Co NC. Additional records regarding the family can be found in the Fall Creek Meeting Minutes in Rainsboro, Highland Co OH.
Her birth, before Indian Rolls were established by the Guion Miller Commission 1908-1910, disallowed any future claims by Ester's descendants to prove their Indian heritage. One source references such a claim: a rejected application for tribal membership by Emma C Williams, Gr-Gr-Granddaughter of Daniel Burris (1771-1845), son of John and Ester.
The Cheraw tribe originated in FL, but prior to 1700 they moved to near the Dan River, on the present day VA-NC border. In 1738, two years before Ester's birth, a smallpox epidemic killed most of the Cheraw and Catawba tribes. Survivors of the two tribes combined and a few of these survivors may have moved north to found a new settlement along the Drowning Creek River, now located in Robeson Co NC. By the middle of the 18th century, the tribe was mostly gone.
It is unlikely Ester's mother and father were in the area of the smallpox epidemic. As a fur-trader, her father probably moved them around frequently. No death record as yet has been found of Ester's mother, Cheepoake (Harris) Terry. One source, still being verified, says Ester's father may have died in 1792 near Botetourt Co VA.
Known siblings of Ester:
Isabel Terry (b: 1749)
Possible siblings of Ester:
Surry Co NC was a part of Rowan Co NC before 1771 and the eastern half of Surry Co NC became Stokes Co NC in 1789. Robeson Co NC was formed in 1787 from part of Bladen Co NC.
William Terry (1710 - 1792)
Cheepoake Harris (1710 - ____)
John C. Burris (1739 - 1812)
Rebeckah Burris Sumner (1760 - 1829)*
William Burris (1763 - 1833)*
Moses Burris (1765 - 1830)*
John C. Burris (1769 - 1845)*
Daniel H Burris (1771 - 1845)*
Rachel Burris Hiatt (1773 - ____)*
Joseph M Burris (1776 - ____)*
Miles Burris (1779 - ____)*
Bowater Burris (1784 - 1841)*
Created by: Bonnie's Daughter
Record added: Jul 10, 2010
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