|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1858|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1926|
Preston Robert Burrus was born near Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee about 1859 in the same year or shortly after his father died. He was the son of William C. Burrus, a wealthy planter, lawyer, and politician and his mother, Nancy, was a slave of mulatto and Indian extraction and was owned by his father. William C. J. Burrus never married so perhaps he loved Nancy as he fathered three sons by her including Preston.
On the death of Mr. Burrus in 1860, Nancy and her three surviving sons were divided with his other property among his heirs. The surrender of 1865 found James B., John H., and Preston R. Burrus with their mother in Marshall, Texas, with the remnant of Bragg's Mississippi Confederate army. They were brought to Shreveport, Louisiana, thence to New Orleans, and afterwards to Memphis, Tennessee. About 1866, they removed to Nashville.
After arriving in Nashville, Preston enrolled as a student in Fisk University and appears on the 1870 of Nashville as as student in that University. In 1879, the Bachelor of Arts was conferred on Preston R. Burrus. Preston R. Burrus for a time became a teacher of a colored school in Kansas and then later became a principal in a Nashville city school. Preston then attended medical school and became a pharmacist. By 1910, he was a pharmacist in his own Drug store in Nashville, Tennessee. His brother, James H. was working as a merchant in his store. Preston must have been very successful in his endeavor, as he appeared in the "Who's Who of the Colored Race. A general biographical dictionary of men and women of African descent. Volume one. Edited by Frank Lincoln Mather. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1915. (WhoColR)."
Preston was the only one of the three sons to marry. He married, before 1910, Sarah J. Unknown. No known children were born to this union.
1. Who's Who of the Colored Race. A general biographical dictionary of men and women of African descent. Volume one. Edited by Frank Lincoln Mather. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1915. (WhoColR); ancestry.com.
William C J Burrus (1815 - 1859)
Sarah Patton Burrus (1857 - 1934)*
James Dallas Burrus (1846 - 1928)*
John Houston Burrus (1849 - 1917)*
Preston Robert Burrus (1858 - 1926)
Created by: Carol Robertson White
Record added: Dec 09, 2010
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