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John C. Burris, Sr
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Birth: Sep., 1841
Hancock County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov., 1908
Greenwood County
Kansas, USA

In September of 1841, Moses Burris, Jr. and His wife Elizabeth Ann (Harvey) gave birth to their second child in Hancock County, Indiana. They named him John C. Burris, in honor of Moses Junior's grandfather who had fought in the American Revolution. In 1850, when the Seventh US Census was taken, Moses Jr. and Elizabeth, along with five of their children including John C. were living at Blooming Grove Township in Franklin County, Indiana where Elizabeth was raised and her father still lived. By the time of the US Census of 1860, they had returned to Hancock County, Indiana and were living in Center Township.

Early in 1861, the southern states seceded from the Union and formed the Confederacy. In April of that year, the Civil War began when the Confederacy attacked the Union at Ft. Sumter, SC. The newly elected President Lincoln called on state governors to muster volunteers for the Union Army.

The following month, on May 19, 1861, John C. Burris enlisted with Company ‘B' of the 12th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the age of 19. He was residing in Hancock County at the time of his enlistment.

John C. Burris signed up for a term of one year and spent the majority of his time of service in the Shenandoah Valley of northwestern Virginia. He would have seen a couple of skirmishes, but no major battles. He also spent time in Maryland and was honorably discharged at Washington, DC on the 19th day of May in 1862.

In the early part of 1865, John C. Burris married his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Blakely, in Indiana. She was the daughter of James Blakely and Phoebe Ann Rogers. In September of 1865, Elizabeth gave birth to their first child, Andrew Johnson Burris.

The war had ended and John moved his young family to Kansas that year. In 1869, John C. Burris purchased 153 acres in Greenwood County, KS. At the end of the year, his wife Elizabeth (Blakely) Burris died. Her cause of death was listed as ‘Dropsy'.

The following year in 1870, John C. Burris, at the age of 29, appears in the US Census living at Center Township of Lyon County, KS. He had already taken a second wife by that time, a sixteen year old girl named Henrietta Luke. John's first son Andrew was four years old and still living with his father at the time of his second marriage.

By 1880, John and Henrietta had five children living with them at Center Township in Lyon County, KS. John C. Burris also filed for his Civil War Pension that year at the age of 40.

John C. Burris was 58 during the 1900 Census, and still living at Center Township in Lyon County, KS with his wife Henrietta and four teenage sons. A census was taken by the State of Kansas in 1905, by which time John C. Burris had sold his farm in Lyon County and was now living in Greenwood County at the age of 63 with his wife Henrietta (Luke) and two teenage sons.

In 1908, both John C. Burris the Civil War Veteran, and his wife Henrietta (Luke) passed away and were buried at Line Cemetery in Olpe, KS of Lyon County.

1. Elizabeth Anna Blakely
2. Henrietta Luke

1. Andrew Johnson Burris [1865 - 1929]
2. Marion Isaac Burris [1870 - 1925]
3. Martha Burris [1873 or 1874 - ? ]
4. William Burris [1875 or 1876 - ? ]
5. Blanche Burris [1878 - 1895]
6. Guy T. Burris [1880 - ? ]
7. Claude Moses Burris [1883 - 1946]
8. John C. Burris, Jr. [1885 - 1945]
9. James Burris [1889 - ? ]

Civil War Service:
Enlisted: 15 MAY 1861 in Company B, 12th Infantry, Indiana
Mustered Out: Sep 28, 1865
Family links: 
  Moses Burris (1820 - 1862)
  Elizabeth Ann Harvey Burris (1820 - ____)
  Henrietta Luke Burris (1854 - 1908)
  Andrew Johnson Burris (1865 - 1929)*
  Marion Isaac Burris (1870 - 1925)*
  Martha Matilda Burris Garriott (1873 - 1919)*
  William Russell Burris (1876 - 1942)*
  Blanche Burris (1878 - 1895)*
  Guy Thomas Burris (1880 - 1926)*
  Claude Moses Burris (1883 - 1946)*
  John C. Burris (1885 - 1945)*
  John C. Burris (1841 - 1908)
  Charles H. Burris (1844 - 1915)*
  Elizabeth Burris (1852 - 1907)*
  Thomas Richard Burris (1857 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Line Cemetery
Lyon County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Sep 12, 2007
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John C. Burris, Sr
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