IN PART 2 OF THIS EDITORIAL, I BEGAN A NEW TYPE OF POST..."ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY" POSTS!!
ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY PREVIEW POST #1
THE "HARKLESS C. BEDFORD FAMILY"
NATIVES OF MADRAS, INDIA
LIVED IN VICTORIA, AND, LATER, AUSTIN, TEXAS
I GAVE YOU A "PREVIEW" ABOUT AN UPCOMING STORY AND/OR POST FOR MY JOURNAL...I HAVE SPENT THE LAST HOURS SINCE THAT POST TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE POLITICAL NEWS OF TODAY; WHILE ALSO RESEARCHING ON ANCESTRY...IT'S LIKE THAT OLD COMMERCIAL ABOUT "LAY'S POTATO CHIPS" WHEN I GET ON ANCESTRY.COM...."YOU CAN'T EAT JUST ONE"!!!
I JUST HAD ANOTHER "BRIGHT" IDEA...
I WILL POST TEN (1O) "PREVIEWS" OF MY ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY POSTS....
MY PURPOSE IS TO PUT A SPOTLIGHT
ON THE FANTASTIC BEAUTY, INTELLECT, AND DIVERSITY OF THE THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY TREE!
HOWEVER, "THE RUFUS 'BURSE' BURRIS FAMILY" HAS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT "SLAVE STORY" TO TELL! RUFUS WAS BORN IN MISSISSIPPI; BUT, HE AND HIS FAMILY ENDED UP IN CENTRAL TEXAS...IN LOCKHART, CALDWELL, TEXAS....YOU JUST HAVE TO DRIVE JUST A FEW MILES DOWN HIGHWAY 183 .....ONE OF THE "FARM TO MARKET" HIGHWAYS RUNNING TO AND FROM MY HOMETOWN, AUSTIN....TO THE NUMEROUS SURROUNDING FORMER FARMING COMMUNITIES IN CENTRAL TEXAS!
ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY PREVIEW POST #2
THE "RUFUS BURSE/BURRIS FAMILY"
RUFUS BURSE/BURRIS WAS BORN A SLAVE
IN MISSISSIPPI IN 1833 or 1835
ACCORDING TO THE STORY BELOW, HIS MASTER WAS HIS FATHER; AND, HE WAS RAISED WITH HIS "WHITE' SISTER" (LOTTIE). I AM RESEARCHING WHETHER HE CHANGED HIS NAME FROM BURSE TO BURRIS...OR BURRIS IS A TYPO MADE IN FUTURE CENSUS RECORDS (MANY FORMER SLAVES CHANGED THEIR NAMES AND/OR ADDED THEIR MASTER'S NAME AS A SURNAME IN ORDER TO COMPLETE REQUIRED RECORDS AFTER EMANCIPATION).
This picture of Uncle Rufus was probably taken during the early 1900's. This picture was found with the picture of his sister Lottie. The 1910 census documents that Rufus and Lottie were living together in 1910. Lottie passed in Dec. 1910.
This was written by Sadie Mae Stone Lott on 10 Oct 1998:
This is what Mama (Annie Thomas) told me about the life of Uncle Rufus Burse when he was a boy before the slaves were freed.
Uncle Rufus stayed in the big house with his dad and white sister. Every night she would read the newspaper to her dad. When she did Uncle Rufus would go under the house and listen through a hole in the floor. He would remember everything she read and go down to the quarters where the other members of his family lived. They were so jealous of him. He didn’t have to work in the fields like the rest of them. They would fight him and run the dogs after him. He would run away and the master would make them find him and bring him back.
The one thing I remember about Uncle Rufus is that I thought he was Santa Claus because he was a big red, white man with a white beard that chewed tobacco and dipped snuff.
Rufus was 38 when Grant
Luling, Caldwell County, Texas
Rufus was born in 1833 and was a slave in the Burris Household.
He was 38 when Grant captured Richmond. Andrew Lee Houston remembers him as "part Indian with white hair and a white beard". One of the interesting facts he related to Andrew was "He was picking cotton in a field shortly after the end of slavery and some white men passed. He stood up to look at them and they said 'Bow down you yellow SOB'. He then stated 'You must smell Lincoln".
Rufus Finds his sisters after slavery
Belmont, Gonzales County, TX
In the early years Rufus Burris came to Texas in search of his sisters who had been brought to Texas with the Burris family during slavery. We don't know much about their mother, but Rufus has said that his last memory of her was when she was being sold on an auction block. We have been told that Rufus and his sisters were the old Master's children.
Rufus rode a horse to different parts of Texas until he found each of his sisters: HANDY, MANDIE, LOTTIE, & RENANOTE: They may be descendants of John Burris, who was born in 1785, in South Carolina.
In 1811, John and his wife, Sarah McDaniel, were in Franklin County, Tennessee; where their three sons were born: William Henry Burris (1/22/1819), James W. Burris (9/23/1820) and Charles M. Burris (11/5/1824).
That family moved from Tennessee to Tishimingo County Mississippi in 1846.
They then moved to Gonzales County, TX in 1856.
In the 1880 census we have found Rena's eight year son, Albert Bradshaw, working as a farm laborer in the household of Stephen R. Burrows. Stephen and his wife, Minnie, lived next to his brother, Jacob P. Burrows, and his wife, Ametta. Stephen and Jacob are sons of James W. Burris or Burrows
(the spelling appears to be interchangeable).