joshua Burris Jr 1Until now we’ve only been able to assume Solomon to be the son of Joshua Burris Senior. There really has been nothing telling us with certainty that such claim is true. This reality is no longer as per my last post outlining the discovery of a 1772 Bertie County tax list naming “Joshua Burris Senior and Son Solomon.” Assuming a minimal age limit of 16 years, from the tax list we further know that our Solomon was born prior to 1766.
From this find we can move forward without hesitation. We are cleared to interpret our history laden tea leaves from a new perspective. The door has been flung wide open allowing us a less cluttered glimpse into the records we hope will further enhance our ancestral story.

In this post I’ll begin the search anew with a critical look at our Burris family’s first acknowledged records accounting for events along Rocky River in southern North Carolina. I’ll start with a look at the family’s first land holdings in the region.


In Anson County, and dated 27 May 1778, Joshua Burris Senior made a formal request for 100 acres of land (Grant 3987, Anson) situated on Jones Creek. First appearing as a book recorded entry, the land in question was identified as adjoining those of William Ratliff and Daniel Murphy. The land was officially surveyed three months later on 29 Aug 1778 by Wm. Love. And then a little over a year later, on 3 Sep 1779, Joshua Burris Senior was issued a patent for his 100 acres:

Having been entered, surveyed and issued on the same dates as his father, Joshua Burris Junior also received a patent for 100 acres (Grant 4134, Anson). However, Junior’s land  was not on Jones Creek, but rather, was situated on waters of Island Creek. Some may believe this refers to land on Island Creek in now Stanly County as at the time issued, the lands of Stanly fell into Anson County. That’s not the case as from the image at the top of the page we know that branches of both Jones and Island creeks rise just east of present day Wadesboro flowing east into the Great Pee Dee. Both Junior and Senior lived near each other in the area of present day Gum Springs. See below, the lands of Joshua Burris Junior:

From a present day Google map, below we see that both Joshua Burris Sr and his son Joshua Burris Jr. received land grants within a few miles of the area of Gum Springs Baptist Church. And as you would hope, the father and son may have been neighbors, acquiring land fairly close to each other.

island jones

Looking back to the land grant records, there’s one bit of information I’ve not discussed. As part of the survey process, two persons are chosen to walk with, assist, and carry the chains and equipment used by the surveyor. Known as chain bearers or chain carriers, the two also witnessed the metes and bounds called out in the survey. As for Joshua Burris Senior’s 100 acre grant, Jenkins Hansford and David Burris are recorded as chain bearers. From this we can imagine that Joshua Senior had a son named David. There’s still no proof that’s the case, but the naming will certainly guide future research. Also mentioned is Jenkins Hansford. An odd name and not found anywhere else in Anson County, who is this person and why would he be there assisting the businesses of our Burris family?

As it turns out, back in Bertie County, the Hansford family had close contact with our Burris family. At this time I’ll quickly brush over the information introducing a few important points worth further consideration.

From deed G-453 dated 1751, Jenkins Hansfords and William Hansford are identified as sons of Thomas Hansford who lived at that time on “Malls Haven” west of the Chowan River. I think this is in the area of a place known as the “Pall Mall” located along the present day line between Bertie and Hertford counties. And a year before the transaction naming the children of Thomas Hansford, in 1750, John Wynns deeded land to James Burrass land on the south side of Flatt Swamp. The land adjoined White with witnesses being Thomas Hansford and Wm Hansford (registered Aug Court 1750).

The above links Jenkins to his brother William and father Thomas Hansford. And as James Burras is believed to be the father of Joshua Burris Senior, the information above  is but a small bit of the evidence linking the Hansford Family to our Burris family. And lastly, it locates the two families as living near each other in northeast Bertie County on its line with Hertford County.

Carrying this line of thinking a bit further, in 1730, a register of cattle marks in Bertie County lists: “Thomas Hansford …for his son Jenkins Hansford.” From this we know that Jenkins was not of the generation of Solomon and Joshua Burris Junior. Of a similar age  as that of Joshua Burris Senior, Jenkins must have been quite old in the 1770’s when he walked the lands of Anson as a chain bearer.

And, there’s an important story regarding another Thomas Hansford, likely being a distant family member. Participating in Bacon’s Rebellion,

“it is said that he [another person named Thomas Hansford] took a conspicuous part in the insurrection, brilliant as it was brief, and when he was captured after Bacon’s death, he supplicated no other favor than that “he might be shot like a soldier, and not hanged like a dog.”

You can read more on this story at Thomas Hansford: The First Native Martyr to American Liberty.

A person named Jenkins Hansford died ca. 1795 at which time his estate in Bertie County was inventoried by Luke White. Luke and his family will be  important in understanding ties to other branches of the Burris family who moved west.

Along with Jenkins Hansford, David Burris was also chosen to be a chain bearer in Joshua Burris Senior’s land grant. Who is David? I’ve yet been able to locate David but suspect him to be the son of Joshua Senior …or possibly a brother. He’s there as chain bearer for the land grant and then is gone. Who is he!?

Likewise, and turning to the land grant of Joshua Burris Junior, the names of his chainbearers were William Garrison and Adom or Odum Cook, Coak, or Cake. And as with David Burris, these two people are a mystery. I’ve yet to find anything else in Anson connecting them to our family. Much more work is needed.


In closing it must be pointed out that per his revolutionary War pension request, Solomon Burris served in the war out of Anson County. And by 1784, just after the close of the Revolutionary War, Solomon had married and fathered his oldest son named Taylor. His brother Joshua picked up and moved again to Anderson County SC. Somewhere in all this Joshua Burris Senior dies.

While his brother moved from the state, Solomon remained put though did make a bit of a move north into now Stanly County. Why did Solomon not make the move to South Carolina with his brother? What was there in old Montgomery County that drew Solomon to that area? Without proof, I believe the answer lies in a woman with maiden name Taylor. As Solomon married Judith Taylor, the couple moved to an area of Montgomery County thick with members of a Taylor family who once lived in the area just west of Bertie County. Coincidence? Giving their first born the name Taylor, all that’s left for us is to figure out the exact reason why.

3 thoughts on “JOSHUA COMES TO ANSON

  1. stephen

    Jenkins researcher here and came across your post.

    Can’t help with with Burris, but Jenkins Hansford was named after his mother’s maiden name. She was Bridgett Jenkins and a daughter of Captain Henry Jenkins II of Elizabeth City Co., VA who died in 1719. I have not seen any other research linking Thomas Hansford of Bertie to the Thomas Hansford of Bacon’s Rebellion fame, but believe he was a grandson of the said Thomas through a son William Hansford. The record that links Thomas of Bertie to the Hansford’s of York Co. is through a Jan 1726/27 Elizabeth City Co. court record where Thomas Hansford and wife Briget is filing suit against John Jenkins after the death of their brother Henry Jenkins who d. 1724. You are right that he would be aging and don’t know why he would be a chain bearer. Haven’t come across anyone else with that name either.

    You mentioned land adjoining Daniel Murphy. I know there was a Daniel Murphy associated with the Jenkins in Bertie Co. and moved to Orange Co., NC c. 1765 and died c.1771 that had a son Daniel. From what research I have seen on the son Daniel, appears there is some debate going on and some opine that Daniel Murphy of Anson was someone else. Looks like there were two Daniel Murphys that served in the revolution with one serving in NC and the other GA.

    Good luck with your research.

    1. geothos Post author

      Thank you, Stephen, for your response. Crazy how this works, but just this week I noticed Winborn Jenkins in Bertie. Surely, Thomas Hansford is closely related to the Bertie bunch and in that and others, I’d bet the same for Winborn. Will look at the records you’ve offered and maybe at some point the bell will ring. At this point I think your best bet is to plow through the deeds of Bertie for your families along with anyone remotely mentioned in such documentation.

      1. stephen

        Winborn Jenkins was a son of Charles Jenkins of Hertford and in my theories, was related to Bridgette Jenkins w/o Thomas Hansford, but would be through about 3 to 4 generations up.

        Been researching the Jenkins quite a while and “Burris” has not really appeared on my radar. Seen Luke White though. I searched the hodge podge of records that I have accumulated over time for Burris. (A difficult name due to all the spelling variations)

        I don’t know what pieces you have in your puzzle box, but this one would appear to apply to you: (maybe a brief stop in Edgecombe before heading further west?)

        Edge. Co Db 5, page 302, deed date 25 Nov 1788, recorded Feb Ct 1790,
        Joshua Burros and Sarah, his wife, Edge. Co to Benjamin Dodridge, Edge.
        Co for 45 pounds, VA, a tract of land on the south side of Tar River
        beginning in the county line a black jack and pine then an east course
        to a red oak a corner then north to a pine a corner then a west course
        to a pine a corner in the county line then along the county line to the
        beginning, containing 200 acres, signed Joshua Burros, Sarah Burros
        (X), wit Archd Lamon, Lewis Joiner (X). Abstracted 11-12-04, NCA film
        C.037.40007, CTC.

        I found some more in the Edgecombe index, but don’t have them. You can access the index by going to Edgecombe’s register of deeds website. Here is what was listed for pre 1800 and appears that some Burris remained after.

        1774 William Cornell to William Burriss deed, Bk 2, pg 154
        1789 Caleb Killebrew to Joshua Burris deed Bk 5, pg 28
        (note: the 1789 date of Killebrew to Burris may be the date it was recorded and may have purchased it at an earlier date.)

        More suspects: I had these for after 1800, but are more listed in the indexes.

        Edge. Co Db 21, page 429, date of deed 7 Jan 1836, date recorded May
        Ct. 1836, Burwell Gay, Pitt Co. to John Burris, Edge. Co. for $50, a
        tract of land on the south side of ( ) Run, beginning at a hickory
        James E. Moore’s corner in (Icahabod Moore’s) line then running with
        his line nearly east to Ward’s Run to a corner gum at the said swamp
        Gilliard Thigpen’s corner then up the various courses of same to James
        E. Moore’s line then with his line to the beginning, containing 33
        acres, signed Burrell Gay, wit. Benja. Moore, Benj. Gay, proved.
        Abstracted 10-18-01, FHC film 0370237, CTC.

        Edge. Co Db 22, page 55, deed date 16 Jan 1837, recorded Feb Ct 1838,
        John (Burrows), Edge. Co to Burwell Gay, Pitt Co for $50, a tract on
        the south side of Wards Run beginning at a hickory James E. Moores
        corner in Ichabod Moore’s line then running nearly east with his line
        to the run of the swamp cald Wards Run then up the various courses of
        said run to James E. Moore’s line then south with his line to the
        beginning, containing 33 acres, signed John Burries (mark reversed B &
        J), wit Benja Moore. Abstracted 17 Jul 08, FHC film 0370237, CTC.

        Edge. Co. Db 25, page 384, date of deed 20 Sept. 1844, date recorded
        May Ct. 1851, Burrel Gay of Pitt Co. to Harday Burrows of Edge. Co. for
        $100, a tract of land beginning at a stake in Joseph Forbe’s line and
        running (south 89 poles west [sic]) to a pine 95 poles then north 420
        poles to a small huckleberry then east 88 poles to a stake in Webb’s
        line and then south to the beginning, containing 237 3/4 acres. Signed
        Burwell Gay (+), wit. Reddin Gay, James E. Moore.

        In Martin Co:,

        Benjamin Burroughs with William Jenkins that is a brother to Winborn that you mentioned:

        William Jenkins to James Wilson. 11 Jan 1794. 50 pounds, 1 negro man named Sharper. William {x} Jenkins, (seal). Wit: Thomas Conant, Benjamin Burroughs. 747. (C-221)

        William Jenkins and Winifred Jenkins to Thomas Yarrell. 15 Aug 1799. 47 pounds, 10 shillings, 100 acres beginning Jesse Rawl’s corner on Bare Grass and Turkey Swamp, then up the swamp to Sinson’s line to his corner, then to James Harris corner and the to Bare Grass Swamp and to first station. William {x} Jenkins, (seal), Winfired {x} Jenkins. Wit: Simon Rogerson, Benjamin {x} Robason. Private examination of Winifred Jenkins taken by Benjamin Burroughs and he obtained her consent to within deed of conveyance. Wit: John B. Hunter, clerk. 15 Apr 1799. 1419. (C-616)

        I also found a David Burris in Pitt Co: (Index and Abstracts of Deeds of Record of Pitt County by Judith Dupree Ellison)

        8-18-1790 David Barnhill to David Burris 125A; 100 L. Wit.: William Barnhill, John Barnhill Bk M pg 562

        10-16-1799 Grove Wright to David Burrows Quit claim to 100A Wit.: Joel Dickinson, John Williams Bk O pg 388

        11-6-1799 David Burrows to Wm. Barnhill 125A; 100 L, Adj.: Noble Stancill, John Barnhill Bk O pg 539

        Don’t appear to see him after 1799 and a Henry W. Burroghs appears c.1828

        Hope some of this helps.

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