Biography - George Burris

George W. BURRIS, farmer, P. O. Butler, was born in Montgomery County, Ill., February 22, 1860. He received his education in the common schools of the county, and entered upon his career in life as a farmer, and remained upon the old homestead until the death of his father, when he assumed all the cares and responsibilities of the family and farm. He was married in Montgomery County, November 3, 1881, to Miss Fannie V. HARRIS, who was born March 7, 1861, to John and Elvira HARRIS. Dewitt C. BURRIS, the father of George, was born in Jackson County, Ohio; was one of the early settlers of Montgomery County. He was an energetic and enterprising man, and a practical farmer, and, perhaps, no man has done more for public improvements and for the advancement of agricultural interests in the county than Mr. BURRIS. His death occurred January 4, 1879, at the age of fifty-three. He was a man of prominence in the township, and his loss will long be felt. His wife, Roseline MACK, was born in New Hampshire. She is still living, and is the mother of eight children - George, Emma J., wife of John WALLACE; Hattie Ellen, Carrie A., Elzina, William O., Charles D. and Wesley C., all of whom are living on the old homestead, except Emma, who, with her husband, is living in Butler Township. George, the subject, is identified with the Democratic party. He devotes his time to growing the usual crops and raising stock. The farm consists of about nine hundred acres of choice farm land, which he keeps in a high state of cultivation.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 200-201.

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