HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS
& HISTORY OF MORGAN COUNTY
Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers, 1906.




BURRUS, ALEXANDER, a successful farmer living on his farm near the bluffs northeast of the town of Meredosia, Morgan County, was born in that county August 17, 1859, the son of William and Nancy Jane (Masterson) Burrus, respectively natives of Kentucky and Tennessee. They had a family of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters, Alexander being the seventh son of the family. The parents came to Morgan County in the early 'fifties and proved successful, acquiring an estate of 720 acres. Both parents are deceased. The father was a Christian man who raised his children aright, and like himself, they became consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, receiving the best education the times afforded.

Alexander Burrus has been a farmer all his life, and at this writing owns 236 acres of land, upon which, assisted by his son, he conducts general farming operations. Mr. Burrus was married January 13, 1884, to Mary L. Cochran, daughter of Phillip Cochran, a farmer and early settler of Morgan County. Of this union seven children have been born, six of whom are living, viz.: Grace, Lorenzo, Pearl, Royal, Wilbur and Harold. Mr. Burrus has served his district as School Director. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he is a Democrat.


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