BURRUS, WILLIAM, farmer and stockman, whose farm lies near the Illinois River bluffs northeast of Meredosia, Morgan County, Ill., was born on his father's farm, May 17, 1856, the son of William and Nancy Jane (Masterson) Burrus, a sketch of whose life appears in connection with that of his son, Alexander Burrus, elsewhere in this volume. His paternal grandfather was Martin Luther Burrus. William Burrus was reared to work on the farm, meanwhile obtaining a good district school education. He was married November 29, 1877, having one daughter by this union, who is now the wife of Albert Hierman. The wife and mother died May 10, 1879. Mr. Burrus' second marriage occurred December 28, 1882, to Sarah Beauchamp, the oldest child of George N. Beauchamp, a prominent farmer of Meredosia township. Nine children have been born of this union, viz.: Edgar J., Clarence, Leah, Frank, Alta, Paul, Earl, Leona and George.
Mr. Burrus has served as School Director in his district, Road Commissioner
and Supervisor. The family are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
while Mr. Burrus is a member of the Modern Woodmen and a stanch supporter of the
principles of the Prohibition party. He owns and cultivates 200 acres, mostly
rich bottom land, and has a well improved farm and house, the homestead being
developed largely by his own efforts. He is associated in his farming operations
by his sons, who are all bright and industrious young men.