Thomas Burriss


THOMAS BURRISS, a substantial general farmer in Jefferson County, Ohio, residing on a well improved, tract of 152 acres, situated in Wells Township, which he owns in partnership with his mother, has an additional farm containing 160 acres, which lies in Section 26, Warren Township. He was born in Wells Township, March 31, 1854 and is a son of William and Rachel (Mehollen) Burriss.

William Burriss was born in West Virginia, just across the Ohio River from Steubenville, a son of Zadoc Burriss, who was born in Maryland. The latter settled in West Virginia in early manhood but in middle life moved with his family to Wells Township, Jefferson County, where he died. William Burriss was the third born in his parents' family and after coming to Jefferson County attended school and later engaged in farming, which occupation he followed all through his active life. His death occurred in Wells Township, in 1898, at the age of seventy-two years. He married Rachel Mehollen, who survives him, as do all three children, Ella, Thomas and Zadoc. The daughter is the wife of George E. Medill.

Thomas Burriss resided at home as assisted his father until he married, at which time the latter gave him the 160 acre farm which lies in Warren Township. Mr. Burriss and wife lived there for seven years but when his father died he went back to the old home place in order to take care of his aged mother who neither desired new people about her nor to change her old home for another one. Mr. Burriss operates both farms, the township line dividing them, and makes a specialty of raising livestock.

Mr. Burriss was married March 3, 1893, to Miss Anna Cole, a daughter of John T. and Margaret Cole, and they have one son, John. Mr. Burriss is a well informed man on public questions. He casts his vote with the Republican party but has never desired political office, his private affairs demanding all his time.

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