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Marinda Prentice of Sisterville, West Virginia


Marinda Prentice of Sisterville, West Virginia
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2004 and Revised 10 Feb 2009

1. Marinda Prentice was b. c. 1820-1825, MA (per 1910 census record of her dau., Marinda). She is called Marendia Punter on a posting at Ancestry.com .

She m. John Hill, PA (per 1910 census record of his dau., Marinda). They had 2 or more children, including:

  1. Oyarinda (aka Marinda) Jane Hill was b. c. 1847.
  2. (son) Hill.

2. Marinda Jane Hill was b. 10 Feb 1847 in Sisterville, Tyler Co., VA (per 1910 census), which abuts OH along the Ohio River and d. 28 Jul 1923, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH, at the age of 76 at the home of her son, Charles, after an illness of about 7 months from cancer. She was survived by one brother, thirty grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was converted and united with the M. E. Church in early life and remained a member until death. Funeral services were held from the home at 2 o'clock Monday, conducted by Rev. W. W. Beckley. Interment at Greenmont Cemtetery, Freeport.

She m. Henry Burris who was b. 5 Jun 1844, Mead Twp., Belmont Co.., OH, and d. 5 Jul 1916, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. He was the son of either:

  • Francis and Lydia Burris (per The Freeport Press 2 Aug 1923, Harrison Co., OH,
  • or Zachariah Burris and Eleanor Brown, per Ancestry.com .

Marinda and Henry appear in the 1880 census in Freeport, Harrison Co., OH where she is called "Oyarinda Hill". Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Frank Solomon Burris, b. 10 Nov 1868, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Charles Burris of Freeport (per obituary). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Anna M. Burriis, b. c. 1871 and d. bef. 1923. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  4. Martin Burris, b. c. 1872 (per 1880 census) of Bridgeport (per obituary). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [5]
  5. George M. Burris, b. 14 Jun 1874, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [6]
  6. Mattie S/l. Burris, b. 16 Aug 1876, Martin's Ferry, Belmont, Co., OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [7]
  7. Cora E. Burris, b. 1 Feb 1879, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [8]
  8. Jessie M. Burris, b. 16 Jul 1881, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [9]
  9. Emma E. Burris, b. 18 Nov 1883, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [10].
  10. Minnie Burris, b. 1 Jun 1888, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. She m. Clement Tolbert of Canton on 5 Apr 1910 in Freeport. He was b. 24 Sep 1884, Holloway, Belmont Co., OH, so of Erastus Tolbert and Belle Wayble.

2. Frank Solomon Burris, b. 10 Nov 1868, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH. Called "Frank Burris of Holloway" (per obituary).

He m. Laura M. Van Fossen on 6 Oct 1895, Pease, Belmont Co., OH. She was b. 30 Jan 1874, Flushing, Belmont Co., OH, and d. 1942, OH, dau. of Benjamin H. Van Fossen and Elizabeth. Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Harvey W. Burris 1896 – 1975
  2. Willard E Burris 1898 –
  3. Melody Belle Burris 1900 –
  4. Austin Burris 1901 –
  5. Elridge C Burris 1903 – 1943
  6. Edna M. Burris 1904 – 1906
  7. Carl L Burris 1905 –

3. Charles Burris, b. 22 Mar 1886, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH, and d. after 1968, Freeport. He appears in the 1930 census in Freeport, Harrison Co., OH, with his wife and family.

He m. Rachel A. Decker on 23 Apr 1913, Freeport. She was b. 13 May 1894, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Joseph Henry Burris, b. c. 1915, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH, and d. 12 Apr 1977, Dover, Tuscarawas, OH. He m. Lela Reynolds probably c. 1936-1940. Children:
    1. Living son Burris -
    2. Living dau. Burris -
    3. Living dau. Burris -
    4. Living son Burris -
    5. Living son Burris -
  2. Anna M. Burris, b. c. 1917, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. She m. Harold Sturgen.
  3. Emma Burris, dau., b. c. 1919, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH.

Also living with them was a nephew, Earl Burris.

4. Anna M. Burriis, b. 28 May 1870, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH, and d. bef. 1923.

She m. Jesse E. Rea on 25 Dec 1888, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. He was b. c. 7 Feb 1867, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH (per census and obituary).

  1. Infant Rea 1892 – 1892
  2. Nettie G. Rea 1897 –
  3. Harold Henry Rea 1904 –
  4. Loyd Zellars Rea 1907 –

5. Martin Burris, b. 31 Jul 1872, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH, and d. 11 Oct 1949, Cambridge, Guernesy Co., OH.

He m. Claudia Miranda Crawford on 1 Mar 1894, Bridgeport, Belmont Co., OH. She was b. 6 Oct 1875, Bridgeport and d. there 6 May 1957, dau. of Henry C. Crawford and martha Elizabeth Etzler. An Ancestor Chart for Claudia can be found at Ancestry.com . Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Henry Crawford Burris 1895 – 1947
  2. Martha Jane Burris 1898 – 1967
  3. Ralph O'Dell Burris 1900 – 1988
  4. Ralph C Burris 1901 –
  5. Arthur Allen Burris 1903 – 1941
  6. Creed Leroy Burris 1908 – 1914
  7. Bettie Louise Burris 1918 –
  8. Betty L Burris 1918 –

6. George M. Burris, b. 14 Jun 1874, Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., OH (per 1880 census). Not in 1900 or 1910 census.

He m. Mary. They had 1 or more children, including:

  1. Hershel Burris. Not in 1900 or 1910 census.

7. Mattie S/L. Burris, b. 16 Aug 1876, Martin's Ferry, Belmont, Co., OH. (per 1880 census).

She m. Sam P. Wells on 16 May 1898, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Desi Odella Wells 1901 –
  2. S P Wells 1904 – 1904
  3. Dwight Loraine Wells 1905 – 1994
  4. Glen Fletchard Wells

8. Cora E. Burris, b. 1 Feb 1879, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH (per 1880 census).

Cora m. 1st Milo S. Vanfossen on 20 May 1899, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH. Children. He was b. 10 Jul 1877, Wellsville, Columbiana Co., OH. Children per Ancestry.com ::

  1. Willie Van Fossen 1901 –

She m. 2nd Samuel Baker on 15 Jan 1905, Freeport. He was b. 22 May 1872, Freeport. Children per Ancestry.com :

  1. Virginia M Baker 1907 –
  2. Craig Baker 1908 –

9. Jessie M. Burris, dau., b. 16 Jul 1881, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH, obtained her SS# in OH, and d. Aug 1977 probably in Canton, Stark Co., OH, where she received her last benefit.

She m. Quinby. Hunt of Canton. (per obituary). He is likely the Quinby A. Hunt shown in the 1900 census in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, OH, b. Jul 1881, OH, son of Isaac. N. Qunby and Eliza J. C., both b. in OH. Jessie and Quinby appear in the 1910 census in Canton, Stark Co., OH; no children shown. Not in the 1920 or 1930 census. He is not shown in the SSDI although his wife is shown (see above).

10. Emma E. Burris, b. 18 Nov 1883, Freeport, Harrison Co., OH.

She m. John B. Rankin on 3 May 1905, Freeport. He was b. 3 May 1885, Freeport, and later lived in New Philadelphia. (per obituary).

Who are Marinda Prentice' s Parents?

The birth places of her parents, which would normally appear in the 1880 census, are left blank in the census record of her daughter, Marinda.

However, the 1910 census says Marinda J. (Prentice) Burris was b. c. 1847, VA, and that her father was b. in PA and mother in MA.

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