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Rachel McCoy
Female 1779 - 1855

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  • Birth  ca 1779  Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  05 Jun 1855  Pike Co. KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953
      Name: Rachel Burris
      Death Date: 15 Jun 1855
      Death Location: Pike
      Residence Location: Pike
      Gender: Female
      Birth Location: Pike
      Father's Name: Not Name

      Pike County, Kentucky Death Records
      Rachel Burris, 74 years, single, died: 15 June 1855; Birth Place; Pike County Kentucky, Parents: Not Known; Cause: Cold

      Note from Michell Burress: In the 1850 census Rachel is listed in the household of William McCoy, who married Mary Ann Burris April 24, 1837 with the consent of Rachel Burris, her mother. Also the 1850 census lists Rachel as being 75 years old and her birth place as Virginia.
    Person ID  I22488  Master File
    Last Modified  05 Jul 2013 
     
    Family  Micajah Burress,   b. ca 1777, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1852, Russell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Oct 1795  Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Annals of southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
      Mongtomery County VA, Minutes of the County Court 1777 to 1800

      1795 Oct 20 Groom: Michajah Burress Bride: Rachel McCoy
      Miniter: Edw Morgan

      Virginia, Marriages, 1660-1800
      Name: Rachel Mccoy
      Spouse: Micajah Burrus
      Marriage Date: 13 Oct 1795
      Marriage Location: Montgomery County, Virginia
      [Note: this could be for the marriage bond, not when they were married.]


    Divorced 
    • They separated between 1840 and 1850. Unsure if they had actually divorced. Rachel was living with her daughter in Pike Co. KY in 1850. By 1850 Micajah was living with Elizabeth Francis. In 1849 Micajah and Elizabeth were in court and fined for lewd behavior. After the estate sale in 1852 after Micajah's death Elizabeth is referred to the "Widow Burress."

      Since Rachel died in 1855, if Micajah married Elizabeth, he would have been a bigamist. More than likely Micajah and Elizabeth may have said they had married, but didn't in order to avoid more charges of lewd behavior of living together without being married.

      The 1850 Russell Co. Census shows Micajah and Elizabeth had children ages 12 to less than one year. Perhaps his affair with Elizabeth led to Rachel's moving in with her daughter in Pike County.

    Children 
     1. James Burress,   b. Apr 1807, Montgomery Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jun 1883, Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Mary Ann Burress,   b. Sep 1820, Russell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1913, Boyd Co. KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  04 Jul 2013 
    Family ID  F10244  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • CENSUS RECORDS

      1810 United States Federal Census
      Name: Micajah Burris
      Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Montgomery, Virginia
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 4
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 [Rachel]
      Number of Household Members Under 16: 8
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
      Number of Household Members: 10

      1820 United States Federal Census about Marjah Burass
      Name: Marjah Burass [Micajah Burress]
      Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Lebanon, Russell, Virginia
      Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 4
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 3
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
      Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
      Number of Persons - Engaged in Manufactures: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 16: 9
      Free White Persons - Over 25: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 15
      Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 15

      1830 United States Federal Census
      Name: Micajah Burreps [Micajah Burress]
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Russell, Virginia
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 5
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 5

      1840 United States Federal Census
      Name: Macojak Burrows [Micajah Burress]
      Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Russell, Virginia
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
      Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
      No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 6
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 6

      1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Rachel Burry [Rachel Burress]
      Age: 73
      Birth Year: abt 1777
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1850: Pike, Kentucky
      Gender: Female
      Family Number: 653
      Household Members:
      Wm McCoy 39
      Mary McCoy 30
      Elizabeth McCoy 12
      Pleasant McCoy 10
      James H McCoy 9
      Rachel J McCoy 7
      Careless McCoy 5
      Anderson McCoy 3
      Robert McCoy 1
      Rachel Burry 73 [Burress]
      David Buress 40