BURRIS, M. D. In the death of Dr. Thomas R. BURRIS his profession was deprived of an honored member and
the citizenship of Johnson County met with a sad loss. He was
a native of Kentucky, born near Lexington, November 30, 1832. His father, Hiram H. BURRIS, who was also a Kentuckian by birth, came from his native State to Illinois in 1850, and first
settled on land that he bought in Johnson County. Some years later he removed to Vienna and there passed the remainder of his life.
subject was well educated in his youth and for a time taught
school. He learned the trade of a shoemaker and engaged at that, and
also in the furniture business for a while. He was,
however, drawn to the medical profession, for which he was well adapted by taste and temperament, and some time after marriage he began to prepare himself for a physician. He studied
hard, thoroughly mastering the principles of medicine, and after attending a course of lectures at a medical college at Cincinnati, established himself in his chosen calling, which he pursued with eminent success until his death, August 29, 1889, ere yet old age had come upon him. The life thus brought to an end had been full and rich in all that goes to make life worth living, as the
Doctor was a man of unblemished character, of high principles and correct habits, who was capable and conscientious in his care of the sick who sought relief from suffering at his hand. He
was an attentive husband and father, was kindly in his relations with his neighbors, and was a good citizen, who had the interests of the community at heart. In his political sentiments the
Doctor was a Republican. Religiously, he was a believer in the Baptist faith, and was a valued member of the Baptist Church.
was first married to Miss Ruth M. MULKEY, who was born
August 24, 1838, in Illinois, and died September 1, 1870, leaving a
family of children, four sons and a daughter,
all residents of this county. The Doctor's second marriage, which took place August 6, 1871, was to Miss Mary A. SCOTT, who survives him, and is living with their children on the farm in Bloomfield Township on which they settled at the time of their marriage. Mrs. BURRIS is a woman well endowed with those qualities of head and heart that command respect and esteem,
and the Baptist Church finds in her a consistent member. She is a native of Bloomfield Township, born May 15, 1851. She has six children living, namely: Estella M., Lucinda K., Thomas S.,
Arthur B., Mabel and Elsie.
transcribed by Nan Starjak
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