Reubin Burress/Samantha Emaline Taylor
Vicki Burress Roach
Burress was born ca 1846 somewhere in GA. He was the son of
Henry R. Burress
and Julia (maiden name unknown at this time). Reubin is married by the 1870
census to Samantha Emaline Taylor
and they are
residing in Jasper, Walker County, AL. Family stories say Reubin died in
1876 in Jasper, AL when a well caved in on him. He was supposedly cleaning
the well according to Grace Burress Batavia.
They had 3 small children who were toddlers; James Henry Burress,
Alice, and Rube (my great grandfather). Samantha brought her children by
wagon train from AL to Tupelo (Lee Co., MS), then 20-Mile Bottom and finally
to Rienzi, MS. My great aunt, Grace Batavia, said "Samantha
came to MS to be near her people". Samantha was born in 1852 and died
between 1911-1913 in this area. She is buried in Piney Grove Cemetery with
her second husband, George W. Jacobs. His first wife was
Sarah Burke. He married a third time after Samantha’s
death. Samantha and George married in 1889 in Prentiss County, MS.
Burress, son of Reuben and Samantha, married 3 times and
fathered 21 children. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Piney Grove
Burress, daughter of Reuben and Samantha, married Charlie
Bearden. Both are buried in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Burress, youngest child of Reuben and Samantha, was born
1876 and died in February 22, 1927 in Corinth, MS. On November, 1894 he
married Ozella Viola Tittle. Ozella was born March 8, 1880
and died October 11, 1962. They are buried in Piney Grove Cemetery. They had
7 children to live. Ozella was a very young bride and had several children
to die during childbirth or shortly thereafter. Their children were; Olen
Tennessee Burress 1903-1973, Lois 1905-1984, James Elmer
(my grandfather) 1907-1993, Alice 1910-deceased, Charlie Adrian 1912-1952,
Grace 1916-deceased, Ruby 1920-deceased. Olen is buried in Peoria, Illinois.
Lois is buried in Eastview, Tennessee. Elmer, Grace, Ruby and Charlie are
buried in Alcorn County. Alice is buried in West Memphis, Arkansas.