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A COLLECTION OF FACTS CONCERNING
SOME OF THE ANCESTORS OF
LILA FENTON BURROUGHS
MAC HAZLEHURST BURROUGHS, JR.
VALERIA BERRIEN BURROUGHS
SWINTON McINTOSH BURROUGHS
THEY BEING THE CHILDREN OF
MAC HAZLEHURST BURROUGHS AND ELIZA FENTON McINTOSH
WHO WERE MARRIED OCTOBER 10, 1912

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This volume was prepared especially for
Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs, Jr.
And is one of four copies of the book
Compiled for his children

By
Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs
Brunswick, Georgia
1936

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PREAMBLE 

          This “family book” as we call it, would not be
complete without this tribute to the courage and
patience of the author, Mac Hazlehurst Burroughs.
          My slight eloquence could never do justice to
the years of labor and research necessary to the
gathering of the material here-in.  His absolute
loyalty to the truth and facts as he sought his data
and his refusal to include anything of which he was
uncertain, made the labor great.  But it was, and is,
a work of love.
          Mac compiled the book as a tribute to his father,
whose knowledge of genealogy and history generally was
amazing.  As Mac grew older and the children grew up,
he realized the need for such a record if the high ideals
and heroic lives of the ancestors were not to be lost
 to their descendents, as happens in so many families.
          As his wife, companion and “partner” during the
years, nearly thirty-five, that we shared our hopes
and struggles to raise and educate four children
and properly instruct them in those things which we
felt essential to make them responsible human beings,
true to everything that is best and finest, Mac set
an example to his children, as a wonderful husband
and father that any man would be proud to claim.
          Finally today, a year after his passing, as
Swinton and I attempt to complete this work, as he
would want it done, yet often blundering and unsure,
I can only echo what the children often say and I
feel so deeply,--“They just don’t make them any
more like Daddy.”

E.M.B.
(Eliza McIntosh Burroughs)

 

TO MY FATHER,
WILLIAM  BERRIEN  BURROUGHS
WHOSE TIRELESS EFFORTS TO
INFORM HIS CHILDREN CONCERNING
THEIR FAMILY HISTORY MET WITH SO
LITTLE RESPONSE, THIS BOOK, PREPARED
IN LARGE PART FROM HIS WRITTEN
RECORDS, IS DEDICATED WITH
CONSTANTLY INCREASING
APPRECIATION AND IN
ABIDING MEMORY.

THE COMPLIER
January 21, 1936
 

A  LETTER

To my dear Children:
Fenton, Mac, Valeria, and Swinton:

          In this book, of which I have made four copies, one for each of you, I have set out all the information I have been able to obtain concerning your ancestors and the conditions under which they lived.  As those mentioned here have had so great an influence on your lives it would seem that their names and some facts concerning them might be a matter of interest to you, for once they lived and the traits they bore are in your fiber now.
          It is not likely, however, that this interest will arise until the later years in your life, and I have prepared the books for you in order that the information might be available to you should you feel the desire for it.  I do not expect you to read the book in whole or in part unless your interest prompts you to do so.  But, I charge you to exercise every care as long as you live to preserve this book from loss or damage, and finally pass it on to some one who remains after you.  Anything else that I might leave you will be yours to dispose of in any manner that suits your pleasure, but your possession of this book shall be considered in the nature of a trust.  I would suggest that you never allow it to get out of your custody.  If someone should desire to refer to it let this be done in your own home.  Many living persons are descended from some of the families shown here, but only you four children are descended from all of them.
          It is doubtful if all the information contained herein could ever be gathered together again.  On the other hand, someone with more time and money at his disposal than I have will be able to materially add to the present contents, and with that thought in mind I have left much blank space in order that additional facts might be written in.
          Not having access to any books on genealogy I was at a loss when commencing the work to know just how the information should be arranged.  The plan which I evolved seems clear enough to me, but I realize it may be very confusing to others, so I have set out an explanation under the heading “How to Use the Book”, which I hope will be helpful.  I regret that the book is so heavy and of such an inconvenient size and shape.  In the beginning I had no idea it would be even one-half as thick as it is.  The large sheets were used because of the size of the old letters that are pasted in the book.  It was my original intention to include a larger number of these old letters, but they were crowded out.
          I know the efforts that I have put forth on these books appear to you children as a waste of time, and you have probably said among yourselves that “Daddy is going to a lot of trouble for nothing”, but I have enjoyed the work and it may be that eventually one or more of the books will be a source of pleasure to someone else.  In any event, the mental diversion has been a great help to me during some of the worst years of the depression through which we are all passing.  I started the work in the Fall of 1932, and it is now finished except for the pictures which I hope to add from time to time.

Your affectionate father,
Brunswick, Georgia
February 9, 1936                     (signed) M. H. Burroughs

 

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