How to Use This Book
The genealogical charts need no
explanation. The general chart shows descent from the various families. The
Burroughs and the McIntosh charts show descent through these families after they
came to America.
The history of the Burroughs family
is given first, and that of the McIntosh family next. From there on the families
are arranged in alphabetical order.
The typewritten chart occupying the
first page of each family outline is designed to show just how the Burroughses
(meaning the four children for whom these books have been prepared, and who are
considered as “the present generation”), are descended from that family. Taking
Anciaux as an illustration, the chart shows that Nicholas Anciaux married Lydia
Richardson; and that their (i.e., Nicholas Anciaux and Lydia Richardson’s)
daughter Eliza Anciaux married John Macpherson Berrien; and that their (i.e.,
John Macpherson Berrien and Eliza Anciaux’s) daughter Valeria Gibbons Berrien
married Joseph Hallett Burroughs: and so on down to the parents of the present
generation. Lines have been provided on each chart for continuing the record for
five succeeding generations.
When the information is very meager,
as in the early history of some of the families before they came to America, the
generations are separated by the marks –oOo-, but generally the generations are
handled in what may be called separate sections, or chapters.
In each generation the names of the
children of a marriage are given, numbered with Roman numerals (I. V. X.) with
our ancestor designated by an asterisk (*). Information on our ancestor is given
in the section dealing with his generation, this is, with his brothers and
sisters, but his children are shown in the following section dealing with the
succeeding generation, and so on down to the female ancestor, when our
descendent from that family ends, reference being made then to the family into
which our female ancestor married, asm at the end of Anciaux, “See BERRIEN”, and
at the end of Berrien, “SEE BURROUGHS”. Usually the information on our ancestor
is given last in the section, even though he or she may have been the first
child of that generation.
All known descendents of the brothers
and sisters of our ancestors are shown immediately under the brother or sister.
Where several generations of descendents are known, the plan is as follows:
I. Roman numerals indicate
the brothers and sisters of our ancestor.
numerals indicate the children of I.
i. Small Roman numerals indicate the child of 1.
A. Capital letter indicate the children of i.
Small letters indicate the children of A.
If this is not clear, turn to
Burroughs for illustration. (The pages are numbered at the bottom.) Page 1 shows
descent from John to the present. Page 2, 3, and 4 give an account of John, the
first of the name whom we have record. Page 5 starts the next generation, and
states “John Burroughs and _______Jessup were married”, followed by a list of
their children, viz: “I. Jeremiah; *II. Joseph; III. Joannah; IV. Mary”. Roman
numerals are used as this is the family group of which our ancestor was a
member, and our ancestor is designated by the *.
Pages 6 and 7 give information on
these children of John. Page 6 and a portion of page 7 set out information on I.
Jeremiah (son of John) together with his descendents. He is shown as having five
children: “1. Jeremiah; 2. James; 3. John; 4. Joseph; 5 Hannah”.
- Jeremiah (son of I. Jeremiah) married, but no children are recorded.
- James (son of I. Jeremiah) had six children: “i. James; ii. Joseph; iii.
Thomas; iv. John; v. Deborah; and, vi.
- i. James (son of 2. James and grandson of I. Jeremiah) had five children:
“A. Joseph; B. John; C. James; D. Grace; and, E. Benjamin”.
- B. John (son of i. James, grandson of 2. James, and great-grandson of i.
Jeremiah) had seven children: “a. Theodorus; b. Adrian; c. John; d. Jacob; e.
Joseph; f. Sarah; and, g. Grace”.
On page 7 information on our
ancestor, *II. Joseph, is given, but his children are carried forward to page 9,
a new section, or chapter, in which the succeeding generation is shown.
Passing over to the children of
Benjamin Burroughs and Catherine Eirick, the first generation born in the South,
it will be seen that an attempt has been made to trace as many as possible of
their descendents, and the arrangement of the Burroughs outline from there
differs from all others in the book, due to the fact that our descent from a
family ends upon the marriage of that family into the family of Burroughs. After
some general information on the family of Benjamin Burroughs and Catherine
Eirick, their fourth child is the first one whose history is given. This is
because the first two children died young, and the third child was our ancestor
and his history is set out at the end of the section.
Starting then with IV. William Howe
(son of Benjamin), his eight children are listed and it further shown that only
one of them, 7. Joseph Hallett was married. No further mention is made of those
who died unmarried, but Joseph Hallett, 1847-1898, (son of William Howe, and
grandson of Benjamin) is continued without any numerical designation, and it is
shown that he had five children, among whom were 1. Althea and 2. Emily Beck who
married and had five children, and the inform-ation on these two daughters is
continued and shows their children. This ends the history of William Howe
Burroughs, one of the brothers of our ancestor, and of all of his descendents
down to the time this outline was written in 1935. This is followed by V.
Benjamin (son of Benjamin) and all his descendents to the present time.
Full names are repeated frequently in
order to avoid confusion which might arise from the use of personal pronouns.
Female members of the family are referred to after marriage by adding their
husbands’ names to their own, for example, Valeria Gibbons Berrien is referred
to after her marriage as Valeria Gibbons Berrien Burroughs. Entertaining the
hope that the book might endure long after his identity has faded, the compiler
refers to himself as “the compiler” or by his full name, and for the same reason
his contemporaries are referred to by their full names rather than in terms of
relationship to himself.