Cocke County TNGenWeb
Coleman and Asbury Burgess

Submitted by Susan Phillips Will

Coleman and his brother Asbury enlisted in the Civil War on Sept. 10, 1862 at Newport, Cocke Co. TN. Coleman enlisted in “Rowan’s Reg. 80th Inf.” and Asbury in the “62nd Inf.” Coleman died at Vicksburg Miss. on Jan 6, 1863 and is buried at “Soldiers Rest” and Asbury was Paroled in the field. Thanks to the daughters of the Confederacy, Coleman’s grave was marked--but not until a Doctor’s partial record of the Confederate Interred was discovered almost 90 years later, about 1950.

I have been researching to find the family of my g-grandmother Mary Jane Burgess. In my research I have discovered she is the daughter of Coleman Burgess. She was born in 1859 in Cocke Co., Tn., and is shown in the 1860 Census, her name being spelled “Burgis”, P021-33.

P014-09 is Mary Jane’s father Coleman's family; Joseph, Purcy and siblings Asbury and Nancy In the 1850 census Coleman is listed in this home, listing #775-795.

Mary Jane’s mother is listed as “Feroby Burgis, age 29 in the 1860 Census, and she has two siblings; Martha C. Burgis, age 5, herself at age 1, and Joseph M. Burgis at 2/12.

I believe the family went to Greene Co. and are listed in the 1870 Census which I have been unable to obtain. I don’t know her mother’s maiden name or if her parents were married, and when Mary Jane died in Knoxville, TN, her husband said he didn’t know her mothers name or where she was born.

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