Ancestors and Descendants of
Rebecca Shepherd and Asa Burroughs

Burroughs Descendants

From Steve Warling:
I have been researching the BURROUGHS family for about 25 years. There were a number of BURROUGHS who lived in the 1600s and early 1700s, and many of them were named John. I recently started a project at Family Tree DNA to try and determine which of these branches are closely related. Family Tree DNA is one of the leaders in the new field of DNA testing for genealogy research. If we can get one or two volunteer descendants from each of the branches, then we should be able to tie together some of the BURROUGHS families.

DNA is sort of a misnomer for the test used for genealogy, because the test just involves looking at a man's Y-chromosome. This chromosome is passed exactly from father to son, with only an occasional random mutation. This makes it perfect for studying a surname. If two living men with the same surname have very similar Y-chromosomes, then they have a common paternal ancestor within a handful of generations.

So far, one possible descendant of John of Enfield has been tested. His Y-chromosome matched very well with a descendant of John BURROUGHS of Newtown, NY. Maybe John of Newtown was an uncle of John of Enfield. We need to find a definite descendant of John of Enfield to know for sure. Would you be willing to help find a participant from our branch of the family? It has to be a male with the surname BURROUGHS. The test is easy, painless, and handled by mail.

P.S. I don't receive anything from Family Tree DNA for being the group administrator of the BURROUGHS project. I'm doing it because of my interest in genealogy. I have also been the administrator of another group for about a year, and we have made some exciting discoveries.

Are you researching this family? Have your link added here.

Bonnie Nilsen


Specific line: From Rebecca to son Seymour, to daughter Viola, to daughter Hazel. Hazel was my grandmother.

Other comments: Looking especially for more info on Seymour and his life in Lafayette, Indiana.

Roger Elliott


Specific line: James Elliott married Lucy Burroughs likely in Cleveland. [More]

Other comments: Looking for more info on James Elliot.

William Wallace Burroughs V and Kayla Anne Burroughs


Specific line: Looking for descendants of Zoelah and Jean, sisters of our great grandfather William Wallace Burroughs, Jr. Our grandfather, William Wallace Burroughs III, was an only child.

Rebecca Shepherd and Asa Burroughs to George Washington Burroughs to William Wallace Burroughs to WWBurroughs Jr to WW Burroughs III to WW Burroughs IV to US!

Kathy Burroughs


Specific line: My husband and children are descended from Asa and Rebecca's son George Washington Burrough's son William Wallance Burroughs. Husband is WW Burroughs 4th and son is WW Burroughs 5th.