Mae Elizabeth was born on July 4th 1917 in Naruna, Virginia. She was the fourth of five children born to John Thomas and Georgia Kate. She is my Grand Aunt, or simply my grandfathers, Lacy’s younger sister. Georgie as she was called was 34 years old when Mae was born. Claudia, Mae’s eldest sibling was 15 years old in 1917. It is interesting that Larry Burruss informed me that his mother and Pete used an “e” at the end of their name, Sublette. However, my grandfather, Lacy always said they just wanted to be snobbish. This is particularly interesting because there are still Sublett’s that use that spelling including my newly discovered third cousin, M. Sean Sublette.
To give you some perspective, World War I was currently taking place halfway across the world. Woodrow Wilson the 28th President of The United States was in office.
In the 1920 Census, Mae was 2 years old. Her oldest sister Claudia had already left home. The rest of the family lived in Naruna, Campbell County, Virginia. According to this census, George Bland Sublett, Mae’s grandfather, also lived with them.
By the 1930 Census, Mae is 12 years old, she lived with her parents, her younger sister Clarice “Pete.” Sue Holt, Mae’s maternal grandmother is also living with the family. They also have a border, Ralph Dudley, living with the family.
Somewhere along the way, Mae meets John Carrington Burruss. He goes by the name Carrington. I do not know the story of their courtship. Maybe my second cousins can fill us in. I tried to find out from Larry, but he does not remember hearing how they met. But it is clear they married prior to the 1940 Census.
I do know that their first child, Nashella Sue, was born on October 4, 1938. According to the City Directory, Mae and Carrington were living at 905 Deoring Street in 1939.
In the 1940 Census, Mae is married to John “Carrington” Burruss. They lived at 905 Deoring Street, Lynchburg. Carrington is working at a Dry Cleaner’s and Mae is at home with her new-born, Nashella. Their second child, Larry Clarke Burruss, was born on November 26, 1940.
According to the City Directory, after 1943, the family lived at 1123 Rhode Island Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia.
In the 1940 City Directory, Carrington is working at Adams and Scott’s Dry Cleaners as a Driver. However, in the 1943 City Directory, Carrington is working at Fitzgerald and Burruss Dry Cleaning. This is the business that he owned.
In the 1943 City Directory, we see that Carrington is listed with Fitzgerald as owners of a Dry Cleaning Business at 1400 Main Street.
According to Larry, his father owned a Dry Cleaning business during World War II. He sold the business in 1948 when he went into the automobile business. He did this until he retired in 1975. Larry stated, “He with several partners ran the Kaiser-Frasier-Willy’s Dealership in Lynchburg and then became the American Motors/Jeep Dealers until the mid-1970s when they all retired.”
According to the 1949 City Directory, Carrington worked as a Salesman for Tibbs Motor Company.
My hope is to write a synopsis of all these ancestors. If you have additional information, I would appreciate you contacting me.