About The Sun Rides High

I started this website in 2009 to gather and publish stories about our family history. I wanted to share what I found, and allow others to join the conversation. As with any genealogy project, this is a work in progress. If you have information I don’t, or you spot things I got wrong, let me know.

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Our immediate lineages are Ricketts, Stewart, Muller, Avera but our journey starts here with the Burright’s, who are in my wife’s grandmother’s lineage. The Burright’s have a long and well-documented history reaching back to the late 1700s. This brings me to the name of the website …

The Sun Rides High

The Sun Rides High is a memoir of Orrin Ulysses Burright, compiled and published by his daughter Ora Blanche Burright during the early 1970s. It is an interesting record of a well-established American family as it made its way from the Mohawk Valley, New York to the Land Run in Oklahoma. An interesting mix of fact and fiction it does give a really good starting point for our research.


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