William Burroughs II

William Seward Burroughs II (1914 - 1997)

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William Seward "William Lee" Burroughs II
Born in St. Louis, Missourimap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Lawrence, Kansasmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Nov 2014
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William was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He was the younger of two sons born to Mortimer Perry Burroughs and Laura Hammon Lee. He frequently wrote under the pen name William Lee. Though he graduated from Harvard, he never held a steady job, and subsisted primarily on an allowance from his wealthy parents. Negative events in his life, such as his heroin addiction and the accidental shooting of his wife, inspired his writing.

He was associated in New York with other characters of the Beat generation such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. He lived for a time in Tangier with Paul Bowles and Brion Gysin.

1930 US Census for St. Louis Missouri:

  • Mortimer P Burroughs Head M 44 Missouri
  • Laura Burroughs Wife F 41 Georgia
  • Mortimer Burroughs Son M 19 Michigan
  • William S Burroughs Son M 16 Missouri

Through his grandmother Ida Selover, Burroughs is related to John D. Rockefeller. {3rd cousins, 3x removed}


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs
  2. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6201607/william-s.-burroughs
  3. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHN5-1WK : accessed 8 January 2018), William S Burroughs in household of Mortimer P Burroughs, Central, St Louis, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 39, sheet 2B, line 95, family 44, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1224; FHL microfilm 2,340,959.
  4. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JK5M-7Y8 : 20 May 2014), William S Burroughs, 02 Aug 1997; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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