John Milton Burns

Transcribed from: The 1909 History of Livingston County

John Milton Burns, a prosperous farmer of Eppards Point Township, Livingston County, Illinois, an honorable veteran of the Civil War, and one of the most prominent and highly esteemed citizens of the township was born in Elkhart County, Indiana, October 10th 1837, a son of Terence and Barbara (Miller) Burns, of whom the former was born in Claysville, Kentucky in 1800 and the latter was born in Virginia in 1790.  The paternal grandfather, Jonathan Burns, was a pioneer settler of Kentucky and spent his life in that state.  Catharine Miller, grandmother on the maternal side, died in Elkhart County, Indiana when the subject of this sketch was a child.

 Terence Burns, the father, was educated in the common schools of Kentucky, and at a very early period located in the above named county, building a home in the woods.  He cleared a tract of land there and followed farming throughout his active life, his death-taking place at Goshen, Indiana in 1889.  He and his wife had four children:  George W., John M. and William, and Henry, a son of Mrs. Burns by her first husband, Mr. Lorton.  John M. and George W. are the only ones living, the latter having been a resident of Lafayette, Indiana for forty years.  In politics, Terence Burns was in early life a Whig and afterwards became a Republican.  He and his wife were members of the M.E. church in his locality, which held its meetings in his house.

  John M. Burns was brought up on a farm and his education was obtained in the common schools, the Goshen (Ind.) High School and Oberlin College.  While a student at Oberlin he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three years and four months; nine months of which time were spent in prison at Richmond in Libby Prison and also at New Orleans and Salisbury.  He took part in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Fesaca and Ringold, besides numerous skirmishes.  He was in Sherman’s March to the Sea as far as Kenaskaw.   He was taken prisoner August 26th, 1861 at Cross Lane, Virginia, by Gen. Price’s Army and set to Richmond.  On being mustered out of the service at Cleveland, Ohio, he returned to Indiana whence in 1865 he went to LaSalle County, Illinois, moving in the following year to Eppard’s Point, Livingston County, Illinois, where he bought eighty acres of land at $14.00 per acre.  He now owns one hundred and fifty-five acres, all of which he has accumulated through his own energy, perseverance and good management.  He is a general farmer and is also engaged in raising stock.

 On August 27 th 1862, Mr. Burns was married to Catharine DeLotter, born in the vicinity of Dayton, Preble County, Ohio, September 23rd, 1838, and a daughter of Lewis and Maria (Stiver) DeLotter, natives of Maryland and Germany.  Catharine DeLotter, grandmother of Mrs. Burns, born September 8th, 1784, died April 9th, 1872, aged 87 years, 7 months and one day.  Her husband, Henry DeLotter, was born January 24th, 1784.  Died February 14th, 1846, aged 62 years and 20 days.

 After the death of Mrs. Burn’s mother, her father was married to Mrs. Lydia (Wysong) Miller and moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana, finally dying at Goshen.  By his first wife he had five children; namely Aaron, Joseph, Henry, Lewis and Mrs. Burns, the latter being the only one living.  His second marriage resulted in seven children, four of whom are living, namely, Annie, Betty, James and Sylvanus. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Burns have had ten children as follows:  Dora Annis, Charles Augustus, Lettie Arildeth (deceased), Irvin Addison, Lillie Adelia, Edith Rosa, Leetha Oliette (deceased), Myrtle Annie Laura and Mitie Annie Laura, twins of whom the former died in infancy, and Ella Josephine.

 In politics Mr. Burns is a Republican and is now serving his third term as Supervisor.  He and his wife are members of the M.E. Church.

 Typewritten July 27th 1912.