JOHN RIDGEWAY BURNS, born October 19, 1803, in Jessamine county, Kentucky; married in Sangamon county, April, 1828, to Lucy A. Cass. They had twelve children, all born in Sangamon county; three of whom died under three years of age. Mrs. Burns died July 19, 1876; of the living children, Mary J., born March 26, 1831, married to John Cass, February 28, 1847; Thos. F., born January 9, 1833, married Ursula Greening, he enlisted July 25, 1862, in Company F., One Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry, for three years, but was honorably discharged for physical disability; William Ambrose, born November 28, 1839, married Lucy E. Jones, December 24, 1867. They have had three children, William Elmer, Joy May, and James Leslie; reside at town of Buffalo Hart Station; Joy May died December 8, 1876; Martha A., born February 27, 1843; Arminta, born December 30, 1844, married to William B. Robinson, (see his name); Sophia, born February 13, 1849, married James F. Hickman, December 27, 1871; Iva, born March 18, 1851, married to James L. Wright, October 25, 1871; John I., born January 11, 1854, married Lizzie Perry, September 2, 1875. She is the daughter of Horatio and Maria (Hill) Perry, natives of Louisville, Kentucky. They have had three children, two are deceased, Lucy M., born December 4, 1877, is the only one living; Robert B., born October 26, 1856, married Nettie Moore, October 18, 1876, in Springfield, Illinois. They now live in Decatur, have one child living, George E.
John R. Burns and Lucy Cass came to this county in 1826, he entered land in Logan county, which he traded for land in Sangamon county. Robert Cass entered the land where the old homestead stands. Mr. Burns served in the Black Hawk war, and was afterwards captain in a military company. He is a Democrat and has been for some years, was formerly on the other side of the political fence; he is a member and for many years deacon of the Predestinrian Baptist denomination.