ROBERT E. BURNS settled on the east half of the northwest quarter of section twenty-one, in October, 1825. His land had been entered by John Parker, and the deed was made in May 1826. Mr. Burns was born in Washington county, Virginia, March 28, 1799, but subsequently moved to Clarke county, Kentucky, where he was married to Patsy Cass, September 15, 1825. The young couple immediately set out for Sangamon county, arriving as already stated. Buffalo Hart Grove was selected as the place for their future home, and a better selection could not have been made. Mr. and Mrs. Burns raised two children to maturity: Robert Franklin, born July 11, 1832, and Elizabeth C., born June 7, 1835. Robert died July 11, 1852, and Elizabeth married John T. Constant. Robert E. Burns lived a practical and useful life, enduring many of the hardships incidental to old age, but having a sufficiency to keep him comfortably in old age. He died May 24th, 1880. His widow yet lives on the old homestead.