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John M. Burns
Mr. Burns, one of the pioneers of Boone County, was born
in the state of Kentucky, on the 6th of May, in the year
1816. He was married to Miss S. A. Wylie in 1842. Miss Wylie
was born also in Kentucky, February 12, 1823. They came to
Boone County in the year 1834, settling in Clinton Township.
Mrs. Burns died December 17, 1852. She is buried at Salem
Church Cemetery. The following are the names of their
children: Eliza J., born May 31, 1847, married to James A.
Powell, February 27, 1868, reside in Clinton Township where
they own a fine farm; Joseph A., married to Anna Paxton,
reside in Kansas. Mr. Burns was again married to Mary
Stephenson, who was born in Kentucky. The following are the
names of his children by this marriage: Henry C., Mary A.,
Lola Q. (deceased). Mr. Burns now resides in Kansas. He was
one of the prominent men of the county since 1836. Served as
county surveyor many years with entire satisfaction. Also
township trustee of Clinton Township for eight terms. See
his portrait on another page.
Transcribed by: Julie S. Townsend - June 6, 2007
Source: "Early Life and Times in Boone County,
Indiana," Harden & Spahr, Lebanon, Ind., May, 1887, pp