HENRY BURNS, an influential citizen of Island Creek township, was born in that township in 1831 the son of Michael and Mary (Wilgus) Burns, the former of whom was a native of Ireland, and the latter of New Jersey. Michael Burns was born in 1784, and when a young man came from Ireland to the United States, settling first in New Jersey, where he was married, and remained until 1817, when he removed to Ohio and made his home in Island Creek township, which was his home until his death December 13, 1847. He was married January 7, 1812, to Mary Wilgus, by whom he had ten children, three of whom are living. Mrs. Burns died May 30, 1878. Michael Burns was a school teacher by profession and followed that most of his life. Henry Burns in early manhood began farming in Island Creek township but in August 1862 he enlisted in Company A, Ninety-eighth Ohio volunteers, and served with that command about two years until March 1864 when he was discharged on account of failure of health. He participated in the battles of Perryville and Chickamauga, besides others of importance. After the war was over, Mr. Burns was married September 28, 1865 to Rebecca J., daughter of James Blackburn, of Jefferson county, and they have two children, James M. and Nancy E. In politics, Mr. Burns is a democrat. He is well-known throughout the county and everywhere highly esteemed.
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