Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of John BURNS


          John BURNS — son of John and Eliza (Collis) Burns, was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, December 26, 1844. He was married in this state and county, September 13, 1866, to Mary Stump, also a native of this county, born November 22, 1847. She died April 17, 1875, having been the mother of the following children: Benjamin F., born June 17, 1867, died August 4, 1867; Mary F. June 28, 1868; Anna B., June 29, 1870; Margaret E., September 25, 1872. The parents of Mrs. Burns were residents in Jefferson county, John and Susan (Butts) Stump. Mr. Bums was married, August 17, 1875, to Rebeckah M. Garrett, born May 10, 1853, and the following are the children: William R., born June 13, 1876; Sarah A., March 24, 1878; Eliza D., February 27, 1880; Mazie R., March 12, 1882. Richard and Sarah (Bates) Garrett were the parents of the present Mrs. Burns. They were born in England, he in 1812, and she in 1811, and coming to America in 1848, settled in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. John Burns was a soldier in the Confederate army in the war between the States, serving under Stonewall Jackson, as a member of the 12th Virginia Cavalry. He was in battle at Harpers Ferry, and in several skirmishes the first year, then was sent to his home with rheumatism and measles, and was never well enough to go back. He is a farmer in Arden district, and his postoffice address is Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by David Coulon Burns and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, an apparent reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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