Person:James Burns (48)

  • HJames Burnsabt 1741 - 1778
  • WJane Dietzabt 1743 -
m. bet. 1761-67
  1. James Burns1767/68 - 1853
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Name James Burns
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt. 1741 Roscommon, Ireland
Marriage bet. 1761-67 to Jane Dietz
Death? 29 May 1778 Killed by Indians at Ft. Donnally, Greenbrier County, Virginia

James Burns was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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From Rootsweb Message Board:

In an interview with an unidentified person, John Shane records the account of an Indian attack on Donnelly's Station in 1778. Shane wrote that Phillip Hammonds and John Priorm volunteered to pass through the Indian Camps to alert settlers. The subject also stated that he saw Phillip Hammonds later in Montgomery County, Kentucky, where he lived on Slate Creek. The account goes as follows " Attack, about 1780, or before. 300 Indians from Old Chillicothe crossed the whole country...John Prior and Phillip Hammond saw the Indians... they followed untill they came within 15 miles of Donley's Fort, at Walkers Meadows. Here they passed and counted them from a ridge, where they could see them. Reached Donley's Station and sent expresses to all the other forts. They got there in the afternoon, and the second morning, the Indians attacked. They attacked Donley's Station when there were only about fifteen men, but two were killed. Prisoners report that about one hundred of the Indians never returned... Alaxander Ocheltree and James Burns were killed, stepping out of the Fort in the morning, and were shot down... the Block house door, at which they had gone out stood open, and the Indians made a rush at it. The door was only partly gotten too, when old Peter, having a gun in his hands said "Lord, Massie, Where shall I shoot!!" "Why, shoot right at them!", said his master. The Indians.. gave back, and the door was shut. They threw the Door to, and rolled a couple of Hogsheads of water against it."
  1. International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005).

    Date of death in IGI is 1778, but since Alexander Ochiltree's date of death is listed in IGI on 29 May 1778 and according to accounts were killed by Indians at Ft. Donnelly on the same day as James Burns, that date has been listed. More research may be necessary.