Person:John Burns (51)

John Burns, Sr
m. Abt 1746
  1. Samuel Burns, Sr1746 - Aft 1830
  2. Alexander Burns, Sr1747 - 1829
  3. John Burns, SrBet 1748 & 1751 - 1805
  4. William Burns, SrBet 1752 & 1754 - Bet 1843 & 1845
  5. Elizabeth BurnsAbt 1755 - 1783
  6. Andrew Burns1756 - Bef 1840
  7. Charles Burns, JrBet 1758 & 1759 -
  8. Ann Burns1760 - 1786
  9. Susan BurnsBet 1761 & 1765 - 1854
m. 10 Sep 1772
Facts and Events
Name John Burns, Sr
Gender Male
Birth? Bet 1748 and 1751 Halifax, Virginia, United States
Marriage 10 Sep 1772 Pittsylvania, Virginia, United Statesto Anne Nancy Ann Nicholas
Other Note that Allee's date of birth is prior to stated date of marriage.
with Anne Nancy Ann Nicholas
Other? 18 Jun 1776 Virginia, United States400 acres land grant on the Long Branch of Sandy River and William Burns Branch
Other? Bet Jun 1776 and Aug 1777 Revolutionary War Note: Enlisted as a "Substitute" for Archibald Robertson for nine (9) months.
Other? 7 Aug 1777 Martinsville, Virginia, United StatesOath of Allegiance
Other? 1778 Henry, Virginia, United StatesTax List
Other? 24 May 1780 Henry, Virginia, United States183 acres land grant South of Marrowbone Creek
Other? 1782 Henry, Virginia, United StatesTax List
Other? 1783 Henry, Virginia, United StatesPersonal Property Tax List
Other? Bet 1784 and 1789 No record of being in Virginia from 1784 to 1789
Residence? 1790 Probably in Greenville with his brothers.
Census? 1790 Pendleton, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Census? 1800 Pendleton, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Other? Bet 1801 and 1805 Moved to Haywood County, NC after 1800 Census.
Death? 29 Jan 1805 Haywood, North Carolina, United States
Burial? Feb 1805 Dellwood, Haywood, NC, USA
Other? Middle name maybe Authur.

The earliest record we have of John, Sr is the 18 June1766 land grant of 400 acres between Long Branch of Sandy River and William Burns Branch, running along the course of both, and 400 acres on Ironmongers Branch of Horse Pasture Creek at order line up both sides.

John enlisted for 9 months as a substitute for Archibald Robertson in 1777 according to his widow who applied for pension on 12 Dec 1845. Note: John's daughter Sarah married John Leatherwood. This, and the fact that the original property purchased by Sarah's Grandfather Charles (254 acres) was at the mouth of Leatherwood Creek, leads this researcher to believe there was a close connection of these families. John served in the same command as brothers William, Andrew, and Alexander and Samuel, under the command of General"Cristy" in his campaign against the (hostiles) Indians.

After 1783 there is no record of John in Virginia. It is therefore assumed John was in route to South Carolina. (He may have been in North Carolina for a short span.) John, along with his brothers Samuel and Alexander, were listed on the 1790 Greenville District Census in South Carolina. Brother William did not join them until after 1797. Brother Andrew was in Kentucky (by 1789). Little is known of his brother Charles Jr. who appears on the 1787 Henry County, Virginia Tax List, and disappears thereafter.

Now to the meat of the subject: John Burns, Jr, born 17 Jan 1777. This date of birth is confirmed by his mothers pension application and is on file in the National Archives. He died in about 1847 in Mississippi, one year before his mother. John, Jr carried the Family bible with him when he moved his family to Tennessee. He served in the Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812. John's family had to search for him and the family bible in order to prove his mother's claim. (At the time of the pension application all they knew was he moved west.) His sister Sarah and the family attorney (from Hendersonville, North Carolina) finally located John, Jr and retrieved the bible, with the dates of birth of John, Sr's children (again on file with the pension application).

     I have seen several notes on the internet [Burn List] giving John, Jr a middle initial. I have found none. John, Jr. was born in Henry County, Virginia not South Carolina, although he was there with his father is on the SC census of 1790. John died in Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Some of John Jr's  descendants migrated to Texas. There are 11 children attributed to John. Jr born between 1806 and 1829. My records show he married Mary Anne "Anna" Green about 1805 in North Carolina.
  1.   Delbert L. Collins. Delbert L. Collins BURNS Master File.