Biography - Edward Burns

Edward S. BURNS, Deputy Circuit Clerk, Hillsboro, was born at Harpers Ferry, Va., January 1, 1832, and moved to Ohio with his parents in 1836, and came to Illinois in 1852; the son of Philip and Catharine B. (BLACKBURN) BURNS, be born in 1774, was a teacher, and died in Ohio in 1846; she born in Loudoun County, Val, in 1808, and died at Hillsboro, Ill., in 1856. Subject is the oldest of a family of six. He received an education in the subscription schools of Ohio. In this county, September 27, 1855, he married Rachel C. MANN, who was born here September 14, 1834, the daughter of John and Euphemia (HANCOCK) MANN, he born in North Carolina July 24, 1800, and died in this county January 24, 1838; she born in Kentucky in 1805, and died in 1867. Of the MANN family there were four sons - Samuel, Henry, Robert and William, and three daughters - Margaret, Mary and Rachel, the latter being the wife of our subject. Mr. BURNS has seven children - William T., Charles H., John T., Eddie, Mary E., Emma C. and Minnie B. He taught school about four years in Illinois, thenmanufactured brick for two or three years, and from 1866 to 1875 was engaged in the mercantile business in Hillsboro, at which time he was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Montgomery County, served two years and was then appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk, which position he still holds. During the war, he was drafted, but furnished a substitute and remained at home to care for a wife and two or three little children. Mr. and Mrs. BURNS are Methodists, and he is a member of the Masonic and the I. O. O. F. orders, a Democrat, and owns a very comfortable frame residence, with Lots Nos. 12, 13, 21, and 40. Subject's father was married in Virginia and moved to Ohio when he (subject) was about three years old, and he was only fourteen years old when his father died. At the age of twenty-one, he, with his mother, two brothers and three sisters moved to Illinois, all of whom married, and whose families now live in this county, with the exception of the oldest sister, who lives in Neosho County, Kan. Subject's wife's parents were married in Kentucky, and emigrated to Montgomery County, Ill., in October, 1827.

Extracted 19 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 99-100.

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