Susanna was the daughter of Jane Rice and Joseph Cann. Born in Montgomery County, Kentucky. On 8 May 1820, in Bath County, Kentucky, she married Nicholas Burns. In the 1840's the family moved to Rush County, Indiana, and then to Shelby County, Illinois. 13 Children were born to them: Malina, Jelina, Maria, Julian, Eliza, Amanda, Enoch, Jospeh, Narcissa, Hester, Susan, John and Larue.