|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1840|
Richard J. Burns, of the firm of Burns & Hawkins, real estate and office, Louisville, is a native of Noblesville, Ind., and was born September 15, 1840,
He is a son of John T. Burns, whose biography appears in this work. He was educated at Noblesville Academy and Greencastle College, Ind. He served three years in the late war in Company D, Seventy fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Mission Ridge Jonesboro, all the battles around Atlanta, Kenesaw Mountain. Peach Tree Creek, New Hope Church, and others, and was with Sherman on his noted march to the sea.
Mr. Burns came to Clay County in 1865, and engaged in farming and teaching until 1873, when he was elected County Clerk of Clay County. He was re-elected to the same office in 1877, which office he held for nine years. For the past four years, he has been engaged in the real estate and abstract business.
He was married. April 7. 1867, to Ann E. Hay, daughter of Francis Hay (deceased). They had live children, four living--Mary E., Edna, John G and William H. Mrs. Burns died in 1878, and on the 17th day of August, 1880, he married Maria L., daughter of Jay H Hall. By her he has had two children, one living--Ethel.
Mr.Burns owns a farm of 200 acres, besides a half interest in several other farms. He is a Freemason in the full acceptance of the term, as he has taken the entire thirty-two degrees, and is a member of the following lodges: Louisville Lodge, No. 196, A., F. & A. M., Louisville Chapter, No. 81, R. A. M., Gorin Commandery, No. 14, at Olney, Ill., and of the Peoria Consistory.
Excerpt from "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois 1884
Ann Eliza Hays Burns (1851 - 1878)*
Old Louisville Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 25, 2007
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