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Doug Watkins (#46567952)
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Bio Photo I am descended from a family that may have lived in Virginia from the 17th Century onward and in Ohio from early in the 19th to the present. A service like Find A Grave is important to me as a way to see photographs of graves in places that are not at all close to my present home in Maine.
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Joanne Paisley
RE: Capt. Ignatius Burns
This is George Nathan Burns, brother of Ignatius Burns and his wife Bethsheba Nichols Burns. Another grandson of Capt. Ignatius Burns. But it verifies where they came from and when they came to Belmont Co., Ohio.

"George N. Burns was born in Loudon county, Va., January 5, 1804. His parents, Ignatius and Bethsheba, came to Goshen township, Belmont county, in 1807, and settled about one mile southwest of where the village of Belmont now stands. The country was almost an unbroken wilderness and little George had to take hold of the work as soon as he could lift a twig of brush. George grew up to manhood with his parents and in 1829, me married Miss Eliza McFarland. He has seven children who have grown to years of maturity, three sons and four daughters: Lemuel, Thomas William, George Bentley, Bethsheba Jane, Elizabeth Ann, Lydia Louisa and Mary Viola. Two of the sons, Thomas William and Lemuel served in the Union army during the rebellion. Thomas William died of disease in Kentucky. Lemuel served till the close of the war, and participated in many of the hard fought battles, such as Pittsburgh Landing, Atlanta, &c. He went with Sherman on his memorable "march to the sea". Of the daughters, three are married. Bethsheba and Elizabeth Ann live in Minnesota and Lydia Louisa lives in Belmont County. Now in the evening of life, Mr. Burns is living in ease and comfort, enjoying the competency secured by a well spent, industrious life. He is an intelligent man with mind unimpaired by age, and respected by all who know him." p406. Originally published in 1880. This is probably the land on which Ignatius and Bethsheba are buried. Joanne
Added by Joanne Paisley on Oct 05, 2015 3:27 PM
Joanne Paisley
RE: Capt. Ignatius Burns
I'll have to check my local library which has one huge building dedicated to genealogy to see if they have either book. They are also connected to other libraries and borrow books from each other. It is in Independence which is a center for Mormon research.

Have you ever read the bio. of George Burns in the History of Jefferson and Belmont Counties.......? The title is longer of course. If you haven't I can send you a copy of his bio.

The reason I had ????? behind Capt. Ignatius Burns was that a woman researching her Kentucky family also claimed him as father for her Ignatius Burns. They also had an Enoch and several other names found in our family.

Have you ever talked to Floyd Simpson in Belmont Co.? My husband and I went to his historical Kinney farm. It was owned by Ignatius and Enoch apparently lived there before the Kinney house was built.

Enoch was declared insane and his money went to the court appointed guardian who I am sure spent it on his care. My grandfather Nimrod wrote the letter to the court about Enoch's state of mine. I still have not found where he is buried.

Ignatius in his will said Enoch owed him rent for the farm Ignatius owned. Enoch was sued by George and Townsend who had been appointed executors. Ignatius had also bailed Enoch out of a huge debt. However, Enoch said he had paid his rent by paying the taxes on the property and building several buildings on the property. He must have proved it. I know I have now found where he did pay taxes on the property.

Floyd said that there had been a log cabin on the property and it was moved down the road to another farm and still stands. The barn on the Kinney Farm is made of hand hewed wood as well as another shed. I don't know if those were the ones Enoch had built.

Enoch and his father were drovers and ran drover stations across Belmont County which explains why Ignatius had pieces of property scattered over Belmont Co. I went to the Courthouse twice to get copies of the land deeds, but all I could get at the time was to copy down the index listings. There were at least 50 people in there representing oil companies checking land deeds for any land they might be able to drill on for oil. I was lucky not to get hit on the head as they threw those huge books over anyone in the was there to another oil researcher. I'm hoping to go back.

Floyd showed us where the original house had stood and took us to the farm where Ignatius and Bathsheba are buried. The old stones are there and also a new stone. I have pictures on my tree.

I am looking for the grave sites of Alcinda's siblings so I can connect them all on Find-a-Grave. My grandmother was named after Alcinda and one of her sisters was named Venora "Nora". My great-grandmother must have missed her family in Ohio. Joanne
Added by Joanne Paisley on Oct 05, 2015 7:42 AM
Joanne Paisley
RE: 106132217 Alcinda Phillips Burns
I wish you had told me earlier and I would not have asked you to transfer her memorial to me. Which of her children is your direct line? My great grandfather was Nimrod Taylor Burns.

Have you looked into Enoch Burns and his father Ignatius? My e-mail address is If I have written to you before I have lost a lot of information from my computer whenever there has been a New window. Joanne
Added by Joanne Paisley on Oct 04, 2015 3:36 PM
Joanne Paisley
RE: 106132217 Alcinda Phillips Burns
Thanks Doug for transferring her memorial. I hope to be able to make more connections for her and add more pictures. Joanne
Added by Joanne Paisley on Oct 04, 2015 7:31 AM
Joanne Paisley
RE: 106132217 Alcinda Phillips Burns
Hello Doug, Alcinda is my 2 great-grandmother. Would you be willing to transfer her memorial to me? Joanne
Added by Joanne Paisley on Oct 03, 2015 4:08 PM
Jael McClure Robitaille
RE: Barbara Schiferli
I think the discrepancy I note is that she died after her husband but yet on this site it is noted that they died on the same day. Adam died on Aug 8th and then she died the following January. I am presently overseas and do not have access at this time to the Blue Schifferly book... Thanks for all your work!!!
Added by Jael McClure Robitaille on Mar 29, 2015 8:31 PM
Mel Fletcher
Thank you Doug for the transfer, It really means a lot for me. Much appreciated, Mel
Added by Mel Fletcher on Mar 09, 2015 12:21 PM
Dawn Kenney
RE: Error in Last Message
No problem...I will check your site for the picture. If they came out of the book, then my bf's family already has seen them...I haven't looked at the book for about 2 years and wasn't sure if they pics were in there. Thanks!
Added by Dawn Kenney on Dec 18, 2014 10:23 AM
Dawn Kenney
Hi there...I saw the pic attached to Frederick Hauenstein and I was wondering if you have any others? I'm putting some info together for my boyfriend who is a descendant of Frederick.

Added by Dawn Kenney on Dec 18, 2014 8:14 AM
Melanie Hester
RE: Crabtree-Hobbs Cemetery
Thank you Doug, I look forward to hearing what you find!
Added by Melanie Hester on May 24, 2014 7:36 AM
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