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Abner M. Burns
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1815
Jefferson County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 19, 1893
Decatur County
Iowa, USA

ABNER M. BURNS, of Leon, is one of the early settlers of Decatur County, and also an early resident of the State of Iowa. He came to Davis County in 1849, and to Decatur County in the fall of 1853. He was born in a block house, on the site of the present city of Madison, in the State of Indiana, October 13, 1815. His father, JAMES BURNS, settled there several years previous. He was a native of Virginia, but removed to Ohio, thence to Indiana. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, and participated in the battle of Tippecanoe, under General Harrison. He died in Madison, Indiana, at the age of ninety-three years. His wife died many years before her husband. ABNER BURNS war reared in Indiana, and married ELIZABETH KINNEAR, born also in Indiana. Upon coming to Davis County he entered land from the Government, which he improved, and built a log cabin and put out an orchard; but the hardships attending the clearing of a new farm were too severe for him, and his health failing, he decided to give up farming. He exchanged his farm for town property in Bloomfield, where he steeled, and a year later sold out and purchased a farm six miles south of that town, where he lived until he came to Decatur County. His farm is on section 31 an 32, his residence being on section 32, within the corporate limits of the city of Leon. He has a fine farm of 146 acres. His health has been precarious for many years, and he has taken several trips to the mountains hoping to receive benefit. Mr. and Mrs. BURNS were married July 14, 1836, and have lived together fifty years. They have had eleven children, seven of whom are living – THOMAS, living in Montana Territory; ROBERT, in Nebraska; ISAAC, in Pueblo, Colorado; CALVIN, in Nebraska; ISABEL, at home; ADDIE, wife of B. M. SHANK, of Centerville, Iowa, and JOHN. The deceased are HENRY B., who served in the Fourth Iowa Infantry, and was wounded at the battle of Pea Ridge. After the war he engaged in the lumber trade at Des Moines. August 11, 1867, he drowned, while fishing in the Des Moines River. He was an expert swimmer, but it was supposed that cramp ensued, owing to his wounded arm. He was twenty-five years of age. EMMA died at the age of seventeen years. The other children died in infancy. ISSAC served in the Second Colorado Battery during the war. He was wounded at the battle of Blue River. Mr. and Mrs. BURNS are now in fair health, and are members of the Baptist church, at Leon. In early life he was a Wig, but has been a Republican since the party was organized.
BURNS, Abner M. born Oct 13, 1815 died June 19, 1893 (interestingtree-shaped monument)(1-22)
BURNS, Emma D. dau of A.M. & E. died Mar 22, 1875 aged 17y 2m 28d(broken)(1-19)
BURNS, H.B. died Aug 11, 1867 aged 25y 1m 10d (1-18)
BURNS, Hallie M dau of H.B. & C.M. died Mar 31, 1866 aged 10m 5d (1-16)
BURNS, Jennie D. dau of H.B. & C.M. died Feb 16, 1867 aged 5wks 4d (1-17)
BURNS, ---rbert U. son of --- & E. died ---- 29, 1875 aged öy & 2m(broken)(1-23)
BURNS, William F. son of A.M.& E. died Oct 2, 1855 aged 3y 1m 1d (1-20)
Decatur County Journal Iowa
June 22, l893

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In the absence of ELD. F. EDWARDS, we were called to conduct the funeral services of Brother ABNER M. BURNS, on Tuesday, June 20, l893, who departed this life at his late residence in Leon, Iowa, Monday, June l9th, after weeks of weary watching and waiting, but the summons found him ready and fully ripe for the change.

UNCLE ABNER, as he was familiarly called, was born in Jefferson County, Ind., October l3th, A.D., l8l5, making him 77 years, 8 months and 6 days old. He was married to MISS ELIZABETH KINNEAR in l836. In the year l849, he emigrated to the west and settled in Davis County, Iowa; lived there five years and in l854 settled in Decatur County, one-half mile west of Leon, where he and his wife have continued to reside and make their home.

Ten children were born to them, six of whom--five sons and one daughter--remain to mourn the loss of a fond and affectionate parent. The children are badly scattered, i.e. one in Colorado, one in Nebraska, two in Montana, and two in Iowa.

Brother BURNS has been a professor of religion for over 52 years. His walk rather than his talk evidenced to the world a character of his inward joy and life. He and his good wife helped to organize the Leon Baptist Church 39 years ago, and amid its checkered career of sunshine and shadows, they have remained faithful.

The floral tributes that covered the casket evinced that his life had left its imprint upon his neighbors' hearts. Loving hearts cared for him while sick and tenderly laid him to rest beside the dear ones gone before. The children were all present save two, who could not get here. The Scripture lesson was read from Romans 8: l-28, and 38, and 90; verses of same chapter, used as a text. REV. W.G. HOHANSHELT assisted us.

We have seldom seen so many aged persons present at a funeral whose heads were already white for the harvest that awaits us all. May God in his loving kindness bless and guide his aged companion and all the kindred is our prayer.
Family links: 
  James Burns (1786 - 1875)
  Delilah Jane Moncrief Burns (1789 - 1831)
  Elizabeth Kinnear Burns (1820 - 1908)
  Thomas C. Burns (1838 - 1900)*
  Robert Burns (1841 - 1907)*
  Henry B. Burns (1842 - 1867)*
  Isaac T. Burns (1847 - 1925)*
  William F Burns (1852 - 1855)*
  Margaret Isabella Burns Harvey (1855 - 1931)*
  Emma D Burns (1857 - 1875)*
  Addie M Burns Shank (1860 - 1888)*
  Abner M. Burns (1815 - 1893)
  James Thomas Burns (1817 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Leon Cemetery
Decatur County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Original Section; Row 1 stone 22
Created by: Susan Stott
Record added: May 04, 2013
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Abner M. Burns
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Abner M. Burns
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