This photograph was recently donated by Ursula Burns Harper, G-G-granddaughter of Captain Otway Burns
Her father was Walter Francis Burns.
Ursula has the original oil painting of the below photograph.
(The currrent frame around this Photograph was produced by the creator of this web page)
Maiden name: Martha Armstrong
Martha met Owen Burns in Baltimore, Maryland in 1844 while he was a sea captain sailing his vessel, Julia Telford, from Wilmington Notrh Carolina. They married in 1849 and remained in Baltimore to raise their first three sons. By 1857, they were living in North Carolina. Just proir to 1859 Martha and Owen took their five sons to Fernandina, Florida to live.
It was believed that her father was a famous General in the Civil War.
Direct descedants have indicated that he was an enlisted soldier within the lower ranks.