LINKS IN THE BURNS WEBSITE
INDEX TO BURNS WEBSITE
JAMES BURNS ESQ. - MIFFLIN CO PA
JAMES BURNS (1790) - CUMBERLAND CO PA
JOHN B BURNS (1681/2) - CUMBERLAND CO PA
CHARLES EARL BURNS
EARL ANTHONY BURNS
PENNSYLVANIA BURNS FAMILIES
WASHINGTON BURNS FAMILY
OHIO BURNS FAMILIES
BURNS DNA PROJECT
THOMAS BURNS 1761 CLARION CO PA
JOHN BURNS (1712) CUMBERLAND CO PA
INDIANA BURNS FAMILIES
OTHER PA BURNS FAMILIES
PETER & SARAH BURNS - KY
ROBERT BURNS (1771) - MIFFLIN CO PA
SOME SAMUEL BURNS FAMILIES
SOME BURNS FAMILIES IN THE MIDSOUTH
LAIRD BURNS - PA & SC
BURNS FAMILIES IN BEDFORD CO PA
BURNS FAMILIES IN SUSQUEHANNA PA
GENERAL JAMES BURNS - MIFFLIN CO PA
WILLIAM TURNER BURNS - MIFFLIN CO PA
TEXAS BURNS FAMILIES
The webmaster of this site is Norma Burns Farmilo now at firstname.lastname@example.org
To join the BURNS FAMILY DNA PROJECT go to http://www.familytreedna.com/surname_join.asp?code=T81753&special=true or write to me: email@example.com
CHARLES RUSHTON BURNS (WILLIAM T, WASHINGTON SR, JAMES ESQ, JOHN, JOHN, JOHN B, JOHN) b. 10/7/1854 Lewistown, Mifflin Co., PA. Parents: WILLIAM TURNER BURNS & ANNA MARY RUSHTON COOPER b. Vermont/PA abt 1820.
On May 15, 1875 CHARLES RUSHTON BURNS married SARAH "SALLIE" PHINA FRY (SAMUEL; PETER SR; JOHANN ADAM; ANDREAS; JOHANN JACOB; GREGORIUS; HANS HEINRICH; JORG; MARTI) who was born August 14, 1857 in Wildcat Valley, McKean Co., Pennsylvania. Their children are listed above.
I recently heard from a second cousin, the Granddaughter of Samuel Rushton Burns. Her emails are at the bottom of this page.
In 1875, CHARLES RUSHTON BURNS & his wife "SALLIE" moved out to Keota, Iowa along with her parents, SAMUEL FRY & PERMELIA "AMELIA" KERCHNER (GEORGE, JR; GEORGE, SR; FRIEDERICK; ADAM). Her Grandfather, JOHAN GEORGE KERCHNER, JR. also went West with the family.
SAMUEL FRY b. 4/12/1832 Perry Co PA d. 1/31/1912 Keota IA m. PERMELIA "AMELIA" KERCHNER b. 4/12/1832 Millerstown, Perry County, PA. I have much more on the FRY and KERCHNER families if you're interested. I have now included some of it at the bottom of this page.
CHARLES RUSHTON BURNS died in Keota IA on February 8, 1920 at the age of 66. He lived much longer than either his father, WILLIAM TURNER BURNS (d. of poisoning from plaster) or his grandfather, WASHINGTON BURNS. Both of CHARLES' parents died when he was quite young - fourteen when his father died and twenty when his mother died.
Charles Rushton Burns and Sarah Fry had 10 children. In 1920 census (1/17/1920) for Center Twp, Henry Co IA, Charles Rushton Burns was in Mt Pleasant State Hospital. He was 66. His mother was b. in Vermont (Anna Mary). In 1880 census William Turner 40; Anna M. 39; Martha 11; Mary E 9; Charles 6 Lewistown. 1870 census Chas 15; Mary E 18; Anna M 46; Sarah West 58 (Wm T's sister); Lewistown. 1880 census Lafayette Twp Keokuk IA Chas 30; Sarah 28; Dena 4 IA; Samuel 1 IA.
For Charles Earl Burns see link above.
I have Samuel Rushton Burns b. 10/31/1878 Keota IA m. 4/11/1906 to Ethel Hughes (See Donna Mardean Ellis work at the bottom of this page for more) b. 4/3/1884 F: Henry Milliard Hughes Davis Co IA or John Lucas Hughes b. 6/18/1822 d. 1/18/2002 m. 1908 Eldon IA to Martha Loftiss b. 4/7/1823.
Sam's WWI draft card is from Cedar Rapids, Linn Co IA. He lived at 807 4th Ave E. in Cedar Rapids. He was a warehouse foreman age 39 CR & P RR Freight House.
The 1920 census mentions Edna A and the mother-in-law, Martha E Berry 62 is living with them. In 1903 with Edna are Robert 10 b. abt 1920; Bonnie 8 b. abt 1922. Sam makes $6500. Edna's F: b. IL M: b. IN.
Also were Jeldena "Dena" Salema Burns b. 1876 IA. She was 4 in 1880 census in Keota IA. She m. George Spaeth.
Alvin Roy Burns b. 10/21/1885 IA. m. Ethel Curtis. Children: Curtis Burns and Marjorie Burns (I have pictures when they were young). In 1920 they lived in Santa Ana Ward 3, Orange Co CA - renting. Alvin was an electrician with So CA Edison Co. He was medium build, light eyes and light hair. On his WWI registration he lived at 409 E. Pinchantalum in Santa Anna CA. He had been there 32 years.
Date: Monday, 9 February 2009 20:43:41 -0800 (PST) From: Randy Burkhart
I have just reviewed the the military discharge paper that I wrote about. The actual discharge paper is for A.L. Fry. He was discharged from his duty Jan. 7, 1888. According to the document, he was mustered at the age of 20 years in 1886. So he was born in 1866 in what appears to be "Lewiston", PA. The name of the city is not written well.
Also shown on the document was that his father, Samuel Fry, served in the military with the Pennsylvania State Volunteers from Oct. 21, 1862 thru Aug. 1863 when he was honorably discharged for illness. One can only assume that Samuel was born in the 1830's or 1840's?
Irene Beatrice Burns lived only two years.
Harry Leatherd Burns b. 5/25/1890 Letts, Wapello, IA (looks just like my brother Larry from his picture). He m. Esther b. abt 1896 IL (her parents both from Sweden). He was a foreman for a truck co. On 4/2/1930 they lived in Los Angeles CA no children. Harry's WWI draft card was in Wapello Co IA. He worked as a railroad conductor for the CRI & P RR. He had a wife and a child. He had blue eyes, tall, slender, brown hair. It was signed 6/2/1917 in precinct 3 Eldon IA.
Ralph Austin Burns never married. He was b. in IA. I think he is the one who fell out of a tree and was affected by it.
Pamela Fay Burns never married.
May Elsie Burns m. Wm Chapman then Reginald McDonald - no children.
"SALLIE", as Charles Rushton Burns' wife SARAH Phina Fry, was called was a slender black haired girl when she married. She had an oval, almost pointed face. Her eyes were flashing brown and they never lost their sparkle as long as she lived.
According to her daughter-in-law, FLORENCE ELIZABETH ANTHONY BURNS, "SALLIE" was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. Wherever she was she made a "HOME". She could be in the poorest surroundings or a pleasant and inviting place and "HOME" was still the best place to be.
From: "Donna Mardean Ellis"
To: "Norma Farmilo"
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: Anna Mary Rushton (Cooper)br>
I have used your website before and found it extremely helpful. I am a great granddaughter of Charles Rushton Burns through Samuel Rushton Burns (my grandfather) and Robert Rushton Burns (my father). My brother and his son also carry the middle name Rushton which is why it would be so interesting to find out more about Anna Mary. Do you still want info on descendants as modern as Samuel, Robert, etc.?
Do you know where the St. Mark's Presbyterian Cemetery is located in Lewistown? I live in Ellicott City, Md., only a couple of hours away and thought it might be interesting to go up and take a look. I haven't been able to locate the cemetery on modern maps.
Thanks for all your great work that has aided my genealogical searches! Donna
From: "Donna Mardean Ellis"
To: "Norma Farmilo"
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 8:44 AM
Subject: Re: Descendants of Samuel Rushton Burns
Dear Cousin Norma!
Yes, you may put my name, email, and info on your website. It (your website) was so helpful to me that maybe my info will be as helpful to others. What sort of information would you want to create another link? I would certainly be willing to give it. Let me know.
I live in Ellicott City, Maryland. It's a western suburb of Baltimore. I commute to work every day in Washington, D.C. I work right on capital hill at the Library of Congress. The commute is hideous but everyone around here does it. I have four years and five months before I retire and don't have to put in such a long day.
Grandpa Sam's line has dwindled down to me and my two nieces and nephew. My one niece has four children but they don't carry the Burns name. Maybe Philip will marry and have a bunch of boys to carry on. Are there many descendants still around from your line or Grandpa Sam's other siblings? It would be a hoot to have a Burns reunion sometime! I sure would like to reconnect with everyone. I often wondered, when I found out how many siblings my grandpa had, why no one ever spoke of them.
I only have one picture of Bonnie Betty (Burns)---a studio picture taken when she was a teenager. I have what is probably a high school studio picture of my dad, two studio pictures of him in the Army, studio pictures of Sam and Edna each, and of course, a number of snapshots. In April, when I get on line at home, I'll share them with you. I'm an avid scrapbooker so I have some nice books devoted to my family history. And I'm always eager to add more!
It was good to hear from you.
>>> "Norma Farmilo"
I have pictures of Sam and Edna and also of Bonnie & Bob when they were younger.
Our parents would be first cousins and yes, that would make us second cousins.
From: "Donna Mardean Ellis"
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 8:53 AM
Subject: Descendants of Samuel Rushton Burns
I saw a photo of your grandfather Charles Earl Burns on your website and nearly fell out of my chair. He is a dead ringer for his brother (my grandfather) Samuel Rushton (Burns)! In April I will have internet access at home and will send you some photos of Samuel so you can see for yourself. I never knew that Grandpa Burns had any siblings. No one ever mentioned them.
Anyway, here's the info on him and his descendants:
SAMUEL RUSHTON BURNS b. 31 Oct. 1878 in Keota, Ia. d. 25 May 1951 in Des Moines, Ia. (of a stroke)
He worked 40 yrs for the Rock Island RR, then as a claims supervisor for the Rock Island Motor Transport Co. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Des Moines. m. Edna Adele Berry in 1919 They had two children: Bonnie Betty Burns (1922-1942, no issue) Robert Rushton Burns (my father)
ROBERT RUSHTON BURNS b. 29 Apr. 1920 in Cedar Rapids, Ia. d. Nov. 1973 possibly of complications from a car accident. He was a veteran of WWII. He attained the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army and spent 22 months serving in northern Africa at a radio relay station which transmitted messges between Europe and Asia. As a cryptographer, he operated the machine which decoded messages. He was sitting at the machine when the news came over that the Japanese had surrendered. He saved the tape which otherwise would have ended in the waste basket. It is currently in my possession. After the war he worked for the Bell Telephone Co. in Des Moines, IA.
m. Virginia May Krekel in 1946 They had two children: Donna Mardean Burns (me) Jack Rushton Burns divorced about 1956; he remarried and moved to California; I never saw him again.
DONNA MARDEAN BURNS b. 25 Aug. 1947 in Des Moines, Ia. m. Christopher James Ellis on 11 Oct. 1980 in Syracuse, N.Y. (divorced about 1995), no issue
JACK RUSHTON BURNS b. 28 Dec. 1950 in Des Moines, Ia. d. 30 Apr. 2005 in Oklahoma City, OK of polycystic fibrosis of the kidneys. He served on an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. m. Florenda Boynton on 13 Mar. 1971 in Cedar Rapids, IA. They had three children: Angelene Estelle Burns, b. 21 May 1972; m. Adam Boyd in 1997; 4 children; currently living in Israel. Susan Gail Burns, b. 18 Sept. 1976, living in Oklahoma City, OK (no issue). Philip Rushton Burns, b. 28 Oct. 1978, living in Oklahoma City, OK (no issue).
My nephew, Philip Rushton, is very much interested in continuing the tradition of Rushton as a middle name if he should have a son in the future.
So that's my line. I guess you and I are second cousins, is that right?
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2009 16:51:58 -0800 (PST) From: Randy Burkhart
I have been in Montana visiting family and will be headed back to Idaho where I live tomorrow. I will fill in everything I can at that time. Send me your address and I will send you copies of the military discharge papers I have for AL Fry. If you know of someone else who would also like a copy I would be happy to help.
My grandmother, Anna Marie Fry was Alvin's daughter. She was born in 1900 and married Sterl Burkhart in the late 1920s I guess. They had three sons, Robert Burkhart, Donald Burkhart and Dale Burkhart. My father is Dale Burkhart. With the help of my Dad I will try to fill in any spaces I can for you. Gotta go for now. This is going to be great! I've wanted to find this info for a long time now.
To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Norma Farmilo
Do you know a Roxie H. Young? I got a letter from her many years ago, 1997. Alvin Lincoln "Link or Linc" Fry was her grandfather. He d. Nov 1936. Roxie said that he was of Holland Dutch descent and she, Sarah Phina Fry, was of Dutch descent. They were Baptists.
I have Alvin Lincoln Fry b. 3/6/1886 Lewistown PA d. 10/7/1926, Children: Roxie H. (John Young). Alvin moved to Iowa 1875 by covered wagon with father and step mother. Alvin"s middle name is LINCOLN. HIS SIBLINGS ARE Sarah "Sallie" Phina Fry (my ancestor), Ellsworth, Loren Reed Fry (Alvin's infant son) bur 3/28/1899 in Keota cemetery.
Sam worked as a hired hand for the Singmaster's who had large land holdings and raised Percheon horses. He d. 1/31/1912 (need a death certificate to verify his father was Peter). Permelia lived in a small house in Keota. She was quite a character. One newspaper clipping (I don't have this but would like it tho) tells of her shooting a coon who was bothering things. Another time a tramp bothered her and she hit him in the head with a frying pan. She had very little money and times were hard so ended up in the old soldiers home where she died in Sept 29, 1931. Both Sam and Permelia are buried in the Keota cemetery on the corner of the Singmaster lot. Permelias death date was never engraved on her stone.
Roxie's daughter is Sara Murphy, 1405 South Ave E, Washington, IA 52353 and says she has lots of pictures. If you get some please share them with me. I can receive them if you email them to me.
Samuel Fry's siblings are listed in his brother Peter's obituary (Perry Co PA 3/22/1900). The obituary states that Peter Fry, Jr. was born in York Co PA, reared in Adams Co PA and later moved to Perry Co PA. He married twice and had several children. His brothers and sisters are: Samuel Fry (in the West); Joseph Fry (Adams Co PA); Kate Hoffman (Adams Co PA); Hannah Bealor (near Newport).
The 1850 census of Latimore Twp, Adams Co PA lists the children of Peter (Sr.) and Catherine as: Samuel, age 19 (b. abt 1832); Joseph, age 14 (b. abt 1836); Michael age 12 (b. abt 1838) & John age 10 (b. Oct 19, 1839). Peter Jr. b. 11/30/1827 was probably not living at home them since he would be abt 23.
Peter Fry, Sr is listed as the 2nd son of Adam Fry and Marie. In Peter, Jr's obit lists his church membership in the Lutheran Church. His interment is in the Newport Cemetery where his sister, Hannah lives.