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THE EARLY PIONEERS OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC
1800 CENSUS DATA--
(68) LARD BURNS
Laird Burns Private, South Carolina Line, $66.66 Annual Allowance $199.98 Amount Received July 18 1833 Pension Started Age 78 (1835 TN Pension Roll)
Act of 1832, published in 1835, as of August 1834, Living in Roane: RICHARD ALLEN, JAMES AIKEN, JAMES ALLEY, WILLIAM BOYD, ISAIAH BROWN, DAVID BLACKWELL, MORRIS BRASHEARS, LAIRD BURNS, CARTER BARNET, ROBERT BURK, ENOCH BUSH, WILLIAM CARROLL, BENJAMIN CHAPMAN, JOHN CRENSHAW, JOHN COX, ORDIN EVANS, WILLIAM EDGEMAN, SIMEON ELDRIDGE, SOLOMON GERON, JARED HOTCHKISS, STEPHEN HANCOCK, WILLIAM HARVEY, WILLIAM HYDEN, MESHACK HENDERSON, CHARLES LAIN, DAVID LILES, HEZEKIAH LOVE, JOSEPH LANE, AMOS MARNEY, JOHN MCNATT, ADAM MILLER, JOHN PERRY, BENJAMIN SUDDOTH, EBENEZER SNOW, BENJAMIN THACKER, PETER WEES, JOHN WOODDAY, ISHAM YOUNG
Name: Laird II Burns 1 2
Birth: ABT 1756 in Cumberland Co., PA 1 2
Death: SEP 1840 in Roane Co., TN, South of Stage Road 1 2
Note: Left SC in 1794 to Mecklenburg Co., NC. Left there in 1814, moved to Blount Co., TN. Moved in 1826 to Monroe Co., TN. In 1828 moved to Roane Co., TN. He fought in several battles in Revolutionary War. applied for Rev. War pension in 1835. Was still alive in 1840 (age 85). Source: So. Carolina Roster Burns Historical Society, Gerald W. Burns Research, DAR Records (all above per AAA PI Agency in a letter to Woodrow Dickson. More in his file in Archives in Washington, D.C. [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 27, Ed. 1, Tree #2176, Date of Import: Oct 12, 1999]
Here's some interesting information I found: LEBANON TOWNSHIP
Boundary – Physical Features – Settlement of Lebanon Township – New Lebanon - Early Settlers – Where They Were From – Where They Located
Lebanon township is bounded on the north by Clear Creek and Palestine townships, on the east by Kelly township, on the south by Morgan county, and on the west by Otterville township. This township was organized about the year 1826, but afterwards – in fact, a few years ago – all that portion of the same lying west of the Lamine river was formed into a township and called Otterville.
In the western part of the township the surface is rough and heavily timbered, but fine stretches of prairie and rolling land exist in the southern and eastern part. It is fairly watered.
SETTLEMENT OF LEBANON TOWNSHIP (Missouri)
The following history of the townships of Otterville and Lebanon was written by Mr. Thomas J. Starke, of Otterville, and was read by him on the 4th day of July 1876, at a meeting of the citizens of that town. As it embraces the history of the two townships, we will here insert it in full.
“At the solicitation of a few leading citizens of Otterville, the undersigned has prepared the following brief history of this place and vicinity since its first settlement up to the present time; embracing short biographical sketches of the lives and characters of some of the older citizens, together with facts and incidents of interest which have transpired in this county during the first period of its existence.
“It is not pretended by the author that the production possesses any peculiar merits of its own as affording information, other than of a strictly local character. Nor is it designed otherwise than for the entertainment and amusement of those who are more or less familiar with the history of the people, and incidents pertaining to this immediate neighborhood, and who, with many others of our inhabitants, of a later period, meet with us today, on this joyful and happy occasion-the one hundredth anniversary of the Independence of our common country.
“The writer does not lay claim to entire originality in the production of these brief sketches, although he has been an eye witness to most of the occurrences presented, and personally acquainted with nearly all of the characters mentioned.
“He takes pleasure in acknowledging himself indebted to Messrs. Samuel Wear, George W. Smith, James H. Cline, John W. Parsons, Thomas C. Cranmer; and other old settlers who are here among us today, for much of the subject matter embraced in these pages of local history, and he refers to it for its authenticity.
“While it is apparent to all who may read this manuscript that this is only an obscure and insignificant village, situated in a remote corner of old Cooper, whose very existence is scarcely known beyond our own immediate neighborhood, yet to many of us who meet here today together, some of whom are descending the western slope of human life, Otterville does possess a name and a history, dear to us, though unknown and unnoticed by others.
“In presenting these sketches, it will perhaps be necessary to glance back at the first settlement of New Lebanon, six miles north of Otterville, as this neighborhood was peopled some time anterior to the settlements south and west of the Lamine.
“About the fall of 1819 and the spring of 1820, the following named persons moved to New Lebanon and into that neighborhood embracing a portion of the territory now known as Lebanon township, in Cooper county. This county then extended south to the Osage river, to wit:
“Rev. Finis Ewing, Rev. James L. Wear, John Wear, James H. Wear, who was the father of William G. Wear, of Warsaw, and Samuel Wear, row of Otterville; Alexander Sloan, Robert Kirkpatrick, Colin C. Stoneman, William Stone, Frederick Castell, Reuben A. Erring, James Berry, Thomas Rubey, Elizabeth Steele, sister of Alexander Sloan’s wife, a man named Smiley, Rev. Laird Burns and his father John Burns, John Reed, Silas Thomas, James Taylor, Hugh Wear, who was a brother of James L. and John Wear, James McFarland and Rev. William Kavanaugh.
“The Rev. Finis Ewing was a distinguished minister of the gospel, and one of the original founders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was from Kentucky; was ordained a minister in the year 1803, and in conjunction with Samuel McAdam and Samuel King, founded this church in 1810.
“The cause which give rise to the establishment of this branch of the Presbyterian church was, that the mother church required her ministers to possess a classical education before ordination, which was by the new church not regarded as absolutely indispensable, though its ministers were required to cultivate a knowledge of the elementary branches of the English language.
“At this place these early pioneers pitched their tents, and soon began the erection of a rude building as a sanctuary, which, when completed, they called “New Lebanon,” in contradistinction to the house in which they had sung and worshipped in the State from which they had formerly emigrated.
“It was built of hewed logs, and the settlers of this little colony united in the project, each furnishing his proportionate quota of the logs requisite to complete the building.
“These logs were double; that is each log was twenty-four feet in length, being joined in the middle of the house by means of an upright post, into which the ends were mortised, thus making the entire length of the church forty-eight feet, by thirty feet in width.
“This building served as a place of worship for many Years, until about the time of the war, when the new and neat brick church of the present day, was erected on the site of the old one which was torn away.
“The members of this church constituted the prevailing religion of the neighborhood for many years; and most of the characters portrayed herein were connected with this denomination.
“The Rev. James L. Wear, was also for many years a Cumberland Presbyterian preacher. He was a good man, and lived close to New Lebanon, where Frank Asberry now lives. He died at the old mansion about 1868. He was a brother of John Wear, who first lived at New Lebanon at the place now owned by Mr. Majors; and afterwards at Otterville where Mr. Anson Hemenway now lives. The first school taught in Otterville, or in Otterville township, was taught by his son, known by the “sobriquet” of “Long George.” They were originally from Kentucky, moved to Howard county in 1817, and afterwards to New Lebanon at the date above indicated.
“Samuel Wear, Sr., and James H. Wear were brothers, and came from Tennessee; the latter being the father of William G., and Samuel Wear, Jr., as before stated, and lived at the place now occupied by William Walker. He was a successful farmer, and died in good circumstances.
“Samuel Wear, Sr., lived where Wesley Cook now lives, and sold a large farm there to Samuel Burke, late of this county.
“Alexander Sloan was from Kentucky, and settled the place now owned by Peter Spillers. He was the father of William Sloan, who died at Otterville several years ago, and also of the Rev. Robert Sloan, who was an eminent minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and who married a daughter of the Rev. Finis Ewing.
“Robert Kirkpatrick was a Kentuckian, and lived near the New Lebanon graveyard. He died many years ago. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and had a son named David, who was an able minister of the Cumberland church. David met his death by accident; he was thrown from a carriage, severely wounded, and afterwards died from the amputation of his leg.
“Colin C. Stoneman was from Kentucky, and lived at the old cabin still to be seen standing near Andrew Fosters place. He was a practitioner of medicine of the Thomsonian school, and died many years ago.
“William Stone was a Kentuckian, a plain old farmer, and lived on the farm now owned by the Rev. Minor Neale. He was a good man, and died at an advanced age.
“Rev. Frederick Casteel was a minister of the gospel of the Methodist church, and lived near the place now owned by Mrs. Abram Amick.
“Reuben A. Ewing, and his brother Irving Ewing, were Kentuckians, and lived east of Lebanon. The former was a successful farmer, a good man, and died at an advanced age, honored and respected.
“James Berry was also a Kentuckian, and one of the oldest settlers of this new colony. He lived where his son Finis E. Berry, now lives.
“Thomas Rubey was from Kentucky, and lived at Pleasant Green. Henry Small lived at the Vincent Walker place.
“Mr. Smiley was also a Kentuckian, and settled where Mr. Thomas Alexander now lives. Rev. Laird Burns was a Cumberland Presbyterian preacher, and lived where Mr. John P. Downs now lives, in what is known as the Ellis neighborhood.
“John Burns was his brother and lived close to New Lebanon. He was a soldier in the war with Great Britain, was present at the battle of New Orleans, and would often talk with pride about that great event; of the fearful roaring of the cannon, of the sharp whistling of the bullets, and the thrilling echoes of martial music, which stirred the hearts of the soldiers to deeds of valor, and enabled the brave army of General Jackson to achieve the glorious victory which ended the war with Old England.
“Rev. John Reid was also another minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, a Kentuckian; he first lived on Honey creek, and afterwards at so many different places, that for want of space in this brief sketch I dare not under take to enumerate them. Suffice it to say, that he settled more new places in the neighborhood than any half dozen pioneers of the infant colony. He was a very eccentric character in his younger days, would fight at the “drop of a hat,” and was never known to meet his match in a hand to hand combat. The writer of this sketch was intimately acquainted with him for many years, during the latter period of his life however, and can truly say he never knew a man of steadier habits, nor one more remarkable for strict rectitude of conduct, or exemplary piety. An anecdote is related of him and the Rev. Finis Ewing, which occurred in his younger days. It was told to me by Mr. Samuel Year.
“Reid was driving a team for some man who was moving to this county with Mr. Ewing, who had ear bells on his six horse team. The young man liked the jingle of these bells so much that he begged Mr. Ewing to allow his teamster to divide with him, in order that he might share the music; but Mr. Ewing could not see it and refused to make the division as requested. Whereupon Reed bought a number of old cosy bells and hung one on each horse in his team, which soon had the effect of bringing the preacher to terms. He was so much annoyed with the discord produced by these coarse bells, that he soon proposed a compromise by giving Reid his sleigh bells, provided he would stop the cow bell part of the concert.
“Silas Thomas was another Kentuckian, and lived on Honey Creek, near where Lampton’s saw mill stood a few years ago.
“James Taylor, better known as ‘Old Corn Taylor,’ lived in an old log cabin which may be still seen standing a short distance west of the Anthony Walker place. He was another remarkably eccentric character. He had a host of mules and negroes; always rode with a rope bridle, and raised more corn, and kept it longer than any half dozen men in Cooper county. This he hoarded away in pens and cribs with as much care as though every ear had been a silver dollar, in anticipation of a famine, which, for many years he had predicted, but which, happily, never came, though the neighborhood was several times visited with great scarcity of that valuable commodity. Although he was miserly in this respect, yet during these times of scarcity, he would generally unlock his granaries, and, like Joseph of old, deal it out to his starving brethren, whether they were able to pay for it or not; that is, if he thought a man was industrious, he would furnish him with what corn he considered necessary: but tradition informs us that he invariably refused the required boon to a man, who was found, on examination, to wear “patched breeches,” especially if the patch happened to be in a particular locality, which indicated laziness.
“Hugh Wear was from Kentucky, and lived in the Ellis neighborhood. He was the father of the Rev. William Bennett Wear, another Cumberland Presbyterian of considerable distinction. When his father, oho was a Revolutionary soldier, enlisted, Hugh, although too young to enter the army, was permitted to accompany his father, and served, during the war, as a soldier, notwithstanding he was under the age prescribed for military duty. This was done to prevent his falling into the hands of the Tories.
“Rev. William Kavanaugh was a Kentuckian, and another Cumberland Presbyterian minister of considerable note. It was said of him, that he could preach louder and longer than any of these old worthies.
“William Bryant was a Kentuckian, and was with General Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. He first settled at New Lebanon, at the place which he afterwards sold to Finis Ewing; the old brick house where Mr. Kemp now lives. He then moved to the farm now occupied by William B. Harlan.
“Samuel Miller was from Kentucky, and settled on the place now owned by Green Walker. He was a farmer, and afterwards moved to Cold Neck.
“There yet remains but one other man to notice who belonged to New Lebanon. He was a member of the numerous family of Smith, whose Christian name I cannot now recall. He settled at a very early period on what is known as the Cedar Bluff, at a nice, cool, clear spring, not far from the place where Mrs. John Wilkerson now lives. Here he erected what was then called a ‘band mill,’ a species of old fashioned horse mill, so common in those days. It was connected with a small distillery at which he manufactured a kind of ‘Aqua mirabilis,’ with which the old folks in those days cheered the drooping spirits in times of great scarcity. But Mr. Smith never ‘ran crooked.’ He paid no license, and sold or gave away his delicious beverage without molestation from revenue agents, just as he deemed fit and convenient. Revenue stamps and revenue agents were unknown then, and good whisky (there was none bad then,) was not only considered harmless, but drinking hot toddies, eggnog and mint juleps was regarded as a respectable, as well as a pleasant and innocent kind of amusement, and quite conducive to health.”
“I come now to take a brief survey of matters connected with a later date. The town of Otterville was first called Elkton. It was laid out by Gideon R. Thompson, in the year 1837. The first house built, stood where Judge Butler’s house now stands. The public square Occupied the space of ground now lying between Butler’s and George W. Smith’s, extending east to a line running north and south, near the place where Frank Arni’s house formerly stood. William G. Wear entered the forty acres on which Elkton was built, in the year 1836, and sold it to Thompson in 1837. About that time Thompson built the first house as before stated, and he and George Wear built a storehouse directly east of Thompson’s dwelling, and little George Wear built a dwelling house on the present site of Colburn’s house. James Allcorn built on the north side of the square about the same time. Long George Wear built the first house within the present limits of Otterville proper, where W. G. Wear’s house now stands.
“The town of Otterville was regularly laid out by W. G. Wear in 1854, though several houses had been built previous to that time within its present limits.
“There was no post office at Otterville until about 1848. The mail for this neighborhood was supplied from Arator post office kept by General Hogan, where Van Tromp Chilton now lives. W. G. Wear was the first post master. He held the office until 1851, when the writer of these sketches was appointed, who held the office about ten years. The mail route was a special one from Arator, and was carried on horse back. W. R. Butler was the first contractor, and employed James H. Wear, son of W. G. Wear, to carry the mail twice a week. The mail carrier then a small boy now one of the leading merchants of St. Louis, made the trip twice a week, riding a small grey pony called ‘Tom,’ which had been bought of Tom Milam, who was then a well known character of the neighborhood. About the time the town was first established, several houses were built on or near the public square.
“Among these were the Masonic hall; the dwelling house built by George W. Embree, north of the hall; one by Samuel Wear, now occupied by John D. Strain; one by Harrison Roman, in which he now lives; and about this time Robert M. Taylor built an addition to the ‘Taylor House.’ The brick storehouse known as the ‘Cannon & Zollinger’ storehouse was not built until about the year 1886.
“The Masonic Lodge, called Pleasant Grove Lodge No. 142, A. F. & A. M.,’ was established on the 15th day of July, A. D. 1854, A. L. 5854. The dispensation was granted by the M. W. G. DL, of Missouri, L. S. Cornwell, on the 6th day of November, 1854. This dispensation was granted to the following named persons: William E. Combs, Harrison Roman, S. H. Saunders, William Devine, Tarleton T. Cox, Strawther O’Rourk, Moses B. Small, Aaron Hupp, William A. Reed, William R. Butler, Robert M. Taylor and George W. Embree. The charter was granted May 31st, 1855, and signed by L. S. Cornwell, G. M.; Oscar F. Potter, D. G. M.; J. W. Chenoweth, D. G. W.; Henry E. Van Odell, J. G. W. The first officers were as follows : S. H. Saunders, W. M.; Aaron Hupp, S. W.; H Roman, J. W.; R. M. Taylor, Treasurer; W. R. Butler, Secretary, George W. Embree, S. D. Strother O’Rourk, J. W., and R. J. Buchanan, Tyler.
“The Odd Fellows Lodge was established in October, 1856, under the name of Otterville Lodge, No. 102, I. O. O. F.
“The first officers were as follows: W. G, Wear, Noble Grand; H. A. B, Johnston, Vice Grand; Samuel M, Roman, Secretary, and John S. Johnston, Treasurer.
‘The present Cumberland Presbyterian church was built by Milton Starke, in the year 1857.
“The old Presbyterian church was built by John D. Strain, in 1866, and is now owned by the Baptists.
“The Methodist and Christian churches were built about the same time in the year 1872. The former was built by M. C. White, and the latter by T. C. Cranmer and T. M. Travillian. They are both neat brick buildings, and ornaments to our village.
“The public school building was erected in 1869, costing $6,000.
“The Pacific railroad was completed to Otterville from St. Louis in 1860, and this place for a short time became the terminus. Whilst the road remained here, and in fact for a long time previous, Otterville commanded quite a brisk trade, presented a very active and business like appearance, and indeed for a time it flourished like a “green bay tree.” But it was not destined to enjoy this prosperity long. The railroad company soon pulled up stakes and transferred the terminus to the then insignificant village of Sedalia, which, at that time, being in its infancy, had scarcely been christened, but, though young, it soon rose like magic, from the bosom of the beautiful prairie, and in a few years Sedalia has become the county seat of one of the richest counties in the State, and a great railroad centre, while truth compels me to say that Otterville has sunk back into its original obscurity.
“The town of Otterville was incorporated by an act of the Legislature of Missouri, on the sixteenth day of February, 1857.
“About the year 1860, for a short period, a considerable wholesale business was done here. Among the wholesale establishments, were the following: W. G. Wear & Son, Cloney, Crawford & Co., from Jefferson City; Clark & Reed; Concannon; the Robert Brothers; Lohman & Co., etc., etc.
“About this time the ‘Mansion House’ was built by a man named Pork; the ‘Embree House’ by George W. Embree and Chris Harlan. The latter was quite a large hotel near the depot, and was afterwards moved to Sedalia by George R. Smith, and about the same time several other houses were moved by different parties to that place. There was, after this time, a considerable business done in a retail way around the old public square. Among the most prominent merchants here, were W. G. Wear & Son, and Cannon & Zollinger, who carried on a large and profitable trade for many years.
“But having already extended these notes far beyond what I had at first anticipated, I am admonished to close them rather abruptly, lest they become wearisome. They were prepared at a very short notice, and might have been made much more interesting, had sufficient time been given the writer to arrange them with some regard to order.
“I hope that due allowance will be made by an appreciative public for this defect in this hastily-written memorandum. “In conclusion, I will take occasion to say, that one hundred years ago, where we meet now to rejoice together, at the happy coming of our first Centennial, this part of Cooper county, nay, even Cooper county itself, was a howling wilderness. The hungry wolf and bear; the elk and the antelope; the wild deer and the buffalo, roamed about undisturbed, save by the feeble arrows of the red man.
“Today, through the little village of Otterville, within a very few yards of this spot, a double band of iron, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, connects San Francisco with the city of New York. Over these lines of metal rails ponderous trains are almost continually passing to and fro, freighted with innumerable articles of commerce; the rich merchandise of the east; the varied productions of the west; the teas and silk of China; the silver of Arizona, and the gold of California.”
Otterville contains at this time about four hundred population. It has three general stores, one hardware and grocery store, two drug stores, one confectionery, one furniture store, two blacksmith shops, one saloon, two hotels, four churches, one school.
ID: I6911 Name: Laird Burns Sex: M Occupation: Minister Religion: Presbyterian Note: 1 LAIRD BURNS Laird Burns was one of the early settlers in the New Lebanon area having entered land there (some 3'/2 miles southeast of New Lebanon, see DVKM) in the early 1820s. His wife was Mary Wear (a daughter of Hugh Wear) who was born about 1798 in North Carolina. Laird Burns became a candidate for the ministry Sept. 12, 1820; was licensed Sept. 12, 1821; and ordained Apr. 5, 1833. He left the area of the New Lebanon Presbytery Oct. 9, 1848. Judge Ewing reminisces: "Laird Burns was also one of the early ministers of the neighborhood. He was a man of respectable abilities, but had not energy and industry enough to accomplish any considerable results in his profession. He was very amiable in his intercourse with men, and upright in his Christian character. I have no information of the later years of his life." Text: p. 45 Note: Jeff Ehlers
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hello norma....stumbled on your burns website while looking for Burns info. I'm wondering if you can help me?
My gggrandfather was George M. Burns abt 1796 nc... dalton, whitfield co, ga 1863 married elizabeth raper blount co, tn 14 feb 1818 ....they were in monroe co, tn 1830, 40, 50, then to bradley co, tn by 1860 and they died in ga in 1863.
i have a small pocket Bible that belonged to geo. and eliz.... some of thier children's births are recorded in it....one son was rev. john lard burns...the Bible spells it lard and not laird.
in the front of the Bible is written....george burns borrowed 2 oz of salt from mr. wright, no date. thier oldest child, james anderson burns, married mary ann wright in monroe co, tn 1842 and the john wright family was next door to the burns family in the monroe co census.
another entry in the Bible says craig burns borrowed 2 oz of salt from mr. wright no date. craig burns wasn't one of geo and eliz's children. i can't find any info on him anywhere. also in the bible is the name henry baker written several times...nothing else just the name. i find a polly burnes marriage to henry baker in blount co, tn 1826. can find nothing else on this marriage. in the bible is written " jane her book ( looks like ) 1790." the bible was printed in edinbrough, scotland 1778. i got the bible from my grandfather, geo, carson who got it from his mother , rutha jane burns, dau of geo. and eliz raper burns. i have info on all of geo and eliz children but no parents for geo. m. burns. supposedly he was born in buncombe co, nc but i got that from info on the net so don't know where that comes from or if it's documented or not. a eugene cheek has lots of info on this family on the internet. i have tried to email him on numerous occasions and never get an answer. i will be glad to share anything i have if anyone needs it. do you have any info in your data on any of these burns?? thanks, cindy carson mcclure, atlanta, ga.
Samuel Wear was born about 1810 in of New Lebanon, Cooper, Mo. He died in of Otterville, Cooper, Mo. [Notes]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Laird Burns was born about 1810 in of New Lebanon, Cooper, Mo and was christened about 1810. [Notes]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Burns was born about 1790 in of New Lebanon, Cooper, Mo and was christened about 1790. [Notes]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hugh Wear was born about 1810 in of New Lebanon, Cooper, Mo. [Notes] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Wear was born about 1780 in of Mo.
1. Margaret Coulter. The first record of Margaret Coulter is on 6 February 1773 she received land grant of 100 acres (amount granted a single adult) in what was then Craven County later Chester County SC. Margaret's siblings (Mary Ann, Archibald & Robert S) also received land grants in Chester County SC at this time. On 3 July 1791, Andrew Graham & his wife Margaret sold to Hugh McMillan the 100 acres warranted to Margaret Coulter in 1773 (Chester County SC Deed Bk E, page 263). The only other deed records in Chester County SC which lists Andrew Graham with a wife was made on 5 January 1790 where Andrew & Margaret Graham sold to Lard Burns the 100 acres granted to Andrew "Grimbs" on 17 March 1775.
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