Thursday, February 16, 2017

Henry Burns 1791-1851

Heather's 5th Great Grandfather, Paternal line

Henry Burns
son of
Born Northumberland County Pa
Died August 4 1851
Lydia Grimm / Krimm
daughter of
Died Jan 26 1884

Lydia Burns 1827 – 1907 m. Jacob Sulouff
John Burns 1828 – after 1851
Jacob Burns 
Henry Jackson Burns 1831 – 1897 m. Sara Josephine Kellog
Lafayette W Burns 1831 – 1906
Frederick S Burns 1833 – 
Mary Ann Burns 1834 – 1897 m. Michael Lauver
Johnathan Burns 1836 – 1910 M. Catherine Pfeifer
Daniel Burns 1838 – 

(birthdates above cannot be correct. Lydia should be the 3rd child with 2 older and 5 younger brothers, and one sister)

Time Line:

1791 - Henry Burns is Born
Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States

From the marriage record of Henry's daughter Lydia, who married Jacob Sulouff - Jacob and Lydia (Burns) Sulouff were married in Zion Lutheran, Sunbury, by Lydia's uncle, Rev. Peter Born, professor at Missionary Institute (now Susquehanna Univ.), Selinsgrove PA.  
Rev Peter Born married Sarah Hill.  He was born on July 3 1820,  Died May 1899. That would make him 30 years younger than Henry - leading me to believe that Henry and Rev. Peter Borns father were brothers, not Henry and Rev Borns.  Rev.  Peter Born's parents were Peter and Elizabeth (App) Born, and they lived in Lycoming County PA.  

Lydia Grimm Is Born
Her maiden name is given in the pension file as Krimm.
On her daughter Lydia's death certificate it's given as Grimm
On her son Jonathan's death certificate as Grimm

1814 - Served In War Of 1812
24 Sep
Age: 23
Enlisted September 24 1814
PVT Capt Hummell's Co PA Mil

Discharged Dec 15 1814

The entire pension file is available on Fold3.  It is primarily affidavits concerning Henry & Lydia's marriage, and Henry's death.

1818 - Marriage to Lydia Krimm
20 September
Age: 27
Union County Pennsylvania, USA
Source - Widows Pension, War of 1812

The pension file consistently lists her maiden name as Krimm.  Her son Johnathon's death certificate lists it as Grimm.

1820 - Residence
Name Henry C Born
Home in 1820 (City, County, State) Penn, Union, Pennsylvania
Enumeration Date August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10         1 -??   
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25 1 - Henry
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10 1 - ??
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25 1 - Lydia
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture 1
Free White Persons - Under 16 2
Total Free White Persons 4
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other 4

If this is the correct census for Henry & Lydia, who are the two extras

1827 - Daughter Lydia Burns is Born
Source - Death Certificate
Lydia Burns Married Jacob Sulouff.  This is my direct line, more information can be seen here:

1830 - Residence
Age: 39
Augusta, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Name: Henry Burns
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Augusta, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 2

1831 - Son Lafayette is born

Lafayette Burns died suddenly at his home in Woodbury Sunday afternoon. After eating dinner he laid down on the couch and later was discovered dead by members of the family. He was aged 74 years, eight months and 13 days. He was a resident of this county at least 55 years He was a soldier of the civil war, having been a member of company H, two hundred and eight regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. He is survived by his wife and the following children. George, of Everett; John, of Johnstown; Edgar and Mrs. Jennie Stayer, of Woodbury,

Bedford Gazette Edition of Friday, April 6, 1906. 

1832- Son Henry Jackson Burns Is Born

The death certificates of three of his children, Charles, Ivan and Alice, tell us that he married Sarah Josephine Kellog.  Although the census records show him as born in 1831, his civil war draft registration gives a birth date of about 1834.  Since his brother Lafayette was born in 1831, I'm guessing Henry was probably born in 1832.  It is a guess at this point.

1833 - Son Frederick Burns is born
I can find no records for Frederick. There is a Frederick Burns born in 1825 in Lycoming County, but he is the son of Daniel Burns, NOT Henry.

1834 - Daughter Mary Ann Burns is Born
She married Michael Lauver

1836 - Son Jonathan Burns is born
Jonathan married Catherine Pfeifer

According to census records, Jonathan was a millwright. Him and his wife lived in Juniata County and had children including Mary, Theodore, Elias, and John.

1838 - Son Daniel Burns is Born

Daniel Burns & Jacob Sulouff (husband of Henry's daughter Lydia Burns, sign an affadavit for the widows pension, in 1878.  (see document under 1818, marriage)

1840 - Census
Name Henry Burns
Home in 1840 (City, County, State) Penns, Union, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9 3
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture 9
Free White Persons - Under 20 8
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49 3
Total Free White Persons 11

Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves 11

1850 - 
Where is Henry in the 1850 census?  He should still be in Union (Snyder) County on his farm, his will a year later describes the farm and orchard and crops.

1851 - Henry Died
4 Aug
Age: 60
Juniata County, Pennsylvania
Source - Widows Pension, War of 1812

Property was sold at a Sheriff's sale after Henry's Death - in the 1877 Atlas it is shown as the J. Shreffler property.

The Will Of Henry Burns

The last will and testament of Henry Burns of Delaware Township Juniata County. In the name of God I Henry Burns considering the uncertainty of this Mortal life and being of sound mind and memory, blessed by the Mighty God for the same,  do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Lydia Burns the privilege, of two rooms in the house and all kinds of fruit enough for her use.  And the use of the kitchen for cooking and a part of the garden and barn room for a cow. And feed for the cow.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my eldest son John Burns the sum of $200 more than any of the rest of my children.  He is to receive the money  when  the farm is sold.

If I am to  depart this life soon, there is to  be no appraisement to be made until the fall crop is in the ground.  And the family is to have corn, oats, buckwheat and wheat and rye sufficient for feeding and house use until next Harvest.

 I also give and bequeath unto my wife Lydia Burns all that the law allows to Widow as long as she remains my widow.  But if she is to et married she is to have no use at the house, barn, fruit or gardens.

Not more than  twenty four or twenty five acres of winter grain to be put out in one year on the farm. About six or seven acres of corn and four acres of oats and no buckwheat.  No cattle or beast t of any kind to be turned into the orchard, and not more than five or six head of horn cattle, and two head of horses to be kept on the place.  I wish to have fifty dollars worth of lime put on the farm. 

 Item.  I give and bequeath the rest of my sons and daughters equal shared on my real and personal estate.  

I hereby appoint Christian Lauver executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In witness of where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.

Burial - 

John Sell being duly affirmed according to law doth say I am acquainted with Lydia Burns the present applicant for bounty and her husband Henry Burns now dead.  He was buried on the fifth day of August 1851.  I was at the funeral as undertaker and had the coffin made, had him put into it, and had him buried.  Mrs Burns lives in the same place where her husband did, and is still a widow.  I was not at the marriage of Mrs Burns and her deceased husband Henry Burns but they lived together as man and wife in my neighborhood for a number of years and always reported as such.  They raised a family of children some of whom live in the same township I do, and who enjoy and occupy the estate of their father Henry Burns, deceased, and further that I have no interest in this claim. 


The 1860 Census Index is a disaster - but looking at the image, you find:

Burns Lydia 65 1795 Female Pennsylvania
Burns James 32 1828 Male Pennsylvania
Burns Henry 29 1831 Male Pennsylvania
Burns Sarah J 24 1836 Female Pennsylvania
Burns Ellen 3 1857 Female Pennsylvania

Burns Irvin 1 1859 Male Pennsylvania

That would be Lydia, with her son James, and her son Henry, and Henry's family - wife Sarah, daughter Ellen, don Irvin.

1878 - Lydia Filed for a Widows Pension

1884 - Lydia Died
Jan 2 1884


There is a GRIMM Family book written by Luther GRIMM at the Mount Pleasant, Pa Library

The below cannot be correct for our Henry - the Henry born to Peter and Barbara died without issue.  And he was most likely born 30 years before "our" Henry.  Another researcher has our Henry as the grandson of this Peter, son of his son Peter & Catherine Grimm.

PETER BOHRN (Burn) arrived in Philia. 13 Aug. 1750 on Ship Edinburgh from Rotterdam, but last from Porthmouth in England. He married about 1753 to BARBARA (STRUB?) Peter d.1791in Northumberland Co. Barbara d. 1805 in Lancaster Co.

Children of Peter and Barbara Bohrn (Burn)
   2. Peter Jr. married Catherine Grimmen
   3. Henry (Donegal twnp.)b. 1790 d. 4 Aug. 1851. Married M. Lydia Krimm.
   4. John married Ehresman (Ehrehart)
   5. Susanna married Jacob Nicholas Kephart
   6. Catherine (died as child)
   7. Sarah b. 1765 d. 5 Dec. 1842.
   8. Barbara (died as child)
   9. Christina d. 22 Set. 1817. Married John Breneman d. 19 Dec. 1816

 10. Elizabeth b. 1760, d. 22 Sept. 1817. Married Christine Groff

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