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Bish, Elizabeth (Burns)

Bish, John Henry Bish

Burns, Daniel Coder

Burns, David Argyle, Sr.

Burns Eliza May (Mellinger)

Burns, James Turner

Burns, Joseph Turner

Burns, Liberty

Burns, Liberty, Jr.

Burns, Lorenzo Dow

Burns, Mary Ellen (Witherow)

Burns, Robert N.

Burns, Sarah (Sallie) A. (Paine)

Dinger, Mary Catherine (Fike)

Fike, Loe Paul (Burns)

Julia Fenn

Haugh, Daniel

Haugh, Margaret

Mason, David

Mason, Elmer

Mason, Mary Rebecca (Burns)

Mason, Scott

Templeton, Eliza (Mason)

Turner, Sarah (Burns)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name at birth BISH, Elizabeth
Relation to Guy Father's mother
Parents John Henry Bish and Mary Baker
Born 1838, Rose Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married 1857 to Liberty Burns
Died 1862 in Knox Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, a few weeks after son Elmer was born
Children Robert N., Lorenzo Dow, Sarah A., Elmer E.
Occupation Keeping house
Census

1850
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Resting Place Unknown

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Name at birth BISH, John Henry
Relation to Guy Father's maternal grandfather
Parents Johan Bis and Catherine Hetrick
Born 1804, Pennsylvania
Married Mary Baker
Died 1877, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Children Catherine, John, Elizabeth, Henry, Eliza, Samuel, Nancy, Wesley
Occupation Carpenter, school director, farmer
Census

1840
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1860
1864 Taxes
1870

Other Documents John H. Bish on 1861 Sugar Creek map
Resting Place Sherrit Cemetery, Sherritt, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

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Name at birth BURNS, Daniel Coder
Relation to Guy Father's half--brother
Parents Liberty Burns and Ellen Knox
Born April 2, 1841 in Rose, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married 1874 to Harriett Farley
Died April 30, 1905 in Brookville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Children Emma C., Eva, John, Harriett
Occupation Shoemaker, carriage maker, machinist, livery man
Census 1860
1870
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1900
Other Documents

Daniel C. Burns on 1878 Knox Township property map
Map closeup
Deed transfer from Elmer to Daniel Burns 1874
Deed transfer from Robert to Daniel Burns 1874
Deed transfer from Liberty's estate to Daniel Burns 1874

Resting Place  Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, Pennsylvania [click to see]

Notes

"Daniel Burns, one of Brookville’s honored and respected citizens, whose serious condition was reported in the last issue of the Republican, died at his home on Water Street at 10:10 o’clock on Sunday night, April 30th, 1905.  Mr. Burns was stricken with paralysis several years ago, from the effects of which he only partly recovered, and on Monday evening, April 24th, he suffered a second attack that left him in an unconscious condition and from the effects of which he died six days later.  The deceased was born April 2nd, 1841, and most of his life was spent here in Brookville.  He is survived by a wife and four children….He had been a member of the Masonic fraternity for upwards of 30 years, and Hobah Lodge, No. 276, had charge of the funeral that took place at 2:00 o’clock yesterday afternoon, interment being made in the Brookville cemetery. He is buried in Section I, Row 14."

--From his obituary in the Brookville Republican


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Name at birth BURNS, David Argyle, Sr.
Relation to Guy Self
Parents Lorenzo Dow Burns and Mary Rebecca Mason
Born July 6, 1884 in Freedom, Portage County, Ohio
Married May 27, 1904 to Ada Marion Howe
Died October 16, 1974 in Kirkland, King County, Washington
Children Agnes Evelyn (Burke), Donald Dow, David Argyle, Jr., Robert Milton
Occupation Molder, bookkeeper, businessman
Census

1900
1910
1920 (1)
1920 (2)
1930
1940

Other Documents

WWI draft card
WWII draft card
Marriage certificate

Resting Place Big Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Notes

I always thought of my grandfather Guy, whom I adored, as a simple man -- someone who worked hard, loved his family, loved to fish and play cards, made countless friends from all walks of life, and had the energy and determination to start a new life and successful career in Seattle after he lost his job in Ohio at age 50. And there is nothing in the documentary evidence that contradicts this view. But several sources of information taught me I had underestimated him -- both in talent and in hardships overcome. He was an excellent student, a sentimental and sensitive man, a wordsmith, a striver. Family meant everything to him; he literally lived for his wife and his children and grandchildren.


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Name at birth BURNS, Elizabeth (Eliza) May (Mellinger)
Relation to Guy Sister
Parents Lorenzo Dow Burns and Mary Rebecca Mason
Born December 27, 1885 in Windham, Portage County, Ohio
Married 1904 to Clyde Mellinger (auto mechanic)
Died 1968 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Children Kenneth, Harold, Walter
Occupation Keeping house
Census

1910 (1)
1910 (2)
1920
1930
1940

Resting Place Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio [click to see]

Notes

May and Clyde were Guy and Ada's neighbors in Cuyahoga Falls for almost 20 years. May took care of Mary Rebecca after Lorenzo died in 1935.


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Name at birth BURNS, James Turner
Relation to Guy Paternal great-uncle, Liberty's brother
Parents Robert Burns and Sarah Turner
Born

1814, Lost Creek, Juniata County, Pennsylvania

Married to Juliet C. (maiden name unknow)
Died 1890
Children William Douglas., Margaret J., Clara, Jennie A.K., Effie K., James E., Charles C., Judson C.
Occupation Plasterer
Census

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Resting Place  Clarion Cemetery, Clarion, Pennsylvania [click to see]

Notes

He was born at Burns' Mill, on Lost creek, in Juniata (later Mifflin) County, Pennsylvania. He went to work at an early age to support his widowed mother, and learned the plaster­ing trade. When not working at his trade he cleared land, until he had a small farm cleared out of about two hundred acres which he purchased in Clarion township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, and when this work was done followed farming as well as his trade. He taught public school in the winter time. He was elected assessor of Clarion township in 1845, and school director and justice of the peace in 1846. He was elected county com­missioner of Clarion county in 1850. In 1859 he was elected treasurer of Clarion County, and removed to the town of Clarion in the spring of 1860, in order that he might more conveniently perform the duties of that office. In 1862 and 1863 he was one of the editors of The Clarion Democrat, and in 1868 and 1875 was elected county commissioner of Clarion County. He was the only citizen of that county who was elected and served in that office for three terms, comprising nine years. In addi­tion he was commissioners' clerk for three years. He served in elective county offices for eleven years.


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Name at birth BURNS, Joseph Turner
Relation to Guy Paternal half-uncle, Lorenzo's half-brother
Parents Liberty Burns and Ellen Knox
Born 1842 in Rose, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married October 9, 1870 to Deborah Hughes
Died unknown
Children Mary, Burwell, Berkley, Clara M., Nellie, Nettie, Alta, Dorsey
Occupation Farmer
Census

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Resting Place West Virginia

Notes

In 1850, Liberty's second son, Joseph T. (probably for Turner, Liberty's mother Sarah's maiden name) was being fostered by the Crages of Brookville following the death of his mother, Ellen Kline Knox. In 1860 Joseph was living with Liberty and his second wife Elizabeth. From his enlistment documents we know that Joseph was shorter than his father, at 5 foot 7, but he had his dark hair and grey eyes.  In 1861, he enlisted in the Union army, Company I, 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and served until discharged on account of a gunshot wound received in the right arm in the seven days of fighting leading up to Richmond.  Although he'd been a lumberman like his father before the war, in 1868 he moved to Jackson County, West Virginia, settling upon a farm in the Union district, where stock-raising and the cultivation of the soil occupied his time and energies.   On October 9, 1870, he wedded Deborah Hughes, who in the 1870 census was listed as a domestic in a Union Township farmer’s household.


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Name at birth BURNS, Liberty
Relation to Guy Paternal grandfather
Parents Robert Burns and Sarah Turner
Born 1816 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Married 1857 to Elizabeth Bish
Died May 12, 1864 in Spotsylvania, Virginia of wounds received at the Battle of Wilderness
Children (with Ellen: Daniel C., Mary Ellen, Joseph T., Jane E., Liberty)
(with Elizabeth: Robert N. Burns, Lorenzo Dow Burns, Sarah A.(Burns) Paine, Elmer E. Burns)
Occupation Laborer, farmer, lumberman
Census 1830
1840
1860
Other Documents Liberty's re-enlistment paper
Liberty's military discharge papers
Liberty Civil War pension record, page 1
Liberty Civil War pension record, page 2
Liberty Burns on 1866 Knox County property map
Resting Place  Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Virginia [click to see]

Notes

My stance on Liberty is that he must have been a reasonably attractive and successful person. From his enlistment documents (Company A, 105th Pennsylvania Infantry) we know he was taller than average for the era at 5'9", with dark hair and dark eyes. He must have been in robust health, for he was one of a tiny fraction (less than half a percent) of men over 45 to enlist in the infantry. Two wives bore him eight children, five of whom (Daniel, Joseph T, Liberty Jr, Lorenzo, and Robert N) I have tracked from birth to death. All raised families and became farmers, tradesmen, or laborers. All but one appear to have been married to one woman for life, unless her death intervened. At least two of the sons were prominent in their communities.
      But most telling of all, almost 150 years after Liberty died in the Civil War, we still have his photograph, retained via a chain of custody that stretches from pre-Civil War Pennsylvania through Windham, Cuyahoga Falls, and Greensburg, Ohio, and finally to Seattle. I see this as evidence that Liberty was not a man his family disliked or feared, but rather a father they admired and missed.


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Name at birth BURNS, Liberty, Jr.
Relation to Guy Paternal half uncle
Parents Liberty Burns and Ellen Knox
Born 1849, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married Mary Vasbinder, another Mary in West Virginia
Died 1917 in Ohio
Children Nora, Joseph. Frank, Mary
Occupation Laborer, engineer at station
Census

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Resting Place  Mary is at Temple Cemetery, Hazen, Jefferson County, Penna. [click to see]

Notes

In 1850, Liberty's third son, Liberty, Jr., was an infant living (along with his grandmother Sarah Burns) with his aunt Hannah Douglas of Clarion, Pennsylvania following the death of his mother, Ellen Kline Knox. In 1860 Liberty Jr. was living with Liberty and his second wife Elizabeth. From his enlistment documents, we know he enlisted as a "subsititute" with Pennsylvania 85th, Company G, in November of 1864, possibly to get out of jail time.


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Name at birth BURNS, Lorenzo Dow
Relation to Guy Father
Parents Liberty Burns and Elizabeth Bish
Born 1859, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married 1883 to Mary Rebecca Mason
Died 1935 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Children David Argyle Burns, Eliza May Burns
Occupation Day laborer, shipping clerk
Census

1860
1870
1900
1910
1920 (1)
1920 (2)
1930

Other Documents Pine Creek Township (with Lo's girlfriends)
Warsaw Township (with Lo's girlfriends)
Document naming Mr. Ostrander guardian
Lorenzo's guardianship account
Resting Place  Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio [click to see]

Notes

I knew next to nothing about Lorenzo when I started my research. And after an early conversation with my dad about his grandfather, I was discouraged from exploration by a bit of unpleasant family lore. This concerned an altercation Lorenzo had with his daughter-in-law Ada, fueled by alcohol consumed during his weekly visit to the tavern. According to my father, who heard about it from his brother Dave but did not witness the event himself, the argument boiled over when Lorenzo slapped Ada. Guy intervened and told his father this could never ever happen again, or else. According to my dad, Lorenzo -- to his credit -- never touched alcohol again after that confrontation with Guy, but this bad impression stuck. I turned my attention to other members of the family.
      That is, until my dad started telling me about his own Relation with Lorenzo -- which was loving and warm. And indeed, all the later photos of Lorenzo show a smiling and kindly old fellow still living with his extended family long after the fight. And as I went on to discover, this was a man of some substance. Despite losing his mother at age two and his father at five, Lorenzo went on to be a steady worker, a faithful husband to his wife, a grateful son who took care of his adoptive mother in her old age, a loyal father who lived out his life with his son. He loved fishing, camping, cards, and music. In Guy, moreover, Lorenzo raised another hard-working, loyal, loving husband and father.
     I remain curious about the fight. If it was something Dave remembered and my father did not witness, it probably happened sometime before the mid-1920s. Prohibition was enacted in 1920, so Lorenzo could have indulged freely before that date. If it happened after 1920, Lo might have gone to a speakeasy or a neighbor's backyard still. One can easily imagine Lorenzo getting carried away with forbidden pleasures, and Ada, who was essentially a teetotaler, admonishing him. That doesn't excuse bad behavior, but it's significant that Guy and Ada lived with his parents for most of their married life in Ohio -- 1904 to 1935 -- so they must have made peace.
      In the end, the totality of Lo's otherwise admirable life convinced me that one alcohol-fueled battle did not tell the whole story, and I returned to my research into his life.


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Name at birth BURNS, Mary Ellen (Witherow)
Relation to Guy Father's half-sister
Parents Liberty Burns and Ellen Knox
Born 1845, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married to Thomas C. Witherow (farmer)
Died unknown
Children Robert, Aurelee, Mary, Laura, Emma
Occupation Keeping house
Census

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Resting Place Unknown

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Name at birth BURNS, Robert N.
Relation to Guy Brother
Parents Liberty Burns and Elizabeth Bish
Born 1858, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married 1878 to Margaret Mary Shaffer
1886 to Magdalena Johns in Knoxdale, Pennsylvania and later divorced
1893 to Catherine A probably in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Died 1946 in Mahaffey, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
Children [with Margaret: Rosa, Victor Emanuel]
[with Catherine: Henry C.]
Occupation Laborer, carpenter, salesman
Census

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Resting Place Mahaffey Cemetery, Bell, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

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Name at birth BURNS, Sarah A. (Paine)
Relation to Guy Paternal aunt
Parents Liberty Burns and Elizabeth Bish
Born 1860 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married ~1876 to Edward Paine
Died unknown
Children John, Etta, Lorenzo C., William, Anna, Francis (Frank)
Occupation Keeping house
Census

1860
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1880
1900
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Resting Place Unknown

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Name at birth DINGER, Mary C. (Fike)
Relation to Guy Mother of his half-brother
Parents David Dinger and Elenor Siverling
Born 1861 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married Samuel Lincoln Fike (laborer, merchant, mail carrier)
Died 1966 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Children Loe, Eldora, Minnie, Clara
Occupation Keeping
Census

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1930

Resting Place  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Knox Dale, Jefferson County, Penna (click to see]

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Name at birth FENN, Julia
Relation to Guy Beloved high school English teacher
Parents Florenzo Fenn and Julia Treat
Born November 17, 1875 in Ohio
Married no
Died December 18, 1910 in Chicago, Illinoi
Children none
Occupation Schoolteacher
Census

1900
1910

Resting Place  Talmadge Cemetery, Talmadge, Summit County, Ohio [click to see]

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Name at birth FIKE, Lorenzo (Loe) Paul (Burns)
Relation to Guy Half-brother
Parents Lorenzo Burns and Mary C. Dinger
Born 1878 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married to Mina Gould
Died 1966 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Children Kathleen, Samuel
Occupation Carpenter, coal operate, merchant
Census

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Resting Place  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Knox Dale, Jefferson County, Penna [click to see]

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Name at birth HAUGH, Daniel
Relation to Guy His father's adoptive father
Parents Jacob and Susan Haugh
Born 1833 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married Margaret (unknown maiden name)
Died 1893 in Eldred, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Children Lorenzo (adopted)
Occupation Teamster. farmer
Census

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Resting Place  Mount Tabor Cemetery [click to see]

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Name at birth HAUGH, Margaret
Relation to Guy His father's adoptive mother
Parents unknown
Born 1842 in Baden, Germany, emigrated in 1847
Married ~ 1865 to Daniel Haugh
Died 1930 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Children Lorenzo (adopted)
Occupation Keeping House
Census

1870
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Resting Place  Mount Tabor Cemetery, Eldred, Jefferson County, Penna [click to see]

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Name at birth MASON, David
Relation to Guy Grandfather
Parents Jacob and Elizabeth (Betsy) Mason
Born 1812 in Jefferson County Pennsylvania
Married to Eliza Templeton
Died before 1890
Children Scott (b. 1851). John (b. 1853), Charles (b. 1855 ), Maggie (b. 1857), Edward (b. 1859), Mary Rebecca (b. 1863), Elmer (b. 1865), Frank (b. 1867)
Occupation Farmer, laborer
Census

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Other Documents Pine Creek Map showing Mason farm
Resting Place Probably Windham, Ohio

Notes
David and Eliza Mason both died before Guy had a chance to really know them, but they lived out their lives with Lorenzo and Mary Rebecca, and raised children who continued to spend time with each other after they died, so I think they must have been loving parents. Guy and his sister were named after them.

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Name at birth MASON, Elmer
Relation to Guy Maternal uncle
Parents David Mason and Eliza Templeton
Born 1862 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married 1887 to Rose Alga in Freedom, Portage County, Ohio
Died 1914 in Freedom, Ohio
Children Alva (1892), Minnie (b. 1895), Ralph (b. 1899), Attie (b. 1903), Iolus (1906), Loretta (1909)
Occupation Farmer
Census

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Resting Place  Drakesburg Cemetery, Drakesburg, Portage County, Ohio [click to see]

Notes

In 1890, Elmer Mason gave his brother-in-law Lorenzo Burns a book of Burns poetry that we still have today.


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Name at birth MASON, Mary Rebecca (Burns)
Relation to Guy Mother
Parents David Mason and Eliza Templeton
Born 1861, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Married 1883 to Lorenzo Dow Burns
Died 1952 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Children David Argyle Burns, Eliza May Burns
Occupation Keeping house
Census

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1920 (2)
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1940

Resting Place  Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio [click to see]

Notes
Bob Burns remembered his Grandmother Burns fondly, as someone who kept the cookie jars full, was endlessly patient with her grandchildren, and could work everyone else under the table. Ada's memories of her are positive ones too, but her contemporaneous letter tell a slightly different story. Mary Rebecca had very strict standards of housekeeping that seemed to Ada excessive, although it may be these assumed an exaggerated importance after years of living at close quarters with her mother-in-law. There is no doubt that Ada was eager to get out of Dodge and head west, and that although she continued writing to her in-laws back in the Falls, she didn't lose too much sleep over their welfare, perhaps because the Seattle Burnses were struggling so.

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Name at birth MASON, Scott
Relation to Guy Maternal uncle
Parents David Mason and Eliza Templeton
Born 1851 in Jefferson County Pennsylvania
Married 1876 to Alice
Died after 1920
Children Viola, Merle
Occupation Carpenter
Census

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Resting Place Unknown

Notes

Scott and Alice's daughter Viola (Ola) was Guy's first cousin and one of Ada Marion's favorite friends during the early 1900s. Ola married Ernest Ingraham, and their daughter Elizabeth was one of Ebba's dearest friends.


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Name at birth TEMPLETON, Eliza
Relation to Guy Great-grandmother
Parents Daniel Turner and Hannah Welsh
Born 1828 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania to a family of pioneers
Married ~1850 in Jefferson County Pennsylvania to David Mason
Died before 1890, probably in Windham, Ohio
Children Scott (b. 1851). John (b. 1853), Charles (b. 1855 ), Maggie (b. 1857), Edward (b. 1859), Mary Rebecca (b. 1863), Elmer (b. 1865), Frank (b. 1867)
Occupation Keeping house
Census

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Resting Place Unknown, but probably Windham, Ohio

Notes

David and Eliza Mason both died before Guy had a chance to really know them, but they lived out their lives with Lorenzo and Mary Rebecca, and raised children who continued to spend time with each other after they died, so I think they must have been loving parents. Guy and his sister were named after them.


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Name at birth TURNER, Sarah
Relation to Guy Great-grandmother
Parents Daniel Turner and Hannah Welsh
Born 1780 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
Married 1796 to Robert Burns (millwright)
Died 1851 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania
Children Elizabeth, Sarah, Priscilla, Caroline, James T., Joseph T., Liberty, Isabella, Robert
Occupation Keeping house
Census

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Resting Place Corsica, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania [click to see]

Notes

Liberty’s mother, Sarah, was born in Pennsylvania in 1780 to Daniel Turner and Hannah Welch.  In 1796 she married millwright Robert Burns of Derry, Pennsylvania, with whom she had nine children.  When Robert died, she moved west to live nearer to her daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, and Caroline, who had all moved to the area around Jefferson County with their husbands.  Census records from 1830 show Widow Sarah Burns living there with two males, one between 10 and 15 years of age, and one older.  The younger one was probably Liberty, the older one his brother James Turner Burns, who went on to become a prominent citizen of Clarion Townshiy 1850 she was living with relations in Clarion, along with her son Liberty’s infant son Liberty, Jr.


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