Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Tribute to William Burnes on March 13th

My big bro has been cancer-free in heaven for 7 years now, and Grandpa hasn't had to deal with his bad heart for 57 years. I am remembering these great men today and how ironic that they both died on March 13th, exactly 50 years apart. I am so grateful that I will see them again someday. This is where my family history journey began. There were too many coincidences that left me wondering, and wanting to learn more. Now I know the truth and continue to learn about my family history; I love "connecting the dots". Let's take a moment to remember those who have gone before us, and are now free from their pains and sufferings.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Robert Burns Biography "Scotland's Greatest Poet" 1759-1796

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759, he was the first of William and Agnes Burnes' seven children. His father, a tenant farmer, educated his children at home. Burns also attended one year of mathematics schooling and, between 1765 and 1768, he attended an "adventure" school established by his father and John Murdock. His father died in bankruptcy in 1784, and Burns and his brother Gilbert took over farm. This hard labor later contributed to the heart trouble that Burns' suffered as an adult.

At the age of fifteen, he fell in love and shortly thereafter he wrote his first poem. As a young man, Burns pursued both love and poetry with uncommon zeal. In 1785, he fathered the first of his fourteen children. His biographer, DeLancey Ferguson, had said, "it was not so much that he was conspicuously sinful as that he sinned conspicuously." Between 1784 and 1785, Burns also wrote many of the poems collected in his first book, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, which was printed in 1786 and paid for by subscriptions. This collection was an immediate success and Burns was celebrated throughout England and Scotland as a great "peasant-poet."

In 1788, he and his wife, Jean Armour, settled in Ellisland, where Burns was given a commission as an excise officer. He also began to assist James Johnson in collecting folk songs for an anthology entitled The Scots Musical Museum. Burns' spent the final twelve years of his life editing and imitating traditional folk songs for this volume and for Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs. These volumes were essential in preserving parts of Scotland's cultural heritage and include such well-known songs as "My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose" and "Auld Land Syne." Robert Burns died from heart disease at the age of thirty-seven. On the day of his death, Jean Armour gave birth to his last son, Maxwell.

Most of Burns' poems were written in Scots. They document and celebrate traditional Scottish culture, expressions of farm life, and class and religious distinctions. Burns wrote in a variety of forms: epistles to friends, ballads, and songs. His best-known poem is the mock-heroic Tam o' Shanter. He is also well known for the over three hundred songs he wrote which celebrate love, friendship, work, and drink with often hilarious and tender sympathy. Even today, he is often referred to as the National Bard of Scotland.

Poems by Robert Burns, Click here >>

Poems By Robert Burns

A Man's A Man For A' That
by Robert Burns

Is there for honest Poverty 
   That hings his head, an' a' that; 
The coward slave—we pass him by, 
   We dare be poor for a' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that. 
   Our toils obscure an' a' that, 
The rank is but the guinea's stamp, 
   The Man's the gowd for a' that. 

What though on hamely fare we dine, 
   Wear hoddin grey, an' a that; 
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine; 
   A Man's a Man for a' that: 
For a' that, and a' that, 
   Their tinsel show, an' a' that; 
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, 
   Is king o' men for a' that. 

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord, 
   Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that; 
Tho' hundreds worship at his word, 
   He's but a coof for a' that: 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   His ribband, star, an' a' that; 
The man o' independent mind 
   He looks an' laughs at a' that. 

A prince can mak a belted knight, 
   A marquis, duke, an' a' that; 
But an honest man's abon his might, 
   Gude faith, he maunna fa' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   Their dignities an' a' that; 
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth, 
   Are higher rank than a' that. 

Then let us pray that come it may, 
   (As come it will for a' that,) 
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth, 
   Shall bear the gree, an' a' that. 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   It's coming yet for a' that, 
That Man to Man, the world o'er, 
   Shall brothers be for a' that.

A Red, Red Rose 
by Robert Burns

O my luve's like a red, red rose,
    That's newly sprung in June;
O my luve's like the melodie
    That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
    So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
    And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
O I will love thee still, my dear,
    While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve,
    And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
    Though it were ten thousand mile.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Charles S. Burnes & Josephine Trotter Burnes - Hope, Indiana

Charles S. Burnes  was born on 6 Oct 1905 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. He died on 30 Aug 1961 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. 

Charles married Josephine Trotter  daughter of Garah Archie Trotter and Effie S. Sullivan on 8 May 1940 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. Josephine was born on 9 Jul 1915 in ,Bartholomew, Indiana. She died on 26 Sep 2006 in New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA. 

They had the following children:

+1 M i. Larry Lee Burnes 

Josephine Trotter Burnes & Charles S. Burnes (Donated by: Joanne Burnes)

Larry Lee Burnes - Son of Charles & Josephine Burnes (Donated by Joanne Burnes)

Samuel Clinton Burnes - 1913-1980 - Hope, Indiana

Samuel Clinton Burnes  was born on 19 Dec 1913 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. He died on 4 Feb 1980 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. Son of Albert Lewis Burnes & Edith Loretta Patterson.

Social Security Death Index Source: (
about Samuel Clinton Burnes:
  • Name: Samuel Clinton Burnes
  • Last Residence:  47246 Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States of America
  • Born: 19 Dec 1913
  • Last Benefit: 47246 Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States of America
  • Died: Feb 1980
  • State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951 )
Samuel Clinton Burnes served in WWII
Worked and retired as a US Postal employee.
Never Married.
Never had any children.

Samuel Clinton Burnes' Online Memorial >>

Samuel Clinton Burnes 1913-1980

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Glen Washington Burnes & Anna Hazel Fox Burnes From Hope, Indiana

Glen Washington Burnes was born on 31 Oct 1888 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. He died on 22 Dec 1981 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana.  The cause of death was massive stroke and pn. He was buried in Moravian Cemetery, Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. 

Glen married Anna Hazel Fox daughter of Adam Fox and Laura on 4 Apr 1912 in Moravian Parsonage, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. Anna was born on 14 Oct 1892 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana, USA. She died on 16 Oct 1977 in Hope, Bartholomew  Indiana, USA. She was buried in Moravian Cemetery, Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. 

They had the following children:

+ 1F i. Lillian Frances Burnes  was born on 16 Oct 1916. She died on 20 Dec 1954.

Photo 1:
Glen Washington Burnes (left), Lillian Frances Burnes Ziegler (back center) Anna Fox Burnes (right of Lillian). Children: Gary Ziegler (left), Ronnie Ziegler (right) 

Photo 2: Glen Washington Burnes & Anna Hazel Fox Burnes' 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Hope, Indiana. April 1962

Photo 3: Glen Washington Burnes standing on the steam machine in back.
Man & child in the front are unknown

Photo 4: Glen Washington Burnes & Anna Fox Burnes in the backyard of the original Burnes Homested; where they lived. Hope, Indiana. March 1962

Samuel Burnes & Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes From Hope, Indiana

Samuel Burnes  was born on 16 Oct 1855 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. He died on 12 Oct 1924 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. He was buried in Norristown Cemetery, Norristown, Shelby, Indiana. 

Samuel married Martha Ursula Shaver  daughter of George W. Shaver and Elizabeth Jane Snepp on 27 Sep 1877 in Shelvyville, Shelby, Indiana. Martha was born on 8 May 1858 in Jackson, Shelby, Indiana. She died on 21 Jul 1932 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. She was buried in Norristown Cemetery, Norristown, Shelby, Indiana. 

They had the following children: (+ means that person had children, M & F stand for Male and Female, and the roman numerals stand for the order of children.) 

+ 1 M i. John William Burnes  was born on 6 Jul 1878. He died on 8 Jan 1965. 

2 F ii. Hallie Burnes  was born in 1879 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. She died in 1886 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. She was buried in Norristown Cemetery, Norristown, Shelby, Indiana, USA. 
+ 3 F iii. Daisy May Burnes  was born on 10 Dec 1880. She died on 3 Nov 1954. 
+ 4 F iv. Nona Anna Burnes  was born on 13 May 1882. She died on 23 Mar 1980. 
+ 5 F v. Alma Burnes  was born on 9 Dec 1883. She died on 18 Dec 1957. 
6 F vi. Sarah Jane Burnes  was born on 8 Aug 1885 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana. She died on 5 Nov 1906 in Hope, Bartholomew, Indiana.  The cause of death was Typhoid Fever. She was buried in Norristown Cemetery, Norristown, Shelby, Indiana. 
+ 7 F vii. Gustie Lear Burnes  was born on 6 Feb 1887. She died on 30 Dec 1968. 
+ 8 M viii. Glen Washington Burnes  was born on 31 Oct 1888. He died on 22 Dec 1981. 
+ 9 M ix. Albert Lewis Burnes  was born on 15 Jun 1891. He died on 4 Jul 1961. 
+ 10 M x. George Clinton Burnes  was born on 8 Mar 1894. He died on 8 Jan 1971. 
+ 11 F xi. Myrle Belle Burnes  was born on 25 Jul 1898. She died on 1 Aug 1982. 
+ 12 F xii. Mary Kathryn Burnes  was born on 10 Mar 1901. She died on 10 Apr 1989. 

Photo 1:
Samuel Burnes & Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes and their living posterity of 62 people. Photographed at the original Burnes Homestead in the summer of 1919. 

-Click images to enlarge.
Front Row (from left to right): Nona Ann Burnes Snider, Myrle Belle Burnes Ferguson, Martha Ursula Shaver Burnes, Samuel Burnes, Mary Kathryn Burnes Patterson, Alma Burnes McNealy

Back Row (from left to right): Gustie Lear Burnes Gates, George Clinton Burnes, Albert Lewis Burnes, Glen Burnes, John William Burnes, Daisy May Burnes Davis

Photo 2: Family photograph of Samuel & Martha Burnes' descendants;
62 total living people.

Photo 3: Family photograph of Samuel & Martha Burnes' descendants; 62 total living people.
Same photo as above but numbers are added to each person for indexing.

Photo 4: Family photograph of Samuel & Martha Burnes' descendants; 62 total living people.
Same photo as above but numbers are added to each person for indexing.

Photo 5:
 Hand written Number Index for the above photographs of the 62 living Burnes family members. (Written by Anna Fox Burnes before her passing)

Photo 5: Typed Number Index for the above photographs of the 62 living Burnes family members

CREDIT: Photos and indexes were compiled and donated by Gary Ziegler (4th cousin to Sarah Burnes Heiner)
Online Memorial for Samuel and Ursula, click here >>

You'll notice the spelling of BURNES is sometimes spelled BURNS. Many of the SAMUEL BURNES Family dropped the "E" out of BURNES.

You have my permission to copy and print any of these documents for family use only. -Sarah

Thursday, January 17, 2013

George Washington Burnes & Sarah Walker Burnes' 50th Wedding Anniversary

The Shelby Democrat
Thursday, November 20, 1879
How Mr. & Mrs. Washington Burns Celebrated
The Fiftieth Anniversary Of Their Marriage
The grandest event that ever occurred in Hawcreek township, Bartholomew county, the fiftieth anniversary of the married life of Mr. & Mrs. Washington Burns. At 9 o'clock a.m., the guests began to arrive. Carriage after carriage came laden with the old pioneers, their sons and daughters, all intent on honoring the aged couple, at whose residence they were assembling for a day of recreation, amusement and enjoyment. Noon found about five hundred guests assembled to pay their respects to Mr. & Mrs. Burns. Among those present I saw Mr. Thomas Essex, I. A. Vogler and Mrs. Fannie Hauser, of Columbus; Mr. Ben Jones and lady and David Lancaster, of Shelbyville; Mr. John Nading and lady, Mrs. Matilda Walker and John Walker of Flatrock Station; Mr. Thomas Smiley and lady, of Rockcreek township; W. H. Dye and lady, Carney's Station; Hon S. D. Spellman and lady, D. C. Dodds and lady, John Conger and lady, Robert Titus and lady and L. E. Nelson, of Norristown; Mr. Aaron Essex and lady, Flatrock township; Rev. F. R. Holland, Rev. E. Regeness, Dr. S. Stapp and lady, Dr. J. K. Righter, L. J. Rominger and lady, Edward Fishel and lady and L. E. Hege, of Hope; Mr. George Fry and lady, Rev. John Keeling and lady, Solomon Lambert and daughter, Adam Fishel and lady, Robert Jones and lady, William Powell and lady, Charles Rominger, Sr. and lady, John Rominger and lady, Lewis Essex and lady, Isaiah Carter, John Droneberger, Thomas Reed, Charles Brunner and lady, of Hawcreek township, and a host of others too numerous to mention. I have only mentioned some of the oldest in attendance.

A bountiful repast was spread. Mr. Burns had prepared a whole beef, sixty loaves of bread, and turkeys and chickens without number, and an immense number of cakes, pies, potatoes, and all the other delicacies of the seasons. Mr. J. Schaub, of Hope photographed the assembled multitude, at the conclusion of which a table- one hundred and twenty-three feet long was filled with guests ready to discuss the rich viands.
We must not omit to mention the Hope Coronet Band, and were composed of the following persons: George Hartsell, leader, E. T. Potter, George Kemp, Julius Fishel, M. Hartsell, Charles Hartsell, Charles Cook, Irving Rominger, William Styers, Willie Hartsell, Leona Snyder and George Burns. Mr. Burns was the recipient of the following presents: A gold headed cane with the name of Mr. Burns engraved thereon, as well as the doner, Mr. John Nading, five dollars in gold by L. A. Vogler; one dollar in gold by William & Eliza Powell, who have been married 31 years; three dollars in gold by Adam & Eliza Fishel, married 27 years; Mr. Fishel is 61 years old and Mrs. Fishel is 66 years old; ; one dollar in gold by Ben Jones and lady; one dollar in gold by Joseph Holder; two dollars and fifty cents in gold by Thomas Powell; one dollar in gold by Lewis Essex and wife, married 45 years, Mr. Essex is about 67 and Mrs. Essex is 68; two dollars in gold by Solomon Lambert, aged 62; one dollar in gold by L. J. Rominger and lady, married 40 years.
One pair of gold rimmed spectacles by the following named persons: George Fry, Charles Brunner, George Haas, C. B. Woehler, Charles Beitrick, J. A. Miller, Charles Neighley, Dr. J. K. Righter, Christian Baner, Will Marlin, E. A. Jones, Adam Fox, Lewis Dillman and Dr. Stapp; one dollar in silver by George Burns and lady; one silver watch by W. H. Conner and wife.

Mrs. Sarah Burns was the recipient of the following presents: One pair of gold rimmed spectacles by the following persons, jointly: Mrs. Clara Schaub, Dr. S. Stapp, Mrs. Lucinda Glidewell, Robert Jones, B. A. Lewis, Hetty Marlin, Sophia Kurtz, Rebecca Rominger and Malinda Essex; one gold ring by Mrs. Rose Vogler, Mrs. Fanny Hauser, Miss Sarah Bauchman and Mr. Mathias Nauman; one dollar in gold by Elizabeth Powell; one dollar in gold by Mrs. Ben Jones; two dollars and fifty cents in gold by Thomas Smiley; one dollar in silver by Mrs. Camilla Maze; one dollar in silver by George Burns and wife; one shilling in silver by W. H. Conner and wife. There were present Thomas Moore, married 36 years; Mr. J. T. Higgins, 75 years old. The oldest persons present was Isaiah Carter and Joseph Holder. Mr. Burns will be seventy-five years old next January; came from Harrison county, Kentucky in the fall of the year 1820 and landed at Spring Hill, in what is now Decatur county, and slept in a shanty on a sheep skin during the winter among the wild beasts then common all over Indiana. When moving from Kentucky Mr. Burns' father hired a gentleman to move his household goods to this State, which he did on horseback, the rickety vehicle having broken down the second day out. Mr. Burns' father, mother, brothers and sisters footing it all the way from Kentucky to Indiana. Mrs. Burns is now in her 70th year; born in Clarke county, Indiana, whose father settled there among the Indians, and therefore Mrs. Burns knows about the hardships of pioneer life in Indiana. Mr. Washington Burns and Mrs. Sarah Walker were united in marriage in Shelby county, Indiana, this State. The ceremony was performed by Samuel Drake, November 5, 1829. Together they have moved on through these fifty years, settling down in the primeval forest soon after their marriage on the present homestead.

 Submitted by Barb Huff


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Tribute to William Emry Burnes

My Grandfather, William Emry Burnes was an incredible man! A World War I Navy Hero, The city Sheriff,  a Free Mason, a violinist, a successful Business Owner, a Deep Sea Fisherman, an Honest man, Hard working & intelligent.

He was a young man who had carried the heavy load of his family through the death of his father during the time of the Great Depression.  He was the oldest of 8 children, and without hesitation,  he took on the responsibility to support his mother, brothers and sisters and their spouses through the painful years of the depression.  A second cousin confirmed this, stating “he even made sure his sisters and sister in laws had beautiful hats and shoes to wear.” At the age of 37, when all of his siblings were able to make it on their own, he married his first wife, Kathryn Fleig. The short marriage of 3 years ended when he noted in the divorce papers that he stayed faithful for the space of 3 years awaiting her return. The papers also stated this small but very important detail "no children were born to this marriage". For unknown reasons, she had left him and never came back. Heartbroken by this tragedy he removed himself from the "normal" way life should be, and focused on living an honest life as the local town Sheriff and Business Owner. It was eleven years later that he would meet Ruth Imogene Adams in Batavia, Iowa. He was 49 years old, she was 18, the perfect match separated by 31 years. They married a few months later and set off to start their lives far from home; in Napa, California. They had two children together, one son (my father) and a baby girl who died just a few hours after she was born. They lived a happy life together for 12 years, until his death in 1956. This was not the typical story for most of your grandparents, but this was mine, and one that I am very proud of.

The passion I have for doing genealogy is very personal to me. It defines the line between the truth and the unknown. It gives me hope, it gives me knowledge, but mostly it gives me the opportunity to link our ancestors together as one family. We live in a day in age, where we can learn the truth of our ancestors from many genealogical websites like;
Ancestry, Family Search, Findagrave, USGenweb, Google and so many more. My newly discovered lineage has impacted the way I view myself and every living and non living person. I know our loved ones who have passed on, are still here, just unseen to our earthly eyes. We can feel them close when we are in tune to them. We all have ancestors cheering for us, helping us daily, and strengthening us as we bear the burdens of this life. They have paved that rocky road so we can pay it back to them by keeping them alive, in us, and staying true to our family name and heritage.

A Tribute to William Emry Burnes:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

George Washington Burnes & Sarah Walker Burnes Portraits

Okay, I can't bottle my excitement any longer. Portraits DO exist, and my 6 year search is over. Presenting... George Washington BURNES, & Sarah Walker BURNES my Great, Great, Great Grandparents. 13 children, married 55 years, Christian, 700 acre farm, Hope Indiana, Norristown Cemetery. A HUGE Thank you for this photo goes to Gary Ziegler, my 4th cousin from Indiana!  It's so great to finally see their faces 6 years after I first discovered them. Thanks to facebook and the internet, my distant cousins are finding each other and communicating. GENEALOGY IS TRULY AMAZING!!!

There's finally a face to his name, George Washington Burnes my GGG-Grandfather

"Connect The Dots" -Sarah
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