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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Charles Burns, ex-United States Jailer, was born in County Fermanah, Ireland, in 1833. His father, Patrick Burns, was born in Scotland, on the River Clyde, and is a descendant of the poet, Robert Burns. He was a member of the Catholic Church. In 1845 Charles Burns came to North America with his mother and brother (his father having died in Cork, Ireland, shortly before embarking for the New World, and is now reposing in Father Matthew’s cemetery in Ireland), and located in Toronto, Canada, where the mother was taken ill a few months later and died. Charles Burns came to the United States in 1848, and began learning the saddler’s trade, but at the end of a few months ran away and enlisted in the United States army, serving for twenty-three years. He was one of the soldiers who was sent to quell the Indians, and has traveled all over the Western States and Territories. He was appointed ordnance sergeant at Annapolis, Md., but resigned the position owing to ill health, and soon after located in Fort Smith, where he was appointed United States Jailer, and held the position fourteen years, but resigned the position when Cleveland was elected president. He was married in Fort Gibson to Catherine Lawrence by whom he became the father of thirteen children, nine of whom are living: Charles, Mollie, Catherine, Willie, Francis, Henry, Thomas and Leo. Annie died at the age of eleven years; John died in Maryland when a small boy; Eddie, who was accidentally shot by a school-mate, died at the age of twenty-five years, and Joseph died when seventeen years of age, in Fort Smith. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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