Biography of Lewis G. Burns
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Burns, Lewis G., was born October 27, 1826, in the town of Murray. He is a son of Chauncy Burns whose father, John Burns, came from Onondaga at an early date to Sweden. Monroe county, afterward settling about two miles west of Holley in the town of Murray where he was a farmer. John Burns married Ruth Willy, and their children were: Dennis, who settled in Genesee county; Andrew, who settled in Murray and died at Carlton; Chauncy; Blake, who settled in Murray; Polly, who married William Knight; Thirza, who married Peleg Burrows and for her second husband Torrey Winslow; Betsy, who married John Baker; Alanson, who married Esther Smith and settled in Murray; Walter, who married Hannah Smith and settled in Murray; Henry, who settled in Illinois. Chauncey Burns settled in Murray and was a farmer. In politics he was a strong Democrat. He married Nancy, daughter of Rev. Robinson Smith of Murray. and their children were: Lewis G., James D., Elias P., and Emily M., who died young. Elias P. settled in Michigan early in life and afterward returned to Murray where he remained for a time, and finally settled in Missouri Lewis G. and James D. Burns kept a hotel at Hindsburg for several years and from 1857 to 1862 were in the mercantile trade together in Hindsburg, James D. then kept hotel at Fairhaven for a time and then engaged in boating on the canal. Lewis G. Burns was engaged in farming until 1857 and since that date has been in the mercantile trade at Hindsburg. Lewis Burns is a Democrat and for many years he has held the office of justice of the peace, and during Cleveland's administration he was appointed postmaster of Hindsburg. In 1847 he married Eleanor, daughter of Jacob Oman, one of the pioneers of Clarendon. Their children are: Lewis O., James R., Eleanor V., and Emily E. Mrs. Burns died in 1859, and in 1861 Mr. Burns married Jane Morris of Murray, and they had one daughter, Lillian. His second wife died in 1865 and in 1867 Mr. Burns married his third wife, Samantha Smith, of Wheatland, Monroe county, and they have one son, Ernest D. Burns. Ernest D. was appointed postmaster at Hinds. burgh in 1893. He married Mary E. Golden. Lillian Burns married Frederick A. Clough; Emily married D. L. Peck; Eleanor V. married Robert Wilson; Leris O. married Dell Dorchey, and James R. married Cora Ackerman.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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