ADDISON F. BURNS, a highly respected and wellknown resident of McDonald, Pa., where he lives, practically retired
from business activity, has been largely identified with oil production for a number of years and still owns eight
valuable oil wells, together with a one fourth interest in 12 other wells and a one twelfth interest in 24 more.
He is also an honored veteran of the Civil War and is secretary and treasurer of the Survivors' Reunion Association
of Capt. Easton's Light Battery A, 1st Pa. Reserves. Mr. Burns was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, Nov. 25, 1846,
and is a son of William and Mary Jane (Sergent) Burns.
William Burns was engaged in the lumber business for a number of years, but later turned his attention to the oil
industry and continued to be associated with that until his death, which occurred in 1893. He married Mary Jane
Sergent, who died in 1880, and they had the following children: Olive Jane, who married William F. McCullough;
Addison F., Delay F., who died in 1900; Sarah Ann, who married Henry Camp; and Harriet R. and Charles N. The paternal
grandparents were David and Elizabeth Barns, and the maternal were Jesse and Elizabeth Sergent.
Addison F. Burns attended the district schools until he was 14 years of age and then began to be useful to his
father on the home place and worked for him until he went into the army, becoming a member of Capt. Easton's Light
Battery A, 1st Pa. Reserves. After his period of military service was over he returned home and went into the lumber
business with his father until 1872 and then gave his main attention to dealing in real estate until 1877, at which
time he became interested in oil production and that was actively pursued until 1898, when he came to McDonald,
where he has lived somewhat retired for a few years.
Mr. Burns was married (first) in 1867, to Miss Sarah E. Undercoffer, who died June 15, 1878. They had five children:
Harry, Forest E., Ora I., Cressie and Naomi. Ora I. is the wife of L. W. Gibbs. Cressie died in 1881 and Naomi
died in 1907. Mr. Burns was married (second) to Miss Lida Pike, a daughter of William and Eliza Pike, who were
natives of St. John's New Foundland. William Pike was a sea captain, who lost his life at sea in 1868. Richard
Pike, a cousin of Mrs. Burns, commanded the ship Kite in the Greeley expedition to search for the North Pole. William
Pike and wife had three children: Anna, who married Frank Lott; Elizabeth, who is deceased; and Lida, who is the
wife of Mr. Burns. Mr. and Mrs. Burns have four children: Charles A., Lillian, Robert W. and Leroy F. The family
attends the Presbyterian Church. In politics, Mr. Burns is a Republican.
20th Century History Of The City of
Washington and Washington County Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens
By: Joseph F. McFarland
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Illinois, 1910
Washington County Pennsylvania Biographies
Names A to H
Names I to Z
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