From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 376, Big Creek Township, White County, Indiana.
"JOHN BURNS was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, January 4, 1809, and is the eldest of nine children born to JOSEPH and DELILAH (TIPTON) BURNS, natives of Kentucky and of Scotch descent. JOSEPH BURNS was married in Pickaway County, to which point he moved when a young man. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving under GENERAL WAYNE during the entire struggle. In 1826, he moved to Logan County, Ohio, entered 160 acres of wild land and developed a farm. About 1835, he sold out and came to this county and remained two years, and then moved to Jasper County, Indiana, entered 160 acres, and wrought from the wild another farm, on which he ended his days, a member of the Christian Church. MRS. DELILAH BURNS, a member also of the Christian Church, died December 1, 1880. JOHN BURNS was employed on his father's farm in Ohio until he was eighteen years old, receiving a common school education during the meanwhile. He was married in November, 1826, to MALINDA FERGUSON, a native of Ohio, who became the mother of six children. In 1830, he came to what afterward became Big Creek Township, and entered eighty acres of land, erected a log cabin with a dirt floor and clapboard roof, and in this he and family lived several years, experiencing all the hardships as well as homely joys of pioneer life. To his orginal entry MR. BURNS has added until he is now probably the largest land-holder in the township - owning, as he does, about 1,200 acres. He is an extensive stock-breeder, his product averaging fifty head of cattle, 150 head of hogs and seven or eight head of horses annually. He is now giving much attention to thorougbreds. MRS. MALINDA BURNS died in February, 1866, and December 18, 1868, MR. BURNS married ELIZABETH J. VIRDEN, a native of Pickaway County, Ohio, and the only daughter of WILLIAM VIRDEN, a pioneer. In politics, MR. BURNS is a Republican. He is one of the leading farmers of the county, and he and one other are the only persons yet living on land originally entered by themselves in Big Creek Township."