Shirley-does anything here sound familiar??? William John Burnes was born about 1796. He married Mary Hutchinson about 1829 or so.They lived in Tazewell County Illinois where he fought in the BlackHawk War. They lived in Grant Co.Ky also.In 1835 they left Lexington Ky traveling the Cumberland River to the Mississippi to the Missouri to the Osage.In 1840 he and their four sons showed up in Benton county Mo. but w/o Mary. I descend from William John and Mary. Wondering if this could be related to your Burnes family????