Thanks for the note.I am a direct descendant of Arthur Burns and have posted repeatedly on this forum in hopes of discovering his ancestors.I have been exploring the migration of his family, including brother James who appears on many of the same records.
I generally post anything I come across whether it pertains to my direct line or not, in an effort to assist others. I do all of my research online.
I have several posts on this forum regarding Arthur Burns; search "Arthur Sheryl".
My Direct BURNS Line:
Jack WILLIAMS m: Lora Bell MARQUESS
Thomas H. WILLIAMS m: Carrie CAVENDER
Thomas R WILLIAMS m: Mary Antoinette BECKHAM
Cynthia Ann BURNS m: Malkijah "Lige" WILLIAMS
Arthur BURNS m: Cynthia Mary (?)
PA > VA > KY > IA > MO
Arthur Burns, who arrived here with Empressario Green DeWitt's first colonists August 1, 1826, was born in 1780 in Pennsylvania of Irish descent. At an early age he moved with his parents to Iowa or Kentucky, then moved to Pike County, Missouri in 1800. He had a very meager education and belonged to no church.
His first marriage on 28 Nov 1805 produced one daughter Permilla (Pamellia or Pamela) (b. September 19,1806) who married William Simpson May 7, 1826 in Pike County, Missouri and came to Texas about the same time as her father. Simpson was a silversmith and one of the first jewelers in Texas. They lived out their lives in Austin.
Arthur Burns then married Mary, last name unknown, and they had four children: Squire (August 5, 1809); Cynthianne "Synthia" (July 7,1813) married Lige Williams and lived in Lavaca County, some historians credit her with helping Evaline DeWitt design and make the "Come and Take It" flag; Zilla "Lillah" (July 3,1816 - 1837); Emily (August 23, 1819 - 1858 Austin) married John Buchanan at Columbia, Brazoria County.
Mary Burns died April 20, 1822 in Missouri.
Arthur Burns married for the third time December 14, 1825 in Missouri. His wife Sara "Sally" Moore bore their son Columbus (December 11, 1829) in the settlement of Gonzales. Columbus was said to have been the first white child born in the Gonzales area of DeWitt's colony. Their daughter Ardelia (March 19, 1832) married Thomas Cook, a Methodist minister and circuit rider, and died at Burns Station.
(The Arthur Burns home from History of DeWitt County) Arthur Burns' headright of a sitio was granted July 9, 1831. This was located along the east bank of the Guadalupe River both north and south of Irish Creek about six miles east of Cuero. He built a two story log structure that is thought to be the first and for a time the only house between Gonzales and Victoria. The house was a refuge from Indian attack and said to once be visited by Sam Houston in 1836.
In Jan 1836, Gen. Houston authorized Burns to perform the service described in the following letter:
Guadeloupe Victoria Arthur Burns Esq. 14th Jany 1836
Sir, You will please to deliver to the bearer William Gibson or in person to the officer commanding at La Bahia a Brown Gelding, the property of Harrison Williams, and on the delivery of the said Horse at La Bahia, the Commander in Chief of the Army or the Commandant at La Bahia will pay the charges due on the said Horse. By order of Sam Houston Comdr in Chief of the Army, B. C. Wallace Actg- Asst adj Genl
Burns was a farmer, stockman and had one of the early water-powered grist mills. The 1828 census showed he had three horses, seven cattle, twelve hogs, and livestock of all kinds.
The Arthur Burns home was designated by the Victoria County Court as the place where the road commissioners of Victoria County were to meet those of Gonzales County May 2, 1841 for the purpose of carrying into effect plans for the proposed Victoria---Gonzales road by the most direct route. He was present at the organization of DeWitt County in 1846 but had no official connection with this work.
In 1856 Arthur Burns died and was buried in Iowa where he had gone on business. Sarah died in 1861 at Burns Station.
As a single man, son Squire Burns, who arrived August 15, 1826 was granted as his headright one-fourth sitio July 10, 1831. This extended along the north boundary of his father's grant.
Squire never married. He taught school for a time and was active in defending the settlers from both the Indians and Mexicans.
Family history showed that in 1829 or 1830 he and two others led by Tonkawa braves tracked the murderers of a neighbor [John McSherry] from the scene of the murder to the Comanche hideout near Gonzales. Arthur and Squire were both scouts and as such Squire was accidentally killed near San Antonio shortly before the fall of the Alamo by the discharge of his pistol which he carried before him in a holster attached to his saddle. Arthur was in charge of an ox wagon train in the Runaway Scrape.
In 1850 Columbus Burns, youngest son of Arthur Burns, married Mary Ann DeMoss (December 1, 1830-February 5, 1871) in Caney, Matagorda County, Texas. He was a stock farmer, served in the CSA under Col. Rip Ford and was a trail driver and livestock inspector.
Mary was the daughter of Lewis and Katherine Tumlinson DeMoss.
They had five sons and five daughters, Lewis, Arthur, Martha, Ardelia, Mary Ann, Julia, James, Ella, John and Wade.
Ella (October 10, 1864 Burns Station-March 29, 1949 Cuero) married Robert Abner Partain February 11, 1891. They had a son and two daughters, one of whom was Roberta Ardelia born April 12, 1894 at Deming's Bridge, Matagorda County, Texas.
The Burns family returned to Gonzales County shortly after this marriage. Modified from Elizabeth Lawley Tinsley (From The History of Gonzales County, Texas. Reprinted by permission of the Gonzales County Historical Commission).
Biographies here are DeWitt Colonists (surnames beginning A-G) who were in the colony by census, land or other records through Dec 1828. Other biographies can be found at The Battle of Gonzales-Old 18, Gonzales Alamo Relief Force, Land Grantees & Residents, Gonzales Town Residents and Citizens-Free State of Lavaca