Re: John S. Burns and Mary Kinkead of VA
Thanks for the clarification, DB.I couldn't tell from your inititals whether or not you are a Burns.
I, too, have a copy of John Burns's will that does not mention Peter Burns and, although I believe that John was Peter's father, I'm not aware of any actual proof. The mention of his daughters was in a codicil that was added 2 1/2 months after the original will was written, apparently as an afterthought.If not for that, there would have been no proof of them as his children either.
Every researcher I've come into contact with believes that Peter was John's oldest son but wasn't in the will because he had already taken his family and moved to Cabell Co. VA/WV about 10 years earlier. The History of Bath Co. mistakenly states that Peter moved to Tennessee.
The closest I've come to identifying a relationship between Peter and John is that were both on early property tax lists in close proximity and their respective ages are correct for a father/son relationship.
1787 Personal Property Tax Lists of Augusta Co. VA.June 8, 1787, District of Charles Cameron.Person charged with tax - Peter Burns, 1 white male above 16 & under 21, no horses or cattle.Person charged with tax - John Burns, 4 horses, mares, colts, mules & 6 cattle.
1791.Annals of Bath Co. VA. John Burns & Peter Burns listed as heads of family in Bath Co.Also Charles, James, Patrick & John Miller.
By the way, I have never seen Jane Miller's name listed as Jane Patton Miller before now and I'm wondering where you obtained that information.The earliest Peter Burns was brought to America as an indentured servant by Col. James Patton and the Millers lived in close proximity.And Peter and Jane's daughter, Margaret, married David Patton but, again, I've never seen anything that indicated Jane Miller had a middle name.
If you would like to correspond with me directly, my email address is [email protected] I have researched this family for many years and I have visited the land where John Burns lived and where he is presumed to be buried.
Sarah Burns Atkins