John Burns

14 February 1874–12 March 1953 (Age 79)
Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States

The Life of John

When John Burns was born on 14 February 1874, in Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States, his father, Samuel Burns, was 25 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Huffman, was 17. He lived in Des Moines Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States for about 30 years and Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 12 March 1953, in Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79.

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Samuel Burns
Mary Elizabeth Huffman
John Burns
Harriet Burns
Anna Elizabeth Burns
Emma Burns

Parents and Siblings

    Samuel Burns


    Mary Elizabeth Huffman





    Harriet Burns


    Anna Elizabeth Burns



World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 10

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream or streams, from the Middle English nominative plural or genitive singular of burn ( see Bourne ).2 Scottish: variant of Burnhouse, habitational name from a place named with burn ‘stream’ + house ‘house’.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin ( see Byrne ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Burns in household of N C Garrett, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Burnes in household of Samuel Burnes, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Burns in household of Samuel Burns, "United States Census, 1910"

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