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As of Monday, April 8, 2024 this blog has an e-mail address and if you have anything to add (especially pictures) you can send to this email address which will also be seen by our tribal historian . If you just want to connect, then you're free to do that as well. Feel free to click the above image if you're either on your computer or checking your smart phone.  I also want to refer you to the newest page on here and I call it " Tribal Affairs ". It's important to pay homage to the people who were wise enough to share the information on their family that might allow us to carry out further research. For me, I want to do anything possible to discover our tribal chief's lineage. I want to find out more about his parents and finding information on any of his brothers and sisters will help with that. There are more pages here that will help you all with your own family research. Updated & Pinned Tuesday, May 7, 2024
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Our Tribal Chief - In Memorium

 On April 27, 1988, James Lee Burns - father, grandfather, great grandfather, & great-great grandfather -  made his transition ✝ from this earthly life. His funeral was held on May 1, 1988 at Wanderer's Home MB Church in Mound Bayou, Mississippi located near the Bolivar & Sunflower County Line. He was also buried on the church's grounds. Our tribal chief with his great-grand daughter Not too long after his funeral we went to the property he owned with his departed wife Emma Hunter Burns. The house was long gone at that point so it was a vacant lot. Thankfully that plot of land remains in the possession of his descendants. Below was his obituary from his May 1, 1988 funeral and once you take a quick read, I will share further thoughts. Click for larger resolution It's funny how much an ancestor and my own life intersect that is we were living at about the same time though in my case I was nothing but a pup. And even more interesting is when a great-grandparent meets

Who is Willie Burns?

Willie (?) Burns The known father of our Tribal Chief James Lee Burns is a man named Willie Burns . We know this primarily from his two daughters Lee Alice Burns Travis & Lucyrene Burns Robinson and was also noted in our Tribal Chief's obituary from his 1988 funeral. However, to find this Elder Willie has proven to be very elusive. Turner Burns - James' older brother - on his Social Security file lists his parents as Steve Burns and Aggie Andre (or perhaps he was trying to spell Andrews ). Wait who is this Steve Burns? Turner and James' older sister James Etta (Jeanette) lists her parents as William Smith and Aggie Follery on her own Social Security file. Although it's safe to say Great-Aunt James Etta and her older sister Bessie may well have a different father than Turner and James. And here's where the plot thickens. On I found a marriage record for Aggie Andrews and a Stephen Burns from Hinds County, Mississippi. Don't believe me? Cl

Will Burns US Army veteran

PVT Will Burns - Find A Grave  Just like his older brother Turner , Will Burns also served in the military. However, it appears he stayed stateside and had a far briefer tenure in the military. Both Turner & Will had served during the 1st World War, a conflict often referred to as the "War to End All Wars". As you see from the below draft registration, Will Burns was born May 1, 1896 in Learned, Mississippi. Learned is located in Hinds County which was also where we found mother Aggie and her sons Turner, Will, and James (our tribal chief) possibly living with a white family on a plantation in the 1900 US Census . Learned, MISS is also the origin of their older sister Bessie Lewis Butler . It appears like his brother Turner, he also worked at the Brookhaven Lumber Mill in Hattiesburg, MISS when he registered for the draft. As a dependent, Will listed his mother presumably Aggie Andrews Burns at this time. Keep in mind that Turner had listed his mother Aggie as an emergen

Turner Burns US Army Veteran

Via FindaGrave Turner Burns is James Lee Burns' older brother. He's one of the known brothers and sisters noted by a number of family elders especially the late  Tribal Griot Lee Alice Travis. In the research of my great-uncle Turner I found a draft card and further found that he was a US Army veteran of the First World War. Turner Burns WW1 draft card Turner Burns was born April 30, 1894 in Adams Station, Mississippi possibly near Learned, MISS where his older sister Bessie Lewis was born. He found his way to Hattiesburg, MISS working as a sawyer at Brookhaven Lumber Mill there (from draft card above). As far as who he was supporting and even his relationship status he was actually married at this time. What has been uncovered was a wife named Julia Ann.  From what can be seen of this union there were no children. Julia Ann Burns died in April 1983 in Hattiesburg, MISS. At the time of Julia's death her address was still the home on Florence Street in Hattiesburg that she

Mama Aggie

Aggie Andrews 1868? - Unknown My great-great grandmother Ms. Aggie Andrews Burns Farrow has proven to be very mysterious, in the post regarding Aunt Bessie Lewis Butler it was noted that she may well have had at least 18 children. We just recently discovered Arthur Burns and I believe that Mama Aggie was pregnant with Uncle Arthur when she was living with the Rashens (or Rathers) in the 1900 US Census possibly on a plantation in rural Hinds County, Mississippi. It's generally agreed that she in fact hailed from Hinds County even if she did on occasion move around. The first hit on Mama Aggie was in the 1870 US Census living with Surner (probably Turner), Maria, and Abram in Hinds County, MISS. I can presume that Turner and Maria are the parents of Aggie & Abram, however, in 1870 they didn't exactly specify the relationships this group had. Aggie was listed as being aged 1 which leads credence that she was born in 1868. Also I tried to look up Turner or Surner (Ancestry.

Introducing Bessie Lewis Butler

I mentioned Bessie in a listing of James Lee Burns' brothers and sisters some time ago. Now we get to see what she looks like. Bessie Butler (1888-1982) I listed Bessie Lewis Butler as possibly James' oldest sister. She was born on October 31, 1888 possibly in Learnith (Learned), Mississippi. She died in September 1982. While I do declare her his oldest sister, it's not exactly known where she might sit as far as who's the oldest or who's the youngest brother or sister in that family. In family materials it is said that Aggie Andrews who is her mother may have had as many as 18 children and we've recently uncovered an unknown child in Arthur Burns. Aunt Bessie eventually found her way to Alligator, MISS where she died in September 1982. One of her known to us children was a man named Hosie (Hosea) Butler who himself moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  EDITOR'S NOTE (April 16, 2024) : Until running into Hosie 's obituary sometime last year, in our family hist