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James Lee Burns - Tribal Chief

James Lee Burns was born on June 18, 1898 to Willie Burns and Aggie Andrews. Mr. Burns or some of the people who knew him called him "Bubba" was very quiet about his childhood and his family.

For example, is Willie actually the name of his father? The social security records of one of his known brothers Turner shows the name of a different father.

Also another mystery is how many children did his mother Aggie actually have. Looking through obituaries of some of James' known brothers and sisters another brother unknown to his descendants have been uncovered. A marriage record was discovered, however, the question now is that is this the fabled Willie Burns.

Thanks to his enduring influence on his children and grandchildren it would be great to uncover the background of James Lee Burns, Tribal Chief.

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