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Introducing Arthur Burns

Arthur Burns 1900-1979

Arthur Burns born September 4, 1900 was discovered last year through the obituary of his brother Will Burns - as seen in the previous post - to be an unknown to us brother of the "tribal chief" James Lee Burns. This was Arthur's obituary published in the November 23, 1979 edition of the Hattiesburg American newspaper.

No mention of a widow though a mention of three daughters Arthurine Myles & Katherine Wilson who resided in Richmond, CALIF and Lind Nell Davis of Pascagoula, MISS and two sons James Arthur Cropper of Jackson, MISS (back to Hinds County) and Arthur L. Banks of Hattiesburg, MISS.

BTW, Arthur L. Banks died in 2004.

At the time of his transition in Nov. 1979 he had one surviving sister Bessie Butler of Alligator, MISS and one surviving brother James Lee Burns of Mound Bayou, MISS. He had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild in addition to several nieces and nephews.

It has been said by quite a few elders - primarily the children of James and Emma Burns - that they really don't know how many children James' mother Aggie Andrews had. Well in recent months as I have uncovered Arthur who was never before mentioned at least in the official Hunter-Burns family history. What gives in this case?

In the 1900 US Census my great-great grandmother Aggie was living with the Rashen (or Rather) family in rural Hinds County, Mississippi with her three sons Turner, James, and Will. Did she have a "bun in the oven" when she was recorded by a census enumerator? 

I'd say its about time we see Hattiesburg in the county of Forrest, MISS. It's deep in the state almost on the way to the Gulf of Mexico coast.

At this time I'm still looking up as much information on my great-granduncle - err let's just say great-uncle - Arthur at some point in the future.

In the next post which I hope to post this week - perhaps even tomorrow - there is a pleasant surprise. Some of you may have already seen this "surprise" on Facebook. Another report on another one of the Tribal Chief's siblings that we know about.

Stay tuned.

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