BURNS, BARNEY (deceased), a patriotic Irish-American citizen of Sangamon County, Ill., was a veteran of the Civil War and was much esteemed for his many good qualities. He was born May 27, 1823, son of Owen and Mary (Barnett) Burns, both natives of Ireland, who spent their entire lives there. The father was a farmer and the early years of Barney Burns were spent on the home farm. He was educated in Ireland and remained with his parents some years after leaving school.
In 1850 Mr. Burns emigrated to the United States and came direct to Sangamon County, Ill., where the remainder of his life was spent. He engaged in farming near Springfield and during the last years of his life became operator of a coal mine. Being energetic and industrious, and having considerable ambition, he made his own way rapidly in his new home and formed many warm friendships among his neighbors and associates. He served three years in an Illinois Regiment during the Civil War and acquitted himself creditably as a soldier. At the close of the war he returned to Sangamon County and there soon afterwards married. He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church and active in church work. In politics he was a Democrat and although taking little interest in political matters and caring for no public office, served for a time as School Director. He was a great lover of his home and family and a devoted husband, and also enjoyed the society of his friends.
Mr. Burns was married in Springfield, in 1867, to Miss Mary Irene Janes, born in Sangamon County, Ill., June 15, 1843, daughter of George W. and Carrie E. Janes, both natives of Sangamon County and members of prominent families there. Of the children born of this union four are living, namely: William, John, George and James, all married and living in Springfield. Mrs. Burns has a comfortable home at 2021 Peoria Road, Springfield.