John Burns

State of North Carolina
Haywood County

On this 13th day of December One thousand eight hundred and forty five personally appeared before me, Evan. S. Howell, one of the Magistrates and a member of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions in and for said County, Ann McKisick, a resident of Haywood County North Carolina, Aged Ninety one (91) years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following Declaration in order 1. to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th 1836 and the explanatory of said Act passed March 3rd 1837. That she was married to John Burns who was a dragoon in the War of the Revolution and served as follows: He entered the service of the United States as a substitute for one Archibald Robertson in Henry County Virginia sometime in the year Seventeen hundred and seventy seven (1777) for a tour of nine months under one Captain Martain, commanded by Col. Cleaveland & was marched to the Holeston River and from there she does not know where he was marched, though did not return home until his said tour of nine months expired, at which time he received a discharge she thinks from Martain, and after staying at home some time over a year, he was drafted for a tour of three months, the names of his officers she has forgotton, though he was detached with a company to guard some baggage waggons to same place where the Main army was stationed, after his said tour of three months was out, he returned home, the length of time he then stayed at home she cannot recollect – though she knows that during his stay at home that time her daughter Sarah was born, soon after which he enlisted as a horseman - for what length of time she cannot remember. Nor under what Captain she does not recollect though she thinks that he was joined to Genl. Lee’s Regiment and was marched to Camden South Carolina and from thence she does not recollect – though he was in the service until Cornwallis was taken. She thinks that he was gone at that time a little over nine months, he received a discharge & came home.

She further declares that she was married to the said John Burns on the 10th day of September Seventeen hundred and seventy three (1773) in Henry County Virginia – that her husband John Burns died on the 29th day of January 1805 – that she was afterward married to Daniel McKizick who died in the spring of 1821 and that she was a widow on the 4th of July 1836 and still remains a widow –that she was married to the said John Burns in the state of Virginia where there was no records of marriages kept at that time, that she has no record proof of her marriage now in her possession but has the record of the ages of her children, but one of her sons carried it to the Western Country many years ago & she has been informed that her son is dead & she does not know what has become of the record.

Ann (her mark) McKizeck

submitted by Sue Burns Moore: sbmoore at - part of a Revolutionary War pension application on behalf of John Burns who served in Virginia.

Music playing is "Battle of New Orleans" sequenced by a talented
Haywood County donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

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Becky Howell