Lee County Biography


Mrs. Ellen E. Burns, now residing on Jones street in Amboy and owning a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 24, May township, is the widow of James Burns, who passed away on the 10th of December, 1911. Her birth occurred in Amboy, Lee county, on the 20th of January, 1856, her parents being John A. and Ellen (Monahan) Carroll, both of whom are deceased and buried in the Catholic cemetery at Amboy. The father's demise occurred on the 25th of July, 1912, while the mother was called to her final rest on the 24th of June, 1902. Their passing was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for they had gained many friends in the community during the long period of their residence here.

Ellen E. Carroll attended school in Amboy until fifteen years of age and remained under the parental roof during the following fifteen years, assisting in the work of the household and other duties. On the 20th of October, 1886, she gave her hand in marriage to James Burns, who was born in Sublette township, this county, on the 24th of October, 1847, a son of Edward and Bridget (Caffery) Burns. His parents took up their abode among the early pioneer settlers of Lee county in 1844 and here spent the remainder of their lives, Edward Burns passing away on the 14th of September, 1888, and his wife on the 26th of January, 1890. Their remains were interred in the Sandy Hill cemetery of May township. James Burns devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career with excellent success and at the time of his demise owned a well improved farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 24. May township, which is now in possession of his widow. He died on The 10th of December, 1911, and was buried at Amboy. His entire life, covering a period of sixty-four years, had been spent within the borders of Lee county and he was widely recognized as one of its representative agriculturists and esteemed citizens.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Burns were born seven children, as follows: Nellie, who was graduated from the Amboy high school with the class of 1908 and now follows the profession of teaching at Amboy; Edward, a traveling salesman residing at Oshkosh, Wisconsin; John T., who is a clerk in the employ of the Colson Clothing Company of Amboy; Alice C, a milliner of Chicago; Margaret F., who is employed as a bookkeeper in Amboy; Elizabeth and Mary R., both of whom are high-school students in Amboy. Mrs. Burns, who makes her home on Jones street in Amboy, has always lived in Lee county and here has a circle of friends which is almost coextensive with the circle of her acquaintances.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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