If this post is in reference to William Burns that was on the 1820 Franklin County Illinos census, then I have some information for you. This William is believed to be the son of Elijah Burns listed on the same page as Wm in 1820. Elijah had 5 or 6 sons that were in Illinois with him, but several had moved to Independence County Arkansas by 1830, Stephen and Elijah Jr.and maybe others, Elijah had migrated from the Cheraws District of S.C. the part that later became Marlboro County, Elijah's wife was believed to be Cherokee. Some of Elijah's sons and possibly Elijah himself had spent some time in Bedford County Tenn. prior to migrating to Illinois, several of Elijah's sons were on the Militia lists and the 1812 Bedford County Tax list. There was also a John Burns in Bedford County Tennessee that was from S.C. it appears that he could be from this group, he could possibly be a brother or cousin to Elijah. The 1830 Franklin County Illinois census shows another one of Elijah's sons Absalom Burns,that had been in Tenn. for the 1820 census but decided to join his father in Illinois before 1830. This family was also listed on the 1818 Williamson County Illinois pre-statehood census, and in the History of Illinois as being early settlers that helped in the building of Franklin County.
I hope this is of some help to you.
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