AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Burns/Locklear FPOC 1818 Illinois
I have several Burns (born SC 1783-1793/94) arriving Southern IL Franklin Co by 1817.
They were Methodists and listed as Free People of Color. Some of these families
remained until 1830 and then moved to Missouri. My direct line is through William Burns
He was a circuit riding Methodist preacher/farmer/grist mill operator and also
had the first cotton gin in this area (1819). He and brothers/sons are listed as
"good hewers of wood" and built first Methodist church.
I have pictures of two sons who appear fair, also very tall. Grandsons in civil war
William and brothers appear to have served in War of 1812 in TN along with Major
Any tips on how to trace them back to SC?