Civil War Veteran Co. H. 12th Mass. Inf. + Co. B, 2 Reg't Mass. Cav.

18 Jul 1913 1
Soldier's Home in Los Angeles County 1

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18 Jul 1913 1
Soldier's Home in Los Angeles County 1
Cause: Acute Cardiac Dilatation 1
Place: Nevada City, Nevada County, California 2
Eliza Ann 1
To: 18 October 1904 (on or about her death) 1

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Obituary of Francis N. Burns

Nevada County, CA.



Was a Former Well Known Resident of This County Who Served in War.

Another old-time resident of this county has crossed the Great Divide, never to return. Francis Burns, a well known former resident, who for a number of years past has made his home at the soldiers' home at Santa Monica passed away at that institution yesterday afternoon. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.

Francis Burns was one of the best known residents of this county, he having made his home here for a great many years. He was a man who was possessed of a good education and was a great student.

He served his country with distinction during the Civil war, enlisting October 15, 1861, as a member of Company H, Twelfth Massachusetts Infantry.  His term of service expiring and the war not yet at an end, he re-enlisted Septembr [sic] 30, 1864, in Company B, Second Massachusetts Calvary, and was discharged July 20, 1865, with the rank of corporal. He also saw service on a gunboat in the navy.

While a resident of this county he evolved the scheme of running a long tunnel from the South Yuba river to drain the mines on Deer creek.  He believed that such a tunnel would be a great paying investment and that it would also cut in its course many valuable quartz ledges.  While he succeeded in interesting some people in it, and had options upon rights of way through various lands, actual work was never started.

He was born in Massachusetts and was aged about 70 years.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. P. F****, of Alleghany, and another sister lives at San Diego, also two brothers in Weymouth, Mass., which was the old family home.

Source:  The Morning Union July 19, 1913 pg 6

According to his obituary, Francis N. Burns enlisted as a member of Co. H, 12th Mass. Inf. on 15 October 1861 and when that term of service expired he re-enlisted with Co. B, 2nd Mass Calvary from which he was discharged on 20 July 1865 with the rank of corporal. His obit. also stated he saw service on a gunboat in the navy. While living in Nevada County, Calif., he was a member of Chatanooga Post No. 115 G. A. R. of which remains a Descriptive Book located at the Searls Library in Nevada City, Ca., in which appears his name and partial service record. This book also listed that he was a native of Boston, Mass. Having resided in Nevada County, his probate record (case 3683), viewable via microfilm at the Doris Foley Library in Nevada City, includes a copy of his Certificate of death which stated he died of Acute Cardiac Dilatation at the Soldiers Home in Los Angeles Co. on 18 July 1913, being a widower, aged 66 years. His probate also revealed he left no surviving children and that his wife, Eliza Ann Burns had died on or about 18 October 1904. His obit stated he was survived by 2 sisters in Calif. and 2 brothers in Weymouth, Mass., "the old family home".

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