THOMAS BURNS purchased the Burns homestead in Centre township in 1790. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and
served three years in the British army at the outset of the Revolutionary war. He then served four years under
the noted Paul Jones and other American commanders. After his settlement in this section he chopped wood and burned
coal. He died in 1833, at the age of eighty four. He was twice married, first in 1800, to Mary Harea, who died
in 1816, at the age of sixty four, and second to Sarah Boyle, daughter of Robert and Mary (Johnston) Boyle. The
children were: William, Thomas, Catherine and James. William served four months in the 105th Regiment Pennsylvania
Volunteers, and seven months in the 117th during the war of 1861. He was also in the provost marshal's department
for nine months. William and Thomas reside on the old homestead, where there is said to have been an Indian village.
Tradition reports that for several years the dusky woodsmen would return to look for treasure said to have been
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