Blanche Helen Norbury Logan and “Aunty” Burns, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois

Photograph furnished by James W. “Bob” Logan, Pinckneyville, Illinois

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One thought on “Blanche Helen Norbury Logan and “Aunty” Burns, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois

  1. This is a nice picture of Blanche Norbury Logan and “Aunty” Burns. Because the photograph isn’t dated and no first name is given for Mrs. Burns, this information is a bit speculative. I think she was Araminta Burns. She was born around 1846 in Tennessee. She married Isaac Burns in 1873. He was older than her, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, 24 August either 1828 or 1831. Isaac Burns fought for his freedom and the freedom of millions of other Black people in the Union Army during the Civil War from 1861-1865. His would be quite a story, if we can find out more detailed information. By 1880, we find Issac, “Armity,” and 3 Burns daughters living in Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois. In the 1900 census, there are five consecutive Black households on St. Louis Street in Pinckneyville in Perry County. Among them are Isaac and “Arminta” Burns. Issac Burns is also enumerated in the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Illinois, in 1900. (This double enumeration wouldn’t have been usual. He might have lived both places as did James W. Logan, staying for a while, then living at home, or Isaac Burns might have been listed by Araminta Burns when she reported to the census taker.) By the 1910 census, “Armila” Burns, a daughter, and a grandson are living in Pinckneyville. They are listed as “Colored” in the census. When Issac Burns dictated his last will and testament in Perry County, Illinois, he referred to his wife, to whom he left his estate, as “Araminta, usually called Minta Burns.” Isaac made his mark. As a former slave, he was unable to read and write. That knowledge was illegal to exercise if one were enslaved, and subject to severe punishment in the South, especially Mississippi, one of the worst states for enslaved people. Isaac Burns died 29 January 1916 in Pinckneyville, Illinois. He is buried at the City Cemetery. His probate records list Araminta Burns, his widow; Francis Campbell, daughter; Wm. Burns, son; and Marsha Morton or Martin. It appears that Araminta Burns moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, by 1923. More information is invited and welcomed regarding “Minta” Burns.


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