11/19/2004

Thomas J. Burnes

Burnes, Thomas Jefferson
b.3/20/1843; d.11/21/1937.
CSA
Dixie cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Thomas was the second of five children born to Taylor
Burnes somewhere near Atlanta, Georgia. I know
nothing of his younger years, but I do know that as to
his allegience during the Civil War, the 1910 census
indicates he was a Confederate veteran. There was
“Thomas J. Burns” who served in Co.G of the CSA,
4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, but whether or not
this refers to the same man buried in the Dixie
Cemetery is not clear.

Following the war, he married "Nancy Jane Mabry"
(b.5/31/1847 in MS; d.9/27/1924), the daughter of John
Mabry, a Cherokee Indian, either in 1866 or 1868.
They would go on to have fifteen children together,
eleven of whom survived to their adult years - Ike,
Mellissa, Fanny, Rosie, Thomas Alfred, Taylor, Taylor,
John, Ed, Dan, Bob & Doc.

T.J. was one of the hundreds who participated in that
unique day in Oklahoma history - the Oklahoma
Landrush on April 22, 1889. T.J. & Nancy homesteaded
forty acres of land near Marlow and Dixie, Oklahoma.
According to the 1910 Oklahoma census, they were
living in the Parks Township of Stephens County.

At the time of his death (1937) at over 94 1/2 years of
age, T.J. was one of the last Civil War veterans to die in
Stephens County, OK.

There is no indication of T.J.'s military service on
his gravestone. The dates of his birth and death posted
here on this site are the one that appear on his gravestone.

If you have information about this veteran, I would
enjoy hearing from you: sccwvets@yahoo.com