Burns, W. I., M. D., Wheatfield, was born in Niagara county, January 24, 1855, and was educated in the Lockport Union School and the University of Vermont, from which he was graduated in 1896. He followed agricultural pursuits for some time previous to taking his college course. He settled in North Tonawanda in the fall of 1896. In 1880 Dr. Burns married Minnie Root, and they have three children: Marian, Lucien and Thomas. Dr. Burns's parents were Samuel and Abigail (Hubbard) Burns. His mother's father built the first bridge to Goat Island and was a carpenter at the Falls along in the twenties and thirties. His mother's grandfather came from Vermont and settled in Lewiston in the early part of the century. Dr. Burns's paternal grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution. He was pressed into the British service, but deserted and joined General Gates at Saratoga. He then went South and fought under Anthony Wayne and was wounded at the battle of the Brandywine.
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