Burns, Robert a Methodist Episcopal minister was born in South Carolina, April 10, 1794. He spent his youth in Warren County, 0.; acquired a substantial education by diligent personal effort; experienced religion in his seventeenth year; immediately began exercising his gifts in singing, praying, and exhorting; received license to preach in his twenty-second year' and soon after was sent to labor on Paint Creek Circuit, where he began his active, useful itinerant life. In 1824 he went into the wilderness of Indiana, and proclaimed salvation in the log cabins to a people hungry for the Gospel. In 1826 he was admitted into the Illinois Conference, wherein he continued to labor with great zeal and fidelity until his strong constitution gave way, and in 1843 he was obliged to become superannuate, which relation he held until his death, Oct. 2,1877. As a preacher, Mr. Burns was' clear, pointed, and successful; as a Christian, thoroughly consecrated. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1878, p. 53.