1860 Census Northern Division, Talladega County, Alabama, dwelling 337, T Burnes 30, blacksmith
Civil War Soldier Company F 51st Alabama Cavalry under Captain N D Johnson.
February 18, 1870 Theodore R Burns in consideration for $10 paid by the deacons of Blue Eye Baptist Church gave 1/2 acre of land adjoining the church for a burying place. T R's land adjoined the church lot.
1870 Census Township 16 Range 5 East, Talladega Co, AL, Lincoln PO, p 436, blacksmith age 47
Source - Notable Men of Alabama, Hon. Joel C DuBose, (The Reprint Company, Publishers, Spartanburg, SC, 1976, originally printed in 1904), p 372: Theodore received five months' schooling in his boyhood and at an early age began learning the trade of blacksmith. While still a young man he went to Mississippi, where in 1849 he married Adelaide Young. She died within less than a year after their marriage and in 1850 he returned to Alabama. In 1851 he married Elizabeth. Enlisted in Company F, 51st Alabama Cavalry, under Capt. N.D. Johnson, and served through the latter part of the Civil war with that company. After the war he engaged in business with a mercantile company, the other members of which were AW Bell, John L Law and JC Wilson.
Source - Memorial Record of Alabama, Madison Wisconsin, Brant and Fuller, 1893, p 944-945: Theodore followed his trade, that of a blacksmith, about 35 years. In 1864 he enlisted in company F, 51st Alabama regiment, under Capt. N.D. Johnson, and served until February 14, 1865. After the war he returned home, all he had being a wife and four children, and an old cavalry mare. He first began to work at his trade, also renting some land which he managed in connection with, or in addition to, his trade. He continued in this way until he purchased a farm of his own and at the present time he is conducting what is known as an "eight horse farm." He is also interested in a store at Lincoln, having been in the mercantile business at Lincoln about seventeen years. At one time he was appointed commissioner of Talladega county by Gov. Seay, but declined the appointment in pursuance of his invariable rule not to accept office of any kind. He has been a Mason about 45 years, and is also a member of the Golden Rule. He is one of the substantial and reliable citizens of Talladega, and few stand high in the estimation of the general public.
1. Owens History of Notable Alabama Men
2. Dictionary of Alabama Biography, 264
3. Memorial Records Vol III, Brant and Fuller, 1892, 944