Whispers of Madness: Taylor Burns’ Last Year

Taylor Burns, who has been in jail in default of bond for his appearance in probate court, has displayed some evidence of insanity. The sheriff has written his parents1 and it is probable that an inquest will be held in lieu of prosecution on a criminal charge. He was arrested on the oath of his brother, Milton Burns for threatening to kill him, and was bound over to probate court by Squire James H. McWilliams.”2

“Taylor Burns, who has been confined in the county jail for assaulting his brother, Milton, was released last evening. His aged father, who lives in Jefferson township, appealed to the prosecuting attorney and the probate judge and had him released. The father said that he was the only one he had to look after him in his old age and could not get along without him.”3

Above is a screenshot of the Scioto County Death Records4 that shows Taylor Burns died in Jefferson Township, Scioto County, Ohio, on February 2, 1897 and his father William Burns died three days later on February 5, 1887.

  1. William Burns and Eliza McClain Burns
  2. (1896, February 22). Portsmouth Times, p. 1.
  3. His father needed him. (1896, April 17). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 4.
  4. “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001”, , FamilySearch ( : Fri Oct 13 15:45:58 UTC 2023), Entry for Taylor Burns, 02 Feb 1897.
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