Smith Cemetery ~ David N. Burns ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Burns, David N.
LAST: Burns FIRST: David MID: N.
BORN: 16 Jul 1835 DIED: 2 Dec 1893 BURIED:  (Smith Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Illinois
DEATH PLACE: Salmon River, Lincoln Co, Oregon
MARRIAGE - David N. Burns & Martha J. Tetherow m 1 Jan 1865 at house of Sol Tetherow; Chas E. Moor, Judge. Wit: Paul Hiltibrand & B.F. Smith. Aff William L. Tetherow. Pg 219
[Wife Martha was daughter of Solomon & Ibba (Baker) Tetherow who are buried in Fir Crest Cemetery; she died 17 Jan 1924 in Portland and was buried in Dallas cemetery (OSBH DC 1924 Multnomah Co #184)]
1880 OR CENSUS - David N. Burns (42y, b KY, occupation stable keeper), enumerated with wife Martha J. (33y, b OR), also with family were 2 stable workers, Henry Lyons (21y, b OR) and Samuel Miller (21y, b OR)
Death of D. N. Burns. 
He was born in Illinois 58 years ago, came to Oregon in 1848 and in 1865 married Martha J. Tetherow. Formerly he ran a livery stable in Dallas, but for several years had spent most of the time at his stock ranch over at the mouth of Salmon River. Last Saturday evening his brother William, and George Magers happened to be there. After supper they noticed that he was about to fall from his chair and eased him down to the floor. Without a groan or a struggle his lamp of life went out at once. Mr. Magers immediately started for Dallas with the sad news and on Monday Manfred Sears, Al Campbell, Ab and George Magers went over to lay poor Dave away by the sounding sea. He leaves a wife and little daughter in Dallas. Sometimes a rough exterior covers a noble heart and so it was in this case. Never did one in need or trouble appeal to Dave Burns in vain. Like all others he had faults, but those who knew him best all agree that he was as generous a soul as ever breathed.
Polk County Itemizer (Friday) 8 Dec 1893, 1:1

Dave N. Burns Dead. 
Among the pure, enterprising, and good men of Polk county who have lately passed to that land beyond is D. N. Burns of Dallas. On Saturday evening, Dec. 2, 1893, his heart ceased to act, and his generous spirit passed to its eternal home. Mr. Burns, with his brother, was over on his Salmon river ranch looking after their stock when death came suddenly and without warning. For some years, though apparently in good health, Mr. Burns suffered from heart trouble, and his sudden death could hardly be counted a surprise. The family here in Dallas was notified of the death early Monday morning by George Magers, who had experienced a lonely and wearisome trip across the Coast mountains from the Burns ranch to report the sad news. Mr. Burns was 55 years of age, and a pioneer of Polk county of 1852. He was kind honest, progressive, and trustworthy. Dallas, the town in which he lived so long, has lost a good citizen, and his family mourn the absence of one who lived for their comfort. For over forty years he resided in our midst, ever loved and ever useful. A good friend gone. To his family, our sympathy in their sorrow. 
Monday morning, Messrs Geo and Ab Magers, Al Campbell and Manfred Sears left for the scene of the dead to take charge of the remains, which will be brought here for interment if it is possible to get them out across the mountains. 
Polk County Observer (Thursday) 7 Dec 1893, 2:2
D.N. Burns
July 16, 1835
Dec. 2, 1893
Polk Co, Oregon Marriage Records, 1849-1879, page 29
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Dallas, ED 105, FA#100)
PCO 8 Dec 1893, 1:1 
PCO 7 Dec 1893, 2:2
ROW: 34-6