Mrs. David Burns Expires Suddenly
The Clarksburg Telegram., June 15, 1900, pg. 7
Mrs. Martha Burns, wife of David Burns, of Parkersburg, died very suddenly at 9 o’clock Tuesday evening, at her late home in that city of dropsical troubles, with which she had been afflicted some time. She was apparently in her usual health up to about the hour of her death. At 9 o’clock she arose from her chair, walked across the room, sank into a chair and expired.
Mrs. Burns was a native of Harrison county, her maiden name being Martha Bassell and she was a first cousin of Hon. John Bassel, of this city. She was married to Meigs Jackson, an emminent lawyer and brother of our citizen, T. M. Jackson, and was the mother of his two children, Miss Meigs Jackson and James M. Jackson.
After Mr. Jackson’s death she married David Burns, the fruit of which marriage was one daughter, Miss Katherine Burns.
Mr. Burns, at present, is working for an English syndicate somewhere in the interior of Venezuela and because of the customary rebellion there it has been impossible to reach him with mail since January or December last.
As a consequence he knows nothing of the death of his wife.
The bereaved children have many relatives and friends in Harrison county, who sympathize with them in their hour of grief.
The funeral took place from B. & O. train No. 12 Thursday evening and interment was made in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery here.