Joseph BURTON and Catherine LEAHY
from England to the Ottawa, Canada area in 1911
August 2, 2013:
Thanks to Steve Morin for the following detailed history of his Burton ancestors in the Ottawa area.
The story of the Burton family begins in England in the nineteenth century. The earliest record of the Burtons begins with the 1881
Census taken in England. It shows that Joseph Burton resided at 97 Delmain Road in Lewisham, Kent, England. The records indicate that
Joseph Burton (the elder) was born in 1855 and was a bricklayer by occupation. He was married to Louisa Murray. He fathered three
sons and two daughters.
The next direct link in the family lineage is his son, Joseph James Burton who was born on March 4, 1873. The records show that
Joseph Burton married Catherine Leahy, the daughter of John Leahy. Catherine Leahy was born in 1870 in Catford, England.
The 1911 British Census taken in the summer months, shows that Joseph James Burton was married and was 37 years old. He, like his
father, was a bricklayer by profession. He is shown to be living at 113 Sandhurst Road in Lewisham. The census record shows this
address to be a 5 room house.
Joseph and Catherine had a total of eight daughters. The youngest daughter, Grace was shown to be less than a week old at the time
of the census. It would appear that before the Burton family immigrated to Canada, Grace died. Two of the older daughters, Margaret
and Kathleen, were shown working at this time.
1911 Census - London, England
First Name Title Status Age Occupation
Joseph Head Married 37 Brick Layer
Catherine Wife Married 39
Margaret Daughter Single 19 Factory Hand
Kathleen Daughter Single 16 Domestic Servant
Rose Daughter Single 14
Mary Daughter Single 11
Eileen Daughter Single 9
Patricia Daughter Single 4
Noreen Daughter Single 8 mos.
Grace Daughter Single Under 1 week
George Brother Single 20 Plumber's Mate
For reasons unknown, Joseph Burton left England in late 1911 in search of a new life in the New World. Like so many in England, Ireland and
Europe, people were drawn to Canada with the promise of an adventure and a new life.
Joseph Burton travelled to Southampton, England, then emigrated to Canada and arrived in Montreal on 12 November 1911. He then travelled to
Ottawa and settled there.
Joseph travelled on the Cunard Line passenger ship called the Ausonia.
The Burton Family
Once settled in Ottawa, Joseph Burton worked as a bricklayer by trade for most, if not all, of his career. He was employed by various
local companies over the years. He attended Bell Street United Church and it is stated he had many friends in the congregation and
Catherine Leahy and Joseph James Burton in the 1930's
Joseph James Burton died in hospital on April 27, 1937 after a two month illness. The Province of Ontario Certificate of Death indicates
that he died of stomach cancer. He is buried at Merivale United Church Cemetery. Catherine Leahy lived another 22 years and died in 1959.
She is buried alongside her husband.
Joseph James Burton
The Ottawa Citizen Obituaries - April 28, 1937
and In Memoriam Notices
NOTE: There are two errors in The Ottawa Citizen write up. The first is that Joseph Burton arrived in Canada before 1913 and second error is that
he is not buried at Beechwood Cemetery but at Merivale United Cemetery.
Grave of Joseph Burton - Merivale Cemetery Joseph Burton's grandchildren at his gravesite
Obituaries for Catherine Burton
Grave of Joseph James Burton and Catherine Leahy - Section A
The Burton Daughters
Back Row L to R: Mary, Eileen, Noreen, Patricia
Front Row L to R: Kathleen, Catherine, Margaret
Back Row L to R: Eileen, Patricia, Noreen
Front Row L to R: Mary, Kitty, Catherine, Margaret, Alice Rose (Queenie)
The Burton sisters - October 1960
The first born was Margaret in 1892. She married Edward Dumbrell and died on February 20, 1987. They are both buried at Merivale united Cemetery.
Margaret (Maggie) Burton
Next came Kathleen (Kitty), born on February 18, 1895. She married George Munro and they had a daughter named Pearl Kathleen. Not much is known
about Pearl other than she died on May 15, 1934 from a kidney disease called Nephritis at around age 18. She is buried at Merivale United Cemetery.
Grave Stone for Edward Dumbrell and Margaret Burton
Pearl Munro Pearl's Obituary
Joseph Burton, Catherine Burton, Kathleen and sister at the grave of Kathleen's daughter, Pearl
Memorials to Pearl from members of her family Grave stone for the Munro Family
Kathleen (Kitty) died on March 8, 1978. She and her husband George Munro are also buried at Merivale United Church beside her father and mother.
Alice Rose (also known as Queenie) was the third daughter born. The date of her birth was July 27, 1897.
Alice Rose Burton
She married Patrick Graham Doxtater. He was born January 11, 1890. Patrick suffered from Pericarditis and Pott's disease was a contributing
factor to his death. Patrick died on May 12, 1924 in Ottawa at the age of 34. He was buried May 14, 1924 at Notre Dame Cemetery.
Alice Rose died on August 16, 1990. She was cremated and buried on August 22, 1990.
Alice Rose (Queenie) Burton
Capital Memorial Gardens - Garden of the Last Supper - North - Lot 187-B1
Alice Rose has a daughter named Patricia Catherine and she married Arthur S. Foster on May 29, 1941.
Engagement Notice for Patricia Catherine Boxtater and Arthur Foster
Queenie's other daughter, June Deirdre married Charles Kenneth Swerdfager. June Swerdfager died on June 8, 1977. June and Ken are buried at
Capital Memorial Gardens in the immediate grave left of her mother, Queenie.
The next born was Mary. The dates of her birth and death are unknown. She and her husband, Edward Dooley are buried at Notre Dame Cemetery
but the dates of her birth and death have been neglected to be put on the headstone by her family.
Mary Burton Edward Dooley Grave stone in Section D6-Lot 421
The fifth daughter to be born was Eileen. She was born on June 18, 1902 and was married to Herbert Gadde. She died on May 13, 1990 and is
buried at Capital Memorial Gardens along with her husband.
Eileen Burton Herbert Gadde
Obituaries for Herbert Gadde
Capital Memorial Gardens - Garden of Sermon on the Mount - Lot 27-A
The next daughter born was Patricia Magdelen Burton. Patricia is the next direct ancestor in the Burton line. She was born in England
and worked as a printing apprentice at R.L. Crane Ltd. In Ottawa at the time of her marriage. She married Alexander Napoleon Potvin on
March 11, 1926 at St. Patrick's Church on Kent Street in Ottawa. Witnesses to the wedding were Edward and Mary Dooley, one of Patricia's
six sisters. (I believe that this Dooley family came from County Kilkenny in Ireland ... Al).
Patricia Madgelen Burton
Grave stone of Patricia Burton - Secton A - Lot 86
The next surviving daughter born to Joseph James Burton and Catherine Leahy was Noreen. She was born July 18, 1910 and died January 24,
1994 in Ottawa. She had married Harry Follows. Both are buried at Pinecrest Cemetery.
Noreen Burton Harry Follows
Pinecrest Cemetery - Section 7-355
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