Arthur BYRNE and Eliza KEHOE
County Wicklow, Ireland to Augusta Township, Ontario, Canada, c. 1848

April 16, 2008:

Hello Al

I've prepared a bit of info on my Fitzwilliam Estate family - that of Arthur and Eliza Byrne 
from Coolross. There's a little blurb about the family, a photo of their son Edward 
Burns (my 2nd great grandfather) and his wife Eliza McCullough. This is followed by an 
outline of descendants for 4 generations, one or two of the fourth generation are 
still living and are marked as such, not with their actual names. I have a couple more 
generations but prefer not to publish names of living people. It would be nice if 
someone recognized the Thorpe or Black surnames as I'm a little short of info on them.

... Ann Burns

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Arthur Byrne and his wife Elizabeth Kehoe Byrne left the FW estate and sailed to Quebec 
in 1847. Family lore has it that they spent the first winter in Chicoutimi with the 
Indians (NP). What brought them there initially and then later, presumably in 1848, 
to Grenville County is unlikely to ever be known. Over the years the spelling of the 
family name has changed to Burns or Byrnes. Although referred to as Bess in the FW 
document, Elizabeth was always known as Eliza in Canada.
Fitzwilliam Tenants - Family Group 

Year Listed: 1847 
Surname Byrne 
Reference No.86 

Group Members: Arthur 55, Bess 50, William 26, Edward 22, Eliza 20, Margaret 19, 
George 14, Mary 12, Anne 10, Arthur 6, Jane 3 mths. 

The 1851 Canadian census shows George, Arthur and Ann living with their parents in 
Augusta. Daughter Mary apparently lived in Ogdensburg, NY, USA, but was visiting the 
family at the time of the census. Daughter Eliza was married to Patrick Thorpe / Tarp 
and living with his family.  Edward was known to be in the area of Morristown or 
Ogdensburg, NY as he married there that year. I believe Margaret was working as a 
domestic in Elizabethtown. No trace has been found so far of William, who might have 
moved elsewhere on his own or possibly died en route. Baby Jane most likely died on 
the journey.

I have been able to trace many of the descendants of this original family to at 
least the early 20th century but since privacy laws restrict the availability of 
government records, that's where much of the information ends.  My own line descended 
from Edward. Living relatives have filled in most of the gaps. Here is a photo of 
Edward with his wife Eliza McCullough Burns taken probably in the 1870s or 80s. 
They farmed north of what is now Brockville on the Brickyard Road. 

Edward Burns and Eliza McCullough
> Here are 4 generations of the descendants of Arthur and Eliza Byrne. Even though dates of death are not all known there are unlikely to be many living persons in the 4th generation and for reasons of privacy I have excluded subsequent generations. ............ 1 Arthur Burns (Byrne) (1792 - 1884) ............ + Elizabeth Kehoe (Keogh) (1802 - 1892) .................. 2 William Byrne (1821 - ) .................. 2 Edward (Byrne) Burns (1822 - 1912) - family lived in Brockville .................. + Elizabeth McCullough (1833 - 1917) ........................ 3 George Burns (1853 - 1934) - family lived in Ogdensburg ........................ + Elizabeth Jane Foster (1857 - 1940) .............................. 4 Thomas Burns (1884 - 1955) .............................. 4 Anna Burns (1886 - ) .............................. + Charles George .............................. 4 Catherine E Burns (1889 - 1946) .............................. + Ethan Ames .............................. 4 James Francis Burns (1890 - ) .............................. 4 Martin Burns (1892 - 1977) .............................. + Adelaide (Daisy) Ramie (1893 - 1946) .............................. 4 Mary Burns (1894 - 1988) .............................. + Alva Calvin Henry (1895 - 1949) .............................. 4 Margaret Jane Burns (1897 - 1987) .............................. + Delore Hutt (1898 - 1978) ........................ 3 Thomas J. Burns (1856 - 1933) - lived in Brockville ........................ + Mary Catherine Fitzpatrick (1855 - 1933) .............................. 4 Anna Winifred Burns (1882 - 1955) .............................. + Alexander Martin (1876 - 1956) .............................. 4 Edward Joseph Burns (1883 - 1924) .............................. + Mary Quigley (1875 - 1914) .............................. + Elizabeth Martin (1885 - ) .............................. 4 Cecelia Elizabeth Burns (1885 - 1965) .............................. + Charles Aloysius Fleming (1879 - 1953) .............................. 4 Thomas Leonard Burns (1888 - 1941) .............................. + Ethel Elizabeth Hibbard (1892 - 1979) .............................. 4 Patrick Ernest Burns (1893 - 1968) .............................. + Mary Elsie Moran (1894 - ) ........................ 3 James Arthur Burns (1859 - 1861) ........................ 3 Elizabeth Jane Burns (1861 - ) ........................ + Richard Seward (1853 - ) - moved to Brooklyn New York, USA .............................. 4 Eliza Seward (1880 - ) .............................. 4 Anna Seward (1888 - ) .............................. + James Byrne (1882 - ) .............................. 4 Henry Vincent Seward (1890 - ) .............................. + Alice Mahoney .............................. 4 Richard R Seward (1899 - 1920) ........................ 3 William E Burns (1864 - 1937) ........................ + Elizabeth Tobin (1859 - 1923) .............................. 4 William G. Burns (1890 - 1935) .............................. + Florence .............................. 4 Mary Theresa Burns (1892 - ) .............................. + Lucien Alexandre Nourry (1885 - 1977) .............................. 4 Matthew Burns (1892 - 1892) .............................. 4 James Edward Burns (1896 - 1954) .............................. 4 Catherine Elizabeth Burns (1898 - 1939) .............................. 4 Loretta Ann Burns (1901 - ) ........................ 3 Arthur Burns (1867 - 1873) ........................ 3 Mary Burns (1871 - 1933) - lived in Brockville ........................ + William M. Coughlin (1862 - 1907) .............................. 4 Pearl Coughlin (1896 - ) .............................. 4 James Ephraim Coughlin (1897 - ) .............................. + Florence Duvall (1897 - ) .............................. 4 Mary Eva Coughlin (1900 - ) .............................. + Harry Johnson .............................. 4 Bernard Coughlin (1905 - ) ........................ 3 James Ephraim Burns (1873 - ) ........................ + Cora Isabella Doyle (1875 - ) .............................. 4 Ephraim Doyle Burns (1907 - ) ........................ 3 Martin Burns (1876 - 1881) .................. 2 Eliza Byrne (1827 - ) - family moved to Greece, Monroe County, New York .................. + Patrick Thorpe (1830 - ) - the Thorpe family is also from Co. Wicklow ........................ 3 James Thorpe (1852 - ) ........................ 3 Eliza Thorpe (1853 - ) ........................ 3 Catherine Thorpe (1855 - ) ........................ 3 Arthur Thorpe (1860 - ) ........................ 3 Margaret Thorpe (1861 - ) ........................ 3 Mary (Minnie) Thorpe (1865 - ) ........................ + Unknown Beatty .................. 2 Margaret Byrne (Burns) (1828 - 1915) - parents stayed in Prescott, some children moved to NY state .................. + Henry Thorpe (1827 - 1902) - this is a brother to Patrick Thorpe married to Eliza Byrne ........................ 3 George Thorpe (1853 - 1887) ........................ 3 Gabriel Thorpe (1855 - 1879) (New see another Gabriel Thorpe, related) ........................ 3 James Thorpe (1857 - 1902) ........................ + Annie Cecelia Cullen (1863 - ) .............................. 4 Margaret (Maggie) Thorpe (1885 - 1910) .............................. 4 George Thorpe (1892 - ) .............................. + Mary Catherine Black (1891 - ) .............................. 4 Clara Thorpe (1892 - ) .............................. 4 William J. (Willie) Thorpe (1895 - ) .............................. 4 Edward Thomas Thorpe (1898 - ) .............................. 4 Laurence Henry Thorpe (1901 - ) ........................ 3 Arthur Thorpe (1859 - 1935) - moved to Ogdensburg ........................ + Elizabeth Black (1868 - 1942) .............................. 4 Anne Elizabeth Thorpe (1890 - 1963) .............................. + William H (Slant) Hyatt (1890 - 1969) .............................. 4 Eliza Jane Thorpe (1891 - 1901) .............................. 4 Gabriel Joseph Thorpe (1893 - 1967) .............................. 4 Josephine Effie Thorpe (1897 - 1984) .............................. + Edward Patrick Lavarnway (1889 - 1956) .............................. 4 Henry Thorpe (1899 - 1936) .............................. 4 Josephine Caroline Thorpe (1899 - 1959) .............................. + Nelson Keeler ( - 1942) .............................. 4 Mary Margaret Thorpe (1902 - ) .............................. 4 Georgina Thorpe (1905 - 1994) .............................. + Nathaniel Wegman Merrill (1903 - 1990) .............................. 4 Agnes Alice Thorpe (1905 - ) .............................. 4 Henrietta Daisy Thorpe (1908 - 1971) .............................. + Cecil Wilson (1906 - 1973) ........................ 3 Thomas Thorpe (1864 - 1894) ........................ 3 Elizabeth Jane Thorpe (1865 - ) ........................ + Patrick Black (1870 - 1904) .............................. 4 Margaret Black (1897 - ) .............................. + Bernard Joseph Hunter (1894 - ) .............................. 4 Thomas Black (1899 - ) .............................. 4 Henrietta Black (1902 - ) ........................ + William Rooksby (1872 - 1947) .............................. 4 John Rooksby .............................. 4 Margaret Rooksby .................. 2 George Byrnes (1833 - 1906) - family stayed in Grenville County .................. + Mary Sheehan (1837 - 1911) ........................ 3 Elizabeth Byrnes (1865 - 1948) ........................ + Matthew Cullen (1861 - 1939) ........................ 3 Bridget Byrnes (1866 - 1947) ........................ + John Kerwin (1859 - 1948) .............................. 4 Mary Catherine Kerwin (1893 - ) .............................. 4 Thomas Patrick Kerwin (1895 - ) .............................. 4 Mary Ellen Kerwin (1896 - ) .............................. 4 Julia Kerwin (1899 - ) .............................. + Sylvester St. Louis .............................. 4 Arthur Kerwin (1902 - ) .............................. 4 Monica Kerwin (1904 - ) .............................. 4 Clara Frances Kerwin (1910 - ) .............................. 4 Dorothy Margaret Kerwin (1913 - ) .............................. + Donald Martin ........................ 3 Arthur Byrnes (1869 - ) ........................ 3 William Byrnes (1870 - 1891) ........................ 3 Edward Byrne (1873 - ) ........................ + Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hobbs (1873 - 1933) .............................. 4 Mary Helen Byrnes (1903 - ) .............................. 4 Edward Martin Byrne (1907 - ) ........................ 3 George Byrnes (1873 - 1960) ........................ + Mary Jane McMahon (1883 - 1975) .............................. 4 Allan Joseph Byrnes (1914 - 1994) .............................. + living Kinch (1923 - ) .............................. 4 Wilfred (Bill) Sheehan Byrnes (1923 - 2003) .............................. 4 Joseph Bernard Byrnes (1926 - 2004) .............................. + Laura Irene Kinch (1927 - 1970) ........................ 3 Mary Catherine Byrnes (1876 - 1890) ........................ 3 Anna Byrnes (1880 - ) .................. 2 Mary Byrne (1835 - 1912) - family mostly stayed in Prescott, ON .................. + John Black, Jr. (1833 - 1914) ........................ 3 Margaret Anne Black (1860 - 1936) ........................ + John Burke (1856 - 1929) .............................. 4 Alice M Burke (1897 - 1918) ........................ 3 Arthur Black (1865 - 1929) ........................ + Matilda (Tillie) Poore (1872 - ) ........................ 3 Eliza Black (1870 - ) ........................ + John Edmond Carey (1869 - ) .............................. 4 James May Carey (1905 - ) .............................. 4 Mary F. Carey (1908 - 2003) - her death marked the end of this line .................. 2 Anne Byrne (1838 - 1904) - family moved to Ogdensburg, NY, USA .................. + Abraham Kinch (1844 - 1921) ........................ 3 Arthur J Kinch (1871 - 1948) ........................ + Johanna M. Cotter (1872 - 1941) .............................. 4 Vera Mary Kinch (1900 - 1978) ........................ 3 William John Kinch (1874 - 1948) ........................ + Mary Margaret Paquette (1877 - 1934) .............................. 4 William Antoine Kinch (1906 - 1972) .............................. + Ann Frances Hess (1905 - 1932) .............................. + Flora Bertrand ( - 1995) .............................. 4 Margaret Anna Kinch (1908 - 2002) .............................. + Robert Augustine Lapine (1898 - 1965) .............................. 4 Mary Isabel Kinch (1911 - 1918) .............................. 4 John Philip Kinch (1914 - 1979) .............................. 4 Joseph Arthur Kinch (1918 - 2000) .............................. + Doris V. Larock (1913 - 2006) ........................ 3 George H Kinch (1876 - 1928) ........................ + Jane E. Burns (1877 - 1958) .............................. 4 Elizabeth (Betty) Kinch (1903 - 1990) .............................. + Gerald E. Norman (1900 - 1970) .............................. 4 George Kinch (1903 - 1913) .............................. 4 Edward Kinch (1903 - 1905) .............................. 4 Marion Kinch (1913 - ) .............................. + Webb Turnbull (1910 - 1972) ........................ 3 Elizabeth Jane Kinch (1879 - 1950) ........................ + Frank Fogarty (1867 - 1935) .................. 2 Arthur (Artemus?) Byrne (1843 - 1930) - family moved to Ogdensburg, NY .................. + Eliza Gehan (1848 - 1923) ........................ 3 Arthur L. Burns (1875 - 1939) ........................ + Ellen C. Gloud (1874 - 1933) .............................. 4 John R. Burns .............................. 4 Anna M. Burns (1901 - 1928) .............................. 4 Arthur D. Burns (1904 - 1976) .............................. + Lena Matthews (1906 - 1988) .............................. 4 George A. Burns (1907 - ) .............................. 4 Catherine Burns (1910 - ) .............................. + unknown ........................ 3 Patrick Burns (1877 - ) ........................ 3 George Burns (1880 - 1962) - See photo below, Sept. 11, 2008 ........................ + Charlotte Sauve (1881 - 1946) - See photo below, Sept. 11, 2008 .............................. 4 Henry Burns .............................. 4 George J. Burns, Jr. (1910 - 1959) .............................. + Florence Vallance .............................. 4 Mary Burns (1914 - 1992) .............................. + Edgar Duprey (1909 - 1992) .............................. 4 William J. Burns (1913 - ) .............................. 4 Kenneth Burns (1916 - 1938) .............................. 4 Possibly still living Burns (1918 - ) .............................. + Harry Kelly .............................. 4 Possibly still living Burns (1921 - ) .............................. + George Roach (1919 - 2001) .............................. 4 Possibly still living Burns (1922 - ) .............................. + Virgil Miles (1918 - 1959) ........................ 3 Helen (Nellie) Burns (1883 - 1934) ........................ + John F. Curran ( - 1929) .............................. 4 George Curran .............................. 4 John Curran ........................ + John McDonald ........................ 3 Elizabeth (Lizzie) Burns (1884 - ) ........................ 3 Margaret Burns (1889 - 1973) ........................ + Hiram Owen (1877 - 1936) ........................ 3 Edward John Burns (1894 - ) .................. 2 Jane Byrne (1846 - 1847) ... Ann Burns
August 8, 2008: I just wandered across your web page about the descendents of Arthur Byrne and Elizabeth Kehoe. I am the grandson of Georgina Thorpe Merrell (daughter of Arthur Thorpe and Elizabeth Black, granddaughter of Margaret Burns and Henry Thorpe) In the 1980s I did a little genealogical research on that line. Since then it has pretty much resided in a binder on my bookcase. The other day I googled another ancestor and the bug has bit again. I will try to pull together what I have and compare it with your information. Are you looking for anything that I may be able to find for you? In the meantime, thank you for the great work you have done. Hope to be in touch shortly. ... Tom Meyering
September 12, 2008: Here’s a family photo of the 3rd generation descendants from the Arthur (Artemis) line. My great-grandfather George, married to Charlotte Sauve, was my grandfather William Jennings Burns’s pop. William Jennings Burns had 5 children: William Randolph Mary Susan Kenneth Ronald Bonnie Thanks for the info – great job!
George Burns and Charlotte Sauve family George Burns and Charlotte Sauve Family
... Bill Burns
April 6, 2009: And here's an example, from Anne Burgess, of how the New York State newspapers of the 1800's can be used for historical research of Ontario persons who had connections to Ogdensburg, New York: Anne has been studying the emigrants from the Coolatin Estate (Lord Fitzwilliam) from southern County Wicklow, Ireland between 1847 and 1854. Many of these families settled in the Ontario hinterland of the St. Lawrence River. Here is a cross-border family of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burns: I noted your link to the NY newspapers, Al, and when I used the keyword "Wicklow" it came up with these two pieces on children of Arthur Byrne and Eliza Kehoe, a FW family. The children were Edward Byrne and Mrs. Anne Byrne Kinch. ... Anne Burgess
Annivisary of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burns of Brockville
This article was reported in the St. Lawrence Republican (1910-1913)from the above database. The family was connected to Ogdensburg, New York, the Perth Road in Ontario and finally they retired in Brockville, Ontario. ... Al
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