William HARRISON and Emily BURNS

October 15, 2003:

Hello, Al.

I was browsing through some of the material on “Bytown or Bust” and I found 
the following very interesting little tidbit, which was taken from the Ottawa Free Press, 1872. 
It’s delightful to find this kind of information! And I just want to say thanks. 

1872 marriages:
Mar 11, by the Rev. Harper at Brown's Tavern, and under threat of death by the 
bride's brother;  William HARRISON to Miss BURNS of Gloucester 
(full story in March 12 paper). - Oh Oh, this could be one of my Burns ... Al
For your information, and for fun, I wanted you to know that William Harrison 
(Harness Maker, Presbyterian), son of my gr gr grandparents 
(John Harrison & Sarah Elizabeth Keenan) and brother to my gr grandfather 
John Keenan Harrison, did indeed marry Emily Burns (Plymouth Brethren). 
I found William living with his brother, Robert and family by 1891 (classified as married); 
the same is true in 1901.  Emily Burns Harrison is buried in Dale’s Cumberland 
Cemetery. She died in 1914.  William died in 1941 at age 90.  
William & Emily had 3 children:
Margaret Anne (Annie) born 20 Sep 1872
Minnie born about 1874
Wm. James born abt 1875 and died in 1892 at age 17. (heart disease)
I would love to get to Ottawa sometime and find the “full story in March 
12 paper”.  Or do you happen to have the full story in your database?
I really am enjoying your work on the Bytown or Bust website.  My gr grandfather 
John Keenan Harrison and his family were among the families who traveled west.  
They settled in Manitoba.  
Thanks for an interesting read.
Elaine (Harrison) Wilson
Hi Elaine:

Thanks for the interesting story of William Harrison and Emily Burns! 

Do you mind if I add it to my web site? Next month I hope to get over to the National 
Archives for a day and get a copy of the "full story".

I'll scan it and add it to the web site also. 

Thanks again! 
... Al
You’re welcome to use my little bit of information. 

I’m looking forward to seeing the “full story”!!

New November 5, 2003: Hello Elaine and Al, This is further to your correspondence about the marriage of William Harrison and Emily Burns on a website containing marriage, birth and death records from the Ottawa Free Press. I saw the entry some time ago in about the marriage of William Harrison and Emily Burns on "Sue's" transcription of Ottawa marriages in 1872's Ottawa Free Press. When I came across it again yesterday together with your emails, I could not resist but go to the Ottawa library and look up the said article. As you do not appear to have it, here it is: From the Free Press, March 12, 1872 (forgot to get the page, but I think it was page 3). MARRIED WITH THE AID OF AN AXE About five months ago, a young woman named Burns came from Gloucester to live in the city, having engaged as milliner with Mrs. Ryan. She boarded at Mrs. Elliotts, on George street, where also boarded a young man, a saddler by trade, named Wm. Harrison, who has been working for Mr. Borbridge, Rideau Street. They became intimate, and finally the young man under fair promises seduced her. The brother on coming into the city yesterday and learning of the state of affairs, procured a revolver and went to see Harrison. On going into the yard in rear of Mr. Borbridge's shop, he called the young man out, and picking up an axe accused him of accomplishing his sister's ruin, which was not denied, and gave him his choice "to marry her or die"! The young man, finding his situation rather critical, aquiesced to the wishes of his soon to-be brother-in-law; and was forced to accompany him to Brown's tavern, just opposite, where Miss Burns was. Here, he was locked up in a room with the young lady, Burns guarding the door with a drawn revolver. He then sent for and obtained a marriage license, also the services of the Rev. Mr. Harper, who came and performed the marriage ceremony. The couple were thus married in haste, and they will no doubt repent at leisure. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please feel free to post it on the Bytown or Bust site, which I must say was a delightful discovery. Regards Carol Gibson

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