James BURNS (BYRNE) and Elizabeth WALSH
Ireland to Lot 11, Concession 3, Osgoode Township, Late 1840's
Manotick Station Road

May 8, 2007:

There were two Burns families on the Manotick Station Road in the 1800's.

The two families came from Ireland about twenty years apart. 
Lawrence Burns, my GreatGreatGrandfather, came to Bytown 
in 1828, worked on the Rideau Canal, married Margaret DOYLE in 1831 and bought 200 
acres in Gloucester Township (Bowesville Road) from the Canada Company in 1835. Margaret Doyle died in 
1843. Lawrence Burns then married Bridget Jordan from Lot 12, Concession 3, Osgoode 
Township. Lawrence and Bridget lived on Concession 3, Lot 10 (the north side of the 
present day Nick Adams Road). These are my Burns family ancestors.

The other Burns family was that of James Burns and Elizabeth Walsh. This family 
came from Ireland in the late 1840's (at the time of the famine) and bought land 
from the first Burns family (the family of Lawrence Burns). The property of James 
Burns and Elizabeth Walsh was on Lot 11, Concession 3 (the south side of the Nick 
Adams Road).

Here is a photograph of the first log home of James Burns and Elizabeth Walsh, built c. 1848

The first log house of James Burns and Elizabet Walsh, c. 1848
Descendants of James BURNS and Elizabeth WALSH 1 James Burns . + Elizabeth Walsh 1801 - 1875 ...... 2 William Burns 1845 - 1898 .......... + Elizabeth Mulroney / Mulrooney 1847 - 1905 .............. 3 James Burns 1866 - 1919 .................. + Catherine Ann Jordan 1868 - 1938 .............. 3 Michael Burns 1866 - 1919 .................. + Mary Sullivan 1864 - 1931 .............. 3 Timothy Burns 1869 - .............. 3 Mary Burns 1871 - .............. 3 Elizabeth Burns 1873 - 1961 .................. + Patrick J. Harney 1882 - 1939 .............. 3 Daniel Lawrence Burns 1874 - 1927 .................. + Susan Charles 1885 - 1932 (brothers married sisters) .............. 3 Catherine Burns 1875 - .............. 3 William Burns 1876 - 1946 .................. + Annie Sullivan 1877 - 1952 .............. 3 Ann Burns 1878 - .............. 3 Thomas John Burns 1881 - 1968 .................. +Elizabeth May Charles 1890 - 1967 (brothers married sisters) .............. 3 Margaret Burns 1884 - .................. + William Carney / Kearney .............. 3 Theresa Burns 1886 - .............. 3 Sarah Burns 1887 - .............. 3 George Burns 1888 - .................. + Unknown Kealey ...... 2 Thomas Burns 1847 - .......... + Ellen ...... 2 Mary Burns -- Married Pat Larkin I think ... Al ...... 2 Timothy Burns ...... 2 Michael Burns ...... 2 Lawrence Burns ...... 2 James Burns
February 8, 2010: Note: (from above) 3 Thomas John Burns 1881 - 1968 .................. +Elizabeth May Charles 1890 - 1967 (brothers married sisters) This "Tom Burns" was NOT related to my ancestors. The above Thomas John Burns, son of William Burns and Elizabeth Mulroney, was first married to a lady named Margaret Furlong from England. The body of this lady, "Maggie Burns", was exhumed from the cemetery at Our Lady of the Visitation in 1907. A sensational trial took place as to whether she had been poisoned or not. I have all the documentation including death records, trial transcripts and newspaper clippings regarding this event. It's in my files.
Here is an excerpt from an article, published in the Ottawa Citizen, dated October 26, 1907. Inquest for Mrs. Thomas Burns, Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada Read the complete article at http://news.google.ca/newspapers?id=Om8uAAAAIBAJ&sjid=z9gFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6822,2650478&dq=jordan&hl=en
... Al
February 21, 2010:
Obituary of Mr. Daniel Lawrence Burns, Manotick Station Road, in 1927 Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 1927 Obituary for Mr. Daniel Lawrence Burns, 1927, Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada

March 28, 2010: Thanks to Mr. Michael Daley who gave me a hand-written copy of this will dated 1863. Last Will and Testament of James BURNS, 1801 - 1871 (Transcribed from the hand-written original) Entered into the Registers for Carleton County, Osgoode Township on April 18, 1871. Osgoode, May 27, 1863 In the name of the Blessed Trinity This instrument witnesseth that I, James BURNS of the Township of Osgoode, County of Carleton, Province of Canada, being sound of mind but weak of body, doth, of my own free will make this my last will and testament, thereby revoking and annulling all other wills and bequests previously made by me, by: First, I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it came. Second, I ordain and appoint the Reverend John O'Brien, Parish Priest, South Gloucester and Thomas TIERNEY, yeoman,of the Township of Osgoode as my executors to see this instrument duly and faithfully executed. Thirdly, I bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth BURNS, alias WALSH, that tract or parcel of land being known and lying as follows, that is the south-west quarter of Lot number eleven, third concession, containing by admeasurement fifty acres more or less in the Township of Osgoode, County of Carleton, Province of Canada with house and tenements thereon erected to have and to hold during her natural life and after her demise to my son William BURNS and his heirs in perpetuity. Fourth, to my son Timothy I will and bequeath south-east quarter of the above named lot lying in the aforesaid township, county and province containing also fifty acres more or less. To have and to hold and his heirs in perpetuity under the following conditions, to wit that he shall and is by these presents bound to pay to my son Lawrence BURNS in five years after the death of Testator, the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of Canada and to my son Michael BURNS an equal sum of ten pounds in eight years time after the date of these presents which sums I bequeath my two sons Lawrence and Michael BURNS as their portion of my worldly substance. Fifthly, I ordain that my four sons above named shall and are conjointly bound to pay whatever lawful debts may remain unliquidated on the premises after my death. Sixth, I leave to my daughter Mary BURNS, two head of our cattle, one of which is now two year old and the other one. These shall come into her possession two years after my death. The other goods and chattels shall remain on the premises for the conjoint use of the family until the Almighty calls my beloved wife out of this world, then she shall dispose of them as she thinks proper. Seventh, I will to my son James BURNS, the sum of five shillings currency to be paid in five years from the date hereof by my son Timothy. Lastly, I ordain that my body be buried in the Catholic Cemetery of South Gloucester and according to the rites of the Catholic Church. In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three. In the presence of Patrick SULLIVAN (A neighbour, made an X) Miles FOX (a neighbour, signed his name) John O'BRIEN (Parish Priest, signed his name) James BURNS (made an X)
Signature of Miles Fox, pioneer settler from County Sligo, Ireland

December 12, 2011: Thanks to Mary Quinn for the following obituary from the Ottawa Citizen Digital Archives.
Obituary of Mrs. Thomas McCooeye August 6, 1940 Obituary of Mrs. Thomas McCooeye

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