Thomas Gillespie BURNS and Elizabeth FENTON
County Leitrim, Ireland to Ottawa, Canada
November 11, 2007:
There's just no end to this, Al. So...I searched for S. Bournes (Burns) in Ottawa,
the informant for Amelia and John Burns's deaths. And there's a Susan Burns, b. Ottawa,
a servant, appearing fairly regularly. Her death shows her parents as Thomas Gillespie Burns
and Elizabeth Fenton, so is she a niece of John Burns and Amelia Astleford?
Thomas G. Burns's death cert (also attached--he was b. 1792 in Ire.) has a John Burns
as informant--either his son, or maybe his brother? And if John Burns (m. Amelia Astleford)
was his brother, maybe we've found another Canal worker.
I'll send the 1851 Bytown census for Thomas and family in the next email; sadly, no
occupation was given for any of them.
Hi again, Al:
Regarding the book by William Pittman Lett (Recollections of Early Bytown),
The whole thing is written in verse!
Here's the excerpt on Thos. Gillespie Burns:
Thomas Gillespie Burns, "T.G.,"
I have not quite forgotten thee;
Thou wert an early importation
From Erin's Isle, and thy migration
Did little damp in heart or hand
Thy love for the old parent land,
Who's green is greener in its pride
Of bloom than all the world beside!
Thy boast has always been true blue--
To British institutions true!
... Anne Burgess
November 30, 2008:
Subject: John Burns, s/o Thomas G. Burns and Eliz. Fenton
For your page on Thomas G. Burns, Al: I found this death cert. for their son, John, and it gives his place of birth as Co. Leitrim.
(Thanks, Anne ... Al)
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