Joseph BURTON and Catherine LEAHY
from England to the Ottawa, Canada area in 1911

New August 2, 2013:

Thanks to Steve Morin for the following detailed history of his Burton ancestors in the Ottawa area.
... Al

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.

RMS Ausonia
RMS Ausonia
The Burton Family
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 elsewhere.
Catherine Leahy and Joseph James Bruton in the 1930's
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.
Obituary for Joseph Burton In Memoriam Notices for Joseph Burton
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 stone of Joseph Burton at Merivale Cemetery Joseph Burton's grandchildren at his grave stone
Grave of Joseph Burton - Merivale Cemetery Joseph Burton's grandchildren at his gravesite
Catherine Burton Catherine Burton
Catherine Burton
Obituary for Catherine Burton Obituary for Catherine Burton Obituary for Catherine Burton
Obituaries for Catherine Burton
Grave stone of Joseph Burton and Catherine Leahy at Merivale Cemetery Memorial at Merivale Cemetery
Grave of Joseph James Burton and Catherine Leahy - Section A
************************** The Burton Daughters
The Burton Daughters Back Row L to R: Mary, Eileen, Noreen, Patricia Front Row L to R: Kathleen, Catherine, Margaret
The Burton Daughters Back Row L to R: Eileen, Patricia, Noreen Front Row L to R: Mary, Kitty, Catherine, Margaret, Alice Rose (Queenie)
The Burton Daughters 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 Obituary for Margaret (Maggie) Burton Margaret (Maggie) Burton
Obituary for Edward Dumbrell Edward Dumbrell Edward Dumbrell
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 of Edward Dumbrell and Margaret Burton
Grave Stone for Edward Dumbrell and Margaret Burton
Pearl Munro Obituary for Pearl Munro Pearl Munro Pearl's Obituary
Joseph Burton, Catherine Burton, Kathleen and sister at the grave of Kathleen's daughter, Pearl Joseph Burton, Catherine Burton, Kathleen and sister at the grave of Kathleen's daughter, Pearl
Memorials for Pearl Munro by members of her family Grave stone for Munro family 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.
George Munro Obituary for George Munro George Munro
Obituary for Kathleen Burton Kathleen Burton Kathleen Burton
Alice Rose (also known as Queenie) was the third daughter born. The date of her birth was July 27, 1897.
Alice Rose Burton Alice Rose Burton 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.
Obituary for Patrick Doxtater
Alice Rose died on August 16, 1990. She was cremated and buried on August 22, 1990.
Alice Rose (Queenie) Burton
Alice Rose (Queenie) Burton
Grave stone of 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.
Alice Rose (Queenie) Burton
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.
Obituary for June Swerdfager Grave stone for Charles and June Swerdfager
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 Bruton Edward Dooley Grave Stone for Edward Dooley and Mary Burton 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 Eileen Burton Herbert Gadde
Obituary for Herbert Gadde Obituary for Herbert Gadde Obituaries for Herbert Gadde
Grave Stone for Herbert and Eileen 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 Patricia Madgelen Burton
Grave Stone for Patricia Burton and Alexander Potvin 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 Noreen Burton Harry Follows
Grave stone for Harry Follows and Noreen Burton Pinecrest Cemetery - Section 7-355

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