David's Scottish Ancestry

David Burns and Elizabeth Smith

David Burns -209 was born 17 Sep 1862 in Holle Village, Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfries, Scotland. a copy of the certicate.

He state he had been in the United States before - in New York. This passenger list has not been foundas yet. the date could be 1879 or 1899 ; it is smeared besides being wrote over some - nothing to date has been found in passenger lists to confirm this - his application for citizenship may provide the information. He arrived in the United States this time stayed permenantly:

Passenger Lists New York, New York Microfilm Roll: T715_2300, 1914
Name: David Burns
Arrival Date: 21 Apr 1914
Estimated birth year: abt 1864
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland
Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Scottish (Scotish)
Ship Name: California
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: Scotland

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and then page one and page two of his listing' note the line number as no names appear on the second page.

His final petition for naturalization on 2 March 1920 was found as follows:

Massachusetts, Naturalization Records - Originals, 1906-1929
Record Type: Petition for Naturalization
Court District: District Court
Roll Description: Roll 115: Petitions 47878-48250 (Feb-Mar 1920)
Petition no: 47978
Petition of David Burns here by plead, respectfully showeth:

First: My place of residence is 15 Orange St. Chelsea, Massachusetts

Second: My occupation is designer

Third; i was born on the 13th day of September anno Domini 1863 at Dumfries Scotland

Fourth: I emigrated to the United States from Glasgow Scotland, on or about the 11th day of April anno Domini 1914, and arrived in the United States, at the port of New York NY, on the 20th day of April anno Domini 1914, on the vessel California

Fifth I declared my intention to become a citizen of the United States on the 2nd day of December, anno Domini 1916 at Providence Rhode Island, in the U S District Court of Dist of R I

Sixth: I am --- married, My wife's name is Lizzie; se was born on the.. day of.. 57 years anno Domini 1... at Scotland and now resides with me, Massachusetts. I have five children, and the name, date and place on birth, and place of residence of each said children is as follows:

    James Edecember 14, 1886lives at Calver Maryland
    William M May 22, 1888lives in Pawtucker Rhodes Island
    David BJanuary 13, 1890do
    Lily SJuly 15, 1894do
    Jessie E June 27 1899born in Scotlanddo
Seventh: I am not a disbeliever in or opposed to organized government or a member of an affiliated with any organization or body or persons teaching disbeliefs in or opposed to organized government. I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy. I am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the united States, and it is my intention to become a citizen of the United states and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and particularly to [-?-, King og great Britain and Ireland, of whom at this time I am a subject, and it is my intention to reside permanently in the United States.

Eighth: I am able to speak the English language.

Ninth: I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of five years at least, immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit, since the 20th day of April, anno Domini 1914, and in the State of Massachusetts, continuously next preceding the date of this petition, since the 20th day of November, anno Domini 1918 being a residence within this State of at least one year next preceding the date of this petition.

Tenth:: I have not heretofore made petition for citizenship to cay court (I made petition for citizenship to the.. court of.. said petition was denied by the said Court for the following reasons and causes, to wit,.., and the cause of such denial has since been cured or removed)

Attached hereto and made a part of this petition are my declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United State and the certificate from the department of Labor, together with my affidavit and the affidavits of the two verifying witnesses there, required by law. wherefore your petitioner prays that he may be admitted a citizen of the United States of America. - - David Burns

Declaration of intention NO. 16409 and Certificate of Arrival No. 2850/d/16409 from Department of Labor filed this 2nd day of March, 1920. (Note to Clerk of Court. - If petitioner arrived in the United States on or before June 29, 1906, strike out the words "and certificate of Arrival No...from Department of Labor)

Affidavits of Petitioner and Witnesses

United States of America District of Massachusetts} SS

The aforesaid petitioner being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is the petitioner, the above entitled proceedings; that he has read the foregoing petition and knows the contents thereof; that the said petition is signed with his full, true name; that the same is true of his own knowledge except as to matters therein stated to be alleged upon information and belief, and that as to those matter he believes it to be true - David Burns.

Charles Thompson, occupation retired, residing at Brookline, Massachusetts, and william Nesbit, occupation artist, residing at Watertown, Massachusetts, each being severally, duly and respectively sworn deposes and says he is a citizen of the United States of America; that he has personally known said Bunns, the petitioner above mentioned, to have resided in the United States continuously immediately preceding the date of filling his petition, since the __ day of-- anno Domini 1914 and in the State in which the above entitled petition is made continuously since the... day of November, anno domini 1914/1918 and that he has personal knowledge that the said petitioner is a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and that the petitioner is in every way qualified, in his opinion to be admitted a citizen of the United States - - Charles Thompson William Nisbet

Subscribed and sworn to before me by the above named petitioner and witnsess in the office of the Clerk of said Court at Boston, Mass, this 2nd day of Mar anno Domini 1920 - - [-?-] [-?-]

Actual copy of petition

It is found that he was granted citizenship on June 21 1920 as follows:

Name: David Burns
Birth Date: 13 Sep 1863
Birth Location: Dumfries, Scotland
residence 15 orange st. Chelsa
Occupation designer
Spouse: Lizzie
State: Massachusetts
Locality, Court: District of Masssachusetts, U.S. Circuit and District Courts Title: Index to Naturalization Petitions and Records of the U.S. District Court, 1906-1966, and the U.S. Circuit Court, 1906-1911, for the District of Massachusetts
Description: Brow to Carito
Series: M1545
Date of Admmission; June 21 1920
Certificate No. 1458039
Petition No. 47974

the index card

This is 15 Orange Street Chelsea, Massachusetts, and the second door from the right would possible be the flat or apartment. Chelsa Street tees into Washington Avenus and 123 Washington Ave appears to be right even with the entrance to Chelsea

there is a new brick building on the lot so we have no idea of the type of residence that was there in 1935 but from the look of the neighborhood it could either have been a single house or a row of flats or appartments such as the one on Orange Street.

David died 24 Jun 1939 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island from Artero sclerotic heart disease, general arterosclerosis and was buried 27 Jun 1939 in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Providence, Rhode Island. copy of death certificate the abstraction:

Death Certificate of State of Rhode Island, 39-437/45.
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Rhode Island Public Health Commission
Certificate of Death 39-437/45
Place of Death Howard Cranston St. State Hospital
Name: David Burns
war record: None
residence: #5 Arnold Ave Saylesville, R.I.
sex male
color white
age: 77
born: Scotland
parents unknown born Scotland
Informant: State Hospital
Burial: Central Falls Moshassuck Cemetery
Filed Jun 27, 1939 Caleb ___ Local registar
death: June 24, 1939
John D. Hubbard M. D. 189 Columbia Ave. Medical Exer Dist 2.
Issued Apr. 3 1986 Certif. #86005396."

Obituaires and deathnitces were as follows:

David Burns, husband of the late Elizabeth (Miller) Burns in his 77th year,, late home 6 Arnold Avenue, Saylesvilles.

Service at the funeral home H. P. Judson & Sons, 172 Pine Street at Harrison Street, Pawtucket, Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 0'clock.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call Monday 2 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. Chelsea, Mass, papers please." Pawtucket Evening Times, 39-437/45, 24 Jun 1939, Pawtucket Evening Times, Pawtucket,Rhode Island.

Funeral Rites Tomorrow - Lincoln - The Funeral of David Burns, 76, of 6 Arnold Avenue, Saylesville who died Satruday night after a long illness will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the H. P. Judson and sons Funeral Home, 172 Pine Street Pawtuckett.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Thomas R. Warfield pastor of the Valley Falls Baptist Church. Burial willl be in the Moshussuck Cemetery Central Falls.

A resident of Lincoln the past four years Mr. Burns formerly lived at Chelsea.

He was indentified with Masonic bodies in Scotland and was a member of the Royal Arcanum of Philadelphia.

He is survived by sons, James Burns of Culver, Ind., and William Burns of New York; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Hatch of Syalesville and Mrs. Harold Rafuse of Valley Falls; six grandchildren and one great grandchildren and a sister, Miss Jessie Burns of Paisley, Scotland. - Pawtucket Times, pg. 2, 26 Jun 1939, Pawtucket Times, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

David married (MRIN:4543) Elizabeth "Lizzie' Millar -210, daughter of William Millar -280 and Alisha or Elisha Smith -281 (MRIN:1074), on 25 Dec 1885 in Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Their marriage was found recoded as such:

"25th December 1885 at 275 Main Street, Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, after Banns according to the Forms of the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. David Burns, pattern drawer, batchelor, aged 22, of 7 Kirkinholm Street, Kilmarnock. The son of James Burns, butler, and Jane (sic) Cathie (sic) deceased. AND Lizzie (sic) Miller, printfield hand, spinster, aged 22, of 275 Main Street, Bonhill. The daughter of William Miller, porter (deceased) and Elizabeth Smith."

Elizabeth was born 19 Oct 1861 in Dennystown, Dumbarton, Dunbarton, Scotland. a copy of the certicate.

She imigrated to the United dtates with three of five children as follows:
The next family members to migrate to the United States were as a group:
    David Boswell Burns
    Lillian Elizabeth Burns
    Jessie Easton Burns
all were listed as Sailing aboard the SS Numidian from the Port of Glasgow on 23 May 1912, and arriving on arriving 5 Jun 1913 at the Port of Boston, Massachusetts the name of the nearest relative where alien came from was his father, David Burns, 9 Arbuckle St. Kilmarnock and their final destination was to be Pawtucket, Rhode Island and this destination ticket was paid for by her self and she paid for the children's she was in possission of more than $50 it looks to be $120 or 130 it is written in on David Boswell's line and there is a "ditto mark" in each of the girls square so this could be a combined resource of money for all and that that they had never been in the United States before this date and that they were joining her son Wm M Burns 669 Lousdale, Ave. Central Falls Central Falls Rhode Island what looks to be penciled in is also Pawtuckett as is in lighter color Also Parker St. tees into 669 Lousdale, Ave. Central Falls by the current map.

An abstract of her data from the namifest is as follows:

Passenger Lists, Boston, Massachusetts Microfilm Roll Number: 195, 1913.
Name: Elizabeth Burns
Arrival Date: 5 Jun 1913
Age: 48 Years
Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Gender: Female Ethnic
Background: Scotch (Scotish)
Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland
Ship Name: Numidian
Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Friend's Name: Wm N Burns
Last Residence: Scotland B
Birthplace: Dumbarton, Scotland

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and then page one and page two and page 3 of her listing' note the line number as no names appear on the second page.

Elizabeth died 30 Sep 1935 in Chesla, Sulffolk, Massachusetts and was buried 3 Oct 1935 in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Providence, Rhode Island. copy of death certificate the abstration of:

Death Certificates of State of Massachusetts, Year 1935, Vol. 33 pg. 471, No. 461.
Commonwealth of Massachuesetts Executive Office of Human Services State Department of Public Health
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics.#471 Registerd #461
Place of Death: Suffolk, Chelsa 123 Washington Ave.
Name: Elizabeth Burns
Residence: 123 Washington Ave., 21 years
sex female
color white
married; husband: David Burns
Age: 72; housewife
Born: Dunsbarton Scotland
Father: William Millar born Scotland
Mother: Elicia Smith born Ireland
Informant: Mr. David Burns 123 Washington Ave. Chelsea
M. E. Regan Clerk filed Oct. 1, 1935
date of death: Sept 30, 1935
A. C. Benjamin 816 Broadway Chelsea 10/1/35
burial: Oct 3, 1935
undertaker: Albert F. Douglas 242 Washington Ave. Chelsea
Filed October 1, 1935 Richard R. ___
Issued 22 Jul. 1986 , Certificate #A118458

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