David's Scottish Ancestry

Michael Thomas Burns

Michael Thomas Burns-168 was born 31 Jan 1913 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

his birth is recored twice in the Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922 with two different dates:

    Name: Michael Thomas Burns
    Birth Date: 31 Jan 1913
    Gender: Male
    Father Name: James Easton Burns
    Father's Birth Place: Kilmernock, Scotland
    Father's Age: 26
    Mother Name: Agnes Thomas
    Mother's Birth Place: New Kirk, Scotland
    Mother's Age: 25
    FHL Film Number: 1288268
and
    Name: Michael T Burns
    Birth Date: 31 Feb 1913
    Ethnicity: Canadian
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Father Name: James E Burns
    Mother Name: Agnes Thomas
    FHL Film Number: 1287758.
Michael was not married (1-MRIN:5323) to [-?-]182 his brother David and niece Eunice always stated he had a child by a former local Culver girl she was sent out east to have the baby and remaid there for the rest of her life except for occasional visits back to Culver until her mother died in 1976, a brother was alive until 1991 and they sold the house in 1988 . The child was to have went by her mother's husband name – there has been not documentation of the story, I know of the family and all party's on both sides are now deceased, the girl was to have died of cancer related illness according to Eunice.

Michael also married (2-MRIN:5186) Ruth E Lawson-169 on c1935. Ruth was born about 1911 in Illinois.







He has not as yet been found in the 1930 census but his brother david calimed that he worked in Chicago at the Palmer Hotel

On April 1st, 1935 they both Mike and Ruth stated that they were living in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
By 1938 they were in Flordia as that is where it is stated Nan was born

By 1940 census he was on Meridian Avenue in Miami Beach, Flordia and listed as being a bellman at a hotel.

Michael served during World War II WWII Enlisted 1943 Rank Pvt. 1st Class Parachute Inf.



Discharged 19 Oct. 1945 Percy Jones Hospital Center Ft. Custer, Mi. received: Bronze Star, 1 Gold conduct medal; 1 african Middle eastern Campaign medal. by Certification of military service he entered 13 Dec. 1943. Besides the medals liste previous on 10 Nov. 2004 the Archivist stated he was entitled to the following also: World War II Victory Medal; Expert Infantryman Badge; Honorable Service Lapel Button:

National Person Records Center - ". . . . If the record were here on July 12, 1973, it would have been in the area that suffered the most damage in the fire on that date and may have been destroyed. The fire destroyed the major portion of records of Army military personnel for the preriod 1912 through 1959, and records of ther Air Force personnel with surnames Hubbard through Z for the period of 1947 through 1963. Fortunately, there are alternate records sources that are often contain information which can be used to reconstruct service record data lost in the fire; however, complete records cannot be reconstructed. . . .We are pleased to verify entitlement to the following awards: World War II Victory Medal; Expert Infantryman Badge; Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.. . . Due to the fire, we are unable to verify the veteran’s entitlement to additional awards. If you have a copy of the separation document in your possession, please, submit a copy to this Center and a further determination will be made. . . . Hatti M. Robertson Archives Technician (5A)






NA Form 13038
United States of America Certification of Military Service
This certifies that - Michael T. Burns 35 776 022
was a member of the Army of the United States
from December 18, 1943 to October 19, 1945
Service was terminated by Honorable Discharge
Last Grade, Rank or Rating Private First Class
Active service dates Same as above
Date of birth 1/31/13 place of birth not available
given at St. Louis, Missouri on November 10, 2004

A copy of the actual certificate
They mailed them to me and I was vey happy to be able to foward them on to his son Tommy J. Burns.

Michael also married (3-MRIN:5187) Mary Ann Carroll-172, daughter of Thomas Joseph Carroll-173 and Mildred Katherine Gill-174 (MRIN:1605), on 6 Jul 1958 The marriage ended in divorce. MaryAnn is still living at this date she had remarried to Stan P. Pagones who is now deceased

Michael also resided in California for a time before going to Las Vegas.



Mike as he was known in Culver always tried to make sure the "Culverties" had a good stay in Las Vegas - by the picture below that seems evident -



Mike or "Tom" as he was knonw in Las Vegas, The Jay Synders, and brother davied.

1967 he was bell captain at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas which is verified by a couple of newpaper clipping:

Bell Captain At Riviera A Finalist



Mike Burns, bell captain at Riviera Hotel has been named a finalist in the second annual Bellman of the Year contest, it was announced today by Dick Chappell, resident manager.

THE CONSTEST, sponsored by the American Hotel and Motel Association and Samsonite Luggage, is designed to honor the nation's outstanding bellman annually.

The only Las Vegas bellman to reach the finals more than 60,000 bellmen from all over the world. He has been with the Riviera for more then 10 years. and is one of the most popular employees on the staff.

A distinguished panel of judges from the inn keeping and travel industries will name the winning bellman at the American Hotel & Motel Association convention in Boston next month.

BURNS will fly to Boston for the final selections. In addition to the trip, he will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a set of Samsonite luggage." Probably a Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada paper.






Culver Citizen, 1967. "Finalist In World Contest -

Tom Burns, a former Culver resident and bell captain at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., has been named a finalist in the second annual Bellman of the Year contest.

Tom is known as Mike Burns at the Riviera where his official title is Superintendent of Services.

The contest, sponsored by the American Hotel and Motel Association and Samsonite Luggage, is designed to honor the nation's outstanding bellman annually.

The only Las Vegas bellman to reach the finals, Burns is competing against more than 60,000 bellman from all over the world. He has been with the Riviera for more then 10 years and is one of the most popular employees on the staff.

A distinguished panel of judges from the inn keeping and travel industries will name the winning bellman at the American Hotel and Motel Association's convention in Boston this month.

Burns will fly to Boston for the final selections. In addition to the trip, he will receive a $500.00 U. S. Savings Bond and set a set of Samsonite luggage."

article is here, had a picture also.

Michael also married (4-MRIN:5189) Betty Jo Krieger (Kriuser)-184 on 10 Mar 1967 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. The marriage ended in divorce. Betty was born 21 Oct 1941 in Glendale, Los Angles, California. She died 6 Nov 2001.



He died 17 Mar 1986 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada from Suicide by gunshot and was buried in Palm Memorial Park, Remembrance Plot, Henderson, Clark, Nevada.


Michael T. Burns Sr., 73, died Monday, He was a 31 year resident of Las Vegas. A World War II Veteran, he was born 31 Jan. 1913 Chicago and was a bell Captain. He was a member of the Sons of Erin, the VFW. and Culinary Union. He is Survived by his sons, Tommy of Henderson, Patrick and Michael Jr., both of Las Vegas, David of Pamona, Calif., Michael Burns of Las Vegas; daughters, Susan Sharp of Oakland, Calif. and Nancy Clark of Los Angles, Louise Burns of Las Vegas; brother David Burns of Culver, Ind.; and four grandchildren. Memorial services will be at noon Friday at Palm Valley View Chapel. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, family requests any donations be made to Secret Witness.







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