David's Scottish Ancestry

Burn's Migration to America

David's Birthplace



His birth is recorded as: David Burns, 1909 March twenty eighth 9h30m p.m. 42 Old Mill Road Kilmarnock; M; James Burns Bricklayer (Jouryneyman) Agnes Burns M.S. Thomas 1909 February 5th Muirkirk; (Signed) James Burns Father; 1909 April 14th at Kilmarnock (Signed) Wm. Osborne Assist. Registrar (Initd.) H.W.S.; An a birds-eye view of the location of 42 Old Mill Road Kilmarnock as it appears today


above is a picture of the place of birth as it was in 1990 when a nephew visited Scotland; whether the family lived there or not is unknown; as Agnes parents resided in Muirkirk

The homeplace 9 Arbuckle Street



The address of 42 Old Mill Road Kilmarnock was just around the corner from the 9 Arbuckle St. Kilmarnock address given on the passenger lists as being the residence of David Burns and Elizabeth Smith. These appear to be row houses and could be the ones that existed back in 1909 to 1914 when the family resided there. The views are from each end of the street







Migration to America



It seems that the family came in stages -

A cousin John J. Wylie was all ready in the United States - as to when he arrived is not known and also how he is related is a totaly myster also. Tho there is an address from him there is no documentation of him thus far in rhode Island other than the mention of him in the entry on William Millar Burns on the passenger list.

1st was William Millar Burns:
    He sailed aboard the Laurentian sailing from Glasgow, Scotland 28 May 1909 his arrival in America was on : 8 Jun 1909 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 his final destination was to be Central Falls, Rhode Island and this destination ticket was paid for by his cousin He stated he was in possession of $8; 17) and that he had never been in the United States before this date and that he was joining his cousin John J. Wylie at 94 Parker St. [todays view] Central Falls, Rhode Island.
the next was his brother James Easton Burns as follows:
    He sailed aboard the S.S. Pretorian Sailing from Glasgow 20th November 1909 and arriving at the Port of Boston, Massachusetts the nearest relative whence came from was his father David Burns 9 Arbuckle St. Kilmarnock his final destination was to be Pawtucket, Rhode Island and this destination ticket was paid for by his brother, William Millar Burns. He stated he was in possession of $25 and that he had never been in the United States before this date and that he was joining his brother William Millar Burns at 22 Ball_ St. Saylesville Rhode Island. It ssems Ball St. no longer exist nor does Saylesville this is what comes up the red ballon is Saylesville and the purple is Parker St.
the next to come was James Easton Burnsís family his wife and son. By the time of their arrival he had migrated to Chicago, Cook, Illinois Ė it is unknown if he returned for a visit to Scotland in between his leaving on 20th November 1909 and their arrival but since another child, a son, was born to the couple soon after his wifeís arrival on 31 Jan 1913 it is presumed that he had tho no record has been found to date. The families arrival is found as:
    Agnes Maxwell (Thomas) Burns in 1912 sailed from Glasgow, Scotland on the U.S.S. Hesperian and entered the Port of Quebec, Canada on 29 July 1912 she stated that the of the nearest relative whence came from was her father Michael Thomas Bridge St. Muirkirk, Scotland from the Port of Quebec she took the Grand Trunk Railway to Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan entering there on 31 July 1912 where they entered the United States and her final destination was to be Chicago, Cook, Illinois. and this destination ticket was paid for by her husband James Easton Burns . She stated she was in possession of $11 and that she had never been in the United States before this date and that she was joining her husband James East Burns c/o Mrs. Ashcroft at 6453 St. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, Cook, Illinois

    Along with her was her 3 year old son David Boswell Burns.
The next family members to migrate to the United States were as a group:
    Lizzie (Smith) Burns
    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.

The last family member to arive was David Burns.
    were listed as Sailing aboard the SS California from the Port of Glasgow on April 11th, 1914 and arriving on April 21, 1914 at the Port of New York, New York the name of the nearest relative where alien came from was his sister at Union Infirmary at Berwick on the Tweed and their final destination was to be Central, Rhode Island haivng a ticket to Pawtucket, RI and this destination ticket was paid for by self he was in possission of $30 he had been in the United States before this date 1899 (something is writtn above it) location was New York and that he was joining his wife at 48 Parker St Central Falls, RI description was listed as 5' 10 3/4" tal fair complection, grey hair and blue eyes.

After Migration



Of William Millar Burns it is known that he served with the 12th Forresters Canadian OverSeas Expeditionary Force as attestation papers were signed on October 4th 1917. It is stated on the 1920 census that he was naturalized in 1919. and by that time he had married 1st Nellie [-?-] born about 1891 in Scotland and is stated she immigrated in 1908; also her maiden name is unknown as is their marriage date and place but it is known that they were married after the 1910 census and before October 4th 1917 as he was asked several questions as to nearest relative, how related and where resided - What is the name of your next of kin? Nellie Burns [4] What is the address of your next of kin? 40 Larch St. Pawtuckett R.I. U.S.A. [4a] Whit is the relationship of your next of kin? Wife. It is not known if they were divorced or if she died. It is know that he was married by the 1930 census but he was in 1930 Manhattan, New York; and listed as being married and a roomer. It is known that a second wife existed before 1940 as they are found on the 1940 1in New York, Queens, New York and his wife is listed as Mary Ann and when he registed for the draft during World War II as a Mary Burns 2385 Dickens Ave Far Rockaway New York was listed as to knowing where he could be located at. The next known fact are the Records of Moshassuck Cemetery Corporation: "Mary Armitage Burns - Died September 23, 1964 at St. Joseph Hospital in Long Island, N.Y., 77 years old, Buried September 26, 1964 in Lot #680 Section M 12th Ave. Grave #1 and "William Miller Burns - Died May 11, 1971 at Memorial Hospital, Pawtiucket, R.I. 82 years old, Buried May 13, 1971 in Lot #680 Section M 12th Avenue Grave #2. His obituary states that he came to the United States in 1919 and lived in the Blackstone Valley until 1930; but by ship passengers lists we know he was in the Central Falls in 1909.

Of James Easton Burns we know he migrated to chicago, Cook, Illinois - why is unknown. By 1914 the Burns family had moved to Culver, Marshall, Indiana where they remained excepting the younger son who migrated to Chicago, Cook, Illinois, to Maimi Beach, dade, Flordia; served overseas during World War II; and resided in California before finally settling in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada.

Of David Boswell Burns (1890-1925) - he served int World War I for Scotlaned probably the corps. I.W.T R.E... It is said he was a wrestler possibly welterweight of Scotland. It is said that he was a food soccer player also. he was a Pawtuckett policeman and was on of the vitims The Victims of the Ill-Fated Mackinac Tuesday Aug. 18, 1925; cruel fate was working at its worst, When the Faulty boiler burst.

At the time of the death of David's grandfather David Burns on 24 Jun 1939 he was survived by a sister, Miss Jessie Burns of Paisley, Scotland and when he came over in 1914 he listed her as the closest living relative in Scotland - living at Union Infirmary at Berwick on the Tweed. Jessie Burns was to have been a nurse; by what little has been found out indicates that she was probably a half-sister to David and of his father's second marriage.

Family tradition is the Burns' ancestry goes back to Robert Burns, the poet; but isn't that the "family Tradition" of anyone who bears the name Burns? Several generations between last unknown ancestor of this line and the poet exists - so even begin to know a possible connection between the two Burns families is impossible and venturing a guess at it is impossible. These two families resided in the same areas of Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire county, Scotland but that is the only connecting force at this time - locality.

I had David's family lines professionally researched by the Scots Ancestry Research Society from late 1977 to 1979 and then and some extra done in 1986. This is what this site comprises of except of some items I found on the IGI, Scotlandís census of 1841-1901, and the British Vital Records Disks (birth, christenings & marriages) and confirmed some of research hired done. They did not give full citation as to title of book and page; film nos. etc that they used etc." Also they only done a direct line unless other family members were listed in the census records.

There has been several things added over the years. I am grateful to have this much and would appreciate any help that can be provided to expanded the basic family history as presented within.

A quick view and links to the full pages of the passengers lists can be seen here.





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