David's Scottish Ancestry

William Millar Burns

William Millar Burns-211 was born 22 May 1888 in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland. records as such

William Miller born 22:5:1888 at Richardland Road.

Below is a photo of him with the family:

William married (1-MRIN:4542) Nellie [-?-]-424 before 4 Oct 1917. Nellie was born about 1891 in Scotland. Nothing is known about her other then her mention on the census and on his military papers.

William also married (2-MRIN:4535) Mary Armitage-212 before 1942. Mary was born about 1887. She died 23 Sep 1964 in St. Joseph Hospital Long Island, N.Y and was buried 26 Sep 1964 in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Providence, Rhode Island. Again nothing is known of her other than the census reports and the information probived by the Moshassuck CemeteryAssociation office.

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. A synopsis of his manifest entry is the following:

Passenger Lists, Boston, Massachusetts Microfilm Roll Number: 135, 1909.
Name: William Burns
Arrival Date: 8 Jun 1909
Age: 21 Years
Estimated birth year: abt 1888
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: Scotch (Scotish)
Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland
Ship Name: Laurentian
Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Friend's Name: John J Wylie (actually cousin)

a quick view -

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

Tho he was an alien he had to register for the United States Worl War I draft:

U.S. World War I Draft Registration 1917-1918,
Name: William Miller Burns
City: Pawtucket
County: Providence
State: Rhode Island Birthplace: Scotland
Birth Date: 22 May 1888
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 1852400
Draft Board: 2.

The actual copy of the card part 1 and part 2 br>

His miltary is found in various indexs:

Canadian Soldiers of World War I, 1914-1918.
Name: William Miller Burns
Residence: Pawtucket, United States of America
Birth Date: 22 May 1888
Birth Location: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
Relative: Nellie Burns
Relationship: Wife
Regiment Number: 2498784.

Canada, National Archives, Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918),
National Archives of Canada,
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3,
Fax: 613-995-6274.
Regimental number: 2498784
Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1309 - 39
Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY) 22/05/1888
National Archives of Canada
Photoduplication Unit
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3
Send a $40 cashier's check paybale to Receiver General of Canada to above address with all the above data included.

Class A B Scotch Duplicate No Folio 249878 Attestation Paper 12th Forresters Canadian OverSeas Expeditionary Force MHS 26 - 11 - 17.

Questions to be put before Astestation.
[1] What is Your surname? Burns
[1a] What are your christain names? William Miller [1b] What is your present address? 40 Larch St. Pawt
ket, U.S.A.
[2] In what town, township or Parish, and in what what country were you born ? Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
[3] 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] What is the relationship of your next of kin? Wife
[5] What is the date of your birth? May 22nd 1888
[6] What is your trade or calling? Machinist
[7] Are you married? married
[8] Are you willing to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated and inoculated? Yes
[9} Do you now belong to active militia? No.
[10] Have you ever served in any naval or military force? I so state particulars of former service WMB No
[11] Do you understand the nature and terms of your enjoyement? Yes
[12] Are you willing to be attested to serve in the Canadian Over-sea Expedetionary Force? Yes
[13] Have you ever been discharged from any brabcj of his Majesty's Forces as medicaaly infit? No
[14] If so what was the nature of the disability? -
[15] Have you ever offered to serve in any branch of the Majesty's Froces and been rejeced? No
[15] If so what was the reason? -

Declaration To Be Made by Man on Asstestation

I, William Miller Burns do solemnly declare that the above are answers made by me to the above questions and that they are true, and I am willing to fulfil the engagement by me made, and I hereby engage and agreee to serve in the Canadian Over-seas Epeditionary Force, and to be attached to any arm of the service there in, for the term of one year, or during the war now existing between Great Britian and Germany should that was last longer than one year, and for six months after the termination of that war provided His Majesty should so long require my services, or until legally discharged /s/ William M. Burns (signature of recurit) date October 4th 1917 ___ (Signature of witness).br>
Oath to Be Taken by Man on Attestation

I, William Miller Burns, do make, oath, that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King George the fifth. His heir and successers in person, corwn and dignety, against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of this majesty, his heirs and successors and of all the General and officers set over me So help me God. \s\ William Millar Burns (signature of recruit) date October 4th 1917 ___ (Signature of witness).

Certificate of Magistrate

The recruit above named was cautioned by me that if he made any false answers to any of the above questions he would be liable to be punished as provided in the Army act. The above questions were then read to the recurit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question, and that his answer to each question duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed fore declaration and taken the oath before me, at Tronto, Canada this 4th day of October, 1917 ---- (signature of Justice) M. F, W. 23 - 750 M, -1 - 17. H. Q. 1772 - 30 -341. N. B. Attention is drawn to the farct that any person making, a false answer to any of the above questions is liable to a penalty of six months imprisonment.

Description of William Miller Burns on enlistment Apparent age 28 years 7 months (To be determined according to the instructions given in the regulations ffor Army medical services).

height: 5 ft. 7 1/2 ins.

Chest measurements: Girth when fully expanded 35 ins.

Range of expansion: 3 ins.

Complextion Dark

Eyes Hazel

Hair dark.

Religous Denominations: Church of England C of E; Prsbyterian -; Methodist -; Baptist or Congrepationalist -; Roman Catholic -; other denomentations (denominations to be stated)

Distinctive marks and marks indecating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. (Should the medical officer be of opinion that the recruit has served before he will unless the man acknowledges to any previous, service attach a slip to that effect, for the information of the approving officer) N 11. Hearing O. K. Each eye D.40 with glases without R 120 L 120 Nose and throat O. K.

Certificate of Medical Examination - - I have examined the above - named recruit and find that he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified the regulations for Army Medical Services. He can see at the required distance with either eye; his heart and lungs are healthy, he has the freee use of his joints and limbs and he declares that he is not subject to fits of any discription. I consider him fit for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Forces. Date October 4th 1917. Place Toronto, Canada E. M. Hooper, Lt. Medical Officer. Bote.

Should the medical officer consider the recruit unfit, he will fill in the forgoing certificate one in case of those who have been attested and will breifly state below the cause of infittness:

Certificate of Officer Commanding Unit

William Miller Burns having been finally approved and inspected by me this day, and his name, age, date of attestation, and every prescribed particular having been recorded, I certify that I am satisfied with the correctness of this attestation. ___, Major (Signature of Officer) O. C. Foresty Depot M. D. No. 2 date Oct. 6, 1917

Actual copies of some of the military papers page 1 ;   page 2

William and Nellie are found on the 1920 census as such:

1920 United States Census, Pawtuckett, Providence Rhode Island Series: T625 Roll: 1675, 12 Jan 1920. Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 654.38-142-267 Larch St.

Name: William Burns
Home in 1920:
Pawtucket Ward 5,
Providence, Rhode Island
Age: 30 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Nellie
Father's Birth Place:
Mother's Birth Place: Scotland
Marital Status:
Married Race:
White Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1908
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes

Name: Nellie Burns
Home in 1920:
Pawtucket Ward 5,
Providence, Rhode Island
Age: 29 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's name: William
Father's Birth Place: Scotland
Mother's Birth Place: Scotland
Marital Status: Married
Race: White Sex:
Female Year of Immigration: 1908
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes

He also had to register the the Draft for world War II:

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Serial No. U0122
Name: William Millar Burns
Birth Date: 22 May 1888
Birth Place: Ayrshire
Residence: Queens, New York
Race: White
Roll: WWII_2371035
Residence - 2385 Dickens Ave Far Rockaway Queens, NY
Age: 53 place of birth: Ayshire Scotland; date: May 22 1888
name of person who knows where at: Mary Burns 2385 Dickens Ave Far Rockaway ny.
Employer - Dominick A Parlo 1059 Grove St. Far Rockaway NY
place of employment 1059 Grove St. far Rockaway Queens NY

The actual copy of the card

Above he is pictured with his brother James Easton Burns in Culver, Marshall, Indiana

There is no mention of children by either marriage:

David Boswell Burns his nephew always claims he had something to do with Coney Island in New York City - but never related much on the connection. Thus far this connection has not been found.

He died 11 May 1971 in Pawtuckett, Providence, Rhode Island from Cerebral Thrombois, general arterioscelerosis and was buried 13 May 1971 in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, Providence, Rhode Island.

death Certificate of State of Rhode Island, pp. 138-71-003692. " State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Rhode Island Department of Health
Certificate of Death Book 46 page 390
Local File: 71-314; State file: 138-71-003692;
Name: William Millar Burns; sex male;
death: May 11, 1971; race: white; Age: 82;
Birth: May 22, 1888;
place of death: Providence, Pawtucket, Memorial Hospital;
born: Scotland;
Citizen of U.S.A.;
never married;
Social Security #068-10-6660;
laborer, construction;
resided: Lincoln 12 Arnold Ave., Lincoln, Rhode, Island 02865;
Father: David Burns;
mother: Elizabeth Millar;
Informant: Mrs. Robert A. Allen 18 Sheffield Drive Lincoln, R.I. 02865;
cause of death: Cerebral thrombois, general Arterioseosis;
E. F. Lovering M. D. 5-12-71 110 A__ Bld. Pawtucket, R.I. 02860;
burial: Moshassuck Cemetery Central Falls, R. I. May 13, 1971;
Funeral Home: D. W. Bellows & Sons Inc. 85 Park Place Pawtucket, R. I. 02860;
Issued Jun 9, 1986 Certif. #86002798."

Actual copy of certificate

His obituaries are as follows:

William M. Burns - William M. Burns, 82, a resident of Lincoln for five years, died Tuesday after a short illness.

A Canadian Army Veteran of World War I, he lived at 12 Arnold Ave. Born in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland, a son of the late David and Elizabeth (Millar) Burns, he came to the United States in 1919 and lived in the Blackstone Valley until 1930, when he went to Long Island, N.Y.

He was a construction laborer. Since returning to Rhode Island, he was employed at Coats Field Shopper's World until last February.

He is survived by two nephews, David Hatch and Charles Hatch, and a niece, Mrs. Robert A. Allen, all of Lincoln. A funeral service will be at 1:30 P.M. Thursday in the Bellows Funeral Home Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. Pawtucket Evening Times, pp. 138-71-003692, 12 May 1971, Pawtucket Evening Times, Pawtucket,Rhode Island.

William M. Burns - A funeral service for William M. Burns of 12 Arnold Ave. Lincoln, was held Thursday at the Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln, with the Rev. David E. Wilson 3rd pastor of Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church officiating.

Burial was in Moshassuck Cemetery, Central Falls, where Mr. Wilson read the committal prayers.

Bearers were Harold W. Rafuse, David and Charles Hatch all nephews and Robert A. Allen.

Mr. Burns, son of the late David and Elizabeth (Millar) Burns, died Tuesday.

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