David Boswell Burn's Scottish Ancestry
|Our Ancestors from ther British Isles
There were the Scots
Who kept the Sabbath
And everything else
They could lay their hands on
And there were the Welsh
Who prayed on their knees
And their neighbors
Thirdly, there were the Irish
Who never knew what they wanted
But were willing to fight for it, anyway
Lastly, there were the English
Who considered themselves a self-made nation
Thereby relieving the Almighty
Of a dreadful responsibility
The family book pages had been generated with Personal Ancestral File. The items that have links will be "underlined" -
Personal Ancestral File automatically put all names in "Bold". I generated this in bookform this time around so all
would be on one single page instead of seperate web pages. If you do not have a genealogical data base program you are
using you can go get Personal Ancestral File
, which is a product of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is downloadable for "FREE". Also there is Legacy 7 which is available
both as a FREE standard version
and paid version with more "Bells
& whistles" to it.
I am Judith Elaine McKee and married David Boswell Burns
was born in Kilmarnock, Ayr county, Scotland and his parents were James Easton Burns and Agnes Maxwell Thomas.
I had research first started in sometime in early summer of 1977 I inquired about research through the
Scots Ancestry Research Society
late August or eearly September 1977 ending the required retainer fee at the time following is the list
of research hired done:
these fees did not included any actual copies of records (bith, marriage, death) they were cited abstracts only. also they only done a direct
line of descent research David Burns -> James burns -> David Burns -> no siblings were traced after they left the household or married.
I was told back then that there were fess charged gain enterance to use the General Register Office for Scotland and National Archives of
Scotland etc. for genealogical research above the costs of all copies of records and there was a line of red tape to obtain passes etc.
to get in whether true or not I have no idea.
When David died on 23 Aug 1990 I had already lined up paper work and was preparing to order more research on the allied lines and confirm
some information on IGI print outs I had gotten from the LDS library. But knowing this was a luxury item now that could not be afforded
I threw all that paper work into the trash compactor.
Back when this material was borrowed by a family memebr to read for herself only - but she chose to xerox it and then share ti with other
without asking permission to to do so or offering to pay part of the expenses involed in getting it - it is not known who it was and was
not shared with. This is a means to share it with all and hopefull share it with distant cousins in Scotland in hopes they do exists and
and that we can make a complete accounting of the famlies if at all possible.
The surnames listed in the menu bar are the Allied lines of the family and the ones in white have not been researched
or carried on any further as of the present time. They are grouped under each main surname "Burns" and "Thomas" they
are connected with.
The Burns Connection
Clan/Family Histories - Burns
The surname of Burns comes from "Burnhouse" a dwelling near a burn or a stream. Although "burn" is a common word in Scotland
for a stream, the word originated in Old English. The singular form "Burn" is found in Dumfries and Galloway in the 13th and
||The poet Robert Burns' father came from Kincardineshire on the east coast of Scotland and spelt his name Burness.
Robert and his brother adopted the spelling "Burns" a form which first appeared in written records only in the 17th
The illustration of Robert Burns is from a commemmorative Scottish Banknote.
Burns is regarded as a sept of clan Campbell.
Burns was the 60th most frequent surname at the General Register Office in 1995.
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?
There is at least 1 generation [1778 - 1759 = 19 years] between last unknown ancestor of this line and the poet that exists
with no clues as to parentage of James Burns of Ayr, Ayrshire Scotland who married Sabina Mc Qualter who was born Kirkmichael,
Ayr, Scotland - so even begin to know a possible connection between the two Burns families is impossible and venturing a guess
at it is impossible.
So far the only connection between these two families are that they resided in the same areas of Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire
counties, Scotland but that is the only connecting force at this time - the locality - - the name ONLY - no documented proof of
relationship whatsoever at this point in time.
Robert Burns - Scotlandís , National Bard - - was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in 1759 to William Burness [born 11 November 1721
Glenbervie, Kincardineshire, Scotland, shortly before his father moved to Clochnahill in Dunnottar son of Robert Burness and
Isabella Keith], a poor tenant farmer, and Agnes Brown and they had in 1750 moved to Ayrshire. The eldest of seven children,
he spent his early years in a single-room thatched cottage with a barn and cowshed which is now a museum containing original
manuscripts and other memorabilia. This is the best link I have found to Robert
Burns' ancestry etc.
The first known ancestor James Burns is assumed born about 1778 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland by reports furnished by the Scots
Ancestry Research Society, nothing more on him or his ancestry was found by the researchers. No exact birth, marriage or
death date and place was provided for James Burns who married Sabina McQulater the last known Scottich aancestor
or parents name were provided
This leaves 19 years between the poet and our ancestor - James Burns unaccounted for.
David Boswell Burns (1909-1990)
Davids parents were James Easton Burns and Agnes Maxwell Thomas and their marriage was recorded as follows:
5th February, 1909, At Main Street, Muirkirk, after Banns according to the Forms of the United Free Church,
James Easton Burns, journeyman Bricklayer, bachelor, aged 22 of 9 Arbuckle Street, Kilmarnock. The son of
David A. Burns, desinger, and Elizabeth Miller. AND Agnes Thomas, domestic servant, spinster, aged 22, of
9 Arbuckle Street, Kilmarnock. The daughter of Michael Thomas, Coalminer, and Janet Cannon Certificate #4.
It seems that the Burns family migrated to the United States in stages - this is presented as the
Burns' migration to America; also reflected in the menu bar to the left.
When you clike no the ships name you will see a photo of the ship I have been able to locate.
Next is the first generations of the Burns' family in America
This is a picture book sort of presentation of the first generation in America. With what I have gathered in photos,
and other items from on line.
Passenger ship lists
Agnes Maxwell (Thomas) Burns Photos
Burns House on Neuvea Gorda Street Culver
Burns - Brothers, Nephews Photos
Burns - Thomas Unknown Photos
David Burns and Elizabeth (Smith) Burns
David Boswell Burns 1890-1925
David Boswell Burns (1909-1990) - Biography
David Boswell Burns (1909-1990) - Lakfest Grand Marshall Pictures 1989
David Boswell and fred Burns Tombstone
James Easton Burns Photos
Some tales of James and Agnes Burns
James Easton Burns and Agnes Maxwell Thomas, biography
James Easton Burns and Agnes Maxwell (Thomas) Burns Photos
Jessie Easton Burns and Joseph Douglas Harold "Harold D." Rafuse
Lillian Elizabeth Burns and Charles Lester Hatch
Mackinac Explosion - 18 Aug 1925
Michael Thomas Burns
Michael Thomas and David Boswell (1909-1990) Burns Photos
Nan D Burns Photos
William Millar Burns
Parish, county, changes and dates or changes
county Maps with parrishes
letter from Moshussack Cemetery Corporation - burns burials pg.1
and pg 2; these are photos only