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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Robert Burns {Scottish Poet} Family History & Family Tree

Before my brother William passed away, he had a hunch about our lineage; he thought we were related to the famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. It's been 7 years of extensive research and I'm still chasing Robert Burns, but this time, I'm one step closer to proving the truth. So here's to hanging on and breaking through those brick walls. PRESENTING... Robert Burns, Scotland's Greatest Poet!!

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is known as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV
  • Born: January 25, 1759, Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Parent's: William Burnes & Agnes Brown
  • Died: July 21, 1796, Dumfries, Scotland
  • Buried: Robert Burns Mausoleum at St. Michael's churchyard in Dumfries, Scotland
William Burnes & Agnes Brown had the following children: (Parents of Robert Burns the Poet)
  1. Robert Burns: born 25 Jan 1759, in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. He officially married Jean Armour on 5 Aug 1788. Nine children were born to this union. Named after his paternal grandfather; Robert Burnes.
  2. Gilbert Burnes: born 1760-1827. Married Jean Breckenridge. Interred in Belton Cemetery, near Hoddington. Named after his maternal grandfather; Gilbert Brown.
  3. Agnes Burnes: born 1762-1834. Married William Goult. Interred in Dundolk Cemetery. Named after her mother; Agnes Brown.
  4. Annabella Burnes: born 14 Nov 1764 in Alloway, Aryshire, Scotland. Died, 2 Mar 1832 in Grant's Braes, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. Unmarried. Interred in Bolton Cemetery, near Hoddington. Named after her paternal granmother; Annabella Brown.
  5. William Burnes: born 31 Jul 1767 in Mount Oliphant, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Unmarried. Died, 24 Jul 1790 in London, England. Interred in St. Pauls Churchyard.
  6. John Burnes: born 12 Jul 1769 in Mount Oliphant, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Died, 28 Oct 1785 in Mossgiel, Maunchline, Ayrshire, Scotland.
  7. Isabel Burnes: born 27 Jun 1771 in Mount Oliphant, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. Married John Begg. Died, 4 Dec 1858 in Bridgehouse, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

The Family Tree of Robert Burns 
(copied from the Archives at Salt Lake City Family History Library)
 Click Image to enlarge

Robert Burns was descended from the Burness family of Kincardineshire, where his ancestors were tenant farmers.  His Father William moved to Ayrshire in 1750, where Robert was born in 1759.  Robert signed his name Robert Burness until March 1786, when he adopted the spelling Burns, which is a common name in Ayrshire.

Robert Burns had a total of twelve children with four different women, which includes his wife Jean Armour.  Seven of his children were illegitimate, including the first four by Jean Armour before they were married in 1788, although under Scots law they were considered illegitimate after their parents marriage.  Of Jean's children six died young and another William Nicol Burns had no children.  all living descendants of Robert Burns and Jean Armor descend from either their granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns (1821 - 1909), daughter of their fourth son James Glencairn Burns (1794 - 1865), or their granddaughter Anne Elizabeth Burns (c1820 - 1889), illegitimate daughter of their eldest son Robert Burns (1786 - 1857). Robert Burns & Jean Armour, also known as the "Belle of Mauchline" fell in love in 1786, and officially married on 5 Aug 1788.

Robert Burns & Jean Armour are the parents to the following children:
(Source of information: from the Burns family history preserved in the Salt Lake Family History Library).

  1.  Robert Burns II (twin), 3 Sep 1786 - 14 May 1857. Married Ann Sherwood in 1808. She died in 1835. They had one daughter, Eliza Burns, who died in 1878. She was taken to India by her uncle James Glencoin Burns and there met and married Dr. Everett of the Indian Medical Service. Of this marriage there was one daughter, Martha Everett. Martha married Matthew Thomson of Martinstown, Killinwick, Co. Wexford, Ireland, who managed the Everett estate. They had no issue. Robert Burns II married 2nd wife, Emma Bland. They had one son, Robert Burns III. Robert Burns III married Mary Campbell. Robert Burns III and Mary Campbell had one son, Robert Burns IV, and one daughter, Jane Emma Burns.  Robert Burns IV died in 1895 in Edinburgh. Jane Emma Burns married Thomas Brown. They had two daughters, Jean Armour Burns Brown and Isabella Ferguson Brown, (buried in Woodlawn Cemetery). Jean Armour Burns Brown died in 1937 in Dumfries. Jane Emma Burns Brown and Thomas Brown immigrated to Canada about 1870 and settled at Guelph Oat.
  2. Jean Burns (twin), 3 Sep 1786 - Oct 1787
  3. Infant Girl (twin),  3 Mar 1788 - 10 Mar 1788
  4. Infant Girl (twin), 3 Mar 1788 - 23 Mar 1788
  5. Frances Wallace Burns, 18, Aug 1879 - 9 Jul 1803
  6. William Nicol Burns, 9 Apr 1791 - 21 Feb 1872. Married Catherine Adelaide Crone. She died 29 Jun 1841.
  7. Elizabeth _iddel Burns, 21 Nov 1792 - Sep 1795
  8. James Glencoin Burns, 12 Aug 1794 -10 Nov 1865. Married Sarah Robinson 1797- 11 Jul 1821. Sarah died at Neemuch, East Indies while giving birth to her third child. The baby Sarah was sent home to Dumfries and was reared by her grandmother, Jean Armour Burns.                          James Glencoin Burns & Sarah Robinson had three children:
    1. Jane Isabella Burns, born 13 Jan 1819 and died at sea aged 4 years, 5 months. 2. 
    2. Robert Shaw Burns, born May 1820, died 11 Dec 1821. 3. 
    3. Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns, born Nov 1821.  
      • Berkeley Westropp Hutchinson and Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns Children:
        • Arabella Ann Hutchinson b. 30 May 1848, d. 7 Sep 1852
        • Arthur Vincent Burns Hutchinson b. 6 Jun 1849, d. 18 Sep 1852
        • Robert Burns Hutchinson b. 8 Mar 1851, d. 8 Sep 1852
        • Berkeley Burns Hutchinson b. 22 Jun 1853, d. 21 Mar 1854
        • Annie Vincent Burns Hutchinson b. 15 Jul 1854, d. 27 Aug 1935
        • Robert Burns Hutchinson+ b. 10 Nov 1855, d. 26 Aug 1944
        • Violet Burns Hutchinson+ b. 10 Jul 1859, d. 14 Jan 1951
        • Margaret Constance Burns Hutchinson b. 5 Sep 1860, d. 8 Dec 1917
        • Marion Burns Hutchinson b. 4 Mar 1862, d. 14 Mar 1862
  9. Maxwell Burns, 25 Jul 1796 - 25 Apr 1799
Robert Burns' children from other relationships:
  1. Elizabeth Paton Burns (1785–1817), was born to his mother's servant, Elizabeth Paton (1760–circa 1799)
  2. Elizabeth (Betty) Burns (1791 - 1873) daughter of Ann Park who married John Thomson in 1808.
  3. Robert Burns (1788-?), son of Janet (Jennie) Clow. Born in Edinburgh in 1788 and later became a merchant in London.
Source: Burness Genealogy and Family history

Written on the marriage certificate of Robert Burns & Jean Armour:
"REBUKE: 5 Aug 1788. Burns - Robert in Mossgiel and Jean Armour in Mauchline before the session upon 5 August and acknowledged that they were irregularly married some years ago.The session rebuked both parties for this irregularity and took them solomnly bound to share to one another as husband and wife all the days of their life."

Burns Cottage in Alloway, Scotland (place of birth of Robert Burns)

Robert Burns Poems written in the Scottish dialect

Burial: Robert Burns Mausoleum at St. Michael's churchyard in Dumfries, Scotland

Robert Burns statue  by David Watson Stevenson (1898) in Bernard Street, Leith

Robert Burns Signature

Monday, March 4, 2013

Robert Burns Biography "Scotland's Greatest Poet" 1759-1796

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759, he was the first of William and Agnes Burnes' seven children. His father, a tenant farmer, educated his children at home. Burns also attended one year of mathematics schooling and, between 1765 and 1768, he attended an "adventure" school established by his father and John Murdock. His father died in bankruptcy in 1784, and Burns and his brother Gilbert took over farm. This hard labor later contributed to the heart trouble that Burns' suffered as an adult.

At the age of fifteen, he fell in love and shortly thereafter he wrote his first poem. As a young man, Burns pursued both love and poetry with uncommon zeal. In 1785, he fathered the first of his fourteen children. His biographer, DeLancey Ferguson, had said, "it was not so much that he was conspicuously sinful as that he sinned conspicuously." Between 1784 and 1785, Burns also wrote many of the poems collected in his first book, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, which was printed in 1786 and paid for by subscriptions. This collection was an immediate success and Burns was celebrated throughout England and Scotland as a great "peasant-poet."

In 1788, he and his wife, Jean Armour, settled in Ellisland, where Burns was given a commission as an excise officer. He also began to assist James Johnson in collecting folk songs for an anthology entitled The Scots Musical Museum. Burns' spent the final twelve years of his life editing and imitating traditional folk songs for this volume and for Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs. These volumes were essential in preserving parts of Scotland's cultural heritage and include such well-known songs as "My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose" and "Auld Land Syne." Robert Burns died from heart disease at the age of thirty-seven. On the day of his death, Jean Armour gave birth to his last son, Maxwell.

Most of Burns' poems were written in Scots. They document and celebrate traditional Scottish culture, expressions of farm life, and class and religious distinctions. Burns wrote in a variety of forms: epistles to friends, ballads, and songs. His best-known poem is the mock-heroic Tam o' Shanter. He is also well known for the over three hundred songs he wrote which celebrate love, friendship, work, and drink with often hilarious and tender sympathy. Even today, he is often referred to as the National Bard of Scotland.

Poems by Robert Burns, Click here >>

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

David Burnes Descendants

The Burns family has been traced back to a David Burns who died on 1762 in Princes George County, Maryland. He married Ann Fleming. She died 1764 in Princes George County, Maryland.  David's Probate was done on October 28, 1762 in Princes George County, Maryland and the will filed on October 5, 1737.  Ann Fleming Burns probate was on July 2, 1764 in Princes George County, Maryland and the will filed on March 31, 1764.  Children of David Burns and Ann Fleming are: James Burns, d. July 1772 in Princes George County, Maryland.  Marcia Burns married John Fleming.

James Burns married Jemima Brown about 1770. She died 1783 in Princes George County, Maryland. James and Jemima moved to Henderson County, Tennessee. Jemima Brown's probate was on December 20, 1783, Princes George County, Maryland, and her will filed on February 10, 1779.
James Burns and Jemima Brown children are:
a. John Burns, born in 1735, Princes George County, Maryland and he died in 1781.  He married Agnes Unknown. John Burns and Agnes children are:
1. Adam Alvin Burns, Senior, born on January 5, 1758, near Baltimore, Princes George    County, Maryland and died on March 5, 1842 in Mercer County, PA. He married Anne Magdalene Splitstone in 1780. She was born on April 2, 1759 in Maryland, and died on December 11, 1850. They are both buried in the Rocky Ridge Cem. in Mercer County, PA. Children are:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

George Washington Burnes & Sarah Walker Burnes' 50th Wedding Anniversary

The Shelby Democrat
Thursday, November 20, 1879
How Mr. & Mrs. Washington Burns Celebrated
The Fiftieth Anniversary Of Their Marriage
The grandest event that ever occurred in Hawcreek township, Bartholomew county, the fiftieth anniversary of the married life of Mr. & Mrs. Washington Burns. At 9 o'clock a.m., the guests began to arrive. Carriage after carriage came laden with the old pioneers, their sons and daughters, all intent on honoring the aged couple, at whose residence they were assembling for a day of recreation, amusement and enjoyment. Noon found about five hundred guests assembled to pay their respects to Mr. & Mrs. Burns. Among those present I saw Mr. Thomas Essex, I. A. Vogler and Mrs. Fannie Hauser, of Columbus; Mr. Ben Jones and lady and David Lancaster, of Shelbyville; Mr. John Nading and lady, Mrs. Matilda Walker and John Walker of Flatrock Station; Mr. Thomas Smiley and lady, of Rockcreek township; W. H. Dye and lady, Carney's Station; Hon S. D. Spellman and lady, D. C. Dodds and lady, John Conger and lady, Robert Titus and lady and L. E. Nelson, of Norristown; Mr. Aaron Essex and lady, Flatrock township; Rev. F. R. Holland, Rev. E. Regeness, Dr. S. Stapp and lady, Dr. J. K. Righter, L. J. Rominger and lady, Edward Fishel and lady and L. E. Hege, of Hope; Mr. George Fry and lady, Rev. John Keeling and lady, Solomon Lambert and daughter, Adam Fishel and lady, Robert Jones and lady, William Powell and lady, Charles Rominger, Sr. and lady, John Rominger and lady, Lewis Essex and lady, Isaiah Carter, John Droneberger, Thomas Reed, Charles Brunner and lady, of Hawcreek township, and a host of others too numerous to mention. I have only mentioned some of the oldest in attendance.

A bountiful repast was spread. Mr. Burns had prepared a whole beef, sixty loaves of bread, and turkeys and chickens without number, and an immense number of cakes, pies, potatoes, and all the other delicacies of the seasons. Mr. J. Schaub, of Hope photographed the assembled multitude, at the conclusion of which a table- one hundred and twenty-three feet long was filled with guests ready to discuss the rich viands.
We must not omit to mention the Hope Coronet Band, and were composed of the following persons: George Hartsell, leader, E. T. Potter, George Kemp, Julius Fishel, M. Hartsell, Charles Hartsell, Charles Cook, Irving Rominger, William Styers, Willie Hartsell, Leona Snyder and George Burns. Mr. Burns was the recipient of the following presents: A gold headed cane with the name of Mr. Burns engraved thereon, as well as the doner, Mr. John Nading, five dollars in gold by L. A. Vogler; one dollar in gold by William & Eliza Powell, who have been married 31 years; three dollars in gold by Adam & Eliza Fishel, married 27 years; Mr. Fishel is 61 years old and Mrs. Fishel is 66 years old; ; one dollar in gold by Ben Jones and lady; one dollar in gold by Joseph Holder; two dollars and fifty cents in gold by Thomas Powell; one dollar in gold by Lewis Essex and wife, married 45 years, Mr. Essex is about 67 and Mrs. Essex is 68; two dollars in gold by Solomon Lambert, aged 62; one dollar in gold by L. J. Rominger and lady, married 40 years.
One pair of gold rimmed spectacles by the following named persons: George Fry, Charles Brunner, George Haas, C. B. Woehler, Charles Beitrick, J. A. Miller, Charles Neighley, Dr. J. K. Righter, Christian Baner, Will Marlin, E. A. Jones, Adam Fox, Lewis Dillman and Dr. Stapp; one dollar in silver by George Burns and lady; one silver watch by W. H. Conner and wife.

Mrs. Sarah Burns was the recipient of the following presents: One pair of gold rimmed spectacles by the following persons, jointly: Mrs. Clara Schaub, Dr. S. Stapp, Mrs. Lucinda Glidewell, Robert Jones, B. A. Lewis, Hetty Marlin, Sophia Kurtz, Rebecca Rominger and Malinda Essex; one gold ring by Mrs. Rose Vogler, Mrs. Fanny Hauser, Miss Sarah Bauchman and Mr. Mathias Nauman; one dollar in gold by Elizabeth Powell; one dollar in gold by Mrs. Ben Jones; two dollars and fifty cents in gold by Thomas Smiley; one dollar in silver by Mrs. Camilla Maze; one dollar in silver by George Burns and wife; one shilling in silver by W. H. Conner and wife. There were present Thomas Moore, married 36 years; Mr. J. T. Higgins, 75 years old. The oldest persons present was Isaiah Carter and Joseph Holder. Mr. Burns will be seventy-five years old next January; came from Harrison county, Kentucky in the fall of the year 1820 and landed at Spring Hill, in what is now Decatur county, and slept in a shanty on a sheep skin during the winter among the wild beasts then common all over Indiana. When moving from Kentucky Mr. Burns' father hired a gentleman to move his household goods to this State, which he did on horseback, the rickety vehicle having broken down the second day out. Mr. Burns' father, mother, brothers and sisters footing it all the way from Kentucky to Indiana. Mrs. Burns is now in her 70th year; born in Clarke county, Indiana, whose father settled there among the Indians, and therefore Mrs. Burns knows about the hardships of pioneer life in Indiana. Mr. Washington Burns and Mrs. Sarah Walker were united in marriage in Shelby county, Indiana, this State. The ceremony was performed by Samuel Drake, November 5, 1829. Together they have moved on through these fifty years, settling down in the primeval forest soon after their marriage on the present homestead.

 Submitted by Barb Huff


Monday, March 4, 2013

Poems By Robert Burns

A Man's A Man For A' That
by Robert Burns

Is there for honest Poverty 
   That hings his head, an' a' that; 
The coward slave—we pass him by, 
   We dare be poor for a' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that. 
   Our toils obscure an' a' that, 
The rank is but the guinea's stamp, 
   The Man's the gowd for a' that. 

What though on hamely fare we dine, 
   Wear hoddin grey, an' a that; 
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine; 
   A Man's a Man for a' that: 
For a' that, and a' that, 
   Their tinsel show, an' a' that; 
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, 
   Is king o' men for a' that. 

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord, 
   Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that; 
Tho' hundreds worship at his word, 
   He's but a coof for a' that: 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   His ribband, star, an' a' that; 
The man o' independent mind 
   He looks an' laughs at a' that. 

A prince can mak a belted knight, 
   A marquis, duke, an' a' that; 
But an honest man's abon his might, 
   Gude faith, he maunna fa' that! 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   Their dignities an' a' that; 
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth, 
   Are higher rank than a' that. 

Then let us pray that come it may, 
   (As come it will for a' that,) 
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth, 
   Shall bear the gree, an' a' that. 
For a' that, an' a' that, 
   It's coming yet for a' that, 
That Man to Man, the world o'er, 
   Shall brothers be for a' that.

A Red, Red Rose 
by Robert Burns

O my luve's like a red, red rose,
    That's newly sprung in June;
O my luve's like the melodie
    That's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
    So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
    And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
O I will love thee still, my dear,
    While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve,
    And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
    Though it were ten thousand mile.

Monday, March 15, 2010

GGGGG Grandparents; Thomas & Mary Burnes

I have much reason to prove Thomas Burnes as William's Father, through census records and other land records. I Found a census record in 1790 with Thomas Burns as head of household in Laurens, South Carolina on page 5 of 13. It stated he had 3 white, free males under 16 years in his household, 1 white, free males over 16 years, and 4 white, free females living in his household. They were living in the same town as Robert Glidewell found on page 8 of 13. Robert Glidewell is the father of Cylvany Glidewell (who married William Burnes). The time frame matches with the location of when William married Cylvany. If this is the case, Thomas is the father of William. I still need to see if I can find a marriage certificate of William & Cylvany in Laurens, South Carolina.
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