I am Judith Elaine McKee and married David Boswell Burns he was born in Kilmarnock, Ayr county, Scotland and his parents were James Easton Burns and Agnes Maxwell Thomas. This is a picture book sort of presentation of the first generation in America. (non-TNG)
His birth is recorded as: David Burns, 1909 March twenty eighth 9h30m p.m. H2 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.;
above is a picture of the place of birth [in documents - his nephew delivered them at the fenural home diring visitation for him] 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; and there are a 1910's picture and a 1990 picture of the parish church in the document section also.
David and his mother in 1912 sailed from Glasgow, Scotland on the U.S.S. Hesperian [picture of it in documents] and entered the Port of Quebec, Canada on 29 July 1912 and then took the Grand Trunk Railway to Port Huron, St. Clair county Michigan entering there on 31 July 1912 where they entered the United States going to Mrs. Ashcroft 6453 St. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago Cook county Illinois
James by what has been found left his family behind in Scotland, sailing from Glasgow on 29th November 1909 aboard the he arrived in the united States at the Port of Boston we has to have joined his brother William burns at s 22 Ball_ St. Saylesville Rhode Island. there has been no accounting of his time in America until mention is made of the family joining him at Mrs. Ashcroft 6453 St. Lawrence Ave Chicago, Illinois the family then removed to Culver, Marshall, Indiana some time in 1914 by David's petition for naturalization; where they all spent there remaining days.
James' parents were: David Burns and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith and the rest of their children: David Boswell Burns, William Millar Burns, Lillian Elizabeth Burns and Jessie Easton Burns also came to America settling in Pawtuckett, Rhode Island. The parents ended up at Chelsa, Massachusetts.
David's grandfather David Burns died in Providence in 1939 which is near Central Falls and Pawtuckett, Rhode Island where the daughters were living. 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 and at his death by his she was still alive living in Paisley, Scotland. Jessie Burns was to have been a nurse; by what little is found indicates she has 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, Scotlands 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.