- Born: 1811, , , , Northern Ireland 2,48,180
- Marriage: Mary Atkinson on 1 Jan 1835 in , , , Ireland 2,48,178
- Died: 24 Jan 1872, Langside, Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada at age 61 2,48,181,182
- Buried: Jan 1872, Langside, Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 2,48
Cause of his death was Disease of Lungs (8 months duration).97
Other names for John were Jno The Weaver 2 and Hugh John McBurney.60
On the 1861 Ontario Census, John and the family are described as living in a one storey log house. They were all shown as "Free Church" (Presbyterian).
John and Mary McBurney are buried in Langside Cemetery, just outside Wingham, Ontario. There are no grave stones marking these sites any more. Apparently the cemetery was cleaned-up years ago, and the stones were removed according to Vera Scott.
The area of Langside and its surrounding countryside was settled by various groups of people who had emigrated from Europe. These groups of people formed various small communities, each one contributing to the various needs of the whole, many of whom were Scottish prople. A post office, church, store, blacksmith shop and school were established at a crossroads, which came to be known as Langside. In the Langside country of stony fields, blacksmiths were in high demand. 48,183
As told by Vera Scott in a letter to Kim Mills (1980).
"I am quite sure the great grandparents are buried in Langside Cemetery but haven't been able to find a record of their graves. There used to be a stone in Uncle Hugh's memory but I guess when they cleaned up the cemetery they threw it away. The church at Langside has been closed and no one seems to know what has become of the records.
The stone in the cemetery at Langside may have been thrown away when the cemetery was cleaned years ago
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigration: to Canada, 1848. through Little York (Toronto, , Ontario, Canada).
From the obituary of William McBurney:
William and his family set sail from Ireland in a sailing vessel, which took upward of two months in crossing the Atlantic (Ocean), they landed at Little York, now Toronto and took up their first residence at Beverly, not far from Woodstock, from which place they came into the woods in the year of the "Sale of the Land," in 1848, and settled on Lot 31, Concession 6, Kinloss.
NOTE: The 1851 Census of Canada shows the family (John and Mary with children Hugh, Richard, James Arthur, John, and William) still living in Beverly Township of Wentworth County. The 1861 Census shows them living in Kinloss.
• 1851 Census of Ontario, 12 Jan 1852, , Beverly, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. 63 The Personal Census information for Beverly District is missing, but John was listed in the Agricultural Census for Beverly Township in Wentworth County of Canada West, p. 31, line 5, as living on Cons. 9, lot 31. He had 2 acres of land where he grew Oats and Potatoes. He had 100 lbs. of Maple Sugar, 2 Bulls or Oxen, 2 milk cows, 1 calf, 2 horses, 2 pigs, and 1 barrel or cwt. of Pork.
• 1861 Census of Canada: Lot 31, Concession 6, 14 Jan 1861, , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 64 Age 48 with wife Mary (43) and children Hugh (22), Richard (20), John (16), William (13), Thomas (11), Jane (10), Margaret (7), Annie Maria (4), and John James (1).
They were described as living in a one storey log home.
• Deed: Crown Deed for Farm - Kinloss Con.6, 1863, Teeswater, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 2 At one time, before her death in 1982, Vera Scott (Eliza McBurney Hill's daughter) had in her possession, the crown deed to the farm, dated 1863, for which John paid $ 172.00.
• 1871 Census of Canada, 2 Apr 1871, , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 184 Ontario, Bruce Co., Kinloss Twp., p. 74, lines 15-19, Household 266;
John, age 60, with wife Mary, age 54, and children Ann Marie, age 14, John James, age 10, and Joseph, age 8.
• Organizations, 25 Dec 1871, , Turnberry, Huron., Ontario, Canada. 2 John was recognized in a Certificate issued Dec. 25, 1871 having achieved the Purple, Blue, and Royal Arch Mason Degrees as a member of the Orange Lodge at Smithfield Union Orange Hall, havin joined the Lodge Nov. 27, 1865 by Certificate.
• Cemetery: Langside Cemetery, Jan 1872, Wingham, Turnberry, Huron, Ontario, Canada. 2 The stone in the cemetery at Langside may have been thrown away when the cemetery was cleaned years ago
• Will, 2 Jan 1872, , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada.
Last Will and Testament of John McBurney
(Transcribed from a copy of his handwritten Will dated January 2, 1872)
I John McBurney of the Township of Kinloss
in the County of Bruce Dominion of Canada
Farmer. Being of sound mind and desposable memory
do hereby publish this my last will and testament
revoking all former Will and testament made or purporting
to be made by me and hereby declare it to be my will.
Firstly: That all my just debts and necessary funeral
expenses be paid out of and from the proceeds of my estate
before any division of the same takes place.
Secondly: That as my sons Hugh, Richard, Arthur,
Thomas & William McBurney have already been
provided for, it is not my intention to make any
provision further for them by this my last will and
testament. Thirdly: that my Wife Mary McBurney having
the younger members of the family to rear and provide for
I will and bequeath to her all my personal property and
household affects for her own use and benefit, the house
which she now occupies and also the Orchard field for the
whole period of her natural life. Fourthly: I will and
bequeath unto my son John James McBurney when he attains
the age of twenty one years, all of Lot Thirty one in the sixth
concession of the Township of Kinloss with the exception of
the reservations in this will contained. Fifthly: I will and
bequeath unto my son Joseph McBurney the sum of five
hundred dollars to be provided for in manner following that
is to say, I will and direct that the parties hereafter named
as my Executors do sell and dispose of Lot number thirty
two in the fifth concession of the Township of Kinloss that
is that they shall sell my right, title and interest in the
said Lot of land for which I hold a receipt of Sale from the
Crown and after paying all debts due by me on my estate that
they invest sufficient to provide for the payment unto my
son Joseph McBurney the sum of five hundred dollars
when he attains the age of twenty one years.
Sixthly: I will that when my son Joseph when he attains
the age of twenty one years that he be paid the aforesaid
sum of five hundred dollars and should there be a difeciency
in the sum realized from the sale of Lot thirty two in the fifth
concession of Kinloss then I will and direct that any deficiency
be made up from Lot Thirty one in the sixth concession of
Kinloss and be paid by my son John James McBurney to my
son Joseph McBurney.
Seventhly: I will and direct that my wife Mary McBurney
shall provided she remains my widow have full possession
and control of the homestead being the said Lot thirty one
in the sixth concession of Kinloss until my son John
James McBurney shall attain the age of twenty one years
and also that when he attains that age he shall have full
power to take possession of the same subject to the following
reservations and conditions namely That he shall keep
and sustain his Mother in a comfortable state as long as she
remains my widow and is pleased to live with him but
if she should prefer to live apart from him then I will and
direct that she be paid annually out of the said Lot thirty
one in the sixth concession the sum of eighty dollars with
grazing for a cow and three sheep and Winter feed for
the Same during her life or widowhood.
Eighthly: I will and bequeath further to my wife
Mary McBurney all notes held by or due to me for her
own use and benefit and as I have full confidence
in her affection for her family I leave to her to help as
she may be able or see fit our daughters Jane Taylor
Margaret McBurney and Maria McBurney.
Ninethly: I hereby appoint John Crowston and
David Black of the Township of Kinloss as the
Executors of my last will and testament.
Witness my hand and Seal
This second day of January 1872
(signed) John McBurney (seal)
P. Reid (signed)
R. McBurney (signed)
I hereby certify the above to be a
true copy of the last Will and Testament
of the late John McBurney of the Town-
ship of Kinloss. Peter Reid (signed)
John married Mary Atkinson, daughter of Richard Atkinson and Unknown, on 1 Jan 1835 in , , , Ireland 2,48.,178 (Mary Atkinson was born on 10 Oct 1817 in , , , Ireland,2,48,180 died on 15 Jan 1896 in , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 185 and was buried in , Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 48.). The cause of her death was Paralysis (2 weeks).97