Mary Elizabeth Burns

18 December 1878–25 November 1971 (Age 92)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Burns was born on 18 December 1878, in Iowa, United States, her father, John Woodend Burns, was 36 and her mother, Mary Jane Purnell, was 36. She lived in Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1895. She died on 25 November 1971, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 92.

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John Woodend Burns
Mary Jane Purnell
Charles Edwin Burns
Dora E Burns
Mary Elizabeth Burns
May Burns
Owen John Burns

Parents and Siblings

    John Woodend Burns


    Mary Jane Purnell




World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles

Age 4

Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 25

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream or streams, from the Middle English nominative plural or genitive singular of burn ( see Bourne ).2 Scottish: variant of Burnhouse, habitational name from a place named with burn ‘stream’ + house ‘house’.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin ( see Byrne ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Burns in household of John Burns, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary E Burns in household of John W Burns, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Mary E Burns in household of John W Burns, "United States Census, 1900"

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