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Carol Burns uk Jul 22, 2003
Hello there,
I am researching my husband's family tree and have come up against a brick wall! Nothing new there really with researching is it?

Anyway my husband is Peter James Burns b 1961, Scarborough, North Yorks, UK. His parents were James William Burns b 1916 Northumberland and Beryl Pansy Davidson b 1925 Maymyo, Burma.

The parents of James were Peter james Burns b 1876 Northumberland and Catherine Elizabeth Turnbull b 1877 Northumberland.

Parents of Peter were Hugh Burns born about 1854 in Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland and Jane Horsburgh b 1851 Edrom, Berwickshire, Scotland

Parents of Hugh Burns were Agnes Neilson (or Wallace as she had married before)b 1814 Kelso, Scotland and Peter Burns b 1817 - 1818 in Ireland.

This is where the brick wall appears. Peter was from Ireland and we do not know if it was North or South. He married Agnes after 1846 as she had a son, William Wallace b 1846 Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland. In the 1861 Census they are living in Kelso, Scotland with both William and Hugh. We think Hugh was their only child as he was born in the mid 1850's and by 1861 there should have been others. Going by the tradition of calling the first son by the father's father's name we think peter's father could have been Hugh. Peter was a labourer at the time of the 1861 census and had died by 1875 when Hugh and Jane married. Hugh's usual residence at that time was Loan End,Northumberland, England and he went over to Hutton, Berwick to marry Jane. They then moved back to Northumberland where they had Peter James the next year. Agnes was living with William and his wife by 1881 but was nowhere to be found by 1901.

Does anyone have any links to this family in thier research??? If so please contact me at peter@japburns.freeserve.co.uk

We would love to find relatives in the Burns side of the family. We have found relatives on the Horsburgh and Davidson sides but nothing at all for the Burns'

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to any replies

Carol Burns
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