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TIFFIN, Joseph
MOORE, Elizabeth
TIFFIN, Mary Jane



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PASSMORE, Mary Maude

McBURNEY, Hugh 3

  • Born: 14 Oct 1870, Teeswater, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 3
  • Marriage: PASSMORE, Mary Maude on 21 Feb 1906 in Teeswater, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 1 2
  • Died: 12 Jul 1957, Erskine, Stettler, Alberta, Canada aged 86
  • Buried: 17 Jul 1957, Elgin, Westman, Manitoba, Canada

bullet  General Notes:


My father, Hugh McBurney, was born at Teeswater, Ontario on Friday, October 14, 1870. He was the fourth child and third son born to Hugh McBurney and Mary Jane Tiffin who were married at Teeswater, Ontario on Thursday, March 5, 1863. Hugh was raised on the family farm at Teeswater but told us little about his younger days. When I asked him about going to school he said he did not remember going to school after the fourth grade. In 1889 he and his younger brother Joe must have heard the siren call of the west and they followed their Dad's brother (Uncle Tom) to Manitoba. Dad helped Uncle Tom (who farmed in the Westhall area) with the spring planting in 1889. Uncle Tom did not have any work for Dad so he hired on with Gus Robinson (a prominent farmer in the Whitewater area). Dad's actual movements for the next few years are very sketchy and we can only guess that he would have worked for various farmers in the are. We do know that prior to Dad moving to Manitoba his father had passed away in 1878 and that his mother had subsequently married a Edward Taylor. From this marriage Dad had two half-brothers Robert born in 1881 and Reuben in 1883. Shortly after these two boys were born their parents separated. Following the separations Dad's mother, his two half-brothers and Dad's younger brother Uncle Dick moved to Hartney, Manitoba. In 1897 Dad and Uncle Dick purchased the quarter on 8 and built a small wooden shanty on it as living quarters for themselves and their mother. Details are very sketchy but we do know that in the fall of 1902 Dad arranged finances to purchase the Southwest Quarter of Section 16 Twn 5 Range 22 and the NW Quarter Section 9 Twn 5 Range 22 from a George Boulton. The quarter on 16 had a two storey house in the SW corner and a smaller one room wooden house in approximately the center of the quarter. After Dad purchased the property and prior to 1906 Dad moved the small one room house up and joined it unto the two story structure and had the whole structure bricked over. The structures were then remodelled inside to make a state of the art, for that period of time, home. The house was unique in that it had two bid metal cisterns under one part of the house and had a water pressure system (by hand pump), a water heating system (attached to wood stove) thereby providing hot and cold running water to a bathroom upstairs and a washroom downstairs. Toilets were not installed in those days. On February 21, 1906 my Dad married my mother Mary Maude Passmore. We only have sketchy details about this marriage and we are not even sure where the wedding was held. Dad and Mother immediately started raising a family and their first child a daughter, Mary Doris McBurney was born on December 3, 1907. She was followed by a son.
Hugh Earl McBurney born Aug 25, 1909 and then John Melvin born Feb. 04, 1915, Mildred Jean born Nov 11.,1916, Muriel Mae born Aug 1918 but lived only a few days, Margaret Iola Belle born Nov. 4, 1922 and last but not least Richard Cecil born May 6, 1925. Unfortunately Mary Doris was born handicapped in that she could not speak. She lived at home until 1922 when she started having seizures and had to be hospitalized in the children's hospital at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Doris passed away in 1929 and is burried in the Hartney Cemetary with her Gramma. Times were very difficult for the Hugh McBurney family during the years 1910 to 1930. There were some very difficult financial times in the early 1920's during which Dad almost lost our farm. In 1923 and 24 the farm had to be rented out to various local farmers in order to keep going. Mother's health started seriously deteriorating in the 1920's culminating in her death on May 18, 1930.Following her death our Aunt Sadie came to help out looking after the children in 1930 and 1931. Mel had to quit school to help out on the farm, Jean had to quit school to take over the mother's duties. In the early 1930's s terrible depression set in and in 1934 and 35 we had a complete drought and crop failure. Times were really tough in the 1930's nd we were extremely fortunate to be able to keep going. In the 1940's the Second World War was in full swing and farm prices were skyrocketing. 4


bullet  Facts and details for Hugh McBurney:

• He lived in Kinloss Township, Bruce, Ontario, Canada in 1871. 5

• He lived in Kinloss Township, Bruce, Ontario, Canada in 1881. 6

• He worked as a farm labourer in 1889-1891 in Glenwood, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. 7 8 Working on John Kinnear's farm.

• He lived in Glenwood, Westman, Manitoba, Canada in 1889-1891. 7 8

• He lived in Hartney, Westman, Manitoba, Canada in 1892-1897. 8

• He owned land NEΌ of 8-5-22 in 1897 in Westhall, Winchester, Manitoba, Canada. 8 Hugh and brother Richard (Dick) purchased this land from the Hudson Bay Company.

• He worked as a farmer on 16 Apr 1901 in Cameron, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. 3

• He lived in Cameron, Westman, Manitoba, Canada on 16 Apr 1901. 3

• He owned land SWΌ of 16-5-22 and NW 9-5-22 in 1902 in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. 8 This land was purchased from George Bolton.

• He lived in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada on 30 Jun 1906. 9

• He worked as a farmer on 2 Jun 1911 in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. 10

• He lived in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada on 2 Jun 1911. 10

• He worked as a farmer in 1916 in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. 11

• He lived in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada in 1916. 11

• He worked as a farmer in 1921 in Cameron, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. 12

• He lived in Cameron, Westman, Manitoba, Canada in 1921. 12

• He was a school trustee for the West Hall school about 1922 in Westhall, Winchester, Manitoba, Canada. 8 All of his children attended this school.

• He was buried on 17 Jul 1957 in Elgin, Westman, Manitoba, Canada.

• His funeral was held on 17 Jul 1957 in Elgin, Westman, Manitoba, Canada. Funeral service was at Elgin United Church at 2:30 p.m.


Hugh married Mary Maude PASSMORE, daughter of John Alexander PASSMORE and Anne FERGUSON, on 21 Feb 1906 in Teeswater, Bruce, Ontario, Canada.1 2 (Mary Maude PASSMORE was born on 18 May 1882 in Seaforth, Huron, Ontario, Canada, died on 18 Mar 1930 in Underhill, Westman, Manitoba, Canada 13 and was buried in Mar 1930 in Elgin, Westman, Manitoba, Canada 14.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

The following wedding announcement was printed in the Wingham Advance (Huron Co., Ontario), March 1, 1906, p. 8, c. 4.

Langside [Kinloss Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario]. Wedding Bells - A very pleasant event took place at Cedar Grove Farm, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hetherington, lot 32, con. 3, Kinloss, on Wednesday, Feb. 1st, being the marriage of Miss Maude Passmore of Teeswater, (who formerly resided with Mrs. Hetherington) to Mr. Hugh McBurney, a prosperous young farmer of Underhill, Man. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. S.C. Edmunds of Whitechurch. The groom was assisted by Mr. Archie Passmore of Teeswater, brother of the bride, while Miss May Bell Hetherington, cousiin of the groom, cousin of the groom, acted as bridesmaid, with little May Passmore of Toronto and Ruthie Passmore of Teeswater, both nieces of the bride, as flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Promptly as six o'clock, to the strains of the wedding march played by Miss Eliza Jarvis, the bridal party took their places beneath a beautiful arch of evergreens, trimmed with white chrysanthemums and tinsel. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Alex Passmore of Teeswater. The bride looked charming in a dress of cream crepe-de-chene, trimmed with chiffon and lace and wearing the customary bridal veil caught up with a wreath of orange blossoms. The bridesmaid wore a dress of white organdie trimmed with allover lace and ribbon. The little girls looked cute, little May in cream cashmere and little Ruthie in white silk. The flowers were pink and white roses. When the ceremony was over, Miss Eliza Jarvis rendered a beautiful selection on the organ while congratulations were given, after which all sat down to a most bountiful wedding dinner, served by four young ladies, Miss Tillie Jarvis of Fordyce, Miss Charlotte Grant of Teeswater, Miss Berta Hetherington and Miss Lottie Bell of Langside. The decorations in the dining room were streamers of the national colors and boquets of asters. After the dinner of which nearly fifty partook, the evening was spent in music, games, recitations. Mr. and Mrs. Hetherington made a good host and hostess, and their genial manner added much to the evening's enjoyment. Among the guests from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. R. Ferguson of Walkerton, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Irwin and little Grace of Belgrave and Mrs. A. McGillivary of Wingham and Mr. Jas. Hetherington of Lebannon, South Dakota. The high esteem in which the bride was held was shown by the many beautiful and useful presents received. The groom's gift to the bride was a gold guard and toilet set, to the bridesmaid a gold brooch, to the groomsman a beautiful scarf pin, and to each of the little girls, a gold bracelet. The happy couple left on the afternoon train, next day. The bride's travelling suit was navy blue ladies' cloth with white silk waist and hat to match. They will visit friends in Toronto and Winnipeg before taking up their residence in the West. 2



1 Internet web site, http://www.mcburney.ca/mcburney/317.htm.

2 "Ontario Marriage Records 1801-1928, 1933-1934," database, Hugh McBurney and Maud Passmore.

3 1901 census of Canada, Manitoba, district 6, sub-district D, Cameron, p. 9, dwelling 77, family 77; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry, Census - Canada - 1901 - Manitoba .

4 Richard Cecil McBurney, Papers and documents, Personal history.

5 1871 census of Canada, Ontario, district 23, sub-district B, Kinloss Township, p. 15, dwelling 266, family 266; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry.com, Census - Canada - 1871 - Ontario .

6 1881 census of Canada, Ontario, district 176, Kinloss Township, p. 21, dwelling 98, family 98; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry, Census - Canada - 1881 - Ontario .

7 "Census of Canada - 1891," database, Census - Canada - 1891 (accessed 7 Jul 2012), Hugh McBernie; Manitoba > Selkirk > Glenwood > 18.

8 Hartney and District 1982-2002 (Hartney, Manitoba: Hartney Histoty Book Committee, 2003), 480.

9 database, Census - Canada - 1906 - Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta (accessed 7 Jul 2012), Hugh McBurney; Manitoba > Souris > Sub-District 14 > 10.

10 1911 census of Canada, Manitoba, district 23, sub-district 19, Underhill, p. 2, dwelling 15, family 15; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry, Census - Canada - 1911 - Manitoba .

11 database, Census - Canada - 1916 - Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta (accessed 7 Jul 2012), Hugh McBurney and family; Manitoba > Souris > 13 > 19.

12 1921 census of Canada, Manitoba, district 36, sub-district 30, Cameron, p. 8, dwelling 76, family 76; RG 31; digital images.

13 Province of Manitoba, Vital Statistics Web Site (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/cca/vital/Query.php), REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1930,015084.

14 Gravestone.