Elizabeth Emily Belcher

#231, b. 23 May 1851, d. 1 February 1921
     Elizabeth Emily Belcher was born on 23 May 1851 in Sydenham, Toronto Township, Peel County, Canada West.1,2,3 She was the daughter of John Belcher and Mary Jane Fury.4,1,3,2 She married Alexander Burness, son of Alexander Burness and Margaret Masson, on 27 January 1873 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.4 She died on 1 February 1921 in 103 Elgin Street, St Thomas, Ontario, Canada, at age 69.1,5,6 She was buried on 4 February 1921 in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.1,6
     Elizabeth E. Belcher (age 10) was enumerated in the census on 14 January 1861 in Southampton, Bruce County, Canada West, in the household of John Belcher.3 Emma Belcher (age 19) was enumerated in the census on 2 April 1871 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, in the household of George Burness. She was a milliner.2 Emily Burness (age 25) was enumerated in the census on 4 April 1881 in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada, in the household of Alexander Burness.7 Emily Burness (age 36) was enumerated in the census on 15 April 1891 in London, Ontario, Canada, in the household of A. Burness.8 Emily Burness (wife, age 42) was enumerated in the census on 31 March 1901 in London, Ontario, Canada, in the household of Alexander Burness.9 Emily Burness (wife, age 49) was enumerated in the census on 1 June 1911 in 348 Piccadilly Street, London, Ontario, Canada, in the household of Alexander Burness.10
     Obituary: Late Mrs. Burness - The death occurred Tuesday morning at the family residence, 103 Elgin Street, St. Thomas, of Mrs. Elizabeth Emily Burness after an illness of about two years. The late Mrs. Burness, who was well known here, moving to St. Thomas with her husband and family in October 1919, her husband Alex. R. Burness, being connected with the Heintzman Company. Mr. Burness is now with the Mason & Risch Company in St. Thomas. Mrs. Burness was a consistent member of St. John's Anglican Church, London, before coming to St. Thomas, and had been attending Trinity Anglican Church in St. Thomas. She was a zealous worker in the Woman's Missionary Society, the Guild and other organizations in connection with Trinity Church. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her death two daughters and one son - Miss Edith Marion at home, and Miss Florence Margaret and G. E. Burness, of Toronto; also two sisters and two brothers. The funeral will be held privately Friday morning from the family residence to the London & Port Stanley Railway station, where the remains will be conveyed to London on the 11:43 o'clock train and thence via Grand Trunk Railway to Stratford, where interment will take place.5

Children of Elizabeth Emily Belcher and Alexander Burness


  1. Death Registration, Archives of Ontario.
  2. 1871 Canadian Census, Ontario.
  3. 1861 Canadian Census, Canada West.
  4. Marriage Registration, Archives of Ontario.
  5. The Stratford Daily Herald, Stratford, Ontario.
  6. Gravestone, Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
  7. 1881 Canadian Census, Ontario.
  8. 1891 Canadian Census, Ontario.
  9. 1901 Canadian Census, Ontario.
  10. 1911 Canadian Census, Ontario.
  11. Birth Registration, Archives of Ontario.