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Surnames: Burns, Fitzsimmons, Brannon, Galligan, Goheen, Bohan, Martin
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Hello. I don't have much more than what I've posted on the Burns family of
Lawler, Iowa. My grandfather, Edward A. Fitzsimmons, and his wife, Catherine Burns, had
two children, Claude Burns Fitzsimmons and Colletta Fitzsimmons. Catherine died of
tuberculosis and Edward Fitzsimmons brought her back to Lawler to be buried in Our Lady of
Mt. Carmel Cemetery there. Claude and Colletta were then taken-in by Patrick and Mary Ann
Burns, Catherine's parents. Colletta died a few years later, and is buried in the
same plot as Catherine. Claude ran a "racket store" in Lawler, then took up
hotel clerking, working in various towns around Iowa and eventually married in Des Moines
to a girl from Indianapolis. He developed some health problems, and they moved to
Indianapolis to be near her family, and he ran a newsstand in Union Station there. He
died in 1978 and is buried in Indianapolis.
It is interesting that Bridget Burns is also from "Magherogloon", and I agree
that she surely must be related to Patrick Burns. Here is what I have for him, and I
think some of this comes from censuses, and the rest from emails from various researchers.
(I keep poor records, and can't tell you their names, unless by some luck I come
across them in the future.)
Patrick was born in Ohio in March 1842, one of three sons of Owen Burns and Catherine
Brannon of Co. Monaghan. I don't have the other sons' names. I have Owen as born
about 1810. Patrick married Mary Ann Galligan in about 1866. She was born April 1845 in
Massachusetts. Patrick died in 1912, but I don't have any further information on Mary
Ann. They had these children, Etta (short for Colletta?) Burns Goheen, born February
1867, Catherine (my grandfather's first wife mentioned above) born about 1869, died
1898, Frank died about 1900, maybe, and Joseph born January 1874.
My grandfather's father, John Fitzsimons, was born in Co. Cavan, which borders Co.
Monaghan, married a girl named Eliza Bohan, sister of Bridget (Bohan) Martin, Maria
(Bohan) Blanchard, and Peter. That family also came to Iowa via Ohio. I have
corresponded with researchers who think the father of the family was Fergus Bohan, and it
is thought he died in one of the several fires that occurred in Lawler, but I haven't
been able to find any more about him.
It seems logical to me that there may have been some kind of communication between these
families who came from the north of Ireland, lived in Ohio for a time, then came to
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