Bridget Burns was born in approximately 1845 and was the second child of Patrick Henry Burns and Ann Mulrooney. It is suspected that she, as well as her parents and siblings were born in the area around the borders of the Civil Parishes of Kilkeevin and Baslic.

Her early years must have been difficult given the "Potato Famine" which began in 1847 and lasted a number of years thereafter. Perhaps it was the principal factor causing the emigration of her family to the United Stated in approximately 1860.

Bridget Burns, who remained behind in Ireland where she married her Thomas Crane in approximately 1862. Specific records provide specific evidence as to their location in Co. Roscommon. It is documented in the civil records that they resided in the PLU of Castlerea, the Civil Parish of Baslic, in the townland of Corlis. Corlis immediately borders the Civil Parish of Kilkeevin. Additionally, the church records of the Tulsk parish (now Ogulla) demonstrate that for several of their children, various Mulrooney family members served as baptism sponsors. Presumably, this demonstrates a close relationship between the Burns and Mulrooney families (e.g. uncles, aunts and/or cousins) A search for the Mulrooneys shows them living in a few different townlands in Kilkeevin, all near the Baslic border. This lends credibility to the fact that Patrick and Ann also originated in this area.

She and Thomas Crane (though we have seen variations on the spelling such as Craine and Crean) raised eight children. It is certain that three of Bridget and Thomas' children, John, Mary Ann and Martin also emigrated to the United States, settling in the New York metropolitan area. It also appears that her son James and daughter Cecilia also relocated to the United States as well. Her other children remained in Ireland on the farm.

Census records for 1901 and 1911 show them residing on the farm in Corlis.

Bridget died in Corlis on 21 May, 1923. At the time she was a widow, Thomas having passed December 8, 1915.


Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 1845 (circa)
Date of Death 21st May 1921
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Patrick Henry Burns
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Ann Mulrooney
Number of Children 8
Names of Children John, Mary Ann and Martin
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  • Bridget Burns married Thomas Crane and they resided in the townland of Corlis in the Parish ot Baslic.  In the census of 1901, Thomas' neice, Honoria was living with them.  Honoria is the daughter of Thomas' brother John of Fairymount.  Further research shows that there are many Crane/Creans residing in the Fairymount area, specifically in Mullaghnashee and Mullen. 

    I am curious as to, if the Fairymount area is where Thomas Crane originated, how did he come to rent a farm in Corlis, some 8 or 10 miles away.  Does anyone know if relocation over such a distance was common or even unique for the mid 1800's Thomas was married to Bridget around 1860 and their first child was born in Corlis in 1863.  Any help in clarifying this issue would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Joe Keanrs

    Joe Kearns

    Monday 6th February 2023 08:23PM

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