Elizabeth Justine Burnash

ID# 3087, (1918-2005)
Descendants of Michael Doyle (c1823-1878)
Descendants of Martin Dunn (died c 1847)
Granddaughter of Michael Doyle
Grandniece of James Doyle
1st cousin 2 times removed of Faye Louise Doyle
     Elizabeth Justine Burnash was born on 14 April 1918 in Rodman, Jefferson County, New York.1,2 She was the daughter of John Francis Burnash and Elizabeth Mary Doyle.1 She married Elmer J Simpson on 5 October 1940 in St Cecelia's Church, Adams, Jefferson County, New York.2 She and Elmer J Simpson were divorced.2 She lived in Adams Center, Jefferson County, New York, in 1985.3 She died on 22 October 2005 in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, at age 87.2

Elizabeth's obituary in the Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York, on 24 October 2005 read:
"ADAMS -- A funeral Mass for Elizabeth J. Simpson, 87, formerly of 87 E. Church St., will be said at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church with the Rev. Douglas A. Decker officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.
     Mrs. Simpson died Saturday at Mercy of Northern New York, Watertown, where she had been a resident since May 2002. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Piddock Funeral Home.
     Mrs. Simpson was a housekeeper in several homes and also was an attendant at the Valehaven Home for Adults, Mannsville. A lifelong resident of southern Jefferson County, she lived at Country View Apartments from April 1988 until entering the nursing home. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, crafts and quilting.
     Born April 14, 1918, in Rodman, daughter of John F. and Elizabeth Doyle Burnash, she attended Adams Center High School, then worked at F.W. Woolworth Co., Watertown. She married Elmer J. Simpson of Adams Center on Oct. 5, 1940, at St. Cecilia's Church with the Rev. Walter T. Cleary officiating. The marriage ended in divorce.
     Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Thomas J., LaFargeville, Timothy and Rosalyn, Adams, and Terry and Jennifer, Adams Center; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A son, Victor James, died May 1, 1943. Three brothers, John S., Joseph and Patrick Burnash, and five sisters, Lena McAdoo, Frances McConnell, Beatrice Lares, Teresa Hogan and Rose Waters, also died before her.
     Donations may be made to St. Cecilia's Church, 17 Grove St., Adams, N.Y. 13605."2

She was buried in Rural Cemetery, Adams, Jefferson County, New YorkG.2

Census Records

YearPlaceHead of Household
1920Rodman Twp, Jefferson County, New YorkJohn Francis Burnash1
1930Adams Twp, Jefferson County, New YorkJohn Francis Burnash4
Last Edited=16 Dec 2012

Children of Elizabeth Justine Burnash and Elmer J Simpson


  1. [S811] John Burnash, 1920 Federal Census (Rodman, Jefferson County, New York), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  2. [S1281] Elizabeth J. Simpson, Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY, 24 Oct 2005, pg D5.
  3. [S1286] Mrs Beatrice Lares, The Citizen-Advertiser, Auburn, NY, 15 Dec 1985.
  4. [S812] John Burnash, 1930 Federal Census (Adams, Jefferson County, New York), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca