Margaret Kane
Kane-Margaret 1895a
Sex: Female
Birth: March 15, 1846
Death: June 11, 1912
Morton, Pennsylvania
Burial: Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
Yeadon, Pennsylvania
Father: John Kane (c1820-?)
Spouse/Partner: William Burke (1845-1919)
Marriage: 1868
Children: John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939)
Mary Ellen Burke (1870-1957)
Kane-Margaret death 1912

Margaret Kane (1846-1912) death certificate

Burke burial PA 01

William Burke (1845-1919) and Margaret Kane (1846-1912) cemetery deed

Margaret Kane (1846-1912) was a migrant from Ireland to United States around 1865. She would become the wife of a milk dealer in Jersey City, New Jersey. (b. March 15, 1846; Ireland - d. June 11, 1912; Morton, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA)


Margaret was born in March of 1846 to John Kane in Ireland. The date March of 1846 comes from the 1900 United States Census. Her death certificated listed her birth as "March 15, 1832". March 15, 1846 is a composite of the two. This will be the tentative date until a baptism record is found in Ireland. Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in Ireland in 1864.[1] Previous to that year events were recorded by the church and the may not be extant.[2] Approximately half the Church of Ireland parish registers were held at the Public Record Office and they were destroyed in 1922 in a fire and explosion during the Battle of Dublin of the Irish Civil War.


She emigrated to the US around 1865.


In 1868 she married William Burke (1845-1919).


Jersey City, New JerseyEdit

Margaret's husband, William operated a milk dealership from his home at 26 Atlantic Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her son, John, married Nora M. Finn around 1889 and she gave birth to her only child: Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949). In 1898 Nora died of pneumonia and Mary was raised by Nora's sister: Catherine Elizabeth Finn (1863-1918) aka Kate Finn. In 1899 John married Josephine Smith (1875-1962) and they had five children together. John had trouble earning enough money to support his children so the girls were raised by his sister: Mary Ellen Burke. Mary Ellen Burke may have adopted two children: Leona Veronica Patterson; and John Patterson.

Delaware County, PennsylvaniaEdit

By 1910, Margaret and her husband William, retired to Delaware County, Pennsylvania and lived with their daughter: Mary Ellen Burke; and her husband, Richard B. Patterson II.


Margaret died on June 12, 1912.


She was buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Yeadon, Pennsylvania with:


  1. ^ Ireland Civil Registration, Familysearch,, retrieved 2013-04-07 
  2. ^ Parish records and marriage licences, National Archives of Ireland, "For the period before 1864, church records provide the only record of most baptisms, marriages and burials."