Mary Margaret Burke
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Sex: Female
Birth: September 7, 1890 (1890-09-07) (131 years ago)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Baptism: Roman Catholic
Death: September 12, 1949 (age 59), 7:20 am
72 years ago
Jersey City, New Jersey
Burial: Holy Name Cemetery
Jersey City, New Jersey
Father: John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939)
Mother: Nora M. Finn (1866-1898)
Spouse/Partner: Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968)
Marriage: September 27, 1919 (age 29)
102 years ago
Saint John the Baptist
Jersey City, New Jersey
Children: Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920- )
Vincent Gerard Norton (1923-2005)
John Burke Norton (1927)
James Joseph Norton II (1929- )
Catherine Finn Norton (1930-1934)

Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) circa 1895

From left to right are: Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968) with his wife, Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949); Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920- ) and Vincent Girard Norton (1923-2005) circa 1925, on the corner of Garfield Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey

Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) was a school teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey and later a housewife. (b. September 07, 1890, 29 Atlantic Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, 07304-2301, USA, d. September 12, 1949, 7:20 am, Jersey City Medical Center, 50 Baldwin Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07304, USA)


Death of mother[]

Her mother died of pneumonia when she was 8 years old.

Raised by her aunt[]

Mary was raised by her mother’s sister: Catherine Elizabeth Finn (1864-1918) aka Kate Finn. Catherine worked as an executive secretary at the American Lead Pencil Company in Hoboken, New Jersey. Katherine and Mary were relatively well off financially, Kate owned a piano, and her house was decorated with crystal and at least one oil painting. They also owned a sterling silver tea set. Her father, John Burke remarried around 1900 and started a second family with Josephine Smith (1875-1962).


She had four years of college at the New Jersey Teacher's College and graduated with a degree in education.

Half siblings[]


Mary became a school teacher in Jersey City after attending the Teacher's College


She met Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968) who's sister was a school teacher at the same school. Mary and Tom married on September 27, 1919 at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. Tom was the son of Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905) and Sarah Jane Carr (1863-1950). When Mary married she was required to leave teaching. Teaching was only allowed for single women.


Mary and Thomas had the following children:

Devout catholic[]

In 1942 Mary's son Thomas got married but she refused to attend the wedding because he was marrying a Protestant and her and her family was Catholic.


In 1949 Selma, her daughter-in-law, stopped by 603 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City to say hello and found her on the couch in pain. Mary’s husband hadn't called the doctor and this was her second day in pain. Selma called the doctor from someone else's apartment, since Tom didn't have a telephone. Mary lived another day, but died at the hospital. She told Selma at the hospital before she died: "you saved my life".


Mary was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey in a plot that belongs to her mother's family and includes:

Funeral notice[]

Her funeral notice was published in the Jersey Journal on September 13, 1949 and reads as follows:

Norton - Of 603 Garfield Avenue, on Monday, September 12, 1949, Mary Norton (nee Burke), beloved wife of Thomas P. Norton Sr., devoted mother of Thomas P. Jr., Vincent G. and James Norton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, September 15th at 9 a.m. from The Funeral Home of Richmond F. Routh, 206 Old Bergen Road. Solemn mass of requiem at Sacred Heart R.C. Church at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Name Cemetery.

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Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949)'s ancestors in three generations
Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) Father:
John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939)
Paternal Grandfather:
William Burke (1845-1919)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
John Burke (c1820-?) of Ireland
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Paternal Grandmother:
Margaret Kane (1846-1912)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
John Kane (c1820-?) of Ireland
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Mary X (c1820-?) of Ireland
Nora M. Finn (1866-1898)
Maternal Grandfather:
Daniel Finn (1818-1887)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Patrick Finn (c1790-?) of County Cork, Ireland
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Mary X (c1790-?) of County Cork, Ireland
Maternal Grandmother:
Catherine Creedon (1834-1914)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Jeremiah Creedon (c1810-?) of Ireland
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Johanna Noonan (c1810-?) of Ireland