Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell

Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell

Male 1899 - 1963  (64 years)
Person ID: I77436 


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  • Name Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell  [1
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    • Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell was a man of mystery, much of his own making. In his prime he
      operated a detective agency in Trenton: Burtchaell Research Service, at 64 Prospect Street. He
      was very handsome, with a mane of white hair and a white mustache.

      He spoke of his father as "Sir Cecil," and claimed an upperclass background. His father, it
      seems, served as a sailor on the yacht of a wealthy pharmaceutical executive, and was not a
      man of wealth. His mother was involved in drama, Joseph spoke of himself sometimes as an
      atttorney, and even as a professor of law at Princeton University, but was neither. His :
      knowledge of medicine implies possible medical training in his youth. He claimed he had
      come over from Ireland "with a price on his head and a bullet in his knee."

      He was neither Catholic nor Protestant, but an atheist, and a devotee of the iconoclast
      writings of Brand.

      This memoir is drawn from information provided by Signe Burtchaell, and by
      Javan Kienzle (wife of William Kienzle, the mystery writer),
      who had worked briefly for Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell in Trenton.
      Signe Burtchaell, his widow, tells Fr. James T. Burtchaell that he posed
      for the trademark portrait for Prince Albert Tobacco.
    Born 20 Aug 1899  Castlecomer, Kilkenny, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Aug 1963  Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Died without children

    Parents

    Family ID: F60935 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Trevor Cecil Burtchaell (ID:I9903),   b. 1 Oct 1871, Coolroe, Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Emily Beacham (ID:I77435),   d. DECEASED 
    Married UNKNOWN  [1

    Family 1

    Family ID: F60988  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Wife 1 Elizabeth ? (ID:I77542),   b. 24 Oct 1902, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1983  (Age 80 years) 
    Married UNKNOWN  [1
    • After years of marriage to Elizabeth, Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell divorced her.
      Elizabeth lived on many years in Trenton, and eventually
      died in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Philadelphia. He married
      Signe, previously married in Germany and a generation younger,
      and they moved to Florida, where she survived him and retired in 1999.

    Family 2

    Family ID: F60989  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Wife 2 ? ? (ID:I77543),   d. Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married UNKNOWN  [1
    • Signe E. Burtchaell writes: When Joseph was very young, he had told me, he was married to a beautiful young woman and they were very happy. When she displayed feelings of being ill and she developed a distended abdomen, they believed she was pregnant. However, as time went on, they learned that it was a growth which by that time was inoperable. She died .... I never learned the young lady's name.

    Family 3

    Family ID: F60991  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Wife 3 Signe E. Aigner (ID:I77544),   b. 2 Mar 1927, Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 2011, Sarasota, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 20 Mar 1958  Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • After years of marriage to Elizabeth, Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell divorced her.
      Elizabeth lived on many years in Trenton, and eventually
      died in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Philadelphia. He married
      Signe, previously married in Germany and a generation younger,
      and they moved to Florida, where she survived him and retired in 1999.
    Children 
      1. Joseph Lawrence Burtchaell, Jr. (ID:I77545),   b. Abt 1952,   d. Bef 2011  (Age ~ 58 years) [Adopted,Adopted]
  • Event Map

    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Aug 1899 - Castlecomer, Kilkenny, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Mar 1958 - Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Aug 1963 - Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Source Citations

    1. [S1715] Family Database of Burtchaell Family: The Genealogy of the Burtchaell Family, Rev. James Tunstead Burtchaell III, C.S.C., (Name: Self; Date: 2002, 153 pages + xvii;), 153 pages + xvii pages in the Preface. Descendants of Michael Burtchaell (1648–1732) of Burgage More, County Wicklow, Province of Leinster, Ireland are covered in the great majority of the book. This line of the Burtchaell family is called the "Leinster Burtchaells." Included in the Leinster line are the descendants of New Orleans immigrant Nicholas Burtchaell (1826–1890), who form the "New Orleans line" of Burtchaells, included on pages 24, 45–47, 69, 84–85, 97–103, 113–116. The index to the entire manuscript appears on pages 141–153. For those users who have full viewing rights to information and media for living individuals in the family tree, the entire Burtchaell family manuscript is available (click on the attached pdf file). However, the manuscript is not viewable on the regular public site since it contains information on some living individuals; instead, the preface can be viewed via the link below. Gerald Burtchaell of New Orleans (a great grandson of Nicholas Burtchae.
      Nicholas Burtchaell (1826–1890) and his wife Annie Dinnin Burtchaell (1840–1917) "are the scions of the New Orleans Burtchaells" (page 46).
      Regarding Nicholas Burtchaell, who immigrated to New Orleans in the mid-1850s:

      Also from page 46: "His story was unknown to Dublin bachelor chronicler George Dames Burtchaell (1853–1921) who simply noted him as 'died unmarried.' Nicholas emigrated on the same ship as young Annie Dinnin; they met after disembarking in New Orleans and married soon afterward.

      "The family retains the recollection that Nicholas fled Ireland. One story (Wyona Denstedt) is that he and a cousin were out riding and the cousin was killed. Nicholas, disguised as a negro, then emigrated. Another concurs in that Nicholas had to sneak out of Ireland. There is further belief that one not his brothers wished him to come up to Canada to take our his business.

      "Unlike most other Burtchaell branches, the Louisiana Burtchaells have been Catholics. Their chronicler has been Gerald J. Burtchaell, who in 1971 studied the genealogy and occupations of the Louisiana Burtchaells."
      https://vitter.org/Genealogy/Documents/TheGenealogyoftheBurtchaellFamilyPreface.pdf
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.