There is only one baptismal record, for George Charles Burns, born July 11 1869.
In 1881, the household of Thomas and Hannah BURNS in Lot 6 consisted of: Thomas (40) and Hannah (42), George (12), James (10), Josephine (9), William (5), Maud (8), Thomas (4) and Georganna (2). All were born on Prince Edward Island.
Josephine Burns married Wellington Mugridge in 1888. 
In 1891, Lot 6, Thomas (58), Hannah (50), Hattie E. (age 26 - she had been in the United States in 1881), George (22), James (20), William (16), Thomas (14), Maud (12) and Georgina (11). Thomas said his mother was born in Scotland, and his father on the Island. Hannah's father was born in England, and mother on the Island. Thomas was a ship carpenter, and sons George and James were farming. The house was a wooden structure, one and a half stories, 4 rooms. 
The family then disappears from records under the name BURNS, and re-appears as BROWN.
Their son, George Charles, was baptized under the name BURNS, with date of birth July 11 1869. However, it is Charles BROWN buried in St. Lukes Church of England Cemetery, son of Thomas A. and Hanna, born July 11 1869, died June 28 1893. Sarah Georgina BROWN, daughter of Thomas was born 20 July 1879 in O'Leary, and baptized on 15 June 1899 in the Church of England, Alberton.
James Ellis BROWN, son of Thomas and Hannah Ellis, married Mary Amelia Warren in 1893 in Watertown, Massachusetts and Hattie E. BROWN, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Penrose, married James W. Fleet in 1893 in Cambridge.
Josephine married again in 1899, to Harry William Saunders. 
Maud Marion (born June 1878) and Sarah Georgina (born July 1879) were also in Massachusetts, under the name Brown in 1900. 
In the 1901 census, under BROWN, only son Thomas B. was living at home. The date of birth for Hannah Brown in the 1901 census matches that of Hannah P. Ellis, daughter of James and Marion, and matches the date of birth on the gravestone for Hannah Brown, wife of Thomas.
Josephine Sanders, born April 1872 in PEI, and married to H W Sanders, was living in Cape Breton in 1901. Two of her sisters were also in the household, Maud (born 17 June 1879) and Georgina Brown (born 26 July 1880), both from PEI.
Thomas Birch Brown, born 1878 son of Thomas and Hannah Ellis, married Louella Catherine Nicholson in 1902.  William Henry Brown, son of Thomas A. and Hannah Ellis married Catherine Jane Cameron in Vermont in 1906. 
Thomas and Hannah also went to Massachusetts in 1908, where they were in 1910, living with their daughter Marion M. BROWN, who ran a restaurant and boarding house in Natick. In 1910, Georgie S. Brown was living in Wakefield, Massachusetts with her aunt, Catherine Niley [Wiley]. 
By 1911, Hannah and Thomas were back on the Island, on their own. Their son James had also returned from Massachusetts.
Daughter Georgina Sarah married Alexander Hugo Sippel in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 23 1912. Alexander may have been her cousin. His mother was Mary Brown from Prince Edward Island. Mary had a brother Thomas on Prince Edward Island, and a sister Mrs. Wiley in Wakefield, Massachusetts; she was the daughter of Thomas Brown from PEI, and Flora, from Scotland.
Grave of Thomas A. Brown, born Dec 14 1840, died April 1917 his wife Hannah born May 12 1839, died April 17 1912 in St. Lukes Anglican Church cemetery Lot 6-2
In 1920, Hattie Flect (Fleet) was living with Alexander and Georgie Sippel in Illinois.
William Henry Brown, born PEI 1875 and son of Thomas A. and Hannah, died in Vermont in 1921. Sarah Georgina Sippel, born 20 July 1878, PEI died 1942 in Illinois. On the record, her father was William Brown and her mother Mary Ellis.
One reason for the change in the family's name was provided in the book Preserving the Past. Parts of this story might be true, but perhaps the story was about an ancestor of Thomas': "Thomas Burns, a young Scottish sailor, served on a Man O'War during a time when it was much easier to sign for service than it was to be released. According to family tradition, the ship was sailing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near the east coast of PEI when Thomas Burns decided to escape from a life which did not appeal to him. After a daring swim, he came ashore near Souris. He did not wish to return to the ship, so to conceal his identity he changed his name to Thomas Brown. He worked his way west to O'Leary where he met and married Hanna Ellis of that place."
Comparing the 1881 census record for Thomas Burns to the Meacham's Atlas map of Lot 6, there is only a property under Thomas A. Brown in that lot.
This does confirm that the family changed its name, but the records do not support this story. Thomas said on census records that his father was born on the Island, and his mother in Scotland. If the Mary Brown who married Hugo Sippel was his sister, then she said the same thing on her marriage record, and the 1880 US census. Mary's obituary said she had a brother Thomas on the Island, and sister Mrs. C. E. Wiley in Wakefield, Massachusetts. This sister, Catherine E. Brown Carlson Wiley Sippel said her parents were Thomas and Flora on her first marriage record. She later married her brother in law Hugo in 1912. Her obit said there was also a brother Charles B. Brown in Avon, Massachusetts.
Note the names that James E. Brown gave to his children: George Charles, Henry Saunders, Marion Maud, Willis Sippel, and Josephine.
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