Text taken from page 12 of: Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
JAMES M. McBURNEY, a rising young attorney of Washington, well-versed in civil law which is his special practice, is a native of the borough, born March 7, 1858. His great-grandfather, James McBurney, married Martha McGoffin, and they had six children, viz.: Mary (Mrs. John McAuley), Alexander, Joseph, James, Martha (Mrs. James Matthews) and Jane (Mrs. John Gillespie). Of these, James, who was a native of Washington county, married and had children, as follows: Ebenezer, James, Joseph, Eliza (Mrs. Hawkins), Martha (Mrs. Watson), Sarah (Mrs. Thompson of Mercer county), and Catherine (Mrs. Gault also of Mercer county), all dead except Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Gault. Their father was an officer in the Pennsylvania Militia, and died many years ago on his farm in South Strabane township, now owned by the Zediker family.
The following are my comments and not a part of the above sketch: 1. Martha MGoffin would have been James McBurney's (Great-grandfather of the above James M. McBurney) first wife who passed away in 1801.
2. This also shows the children of James' son James who is listed on the 1820 census with brother Joseph and it does not appear that neither James nor Joseph was the father of William L. McBurney (b. 2 Dec 1805)
3. After Martha McGoffin McBurney died in 1801, the elder James McBurney did marry another lady that appears to have been about 41 years younger than he was at the time.Her name was Catharine and she was born in 1789 while he was born in 1747 and she would have only been 16 when William L. McBurney was born.