Dr. Philip Palmer Burrows was born on the 9th of June, 1842 in Ottawa, Ontario. His parents were John Burrows and the former Maria Elizabeth Hoskins. His father was an engineer, involved in the construction of the Rideau Canal. Dr. Burrows had 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
Dr. Burrows studied at Laval University before attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine graduating M.D.C.M. in 1866. The topic of his graduation thesis was pneumonia. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 9th of June, 1866. For the first few years of his practice he was associated with Dr. James Grant in Ottawa. According to the 1871 census he was practicing medicine in Hope Twp, Durham County. By 1872 he was living in Kent County and practicing medicine in Morpeth, Howard Twp and as far north as Dresden.
He married Charlotte Susanna Needler on the 22nd of April, 1874 in Lindsay, Ontario. Mrs. Burrows was born on the 19th of September, 1842 near Montreal, Quebec. Her parents were Walker Needler and the former Sarah Leary. Her father moved the family to Millbrook, Ontario after he bought the saw mill and grist mill in 1852. As of 2015, Needlers Mill is still standing, but boarded up. Mrs. Burrows had 2 older brothers named George and William.
Dr. and Mrs. Burrows had one daughter, Lotta Evelin Burrows who was born on the 18th of September, 1882 in Lindsay, Ontario. Dr. Burrows continued to practice in Lindsay until his death on the 31st of July, 1908. At the time of his death, the family lived on Sussex Street.
After her husband’s death, Mrs. Burrows moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to a number of business directories, Mrs. Burrows took housekeeping jobs to support herself and her daughter. Mrs. Burrows died on the 26th of November, 1912 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was buried next to her husband in Lindsay.