Joseph Burnett (1807-1885), Bedford County, VA

 

1807

JOSEPH BURNETT, son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and PRISCILLA CARTER, wife of WILLIAMSON BURNETT, born in Bedford County, VA.

1820

JULIUS SAUNDERS legally apprentices William(son) Burnett, JOSEPH BURNETT, and Christopher Ammon Burnett. Y-chromosome tests have proven that JOSEPH BURNETT and Christopher Ammon Burnett are descended from JULIUS SAUNDERS.

1821

CAPT JULIUS SAUNDERS died in Bedford County, Va., in August, 1821, as indicated in the letter from Samuel Newell to Tunstall Quarles hereintofore quoted. He was buried with military honors, as befitted “a good soldier”, who “had helped capture that old Scoundrel Cornwallis”.

1824

December 25,1824,

John Johnson, deceased, commonwelth appointed to sell Widow’s allotment, 161 acres Craddock Creek to Julius Saundrs & c. Bedford County, Virginia. Deed book 19, page 114.

1830

JOSEPH BURNETT son of JULIUS SAUNDERS and PRISCILLA CARTER [see Priscilla Carter (1763-1843), Bedford County, VA]. [WHB - JOSEPH'S biological father is apparently JULIUS SAUNDERS] is married on 20 December, 1830 in Bedford County to ELIZABETH JOHNSON daughter of JOHN JOHNSON JR. and MARY ANN “POLLY” CARTER.

Source: General  Index to Marriage Registers – Bedford, Virginia, from 1754.

1831

JOHN BURNETT, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1832

William S(andy) Burnett, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1834

Lockey Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1836

Polly Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA

1838

Henry Thomas Burnett, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON born in Bedford County, VA.

1840

Woodard Burnett, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1842

JOSEPH BURNETT, JR, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County VA.

1844

Priscilla Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1847

Elizabeth Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1850

Sarah Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

1853

James P. Burnett, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

JOHN BURNETT, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries MARY ANN (POLLY) JOHNSON.

1856

Martha Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born in Bedford County, VA.

Polly Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries David H Johnson.

1860

Mary Jane Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, born ande dies in Bedford County, VA.

1867

Priscilla Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries Obadiah Crouch

1869

Elizabeth Burnett, daughter of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries John Henry Burnett.

Woodard Burnett, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries Francess Mitchell

1875

JOSEPH BURNETT, JR, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries MALINDA JANE WITT.

1882

James P. Burnett, son of JOSEPH BURNETT and ELIZABETH JOHNSON, marries Cora Ellen White.

His death record (1885)

VIRGINIA: In the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court of the County of Bedford:

I, H. P. Scott, Clerk of said Court, do hereby certify that the death records on file in this office for Bedford County show the death of a white, male, named Joseph Burnett, age 78 years, Oct. 1885, cause of death Dropsy, parents J. H. and Pricella Burnett, Farmer, wife’s name Elizabeth, and information given by Wm. Burnett, son.

Given under my hand and seal of said Court, this the 9th day of May, 1979. Virginia H. Stanley, Deputy for H. P. Scott, Clerk

Death Record Book 1 Page 117.

His younger brother’s death record two month’s later (1885)

VIRGINIA: In the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court of the County of Bedford:

I, H. P. Scott, Clerk of said Court, do hereby certify that the death records on file in this office for Bedford County show the death of a white, male, named Chris A. Burnett, on Dec. 15, 1885, age 75 years, parents J. H. & Pricella Burnett, Farmer, Wife’s name Orphy J., and information given by Wm. Burnett, a nephew.

Given under my hand and seal of said Court, this the 9th day of May, 1979. Virginia H. Stanley, Deputy for H. P. Scott, Clerk

Death Record Book 1 Page 117.

[WHB Note: At one time I thought that the use of  "J. H." rather the "Williamson Burnett" in both reports of death to the County Clerk was inadvertent, William Burnett mixing up the name of his father's eldest brother James Hooper with the long-deceased Williamson.

The combination of genealogical and DNA evidence now suggests that the J. H. was not meant to refer to a Burnett at all, but rather more likely to JULIUS SAUNDERS.

I suspect the use of the term J. H. for the father of both JOSEPH and Christopher Ammon Burnett by nephew William Burnett at the death of two of the brothers was deliberate and had a particular meaning at that time. ]

[WHB – The following is a list of the marriages of JOSEPH BURNETT’s children and/or dates of their deaths that took place after his death in 1885:

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