1925 Biography - John Burnett

The ancestor of the Burnetts of this county was William, a native of New Jersey. He emmigrated to Ohio in 1802, being one of the first six families to settle in Trumbull County, that state. His wife's name was Mary Walker. John the next in line was two years old when his father came West, where he was reared and married in 1823, Harriet Merry, a native of Ohio, being the first white child born in Hartford Township, Trumbull County, 1801. Their children were Julia (2), Charles M. (2), Asahel (2), Martha (2), Frank (2), Mary (2), Wm. (2), Wellington (2). Asahel (2) born 1829, educated in the village school and also a higher school of Portage, Ohio, and began teaching in his native state at the age of sixteen years, for which he received eighteen dollars a month and boarded "around." He continued this work for a few years but decided to come to Illinois in ]853. It appears that he was the first of his family to come here, and settled on the farm where he died. It is located about four miles east of Vienna in Bloomfield township. He farmed in the summer and taught school in the winter for twenty-six years and was County Examiner under J. S. Whittenberg. He married Didamie Robertson, 1854. One child, Marcus L. (3), who married Sarah Connelly. They had Asahel Breeze (4), Chloe (4), Sadie (4), Earl (4). Chloe (4) married Wiley Holt and has Gladys (5); Sadie (4) married Walter Sharp, and has Sylvia (5); Earl (4) married Blanco Rhodes. Charles M. (2) was born in 1827, and came to this county in 1862. He was a business man of Vienna for many years and was noted for his beautiful horses and his good care of them. He married Margaret Henry in Ohio and their children were Frank (3), Fred (3), Helen (3), John (3). Frank (3) married Mary Sanders (see Bridges); Fred (3) was born in Ohio, 1854, and was a successful business man of Vienna for many years. He married Betty Fields and their children were Cora M. (4) who married D. W. (see Chapman); Fred (4) married Velma Strickland and their children are Fred (5) and Margaret (5). Helen (3) married Preston (see Bain); John (3) married Alice Lambert and their children were Charles (4), Frank (4) and Ted (4). Mary (2) married Jesse Davis, a contractor and builder of Vienna. Wellington (2) was a physician of Massac County, living at New Columbia, Ill., in the seventies.

Extracted 06 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 336-337.

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