James "Dad" Washington Burnett (1860 - 1946)

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Nicknames: "Dad"
Death: Died in Buncombe, NC, USA
Cause of death: Cerebral Accident (Stroke)
Occupation: Merchant
Managed by: Andy McMahan
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About James "Dad" Washington Burnett

Postmaster from 1914 to 1930, Almond, NC

James and Elizabeth lived on a farm in the Burningtown-Tellico section of Macon Co., NC for several years. In 1888 James W. purchased 359 acreas on Rattlesnake Creek in Swain County, for the sum of $300.00, and moved his family to Swain Co., NC.The entire family moved with all household belongings in a wagon drawn by a team of oxen. Roads were not food in any of the area at that time, but the High Lonesome bluff looked especially dangerous. Because of the narrowness and steepness of the road, he had all the family, one of them being a baby in arms, get off the wagon and walk while he guided the wagon containing the household goods past the bluff. Land was cleared for corn and wheat fields, pastures, apple and peach orchards.In addition to cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks and geese raised on the farm the forest was full of deer, small game and wild turkey. The small creek that ran by the home was full of the small speckled trout. The Little Tennessee river, only a mile away,was teeming with catfish. In 1907 James W. purchased property in the town of Almond near the railway depot and started a mercantile business and served as postmaster for a number of years. He boarded in Almond and would ride a mule home and back on the weekends. The family remained on Rattlesnake Creek until 1926 when those that remained at home moved to Almond. The business did well and "Dad Burnett", as he was fondly called by young and old alike, remained in business until he had to leave Almond because of the building of Fontana dam. After selling the Almond property to TVA, James and Elizabeth bought property in Skyland on Long Shoals road in Buncombe county, where they lived with their two unmarried daughters, Louada, and Genevieve.

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James "Dad" Burnett's Timeline

1860
February 13, 1860
1881
October 27, 1881
Age 21
1883
October 27, 1883
Age 23
1885
May 24, 1885
Age 25
1887
May 1, 1887
Age 27
1891
May 25, 1891
Age 31
1893
August 15, 1893
Age 33
1895
October 15, 1895
Age 35
Needmore, Swain, North Carolina, United States
1898
March 27, 1898
Age 38
Nantahala, NC, USA