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Gerritt Petersen Burnett

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Lagrangeville, Duchess, New York, USA
Death: April 14, 1884 (72)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of William Edmund Burnett and Hannah Ellen Burnett
Husband of Martha Briggs and Sarah Ann Hicks
Father of Jane Ann Alger; Emma Louise Swaner; Ellen Burnett; James Edmond Burnett; Sophie Adaline Burnett and 8 others
Brother of Edward Burnett; Aaron Burnett; Issac Burnett; Phoebe Burnett; Bernard C. Burnett and 4 others

Occupation: cooper, wheelwright
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About Gerritt Petersen Burnett

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 James McGaw Company (1852)


Garrett Peterson Burnett was born in LeGrange, Duchess County, New York on July 17, 1811. His parents were Hannah Cole and William Burnett. He married Martha Briggs, daughter of Jonathan Briggs and Abigail VanTassel in March of 1835. They had one son who died as an infant followed by two daughters Garrett Burnett took his family to Brooklyn, New York where his wife's father lived and owned a bakery. While there, two more daughters were born. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when just a young man. He was President of the Branch of the Church in Troy, New York doing some fine missionary work while there.

In 1848 the family sold their home and bakery and bought horses and wagons to cross the plains and join the rest of the Saints.  When they arrived in St. Louis, Missouri they could not go on because one of their horses had died.  They needed to purchase another horse and supplies.  While Garret was working to do this, cholera broke out among the Saints and many people were stricken.  Their oldest daughter Sophia and their baby Sarah got cholera.  Sophia died first 

and a few days later Sarah in May 1849. Garrett and Martha Burnett worked continuously among the sick without sleep and food, helping the sick, and burying the dead. In June 1850 another daughter was born named Ellen. Garrett was President of the Third Ward in St. Louis.

When the Saints left St. Louis for Utah, Garrett Burnett was put in charge over all wagons and companies to see that all were as well equipped as possible. He was a cooper by trade and was able to do much good at this time mending wagons, making yokes for oxen, new spokes for the wheels and sometimes new wheels. He also made buckets, tubs, barrels, churns and brushes.

They left St. Louis the 8th of May 1852. He was captain over ten wagons. All except the very small children walked every step of the way. They had many hardships on the way, some of their oxen died, and one time the oxen stampeded and they never got them back. They had to leave some of their wagons and many provisions on the plains that they later needed desperately.

The Deseret News printed in its paper the 18 of September 1852 the following: 11th Company--James McGaw Captain. In whose company there are 75 men, 68 women and 96 children. 54 wagons, 248 oxen, 90 cows, 19 horses and 4 mules. Also 63 arms, 275 ammunition, 24,435 pounds of provisions and 40 spades. List of captains, James McGaw, G. P. Burnett, C. W. Siddall, Crandall Dunn, John T. Caine, C. H. Bassett, D. A. Crandland (clerk), Crookeron (Captain guard).

After they arrived in Salt Lake City in September 1852, they resided in the 13th Ward. Here a son was born to them whom they called Joseph Garrett Burnett. Later they moved to the 10th Ward where Garrett P. lived until his death. His wife was killed by lightening five years after arriving in Salt Lake City. Some years later he married again, but his second wife only lived five years and he was alone again. He married the third time

to Sarah Hicks the 31 of January 1863. He never had any more children. Garrett P. Burnett was ordained a Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the 6th of April 1853. He was the first cooper in Salt Lake City. He died in April 1884.

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Birth: Jul. 17, 1811 Lagrangeville Dutchess County New York, USA

Death: Apr. 14, 1884 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Son of William Edmund Burnett and Hannah Ellen Cole

Married Martha Briggs, about 1834, Fishkill, Dutchess, New York

Children - James Edmund Burnett, Sophia Adaline Burnett, Jane Ann Burnett, Emma Louisa Burnett, Sarah Elizabeth Burnett, Ellen Burnett, Harriet Burnett, Joseph Gerrett Burnett

Married Sarah Ann Hicks, 31 Jan 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Family links:

  • Martha Briggs Burnett (1815 - 1857)
  • Jane Ann Burnett Alger (1840 - 1934)*
  • Emma Louise Burnett Swaner (1844 - 1913)*

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: G_1_13_5E

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Gerritt Petersen Burnett's Timeline

July 17, 1811
Lagrangeville, Duchess, New York, USA
November 17, 1835
Age 24
Fishkill, Dtchss, Ny
November 17, 1835
Age 24
Fishkill, Duchess, New York
July 12, 1838
Age 26
Troy, Rnsllr, Ny
July 15, 1838
Age 26
Troy, Rensselaer, New York
June 28, 1840
Age 28
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA
January 2, 1842
Age 30
November 1, 1844
Age 33
New York City, Kings, New York
November 1, 1844
Age 33
New York City, New York, New York, USA