Thomas Burnett, Sr.

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About Thomas Burnett, Sr.

Soldier in the War of 1812.

Thomas Burnett is believed to have accompanied the Leonard Bush family from Pendleton County, WVA to Fayette County, OH or followed them soon after they came. In 1828 he was appointed a member of the Board of Commissioners of Fayette County, OH to build a new court house to replace the old one destroyed by the fire in 1827.

He was a good carpenter, as well as a farmer. Soon after his marriage he built a house. Thomas Burnett built a house on the land given his wife by her father at the time of their marriage. He built this house in 1820 and lived in it until ca 1844 when he moved to Missouri. His son in law Abner Mark went with him. When Abner returned to Ohio, it is believed that Burnett went down near Bonesville, MO and farmed that summer on the Missouri River bottoms and that he had one or two brother living near Bonesville. One of these brothers, was living near Jefferson City, MO during the Civil War. Thomas returned to his home in Ohio in the autumn of 1845. His wife died in 1846.

He is said to have lost heavily by the MO trip. Before this he had been considered well off and he was no longer so after the trip. Such was the report of some OH grandsons, yet living in 1940.

His grandson, Benjamin L. Mark thought from remarks overheard in the conversations of his parents that his grandfather had lost a large sum of money by having to pay surety for some friend. The trip west was made for the purpose of recuperating this financial loss and possibly it only added to his misfortunes.

He emigrated with his second wife to Warren County, IA from Ohio in 1859 or 1860. He settled near Palmyra, IA. It is believed that he kept a small store, maybe in Palmyra a small town ten to twelve miles northeast of Indianola.

It is said that he emigrated to Iowa, because some of his wives children were there. While he lived in Warren County he made 203 trips to Decatur County, IA and to Mercer county, MO to visit his daughter Catherine Mark, near Pleasanton, IA and his sons, Rueben Dyer and Cyrus His last visit was in 1869.

He was a tall, sparse built man, erect in his younger days but on his last visit, as remembered by his grandson, as shrunken and bent. He died two years later. He was buried in the OLD GOSHEN CHURCHYARD CEMETERY but because a farmer wanted the stones moved he was reinterred in Ackworth Friends Cemetery. I have a picture of the stone. Stone reads 80 years 8 months and 18 days. I think it appropriate that he is buried in a Friends cemetery as his mother came from early Quaker stock.

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Thomas Burnett, Sr.'s Timeline

March 28, 1790
Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia), United States
December 13, 1812
Age 22
December 30, 1813
Age 23
January 15, 1815
Age 24
Fayette County, Ohio, United States
February 1, 1817
Age 26
March 2, 1818
Age 27
Fayette County, OH
October 1, 1819
Age 29
Fayette County, Ohio, United States
April 28, 1822
Age 32
November 29, 1823
Age 33