Thursday, July 6, 2017

First Confirmed Evidence of Alfred Burnett

The first documented evidence of Alfred Burnett can be found in the 1838 tax roll of Jackson County, Mississippi.1 His state tax was 37 ½ cents. From the US Census records we believe Alfred’s birth year to be 1812, which would make Alfred 26 years old in 1838 and a resident of Jackson County, MS.

1838 Jackson County, MS Tax Roll

1838 Jackson County, MS Tax Roll

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1 "Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9PBQ-9947?cc=1919687&wc=9B4Z-FMJ%3A211902201%2C211944501 : 21 May 2014), Jackson > County tax rolls 1827-1846, Box 16386 > image 107 of 198; Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

James Jefferson Burnett - Homesteader

The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed US citizens to become the owner, free of charge, of 160 acres of US Government land.  To become owner was a three step process; file an application, improve the land and file for a deed or title.  Before applying, the homesteaders were required to live five years on the land, improve the land by establishing a building and grow crops.  My Great grandfather, James Jefferson ‘Jeff” Burnett did just that.

Jeff Burnett filed a homestead claim in 1889, which is recorded in the National Archives, in Washington DC.  There are several interesting documents which were included with the homestead application.  One such document is the “Homestead Proof – Testimony of Claimant” which can be found below.  In this document Jeff Burnett tells that there has been a house located on the land for about 10 years and he has established residence for 8 years.  The testimony goes on to confirm there was a barn and stable, fowl house, smoke house, garden, orchard, fencing and a well.

Although the land was free, there were some filing fees which accounted to $16.54 or about 10 cents per acre.   You can read more about the Jeff Burnett land holdings here; http://burnettmusings.blogspot.com/2015/02/james-jefferson-burnett-land-holdings.html.



Homestead Proof – Testimony of Claimant, Land Entry Files, Louisiana, New Orleans Land Office, Homestead Final Certificate # 6,290. 
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

New Burnett Genealogy Facebook Group


I have taken some time off of blogging about our Burnett Ancestors.  I plan to resume blogging in the next few months, but in the meantime I wanted to announce we have started a Facebook Group to discuss our Burnett heritage.  The Group is titled “Burnett Family Genealogy, Tracing our Roots from Kentucky to Louisiana”.  This link is an invite to the group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/162137830963307/?pnref=story.

The goals of the Facebook Group are to inform others about our Burnett family genealogy, locate Kentucky cousins, and determine how the Louisiana Burnett’s are related to the Kentucky Burnett’s.

Please consider joining and participating in the group.  Social Media interaction is a great way to discuss our family roots and reach others who might be interested in our Burnett ancestors.  As well, discovering distant cousins and possibly proving a common ancestor would make participating worthwhile. This group is to discuss the Burnett family genealogy, hopefully locate Burnett cousins in Kentucky and confirm how the Louisiana Burnett’s are related to the Kentucky Burnett’s.This group is to discuss the Burnett family genealogy, hopefully locate Burnett cousins in Kentucky and confirm how the Louisiana Burnett’s are related to the Kentucky Burnett’s. This group is to discuss the Burnett family genealogy, hopefully locate Burnett cousins in Kentucky and confirm how the Louisiana Burnett’s are related to the Kentucky Burnett’s.