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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Christ Burnett

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


CHRIST BURNETT was born in Yorkshire, England, June 17, 1840, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (KERBY) BURNETT, who were also natives of Yorkshire.  His father was a stone and brick mason, and followed that trade in England, with the exception of fifteen years spent in the English army, eight years of which was in the service of India, where he was twice wounded.  There were eleven children in the family:  Elizabeth, Mary, James, Hannah, George, Ursula, Sarah, Christopher, Jane, William and Nellie, all of whom came to America in three divisions; Hannah, who is now the wife of John Thornburn, came first, followed by James, George and Ursula, and the remainder of the family.  The father settled first at Burr Oak Grove, Champaign county, remaining there one year, when he came to Urbana, and there followed his trade, though unable to do work to any considerable extent.

The family were members of the Methodist Church.  The father and sons were Abolitionsts; but on first coming to america were so misinformed by the party, that they voted for James Buchanan, but all have since been Republicans.  George Burnett was a volunteer in Company G, Seventy-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War, serving most of the time on detached duty.  He was with Sherman's Army and spent two months in Andersonville Prison, being one of the fortunate "exchange" prisoners.

When the Burnetts first came to Illinois they purchased swamp land in Vermilion County, at twenty-five cents per acre, but were unable to purchase much, even at that price, and, for some time until the boys were of age, rented land.  They first bought forty acres, and then 160 acres in St. Joseph Township, which they sold and then bought land in Section 21, Urbana Township, at $60 per acre, and reside there at the present time.  Christ now owns 240 acres.  All of these lands are worth at least $150 per acre, being under cultivation and having fine farm buildings with latest improvements.

Christ Burnett was married December 25, 1879, to Mrs. Mary E. JORDIN, a native of Ohio.  Her parents were Isaac and Mary (WARE) ALBRIGHT.  Two children have been born to them, namely, William and Elizabeth, both living at home.  William is a student at the University of Illinois.

The Burnett brothers gave their attention for the most part to the growing of corn, oats, and grass, and are very successful farmers.

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