Biography - Albert Burnet

Albert BURNET, retired farmer, Raymond, was born in New York City May 17, 1812, to William and Catharine (HUTCHINGSON) BURNET. He was born in New Jersey in 1787; during his former lie, worked at the trade of a carpenter, and for several years previous to his death followed the occupation of a farmer; he died in 1849, in his native State; he was of English descent. She was born in Scotland in 1791, and died in 1856; she was the mother of seven children, of whom Albert was the fifth child. He remained with his parents till the age of sixteen years, receiving such an education as the common schools of his native State afforded; when he left home, he apprenticed himself at the blacksmith's trade in a small town where now is the city of Newark; here he remained until 1851, when he removed to Jersey County, Ill., where he worked at his trade for one year and six months; he then removed to Alton, Madison Co., Ill.; again worked at his trade for one year and a half; he then, in the spring of 1854, removed to Montgomery County and entered 160 acres of wild prairie; here he has remained, engaged in agricultural pursuits; by his energy and business, he succeeded in accumulating a good property and a name and reputation which are beyond reproach; he is now the owner of 240 acres. In 1835, in New York City, he was married to Miss Sarah A. Cook, a native of New Jersey; she was born in 1815, May 1, to Samuel and Mary (KING) COOK. Mrs. BURNET is the mother of eight children, five of whom are living, viz.: Sarah C., now the wife of W. S. Palmer and residing in Litchfield; James M., now a resident of Pitman Township, Montgomery County; Jane Elizabeth, at home; Henry Cory, at home; Oswald Joseph, at home. Mr. BURNET has held office of School Commissioner. Mr. Burnet and family are religiously connected with the M. E. Church, he having joined the church in 1828; politically, is identified with the Republican party.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 259

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