Descendants of Philip BURNETT of Levisham


148. Ronald BURNETT

Ronald was the President of the National Hairdressers' Federation. [Information from Peter DAVIDSON]

156. John Ernest BURNETT

John was born in Bradford a few months after the census in 1881.
[GRO Index of Births: BURNETT, John Ernest, Dec 1881, Bradford, 9b 77]

1882 - emigrated to Canada with father, step-mother and siblings (except elder brother William). The family moved into the US about five years later and settled in Forge Village, Westford, Massachusetts.

1900 United States Federal Census: Mass. District 992, sheet 4
With step-father, mother and siblings in Massachusetts - see notes for step-father William BURNETT

John married his wife Ellen (surname unknown) in c1908

1910 United States Federal Census: Mass. District 1061, sheet 1
Westford, Massachusetts
John E. BURNETT, head, 28, born England, married 2yrs, immigrated to US 1887, comber - woolen mill
Ellen M. do wife, 25, born Massachusetts, married 2yrs, no occupation

In 1918 John became a naturalized citizen of the US. An index to naturalization records shows:
BURNETT, John Ernest, born September 16th 1881, Bradford, England, millhand, wife Ellen. Admitted May 6th 1918. Certificate no. 903164.

In September 1918 John completed a draft registration card for the US Armed Service. The details on the card include:
John Ernest BURNETT of 135 Main, Clinton, Worcester, Mass.
Age 36 Born September 16th 1881
Employed at the Bigelow-Hartford Carpet Company, Clinton
Nearest relative Mrs Ellen Jane (sic) BURNETT of 135 Main, Clinton, Worcester, Mass.

1920 United States Federal Census: Mass. District 21, sheet 6
Clinton, Massachusetts
John E. BURNETT, head, 38, born England, immigrated to US 1886, 2nd hand in worsted mill
Ellen J.          do      wife, 35, born Massachusetts, no occupation
J. Leonard     do son, 6, born Massachusetts

1930 United States Federal Census: Mass. District 4, sheet 13
Clinton, Massachusetts
John E. BURNETTE (sic), head, 48, born Bradford England, immigrated US 1887, foreman in carpet mill
Ellen J         do                  wife, 45, born Cambridge Mass.
J. Leonard   do                  son, 17, born Westford Mass, pupil

John's wife Ellen died in 1936 and some time after John married for a second time - his second wife being named Mary.

In 1942 John was once again required to complete a draft registration card for US armed service. The card includes the following:
John Ernest BURNETT of 97 Main Street, Hudson, Mdsx, Mass.
Age 60. Born Sept. 16 1881, Bradford, England
Mary BURNETT - same address [person who would always know John's address]
Employed by Hudson Worsted Co, 43 Broad St, Hudson, Mass.

In a letter dated 16 Apr 1957 John's son Leonard BURNETT wrote:
"Father, a retired carpetmill worker, is 74 and lives in Hudson, Mass., with second wife Mary (twice a widow). My mother, a Cambridge, Mass., girl ... died in 1936; her only other child, my elder brother, had died in infancy."

218. John Leonard BURNETT

Leonard was born on 19 Feb 1913 at Westford, Massachusetts. His parents had suffered the loss of a previous male child in infancy and Leonard was their only child.

His mother did not live to see Leonard married - she died in 1936, two years before he married Gerda STROM, daughter of Swedish parents who had emmigrated to the US from Finland.

Leonard & Gerda had three children; two girls, Karen and Cynthia, and then son William (known as Billy) - all were born during the 1940's but it is not known exactly where in the US their parents were living at the time.

In 1957 Leonard and his family were living in Concord, New Jersey (see note below)

US telephone and address directories show that Leonard and his wife lived in Lady Lake, Florida during the 1990's but by 2000 they were living in Brattleboro, Vermont and in 2001 they were in Burlington, Vermont. Leonard died at Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2002 aged 89 yrs.

Leonard BURNETT wrote a letter to "Dear (Distant) Cousin William" from his home at 57 Rumford St. Concord, New Jersey, USA on 16 Apr 1957. The letter was amongst some family papers passed to Mike T. BURNETT, a member of the same branch of the family in England in 2009. The contents of this letter give many useful pieces of information about Leonard's own family and about his parents, his aunts and his grandparents. This information provided a good foundation for further research in US records, this in turn enabled a detailed family tree for the descendants of Leonard's grandfather William BURNETT to be constructed. Almost all of this research was conducted by fellow researcher “Debi” in Canada and her contribution is gratefully acknowledged here.

A copy of Leonard BURNETT's letter is held on file.

164. Eustace BURNETT

Eustace married Mabel SCAIFE at York in 1905

1911 census index shows following household in Easingwold district:
Barbara, 4
Custace (sic), 30
Elsie Elizabeth, 5
George, 4 months
Mabel, 27
William Henry, 2

172. William BURNETT

The grandfather of Mike T. Burnett (contact made 10 Nov 2002)

Mike has provided further information about this branch of BURNETT including the fact that his grandfather was - "Farrier Sergeant & Journeyman Blacksmith - Royal Field Artillery - retired c1927"

William's rank and regiment are confirmed on a commemorative tablet to those who served during the 1st World War inside Coxwold parish church.

(Nov 2009) Mike also provided a copy of a letter, received by his grandfather William in 1957, from a "distant cousin" named Leonard BURNETT who lived in America [Leonard's father, John Ernest BURNETT, was William's 1st cousin]. The contents of the letter provided a starting point for further research in US records and enabled a comprehensive family tree for the American branch to be compiled.

230. Rebecca BEALE\BURNETT

Rebecca and husband Arthur JENVEY have five children: Vera, Jean, Elizabeth, Alan and one other [name unknown]

234. Robert James BURNETT

GRO Index of Births: BURNETT, Robert J., Dec 1920, Newcastle T, 10b  232. Mother nee BEALE

Robert was killed in action during World War II.  He is commemmorated in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Hounour Register as follows:
BURNETT, Robert James, private, 2nd Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment, age 23, service no.6141725, died 10/10/1944, buried Haverlee War Cemetery, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium.  Son of William and L.C. BURNETT, Chertsey, Surrey.

177. John (Jack) BURNETT

GRO Index of Births: BURNETT, John, Mar 1892, Easingwold, 9d 381

Monumental Inscription, Coxwold Churchyard:
"In loving memory of ... John BURNETT. Died 3rd Sept. 1961 aged 69 years ... Also Annie, wife of the above. Died 28th Nov. 1995 aged 103 years." [age at death confirms birth in 1892]


"Easingwold Advertiser and Weekly News" - Saturday 16th December 1995:

Funeral of Mrs Annie Burnett

The funeral took place at Coxwold Parish Church on December 5th 1995 of Mrs Annie Burnett. The Revd David Johnson conducted the service and the organist was Mrs Jean Cobb.

From Gladstone to Major

Annie Burnett (15.09.1892 - 28.11.1995) was born at Wass, daughter of George Atkinson (stone mason) and Jane (nee Richardson). Annie's life spanned the reign of 6 monarchs, the first being Queen Victoria; also several Prime Ministers, including Gladstone, Lloyd George, MacDonald, Churchill and Thatcher.

When Annie was a girl the British were fighting the Boers for control of South Africa, she was 11 years when Orville & Wilbur Wright made their historic aeroplane flight, 16 years when Henry Ford started production of his 'Model T' and had already passed her 21st birthday before WW1 broke out.

Despite these historical milestones, matters of a greater personal significance held sway - at the age of 16 Annie was charged with looking after her father and 3 younger sisters and a brother when her mother died. When 23 years she left Wass to marry (at Kilburn Church) Jack Burnett, farrier and blacksmith of Coxwold. On their smallholding at Ivy Lea (now the Forge) life was hard, everything was done manually - washing, milking cows, butter making, mucking out byres and stables, shoeing horses etc. They also accommodated paying guests, meeting them at Coxwold Railway Station with a horse and trap.

During their time at Coxwold Annie and Jack had three children, John (Les), Robert and Mary. Her two sons served in WW2 and Annie was greatly distressed when Les was reported missing but two years later he was known to be a Japanese prisoner of War. They both returned home in 1945. Jack died of Cancer in 1961 and in 1972, following a serious operation, Annie moved to Linton-On-Ouse to live near her daughter.

[Information provided by Deb Burnett, a great-granddaughter, from a newspaper cutting in her possession]

201. Annie Hornsey BURNETT

1871 census returns show Ann HORNSEY living with Joseph BURNETT and his wife Mary, formerly HORNSEY, at Sowerby near Thirsk.
1881 census returns show Annie Hornsey BURNETT living with the same couple. In both returns Ann(ie) was described as Joseph BURNETT's daughter, however, while it is very likely that she was Mary HORNSEY's illegitimate daughter it is less likely that she was the natural daughter of Joseph BURNETT.

238. Charles Herbert R. PALLISER

1891 and 1901 census returns show Charles living with Joseph BURNETT and his wife Mary at Sowerby near Thirsk. He is identified in these returns as Joseph's adopted son.

206. Philip Stephen BURNETT Rev.

Newspaper clippings

[Dated 7 Jan 1936]
First Class Honours in Law Examination
In the Honours Examination of the Law Society, Philip Stephen Burnett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Burnett, of North Holme, Kirbymoorside, was awarded First Class Honours and, with one other candidate, was bracketed first in order of merit. There were 184 candidates at the examination. The Council of the Law Society have awarded to Mr Burnett the Clements Inn Prize (value about £21) and Mr Burnett has also won the Clabon Prize, a special prize awarded to the candidate at the Honours Examinations held in 1935 who has shown himself best acquainted with the Principles of Equity. Mr. Burnett was educated at Scarborough College, passing the Cambridge School Certificate examination with honours and distinction in Latin in 1929, and the London University Intermediate B.A. in 1930. Since leaving school he has served his articles with Mr. Arthur Kitching, Solicitor, Pickering. He passed the Law Society's Intermediate Examination in March 1933, and in 1934, at an external student, graduated Bachelor of Arts of the University of London, taken English, Latin and Law. Mr. Burnett is now 21 years of age. He will be admitted on the Roll of Solicitors in March.

[Dated 21 Nov 1947]
Salton residents will be pleased to hear of the ordination of Mr. Stephen Burnett, son of the late Mr. Philip Burnett, formerly of Red House, Salton. The Rev. Burnett, now in his early thirties, was before the war secretary of Salton's parochial Church Council and well known in the village until he went to Canada. There he travelled far and wide through the rolling prairie land as a lay worker, and it was not until 1939, when war broke out, that he returned to this country. He joined the Army and was in India for some time. In 1945 he was demobilised and commenced studies at Westcott House, Cambridge, completing them last year, and being ordained Clerk in Holy Orders shortly afterwards. He is working in Ely Diocese at Cambridge, on special work with the Student Christian Movement.
[Above information from Johanna Cotter - source not quoted]

Philip Stephen BURNETT rated an entry in "Who's Who":
BURNETT, Rev. Canon (Philip) Stephen
Born 8 Jan. 1914; s of late Philip Burnett and Mrs Burnett, Salton, York; m 1954, Joan Hardy, e d of C. F. Hardy, Sheffield; one s one d ; died 13 Dec. 1991

Church of England Board of Education, 1970–80

Scarborough Coll.; Balliol Coll., Oxford; Westcott House, Cambridge

Admitted Solicitor, 1936; Lay Missionary, Dio. Saskatchewan, Canada, 1939–41. Intelligence Corps, 1942–44; Staff Capt., GHQ, New Delhi, 1944–45. Deacon, 1947, priest, 1948; Curate of St Andrew’s, Chesterton, Cambridge, and Staff Sec., Student Christian Movement, 1947–49; Asst Gen. Sec., SCM, 1949–52; Vicar of St Mary, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, 1952–61; Rural Dean of Ecclesall, 1959–65; Canon Residentiary of Sheffield Cathedral, and Educn Secretary, Diocese of Sheffield, 1961–70, Canon Emeritus 1970–. Hon. Sec., Fellowship of the Maple Leaf, 1965–