Surviving "parish chest" material for the Chapelry of Bishop Monkton, in the parish of Ripon, include the accounts of chapel wardens, parish constables, overseers of the poor and other records for the period 1732 - 1841. Along with this material a few pages of the original registers for the Chapelry of Bishop Monkton have survived. These cover the years 1724 - 1737. It is clear from these original registers that there were at least two men named Thomas BURNETT living in Bishop Monkton during the period from 1730. One of them had a wife named Ann, the other had a wife named Mary [now known to be the former Mary DICKINSON]. Thomas and Ann had children baptised at Bishop Monkton from 1730 onwards; Thomas and Mary married in 1729 and had their first known child baptised at Bishop Monkton in 1733. Almost certainly these two men were closely related.
Ann Burnett, wife of Thomas, died in December 1758 and Thomas wasted no time in finding another wife. He married Hannah BECK, spinster, at Ripon, in February 1759. There were no children of this marriage before Thomas died in March 1762. His second wife Hannah was just as quick to find another husband - she married Thomas PEEL, widower, at Ripon, in August1763. Thomas husband of Mary DICKINSON held a number of offices and was obviously a highly respected member of the community at Bishop Monkton. His son, Thomas jnr., followed in his footsteps.