The subject of this biography is a native of Jefferson Schoharie Co., N. Y. His grandfather Joseph Burnett, was a native of New Jersey. He was a carpenter and jobber in New York City for many years and one of the pioneers of Schoharie County, N. Y., where he died. His son, Joseph Burnett, Jr. was born in New York City. He is the father of our subject, and came to Schoharie County when he was twelve years old. There he was a stage contractor by occupation till the railroad drove the stage further west. He was a soldier in the war of 1812 and died in the above place about 1862. He was married to Jane Havens, a daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Young) Havens, who survived him and who died in 1878. She was the mother of the following children: Mrs. Mary A. Champlin, Mrs. Jane Brand, Joseph O. (deceased), David H., George H., Mrs. Huldah E. Bare and Jeremiah Y., our subject.
He was educated in his native State, where he also learned the carpenter and joiner’s trade. In 1855 he removed to Mendota, Ill, where he lived three years and then came to Lamoille, where he followed his trade till 1872, when he opened a lumber yard, which proved a successful venture. He has also a branch yard in Van Orin and Ohio, besides carrying on a furniture and undertaker’s store in Lamoille, where he also manufactures “Dean’s Celebrated Corn Cutter,” which is gaining in reputation and favor every day.
Mr. Burnett was married twice. His first wife, Olive Smith, died here, leaving two children, viz.: Mrs. Alice Murphy, and Hattie J. Burnett. He was married the second time to Mrs. Ellen Holbrook (nee Ellen Kane), a daughter of George and Mary (Brown) Kane. She is the mother of three children. viz.: Mamie Hollbrook, deceased, aged ten years, Lewis Holbrook, born March 1, 1867, and Ida Blanche Burnett, who was born August 10, 1880.
Mrs. Ellen Burnett was born September 7, 1844, in Michigan. She is a member of the Baptist Church.
Mr. Burnett is a member of the Congregational Church. Politically he is identified with the Republican party. He is a wide-awake business man and a self-made man in every respect.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885