|Birth: ||May 18, 1834|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1904|
Neponset Messenger, Friday November 11, 1904, p1, c4,5,6
AN OLD SETTLER DIES.
Abraham Burnett Passed Away Sunday Morning.
Abraham Burnett was born in Sutton, St. Nicholas, Herfordshire, England, May 18th, 1834, being one of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls. Of these, four boys and one girl came to America. Mr. Burnett left his old home in England Apr. 6, 1857, and arrived in Iowa City, Ia., in May. He worked in that locality during the summer, and in the fall returned to Illinois where, in this vicinity, in Neponset, Sheffield and Buda, he worked at farming for many years. March 1st, 1862, he was married to Eliza Gunning, and to them have been born two children, William and Mary, who are still living.
After marriage Mr. Burnett farmed for four years and then moved into Neponset, where for about fourteen years he worked at the butchering business. In 1881 he retired from steady work and has since led a quiet life at his home in this village. Mr. Burnett's mother died in England June 16, 1875, age 66 years; and his father's death occurred Jan. 7th, 1891, at the age of 86 years. Two brothers and three sisters survive him: Wm. Burnett, of Corwin Kansas; Henry Burnett, of Neponset, Ill.; Mrs. John Reynolds, of Gold township, Ills.; Mrs. Thomas Nash, of Birmingham, Eng., and Mrs. John Grimes, of Herefordshire, Eng.
Mr. Burnett died rather suddenly Sunday, Nov. 6th, 1904, at 7:10 a.m. from heart failure. His late illness dates back about two months and developed into neuralgia of the body. He was not considered in a critical condition until a few days previous to death.
The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 8th at his late residence. A large number of relatives were present, also many friends that had known Mr. Burnett from the time he came to Neponset. Beautiful flowers in profusion and words of tender memory expressed the high regard in which Mr. Burnett and his family are held. Rev. J. B. Bartle read scripture selections and offered prayer, and Rev. H.L. Hartwell paid tribute to the memory of the deceased by speaking of him as a tireless worker, a man always loyal to his friends and devoted to his wife and family; a great lover of home. As Mr. Burnett was a member of the Established Church of England, the theme fittingly chosen for the brief funeral discourse was "The Rest that is the Inheritance of the Christian." "God knows the way, He holds the key. He guides us with unerring hand."
The hymns rendered by a quartette consisting of Mrs. Ed. Norton, Mrs. Blanche Blake, Mr. Chas. Russell and Mr. Chas. Stuart, were favorite hymns of Mr. Burnett. The pall-bearers were, Robert Scott, Wm. Stabler, David Balance, Henry Scott, M.R. Harlan and E.C. Russell. The interment was in the Floral Hill cemetery.
The members of the family wish to express most sincere gratitude and appreciation for floral offerings and words of sympathy.
[a photograph accompanies this article with the following caption:]
ABRAHAM BURNETT'S LATE RESIDENCE IN THIS VILLAGE.
Abraham Burnett's late residence, showing himself, wife and daughter upon the porch. This photograph was taken only a short time before Mr. Burnett's last illness and his picture is a good likeness of this early settler.
Floral Hill Cemetery
Created by: Emily Jordan
Record added: Aug 14, 2011
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