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Emily Frances Byrd Burnett
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Birth: Nov., 1853
Carroll County
Mississippi, USA
Death: 1937
Tallahatchie County
Mississippi, USA

BIOGRAPHY: Second Marriage of Emily Frances BYRD - to John Franklin BURNETT (1846-1903) on February 19, 1880. Billy (i.e., William Henry MAYFIELD, Jr) was five years old and Lula (Billy's sister) was seven. The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Isham Melton at the home of B(edford) B(rown) BYRD. The honeymoon trip began when the couple left on horseback for their new home -- he, with Billy, on one horse; she, with Lula, on another (side-saddle). They lived for a while at his mother's where he had farmed since returning from the Civil War duty in North Carolina. (He served with Johnson;s army, doing mostly guard duty until the surrender, arriving home in 1865. He had never married before. He had called at the BYRD home to congratulate Billy MAYFIELD (i.e., Sr) and Em BYRD the week before their wedding on September 15, 1872. When he left, he remarked to the bride-to-be, "I know one thing; if I had been able to get married, Billy MAYFIELD would never have gotten you!"

Soon after they were married, the BURNETTs moved to their new home -- a farm of 40 acres near her father's homestead. Later, they acquired 40 acres more, which they farmed until his death in 1903. They reared nine children, seven of whom were girls! Billy had already chosen a career as a merchant; John Otho, the only BURNETT son, was 18 when his father died, but had already chosen a mechanical career, instead of farming. He left the farm in 1907 to work at the new sawmill, Lamb-Fish Lumber Company, moving the family to Charleston (MS). He became a father to the three younger sisters, caring for his mother until he passed away in 1936. He bought a home in 1910 when the old farm was sold. The inheritance of John Otho, Byrdie, Ruth, Susie, and the mother was used to help finance his new property. Before he died, Sadie had moved in to help care for the home, also, for him and his mother. The home was bought by Mildred JONES after the mother's death in 1937, continuing as "home" to the Sam JONES family.

BIOGRAPHY: The source of some of this biographical information is from data compiled by Susie (BURNETT) FOIL in 1978 and entitled FAMILY PRIDE. She is the daughter of Emily Frances (BYRD) BURNETT.


OBIT - MRS. EMILY BURNETT: The home-going of Mrs. Emily Burnett leaves a vacancy in the ranks of the Charleston Baptist Woman's Missionary Union that will be hard indeed to fill. She was the one remaining charter member of the organization and her loyalty, devotion and faithfulness were an example always to those with whom she served. // Mrs. Burnett was 84 years of age, full fruitful years they were. She united with the church during her youth and was a Christian and church member for 65 years. She was always active in church life, regular in attendance and deeply interested in every phase of the Master's work. She was one of the first to sign for membership in the One Hundred Thousand Club. She was a loyal subscriber to the Bap­tist Record through the years and was an interested reader of its pages. The loss to her church and community in her passing, will be felt very keenly. // Outside her own home she will be missed in the Missionary Society. Her consecrated life was an inspira­tion to those who knew her. She practiced the principles of good stewardship and led others to do likewise. She served in various capacities during the years, always encouraging the women and young people by precept and example. To her devoted daughters and grandchildren she has left a rich heritage and surely they "do not mourn as those without hope" but rejoice in the blessed memories of a blessed mother and grandmother. // Her friends join with them in saying: "A worthy one has gone to the home prepared for those who love His appearing." 
Family links: 
  Bedford Brown Byrd (1818 - 1897)
  Mary Parmelia McPherson Byrd (1824 - 1902)
  John Franklin Burnett (1846 - 1903)
  John O. Burnett (1884 - 1936)*
  Mary Emily Burnett Robertson (1886 - 1956)*
  Carrie B Beaty (1891 - 1970)*
  Ruth Burnett Fonda (1894 - 1992)*
  Susie Burnett Foil (1897 - 1985)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Hill Cemetery
Yalobusha County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: Gerald Miller
Originally Created by: Floral~Lady
Record added: Mar 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13548436

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 Added: Jan. 16, 2011

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