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Mary Yowell Burnett
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1823
Death: Feb. 20, 1882

Mary Yowell was born in Phelps County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Humphery Yowell and Helen (Coppedge) Yowell. The Yowell family of Welch descent, came to Washington Co., KY in the 1700's by covered wagon from Culpepper Co., VA, along with the Coppedge's. Humphrey Yowell married Helen Coppedge in Kentucky and moved to Crawford Co., MO later kown as Phelps Co., MO, about 1825. Humphrey and Helen Yowell homesteaded a large track of land along the Little Piney River. The railbed, later known as the Frisco-Burlington-Northern Railroad, was used heavily during the Civil War by Soldiers. It was known then as the Springfield-Rolla Road. This road ran through the Humphrey Yowell farm that was located between Rolla and Newburg, MO.

Mary Yowell married John Burnett November 8, 1842. Their marriage place is unknown, it is believed they were married in Phelps Co., MO. Mary was 17 years younger than her husband. John Burnett was the son of Robert Grove Burnett and Mary (Coppedge) Burnett. Mary and John Burnett were first cousins once removed. Their common ancestor was Moses Coppedge.

Mary and John Burnett's last residence was on a farm about 10 miles west of Licking, Lynch township, Texas County, MO. There was a spring on their farm along the Big Piney river, the spring was called Burnett spring, the spring flows into the Big Piney river. There is also a Burnett Cemetery on their farm. John and Mary (Yowell) Burnett raised their family at Burnett Spring. They had 8 children: James Harvey, Robert Humphry, William Hardin, Matilda Jane, John Henry Sr., Samuel Kennett, Henrietta (Burnett) Ormsby and Saraham Burnett. It is believed that some of these children are buried in the Old Cavaness Cemetery which is across the river from the Narrow Gap Bluff.

After John Burnett died, Mary was left with eight children from age 3 month to 15 years old. Only two of the children lived to raise families. They were John Henry Burnett, Sr. and Henrietta (Burnett) Ormsby. Henrietta Burnett married William F. Ormsby and had three daughters, Mary, Rhoda & Emma. Henrietta died when the children were young. William F. Ormsby never married again.

Mary (Yowell) Burnett continued living on the Burnett spring farm with her son and daughter-in-law John Henry Burnett, Sr. and Louisa C. (Hobson) Burnett and until her death.

Mary (Yowell) Burnett died 20 Feb 1882 age 58 years, 3 months and 18 days. Mary is buried in the Ormsby cemetery in the Elsworth community, Lynch Township, Texas Co., MO. She was not buried beside her husband in the Rolla cemetery at Rolla, MO because the Big Piney River was up and could not be crossed. Therefore, she was buried in the Ormsby cemetery on land that was once known as the Wiggins farm. Karen Nelson has a picture of Mary Burnett's tombstone. Faye Burnett took the picture, her husband, Gean Burnett, is also in the picture. Gean Burnett is a great-grandson of Mary (Yowell) Burnett.


1850 Texas Co., MO Census
Burnett, John 43 Head of House, occupation milling
Real Estate vale $5,000.00
Burnett, Mary 26 wife
Burnet, James 6 son
Burnett, Robert H. 5 son
Eight men--Samuel Agee, Matthew Pike, Wm. Ruferd, Wm. Day, A. B. Hampton, Wm. B. Hampton, W. Settico and Cales A. ?Cucay also appeared in the same household.

1860 Texas Co., MO Census Dewlling 398
Burnett, Mary 36 KY Head of House
Burnett, James H. 16 MO (son died during Civil War)
Burnett, Robert 15 MO son
Burnett, Matilda 9 MO daughter
Burnett, John H. 7 MO son
Burnett, Samuel K. 5 MO son
Burnett, Henryetta 4 MO (married William Ormsby)
Pike, J. M. 32 TN (this should be G. M. Pike) Neighbors: #389 H. F. & Nancy Ormsby their son Wm. F. married Henrietta Burnett; #395 Wm. T. & Susan Ormsby, #400 J. H. & Emeline Slaughter

1870 Texas Co., MO Census Dwelling #12 Lynch Township Burnett, Mary 48 MO Head of House
Burnett, John 17 MO son John Henry Burnet, Sr.) Burnett, Henrietta 14 MO daughter
Neighbors: #11 G. M. Pike, #15 J. K. or H. & Emeline Slaughter

1880 Texas Co., MO Census---Mary Burnett age 57 listed as mother of John H. Burnett, Sr. was living in the household of John Burnett, Sr. and Louisa C. Burnett.

Family links: 
  John Burnett (1805 - 1858)*
  James Harvey Burnett (1843 - 1861)*
  Robert Humphry Burnett (1845 - 1868)*
  William Hardin Burnett (1846 - 1848)*
  Matilda Jane Burnett (1850 - 1864)*
  John Henry Burnett (1853 - 1938)*
  Samuel Kennett Burnett (1854 - 1865)*
  Henrietta Burnett Ormsby (1856 - 1886)*
  Saraham Burnett (1858 - 1858)*
*Calculated relationship
Ormsby Cemetery
Texas County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: K. Nelson ❦Ϭ...
Originally Created by: Linda
Record added: Jun 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19927091
Mary <i>Yowell</i> Burnett
Added by: K. Nelson ❦❀
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 Added: Feb. 10, 2015
I wish I knew more about you. I am sure you had many hardships on the Burnett farm at Burnett spring. I wish I had a picture of you. From a loving great-great-granddaughter.
- K. Nelson ❦❀
 Added: Aug. 8, 2011
Mary (Yowell) Burnett was my maternal gr-gr- grandmother.
- Carole (Cavaness) Fudge Ragain
 Added: Jun. 26, 2011

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